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

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

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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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The Two-Way
11:37 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Judge Smooths Path For American-US Airways Merger

Cleared for takeoff: That's the message from the "new" American Airlines, after a bankruptcy judge ruled it could finalize its merger with US Airways Wednesday.
Brandon Wade AP

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 12:22 pm

A U.S. judge says American Airlines can exit bankruptcy and join forces with US Airways Group, all but ensuring that their merger can take place within weeks. Wednesday's bankruptcy court ruling was one of the final hurdles for a huge merger that's been in the works for more than a year.

The ruling by Judge Sean Lane comes months after he gave his preliminary approval to the plan. The two companies are now planning to finalize their merger on Dec. 9, when they would combine to create the world's largest airline.

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State Capitol
8:56 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Pay For Pray? Oklahoma House Speaker Proposes Privately Funded Capitol Chapel

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Oklahoma's Republican House speaker wants to add a chapel inside the Capitol that celebrates the state's "Judeo-Christian heritage," a plan that's raising the eyebrows of libertarians and legal scholars who wonder if it's constitutional.

Lawton Republican T.W. Shannon says several GOP members urged him to consider using some newly acquired House space on the second floor of the building to House the chapel, which he said would be paid for with private funds. Shannon says his plan is to commemorate the faith community in Oklahoma.

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Holidays
8:44 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Oklahoma Police Urge Consumer Caution While Shopping

Midwest City Police Dept. motorcycle patrol.
Credit Midwest City Police Dept.

Police departments across Oklahoma are beefing up their patrols as the holiday season gets underway.

The Broken Arrow Police Department is adding extra patrol and reserve officers around busy shopping areas on Thursday and Friday. The department is also urging consumers to shop during daylight hours if possible and stay alert to their surroundings. The department says shoppers should always lock their car doors and never leave valuables in plain sight.

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Parallels
7:45 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer

Givot Olam CEO Tovia Luskin expects to drill 40 wells and build a pipeline to a refinery on the coast. The company already has "proven and probable" reserves of 12.5 million barrels of oil. Luskin chose where to drill based on a passage from the Bible.
Emily Harris/ NPR

Originally published on Sun December 1, 2013 7:51 am

There's an old joke that if Moses had turned right when he led Jewish tribes out of Egypt, Israel might be where Saudi Arabia is today — and be rich from oil. Consultant Amit Mor of Eco Energy says that joke is out of date.

"Israel has more oil than Saudi Arabia," he claims. "And it's not a joke."

But that oil will be difficult to reach, if it can be recovered at all. The oil he's talking about is not yet liquid but is trapped in rocks underground.

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