Within just a few days, on Jan. 1, all eggs sold in California will have to come from chickens that live in more spacious quarters — almost twice as spacious, in fact, as the cages that have been the industry standard.

It's been a shock to the egg industry, and to grocery stores. Eggs are one of those staples that self-respecting grocery retailers absolutely, positively have to keep in stock. "You have to have bread, milk, lettuce. You have to have eggs," says Ronald Fong, the president and CEO of the California Grocers Association.

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With executions in Oklahoma scheduled to resume next month, a federal appeals court has agreed to an expedited timeline in a case of death row inmates challenging the state's lethal injection method.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver ordered attorneys for the inmates to file a brief in the case by Wednesday. The state's response is due Jan. 6.

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.)
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Oklahoma's senior U.S. senator says the Republican Party's takeover of the Senate gives the GOP its best chance to push back against government regulations and ramp up military spending since Democratic President Barack Obama was elected in 2008.

The Man Behind Common Core Math

Dec 29, 2014

Every Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Jason Zimba begins a math tutoring session for his two young daughters with the same ritual. Claire, 4, draws on a worksheet while Abigail, 7, pulls addition problems written on strips of paper out of an old Kleenex box decorated like a piggy bank.

If she gets the answer "lickety-split," as her dad says, she can check it off. If she doesn't, the problem goes back in the box, to try the following week.

Remembering 'The Grapes Of Wrath'

Dec 29, 2014

John Steinbeck’s epic novel about Oklahoma farmers migrating to California during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s celebrated its 75th anniversary this year.

“The Grapes of Wrath” won the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1940, starring Henry Fonda as the main character Tom Joad, a young man who returns to his family after being released from prison.

Morton Comprehensive Health Services

The CEO of Morton Comprehensive Health Services Inc. says his clinics will not accept uninsured patients next year, citing cuts to a state fund that pays for uncompensated medical care.

CEO John Silva tells the Tulsa World that the decision is probably the most difficult one he's made in 30 years. He says his clinics can't afford to take in patients who don't have insurance. Morton has clinics in Tulsa, Nowata and Bartlesville.

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.