Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Best of 2014: Sturgill Simpson, Timbre Timbre & D'Angelo

Sturgill Simpson

Welcome to Sample Size, where KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney team up each week to discuss music news and new music releases.

Today, we look back at some of Matt's favorite albums of 2014, from Sturgill Simpson, Timbre Timbre, and D'Angelo.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

Health
10:31 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Can I Keep My Marketplace Insurance If I Enroll In Medicare?

Sally Elford Getty Images/Ikon Images

We have received a bunch of questions about enrolling in Medicare lately. Here are answers to two that came up recently.

My wife has been automatically re-enrolled in a silver policy on the Oklahoma health insurance marketplace. She will turn 65 and be enrolled in Medicare on May 1, 2015. Can she keep her silver policy when she is enrolled in Medicare? And, if she does, will she automatically lose her premium subsidy? Do we have to cancel the policy or will the insurer do it automatically?

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The Two-Way
9:21 am
Tue December 23, 2014

U.S. Economy Grew At A 5 Percent Rate; Dow Surpasses 18,000

Originally published on Tue December 23, 2014 2:55 pm

The U.S. economy grew at a surprisingly fast 5 percent annual rate in the third quarter of 2014, up sharply from the 3.9 percent of the last revision. The figure blew past the consensus estimate of 4.3 percent put forth by economists surveyed by Bloomberg News.

It's the fastest the U.S. economy has grown in one quarter in more than a decade: The GDP grew at a 6.9 percent pace in the third quarter of 2003.

Update at 10:30 a.m. ET: Dow Tops 18,000 For First Time

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JenX with Jennifer Lindsey McClintock
8:40 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Have Yourself A Generation X Christmas

For Generation Xers, Christmas has changed greatly since the 70s and early 80s.

Jennifer Lindsey McClintock remembers a simpler time in this week’s JenX.

Jennifer Lindsey McClintock is an Oklahoma City native working in Marketing and Public Relations.

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Local News
7:02 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Headlines: Executions Allowed, Capitol Repairs & A Baby Elephant

Headlines for Tuesday, December 23, 2014:

  • Oklahoma gets the go ahead to resume executions. (NewsOK)
  • State leaders are going with Kansas City, Missouri-based JE Dunn Construction to repair the outside of the Capitol. (Journal Record)

  • The Tulsa World wants the state to unseal records relating to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett. (Tulsa World)

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Music
1:11 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Ferris O'Brien's Top 10 Albums of 2014

The Spy's Ferris O'Brien combs through hundreds of albums every year. Below are his ten favorite albums of 2014.

10. Morrissey - World Peace Is None of Your Business

Full disclosure: I'm a huge fan! But I'm also extremely critical of any Moz output. World Peace is lyrically on point, laden with wit and hooks. Easily his best since 2004's You Are the Quarry, plus it contains quite possibly one of Mozzer's best songs in years: "Staircase at the University."

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Local News
8:27 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Headlines: Stronger Pot, Fired Caretakers & Drought

Headlines for Monday December 22, 2014:

  • Drug enforcement officials say large amounts of marijuana are coming over into Oklahoma from Colorado. (Tulsa World)

  • Three Norman veterans’ center caretakers lose their jobs after video shows abuse of an 85-year-old resident with dementia. (NewsOK)

  • Forecasters expect little relief on the state’s ongoing drought with the coming onslaught of winter despite above-average rainfall. (NewsOK)

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The Two-Way
4:21 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

Many States Now Have $2 Gasoline, Analyst Says

On Cue in Oklahoma City, was reportedly the first station to lower regular unleaded below $2 a gallon. Now, 24 states have $1.99 gasoline.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Remember when we told you earlier this month that a gas station in Oklahoma City had lowered its price for regular unleaded to $1.99 a gallon?

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Around the Nation
7:07 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Neighboring States Challenge Colorado's Recreational Marijuana Law

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Music Interviews
4:43 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 6:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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