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Where Were The Watchdogs In The Health Department Crisis?

The cash crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which was years in the making, raises questions about which agencies and state officials could have caught the agency’s reported financial mismanagement. At first glance, state government appears to have the powers and expertise to detect financial irregularities occurring at the health department from 2011 to 2017.

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Across the country, universities are being criticized over issues of money: from how they spend their endowments, to how they raise tuition, to how they award financial aid.
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It’s no secret that college is getting more expensive – or that America’s student debt has erupted into a full-on crisis. But it’s not just loans that are putting pressure on Americans seeking an education. As this week’s episode explains, students face a variety of obstacles, from rising tuition rates to hard-line immigration laws.

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New York City police say the suspect in Monday morning's explosion in a subway station tunnel near Times Square was wearing an improvised explosive device and that he suffered burns after it was detonated. Three other people sustained minor injuries.

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District Attorney David Prater announced Friday that Sgt. Christopher Barnes of the Oklahoma City Police Department will not be charged in the Sept. 19 fatal shooting of Magdiel Sanchez.

Alisa Ganieva
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Award-winning novelist Alisa Ganieva’s books describe the complexities of her home, the Russian republic of Dagestan.

An English translation of her second book, Bride and Groom, will be released in January 2018. It’s a fictional depiction of marriage in her home.

Ganieva spoke to KGOU’s World Views when she was in Norman for the annual Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture. She says her novel begins when the groom’s family book a large banquet for his wedding. However, he does not yet have a bride.

The Santa Fe Station was built in 1934. It served passenger trains until 1979, and then again from 1999 to the present.
Nomin Ujiyediin / KGOU

Kaye Burlison remembers what the Santa Fe train station looked like in her youth: rusted metal canopies that stained the building’s limestone exterior, and windows fogged up from the uneven temperature control inside.  

“It was rust-colored instead of cream, so it was definitely in disrepair, ” Burlison said.

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin appears following a news conference in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017.
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Oklahoma legislators won’t have time to go last-minute Christmas shopping--Gov. Mary Fallin will call legislators back to the state capitol for a second special session that will begin on Dec.18.

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Al Franken announced Thursday that he will resign from Congress, following multiple accusations of sexual harassment.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young discusses the latest with NPR’s Jessica Taylor (@JessicaTaylor).

Gulfport Energy Corp. offices at 3001 Quail Springs Pkwy. in Oklahoma City.
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One Oklahoma City-based driller’s credit line was recently increased, which could be a sign the business is doing well.

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I’m Dick Pryor, general manager of KGOU Radio, and this is the Manager’s Minute.

We have exciting news to share this week.  

KGOU is now broadcasting from a transmitter near Clinton to listeners across a large part of western Oklahoma.

On December 1, Cameron University transferred the license for the transmitter to the University of Oklahoma and KGOU.

The addition of the Clinton transmitter increases the reach of KGOU’s broadcast signal to 32 counties.

Dustyn Rappe / Oklahoma Watch

A controversial practice of shutting children alone in small closet-like rooms to control their behavior has led Oklahoma parents to withdraw their children from school, seek police intervention and take legal action.

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