Thunder
9:28 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Westbrook Out, Bruised Chest May Bench Lin in Game 3

A large banner celebrates the Thunder in Oklahoma City's Bricktown.
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UPDATE: Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star point guard Russell Westbrook will have surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee and be out indefinitely.

The Thunder announced the injury Friday.

Westbrook was hurt in Game 2 of the Thunder's playoff series against Houston on Wednesday night. Rookie Patrick Beverley lunged into him trying for a steal in the second quarter and his hip collided with Westbrook's knee.

Westbrook has never previously missed a game in his four NBA seasons.

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Teen Pregnancy
8:37 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Second Child: One-fifth of Oklahoma Teen Births

Ultrasound image.
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A new report shows that more than one in five births to teen mothers in Oklahoma between ages 15 and 19 is a second birth.

State health officials on Thursday released details from the report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that shows Oklahoma is one of just eight states with a repeat teen birth higher than 20 percent. The report notes the national rate is a little more than 18 percent.

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The Salt
1:48 am
Fri April 26, 2013

So Jerry Seinfeld Called Us To Talk About Coffee

In an episode of Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee called "Larry Eats A Pancake," Jerry Seinfeld has coffee with Larry David.
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Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:48 pm

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9:06 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Sign of the times: Ethanol divides the nation

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In Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska, ethanol is most often seen as Midwestern manna, an alternative fuel that eats up the area's biggest crop by the billions of bushels. But here in Oklahoma, the oil and gas industry is big business, bringing in $52 billion a year and creating one of every six jobs. The state's Republican senator, Tom Coburn, leads the fight against ethanol subsidies in Washington.
The Salt
2:38 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Masterpiece In A Mug: Japanese Latte Art Will Perk You Up

Courtesy of Kazuki Yamamoto

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 2:48 pm

Clovers? Hearts? That's small fries, guys. It's time you met The Cat:

That 3-D creation is the work of Japanese latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto. The 26-year-old resident of Osaka creates ephemeral works of art in espresso and foam.

From whimsical monsters crafted from milk froth ...

... to adorable homages to favorite childhood cartoon characters ...

Yamamoto's art makes you regret the need to consume the canvas.

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The Two-Way
8:48 am
Thu April 25, 2013

'We've Had Enough Bushes,' Says Former First Lady Barbara

Former first lady Barbara Bush in March 2012.
Tom Pennington Getty Images

Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 9:48 am

Thanks, mom.

On the day her son George's presidential library is being dedicated in Dallas, former first lady Barbara Bush has told NBC's Today show that "we've had enough Bushes" when it comes to seeing the presidency.

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OneSix8
7:00 am
Thu April 25, 2013

From Hovels to Headlining, JD McPherson Still "Stoked" to Play Oklahoma

JD McPherson
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The Norman Music Festival descends upon downtown Norman this weekend. Over 300 bands perform over the span of the three-day event. One Oklahoma singer-songwriter, JD McPherson, grew up in Buffalo Valley. He says living in such a small town encouraged him to pursue music.

“Where I grew up, there wasn’t a lot down there. It was pretty rural. My dad was into music and I developed an affinity for music. There’s little pockets of musicians down there, but probably the best thing that happened to me was being isolated like that. All you want to do is just play guitar and listen to music and read about music,” says McPherson.

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In Depth
6:20 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Woody Guthrie Welcomed to Oklahoma with New Archives

Pedestrians walk past the Woody Guthrie Center opening Saturday in Tulsa.
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Woody Guthrie’s relationship with his home state has always been complicated. The singer-songwriter left dust bowl Oklahoma and traveled the nation, composing some of the best-known songs of his time and ours.

But to many in the state, his progressive political views did not fit with a strong conservative streak during the Cold War period, but his reputation is now closer to a full restoration as Tulsa prepares to host his archives.       

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Shots - Health News
2:29 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Family Doctors Consider Dropping Birth Control Training Rule

The federal health law is supposed to increase access to prescription birth control. But will doctors of the future be ready?
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Originally published on Fri April 26, 2013 1:46 am

One of the more popular provisions of the federal health law requires that women be given much freer access to prescription methods of birth control. That includes not only the pill, but implants and IUDs as well.

But what happens if there are not enough doctors to prescribe those contraceptives?

That's exactly what worries some reproductive health advocates, as efforts are underway to rewrite rules governing the training of the nation's family doctors.

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Politics and Government
6:01 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Fallin Signs Juvenile Foster Care Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Oklahoma juvenile justice system will set up its own foster care system under a bill signed by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The bill was one of a dozen measures Fallin signed Tuesday. It requires the state Office of Juvenile Affairs to recruit licensed foster parents for children in its custody and specifies that any foster child have access to a court-appointed advocate.

Another corrections bill says some inmates granted parole for nonviolent offenses would be supervised for nine months after release.

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