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February 18, 2014

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It’s the first siamang to be born at the Tulsa Zoo in 23 years and the 14th siamang birth since the zoo began exhibiting the species in 1968.

The baby siamang’s sex is not yet known. It will remain in an off-exhibit with its parents as they continue to bond.

Siamangs spend most of their time in trees and the arboreal siamang is listed as endangered because of the destruction of forests in their home ranges.


Okla. public workers oppose pension proposals

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of teachers, firefighters and state employees are rallying at the state Capitol to protest proposed changes to the retirement system for public workers.

Public employees from across the state visited with legislators on Monday and urged them to stop their plan to shift newly hired state workers from the current defined-benefit pension system to a 401(k)-style retirement plan.

Although the current bills only apply to state workers, and not teachers or firefighters, opponents says it’s likely teachers are likely to be targeted by lawmakers next.

Supporters of the change say it will help shore up the estimated $11.6 billion in unfunded liability of the state’s retirement systems, but opponents say recent changes already have stabilized the systems.


John Oates of Hall & Oates fame coming to OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates of the duo Hall & Oates is coming to the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Oklahoma City campus.

Oates will be part of a masters class on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at the school’s downtown Oklahoma City location. The class will feature an interview with Oates and a question-and-answer session. The class is free and open to the public.

Hall & Oates is well-known for hit songs “Rich Girl” and “Private Eyes,” among others. 

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