Business
6:34 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Oil Prices Down As Saudis Slash Price Of Oil Sold To U.S.

Oil workers are seen at the Khurais oil facility in an area where operations are being expanded, about 60 miles southeast of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Monday, June 23, 2008. (Hasan Jamali/AP)

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 6:34 pm

Saudi Arabia has dropped the price of crude oil that it sells to the U.S.

This move drove prices down to their lowest in three years. Saudi Arabia is the biggest producer in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and members are reportedly in a price war due to a surplus of supplies.

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Politics
4:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Climate Change Activists Come Up Short In Midterm Elections

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 10:23 am

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Business
12:21 pm
Wed November 5, 2014

Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Fast-food workers and activists demonstrate outside a Chicago McDonald's in July in favor of a higher minimum wage. Illinois voters on Tuesday called on the state Legislature to approve a $10 minimum wage.
Scott Olson Getty Images

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 3:44 pm

Besides electing lawmakers Tuesday, voters settled ballot initiatives affecting everything from soda-pop taxes to fracking to marijuana sales.

The outcomes varied, but there was one economic issue that united voters. Overwhelmingly, they approved raises for minimum-wage workers.

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The Two-Way
9:37 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Voters In Texas City Approve Ban On Fracking

From left, Topher Jones, Edward Hartmann and Angie Holliday hold a campaign sign outside City Hall in Denton, Texas, on July 15, 2014. Voters in the college town approve a ban on fracking on Tuesday.
Tony Gutierrez AP

Originally published on Wed November 5, 2014 12:55 pm

Residents of Denton, Texas, voted Tuesday to ban hydraulic fracturing in the city.

According to unofficial results posted on the city's website, 58.64 percent of voters supported banning the controversial drilling method that is also called fracking; 41.36 percent voted against the proposition. It's the first time a city in the energy-friendly state has voted to ban fracking.

The vote is expected to be challenged, but Mayor Chris Watts said he would defend the ban.

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Arts & Culture
8:41 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Get Free Admission to National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Today, you can enjoy the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum for free.

Each Wednesday through November 19, admission to the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is free.

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Arts & Culture
7:53 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Comic Con Comes to Tulsa This Weekend

Comic book artists, writers, movie stars and fans merge into a three day pop culture carnival at the Cox Buisness Center in Tulsa this weekend.

Captain Kirk, Freddy Kruger and Daryl from the Walking Dead walk into a bar. That's not a joke. It's actually quite possible at the Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con, as William Shatner, Robert Englund and Norman Reedus will meet with fans there this weekend.

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KOSU Music
5:45 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

KOSU Music: Nas, Taylor Swift & Belle and Sebastian

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LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney joins host Ryan LaCroix every week to discuss music news and new music releases during All Things Considered on KOSU.

Today, we look at the new album from hip-hop heavyweight Nas, Taylor Swift's break-up with Spotify, and a change of sound for Belle and Sebastian.


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Remembrances
3:02 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

'We Have Learned Absolutely Nothing': Tom Magliozzi On Decades Of 'Car Talk'

Ray and Tom (right) Magliozzi, co-hosts of NPR's Car Talk show, pose for a photo in Cambridge, Mass., in 2008. Tom died Monday of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 77.
Charles Krupa AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 5:42 am

When NPR Car Talk hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi opened a do-it-yourself car repair shop in Cambridge, Mass., in the early 1970s, Tom had never had so many laughs. The people who came into the shop were complete "wackos," he told Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 2001. "But man were they fun. And they weren't worried! When the guy jacked up his Lincoln Town Car and drove the floor jack through his oil pan, did he cry? He said, 'Uh oh.' I mean people could take a joke!"

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Politics
2:52 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

NPR Reporters To Follow On Twitter For The 2014 Elections

Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 6:51 pm

The NPR social media desk compiled lists of NPR staff and public radio reporters who will be tweeting on Election Day.

Scroll down to find your state and follow reporters covering your area. Keep up with the latest elections updates with NPR News and NPR Politics on Twitter.

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The Two-Way
1:25 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

That 'I'm A Voter' App At The Top Of Your Newsfeed Actually Makes A Difference

Facebook's "I'm a Voter" app.
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Originally published on Tue November 4, 2014 4:39 pm

You thought that "I'm a Voter" app at the top of your Facebook newsfeed was just some cute flair, right?

Well, it actually makes a difference. No, really. Some serious scientists collaborated with Facebook in 2010 and found that the app added 340,000 additional voters that election cycle.

Here's how The New Republic explained the methodology:

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