Elections 2014
4:26 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Looking At Key Races In Tuesday’s Oklahoma Midterm Elections

Brian Hardzinski KGOU

A closer-than-expected governor’s race, a neck-and-neck standoff for the state superintendent seat and several competitive state Senate seats comprise Tuesday’s general election.

Early voting began Thursday and continued through Saturday. Winners will take their seats at the start of the legislative session early next year.

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Open Records
4:00 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Workers Compensation Commission By Law Must Open Meetings To Public

Commissioner Troy Wilson
Credit Oklahoma Workers Compensation Commission

The Oklahoma attorney general says state law requires the Workers Compensation Commission to open its meetings to the public.

The Tulsa World reports Attorney General Scott Pruitt's opinion ends two commissioners' desire to discuss appeals involving injured workers' cases in closed meetings.

The three-member commission has declined to hear appeals involving injured workers' cases, waiting for Pruitt's decision on the matter. The panel reversed its position Thursday, voting to hear at least eight out of 18 pending appeals.

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1:30 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Tom Magliozzi, Popular Co-Host Of NPR's 'Car Talk,' Dies At 77

Tom Magliozzi's laugh boomed in NPR listeners' ears every week as he and his brother, Ray, bantered on Car Talk.
Courtesy of Car Talk

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 5:23 pm

Tom Magliozzi, one of public radio's most popular personalities, died on Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77 years old.

Tom and his brother, Ray, became famous as "Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers" on the weekly NPR show Car Talk. They bantered, told jokes, laughed and sometimes even gave pretty good advice to listeners who called in with their car troubles.

If there was one thing that defined Tom Magliozzi, it was his laugh. It was loud, it was constant, it was infectious.

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Native American News
1:07 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Oklahoma Historical Society Partners With Ancestry.com On American Indian Records

Oklahoma Historical Society
Credit Oklahoma Historical Society

A Utah-based genealogy website is partnering with the Oklahoma Historical Society to add more than 3.2 million American Indian records to an online database to make it easier for people to research whether they have Indian blood.

The new data is available to customers beginning Monday at Ancestry.com.

With the addition, the website will have more than 10 million American Indian records, making it the largest collection of its kind.

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Oklahoma News
12:44 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Monthly Economic Index Suggests OK Economy Slowing

Oklahoma Economy
Credit Simon Cunningham / Flickr.com

A monthly economic survey index for Oklahoma and eight other Midwestern and Plains states has dropped again.

A survey report issued early Monday says the overall Mid-America Business Conditions Index fell in October to 51.8 from 54.3 in September. The figure was from 57.2 in August.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says sharp declines in grain and crude oil prices drove down the overall index for the month. He says the index figure points to slow economic gains ahead.

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2014 Elections
11:09 am
Mon November 3, 2014

State Superintendent Candidates Spar Over Qualifications In Debate

Democratic superintendent canddiate John Cox and Republican nominee Joy Hofmeister during Tuesday's debate at Oklahoma State University-Tulsa.

With just a week before the November 4 general election, Republican Joy Hofmeister and Democrat John Cox set out to differentiate themselves last night in one of the final debates in the race for Oklahoma’s top education office.

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It's All Politics
10:27 am
Mon November 3, 2014

What If The Senate Isn't Decided On Election Day?

It's a long shot, but there's a scenario where control of the Senate might not be known until Jan. 6 — three days after the start of the next Congress. That's when Republican David Perdue and Democrat Michelle Nunn will face each other in a Georgia runoff if one of them fails to win 50 percent on Tuesday.
David Tulis AP

Originally published on Mon November 3, 2014 4:42 pm

If you've enjoyed the battle for control of the Senate over the past many months, here's some good news: The drama could well spill over into next month — or even next year.

While Republicans are increasingly optimistic — and Democrats, pessimistic — about their prospects Tuesday, there are plausible scenarios that could have America waiting well beyond Nov. 4 to know which party will have a Senate majority.

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It's All Politics
8:14 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Obama's Low Approval Rating Casts Shadow Over Democratic Races

President Obama stands with Connecticut Gov. Dan Malloy in Bridgeport on Sunday. Malloy is in a tough re-election battle with Republican Tom Foley. The president spent the weekend trying to energize the Democratic base to get out and vote in Tuesday's midterm elections.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 23, 2015 10:49 am

It's crunch time for campaign workers across the country. With the midterm elections just one day away, Republicans and Democrats are scrambling to turn out every possible vote.

President Obama spent the weekend rallying supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Connecticut.

The last-minute swing was unusual for a president who's kept a relatively low profile on the campaign trail this year. But whether he wants to or not, Obama is playing an outsized role in shaping the political landscape.

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Elections 2014
6:58 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Volume Of Uncontested Lawmaker Seats 'Not The Best Thing For Our Community'

State Sen. David Holt (R-Oklahoma City) knocks doors for State Representative Jason Nelson (R-Oklahoma City) with his children Maggie and George.
Kate Carlton Greer KGOU

While most of the candidates on Tuesday’s ballot have been knocking doors, making phone calls and earning votes for weeks now, several state lawmakers are running unopposed and have quieter campaigns.

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Oklahoma News
8:00 am
Sun November 2, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Remains Stable But Labor Force Shrinks

Unemployment Report for September 2014
Credit Office of the State Treasurer

In a report from the Office of the State Treasurer, Oklahoma’s preliminary, seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate was listed at 4.7 percent in September by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission. The rate is unchanged from the prior month but down by nine-tenths of one percentage point from the prior year.

Compared to September 2013, the number of those listed as jobless dropped by 17,880 people, while statewide employment decreased by 20,520 jobs. The labor force shrank by 38,410 over the 12-month period.

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