Shots - Health News
6:54 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Chemo Can Make Food Taste Like Metal. Here's Help

Scott Peterson/One Bite at a Time/Celestial Arts

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:08 am

Cancer patients often lose their appetite because chemotherapy can cause nausea. But it does something else to make food unappetizing – it changes the way things taste.

Hollye Jacobs was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, at the age of 39. As a nurse she expected the extreme nausea that often accompanies powerful chemo therapy drugs. But as a patient, she wasn't expecting the taste changes.

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The Two-Way
6:41 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mickey Rooney, Actor Who Charmed Audiences For More Than 80 Years, Dies

Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney put their heads together over a TV script for their first onstage reunion in 18 years in this 1963 photo.
AP

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 9:08 am

Mickey Rooney, the legendary actor who got his first Hollywood role at the age of 6 and starred in more than 200 films over the course of a turbulent career, has died. He was 93.

Charlene Rooney tells the Los Angeles Times that her father-in-law died of natural causes Sunday at the Los Angeles home he shared with her and her husband, Mark Rooney.

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Shots - Health News
6:31 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

How Public Health Advocates Are Trying To Reach Nonvaccinators

A school nurse prepares a vaccine against whooping cough before giving it to students at Mark Twain Middle School in Los Angeles.
Kevork Djansezian Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 10:54 am

Whooping cough made a comeback in California last year, which researchers have linked to vaccine refusals. And with new measles outbreaks in Southern California, New York and British Columbia, the debate over vaccination is also spreading.

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Manager's Desk
9:25 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Thank You For A Fantastic Spring Membership Drive!

Strength in Numbers
Credit Procsilas Moscas / flickr.com/photos/procsilas/

Thank you to the 1,200 or so folks of the audience who became members during the Spring 2014 membership drive. About 250 people became new members! The total for the 7 day event was past goal and totaled nearly $177,350. 

As you might imagine, for the staff of KGOU, the experience of the membership drive is both exhausting and exhilarating. The exhausting part is easy to understand.  The exhilarating part is seeing the names of members set before us from the phone volunteers and staff who process the information.  

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Manager's Desk
8:49 am
Sun April 6, 2014

Krista Tippett Coming To Oklahoma City On April 8

Krista Tippett delivers a TEDTalk at the United Nations TED conference on Charter for Compassion.
Credit Krista Tippett "On Being" / Flickr Creative Commons

I have an invitation for you to meet Krista Tippett, host of the very popular program, “On Being.”

Krista Tippett will be here as a guest of KGOU for a free, public lecture on "The Adventure of Civility" and her presentation will allow for audience questions. Her topic is a reflection on the learnings of the Civil Conversations Project.  Krista will offer courage and practical guidance for creating hospitable spaces in communities and families.

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Environment
7:55 am
Sat April 5, 2014

Feds Hope $5 Billion Settlement A Lesson For Polluters

A sign at the old Kerr-McGee uranium mill site in Grants, N.M., warns of radioactive material. This week, the Justice Department announced a $5 billion settlement against the mining company to pay for the cleanup of toxic sites the company left across the U.S. over a period of more than eight decades.
Susan Montoya Bryan AP

Originally published on Sat April 5, 2014 10:26 am

This week, the federal government announced a record-breaking $5 billion settlement in a remarkable environmental case. The toxic legacy of the company involved, Kerr-McGee, stretches back 85 years and includes scores of sites across the country.

Kerr-McGee ran uranium mines in the Navajo Nation, wood-treating businesses across the Midwest and East Coast, and a perchlorate plant on a tributary of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir — and it was messy.

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Indian Times
8:42 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Spring Heritage Celebration Day Salutes Native Presence At The University of Oklahoma

Credit Susan Shannon

The sounds of Native American flute music wafted over the South Oval at the University of Oklahoma last week as the Spring Heritage Celebration Day opening ceremonies began. It’s also the 100th anniversary of the OU Spring Contest Powwow, making it the oldest university powwow in the nation.

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Patrice Douglas Announced Candidacy In January
6:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

GOP Candidate Raises $400,000 In First Quarter

Credit Oklahoma Corporation Commission

A Republican candidate for Oklahoma's open 5th Congressional District seat says she's raised more than $400,000 since announcing her candidacy in January.

Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas announced in a press release Friday that she topped the fundraising mark during the quarter that ended on March 31. Campaign finance reports aren't due until April 15.

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Education
5:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Common Core Turns Business Leaders Against Oklahoma GOP

Conservative Republicans and business leaders are butting heads when it comes to the Common Core standards.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 6:47 pm

Mike Neal gets annoyed when he talks about politicians in his state. Just three years ago, when the Common Core State Standards for education were implemented, no one had a problem with them, says Neal, president of the Tulsa, Okla., Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"It's been a really frustrating situation to the business community in Oklahoma in that we've all been on the same page, from the governor, the House, the Senate, school board members," Neal says. "They've all been behind this."

Now, things are different.

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Dept. of Wildlife said not uncommon
4:18 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Dead Birds Rattle Norman Residents

Credit Dave Gingrich / Flickr.com

Birds were seen falling dead out of the sky in Norman, alarming some residents, though state wildlife officials say there's no cause for concern.

According to Oklahoma City television station KWTV, a homeowner near Highway 9 and Interstate 35 found more than a dozen birds in her yard Thursday.

Becki Miller of Norman said she heard a thump and noticed a bird had just fallen. Over the course of 24 hours, she observed at least a dozen birds drop dead in her yard, and worried the birds had been poisoned or were diseased.

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