Signs dot the lawns of supporters of Norman Forward along South Lahoma Ave.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Despite Strong Support, Citizens Concerned Ahead Of ‘Norman Forward’ Sales Tax Vote

Voters will decide Tuesday on one of Norman’s largest capital improvement projects in recent memory. Norman Forward is a 15-year half-a-percent sales tax that’s expected to raise more than $200 million for more than a dozen quality-of-life initiatives. But some citizens are concerned it’s too much over too long of a period. “We can pick the most popular projects and build slowly instead of trying to bite it off all in one chunk,” said Norman resident Jim Seifried. If Norman Forward passes,...
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Buffy Heater, chief strategy officer of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, is evaluating options for shifting part of Oklahoma’s Medicaid population into a “coordinated care” program using private-sector contractors.
Warren Vieth / Oklahoma Watch

At the insistence of state lawmakers, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is exploring cost-saving options that could lead to partial privatization of the state’s $2.4 billion Medicaid program for aged, blind and disabled people.

The state tried that once before, and it didn’t work out. Costs escalated, companies dropped out, and the state pulled the plug. Supporters of the new effort predicted it might turn out better because of improvements in managed-care practices.

This Is The Fund Drive

Sep 27, 2015

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

Last spring we tried a new way to raise money for the services KGOU provides.  We know programs you hear on KGOU are important to you. 

So, instead of interrupting Morning Edition and All Things Considered for 4 to 5 minutes at a time, encouraging listeners to give, we asked you to give during shorter, normal program breaks. 

It worked and the effort limited the disruptive breaks to only 17 hours instead of 70 or more. It is a much better system!

Paige Willet Lough

September 27, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

This week I’m pleased to introduce two new staff members to KGOU.

Paige Willett Lough joined us last week as the new host of All Things Considered and Operations Director. Paige is a University of Oklahoma graduate who worked for KGOU as a journalism student several years ago. With Paige handling operations, Brian Hardzinski will expand our web page content as a Digital News Editor.

Protesters of Donald Trump's visit gather at the intersetion of NW 10th Street and May Ave. just to the north of the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Friday night thousands of supporters turned out at the Oklahoma State Fair for a 40-minute speech by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump.

Donald TrumpGOP presidential hopeful Donald Trump speaking to thousands gathered at the Bandshell Stage on the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds on September 25, 2015.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Thousands of supporters streamed to the Oklahoma State Fair on Friday to hear Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump hammer the media, illegal immigrants, Iran and Florida Senator Marco Rubio.

Wearing his signature red baseball cap, Trump told the crowd the United States doesn’t win anymore, but that will change under the Trump administration.

top secret confidential document
RestrictedData / Flickr

Most of the information in the intelligence world is unclassified.

That may seem counterintuitive, but longtime intelligence analyst Thomas Fingar says the whole point of intelligence is to aid decision-makers.

“It's not giving them what they want, it's giving them what the analysts that they are working with feels they need - if they think that their understanding is incomplete or inaccurate to help them to understand how to put it in perspective and the like. So it's influenced by the policy agenda,” Fingar said.

President Barack Obama presents President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China with a gift of an inscribed redwood park bench at the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, Calif., June 8, 2013.
Pete Souza / The White House

President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping are meeting this week to discuss an arms deal for cyberspace. It’s the first of its kind – an agreement not to use cyber weapons to attack each other’s infrastructure. The move would protect things like medical facilities, cell phone towers, banking systems, and power grids.

President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009.
Pete Souza / The White House

Next week President Obama plans to meet with Russian president Vladimir Putin at the United Nations to discuss efforts and support in Syria. Russia has been backing the Syrian administration of Bashar al-Assad since the civil war began more than four years ago – sending planes, tanks and troops to bolster Bashar al-Assad’s government and tenuous hold on power in the troubled country. But the rise of Islamic State militants has created even more questions about who to stand behind in the Middle East.

(This post was last updated at 1:31 p.m. ET.)

House Speaker John Boehner will give up his seat in Congress at the end of October.

Boehner became the 53rd speaker of the House in 2011. The Ohio Republican's tenure has been marked by fierce confrontations with Democrats and sometimes with his own party. One of those fights led to a 16-day partial government shutdown in 2013.

Amid renewed conflict with more conservative members of his party, Boehner is once again facing the prospect of a government shutdown.

The pontiff told the United Nations General Assembly that it is critical that the international community act now to solve problems ranging from climate change to poverty and inequality of opportunity.