OU Football
8:55 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Oklahoma Expects Best From 'Bama In Sugar Bowl

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Whatever Bob Stoops may have said about the overall strength of the Southeastern Conference, that apparently doesn't apply when it comes to the challenge he sees before 11th-ranked Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl.

The Sooners' coach made that clear on the eve of Thursday night's matchup with No. 3 Alabama.

Stoops says Alabama, in his eyes, is "still the best team in the country."

Last spring, Stoops challenged the notion that the SEC — home of the last seven national champions — is the strongest league in the nation.

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The Two-Way
8:38 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Accident Or Not? Palestinian Diplomat's Death Is A Mystery

The scene outside the residence of Palestinian diplomat Jamal al-Jamal in Prague. An explosion there Wednesday killed the 56-year-old ambassador.
Filip Singer EPA/LANDOV

Was the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic killed by accident or are the circumstances of his death on Wednesday more nefarious?

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The Salt
8:37 am
Thu January 2, 2014

How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution

A dead carp floats in water near the shore at Big Creek State Park on Sept. 10 in Polk City, Iowa. Like many agricultural states, Iowa is working with the EPA to enforce clean-water regulations amid degradation from manure spills and farm-field runoff.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 9:27 am

It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water.

Take the case of one simple, essential chemical element: phosphorus.

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Economic Forecast
8:19 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Oklahoma, Midwest Economic Outlook Optimistic

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A monthly economic report suggests supply managers surveyed in nine Midwestern and Plains states are optimistic about the regional economy over the next six months.

The confidence index for the Mid-America Business Conditions Index jumped to 66.5 last month from 57.2 in November. However, the overall index rose just 2 points, to 53.2 from 51.2 in November.

Creighton University economist Ernie Goss oversees the survey, and he says businesses tied to agriculture continue to report softer economic conditions.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Thu January 2, 2014

VIDEO: Stranded Passengers Flown To Safety In Antarctic

Help arrives: an image from video taken as a helicopter landed Thursday on an ice floe in the Antarctic. The copter then carried passengers from a stranded ship to another vessel waiting nearby in open waters.
Intrepid Science

Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 7:51 am

After more than a week aboard a ship stuck in ice off Antarctica, 52 scientists and paying passengers from the Russian ship MV Akademik Shokalskiy are either aboard or headed to an Australian icebreaker that will now take them to warmer waters.

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World Views
8:02 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Three Global Stories To Watch In 2014

A countdown to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia taken February 10, 2010.
Credit Roland Tanglao / Flickr Creative Commons

2013 brought change in the Vatican, thousands more deaths in Syria and millions more displaced as the civil war rages with no end in sight, and the death of iconic anti-apartheid statesman and former South African president Nelson Mandela. KGOU's World Views wraps up the year by looking ahead to 2014.

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Associated Press Picks
6:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma's Top Ten Stories

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Associated Press members overwhelmingly picked the Moore tornado and other violent storms as the top story of 2013.

Coming in second was the slaying of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan. Third was the conviction of two former lawmakers in a bribery case, and the custody battle over Baby Veronica is fourth.

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Will Benefit The Hungry
4:57 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Governor Makes Wager On Cotton Bowl, Will Pay With Food

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon are placing a wager on the Oklahoma State-Missouri matchup in the Cotton Bowl and a food pantry in one of the two states will be the beneficiary.

Fallin announced in a news release Tuesday that she and Nixon are wagering food products from their home states that will be donated to a food mission in the winning team's home state.

Fallin graduated from OSU and Nixon graduated from Missouri.

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Arts and Entertainment
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma Native, School of Seven Bells Co-Founder Curtis Dies

Guitarist, drummer, songwriter, and Oklahoma native Benjamin Curtis playing with School of Seven Bells at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City - June 12, 2009.
Credit Tammy Lo / Wikimedia Commons

Benjamin Curtis, guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.

Brady Brock with New York-based GoldVE Entertainment, which co-manages the band, says Curtis died Sunday evening of lymphoblastic lymphoma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Curtis was first diagnosed just under a year ago.

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Gas Prices
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gasoline Prices At Two Month High In Oklahoma

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The price of a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline is at a two month high in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average was nearly $3.06 per gallon — up from $2.97 per gallon a week ago. AAA said the national average on Tuesday was $3.32 per gallon.

The prices in selected cities across Oklahoma range from just under $2.97 per gallon in Tulsa to $3.17 per gallon in Ponca City. The average price in Oklahoma City was just below $3.07 per gallon.

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