Arts and Entertainment
7:47 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Oklahoma, The World’s Independent Christmas Music Capital?

"The Naughty List" Album Cover
Nathan Price

Norman auto dealer Jonathan Fowler wants his home state to be known as the “independent Christmas music capital of the world,” and he may just reach his goal.

Friday, December 12 marks the official vinyl release of Fowler VW's “The Naughty List,” a 13-song, holiday-themed album - the fifth in a series of albums commemorating Christmas and showcasing some of Oklahoma’s leading independent musical talent.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:12 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Three Energy Stories Making Headlines In Oklahoma This Week

With billboards pointing toward Oklahoma City and messages about booming careers and less traffic in Oklahoma City, Continental Resources is promoting itself in Houston. The energy company is making a connection, as revealed on online applications.
Continental Resources The Journal Record

Oklahoma City made national headlines last week when a few stations on the south side started selling gasoline for less than $2 per gallon.

Friday morning West Texas Intermediate crude oil was trading below $60 per barrel, with Brent crude right around $63.

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Health
7:47 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

SoonerCare Department Tackles Complex Health Issues

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Overall enrollment in SoonerCare programs increased in October, Population Care Management Director Marlene Asmussen said Thursday during a meeting of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority board. 

The net enrollee count change from the previous month was 842. There are 16,219 new enrollees - members that have not been enrolled in the past six months.

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Oklahoma News
7:33 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Repair Oversight Committee Seeks Delay For Final Plan

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Members of the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay the due date of its final plan by six months. 

Office of Management and Enterprise Services Capitol Restoration Project Manager Trait Thompson said the extension will allow the vendor that will be selected to do the Capitol's interior work more time to investigate what needs to be done to the building and to develop more accurate cost estimates.

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Business and Economy
7:22 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

General Revenue Fund Collections Drop Below Prior Year, Report Estimates

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General Revenue Fund collections in November flattened, dropping below prior year receipts and the official estimate, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Services Preston Doerflinger reported Thursday. 

According to Doerflinger's report, November General Revenue Fund collections of $382.5 million were $0.6 million, or 0.2 percent, below prior year collections and $2.2 million, or 0.6 percent, below the official estimate upon which the FY2015 appropriated state budget is based.

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Business and Economy
5:12 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Falling Oil Prices Threaten Tax Revenues

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Lower oil prices are raising new financial worries in Oklahoma and other states that rely on oil taxes to pay for roads and other government services.

With oil prices around a five-year low, budget officials in about a half-dozen states have begun paring back projections for a continued gusher of revenues. Spending cuts have started in some places, and more reductions could be necessary if oil prices remain at lower levels during the coming year.

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Oklahoma News
3:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Capitol Building Renovation Panel Wants More Time To Complete Review

A nine-member panel charged with overseeing a $120 million renovation of the Oklahoma Capitol wants more time for a detailed investigation of the 100-year-old building's interior needs.

The State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee voted unanimously on Thursday to ask the Legislature to delay until December 2015 the due date for a final report on the building's interior.

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Oklahoma News
1:26 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Top Ranked Navy SEAL To Speak At OSU Commencement

Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus
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Vice Admiral Sean A. Pybus, deputy commander of the U.S. Special Operations Command in Florida, will be the featured speaker for undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Oklahoma State University.

OSU will host commencement ceremonies on Friday and Saturday in Stillwater. Nearly 1,700 students will complete their graduate and undergraduate degrees at OSU this fall.

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Indian Country Prosecution Unit
1:20 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Two Tribal Prosecutors Join U.S. Attorney's Office In Tulsa

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Two tribal special prosecutors have joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa to prosecute crimes in Indian Country.

U.S. Attorney Danny C. Williams Sr. says Jeff Jones, attorney general of the Osage Nation, and Sarah Hill, deputy attorney general of the Cherokee Nation, will work alongside other prosecutors in the office's Indian Country Prosecution Unit to improve public safety in tribal communities.

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Sports
10:58 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Judge Rules Disputed Oklahoma High School Football Game Won't Be Replayed

A screen capture from the Nov. 28 Douglass-Locust Grove high school football playoff game that ended in controversy.
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Oklahoma County District Judge Bernard Jones has denied a request by Douglass High School in Oklahoma City to replay a disputed playoff game against Locust Grove.

In his ruling Thursday morning, Jones said even though Douglass’s request was rooted in equity, it’s impossible to make sure that replaying any part of the Nov. 28 game would be fair to all involved.

There is simply no way to fully and completely replicate the events and conditions of the disputed quarterfinal in such a way that would alleviate any and all anxiety or question of fairness.

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