State Capitol
1:52 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Another Income Tax Cut Bill Stalls

Sen. Mike Mazzei (R-Tulsa)
Credit Oklahoma Senate

The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has stalled a leadership-backed bill to cut the state's income tax and then declined to explain why the bill has been laid over.

The decision Tuesday by Tulsa Republican Sen. Mike Mazzei comes one day after a separate income tax proposal Mazzei sponsored was soundly rejected by a House committee.

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Assignment: Radio
11:51 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Inoculated Against Fear: Vaccines In America

Credit Pascal Dolémieux

The Journal of Pediatrics recently published results from a study indicating there is no correlation between “too many vaccines too soon” and developing autism.

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Financial Basics For Baby Boomers
2:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Deciding The Right Time To Claim Social Security

The importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.
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Originally published on Tue April 2, 2013 7:45 am

When it comes to claiming Social Security benefits, there is no magic age. Today's boomers can begin collecting full benefits at 66, tap in early for a modified benefit at 62 or delay receiving benefits until 70.

But the importance of making a smart decision on how and when benefits are claimed can't be underestimated, says Mary Beth Franklin of Investment News.

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Politics and Government
6:03 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

House Committee Approves Food Stamp Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - An Oklahoma House committee has advanced a bill to make it a felony to share food stamps with people who aren't authorized to receive them.

The Human Services Committee voted 6-3 for the bill Monday with all three Democrats on the panel voting no. The bill has already passed the Senate and now goes to the full House for consideration.

Guns in Schools
4:31 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Gun Toting Teachers Bill Shot Down in State Senate

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The chairman of the Senate Education Committee says he doesn't plan to grant a hearing to a bill that would give school districts the option of allowing armed teachers in public school classrooms.

Bartlesville Republican Sen. John Ford told The Associated Press on Monday he has no plans to hear the bill in his committee this session. This week is the deadline for the bill to be granted a Senate committee hearing. The bill could still be reassigned to another committee, but Ford says he doesn't expect that will happen.

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Drugs in School
3:06 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Norman Students Treated for Apparent Drug Overdose

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Four Norman High School students have been taken to a Norman hospital after apparently taking prescription drugs at the school.

District spokeswoman Shelly Hickman says the students appeared under the influence of drugs late Monday morning. She said they did not appear to be in a life-threatening condition and were taken to Norman Regional Hospital as a precaution.

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The Two-Way
2:00 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Expert: Recent Attacks On Justice Community 'Really Unprecedented'

The home of Kaufman County District Attorney Mike McLelland is surrounded by police tape in Forney, Texas, on Monday. Authorities launched a massive investigation into the weekend killings of McLelland and his wife.
Tim Sharp Reuters /Landov

Originally published on Mon April 1, 2013 2:32 pm

Two county prosecutors fatally shot in Texas. Colorado's top prison official gunned down. And a dozen more members of the U.S. justice community — ranging from police to judges — victims of targeted killings since the beginning of the decade.

What's going on?

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Author Interviews
12:54 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

In Digestion: Mary Roach Explains What Happens To The Food We Eat

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For all our talk about food, we don't like to think much about it after we put it in our mouths. But Mary Roach — whose latest book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal — did just that. Gulp takes a close look at the human digestive system, from the mouth on down, and Roach writes that she wants readers to say not, "This is gross," but instead, "I thought this would be gross, but it's really interesting. OK, and maybe a little gross."

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Budget
11:12 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Federal Workers Question Congressman Over Sequester

Rep. James Lankford (R-OK) delivers remarks at the weekly House Republican Leadership Press Conference.
Credit House Republican Conference

Several federal employees questioned 5th Distrcit U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) on pay cuts they’re forced to take as part of sequestration during a town hall recorded last month by KGOU.

Delo Anderson wanted to know why Congress isn’t letting the Dept. of Defense make strategic decisions on how to implement mandatory budget cuts, forcing 800,000 defense workers to take 22 furlough days.

“I met with Leon Panetta last summer to ask about sequestration,” Lankford said. “His response was we are not going to plan for it; it’s not going to happen.”

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Public Safety
7:22 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Trooper Norwood Dies

OHP Trooper Rodrick "Pete" Norwood
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

A familar face representing the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has died. A statement from the OHP says Captain Rodrick "Pete" Norwood died Saturday from a sudden illness.Norwood was a former public information officer for the patrol and was frequently seen and heard on TV and radio stations across the state. 

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