Kateleigh Mills

Kateleigh Mills was a news assistant and All Things Considered host for KOSU from March to December 2018.

Mills completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Central Oklahoma in December 2017. While studying journalism and professional media, she worked with the UCO’s journalism staff to reinvent the campus newspaper for a more multimedia purpose – joining with the campus radio and television stations for news updates and hosting public forums with campus groups.

The Edmond-raised reporter was editor-in- chief of her college newspaper when it won the Society of Professional Journalism award for Best Newspaper in Category B. Mills also received the Oklahoma Press Association Award for ‘Outstanding Promise in Journalism’ at the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame event in 2017. She is also the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association's recipient for 'College Newspaper Journalist of the Year' in 2017.

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The Oklahoma City Zoo is now a welcome spot for guests with sensory sensitivities.

The Zoo announced the sensory certification on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Candice Rennels says the park partnered with the Alabama-based nonprofit, KultureCity, for sensory inclusive training and other accommodations for guests. Rennels says there will be designated quiet and headphone zones as well as items to check out, like weighted blankets and sensory bags.

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The Oklahoma City Zoo is adding a new bee program to help pollinate zoo grounds and integrate learning opportunities for guests. 

The program, which has been in the works for over a year, will house four hives in its first year as it continues to grow. The Zoo's security manager, James Lowrey, who studies and cares for bees in his free time, will oversee the program.

"For the first year of the program we are starting with four hives," Lowrey said. "That gives us a chance, especially when teaching, for people to see a lot of different hives, a lot of different situations." 

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The Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City received a National Cancer Institute designation Wednesday, which will help provide more assistance for Oklahomans battling cancer.

At a press conference Wednesday, University of Oklahoma President David Boren said the Stephenson Cancer Center project began 17 years ago when the state legislature created the task for the college.  Since then, the center has used the time to become eligible for NCI designation. 

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An Oklahoman is now in charge of the nation’s space program.

 

Former U.S. Representative Jim Bridenstine was sworn in as NASA administrator Monday, Bridenstine was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on a party-line 50–49 vote last week.

 

He had represented Oklahoma’s first congressional district since 2012 before being nominated to lead the space agency by President Donald Trump.

 

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For the first time in 14 years, Oklahoma City has a new mayor.

On Tuesday morning, former state senator David Holt was sworn into office before his first city council meeting.

An Oklahoma City native, Holt is the 36th mayor and is also the first Native American to hold the title. At age 39, he’s also the youngest American leader of a city with more than 500,000 residents.

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As the United States and China propose tariffs on one another, possibly leading to a trade war, one Oklahoma grain specialist is urging Oklahoma agricultural producers to stay focused on the long-term.

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As the teacher walkout stretches into a second week and many schools remain closed, some teachers and coaches are trying to keep student extracurricular activities going.

Athletes from around the state gathered at the Carl Albert Invitational in Midwest City last week. Jeremiah Smith, a physical science teacher and track coach at Midwest City High School, says it might have put more pressure on lawmakers if they had canceled the meet, but that wouldn't benefit the students.

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Public schools from every corner of the state closed their doors today as teachers walked out of the classroom and marched at the Oklahoma capitol to protest years of cuts to education funding.

Last week, Governor Mary Fallin signed the first statewide tax increase in nearly 30 years to give teachers a roughly $6,100 raise. The nearly $450 million deal increased taxes on cigarettes, fuel and oil and gas production in hopes of heading off the teacher walkout.

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Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law last week giving educators their first state-funded raise in a decade, but many teachers still plan to walk out of their classrooms today.

Public safety officials expect up to 30,000 people at the Capitol, and among the thousands of teachers and education supporters will be state workers.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder added a new player to their ranks Saturday, as preparation begins for the NBA playoffs.

 

Corey Brewer, who agreed to a contract buyout Wednesday with the Los Angeles Lakers, cleared waivers Friday.

 

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