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10:38 am
Fri September 12, 2014

As Independence Referendum Approaches, All Eyes On Scotland

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Tensions are high as the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence grows closer. With polls showing massive gains by Scottish nationalists in recent weeks, the outcome of Thursday’s vote is too close to call.

The referendum is attracting a huge amount of attention in Scotland where a record 97% of adults have registered to vote. This figure includes 16- and 17-year-olds who are now eligible to vote for the first time. And everyone has an opinion.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:33 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Remington Park Bets On New App

Remington Park racetrack and casino is providing a new app so customers can wager with smartphones.
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With casino-goers graying, Remington Park racetrack and casino is playing the odds that a younger crowd will find betting on the races more interesting by using their smartphones, according to the Journal Record this week.

“Mobile wagering” allows casino patrons to bet on the horses from the comfort of their seat at the slot machine, at the Casino’s “Silks” restaurant, or anywhere else on the site—as long as it’s at the track. The app knows if the patron leaves the property.

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Health
5:54 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Infant Mortality Rates Declining In Oklahoma

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the infant mortality rate in the state is declining.

The agency said in a news release on Thursday that the rate of infant deaths per 1,000 live births has declined from 8.6 in 2007 to 6.8 in 2013.

That's saving an additional 34 babies' lives over last year.

Oklahoma Maternal and Child Health Director Joyce Marshall said that the agency is encouraged that collaborative health efforts are making a difference.

September is recognized as "Infant Mortality Awareness Month" in Oklahoma.

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Deadline To Apply Nov. 26
1:26 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

$1.5 Million In Grant Money Available For Water Conservation Projects

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Oklahoma officials say $1.5 million in drought grants is available for projects that highlight the responsible use of water.

The grants are capped at $500,000 each, and the deadline for application is Nov. 26. Gov. Mary Fallin says the responsible use of water is the most effective and immediate way to prevent future water shortages in Oklahoma.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, about 85 percent of Oklahoma is experiencing some form of drought, with the driest conditions occurring in the southwest and the Panhandle.

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Hydrochloric Acid Spill
1:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Texas Company Objects To $5,000 Fine For 21,000-Gallon Spill

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A hearing is planned for next month in a Texas company's appeal of a $5,000 fine it received for a 21,000-gallon hydrochloric acid spill in north-central Oklahoma.

Blake Production Co. Inc. is fighting the fee levied against it by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission. The commission cited the company for failing to prevent pollution in the July 28 incident in Kingfisher County.

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World Views
12:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Author Esmeralda Santiago Finds Identity Through Art

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When Esmeralda Santiago arrived in New York City in the early 1960s, she was completely terrified.

“I always think of the trip from Puerto Rico to the United States as probably the most traumatic thing that ever happened to me,” Santiago says. “I was a rural girl. We lived out in the country. I had never seen television. We had no electricity or running water.”

The alienation Santiago felt informed her writing. That turmoil, and her love for the history of Puerto Rico and the voices of characters she heard in her dreams, became Santiago’s novel Conquistadora.

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Politics and Government
11:25 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oklahoma's Congressional Delegation Reacts To President's Islamic State Address

Speaking from the State Floor in the White House on September 10, 2014, President Obama addressed the nation on the situation in Iraq and the United States’ strategy to degrade and defeat ISIL, a terrorist organization.
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U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) says he would vote to give President Obama any authority and resources he needs to address the growing threat from the Islamic State.

“I have no doubt that such authorization would be overwhelmingly supported by both houses of Congress and on both sides of the aisle,” Cole said in a statement. “Americans, our friends and our enemies need to see the president and Congress united in their determination to destroy this very dangerous foe.”

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OneSix8
10:33 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The State Fair, Wiggle Out Loud And Bluegrass Entertain Your Week

Kids soaring on one of the carnival rides at the 2012 Oklahoma State Fair.
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The Oklahoma State Fair returns to the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City Thursday, September 11 through Sunday, September 21.

Organizers expect to amuse hundreds of thousands of visitors with carnival rides, artistic exhibits, commercial expos, concerts and Disney On Ice in addition to many other special events.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:37 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Drought-Stricken Southwest Oklahoma Towns Look For More Water Underground

After four years of drought, municipal water storage in in Altus-Lugert lake has dropped to about 10 percent.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Water supplies in southwest Oklahoma are in danger of drying up as four years of drought drag lake levels to record lows. Some communities are scrambling to supplement their current water sources, while others look for new sources — in Texas.

Estimates say Duncan’s main water source — Lake Waurika — could be too low to use by 2016.

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Live Music
7:30 am
Thu September 11, 2014

The Darker Side Of (Matt Stansberry & The) Romance

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Matt Stansberry’s latest project offers a sound that is both familiar and fresh - which is no small feat.

The ten-plus member band delivers this exoteric rhythm and blues-meets-modern pop vibe by way of layered horns, dual guitars, keys/organ, a ‘pocket’ rhythm section and sassy, backing vocals. 

It's a potent mixture. And the group’s sophomore release, Crash Landing, offers a little extra appeal for star-crossed lovers and all who’ve felt a touch of life’s blues.

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