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Will Benefit The Hungry
4:57 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Governor Makes Wager On Cotton Bowl, Will Pay With Food

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon are placing a wager on the Oklahoma State-Missouri matchup in the Cotton Bowl and a food pantry in one of the two states will be the beneficiary.

Fallin announced in a news release Tuesday that she and Nixon are wagering food products from their home states that will be donated to a food mission in the winning team's home state.

Fallin graduated from OSU and Nixon graduated from Missouri.

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Arts and Entertainment
3:01 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Oklahoma Native, School of Seven Bells Co-Founder Curtis Dies

Guitarist, drummer, songwriter, and Oklahoma native Benjamin Curtis playing with School of Seven Bells at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City - June 12, 2009.
Credit Tammy Lo / Wikimedia Commons

Benjamin Curtis, guitarist and co-founder of the popular indie-rock band School of Seven Bells, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 35.

Brady Brock with New York-based GoldVE Entertainment, which co-manages the band, says Curtis died Sunday evening of lymphoblastic lymphoma at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Curtis was first diagnosed just under a year ago.

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Gas Prices
1:52 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Gasoline Prices At Two Month High In Oklahoma

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The price of a gallon of regular self-serve gasoline is at a two month high in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma reported Tuesday that the statewide average was nearly $3.06 per gallon — up from $2.97 per gallon a week ago. AAA said the national average on Tuesday was $3.32 per gallon.

The prices in selected cities across Oklahoma range from just under $2.97 per gallon in Tulsa to $3.17 per gallon in Ponca City. The average price in Oklahoma City was just below $3.07 per gallon.

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1:07 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Petro State

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Great read about oily Oklahoma, which includes some historical perspective on how extraction along the “rims of geological basins” has shaped the past, and how the potential of shale and horizontal drilling could mold the state’s future (h/t to StateImpact Oklahoma's Joe Wertz).
Between 1910 and 1960, as the population of the city of Tulsa swelled from 18,000 to 261,000, the world was being transformed. Mind-bending inventions were coming online: Airplanes were buzzing the skies, cars and trucks were zipping across the country, phone lines were installed, movie theaters were sprouting up,diseases were cured, atoms were split, and spaceships were launched.
Year In Review
9:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

VIDEO: Oklahoma Sports, Entertainment Suffered Losses In 2013

Oklahoma A&M basketball center Bob Kurland
Credit National Collegiate Athletic Association

The football coach who installed the wishbone at the University of Oklahoma, a former OU quarterback, an Oklahoma State basketball legend and one of America's first great ballerinas were among those with ties to Oklahoma who died during 2013.

Chuck Fairbanks installed the wishbone in 1970 and the offense helped OU to national titles in 1974 and 1975 after Fairbanks left for the NFL. Fairbanks died in April at age 79.

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Led The Thunder To Three Wins
6:13 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Kevin Durant Is Player Of The Week

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Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant has been named the NBA Western Conference Player of the Week.

The announcement was made Monday after Durant led the Thunder to three wins by averaging 32 points, 10.7 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game.

Durant scored 29 points in a win over New York, 34 in a win over Charlotte and 33 in a win over Houston.

Miami's Chris Bosh was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Week.

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Nine Murder Complaints
4:14 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Federal Agents Arrest Doctor, Seize Medical Records

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Narcotics investigators have seized medical records from the office of a former Oklahoma City-based doctor who has been arrested on nine murder complaints after eight patients died of prescription drug overdoses and another allegedly caused a fatal traffic accident.

An affidavit for a search warrant filed Monday says the records were seized from the office of 71-year-old William Martin Valuck. Federal agents arrested Valuck Friday at his home in Kilgore, Texas.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Why Oklahoma Drivers Will Pay 50 Cents More For CNG On Jan. 1

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People who drive natural gas powered vehicles aren’t used to pain at the pump, but a federal tax credit that expires at the end of 2013 will add at least 50 cents to the price of a gallon of compressed natural gas.

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10:28 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Oklahoma Fails To Make FAA Unmanned Aircraft Research Site List

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Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin had expressed hope that Oklahoma would become a center for drone research. But the Federal Aviation Administration selected locations in Alaska, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia Tech, New York and Corpus Christi.
RT @flightlevel150: Merry Christmas to Pilots, ATCOs, Flight Attendants, Mechanics and all other aviation professionals who keep grinding t... Follow us on Twitter After a rigorous 10-month selection process involving 25 proposals from 24 states, the Federal Aviation Administration has chosen six unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) research and test site operators across the country.
Oklahoma Voices
10:14 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats

Lloyd's new military map of the border & southern states from 1864.
Credit Author: Hall, Edward S. Publisher: H.H. Lloyd & Co. / Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL

Listen to three experts in southern politics discuss the region's political past and future.
Scott Buchanan discusses the politics of the southern U.S. and its role in national elections during fall event sponsored by the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

Three political scientists who study the politics of southern states in the U.S. say shifts in population from rural areas to urban centers could help Democrats win more elections.

Scott Buchanan of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics says there is evidence the move is already taking place in Florida and Virginia.

Buchanan also says the coast of South Carolina is seeing an influx of immigration from other states, changing the politics of the area.

The Democrats lost the south, in part, because they failed to develop their party, according to the University of Georgia’s Charles S. Bullock III. He says they took their dominance for granted and did not develop candidates in the face of a rising GOP presence.

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