History
2:43 pm
Thu November 28, 2013

'Thanks' To The Woman Who Helped Make A November Thursday Special

This portrait of Sarah Josepha Hale, painted by James Reid Lambdin, hangs in Newport, N.H., where she was born.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 5:39 pm

Thursday's holiday has Sarah Josepha Hale to thank for helping it get national recognition.

Thanksgiving before 1863 was something of a moveable feast, with states honoring the holiday at various times or not at all. But as the Civil War dragged on, Abraham Lincoln needed a way to unite the country. And Hale, a prominent magazine editor, persuaded him to declare a national holiday.

Hale, who was from New Hampshire, was a prolific writer of biographies, cookbooks, novels, editorials and volumes of poetry, including the children's rhyme "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

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Child Care
11:38 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Oklahoma Child Care Facility Settles With Feds Over Disabled Child

Credit DonkeyHotey

The Department of Justice has entered into an agreement with an Oklahoma-based child care facility that was found to have discriminated against a child with Down's Syndrome.

Under the agreement, Camelot Development Center will provide annual training on working with children with developmental disabilities and make modifications to try to allow the child to take field trips.

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Earthquakes
10:51 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Earthquakes Continue To Shake Edmond, Enid Areas

Amanda and Keith Erwin, of Edmond, say they're learning to live with near-daily earthquakes. The Erwins have written letters to both of their state lawmakers asking them to investigate.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

More earthquakes have rocked Oklahoma.

A preliminary report from the U.S. Geological Survey shows that a 2.5 magnitude earthquake struck 24 miles northwest of Healdton, in south-central Oklahoma, at 10 a.m. Tuesday.

It had a depth of 3.1 miles.

Another earthquake centered near Edmond struck at around 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 2.8 magnitude quake had a depth of 3.1 miles and was located 4 miles southeast of Edmond and 11 miles northeast of Oklahoma City.

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OKC Thunder
9:45 am
Thu November 28, 2013

OKC Thunder Fan Wins, Could Lose Spot On Kansas Team

Cameron Rodriguez
Credit Southwestern College, KS Athletics

An Oklahoma City Thunder fan who hit a half-court shot for $20,000 may not be able to keep both the money and his eligibility to compete in college sports.

Cameron Rodriguez, a sophomore forward for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders basketball team, sank the promotional shot Nov. 18 during the Thunder's home game against the Denver Nuggets. The 23-year-old is from Elk City, Okla.

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Krulwich Wonders...
9:06 am
Thu November 28, 2013

On Thanksgiving, Everybody Needs A Friend — And That Means Everybody

Blue_Cutler iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 7:08 am

Last December, a website called The Morning News asked me to describe the most important and unimportant events of my year. So I sent them a story that felt like both to me, something slight but at the same time deeply rich. Now that it's Thanksgiving, I'm going to post it here because it's about two girls who want the best for everybody — and that can get complicated.

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The Two-Way
8:34 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Fly On, Snoopy (And Friends): Macy's Parade Balloons Get All-Clear

Workers prepare the giant Snoopy balloon before the 87th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday in New York.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Thu November 28, 2013 8:51 am

Updated at 9:06 a.m. ET on Nov. 28.

The show will go on, giant balloons and all: Snoopy, Spiderman, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu and 12 other massive balloons will fly in the iconic Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, New York police say.

Forecasts had called for winds close to the maximum that New York City will allow for the balloons — some as tall as a five-story building — to fly over the parade route.

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Prisons
8:32 am
Thu November 28, 2013

More Women Graduating From Oklahoma Prison Diversion Program

Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Commissioner Terri White
Credit ok.gov

A third group of women will graduate from a prison diversion program next week.

The women are part of the ReMerge of Oklahoma County program. The four-phase program offers an alternative for pregnant women and mothers facing incarceration from non-violent felony convictions.

The commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services will be at the ceremony. It's scheduled for Dec. 5 at Chesapeake Energy Corp.

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Business
8:24 am
Thu November 28, 2013

Retailers Hope 'Gray Thursday' Boosts Bottom Line

K-Mart was one of the chains deciding to open early this Thanksgiving Day.
Jan Somma-Hammel Staten Island Advance /Landov

Originally published on Fri November 29, 2013 1:06 am

You are not imagining it, the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season starts earlier and earlier. Black Friday has been around for decades — that's the point where retailers hope to begin to make a profit.

Shoppers looking to get a jump on deals can shop on Gray Thursday – think Black Friday intruding into Thanksgiving Day.

This Turkey Day, many national chains will open their doors early in an effort to boost sales. K-Mart opened at 6 a.m.

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Legislator To Run For Senate
6:17 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Republican Going After Democrat's Vacated Seat

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A Republican state legislator from Claremore says he plans to run for a Senate seat being vacated by Democratic state Sen. Sean Burrage.

Rep. Marty Quinn announced Wednesday his plans to run for the seat in Rogers and Mayes counties. Burrage announced earlier this week his plans to leave the Senate after his current term ends to spend more time at his home in Claremore.

Elected to the House in 2010, Quinn runs an insurance company in Rogers County.

Republicans currently hold a 36-12 advantage over Democrats in the Senate.

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1941 Law Repealed
4:36 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Black Friday Legal Reality For Oklahoma Shoppers

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Oklahoma residents for the first time in 70 years will be able to legally enjoy the true meaning of Black Friday and its mega-deals after legislators repealed parts of a law that prohibited retailers from selling items below cost.

Low-price retail events, in which retailers price items at a steep discount to attract shoppers, were technically illegal in Oklahoma. That's because of a 1941 law called the Unfair Sales Act required retailers to sell products for at least 6 percent more than they paid for it.

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