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Oklahoma ranchers received the most federal drought relief in the country according to the Oklahoman

Here are the totals from 2011-Dec. 1, 2014:

1.  Oklahoma $883 million

2.  Texas $592.36 million

3.  Nebraska $512.89 million

4.  Kansas $461.26 million

5.  Missouri $303.58 million

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Colorado had the biggest proportional unemployment drop in the nation reports the Denver Post.  The rate lowered from 6.2 percent to 4 percent in 2014.

Colorado added 62,300 jobs.  That’s the nation’s best job gain.

Alexandra Hall is the labor department’s chief economist.  She says the state’s high diversified economy will help the state weather low oil prices—at least for a while.

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A look at some of the most popular and easiest houseplants to keep you in greenery for the cold season.  Skip looks at the four basics needs of a healthy houseplant, and how to create a suitable environment in often overheated winter homes. 

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Public health care costs are rising in Texas… as a matter of fact.. to the tune of about $1.3 billion over the next two years reports the Texas Tribune.

As you take a look at the Senate’s budget, here’s a look at the health care issues lawmakers will be struggling with for the next four months.

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The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says the state's unemployment rate declined by two-tenths of a percentage point in December reports KGOU.  The rate went from 4.4 percent in November to 4.2 percent.

State officials recently said that five of the state's nine seasonally adjusted business sectors added jobs in December. 

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Veterans from the Battle of the Bulge reunited at the Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas reports the Hays Daily News

The group celebrated the 70th anniversary with group photos, a buffet luncheon, and an opportunity for veterans and their families to tour the library complex, watch Battle of the Bulge documentaries, and tour the museum’s featured exhibit, "World War II Remembered: Leaders, Battles & Heroes 1941-1945."

A panel discussion with Battle of the Bulge veterans was the highlighted event. 

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Democratic leaders in the Kansas Legislature have been tight-lipped about Governor Sam Brownback’s tax and budget proposal, until now. Top Democrats voiced their concerns about the plans at a press conference on Friday.

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A group that advocates for Kansas children is protesting Governor Sam Brownback’s proposal to use money from a children’s fund to help cover a budget shortfall. The money comes from the 1990s tobacco settlement payments and is used for programs including Early Head Start. KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports on the proposal to help close a gap in the current fiscal year's budget.

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When the price of oil goes down too much, oil producers can't afford the expense of drilling. Rigs are parked. Workers are laid off. That impacts the entire listening region.

Business Insider reports Helmerich & Payne recently announced it would idle 50 more drilling rigs in February, after having already idled 11 rigs.  Each rig accounts for about 100 jobs. This will cut its shale-drilling activities by 20 percent.

There’s a new study that says antibiotics used to treat livestock and antibiotic-resistant genes that pose a threat to humans can be carried by the wind from large livestock operations reports Politico.

Researchers at the Institute of Environmental and Human Health at Texas Tech University say they found six veterinary antibiotics in dust samples downwind from 10 large beef cattle feedlots in Texas. 

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Songwriter Randy Palmer visits Garden City on 1/30

HPPR welcomes singer/songwriter Randy Palmer to our Garden City facility for a Living Room Concert on Friday, January 30! We are located at 210 N 7th St. The doors will open at 7:00, and the show will start at 7:30. To make a reservation, call us at 620-275-7444. Don't miss it! About Randy Randy Palmer has been a part of the Amarillo music scene for a good part of his life. He has played in several bands over the years including The Prairie Dogs. Randy was a finalist in the Kerrville New...
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