A wind farm in Ellis County in western Oklahoma.
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A federal agency says Oklahoma will likely see an increase in wind-generated electricity used to power homes.

Data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration says developers are planning to increase wind power capacity with projects primarily in Oklahoma, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Texas.

The Journal Record reports Oklahoma is expected to see an increase in total wind generating capacity by the spring of 2015. The state has 3,100 megawatts of wind power capacity. That number is expected to grow by 2,100 megawatts.

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After a cold front brought sleet and snow to parts of Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas over the weekend, National Weather Service forecasters say we’re in for another Arctic blast and wintry precipitation.

Starting Monday evening temperatures will fall into the teens and 20s, and breezes from the north will drop wind chills into the teens, to as low as 5 degrees below zero early Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

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The state agency that enforces campaign-finance rules has failed to collect a large majority of late-filing fees from political groups and candidates and this year stopped assessing the fees altogether, according to state records and interviews.

As of early 2014, candidates, their campaigns and other organizations owed the Oklahoma Ethics Commission more than $200,000 in unpaid fees for late or no filing of statements of income and spending, commission records show.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor says almost 1.5 million Oklahomans are being affected by drought.

In the past month, the percentage of Oklahoma classified as being in exceptional drought has increased slightly from about 5 percent to almost 6 percent. Most of the areas experiencing exceptional drought are in the southwest corner of the state with a small area in northern Ellis County.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss day-after-Christmas traditions around the world, and Joshua Landis provides an update on how economies around the world have fared during 2014.

Then, a conversation with photojournalist and activist Paula Allen. For a quarter century, she has chronicled the stories of these women during and after the search for their missing family members. She published her photos in the book Flowers in the Desert.

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Missouri is the first state in more than five years to have a statewide average gas price of below $2 a gallon, and Oklahoma was expected to get there by the weekend.

AAA spokesman Michael Green says the national average price of gas is $2.32 per gallon, the lowest since May 2009. Missouri's average fell below $2 per gallon Friday morning and stood at $1.98 midday.

Green says Oklahoma's average Friday morning was $2.01, while Kansas had the third-lowest average at $2.06.

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says the death toll due to influenza this season remains at six after no new deaths were recorded in the state during the past week.

State health officials said Friday 70 more people were hospitalized with flu-like symptoms between Dec. 17 and Dec. 22. Since the current flu season began on Sept. 28, a total of 250 people in the state have either been hospitalized or died.

Health officials say all six deaths and more than half of those hospitalized with the flu have been 65 years of age or older.

Shoppers lining up at the Chadstone Shopping Centre just outside Melbourne, Australia - December 26, 2007.
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The United Kingdom and many Commonwealth countries typically celebrate Boxing Day every December 26. The tradition of giving servants and tradespeople a "Christmas box" of food and gifts from their employers dates back to the Middle Ages.

In South Africa, the holiday was officially renamed the Day of Goodwill in 1994. But in other European countries, December 26 is celebrated as "Second Christmas Day" - an entirely different holiday.

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An across-the-board pay hike for state troopers is among several new state laws that take effect Jan. 1.

Although most new laws take effect on Nov. 1 or shortly after the governor's signature, about a dozen measures have an effective date that coincides with the calendar year.

The pay raises for troopers will average between 14 and 20 percent and cost the state about $8.5 million when fully annualized. A starting trooper who currently makes about $38,000 will see his or her pay boosted to more than $43,000 under the bill.

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