Includes electronic cigarettes
6:33 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Vapor Products May Continue To Avoid Tobacco Tax

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Electronic cigarettes and other vapor products would continue to be subjected to sales taxes, and not tobacco excise taxes, under a bill approved by a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 6-4 on Tuesday for the bill by Yukon Republican state Sen. Rob Johnson. The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.

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Oklahoma State University
4:15 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Mathematics Learning Success Center Truly Succeeding

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Oklahoma State University says its new Mathematics Learning Success Center is helping math students succeed at record rates.

The center opened in April, and since the fall semester students enrolled in lower-level math succeeded at a rate of 75 percent or higher.

The amount of calculus tutoring has more than doubled. Business calculus students set a record with a success rate of more than 85 percent, and calculus I students succeeded at a rate of 70 percent, surpassing the national average by 10 to 20 percent.

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Here & Now
2:24 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Pharmacy Says No To Providing Execution Drug

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Missouri must now come up with an alternative means of executing a death row inmate next week after an Oklahoma pharmacy says it will not provide the state with the drug to be used as the lethal injection.

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Oklahoma Revenue
1:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Oklahoma Legislature To Have $188 Million Less To Spend

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State lawmakers will have even less revenue to appropriate this year for state services than initially projected, in large part due to volatile corporate income tax collections.

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Oklahoma News
12:10 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

VIDEO: Oklahoma Earthquake Swarm On ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’

Oklahoma’s earthquake swarm was the subject of a segment on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night. Host and commentator Maddow discussed the loud, explosive “booms” that accompany the shallow quakes — a phenomenon reported in Oklahoma and Texas — and, with her signature snark, suggested a way to curtail the shaking, which many seismologists say is linked to disposal wells used by the oil and gas industry.

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The Two-Way
11:43 am
Tue February 18, 2014

A Big Asteroid Just Flew By, And Guess What? More Are Coming

NASA/JPL-Caltech

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 2:18 pm

An asteroid that's about the size of three football fields flew past Earth on Monday, coming within 2.1 million miles. That was near enough to generate headlines such as this, from Reuters: "Earth marks close encounter with enormous asteroid."

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Earthquakes
9:19 am
Tue February 18, 2014

What To Do When The Earth Shakes? Red Cross Earthquake App Has Answers

University of Oklahoma graduate students near Wellston, Okla., installing a seismometer to study central-Oklahoma's earthquake swarm.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

As Oklahomans continue to deal with earthquakes, the American Red Cross is reminding residents of a phone app that tells them what to do before, during and after a temblor.

Oklahoma has been experiencing a significant jump in the number of earthquakes in recent years, and researchers are still trying to determine why.

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Monkey See
8:35 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Last Chance To Read 'Grapes Of Wrath' Before It Turns 75

These Grapes of Wrath copies may look well-loved, but don't be fooled. A lot of us are opening them up for the first time.
Jim Tuttle NPR

Originally published on Mon April 14, 2014 3:43 pm

John Steinbeck's Dust Bowl saga has been on required reading lists for decades, but somehow a lot of us at NPR Books have never read it. (We know! We know!) So when we realized the 75th anniversary was coming up on April 14, we thought: What better way to pay tribute to Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning epic than to actually crack it open?

That is to say: We're hosting a Grapes of Wrath book club and you're all invited to join.*

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The Two-Way
6:56 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Jimmy Fallon, 'Your Host ... For Now,' Takes Over 'Tonight'

Jimmy Fallon during his debut Monday as host of NBC's The Tonight Show.
Theo Wargo Getty Images for 'The Tonight Show'

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:42 am

The new guy's getting pretty good reviews.

Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's The Tonight Show on Monday night, saying he just wants "to do the best I can ... make you laugh and put a smile on your face."

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Around the Nation
2:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Mayor Wants To Drive Horse-Drawn Carriages Out Of NYC

Stephen Malone, spokesman for the Horse and Carriage Association, gets his rig ready in New York City. Some say horse-drawn carriages are inhumane; if the mayor has his way, the practice will end.
Amy Pearl WNYC

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 11:33 am

During New York City's mayoral race last year, then-candidate Bill de Blasio promised to fix big-picture problems, like income inequality and universal pre-K.

So he raised some collective eyebrows when he announced what one of his first initiatives as mayor would be:

"We are going to quickly and aggressively move to make horse carriages no longer a part of the landscape in New York City," he said. "They're not humane; they're not appropriate to the year 2014; it's over."

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