NPR Ed
2:56 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Why The President Wants To Give Hundreds Of Millions Of Dollars To Toddlers

Nikki Jones' preschool class at Porter Early Childhood Development Center in Tulsa, Okla.
John W. Poole NPR

Why does public school start at age 5?

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Here & Now
11:15 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Beyond The Pump: What Falling Oil Prices Mean For U.S. Producers

International Air Transport Association (IATA) Chief Economist Brian Pearce speaks at the IATA global media day on December 10, 2014 in Geneva. Global airline association IATA on December 10 raised the sector's profit forecast to a record $19.9 billion for 2014 and $25 billion for 2015, as plunging oil prices drive down costs. (Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images)

Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 3:19 pm

Oil prices have plunged more than 40 percent since July, to a five-year low, and they continue to fall. As of Wednesday morning, crude was trading below $62 a barrel.

That’s good news for drivers, but beyond low gas prices, what does it mean for U.S. oil producers, and the economy?

Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson talks to Juli Niemann, a financial analyst with Smith Moore and Company.

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Local News
8:26 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Headlines: Abortion Doctor Arrested, Low Oil Prices & Executions

Headlines for Wednesday, December 10, 2014:

  • An undercover investigation results in the arrest of an Oklahoma City-area abortion doctor. (NewsOK)

  • Government employees are raising concerns about low oil prices. (Journal Record)

  • A federal judge is keeping documents related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett sealed.  (Tulsa World)

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Sports
6:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Russell Westbrook Stars in Foot Locker Commercial

Russell Westbrook is featured in a new commercial for Foot Locker.

Watch it below.

Immigration
6:04 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Pruitt Adds Oklahoma to List of States Suing Obama

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is adding Oklahoma to the list of 20 states suing President Barack Obama over his executive action to spare from deportation nearly 5 million people living in the U.S. illegally.

Pruitt announced Tuesday that Oklahoma would join the multistate lawsuit filed in federal district court in Texas.

In a statement, Pruitt said the president's executive actions are "unlawful and unconstitutional."

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Sample Size
5:44 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Best of 2014: Future Islands, Jenny Lewis, Makonnen & Drake

Future Islands

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 our favorite tracks of 2014 from Future Islands, Jenny Lewis, Makonnen & Drake.

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US News
3:39 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

'Torture Report': Did Harsh Interrogations Help Find Osama Bin Laden?

The CIA has long maintained that its advanced interrogation techniques led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.
Rahimullah Yousafzai AP

Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 6:52 pm

One of the big arguments the Central Intelligence Agency has used to defend its enhanced interrogation techniques is that information stemming from those interrogations led to the killing of Osama bin Laden.

More specifically, officials have argued that those types of questionings led to important information about Abu Ahmad al-Kuwaiti, the courier that led the U.S. to bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

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Politics
2:32 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Sen. Coburn Releases Report Criticizing Tax Expenditures

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

Read the full report here.

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Health
1:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wellness At Work Often Comes With Strings Attached

Originally published on Sun December 14, 2014 10:05 pm

If you get health insurance at work, chances are you have some sort of wellness plan, too. But so far there's no real evidence as to whether these plans actually improve the health of employees.

One thing we do know is that wellness is particularly popular with employers right now, as they seek ways to slow the rise of health spending. These initiatives can range from urging workers to use the stairs to requiring comprehensive health screenings.

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Local News
8:53 am
Tue December 9, 2014

Headlines: Pruitt Reaction, Federal Spending & Capitol Hill Mascot

Headlines for Tuesday, December 9. 2014:

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is denying a secretive alliance with energy firms. (NewsOK)

  • A new study shows Oklahoma is dependent on federal spending almost as much as the rest of the nation. (Tulsa World)

  • Oklahoma City’s Capitol Hill High School is changing its Redskins mascot after 88 years. (NewsOK)

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