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Medicaid Expansion May Drive Key Rural Votes In Oklahoma Governor's Race

On a hot Monday afternoon, Zora Sampson stands behind rows of chairs set up in the lobby of the hospital in Pauls Valley. Sampson supports the Democratic candidate for Governor Drew Edmondson — and turned up to hear his plan to help rural hospitals. Administrators at Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center say they can barely make payroll . Sampson is scared that if it closes, elderly people would have to drive at least half an hour for care. She credits the hospital with saving her mother’s...

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'I Can See The Goodness In You': Daughter Strives To Be Like Her Mother

Mauree Turner grew up in Ardmore and experienced racism at a young age. When she came to the Story Corps mobilebooth in Oklahoma City, she talked about her mom’s influence on her identity. This story was produced for KOSU by Rachel Hubbard and Dustin Drew, with interviews recorded at the StoryCorps mobile booth in Oklahoma City in early 2018. Locally recorded stories air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KOSU. Thank you to Phillips Murrah law firm for sponsoring...

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Hazel O'Neil

How One Teacher Is Continuing The Drive For Change in Oklahoma

Andrea Brawdy, a special education teacher at James Griffith Intermediate School in Choctaw, Oklahoma, just received the first pay raise of her 12-year teaching career: $414 more per month. Getting this raise was no small feat. Even after teachers around the state demanded a substantial pay increase, they still left their classrooms to take part in a two-week long teacher walkout at the Capitol building this April. They wanted to bring attention to their demands: better pay, better benefits,...

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New data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say an estimated 80,000 Americans died of the flu and its complications last winter, making it the deadliest flu season in decades.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd learns more from Helen Branswell (@helenbranswell), STAT’s infectious diseases and public health reporter.

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More than 100 young agents of positive social change are in Stillwater this week to share a message of hope. Up with People’s Live On Tour 2018 production features international songs and dances, pop medleys and original songs crafted to inspire audiences.

Chloe Bernier from Switzerland is Up With People’s marketing and promotion coordinator and Janne Vandoorsaer from Belgium is Up With People’s promotions representative. They joined KOSU’s Kelly Burley in the Stillwater studio and the conversation begins with Chloe describing what Up with People is all about.

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh is back in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding his Supreme Court nomination after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct. The first woman to publicly accuse him, Christine Blasey Ford, will testify before the panel first. Kavanaugh will be questioned separately after her.

Watch the proceeding live:

Updated at 2:26 p.m. ET

Enter before midnight on Thursday, October 4, 2018 for a chance to win tickets to see Ray Wylie Hubbard and Travis Linville in concert on Friday, October 19, 2018 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa.

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The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing a statement from a third woman who has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

The allegations, from a woman identified as Julie Swetnick, were made public by attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday morning. Avenatti posted Swetnick's three-page sworn declaration on Twitter.

This question came up again and again Tuesday during an at-times heated hearing of the Senate's education committee: Does the law allow schools to use federal money to arm teachers?

The federal money in question comes from Title IV of the big, k-12 federal education law known as The Every Student Succeeds Act. It's a billion-dollar pot intended for what the law calls "student support and academic enrichment."

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahomans voted in 2016 to reduce penalties for drug possession and this year approved a state question welcoming medical marijuana into the state. Officials in two cities recently reacted to those decisions. 

Oklahoma City, the state’s largest municipality, has chosen to reduce fines and eliminate jail terms for marijuana possession. 

Headlines for Wednesday, September 26, 2018:

The StoryCorps mobile booth was in Oklahoma City in early 2018, and we're bringing you some of the stories that were recorded here. Locally recorded stories will air Wednesdays during Morning Edition and All Things Considered on KOSU.

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Hazel O'Neil

Andrea Brawdy, a special education teacher at James Griffith Intermediate School in Choctaw, Oklahoma, just received the first pay raise of her 12-year teaching career: $414 more per month.

Getting this raise was no small feat. Even after teachers around the state demanded a substantial pay increase, they still left their classrooms to take part in a two-week long teacher walkout at the Capitol building this April. They wanted to bring attention to their demands: better pay, better benefits, and better treatment of teachers.

This question came up again and again Tuesday during an at-times heated hearing of the Senate's education committee: Does the law allow schools to use federal money to arm teachers?

The federal money in question comes from Title IV of the big, k-12 federal education law known as The Every Student Succeeds Act. It's a billion-dollar pot intended for what the law calls "student support and academic enrichment."

Emily Wendler / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma education leaders say a state question designed to give districts more spending flexibility will do little to improve public schools’ financial difficulties.

State Question 801 would allow school leaders to spend money in their building fund — currently restricted for things like construction projects, maintenance and repairs, utilities, and custodians’ salaries — in new ways.

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