Lenora LaVictoire

Following a five-month internship with StateImpact Oklahoma, Lenora LaVictoire joined KOSU as a reporter and host from May to August 2019. An Oklahoma City native, Lenora is a life-long listener to KOSU. Lenora became interested in journalism while studying political science at Oklahoma City Community College. After writing for and serving as the editor of the OCCC student newspaper, they were converted to journalism for life. They are currently studying multimedia journalism and broadcast production at Oklahoma City University. Lenora is also a contributor to Oklahoma Today magazine. In their free time Lenora is an avid gardener and musician.

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KOSU and StateImpact Oklahoma have won 13 awards from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists, Professional Chapter for stories that aired during 2019.

It was a clean sweep in the 'General News' category, as former StateImpact Oklahoma health reporter Jackie Fortiér took first and second place, and former KOSU student reporter Lenora LaVictoire took third place.

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A controversial proposal in the Oklahoma state legislature would delay the age kids would be eligible to start kindergarten and put Oklahoma on-trend with dozens of other states. But some childhood experts say the trend may not serve Oklahoma kids well.

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The Oklahoma State Election Board is waiting for more than 134,000 voters to confirm their address by this Saturday.

If these voters don’t respond to a mailer sent this spring, they’ll risk being labeled as "inactive"—starting the process of being purged from the voter rolls.

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More than a dozen members of the liquor and wine industry filed a lawsuit this week asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to stop a law that — they say, will disrupt their business.

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The grace period for medical marijuana and CBD businesses making or selling food products without a food license ends Friday, April 26.

Edibles like infused waters, brownies and candies are popular items at many medical marijuana and CBD businesses. The Oklahoma State Department of Health considers them all food products, and, under state law, anyone who makes or sells food has to get a license.

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Nine Oklahoma health centers that serve Native Americans could get funding to reduce the spread of HIV.

The national Indian Health Service could get $25 million as part of a multi-million dollar initiative proposed by President Trump to end the spread of HIV in the next decade.

The initiative focuses on seven mostly southern states including Oklahoma, where rural HIV rates are among the highest in the nation, but it's unclear how much money would be focused on the Sooner State.

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A bill that would raise the age children can start pre-K and kindergarten is moving through the Oklahoma State Senate.

Right now, a child must turn four-years-old before September 1st to enroll in pre-K or five-years-old to enroll in kindergarten. Senate Bill 11, authored by Greg McCortney (R-Ada), would change that to August 1st, meaning the youngest kids would have to wait a year to enroll.

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At U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City, administrators watch as 500 students eat lunch.

The lunchroom is small, and overcrowding has forced administrators to add lunch periods to feed all the students. Today, the first group will eat at 10:30 a.m. and the last will finish at 1:30 p.m. — one hour before school lets out.

Principal Gregory Frederick said the additional lunches require administrators to spend time doing crowd control, instead of spending time with teachers in the classroom.

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Low-income women and children in Oklahoma will still receive federal food benefits despite the partial federal government shutdown.

The Women, Infants and Children Nutrition Program helps low-income pregnant and nursing women and parents of young children buy nutritious food, like eggs, milk, and formula.

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Supporters gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol Sunday for the third Women's March in Oklahoma.

Speakers encouraged marchers to show up for all women and marginalized peopleー including the LGBTQ community and women of color. Marchers carried signs urging an end to the government shutdown, support for immigrants, protecting water rights, and encouraging women to run for office.

Women’s Marches were held across the United States over the weekend. Oklahoma organizers held their march this year on Sunday, so a delegation could attend the Washington D.C. march Saturday.