No Housing Means A Big Commute
6:18 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Affordable Housing In Rural Oklahoma A Must If Economy To Grow

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Business advocates say the lack of affordable housing in rural Oklahoma is stalling growth in the region.

Officials from the Oklahoma Panhandle and other rural areas appeared at the state Capitol Tuesday to discuss the region's housing needs.

Vicky Ayres McCune of the Panhandle Regional Economic Development Coalition says more than 500 people who work in Guymon commute from Texas or Kansas because of a lack of housing in the area.

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640 Laid Off in Oklahoma City
4:58 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Chesapeake's Bad News Tuesday

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Chesapeake Energy Corp. is laying off 800 workers across the company, including 640 at its home base of Oklahoma City.

The company says the Tuesday layoff announcement is necessary to keep the oil and natural gas specialist competitive.

Chesapeake CEO Doug Lawler told The Oklahoman that he's working to keep the company vibrant for "decades to come."

About 1,200 people have left jobs with Chesapeake since the start of 2013.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
4:32 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Tulsa Escaping Worst Of Drought, But ‘Abnormally Dry’ Conditions Taking A Toll

Arkansas River near Tulsa, Okla.
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Tulsa has been spared the worst effects of Oklahoma’s drought, which has been concentrated in western and southwestern regions of the state.

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The Two-Way
12:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Obama: 'Stop The Excuses. Let's Take A Vote'

President Obama speaks about the government shutdown and debt limit on Tuesday at the White House in Washington.
Charles Dharapak AP

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 5:45 pm

In a press conference that lasted more than an hour, President Obama said he was willing to talk about anything, as long as Republicans reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling, even if its for a short period of time.

"Let's stop the excuses. Let's take a vote in the House. Let's end this shutdown, right now; let's put people back to work" Obama said.

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U.S. Senate
10:34 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Inhofe Recovering From Heart Surgery

Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is recovering in a Tulsa hospital after undergoing an emergency quadruple bypass last week.

The Republican senator, who turns 79 next month, says doctors discovered the massive blockage in his arteries during a routine medical screening. He flew home to Tulsa and underwent the emergency heart surgery Friday at St. John Medical Center.

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The Two-Way
10:06 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Senate Democrats Could Set Up Test Vote On Debt Ceiling

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada speaks at a news conference last week on the government shutdown.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Tue October 8, 2013 10:14 am

Senate Democrats might introduce a measure to raise the debt ceiling, even as the debate over a spending bill to restart the federal government drags on.

The Associated Press reports:

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Zoo
10:02 am
Tue October 8, 2013

OKC Zoo Elephant Expecting

Asha and her sister Chandra at the Oklahoma City Zoo.
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Another baby elephant is expected at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Officials say Asha, an 18-year-old Asian elephant, is expecting her second baby calf. The zoo used ultrasound images and blood hormone analysis to confirm the happy news, and the zoo estimates that Asha is about 7 months pregnant.

But the baby isn't coming anytime soon. The average gestation for elephants is 22 months, so the big bundle of joy is due sometime around December 2014.

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5th Highest Mortality Rate In Country
6:15 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Oklahomans Dying By Prescription Drug Overdose

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A new report says Oklahoma has one of the highest drug overdose death rates in the country, but that the state is doing more than most to help curb prescription drug abuse.

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Animal Rights
4:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Animal Rights Group Protests Dogs' Pain At OU Lab

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An animal rights group is calling for a federal investigation into the electrocution of dogs at a University of Oklahoma laboratory.

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2:54 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

The Hunger Games: Feeding A Family With Foodstamps

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Learn the choices facing one family taking part in the SNAP program from the Oklahoma Policy Institute.
Camille Landry is a writer, activist, and social justice advocate who lives in Oklahoma City. This post is part of our "Neglected Oklahoma " series, which tells the stories of Oklahomans in situations where the basic necessities of life are hard to come by.

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