Unsolved Murder
6:27 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Slain Pastor's Mother Wants Her Daughter's Effects

Cross Image
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With the still unsolved slaying of a pastor inside her Anadarko church now four years old, another pastor in the city says he's gotten a concealed carry permit and sometimes carries his weapon even when delivering his sermon.

Friday marks the fourth anniversary of the death of Carol Daniels inside Christ Holy Sanctified Church. There have been no arrests or suspects identified in the case, which the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says remains open.

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Rapper Arrested
4:37 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Rapper And Entourage Arrested For Obstruction

Authorities say rapper 2 Chainz has bonded out of an Oklahoma jail after he was arrested on an obstruction charge.

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The Two-Way
12:58 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

President Unveils Plan To Boost College Affordability

President Obama speaks on education at University at Buffalo, State University of New York, on Thursday.
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Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 6:25 pm

Saying a college education is the "surest path to the middle class," President Obama announced a plan Thursday to allocate federal aid to colleges and universities based in part on their affordability.

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Tobacco Settlement
12:47 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Tobacco Funds Certified For Health Programs

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The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Board of Investors on Wednesday certified a little more than $35 million from the 2013 fiscal year to be used by the board of directors in FY14.

The Board of Investors manages investments of Oklahoma’s share of the Master Settlement Agreement and makes investment related decisions.

Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Executive Director Tracey Strader said the trust is primarily focused in obesity prevention and reducing tobacco use.

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Higher Education
11:44 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Interactive: Tracing Tuition Costs And Student Loans, By College

It’s well known that college tuition and student debt rose steeply in Oklahoma over the past decade. But less familiar is how that trend has played out at individual colleges and types of schools.

The interactive graphic above adds clarity to the picture.

In the chart, each circle represents a school, is sized by enrollment and is colored by type of college – public, nonprofit or for-profit.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:14 am
Thu August 22, 2013

As Oklahoma’s Oilfield Booms, State Tax Breaks Follow

Toolpusher and rig manager Darrin Silcot walks the perimeter of a Triad Energy horizontal drilling operation near Alva, Okla.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The energy industry fuels Oklahoma’s economy, and the state is flush with active rigs and plentiful oil and natural gas production.

Oklahoma’s oilfields are booming, as are state tax credits for drilling, which is leading some to question whether it’s sound fiscal policy to incentivize a thriving industry.

Joe Wertz visits and oil well site to help explain differing opinions on taxpayer support for drilling.

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Testing
8:57 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Oklahoma Sees Increase In ACT Scores

Mean ACT test composite scores 1999-2008
Credit Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education

 

Oklahoma high school seniors who took the American College Testing (ACT) exam last spring showed an increase in their composite scores over the previous year’s seniors, moving the state scores closer to the national average, a new report shows.

Data released Wednesday by ACT shows that this year’s senior class scored an average of 20.8 on the test, which is 0.1 point higher than the 2012 score.

The national average for 2013 graduates was 20.9, a 0.2 point decrease from 2012

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OneSix8
7:30 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week: A Week For Words

This cell used to contain condemned slaves is one of many photographs on display as part of Douglas Henderson's Doors of No Return exhibit.
Credit Douglas Henderson

Words are powerful things. They shape our views on issues; they allow us to express ourselves; and they have the power to hurt and heal. This week’s OneSix8 brings three word-worthy events to fill the hours in your week. 

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Business
7:25 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Bank Of America To Close Some Drive-Up Tellers

Bank of America won't say exactly how many drive-through lanes are closing. A spokeswoman did say the decision is not a cost-cutting move but a response to the way people are banking. At branches where drive-through lanes are closing, the bank says ATMs will be available.
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Originally published on Thu August 22, 2013 11:43 am

Some Bank of America branches with drive-through tellers from Georgia to Texas have already closed the lanes, according to spokeswoman Tara Burke.

She wouldn't divulge exactly how many are closing. She did say the decision is not a cost-cutting move but a response to the way people are banking.

About 13 million customers bank by mobile phone and 29 million participate in online services. Among them is 19-year-old Brittney Sprague who says, "Not too many folks will really miss the drive-through teller because everybody uses apps. It's all about the new technology."

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Ellsberg Praises Bradley Manning
5:41 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Pentagon Papers Leaker Ellsberg Calls Manning Inspirational

Daniel Ellsberg at Whistleblower Conference
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Pentagon Papers leaker Daniel Ellsberg says Bradley Manning is ``one more casualty of a horrible, wrongful war'' and he did not deserve any prison time.

Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison Wednesday for giving troves of military and diplomatic secrets to WikiLeaks.  Ellsberg told The Associated Press by telephone that Manning will always be an inspiration of civil and moral courage to truth tellers. 

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