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

Credit Oklahoma State Senate

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

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District / Flickr Creative Commons

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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Native American
8:23 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Oklahoma Tribal College To Get Federal Funds

College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee, Okla.
Credit Muscogee (Creek) Nation

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Education has authorized funding for the College of the Muscogee Nation in Okmulgee.

The college sought funding in April as a tribal college under the Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities Assistance Act of 1978. Approval was announced Wednesday by Kevin Washburn, the assistant secretary for Indian Affairs with the U.S. Department of the Interior. Funding is to begin in July.

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OneSix8
8:03 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Swing Era Throwbacks, Love, And Lectures

The Legendary Count Basie Orchestra directed by Dennis Mackrel.
Credit BasieBand.org

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab hosts the legendary Count Basie Orchestra in celebration of the venue’s 12th Anniversary. 

The name William “Count” Basie is synonymous with big-band jazz. UCO’s Jazz Studies Division head Brian Gorrell goes so far as to say, “The Count Basie Orchestra is without a doubt the most famous big band in all of American music history.”

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The Two-Way
6:57 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Afghans Release 65 Prisoners The U.S. Deems Dangerous

Afghan National Army soldiers stand guard at the main gate of the Parwan Detention Facility Center on the outskirts of Bagram. Afghan authorities released 65 prisoners from there Thursday.
Massoud Hossaini AP

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 2:03 pm

Afghan authorities on Thursday went ahead and released 65 prisoners from a high-security prison north of Kabul over the strong objections of U.S. military commanders, who say the men are dangerous terrorists who have attacked civilians and soldiers in the past.

As the Los Angeles Times writes:

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