The Two-Way
9:49 am
Thu January 15, 2015

U.S. Eases Travel, Financial Restrictions On Cuba

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 10:24 am

The United States took a big step toward normalizing relations with Cuba by easing some travel and financial restrictions that have been in place for decades.

The Treasury and Commerce departments announced that the new rules take effect on Friday. According to The Hill, the new rules mean:

-- Travelers who meet certain criteria will no longer need to apply for a license from the Treasury department to travel to Cuba.

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Carless in OKC
9:28 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Protests Taking to the Streets

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A new form of standing up against injustice sweeping across the nation is having an impact on highway drivers.

John and Elizabeth Tankard discuss protestors taking to the freeways in this week’s Carless in OKC.

What does it take to live without a car in OKC?  The Tankards are trying to find out. You can read all about their experiences at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

Local News
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Headlines: Executions, Demolishing OKC Buildings & Prison Overcrowding

Headlines for Thursday, January 15th, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is moving forward with an execution tonight. (NewsOK)

  • Oklahoma City is looking at demolishing nine buildings near downtown. (Journal Record)

  • The Cherokee Nation plans to provide millions for a hospital in Tahlequah. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin creates a panel to reduce overcrowding in state prisons. (NewsOK)

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Business
3:21 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Businesses Try To Stave Off Brain Drain As Boomers Retire

Dave Tobelmann worked for 33 years at General Mills before retiring five years ago. Not long after, he returned to the company, this time through a staffing firm specializing in retiree placement.
Courtesy of Dave Tobelmann

Originally published on Mon January 19, 2015 8:02 pm

In the U.S., roughly 10,000 people reach retirement age every day. And though not everyone who turns 62 or 65 retires right away, enough do that some companies are trying to head off the problem.

Dave Tobelmann, who for 33 years developed new products for General Mills, retired five years ago at age 57 — around the same time as a number of other colleagues. "Yeah, I went to a lot of retirement parties," Tobelmann says.

Losing veteran workers is a challenge, even for big companies like General Mills.

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Business
6:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Dollar's Rise Is Good News For The U.S., For Now

A pedestrian passes a currency exchange in London Jan. 5. The value of the U.S. dollar has risen about 15 percent against the euro since last summer.
Andy Rain EPA/Landov

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 8:17 pm

If you've traveled outside the U.S. recently, or sent your U.S.-made products abroad, you've probably noticed that the dollar is getting stronger. The stronger dollar is the sign of a healthier U.S. economy, but its strength has the potential to erode growth.

There are a number of factors behind the dollar's rise, says economist Jens Nordvig, a currency expert at Nomura Securities. The main one is the health of the U.S. economy.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor Fallin Issues Order to Deal With Nonviolent Offenders

Governor Mary Fallin
Credit ok.gov/governor

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

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Business
4:42 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Creek Tribe Announces $22M Entertainment Venue in Jenks

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Leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have plans to build a $22 million entertainment complex in suburban Tulsa.

Principal Chief George Tiger announced the project at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. The new venue will be located at the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks.

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The Two-Way
2:16 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Broadband A 'Necessity,' Obama Says, As He Pushes FCC To Expand Access

President Obama speaks at Cedar Falls Utilities in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Wednesday. He encouraged the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that stifle competition for high-speed Internet service.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 4:58 pm

Updated at 4:48 p.m. ET

President Obama is expected to lay out plans today intended to make it easier for cities, towns and rural communities to offer their citizens fast and cheap broadband Internet.

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Health
10:33 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Working Longer Hours Can Mean Drinking More

It's been a long day. Time to unwind.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:21 pm

People who try to reduce the stress of a long work day with a drink or two, or three, may be causing more health problems for themselves.

Around the world, people working long hours are more likely to drink too much, according to a study that analyzed data from 61 studies involving 333,693 people in 14 countries.

They found that people who worked more than 48 hours a week were 13 percent more likely to engage in risky drinking than people working 35 to 40 hours a week.

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Local News
8:25 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Headlines: Norman Water, Tulsa Flights & OKC Food

Headlines for Wednesday, January 14th, 2015:

  • Norman residents approve a water rate hike. (NewsOK)

  • Options for new destinations are increasing at Tulsa International Airport. (Journal Record)

  • School officials in Minco are closing the district for the rest of the week. (Chickasha Express Star)

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