Oklahoma Ethics Commission
6:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Watchdog Group Concerned Over Increase Of Lobbyist Gifts

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A plan to increase by 500 percent the amount in meals and other gifts that a lobbyist can give to a legislator each year is raising concerns from a public watchdog group and some state legislators.

The proposed change is part of a major overhaul of the rules of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission that govern the activities of candidates, campaigns and lobbyists.

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St. Gregory's University And OBU
5:06 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Collegiate Swimming And Diving Offered In Shawnee

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Some could say there is something in the water in Shawnee.

The town of 30,000 about 45 minutes outside of Oklahoma City will soon be home to the only two colleges in the entire state offering varsity collegiate swimming and diving.

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Here & Now
3:18 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

'Giving Tuesday' Follows Record-Breaking Cyber Monday


Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 3:19 pm

Cyber Monday, the Super Bowl of online sales, broke all records this year, with sales up 19 percent over last year.

Mobile traffic accounted for 13 percent of total site visits, and sales are projected to reach $2 billion for desktop online sales, according to comScore.

But the bonanza isn’t over. Today is “Giving Tuesday.” The movement to create a national day of giving started last year, raising $10 million dollars for more than 2,500 charities nationwide.

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Business and Economy
2:20 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Report: Oklahoma Women Earn 83 Percent Compared To Male Counterparts

In 2012, Oklahoma women who were full-time workers had median weekly earnings of $631 or 83.0 percent of the $760 full-time median weekly earnings of Oklahoma men.
Credit Southwest Information Office / Bureau of Labor Statistics

A report out Tuesday from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows women in Oklahoma earned 83 percent of their male counterparts during 2012.

The study looked at the median weekly earnings of full-time wage and salary workers. That figure is slightly above the nationwide average of women earning 80.9 percent compared to men.

The BLS says the ratio of women's-to-men's earnings fluctuated around 75 percent from 2004 to 2008, until reaching a high of 87.9 percent in 2009.

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Oklahoma News
1:10 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Oklahoma Court: Couple Due $3.1 Million From Jenks

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An Oklahoma appeals court says a jury was correct to award two landowners $3.1 million for 12.7 acres of undeveloped land acquired for a school expansion.

District Judge Mary Fitzgerald had said the Jenks School District was entitled to a new trial, but the Tulsa World reported Tuesday that the Court of Appeals reversed her decision.

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Moore Tornado
10:03 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Temporary Medical Facility Opens In Moore

Moore, Okla. after the tornado tore through the community May 20. The community's only hospital was destroyed in the storm.
Credit Jamin Yeager / Aerial Oklahoma

A new temporary medical facility is open and serving patients in Moore.

Moore Medical Center opened the temporary facility at noon Monday. The temporary, modular building includes treatment rooms, a triage area, as well as X-ray, CT, ultrasound and lab services.

The city has been without a medical center since the May 20 tornado destroyed the town's hospital. The Norman Regional Hospital Authority has approved a $28.8 million new hospital, but the temporary facility will serve the community for about two years until the permanent center is built.

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Winter Weather
9:11 am
Tue December 3, 2013

UPDATE: Winter Weather Warning Issued For Most Of The State

The National Weather Service encourages residents to prepare for a possible winter storm that could bring a mix of freezing rain, sleet and snow to Oklahoma.
Credit Norman Forecast Office / National Weather Service

The National Weather Service says significant amounts of snow, sleet and freezing rain are expected over parts of Oklahoma from Thursday morning into Friday afternoon.

Snow and sleet is forecast to most likely occur near and north of a line from Lawton to Norman to Shawnee. South of that line, forecasters say ice is the main concern.

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The Two-Way
8:31 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Biden Says U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' About China's Air Defense Zone

Vice President Joe Biden speaks during a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday.
Toru Yamanaka AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 7:50 am

Kicking off a weeklong trip to East Asia, Vice President Joe Biden urged China and Japan to put in place new mechanisms to reduce the chance of an escalation in tensions.

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It's All Politics
7:41 am
Tue December 3, 2013

How 2013 Became The Greatest Year In Gay Rights History

Several same-sex couples hold a group wedding ceremony Monday at the Sheraton Waikiki in Honolulu.
Marco Garcia AP

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 7:59 am

Any day now, the New Mexico Supreme Court may grant same-sex couples the right to get married.

At this point, such a ruling may not seem like such a big deal. Prior to last year's elections, gays and lesbians had a civil right to marry in only six states. Now, they have it in 16.

"This year represented the true tipping point," says Eric Marcus, author of Making Gay History. "We've reached a moment in history where it's very difficult, if not impossible, to go back."

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Shots - Health News
7:40 am
Tue December 3, 2013

As Polio Spreads In Syria, Politics Thwarts Vaccination Efforts

Syrian boys line up to get the polio vaccine at a refugee camp in Sidon, Lebanon, on Nov. 7. The Lebanese government plans to vaccinate all kids under age 5 for the virus, including Syrian refugees.
Mohammad Zaatari AP

Originally published on Thu December 5, 2013 8:31 am

The World Health Organization has declared a polio emergency in Syria.

After being free of the crippling disease for more than a decade, Syria recorded 10 confirmed cases of polio in October. Now the outbreak has grown to 17 confirmed cases, the WHO said last week. And the virus has spread to four cities, including a war-torn suburb near the capital of Damascus.

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