The Salt
9:48 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

Julia Child poses with "the chicken sisters" before an episode of The French Chef in which she teaches us how to roast a bird.
Courtesy of Paul Child/PBS

Originally published on Wed August 28, 2013 8:52 am

It seems almost sacrilegious to question the wisdom of Julia Child.

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Oklahoma City
8:35 am
Fri August 23, 2013

OKC Taking Up Streetcar Route Sept. 24

While some opponents says a streetcar does not deliver enough bang for the transit buck, the MAPS 3 plan moves ahead.
Credit City of Oklahoma City

Members of the Oklahoma City Council are expected to take up the route of a planned streetcar next month.

A news release from the city says the council will consider a MAPS 3 route framework for the streetcar Sept. 24.

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7:05 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Coburn: Obama Close To Impeachment Line

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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says while President Obama remains a friend, his administration is close to the constitutional line for impeachment. Coburn also called for a constitutional convention to address the nation's needs.
By RANDY KREHBIEL World Staff Writer on Aug 21, 2013, at 11:06 PM Sen. Tom Coburn speaks during a town hall meeting at the Civic Center in Muskogee on Wednesday evening. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World MUSKOGEE - U.S. Sen.
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.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

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

Credit AMagill / Flickr Creative Commons

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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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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