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6:00 am
Sun January 12, 2014

Legislative Coverage Plans By KGOU And StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Capitol
Credit Katsrcool / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma legislative session starts soon, and both KGOU and StateImpact Oklahoma plan to report on a variety of issues.

To start, KGOU covers Gov. Mary Fallin’s State of the State address, scheduled for Monday, February 3, that will outline her legislative priorities.

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The Two-Way
7:20 am
Sat January 11, 2014

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Dies At 85

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in 2001.
Philippe Desmazes AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Sat January 11, 2014 1:21 pm

Ariel Sharon, the former prime minister of Israel, has died, Shlomo Noy, the director of the Sheba Medical Center, where Sharon was being treated, said during a televised press conference.

The AP reports that during earlier statements, Sharon's son Gilad Sharon said, "He has gone. He went when he decided to go."

Haaretz reports that Sharon died Saturday after spending eight years in a coma.

He was 85.

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Wants To Avoid Appearance Of Impropriety
6:48 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

First Gentleman Will Not Practice Law Before New Commission

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Gov. Mary Fallin's husband says he will not practice before the new workers' compensation commission to avoid any appearance of impropriety.

First Gentleman Wade Christensen announced Friday that he will continue to represent several hundred clients whose cases are pending with the current workers' compensation court system.

But Fallin signed a bill last session to convert the current court-based system to an administrative system overseen by a three-member commission appointed by the governor.

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5:34 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Oklahoma’s Insane Opposition To Prison Reform

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Decisions made in Gov. Mary Fallin's office that led to the dismantling of legislation intended to reduce Oklahoma's prison population is getting national attention.
What do you get in Oklahoma when you mix visceral disdain for President Obama, instinctual loathing for prison reform advocates, and an unrestrained fear of a Tea Party insurgency? You get the quick demise of a perfectly sensible series of laws designed to help save taxpayer money by easing the state's burgeoning prison crisis.
Business
2:49 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

What's Behind The Drop In Unemployment

Shoppers make a purchase at an outlet mall in Los Angeles. Employers added 55,000 jobs in the retail sector in December.
Gus Ruelas Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 2:20 pm

Whether you had a job or were looking for one, December was a gloomy month.

The Labor Department said Friday that for December, employers added only 74,000 jobs — about a third as many as most economists had been predicting. That was the lowest level of job creation in three years — not exactly the news that 10.4 million job seekers wanted to hear.

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Oklahoma News
12:46 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Former Oklahoma Governor Now Director Of Tulsa Company

State Rep. Al McAffrey at a bill signing with Gov. Brad Henry - September 13, 2009.
Credit Tiddled / Wikimedia Commons

Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has become a shareholder and been elected director of a CFS2, a Tulsa-based debt collection company.

The company announced in a press release Thursday that Henry's role will be in the strategic and capital planning process.

Henry said in a statement the company focuses on "nontraditional ways to help consumers overcome financial difficulties."

The company was founded in 2010 by Bill Bartmann, who previously founded the debt-collection company Commercial Financial Services.

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The Two-Way
12:03 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Target Says 70 Million Individuals' Data May Have Been Stolen

Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 8:52 am

The size of the data breach at Target Co. stores late last year took a sharp rise Friday when the retailer said it now estimates that up to 70 million individuals may have had information that includes their "names, mailing addresses, phone numbers or email addresses" stolen.

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World Views
10:55 am
Fri January 10, 2014

SLIDESHOW: On The Road – Three Observations From China

The smoggy skyline of Shanghai.
Suzette Grillot KGOU

World Views host Suzette Grillot is in the middle of a four-city tour of China on behalf of her day job as the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. She lived in Beijing for a semester as a teaching fellow at Beijing University in 2007, but she’s there now with the College’s Assistant Dean, Rebecca Cruise.

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Education
9:27 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Study: Oklahoma Ranks High In Academic Standards, Low On Achievement

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An annual report released Thursday by Education Week ranks Oklahoma high for its academic standards, but shows the state continues to underperform in student achievement and per pupil spending.

The Quality Counts report tracks key education indicators, including national exams, and grades the states on their performances and outcomes.

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The Two-Way
8:15 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Economy Adds Only 74,000 Jobs In December; Jobless Rate At 6.7 Percent

Sign of the times? A "help wanted" sign in the window of a Philadelphia business last year.
Matt Rourke AP

Originally published on Fri January 10, 2014 1:08 pm

  • On 'Morning Edition': NPR's Yuki Noguchi and David Greene preview the jobs report
We'll be posting updates after the report's 8:30 a.m. ET release.

There were only 74,000 jobs added to public and private payrolls in December, but the unemployment rate fell to a 5-year low 6.7 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said Friday morning.

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