All Tech Considered
12:09 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Try This On For Size: Personal Styling That Comes In The Mail

A standard "trunk" from men's online styling service Trunk Club.
Colin Marshall NPR

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 10:43 am

These days, you don't have to be a model — or a real housewife of reality TV — to have a personal stylist. You can get one online, for a reasonable monthly fee. The services, in which clothes are picked out for you and sent in the mail, are catching on among the time-starved and the fashion-challenged. Like my editor, Uri Berliner.

"Most days I couldn't even tell you what clothes I have on, what color they are," he says.

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Oklahoma Watch
9:12 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Tax Revenue Jump Is Largest In Over A Year

Oklahoma Treasurer Ken Miller
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s August tax collections increased by 7.5 percent, the largest percentage increase in monthly receipts since July 2013, State Treasurer Ken Miller said in a media statement. Miller said August receipts “were just less than $900 million.”

“Oklahoma’s economy continues to climb up the expansion side of the business cycle,” Miller said. “Our people are earning and spending more, as reflected by steady growth in income tax and sales tax receipts.”

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Business and Economy
7:46 am
Mon September 8, 2014

VIDEO: Mick Cornett Describes Oklahoma City's Vibrancy On 'Meet The Press'

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett participated in a discussion Sunday about how mayors in several major American cities are changing the way government works. Cornett appeared alongside Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto and Tacoma, Washington Mayor Marilyn Strickland on Sunday's episode of Meet The Press.

Oklahoma City's Republican chief executive has advocated for tax increases in the past, and he told the show's moderator Chuck Todd residents differentiate between the type of government they don't mind paying for and the type they don't like to pay for.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
6:42 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Insurance Increase: Homeowners' Premiums Skyrocket After Oklahoma's 2013 Tornadoes

StateFarm Flickr Creative Commons

After a series of severe storms swept through the state in May of last year, insurance carriers paid out over $1 billion in claims, making it the nation’s most costly disaster of 2013.

Most insurance issues have now been settled, but many homeowners are looking at higher rates than they were paying before the storm.

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Oklahoma News
6:06 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

More Than 100 Tulsa Police Cars Have No Cameras

Not all Tulsa Police cars are equipped with dashboard cameras.
Credit Paul L. McCord Jr. / Flickr.com

More than 100 Tulsa police vehicles have yet to be outfitted with dashboard cameras four years after the process of installing them began.

The project began in 2010 after officials agreed to pay more than $4 million to purchase and install cameras in all police vehicles as part of the settlement of a long-running racial discrimination lawsuit against the city.

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Parallels
4:27 pm
Sun September 7, 2014

U.S. Border Patrol Apprehending Fewer Central Americans

A man looks out towards the US from the Mexican side of the border fence that divides the two countries in San Diego. The U.S. Border Patrol says it has seen about a 60 percent drop in the number of Central Americans apprehended at the border.
Mark Ralston AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sun September 7, 2014 8:51 pm

The number of Central American children and families being apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border has dropped dramatically in recent months, according to the U.S. Border Patrol. There has been a 60 percent decline in apprehensions of minors since the record numbers making the illegal trek earlier this summer.

A lot of factors may be contributing to the dramatic drop, including heavy rains along the migrant route and media campaigns in home countries dispelling rumors that kids can stay in the U.S.

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Manager's Desk
5:05 am
Sun September 7, 2014

Whad'Ya Know? And The Fall Membership Drive

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Next month, October, is going to be a very busy month as it always is. Now despite all the football, football, football -- we have one annual event at KGOU and a special event this year.

Of course, the annual event is the annual fall membership drive. It will be situated between football Saturdays so there is no reason not to participate. Click here to make your donation.

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Around the Nation
3:16 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

In Cities Across Texas, Activists Battle Billboard Companies

More than 350 towns and cities in Texas have banned new billboards, but billboards companies are still pressing for new and taller signs.
John Burnett

Originally published on Sat September 6, 2014 2:09 pm

Language warning: This story contains words some may find offensive.

The Highway Beautification Act will be 50 years old next year. As envisioned by Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, it was supposed to protect the natural landscape from billboards.

Ever since its passage, scenic activists and billboard companies have been at war over the views along American highways. The outdoor advertising industry says its signs are informational, and helpful to local businesses. Open-space advocates call them "sky trash" and "litter on a stick."

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Politics and Government
12:44 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Oklahoma Among 17 States In Same-Sex Marriage Case

Oklahoma is one of 17 states asking for a ruling on gay marriage.
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Oklahoma and 16 other states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether the U.S. Constitution includes a right to same-sex marriage.

The states are asking the nation's highest court to take up challenges to gay marriage bans in Oklahoma and Utah. The states say there are 89 ongoing legal cases throughout the nation challenging traditional marriage laws. Another four have been recently decided.

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National Security
9:49 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Henry Kissinger's Thoughts On The Islamic State, Ukraine And 'World Order'

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger celebrates his 90th birthday, last year in Berlin. In a recent interview with Scott Simon, he gave his thoughts on ISIS, Ukraine and Iran.
Gero Breloer AP

Originally published on Mon September 8, 2014 10:21 am

Henry Kissinger was a Harvard scholar before he became a mover and shaker in the world of foreign policy. And in his new book, World Order, the former secretary of state under Presidents Nixon and Ford gives a historian's perspective on the idea of order in world affairs.

Nations are always trying to establish systems to make the world a more orderly place, but they rarely last for long. His book stretches from China under the emperors, Rome surrounded by barbarians and Islam encircled by infidels, to the treaties of Europe and the pivotal positions of Russia and Iran.

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