Michael Cross

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Michael Cross has been with KOSU since 2008, working as the state capitol bureau chief for seven years, as well as KOSU's student coordinator.  While he still keeps up with the capitol and does some reporting, his roles have changed.  As of October 2014, he's now the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.

He came to KOSU after several years in broadcast media, working at KTOK, KOKH Fox 25, KOCO Channel 5 and KWTV News 9. Michael has his degree in Broadcasting and Journalism from the University of Central Oklahoma as well as an Associates in Theatre Arts from Oklahoma City Community College. One of his hobbies includes performing on the stage having spent time with Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park dating back to 1989.

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A new law taking effect this week cracks down on stalled trains at intersections.

Under House Bill 2472, local officials can issue a fine of up to $1,000 if a train blocks traffic with a public highway or street for more than ten minutes.

Davis Police Chief Dan Cooper says a stalled train on Highway 7 recently meant his officers took 20 minutes to respond to a call two and a half blocks from his police station.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the first anniversary of medical marijuana and Oklahoma already near the top nationwide in patient participation, Senator Inhofe vows to crack down on the private company reportedly leaving military families in disrepaired and dangerous homes at Tinker and other bases in the U.S. and the State Supreme Court refuses to hear a controversial alcohol bill preferring to send it to Oklahoma County District Court.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a win for supporters of a ballot initiative petition on Medicaid Expansion when the state Supreme Court ruled it could move forward, the fate of $85M in an opioid settlement with Teva Pharmaceuticals awaits a judges ruling and Oklahoma City passes an ordinance allowing for an amnesty period for past due parking offenses and low level offenders.

The group hoping to expand Medicaid in the state is celebrating a win in the Supreme Court.

Officials with Oklahomans Decide Healthcare feel like they succeeded in getting their message to justices who decided the case in record time.

Executive Director Amber England says, soon after Monday’s decision, Oklahomans were already contacting the group to help gather 178,000 signatures in 90 days.

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For the first time in history, Oklahoma City officially recognizes Pride Week to celebrate with the LGBTQ+ community.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about an awareness campaign from supporters of Medicaid Expansion as they get ready to gather signatures pending a legal challenge to their ballot initiative, Oklahoma Director of Corrections announces his retirement abruptly at a meeting Wednesday and the Pardon and Parole Board discusses implementation of House Bill 1269 which makes could reduce prison time for several Oklahomans. 

A group wanting a ballot measure to expand Medicaid is launching a new campaign to raise awareness.

Oklahomans Decide Healthcare is working to let people know the importance of its initiative petition to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in November of 2020.

Spokesperson Amber England says our state is currently giving money away to the 36 states already under the Medicaid expansion program.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks to Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a challenge to a new alcohol law requiring the manufacturers of the top 25 brands to offer products to all distributors, recent flooding brings national attention in the form of visits from Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic Presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke and the Cherokee Nation elects Chuck Hoskin, Jr. to be its next Principal Chief.

SoonerCon 28 kicks off this weekend in a new larger location.

The longest running pop culture convention takes place Friday through Sunday at the Embassy Suites in Norman with fans of science fiction, fantasy and comic books coming together.

Convention Chair Aislinn Burrows says this year SoonerCon is also moving into the realm of hard science and STEM programing.

deadCenter Film Festival enters its 19th year Thursday and runs through Sunday.

It all starts with the off-beat comedy feature film “Arrows of Outrageous Fortune” screening at 5:30 p.m. this afternoon in the Devon Energy Theater at Harkins Bricktown Cinema.

Director Mickey Reece says it’s a great way to spend the weekend just celebrating the art of filmmaking.

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