Michael Cross

Morning Edition Host

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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Updated May 6 at 4:32 p.m.
In a Wednesday news conference, Oklahoma Secretary of Agriculture Blayne Arthur said the positive COVID-19 cases at the plant have no risen from 116 on Monday to 151. That accounts for more than half of Texas County's positive cases.

151 workers at a meat processing plant in Guymon are infected with COVID-19.

Seaboard Foods says it is continuing to ensure the facility is safe, while employees sat they are working in crowded conditions amid unenforced screening and improper cleaning.

The COVID-19 death toll in Oklahoma nursing homes and long-term care facilities has topped one hundred.

The most deaths come from the Bartlesville Health and Rehabilitation Community with 15 and the Grove Nursing Center with 13.

The state is seeing success in procedures to control the spread of the coronavirus in senior centers, as most of the 600 such facilities in Oklahoma are reporting no cases of COVID-19.

The Health Department reports 630 residents and 292 staff have been infected with a total of 102 deaths.

The Cherokee Nation has joined five other tribes from California, Arizona, Wyoming and Washington in a lawsuit against the federal government, saying they have yet to receive their federal COVID 19 relief funds.

President Donald Trump signed the CARES Act on March 27, which required the treasury department to send the money no later than thirty days after the signing.

Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. said the federal government owes tribes $8 billion in CARES Act funds.

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When lawmakers return to the State Capitol Monday, the public is invited with some conditions.

The Capitol has been closed to the public since mid-March, and now guests will undergo screening for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering the building and are encouraged to wear a mask.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Attorney General Mike Hunter calling for an audit of the Department of Health and cities follow quickly behind the state after Governor Stitt announced plans to reopen Oklahoma for business.

The trio also discusses state leaders asking if its possible to cancel federal unemployment checks of $600 a week and lawmakers are scheduled to return on Monday.

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Torque Capital received a $56,000 finder’s fee from the state of Oklahoma even though it failed to procure the 2.8 million gloves it promised.

The Tulsa World reports the state ended up dealing with the glove supplier directly, because the Oklahoma City-based company’s executive couldn’t come up with the advance payment himself.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is seeking an audit of the State Health Department. The request came after reports of extreme steps by state officials to get personal protective equipment to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

Earlier this week, the state canceled a $9.5 million purchase from a company after it came under investigation by the FBI.

Governor Kevin Stitt criticized Hunter, saying he’s disappointed to see the agency entangled in an investigation in the midst of responding to the current crisis.

Local dentists are getting ready to start seeing patients again on Friday.

Governor Kevin Stitt’s phased-in reopening plan allows for routine restorative and preventative care to resume on May 1.

The Oklahoma Dental Association is urging dentists to take precautions in protecting staff, patients and themselves from COVID-19 as they reopen their doors.

Offices could establish new check-in procedures to possibly include requiring patients to call or text when they arrive or to eliminate waiting area seating altogether.

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Oklahoma's lottery is booming during the pandemic. Over the past three weeks, lottery sales topped more than $7 million compared to a little more than $4 million during the same time period last year.

The Lottery Commission says sales are mostly driven by scratchers, which saw a jump of $3.3 million dollars in one week alone compared to 2019.

Officials say the scratchers sales could be up as people look for home entertainment while another theory points to the current closure of gambling casinos.

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 call from Governor Stitt to start reopening businesses in the state starting this week and the State Board of Equalization declares a revenue failure to fund the government through the current fiscal year, but the state faces a shortfall in the next fiscal year of $1.3B.

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