Horses
8:54 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Horses Bring Billions To Oklahoma Economy

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A study released this week shows that Oklahoma's horse industry had an economic impact totaling $3.6 billion in 2012.

The survey was commissioned by the Oklahoma Equine Alliance and was completed this year. It also estimated the industry supported roughly 35,000 jobs and generated more than $100 million in state and local taxes.

Members of the alliance include the Thoroughbred Racing Association of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Farm Bureau, Oklahoma Horse Racing Commission and the OklahomaDepartment of Agriculture, Food, and Forestry, among other groups.

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The Two-Way
8:07 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Remembering JFK By Rewatching His Inaugural Address

President John F. Kennedy delivered his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961.
AP

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 9:20 am

Very few of us need to be reminded about what happened 50 years ago today in Dallas.

And with all the remembrances of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in the news media this week, there's no need for us to post yet another.

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It's All Politics
8:06 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Wal-Mart Food Drive Unwittingly Fuels Talk Of Minimum Wage Hike

Dozens of people protest for better wages outside a Los Angeles Wal-Mart store on Nov. 7.
Lucy Nicholson Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 9:51 am

Wal-Mart's pay practices have long been targeted by advocates of America's working poor.

So it was no surprise that it became national news when the discount retailer, the nation's biggest employer, asked workers at an Ohio store to contribute to a holiday food drive — for fellow workers.

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8:05 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Study: Taller Wind Turbines Kill More Birds

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The Journal Record reports on the difficulty in getting good numbers on bird kills cause by wind turbines.
Bird kills due to collisions with wind turbines are on the rise, and taller turbines seem to increase mortality rates, The Journal Record reports. Scientists say research is hampered because there is no regulation that requires collision studies or reports be made public.Source: JournalrecordVia: Journal Record
Theatre
6:29 am
Fri November 22, 2013

"Red" Brings Brush With Genius To OKC Stage

Aaron Wertheim as Ken and D. Lance Marsh as Mark Rothko in CITY REP's Oklahoma premiere production of the Broadway hit, "Red."
Wendy Mutz Oklahoma CITY REPertory Theatre

The color red evokes images, thoughts and feelings.

We live in a red state. Red lipstick on the rim of a glass. Danger is red. Wine that goes great with a medium rare prime rib. Blood is red. In the late 1950s, red was also associated with the work of the artist, Mark Rothko.

Starting Friday night, Oklahomans can get a glimpse of the artist, his passion and struggles as he created some of the most well-known modern art pieces of his time.

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Video Of Animal Abuse
6:12 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Tyson Foods Drops West Coast Farms In Henryetta

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Tyson Foods says it's ending a contract with a centra Oklahoma farm after an animal rights group says it videotaped workers at the farm abusing hogs.

Mercy For Animals distributed images of workers striking pigs and slamming piglets onto a concrete floor. In one portion of the tape, a worker is shown throwing a bowling ball at a pig, striking it in the head.

The animal rights group and Tyson have identified the farm as West Coast Farms in Henryetta, Okla. Phone calls to the farm have gone unanswered.

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The Kennedy Assassination, 50 Years Later
6:01 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Moved By Kennedy's Death, The Boston Symphony Played On

The Boston Symphony Orchestra was mid-performance when the news of President Kennedy's assassination broke.
AP

Originally published on Thu November 21, 2013 8:08 pm

A visit to the symphony: It's often a solitary experience that can, in truly important moments, become communal — as it did in Boston on Nov. 22, 1963.

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Will Lead Federal Reserve
4:58 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Coburn Votes In Favor Of Janet Yellen's Nomination

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Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn has cast one of the three Republican votes that helped advance Janet Yellen's nomination to lead the Federal Reserve.

Coburn, a conservative lawmaker from Muskogee, says in a statement that he cast a vote in favor of Yellen's nomination Thursday because she is "unquestionably qualified" to serve as the next chair of the agency.

Republican Sens. Bob Corker of Tennessee and Mark Kirk of Illinois cast the other two votes in support of Yellen's nomination.

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The Salt
4:39 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Nuts For Longevity: Daily Handful Is Linked To Longer Life

Regular nut consumers had about a 20 percent reduction in all-cause mortality, including lower death rates from heart disease and cancer, a study found.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri November 22, 2013 2:02 pm

Americans have not always been in love with nuts.

Think about it: They're loaded with calories and fat. Plus, they can be expensive.

But Americans' views — and eating habits — when it comes to nuts are changing. Fast.

There's a growing body of scientific evidence that's putting a health halo over supermarkets' expanding nut aisles.

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Native American
3:04 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

U.S. Judge Sides With Comanches In Tobacco Dispute

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A federal judge in Oklahoma City is siding with the Comanche Nation in a dispute with the governor's office over the state's tobacco compact with the southwest Oklahoma tribe.

U.S. District Judge Robin Cauthron issued a temporary restraining order on Thursday that allows the Comanche Nation to enjoy the same tobacco compact the state has with the Chickasaw Nation. Under that deal, the $1.03 state tax rate per pack of cigarettes is distributed with 70 percent of the revenue to the tribe and 30 percent to the state.

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