World Views
3:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Landis: Iraq/Syria Situation Parallels 20th Century 'Great Sorting Out' In Europe

A refugee camp in Syria's northern city Aleppo, December 2013
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation Flickr

In recent years, millions have been killed or forced to flee their homes due to instability and violence across Iraq and Syria. Among these victims are many ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis.

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Oklahoma News
12:55 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Juvenile Suspect Taken Into Custody In Connection With Moore High School Evacuation

Credit Moore Police Department

Updated 12:51 p.m.

Police in Moore say they have taken a juvenile suspect into custody in connection with a threat that led to the evacuation of students and faculty members from Moore High School. Officials say the school has been cleared and students and faculty were allowed to return to classes.

Police say students and faculty members have been evacuated from Moore High School after officials received what they described as a specific and detailed threat.

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Oklahoma News
12:36 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Police To Look For Impaired Drivers Over Thanksgiving Holiday

Credit ENDUI Oklahoma

Oklahoma police agencies plan to increase their enforcement of impaired driving offenses as part of the statewide ENDUI program during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The program kicks off Saturday and will continue through Nov. 29. The approach of the Thanksgiving holiday will not only bring a major increase in vehicle travel, but also the risk of incidents of impaired driving.

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Business and Economy
11:57 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Drops To 4.5 Percent

Credit Kate Hiscock / Flickr Creative Commons

State officials say Oklahoma's unemployment rate dropped to 4.5 percent last month.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the state added 3,600 jobs last month. The state has added 36,600 jobs since October 2013.

Six of the state's nine reported seasonally adjusted sectors recorded job gains last month. Mining and logging added 1,600 jobs and construction 1,300.

The leisure and hospitality provided the largest decline with 2,100 jobs lost. Financial activities and government also shed jobs in October.

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Business Intelligence Report
7:51 am
Fri November 21, 2014

What Japanese Automakers Can Teach Oklahoma City Hospitals About ER Efficiency

George Rainy pushes an electrocardiogram machine through the emergency department at St. Anthony Hospital in downtown Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs The Journal Record

It’s the time of year when a lot of people are thinking about health care. Many private employers’ option periods just wrapped up, and on November 15 annual enrollment opened for the Affordable Care Act.

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The Salt
6:54 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish Put To The Test At Amish Market

A tub of Susan Stamberg's mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish made by Beth Hansen of Easton, Md.
Jackie Judd NPR

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:42 pm

The request was forwarded to me from a distant (fifth floor — I'm on the fourth) division of NPR.

It came from Justin Lucas, the head of NPR's Audience and Community Relations team. He's the go-to person here for requests from listeners, for information or permissions.

He'd gotten a letter from Beth Hansen, owner of Soup and Salad, a small sandwich shop in Easton, Md., a charming old town on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay.

Justin read me an excerpt of the request: "I'd love to make and sell Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Chutney. A portion of the proceeds ... "

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Politics and Government
7:17 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

OK Democrats Deciding Whether To Mount Legal Challenge To District 2 Election Results

Oklahoma Democratic Party

Oklahoma Democratic Party leaders say they're still undecided over whether to mount a legal challenge over Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin's victory in this month's general election over the 81-year-old Democratic nominee who died two days before the general election.

Party Chairman Wallace Collins says no decision was made after a teleconference Thursday with party leaders about whether to proceed with a lawsuit. Collins says he plans to meet again with their attorney.

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The Two-Way
6:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

Obama Goes It Alone, Shielding Up To 5 Million Immigrants From Deportation

President Obama announces executive actions on U.S. immigration policy during a nationally televised address from the White House on Thursday.
Pool Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 21, 2014 12:01 pm

After six years of often bitter back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over the issue of immigration, President Obama announced he has decided to go it alone by temporarily shielding up to 5 million immigrants from being deported.

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Politics and Government
6:38 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

OK Attorney General Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Review Health Care Challenge

Credit Facebook

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider Oklahoma's challenge to the federal health care law.

Pruitt announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the law.

The Supreme Court earlier this month agreed to hear a similar case out of Virginia, but Pruitt notes that in that case neither of the parties is a state.

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Planet Money
4:44 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

How To Catch A Cattle Thief

Chief Agent Jerry Flowers' says good guys "wear white hats."
Nick Oxford for NPR

Originally published on Thu November 20, 2014 5:30 pm

On Sept. 9, BJ Holloway's life savings were stolen. Six cows worth about $10,000 were taken in the dead of the night from his land in Spencer, Okla.

BJ started raising cows when he was just a teenager. His parents gave him the first two, and he raised those until they had calves he could sell off to buy some more. Over the years, he kept doing that, breeding the cows and selling off the little ones. Raising cows is a business for BJ, and all of his savings are wrapped up in them, which made the theft of the cows absolutely devastating.

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