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Agriculture
1:11 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Oklahoma Loses Eight Percent Of Swine Inventory To Virus

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Oklahoma has lost about 8 percent of its swineinventory due to a virus sweeping across the country, and the executive director of the Oklahoma Pork Council says the loss has driven consumer prices higher.

Roy Lee Lindsey tells The Journal Record that prices are going to rise another 10 to 12 percent throughout the summer. Low supplies have already driven domestic prices 40 percent higher in recent months and current exports are up 10 percent compared with a year ago.

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Elections
12:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Oklahoma Congressman Mullin Faces Challenge In Primary

Oklahoma Second District U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin
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First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is facing a challenge in next week's primary election from a professional bass fisherman who claims Mullin has not been conservative enough.

Republican Darrel Robertson says Mullin was swept into office in 2012 thanks in part to a wave of support from the tea party, but seemed to shy away from that support once he got to Washington.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:15 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Two Of Oklahoma’s Major Philanthropies Stay Grounded Through Local Focus

Oklahoma first lady Kim Henry, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry and Inasmuch Foundation President and Chairman of Oklahoma City Educare Bob Ross with children and a teacher at the dedication of Oklahoma City Educare, 2009.
Lisa Lloyd Saxum

A 2012 study by the Chronicle of Philanthropy ranked Oklahoma 11th in terms of generosity, with a typical Oklahoma household putting about 5.6 percent of its discretionary income toward charitable giving. 

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
7:30 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Joplin Businesses Bounce Back After 2011 Tornado

Liliya Moos sews on a wedding dress in the alterations shop she and her husband own and rebuilt on Main Street in Joplin.
Credit Gail Banzet-Ellis

Listen to the radio story.

When a tornado hit Moore, Oklahoma in May of last year, residential neighborhoods bore the brunt of the damage. But it was a different story in Joplin, Missouri, after an EF-5 tornado damaged or destroyed more than 500 businesses back in 2011.

Three years later, more than 90% of those businesses have returned to write a new chapter in Joplin’s story. 

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Veterans' Health
7:04 am
Mon June 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Says Report Will Expose More Problems At VA

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn
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U.S. Sen Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) says a new report will expose more weaknesses at Veterans Affairs Department hospitals, including disappearing doctors and staff members.

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Business Intelligence Report
5:28 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Top Business Stories: Drilling In Norman, Aubrey McClendon, And Cows

Finley Resources drilling in Norman
Credit Samuel Perry / Journal Record

An Energy Company Drilling A Well In Norman Changes How It’s Getting Water.

Finley Resources is putting in a well on Franklin Road in Norman. At first, the company ran a line directly to a fire hydrant. That led the city to raise the prices it charges high-volume commercial users. The more water someone uses, the more it costs per thousand gallons.

As Finley moves into the completion phase – including hydraulically fracturing the well – it has also run a line into nearby Little River Creek.

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Slow Improvements But Okahoma Still Lags Behind
11:34 am
Sun June 15, 2014

New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation

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The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks 44th in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation.

Unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as low physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, along with a high prevalence of smoking and obesity, contribute to most of the state's leading causes of death. Significant health disparities among many of the state's population also contribute to Oklahoma's health status.

The report says, “Overall, Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that while Oklahoma’s mortality rate dropped five percent over the past 20 years, the U.S. mortality rate dropped 20 percent. So, Oklahoma is not keeping up with the rest of the nation.”

The annual study reports on a range of factors and details information by county.

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9:27 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Teachers Mix Primary Colors

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An Enid News & Eagle study of teacher certification and voter data showed more than 1,200 educators re-registered with the GOP since May 2013.
Related Photos Discussion ENID, Okla. - Buddy Wood always has been a Democrat. Always. Just not now. Like most voters in Beckham County, a rural plain that straddles Interstate 40 on the Texas line, Wood registered with the Democratic Party when it came time to vote.
Manager's Desk
8:59 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Summer Solstice Is No Time To Dream

A watercolor of a scene from "A Midsummer Nights Dream" by John Simmons, 1823-1876.
Credit John Simmons / commons.wikipedia.org

June 15, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk. 

It may be hard to think but we are now in the last week of spring!

The summer solstice comes just before 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 21st. 

Ah, midsummer’s eve – dreams of fairies and maypoles, of bonfires, and plays within plays.

“If we shadows have offended, Think but this, and all is mended, That you have but slumbered here While these visions did appear.” 

But we have no time to dream now!

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Higher Education Regents Say Diversion Illegal
8:11 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Fallin Says She Supports OHLAP Scholarship

Gov. Mary Fallin says she supports a program that provides college scholarships for low- and middle-income students and is vowing to fully fund it.

Fallin made the comments Friday after concerns were expressed about the diversion of $7.8 million from an Oklahoma Higher Access Learning Program revolving fund for use elsewhere in the state budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

Fallin made the comments two days after House Democratic Leader Scott Inman requested an attorney general's opinion on the constitutionality of diverting the money.

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