Zoe Travers

Zoe Travers was a student reporter at KOSU from June 2017 to June 2018. 

She is a mass communications student at Oklahoma City University. She has worked as the news editor for MediaOCU, the OCU student newspaper, and has published several short stories and won state journalism awards for her opinion columns, movie reviews, and news stories.

Her interest in journalism began when she realized her love for writing could also be used to help people in her community.

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The Trump Administration's recent budget proposal could mean bad news for Oklahoma farmers.

The proposal was introduced last month and, if passed, will reduce the U.S. Department of Agriculture budget by 21 percent.

This could result in higher rates for crop insurance, which could be detrimental to Oklahoma farmers as this farming season has already seen high levels of precipitation following a five-year drought.

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A new ruling against the Federal Communications Commission is estimated to save the Oklahoma Department of Corrections $1.2 million dollars per year.

The case was decided Tuesday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter challenged the FCC’s ability to mandate rates for inmate phone calls within the state.

Removing that mandate means Oklahoma prisons and jails will be able charge more per phone call to cover the costs of monitoring inmate phone calls.

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The Oklahoma City Council heard from the public Tuesday morning on bond and sales tax proposals that would inject more than $1.1 billion in funding for public safety and infrastructure.

Sgt. Mark Nelson of the Oklahoma City Fraternal Order of Police advocated for the funds going to public safety, noting that as Oklahoma City's population has grown in the past 20 years, police staffing numbers have remained about the same.

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Oklahoma State University is the first college or university in the state to offer a four-year degree in Sports and Coaching Science.

Program coordinator and associate professor Dr. Tim Baghurst says the bachelor's degree provides access to education that was previously only offered as a minor.

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The Oklahoma Department of Transportation is recalculating its eight year plan.

Director Mike Patterson says this comes after the legislature removed $150 million from the program which keeps work going on Oklahoma’s roads and bridges.

“Last year we had to reduce the eight-year plan by $323 million,” Patterson says. “These are cumulative numbers, and so, if you look over the last six to eight years, the impact has been $800 million.”  

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