First Elected In 2006
6:34 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

State Sen. Tom Ivestor Will Not Seek Re-Election

Credit Oklahoma Senate

State Sen. Tom Ivester of Sayre says he will not seek re-election to his Senate seat.

Ivester is a Democrat from Sayre who was first elected in 2006. He is eligible to serve one more term before term limits would affect him.

Ivester said in a statement released Thursday that he and his wife have decided it's time for someone else to represent the district and that he wants to spend more time with his family.

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World Views
3:55 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Iranian, Palestinian Authors Reflect On Migration And Identity In Literature

Laleh Khadivi reading from her work during the 2013 Neustadt Festival - October 30, 2013.
Credit Jen Rickard Blair / World Literature Today

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Laleh Khadivi and Fady Joudah.

Novelist Laleh Khadivi grew up with a Kurdish father, and was raised in a “household full of stories” about that experience, even though she identifies more with her Iranian heritage.

She’s in the process of completing a trilogy of novels exploring Kurdish migration. Khadivi’s research examines the challenges the modern state system places on diaspora communities.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:48 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Air Pollution Ruling

The Grand River Dam Authority's coal-fired plant in Chouteau, Okla., which is impacted by the Regional Haze Rule.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

State Attorney General Scott Pruitt and Oklahoma’s largest utility company, OG&E,have been fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Haze Rule since the federal agency rejected Oklahoma’s plan to reduce sulfur dioxide pollution at its coal-fired power plants in 2011.

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The Two-Way
8:41 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Economy Ended 2013 With Growth Still Strong, Data Suggest

FedEx employees sorted through mounds of packages in December at one of the company's facilities in Miami. Consumer spending helped fuel the economy in the third quarter. Gross domestic product grew at a 3.2 percent annual rate (a figure that adjusts for holiday spending to show the "real" growth).
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Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 8:36 am

The U.S. economy grew at a healthy 3.2 percent annual rate in fourth-quarter 2013, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported Thursday morning.

Coming on the heels of the third quarter's even better 4.1 percent pace, the news suggests the economy finished 2013 in better shape than it had been a year earlier.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:29 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Legacy And Challenges Of A State Question That Shapes Bills Decades Later

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When the 2014 legislative session starts Feb. 3, state lawmakers will face more than 2,000 bills and resolutions, and are expected to have $170 million less to spend than last year. They will also be confronted by agency heads, most of which will argue, publicly, for more money.

Many of the bills under consideration this year address revenue and spending, directly. Republican measures to cut the income tax, for example, or gross production taxes on oil and gas activity the energy industry would like to reduce.

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The Salt
7:38 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Meet The Cronut's Humble Offspring: The Doughscuit!

The honey-glazed doughscuit is a combination of "doughnut," "biscuit" and "life-changing."
NPR

Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:11 am

I first met the doughscuit at last weekend's Donut Fest in Chicago, where 15 doughnut-makers get together to try to kill you, for charity. They serve 1/4 portions of doughnuts, but still, after a few tables you feel yourself slowing down and thinking there's no way you'll make it through.

Everything starts to taste the same. Your mustache, if you have a mustache, is glazed. You look around at the thousands of doughnuts and wonder if you totaled up the calories in this room, how many delicious pounds it would be.

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OneSix8
7:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With A Lot Of Chocolate And Live Music

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Late silver screen legend Katharine Hepburn once reportedly reminisced, “What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” Well, February 1 at the National Center of Employee Development (NCED), Norman’s Firehouse Art Center produces the chocolate feast of a lifetime.

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The Edge
2:31 am
Thu January 30, 2014

'Mariachi Olympic Prince' Takes Glamour To Sochi Ski Slopes

Mexican-born Hubertus Von Hohenlohe, a German prince, plans to ski in style for the Winter Olympics.
Courtesy of Alex Jorio

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 7:38 am

In Sochi, Russia, Hubertus Von Hohenlohe will compete in his sixth Winter Olympics. The 55-year-old downhill skier and German prince won't be skiing under the flag of his royal heritage, however. He'll be with the team of his birthplace, Mexico.

In honor of his Querido Mexico (beloved homeland), Hohenlohe says he will race down the Russian slopes decked out in a state-of-the-art mariachi ski suit.

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Seeking House's Top Seat
6:27 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Trio Of Republicans Want To Lead The House If Current Speaker Steps Down

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At least three House Republicans are trying to line up support from their GOP colleagues to become the next leader of the House in case current Speaker T.W. Shannon steps down.

Reps. Jeff Hickman of Dacoma, Mike Jackson of Enid, and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City all confirmed Wednesday they are interested in seeking the House's top spot should Shannon resign.

Shannon announced Wednesday that he is running for the U.S. Senate.

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Seeger Died Monday
5:00 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Woody Guthrie Center Moving Forward With Plans To Honor Pete Seeger

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The Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa says it is moving forward with plans to honor American folk singer Pete Seeger next month.

Seeger was scheduled to be the first recipient of the inaugural Woody Guthrie Prize at an event Feb. 22 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York. Seeger died Monday at the age of 94.

Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora Guthrie, says event guests won't just take a moment of silence to honor Seeger, but will honor him by singing.

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