StateImpact

StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOUKOSUKWGS and KCCU. Joe Wertz and Logan Layden travel the state to report on the intersection of government, industry, natural resources and the Oklahoma workforce.

George Wang (left) and his chemistry teacher Fazlur Rahman (right). Wang discovered Carbon atoms can make more bonds than ever thought.

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A bill that would allow Oklahomans to carry handguns in public without getting permission from the state is on Gov. Mary Fallin’s desk.

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ap_100716039670_wide-f976623fb61d385592a9e52701432ebe8d692b31-s800-c85Scott Pruitt, the current head of the Environmental Protection Agency, first came to national prominence back when he was Oklahoma’s attorney general. In that role, he sued the agency he now runs 14 times, in a series of court cases alleging overreach by the federal government.

The U.S. Senate narrowly confirmed Scott Pruitt as administrator of the EPA in 2017. It was the latest step in a political career that has focused in large part on faith-based issues.

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Former Oklahoma Attorney General Scott and current U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt joins in an applause at the Oklahoma Capitol in 2017.

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Gov. Mary Fallin signed seven criminal justice reform bills this week ending a bumpy ride for legislation designed to curb prison population growth in Oklahoma.

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Basset speaks with a student in an outdoor area at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Oklahoma City.

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Basset speaks with a student in an outdoor area at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Oklahoma City.

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The Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval on four criminal justice reform bills and sent them to the governor Tuesday. Here’s a breakdown of the measures and what they’re designed to do:

State Sen. Ervin Yen supports nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method.

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State Sen. Ervin Yen supports nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method.

Oklahoma Educators and supporters rally outside the state Capitol on Monday.

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Apr 3, 2018

Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jeff Crawford patrols city streets on Monday.

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Flanked by teachers from the Professional Oklahoma Educators organization, Governor Mary Fallin signs a new teacher pay raise into law. March 29, 2018. .

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Gov. Mary Fallin signs a teacher pay raise into law on Thursday, March 29, 2018.

In a late-night attempt to stave off a statewide teacher walkout, the Oklahoma House passed a series of bills that gives teachers a $5,000 to $7,000 raise – depending on their experience.

The package of bills also raises pay for school support staff and state employees, however it’s not clear if the legislation – as written – is enough to keep teachers from descending on the Capitol on April 2nd.

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday ruled a proposed state question that would ask voters to approve tax hikes on oil and gas production to help fund education can move forward.

Oklahoma Plans To Resume Executions With Nitrogen Gas

Mar 16, 2018

President of the Oklahoma Education Association, Alicia Priest, says teachers are frustrated with lawmakers for not doing their jobs.

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Oklahoma teachers rallied for a $5,000 pay raise at the Capitol on February 12, 2018.

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Oklahoma teachers rallied for a $5,000 pay raise at the Capitol on February 12, 2018.

Oklahoma Opioid Deaths Continue To Rise

Mar 6, 2018

Narcan, also known as Naloxone is an opiate overdose antidote.

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Oklahoma teachers rallied in support of the Step Up Oklahoma plan on February 12, 2018. The plan would have provided $5,000 teacher pay raises, but failed in the House.

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