World Views
8:02 am
Wed January 1, 2014

Three Global Stories To Watch In 2014

A countdown to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia taken February 10, 2010.
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2013 brought change in the Vatican, thousands more deaths in Syria and millions more displaced as the civil war rages with no end in sight, and the death of iconic anti-apartheid statesman and former South African president Nelson Mandela. KGOU's World Views wraps up the year by looking ahead to 2014.

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Associated Press Picks
6:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma's Top Ten Stories

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Associated Press members overwhelmingly picked the Moore tornado and other violent storms as the top story of 2013.

Coming in second was the slaying of Australian baseball player Christopher Lane in Duncan. Third was the conviction of two former lawmakers in a bribery case, and the custody battle over Baby Veronica is fourth.

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Will Benefit The Hungry
4:57 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Governor Makes Wager On Cotton Bowl, Will Pay With Food

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon are placing a wager on the Oklahoma State-Missouri matchup in the Cotton Bowl and a food pantry in one of the two states will be the beneficiary.

Fallin announced in a news release Tuesday that she and Nixon are wagering food products from their home states that will be donated to a food mission in the winning team's home state.

Fallin graduated from OSU and Nixon graduated from Missouri.

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Arts and Entertainment
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma Native, School of Seven Bells Co-Founder Curtis Dies

Guitarist, drummer, songwriter, and Oklahoma native Benjamin Curtis playing with School of Seven Bells at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City - June 12, 2009.
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Benjamin Curtis, guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.

Brady Brock with New York-based GoldVE Entertainment, which co-manages the band, says Curtis died Sunday evening of lymphoblastic lymphoma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Curtis was first diagnosed just under a year ago.

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Gas Prices
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gasoline Prices At Two Month High In Oklahoma

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The price of a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline is at a two month high in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average was nearly $3.06 per gallon — up from $2.97 per gallon a week ago. AAA said the national average on Tuesday was $3.32 per gallon.

The prices in selected cities across Oklahoma range from just under $2.97 per gallon in Tulsa to $3.17 per gallon in Ponca City. The average price in Oklahoma City was just below $3.07 per gallon.

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1:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Petro State

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Great read about oily Oklahoma, which includes some historical perspective on how extraction along the “rims of geological basins” has shaped the past, and how the potential of shale and horizontal drilling could mold the state’s future (h/t to StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz).
Between 1910 and 1960, as the population of the city of Tulsa swelled from 18,000 to 261,000, the world was being transformed. Mind-bending inventions were coming online: Airplanes were buzzing the skies, cars and trucks were zipping across the country, phone lines were installed, movie theaters were sprouting up,diseases were cured, atoms were split, and spaceships were launched.
Shots - Health News
12:46 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Despite Health Law, Many People May Be Left Underinsured

Insurance coverage is only one part of the health puzzle.
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Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 11:50 am

People with chronic conditions will be better protected from crippling medical bills starting in January, as the health law's coverage requirements and spending limits take effect.

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It's All Politics
11:30 am
Tue December 31, 2013

2013: The Year In Political Screw-Ups

The partial federal government shutdown was a political misstep that will be remembered for years to come.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 1:34 pm

If anything defined 2013, it was the political misstep. There were so many gaffes, flaps, scandals and ill-advised moves that voters were often left scratching their heads at the political class's uncanny knack for diminishing its profession.

Here are eight of the more memorable screw-ups:

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The Two-Way
9:26 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! The Celebrations Are Underway

A view of the New Year's Eve fireworks display in Sydney Harbor in Sydney, Australia.
Nikki Short EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue December 31, 2013 3:56 pm

  • Sounds of the New Year's celebration in Auckland, New Zealand

It's 2014 in Australia, New Zealand and other places on the "other side" of the international date line.

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Year In Review
9:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

VIDEO: Oklahoma Sports, Entertainment Suffered Losses In 2013

Oklahoma A&M basketball center Bob Kurland
Credit National Collegiate Athletic Association

The football coach who installed the wishbone at the University of Oklahoma, a former OU quarterback, an Oklahoma State basketball legend and one of America's first great ballerinas were among those with ties to Oklahoma who died during 2013.

Chuck Fairbanks installed the wishbone in 1970 and the offense helped OU to national titles in 1974 and 1975 after Fairbanks left for the NFL. Fairbanks died in April at age 79.

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