Drought
10:36 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Hay Prices Stay High

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Colorado ranchers won't be getting a break on hay prices despite recent rains.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says prices have increased about 54 percent in the last five years, from $6.50 a bale to $10 a bale.

According to the Denver Post, demand from states like Texas and Oklahoma is pushing hay prices up because ranchers in those states are buying up Colorado supplies at a premium.

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Oklahoma City Public Schools
10:34 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Lopez Taking Over Oklahoma City Public Schools

Dave Lopez
Credit Oklahoma Dept. of Commerce

The Oklahoma City Public Schools has a new superintendent, at least temporarily. The school board voted unanimously this morning to hire Dave Lopez as the interim superintendent for the state's largest school district.

His salary was set at $160,000. Lopez is currently Oklahoma's Secretary of Commerce and worked as a telephone company executive before entering public service.

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Criminal Justice
10:01 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Federal Sentencing Guidelines May Affect Oklahoma Cases

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Federal prosecutors in Tulsa say five to eight cases may be affected by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's proposal to change federal sentencing policies.

Earlier this month, Holder told federal prosecutors to stop charging many nonviolent drug defendants with offenses that carry mandatory minimum sentences. Danny Williams Sr., the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma, says a review of pending drug prosecutions showed that up to eight cases could be affected.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:30 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Former Legislative Leaders Talk Oklahoma Politics

Kris Steele and Andrew Rice

The Oklahoma political landscape has undergone a major shift to the Republican side of the scale in the last 15 years.

With super GOP majorities in the state House and Senate, and with every statewide elective office in Republican hands, the Democrats have become a definite minority party.

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The Two-Way
7:31 am
Mon August 26, 2013

Did Miley Cyrus 'Flirt With Bad Taste' Or Dive Right In?

Singers Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York.
Lucas Jackson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Mon August 26, 2013 10:33 am

You may have to turn off your television today if you wish to avoid seeing clips of one-time squeaky clean Disney star Miley Cyrus as she "twerked and gyrated, stripped and swayed," Sunday night at the MTV Video Music Awards.

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The Two-Way
6:43 am
Mon August 26, 2013

'Fire Tracker': Online Tool To Monitor Blaze Near Yosemite

Some of the flames Saturday as the "Rim Fire" spread near Northern California's Yosemite National Park.
Elias Funez MCT /Landov

Hundreds of firefighters are "digging trenches, clearing brush and starting back blazes to keep a wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park out of several mountain hamlets," The Associated Press writes Monday morning in its latest update on the huge "Rim Fire" that is threatening some of the power and water services to the city of San Francisco.

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The Two-Way
10:50 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Syria Will Allow U.N. To Inspect Chemical Weapons Claims

In this photo taken on a government organized media tour, a Syrian army soldier walks on a street in the Jobar neighborhood of Damascus, Syria, on Saturday.
AP

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 7:38 pm

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The United Nations says it is sending inspectors to the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Damascus, Syria.

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It's All Politics
9:16 am
Sun August 25, 2013

A Guide To The Nation's Most Vulnerable Governors

Gov. Tom Corbett addresses a joint session of the Pennsylvania House and Senate on Feb. 5 in Harrisburg.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Sun August 25, 2013 4:16 am

If you're looking for the most interesting gubernatorial races to watch in the coming year, the nation's biggest states are a good place to start.

Democrats Jerry Brown and Andrew Cuomo look like safe bets for re-election in California and New York, respectively. And, despite the pending retirement of Rick Perry, Republicans are confident of maintaining their hold on the governor's mansion in Texas.

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The Two-Way
9:01 am
Sun August 25, 2013

Wildfire Near Yosemite Spreads, Threatens Ancient Trees

A firefighter uses a hose to douse the flames of the Rim Fire on Saturday near Groveland, California.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

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Indian Times
3:32 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Indian Nations Celebrate Labor Day Indian Style

Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur, Oklahoma
Credit Susan Shannon

Labor Day signals the end of summer but it also means that some of the largest Native American celebrations are going to happen in Oklahoma.

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