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“It’s sticker shock,” Changes to property taxes have Oklahoma residents fuming

EL RENO, Okla. – Canadian County is one of the fastest growing counties in Oklahoma and now it’s facing some growing pains.

A change to property taxes has some residents aching.

James Niles was flabbergasted when he opened his new property tax bill.

Niles said, “I just don’t think it’s fair and I don’t think people should have to endure opening their mail and seeing that their properties have doubled and tripled.”

Long-time realtor and property owner Karen Graves said the numbers just don’t add up.

Graves said, “This year, I got the assessments and we have a building that’s gone up $42,000. It went from $180,000 to $222,000. Our home went up and our office building went up as well.”

She said the system the county assessor is using is not yielding accurate numbers.

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How to keep your pets away from spring time harm

OKLAHOMA – Spring is here and summer is right around the corner.

Warmer weather and longer days bring more adventures and greater dangers for curious pets and unknowing pet owners.

As pet owners enjoy the great outdoors with their pets it is important to keep in mind that more time spent outdoors presents a multitude of risks to our pets and ourselves.

Steve Dale, pet advocate and pet expert will discuss springtime hazards, what to avoid outdoors and how to protect your pet and your home from parasites. In addition, Steve will share pet symptoms to be aware of for infections and allergies. Dale’s outdoor hazards include:

Group pushes for Oklahomans to decide if Mary Jane should be legalized

On April 11, 2014, Oklahomans for Health will submit an application for petition with Oklahoma Secretary of State’s office, which would let voters decide whether medical marijuana should be legalized in the Sooner State.

The activist group’s mission is to educate Oklahoma residents on the benefits of medical marijuana and to allow doctors to prescribe marijuana treatment options for patients who suffer from serious medical conditions such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis.

Retailing giant pushes for organic foods

Wal-Mart is hoping to take a big bite out of the organic foods market.

The retailing giant already sells 1,600 organic products, but the company today is announcing a new line of goods is coming.

It’s teaming up with organic foods company “Wild Oats” to offer organic products on its shelves.

“We’re removing the premium associated with organic groceries,” Jack Sinclair, the U.S. division’s executive vice president of grocery, said during a call with reporters. “That’s a really important step in the industry.”

The joint venture will start with 100 packaged goods products.

It may later expand into other categories, such as meat.

The products will be sold at the same place as non-organic brands — and 25% less than organic national brands currently sold at Wal-Mart.

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Are the kids hungry? McDonald’s offering free breakfast for Oklahoma students today

OKLAHOMA CITY – If you are trying to get out the door and get the kids fed before school, a popular fast-food restaurant is helping.

McDonald’s announced that it is giving away free breakfast sandwiches to students in the third through eighth grade.

The free offer is on Thursday, April 10 from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. for those kids getting ready to take standardized tests.

Students will be able to choose from an Egg McMuffin or a Fruit ‘N Yogurt Parfait with a milk, Minute Maid orange juice or apple juice.

A bag of apple slices is also included.

Officials say students must be present to receive the free offer.

Metro woman gives the gift of music to retirement homes

It gets retirees keeping the beat – and singing along.

The magic of music.

In many places around the metro, it is Margo’s music that keeps them keeping time, joining in and re-living some wonderful memories.

“We do the old timies from the 20′s the 30′s the 40′s”

For more than 30 years Margo Thein has been going to retirement homes around the metro and entertaining.

Margo said, “Even though I make mistakes, they laugh with me. My theme song is ‘Brighten the Corner Where You Are’ and that’s what I try to do.”

Oklahoma Attorney General looking for another term

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General is looking for another term in office.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed for re-election today at the Oklahoma Capitol.

He promises to continue his fight against federal overreach and to protect the rights and interests of Oklahomans.

He released a stating saying: