This Week on ONR for August 16, 2013

This week on ONR for August 16, 2013: 

• Oklahoma's acclaimed Pre-Kindergarten program prepares youngsters for learning, but testing shows they lose their advantage in reading by 4th Grade.
• While some rural Oklahoma cities are booming, others are seeing their economies falter and their populations dwindle.
• Newcastle High School takes a proactive approach to dealing with football-related head injuries.
• Governor Mary Fallin calls legislators to the Capitol for a Special Session to fix a series of laws found unconstitutional. We discuss with Shawn Ashley of eCapitol.
• The Department of Transportation studies creating a passenger rail line between Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
• In a Newsmaker Interview, Director of the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs, Darrell Weaver, discusses a change in national drug enforcement policy.
• Kidney disease is the ninth-leading cause of death in the United States. We look at what is being done to prevent the disease and deal with its effects, including fighting the obesity epidemic in Oklahoma.
• And, Ted Streuli of The Journal Record reviews the week in business.