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Weather and Climate
9:35 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Weather And Road Conditions For Sunday

Sunday Forecast Snow Conditions
National Weather Service

Snow bands will develop behind a strong cold front and spread south today and this evening. Snow accumulations of 1-4 inches will be possible over much of the northern half of Oklahoma, with the heaviest amounts across parts of northern OK. A few places may receive more than 4 inches. The snow will create slick spots on roads, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks. REMEMBER: Exact locations of snowfall amounts can and will likely vary or change.

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Health
8:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

To Date: 18 Hospitalized With The Flu, No Deaths

The flu virus.
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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports just one new hospitalization due to the flu so far this season.

The department says 18 people have now been hospitalized as a result of the illness this season, which began Sept. 28.

The Health Department says there have been no deaths due to the flu this season, after a record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season. The previous record of 46 flu deaths was recorded in the 2009 flu season — the year the state began tracking the statistic.

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Oklahoma News
7:30 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Oklahoma Public Retirees Want Cost-Of-Living Boost

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Representatives of Oklahoma's public retirees who have not had a cost-of-living adjustment since 2008 say the time has come to increase their pension incomes now that the state's underfunded pension systems are regaining financial strength.

Managers of some of Oklahoma's biggest retirement systems say they are financially stronger than they were just four years ago. Unfunded liability has declined by $6.5 billion and the funded ratio of the systems has improved from 58 percent four years ago to 74.4 percent.

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Manager's Desk
7:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?

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This week, Morning Edition and All Things Considered sound different. 

And they do – because the times for local items have changed within the programs. All the usual things are still there – KGOU news, traffic reports, weather, and calendars – but they are most likely at different times.

The NPR items are still there too -- Frank DeFord, StoryCorps and more.

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Oklahoma News
6:00 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Inasmuch Foundation Awards $5.79 Million In Grants

Credit Inasmuch Foundation

Oklahoma's Inasmuch Foundation is awarding $5.79 million in grants to 28 organizations, all serving Oklahoma communities.

The grants include more than $1 million to KIPP Reach to expand and grow a five-school model serving over 2,500 students per year. Another $500,000 was awarded to the Kiwanis Special Activities Fund to replace the old Carver Mark Twain Head Start building with a birth-to-school continuum campus next door to the newly renovated Mark Twain Elementary.

The Inasmuch Foundation was founded in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord. It supports education, health and human services and community enhancement initiatives that enrich the quality of life for Oklahomans.

Bob Ross, president and CEO of the foundation, says the diversity of its grants helps meet the various needs of the community and make the greatest impact.

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Oklahoma Watch
7:36 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Affordable Care Act Enrollment Begins Saturday

Oklahoma Watch

Starting this weekend, an estimated 446,000 low-to-middle-income Oklahomans can sign up for government-subsidized health insurance for 2015 through the online marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act.

The 2015 open enrollment period begins Saturday, Nov. 15, and ends Sunday, Feb. 15. Federal officials and ACA advocates are encouraging people to complete their applications by Dec. 15 to avoid ensure their coverage begins on Jan. 1.

A recent national survey by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation in Washington, D.C., showed that 89 percent of uninsured people were not aware that open enrollment begins this month.

“It’s an unfortunate continuation of a trend that’s been going on for quite a while now,” Kaiser Foundation Senior Fellow Karen Politz said in a briefing with reporters. “People really aren’t that familiar with what’s in the ACA, whether it will help them, and what the rules are.”

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Politics and Government
7:22 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Education Group Acknowledges Ethics Violations

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An education advocacy group that spent more than $365,000 targeting Republican state legislators in Oklahoma for defeat in November's election has acknowledged violating state campaign finance rules and agreed to pay $10,000.

The Oklahoma Ethics Commission announced a settlement agreement on Friday with Oregon-based Stand for Children, Incorporated.

The pro-education group unsuccessfully targeted two Republican state senators — Josh Brecheen of Coalgate and Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City.

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Oklahoma News
7:07 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Propane Supplies Higher Than Last Year At This Time

Last winter, propane customer Shawn Davies vowed not to refill his tank until priced drop significantly.
Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Propane providers and Oklahoma officials say they hope to avoid the supply crisis during the upcoming winter season that led to huge price hikes last winter.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration says Midwest propane inventories were higher going into this harvest season and two weeks ago supply was above the five-year average. In addition, propane wholesalers and retailers were told by industry and government officials three months ago to prepare for the worst, as a precaution.

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Health
6:30 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Health Department Seeks Input As Businesses Believe Offering Health Insurance is 'Good Business'

Terry L. Cline, Oklahoma Commissioner of Health
Credit ok.gov

Members of the public are invited to attend a discussion next week on the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan.

The Nov. 20 meeting at the OU Health Science Center Samis Education Center in Oklahoma City is being hosted by the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

The agency is scheduled to present findings from its recently conducted Oklahoma health and wellness survey, among other presentations.

Mandated in 2008 by the state Legislature, OHIP is a comprehensive plan for improvement of the physical, social and mental wellbeing of all Oklahomans. 

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Oklahoma News
6:39 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

No Bail For Hostage Taker

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A Cleveland County judge has denied bail for a man accused of taking hostages at gunpoint and holding them for four hours before surrendering to police.

Special Judge Steve Stice on Friday ordered 29-year-old Devin Rogers to remain in the Cleveland County jail while he awaits trial on two counts of kidnapping by extortion, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of feloniously firing a firearm into a dwelling and one count of possessing a firearm while in the commission of a felony.

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