OneSix8
12:12 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Entertaining the Hours of Your Week: Gift Giving

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The holidays are just around the corner, and the feeling of the season is already beginning to show. 

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Business and Economy
6:12 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports Airline Merger

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has notified the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia of his intent to file a brief in support of the planned merger between American Airlines and US Airways.

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the merger on antitrust concerns. American Airlines, which has more than 6,000 workers at its maintenance facility in Tulsa, is seeking to exit bankruptcy protection through the proposed merger.

Pruitt says the merger does not violate Oklahoma antitrust laws and that his filing will be made in November.

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"This...is NPR."
4:30 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Meet The New Voice Of NPR Underwriting

Sabrina Farhi will take over next month as the voice of NPR underwriting. (Jeremy Folmer Photography)

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 7:16 am

Big news for NPR junkies: The new voice of NPR funding credits was announced today. Starting next month, you’ll be hearing New York City native Sabrina Farhi on the air.

Farhi will be taking over for Frank Tavares who’s leaving at the end of the year after more than 30 years with NPR.

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Bribery Probe
4:15 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Former Governor Henry Testifies At Trial

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Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has testified in a former state legislator's felony bribery trial and told jurors he considers the defendant a friend.

Henry testified for about an hour Wednesday during the trial of former Republican state Rep. Randy Terrill. Terrill is charged with offering former state Sen. Debbe Leftwich an $80,000-a-year state job in exchange for Leftwich's promise not to run for re-election in 2010.

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State Capitol
1:10 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Former Oklahoma House Speaker Named Secretary of State

Former Oklahoma House Speaker and Secretary of State-appointee Chris Benge (R-Tulsa)
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Former Oklahoma House Speaker Chris Benge has been appointed secretary of state.

Gov. Mary Fallin announced the appointment Wednesday. Benge will start the position on Nov. 8. The Senate must still confirm the appointment.

As secretary of state, Benge will be a senior adviser to Fallin on policy, economic and legislative issues.

Benge, a Republican from Tulsa, was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 1998 and served until 2010.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:33 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

StateImpact On OETA: Oklahoma Wind Farms And Weather Radar

StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz
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StateImpact reporter Joe Wertz was a guest on OETA’s Oklahoma News Report last week to discuss his report on how wind farms interfere with weather radar.

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State Capitol
11:24 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Committees Discuss Oklahoma Veterans Center Employment Needs

Ardmore Veterans Center
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Veterans Affairs

The Senate and House’s Veterans and Military Affairs Committees heard Tuesday what the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has done and hopes to do to address staffing and related issues, particularly at it seven veterans centers.

“There is no easy answer here,” Secretary of Veterans Affairs retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon said at the conclusion of the meeting.

ODVA staff testified that they have embarked on a plan to convert patient care staff from classified to unclassified positions, are working on ways to address salary and training issues.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
10:36 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Oklahoma Regulator: The Federal Government Is ‘Coming After Natural Gas’

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas
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Supporters of the oil and gas industry ‘blasted’ environmental regulations and a campaign against fossil fuels at an Oct. 17 energy policy conference in downtown Tulsa, the Tulsa World’s Susan Hylton reports.

Conference speakers included Bob Tippee, editor of the Oil & Gas Journal, who assailed President Barack Obama’s “extremist” environmentalist supporters, and William Yeatman, an energy policy analyst for the Competitive Enterprise Institute, who went after federal regional haze rules.

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Shots - Health News
9:09 am
Wed October 23, 2013

States' Refusal To Expand Medicaid May Leave Millions Uninsured

Protesters fill the Miami office of state Rep. Manny Diaz Jr. on Sept. 20 to protest his stance against expansion of health coverage in Florida.
Joe Raedle Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 24, 2013 11:12 am

President Obama on Tuesday appointed one of his top management gurus, Jeffrey Zeints, to head the team working to fix what ails HealthCare.gov, the troubled website that's supposed to allow residents of 36 states to enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

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Bribery Probe
7:40 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Trial Continues For Ex-Oklahoma Legislator

Former State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

The trial of a former Oklahoma legislator accused of offering a bribe to a Senate colleague in exchange for her not seeking re-election is scheduled to resume Wednesday.

Several notable Oklahoma politicians are expected to testify in the trial of Moore Republican Randy Terrill, including former Gov. Brad Henry.

During opening statements yesterday, Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Harmon told jurors the 44-year-old Terrill was motivated mostly by political power.

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