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The State Regents for Higher Education will ask lawmakers for more than $859 million next year, an $88.8 million increase over the current fiscal year budget.

Regents approved their fiscal year 2022 budget request in a meeting on Thursday.

The largest portion of the requested increase, $33.8 million, would fund workforce development initiatives, with $10.5 million going toward improving engineering programs at OU, OSU and the University of Central Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis announced on Friday he will retire July 1, 2021, after 13 years leading the university.

The former attorney and Bank of Oklahoma vice chairman is just the second OSU graduate to serve as its president.

"During our time at Oklahoma State, we have marveled at the boundless talents across our campus, enjoyed the thrill of success, and, of course, wept during moments of tragedy that have united us as a family," Hargis said in a video released by the university.

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WACO, Texas (AP) — An increase in positive COVID-19 cases at Baylor and concerns of an outbreak have led to the Bears’ scheduled home game Saturday against No. 7 Oklahoma State being pushed back nearly two months. 

The Big 12 Conference announced Sunday night that the game has been rescheduled for Dec. 12. That move came three days after Baylor announced a pause in football activities to evaluate recent positive tests for COVID-19.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s two largest universities on Tuesday announced that they were delaying the start of the spring semester by a week and were canceling spring break because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Spring classes will begin Jan. 19 at Oklahoma State University and on Jan. 25 at the University of Oklahoma, and both schools canceled their spring breaks in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — One week after its originally scheduled season opener was supposed to take place, No. 11 Oklahoma State will finally take the field this weekend. 

After Tulsa had several players test positive for COVID-19 earlier in camp, the Golden Hurricane had requested an extra week of practice and, conveniently, both teams initially had a bye week Saturday, so it was an easy decision to move the game back a week. Kickoff is at noon Saturday.

A study of seven years' worth of data shows what states can do to improve broadband internet availability in rural areas.

OSU's Department of Agricultural Economics and Purdue University's Center for Regional Development teamed up for the study. OSU's Dr. Brian Whitacre told Oklahoma's Rural Broadband Expansion Council out of three broad policy categories, two really made a difference.

"The main policies that were more effective are the lack of restrictions and in-place state funds," Whitacre said.

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DALLAS (AP) — Works of art depicting the American West and other pieces collected by the late Texas oil tycoon T. Boone Pickens are expected to sell at auction for more than $15 million.

Christie’s said Thursday that the auction will be held Oct. 28 in New York. Christie’s said the art collection spans over a century, with works ranging from from Frederic Remington’s “The Signal” from 1900 to Howard Terpning’s “Flags on the Frontier” from 2001.

The Big 12 has secured access to COVID-19 antigen testing that produces rapid results and will be used the day before competition on players, coaches and staff.

The conference announced a partnership with Virtual Care for Families. The testing program will use Quidel Rapid Antigen tests.

The Big 12 said it expects the Quidel test to provide results in about 15 minutes, the turnaround for its tests under a partnership with the Pac-12.

OSU has slashed its current year athletics budget with layoffs, pay cuts and furloughs.

Combined with a hiring freeze on nine positions and previous cuts, the moves announced Wednesday trimmed $13 million from the athletics budget.

Ten employees were laid off Wednesday, while 66 will start furloughs next week. Another 151 are taking pay cuts of 2.5% to 25%.

OSU Athletics Director Mike Holder said 16 of 25 employees under contracts agreed to voluntary pay cuts, including all head coaches and himself.

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While COVID-19 is already affecting college football season in Oklahoma, fans shouldn’t expect to know details.

TU and OSU postponed their season opener a week, moving it from Saturday to Sept. 19. Head coach Philip Montgomery said the Golden Hurricane needs another week of preparation after getting in just seven practices during a 17-day preseason camp because of multiple positive tests.

But he wouldn’t say during a Tuesday news conference how many cases the team is currently dealing with.

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Health officials believe Oklahoma State University is closing in on approval for a saliva-based COVID-19 test.

It’s modeled on one developed by Rutgers University that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already granted emergency use authorization to in April. The FDA expanded that authorization for the Rutgers test in May to include specimens collected at home.

Adrienne Rollins with the Oklahoma State Department of Health said OSU's saliva test is less invasive and faster than current tests.

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Oklahoma has another new state epidemiologist during the coronavirus pandemic.

OSU veterinary professor Jared Taylor has been tapped as an epidemiology consultant for the State Department of Health.

Interim State Epidemiologist Aaron Wendelboe’s contract expired Friday. He was named to the post in late March after former State Epidemiologist Laurence Burnsed was reassigned.

Taylor was made OSU’s epidemiologist at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and worked with Wendelboe on a presentation to Governor Kevin Stitt in April.

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Students marked their entries into medical school on Friday in a white coat ceremony at OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine at the Cherokee Nation.

OSU Center for Health Sciences President and OSU School of Osteopathic Medicine Dean Dr. Kayse Shrum told them while their families and friends couldn’t be present because of the coronavirus pandemic, there’s still plenty of cause for celebration.

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University of Tulsa Interim President Janet Levit issued a statement Friday in response to a recent announcement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that would require international students at universities offering online-only courses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to leave the country.

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Dr. Jennifer Clark, a Visiting Associate Professor of Community Health at TU's Oxley College of Health Sciences; she teaches in TU's Health Care Delivery Science Program. Dr. Clark is also a contributor/commentator for the ongoing, thrice-weekly Project ECHO updates regarding COVID-19. These online, open-to-the-public updates, originating from Oklahoma State University and freely streamable, are medically-driven information sessions presented by a multi-institutional array of doctors and scientists.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy took a $1 million pay cut and had his contract shortened by a year as part of an internal review prompted by sharp criticism from his star running back for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel.

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STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University’s governing board plans to vote Friday to remove the name Murray from a building at the school’s Stillwater campus, ending its affiliation with a governor who advocated for segregation and pushed to advance Jim Crow laws, officials said.

University President Burns Hargis sent a letter to the board of regents on Wednesday recommending that the school rename the building that pays homage to Oklahoma’s ninth governor, William H. “Alfalfa Bill” Murray.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One day after Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard lashed out at coach Mike Gundy on social media for wearing a T-shirt promoting a far-right news channel, Gundy apologized.

 

Star running back Chuba Hubbard tweeted Monday he will not be doing anything with OSU "until things change" after a photo of head coach Mike Gundy wearing a T-shirt for a far-right TV channel surfaced online.

In a photo dated June 10 tweeted Monday by CBS Sports writer Kyle Boone, Gundy is seen at Lake Texoma wearing a shirt with the One America News logo on the front.

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Oklahoma State has become the first school to be punished by the NCAA in the fallout from the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. The school plans to fight — and likely won’t be the only one.

The Cowboys’ men’s basketball team was banned from the upcoming postseason among numerous penalties handed down Friday by an NCAA infractions committee panel, which found that former assistant coach Lamont Evans accepted up to $22,000 in bribes intended to help steer athletes to certain financial advisers.

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Eddie Sutton waited so long to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He couldn’t hang on long enough to make it to the ceremony.

The man who led three teams to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA Tournament, died Saturday. He was 84.

Sutton’s family said in a statement he died of natural causes at home in the Tulsa, Oklahoma, area, surrounded by his three sons and their families. His wife, Patsy, died in 2013.

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OSU has asked the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use authorization to roll out a saliva-based COVID-19 test in Oklahoma.

Collecting a patient’s saliva puts health care workers at lower risk of infection than using nose and throat swabs to get a specimen does, and those swabs are in short supply.

"This is a huge benefit, especially for those long-term care facility residents where getting a nasal swab can be challenging and uncomfortable," said Oklahoma Deputy Secretary of Science and Innovation Elizabeth Pollard.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we speak with William Paiva, who became the executive director of Oklahoma State University's Center for Health Systems Innovation (CHSI) in 2014. A health and biotech venture capitalist who was on the board of directors for the CHSI since it began in 2012, Paiva is an Oklahoma native who received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Oklahoma and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

On this edition of ST, we welcome the writer and writing instructor Teresa Miller back to our program. She founded the Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers in the early 1990s, and around that same time she started hosting and producing a popular public-television interview show, Writing Out Loud. Her books include the novels "Remnants of Glory" and "Family Correspondence," as well as "Means of Transit," which is an autobiography.

On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Jayson Lusk, who holds the Willard Sparks Endowed Chair in the Agricultural Economics Department at Oklahoma State University. Lusk has a new book out called "The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate." Here are a few sentences from the book's opening pages: "A catastrophe is looming. Farmers are raping the land and torturing animals. Food is riddled with deadly pesticides, hormones, and foreign DNA. Corporate farms are wallowing in government subsidies.

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ARDMORE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State University/A&M Board of Regents has selected an architect to design a new residence hall on the Stillwater campus.

The regents meeting Friday in Ardmore chose KSQ Architects of Tulsa to design the up to 900 bed residence hall on the northwest side of campus. The building will replace Kerr-Drummond Hall — which is to be demolished.