OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Independence Day Festivities

Credit OKCPhilharmonic.org

Friday marks 238 years since the United States declared its independence from Great Britain. Grab the lawn chairs, watermelon, Kool-Aid and blankets because central Oklahoma celebrates the Fourth of July with festivals and fireworks in several locations.

The Oklahoma City Philharmonic hosts its annual Red, White and Boom in the Entertainment Plaza at State Fair Park Thursday, July 3.

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Planet Money
9:55 am
Thu July 3, 2014

How Every U.S. State Has Fared Since The Recession, In 1 Graph

Quoctrung Bui/NPR

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 9:35 am

This spring, the U.S. finally gained back all the jobs that were lost during the recession. In other words, the number of jobs in the country is now higher than it was back in January 2008, at the beginning of the recession.

But the jobs are different — and they're in different places. In a handful of states, there are lots more jobs than there used to be. But in many others, there are still far fewer jobs than there were before the recession.

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The Two-Way
7:38 am
Thu July 3, 2014

U.S. Added 288,000 Jobs In June, Labor Department Says

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 12:27 pm

Analysts' expectations of continued growth in the jobs report for June were surpassed by federal data issued this morning, as the Labor Department says U.S. employers added 288,000 jobs last month. The government released the numbers one day early because of the July 4 holiday.

Update at 8:35 a.m. ET: 288,000 Jobs Added

"Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in June, and the unemployment rate declined to 6.1 percent," the Bureau of Labor Statistics says.

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Shots - Health News
6:45 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Chikun-What? A New Mosquito-Borne Virus Lands In The U.S.

Sick with chikungunya, Karla Sepulveda, 5, waits in a public hospital with her grandmother in Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, on May 15. The Caribbean nation has reported more than 100,000 cases this year.
Ezequiel Abiu Lopez AP

Originally published on Thu July 3, 2014 10:14 am

Pediatrician Jennifer Halverson will never forget her 36th birthday.

The St. Paul native was volunteering at a maternity clinic in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She felt great — she went to her job that day and then out to dinner with friends.

But when she got home and went to sleep that night in May, something didn't feel right.

"Then I woke up at 3 in the morning," she says, "and what struck me the most was that my shoulders were on fire. It was like I was being stabbed in both shoulders."

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More Reporting This Coming Monday
8:20 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Group Files Second Storm Shelter Petition

Take Shelter Oklahoma's first petition effort.
Credit Kurt Gwartney / KGOU

A group that wants to build storm shelters in every public school in Oklahoma has begun collecting signatures to place an initiative petition on a statewide ballot.

Tim Farley, spokesman for Take Shelter Oklahoma, says organizers began collecting signatures Wednesday. They must collect the signatures of 155,000 Oklahomavoters in 90 days to have the measure placed on the November ballot.

The petition drive comes more than a year after a tornado struck Moore on May 20, 2013, destroying two schools and killing seven children at the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

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State Agencies Cut Even Though Revenues Expanding
8:04 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oklahoma Treasurer: Gross Receipts Keep Climbing

Credit State of Oklahoma

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller says overall collections to the state treasury during the fiscal year that ended June 30 totaled $11.7 billion, an increase of more than 4 percent from the previous fiscal year

Miller released figures Wednesday that show collections for the month of June also were up about 6.6 percent compared to the same month last year.

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Oklahoma News
7:43 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

UCO Professor Featured In PBS documentary

The story of UCO professor of music Jim Klages’ battle with MS, “Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS,” will broadcast at 9 p.m. July 8 on OETA. Pictured here in 1986 during his time in “The President's Own” United States Marine Band, Klages’ USMC career was cut short after his 1989 diagnosis with MS, but chiropractic care has restored his ability to play the instruments he loves.
Credit University of Central Oklahoma

A University of Central Oklahoma music professor's struggle with multiple sclerosis will be featured in a PBS documentary airing next week.

The documentary on Jim Klages, "Healed: Music, Medicine and Life with MS," airs at 9pm on July 8 on OETA.

The film tells the story of Klages — an accomplished musician and cornet soloist for the United States Marine Band— who was slated to perform at former President George H.W. Bush's inauguration in 1989.

But Klages woke up that morning to an unusual, unshakeable tingling in his left arm which led to a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis, the autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord.

The film documents Klages' illness, love of music and path toward recovery. As Klages’ story is shared widely this summer and into next year on PBS stations throughout the country, he hopes that his story of hope will resonate with those who watch it.

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636 Still Could Advance After Summer Assessment
7:26 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

OKC Promote 514 Third-Graders Who Failed Test

Credit Oklahoma State Department of Education / Facebook

More than 500 Oklahoma City third-graders who failed a state reading test will be promoted to fourth grade after receiving exemptions.

Oklahoma City Public Schools officials announced Tuesday that the exemptions were granted for various reasons, including learning disabilities, English as a second language or satisfactory performance on an alternate test.

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Fallin And Inhofe Toured Last Friday
7:03 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Number Of Immigrant Minors At Fort Sill Tops 1,100

Governor Fallin and U.S Senator Jim Inhofe tour the facility last Friday.
Credit U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe / Facebook

Federal officials say the number of immigrant children being housed at a temporary facility in Fort Sill has topped 1,100.

Kenneth Wolfe, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an email Wednesday the latest count is 1,123. He says another 288 minors have been discharged from the facility since they started arriving there last month.

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state forestry officials worried
6:00 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Rural Fire Departments To No Longer Receive Surplus Military Vehicles

Credit woodleywonderworks / Flickr.com

State forestry officials say rural fire departments across Oklahoma could be devastated as a result of an agreement between two federal agencies to stop providing surplus military vehicles.

State Forester George Geissler said Wednesday the agreement between the U.S. Department of Defense and the Environmental Protection Agency calls for a halt to providing no-cost surplus military vehicles and equipment to fire departments across the country.

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