The Two-Way
11:47 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Officials: 100 'Potential Contacts' Linked To Dallas Ebola Patient

A man diagnosed with the Ebola virus this week is being treated at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. The patient recently traveled to Dallas from Liberia.
Mike Stone Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 7:34 pm

Updated at 3:42 p.m. ET:

The number of "contact traces" for a man diagnosed with Ebola earlier this week in Dallas has risen to 100, officials say, as they add secondary contacts to a list of people being monitored for symptoms of the deadly virus.

Earlier today, Erikka Neros, a spokeswoman for the Dallas County Health and Human Services department, said the number of "contact traces" stood at about 80 because the 12 to 18 people who had been exposed directly to the patient then had contact with others.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:54 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Uncertainty Looms Over Walnut Creek’s Somber Final Weekend As A State Park

It would be difficult to find exactly where Walnut Creek is without this sign at the end of the rocky road to the park.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

Walnut Creek State Park closed indefinitely last weekend, the latest in a series of park closures that started in 2011, and a victim of budget priorities and changing attitudes at the department of tourism. StateImpact traveled to the banks of Keystone Lake to visit with some of Walnut Creek’s last campers as a state park, and the people whose livelihoods are now in danger.

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7:03 am
Thu October 2, 2014

New Orleans Schools Face A Surge Of Unaccompanied Minors

Yashua Cantillano, 14, arrived in New Orleans in June from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He's now enrolled in a charter school, Carver Prep, on the city's east side.
Mallory Falk/WWNO

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 7:17 pm

For 14-year-old Yashua Cantillano, life in New Orleans is an improvement.

But that's not saying much.

Just three months ago, Yashua was in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, dodging gang members. He says they would drive by his school, guns visible, threatening to kill him, his younger brother — Yashua's whole family.

"We'd hide all day," Yashua says, "and that kept us from going to school."

After crossing the U.S. border illegally, he came to New Orleans and ultimately enrolled at Carver Prep, a small charter school on the city's east side.

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Business and Economy
8:44 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Oklahoma Receives Federal Grant To Train The Unemployed

Credit Kate Hiscock / Flickr Creative Commons

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has announced a $580,000 grant to help low-income residents in Oklahoma receive job training and find employment.

The agency announced the award Tuesday to the Oklahoma Finance Agency and housing authorities in five cities.

HUD's Family Self-Sufficiency Program funded the grant that helps public housing residents connect with existing services in their communities to improve their education or help find employment.

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Business and Economy
8:39 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Midwest Economic Index Drops In September Due To Drop In Grain Prices

Credit Miran Rijavec Stan Dalone /

A monthly economic survey index for nine Midwestern and Plains states suggests economic growth in the region will slow down in the months ahead.

A survey report issued Wednesday says the overall September index dropped nearly three points to 54.3, from 57.2 the previous month.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss, who oversees the survey, says a drop in grain prices over the past year has led to a pullback in economic activity for the heavily agrarian region.

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Weather and Climate
8:31 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Dry September Diminishes Drought Recovery

After four years of drought, municipal water storage in in Altus-Lugert lake has dropped to about 10 percent.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

A drier than normal September has diminished drought recovery in Oklahoma, and weather experts say the dry pattern will continue through October.

Preliminary figures from the Oklahoma Mesonet show the statewide average rainfall total was 2.6 inches — 1.3 inches below normal and the 46th driest September since record-keeping began in 1895.

August and September combined for a statewide average of 3.9 inches — 2.6 inches below normal and the 22nd driest August-September period on record.

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8:28 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Summits Set To Aid Medicare Open Enrollees

Credit James Martin / Flickr

The Oklahoma Insurance Department's Medicare Assistance Program is hosting free statewide events to assist seniors during the Medicare open enrollment period that runs Oct. 15-Dec. 7.

During open enrollment, Medicare-eligible consumers can sign up for coverage under a Medicare Advantage plan or Part D prescription drug plan, as well as change their options for the coming year.

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6:33 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

The Choctaw Nation Secures $10.7 Million Defense Contract

MTVR On Trailer
Credit Dave Worley

The manufacturing segment of the Choctaw Nation has announced a $10.7 million contract with the U.S. Department of Defense for 500 vehicles, modular trailers and water dispensing systems.

The equipment will support the U.S. Marine Corps. The vehicles— known as the Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacement or MTVR— are designed to work under extreme off-road conditions.

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Politics and Government
5:58 pm
Wed October 1, 2014

Transportation Committee Chairman To Return To Oklahoma

U.S. Representative Bill Shuster

Congressman Markwayne Mullin is scheduled to host U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Bill Shuster in Oklahoma next week.

Shuster and Mullin's Tuesday meeting will involve a tour of port infrastructure located in the congressional district and meetings with regional transportation leaders. Shuster, from central Pennsylvania, has been in Congress since 2001.

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Oklahoma News
11:47 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Funeral Services Set For Oklahoma Beheading Victim

Colleen Hufford
Credit Colleen Hufford Memorial Page / Facebook

Funeral services have been set for a worker at a food processing plant who was beheaded during an attack last week.

Services for 54-year-old Colleen Hufford will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Southgate Baptist Church in Moore.

Hufford's family released a statement Wednesday saying the violence of her killing "adds a depth of grief we are trying to comprehend."

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