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8:21 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Because It's Never Too Soon To Survey The Year In Jazz, 5 Songs For 2014

James Brandon Lewis' second album, Divine Travels, came out in early February.
Ingrid Hertfelder Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 5:05 pm

From the outside looking in, it may seem as if jazz recordings have slowed to a flurry. But it's really more like a blizzard, with dozens already coming down in the new year — including new efforts from big names like Pat Metheny, Danilo Pérez and Brad Mehldau. Before we're snowed under, here are a few others worth hearing.

Oklahoma House Approves Plan
4:26 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Publically Funded Pension Obligations Will Be Covered

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A plan to require the Legislature to cover the state's publicly funded pension obligations each year has been approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 69-24 on Thursday for the bill to require the Legislature to meet the actuarially required contribution, or ARC, amount each year. The requirement wouldn't apply if the total amount exceeded 15 percent of the overall state budget.

House author Rep. Randy McDaniel says because the Legislature historically didn't meet the ARC, the systems have grown to have an unfunded liability of nearly $12 billion.

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Runoff Election Appropriate Response
4:11 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Sallisaw Won't Be Pulling A Police Chief Out Of The Hat

Credit Sallisaw Police Department - City Of Sallisaw

Sallisaw's new police chief won't be picked from a hat after all.

Sequoyah County election officials say a runoff election will be held April 1 after Tuesday's contest ended in a tie. Both Terry Franklin and Sandy Girdner received 837 votes, and election officials initially said they'd draw the winner's name from a hat.

But on Wednesday, Election Board Secretary Cindy Osborn said the city attorney's office notified the board that a runoff election would be the appropriate response.

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All Tech Considered
2:38 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

How The Big Cable Deal Could Actually Boost Open-Internet Rules

Comcast is the largest cable company and home Internet service provider in the United States.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:59 am

An announced $45 billion merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable — the largest and second-largest cable companies in the U.S., respectively — is under scrutiny not just for its massive size but also for its potential impact on Internet use.

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Oklahoma Politics
1:27 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

UPDATE: McAffrey Formally Announces U.S. House Candidacy

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A Democratic state senator from Oklahoma City formally announced his candidacy Thursday for the 5th Congressional District seat being vacated by Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford.

State Sen. Al McAffrey formally unveiled his plans during a 1 p.m. press conference at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

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Health
12:32 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

11 More Flu Deaths In Oklahoma, Bringing Total To 44 This Season

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Eleven more people have died from the flu over the past week, bringing the total number of Oklahomans who have died to 44 since Sept. 29.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health posted its latest update on its website Thursday.

52 more people were hospitalized with the flu, bringing the total number to hospitalizations to 1,076 this season.

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World Views
11:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Challenges And Opportunities With Pakistan’s Diversity

Pakistani boys unload food from a U.S. Army helicopter. Pakistan needs the United States "for a whole host of support," says Lahore School of Economics professor Shamyla Chaudry.
Credit Spc. Stephen J. Schmitz / U.S. Army / Flickr Creative Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Joshua White and Shamyla Chaudry.

Pakistan’s burgeoning, educated youth population and various religious and militant groups pose distinct policy concerns for the South Asian nuclear power and the United States, say analysts and scholars Joshua White and Shamyla Chaudry.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:11 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Cleanup Of Hazardous Oklahoma Refinery Site Went Unfunded Until People Moved In

Tyler Lane pulls up a wooden marker covered with oily sludge in the land behind his Bristow home. Lane uses stakes and rope to keep his two children out of the oiliest, most dangerous parts of his property, which sits atop the abandoned Wilcox Refinery, Oklahoma’s newest Superfund site.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

You can’t see it from street, or when you look out the window of Glen Jones’ parents’ house, but the Wilcox Refinery is still here. Parts of it, anyway.

In December 2013, the abandoned refinery complex near Bristow became Oklahoma’s newest federal Superfund site. The Wilcox Refinery closed more than 50 years ago, but lead and other toxic chemicals remain, and residents are uneasy about the long cleanup ahead.

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Shots - Health News
9:40 am
Thu February 13, 2014

With This Year's Flu, Young Adults Are Not So Invincible

A flu shot would have helped protect young adults, but most didn't get it.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 10:40 am

We usually think of the flu as an illness that afflicts the elderly. But this season the virus seems to be hitting younger people hard.

This winter at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., the median age of people hospitalized with influenza was 28.5 years. Many of the worst cases of flu occurred in young, otherwise healthy people.

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Transportation
9:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Oklahoma To Offer Incentives To Speed Lexington-Purcell Bridge Repair

The James C. Nance bridge that links Lexington and Purcell.
Credit J. Stephen Conn / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission will offer financial incentives to the contractor it chooses to fix a closed bridge between Lexington and Purcell.

The commission has called a special meeting for Friday to award the contract. Commissioners will choose a contractor to perform emergency repairs to the James C. Nance Bridge that was closed Jan. 31 after cracks were found in structural bridge beams.

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