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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:

Your Summer vacation may not cost you as much as you think

Expect to pay less for gasoline this summer than you did a year ago, but just barely.

The National average is expected to be around $3.57 a gallon.

That the lowest prices are typically a few cents lower than the national average.

Prices are impacted by a variety of factors, including consumer demand.

Retail gasoline prices in 36 states, including Oklahoma, have moved higher over the last week led by increases in the Southeast and Gulf Coast caused gas production issues.

A number of Texas refineries have been offline, including Valero’s refinery in Sunray, Alon’s refinery in Big Springs and Phillips 66’s refinery in Old Ocean.

They’re down for maintenance, both planned and unplanned, fueled by the switchover to production of cleaner-burning summer gasoline blends.

Fourteen states have a lower statewide gas price average today than Oklahoma, led by Montana at $3.29 per gallon.

State hopes bill will put a stop to illegal synthetic marijuana for good

OKLAHOMA CITY – Synthetic marijuana, better known as K2 or Spice, but sold under varying names.

State officials have been trying to outlaw the drugs for years but it seems manufacturers are always one step ahead.

State officials say the manufactures change the drug formula to keep it legal and still create a high.

Oklahoma has already outlawed nearly 300 of the chemicals used to make synthetic marijuana but this year the legislature is taking a bigger step and considering a bill which could hopefully rid our state of the products.

We spoke with one man who asked us not to reveal his identity but says the synthetic drugs are ruining his family.

He said, “This stuff is far more addictive than anything I’ve ever experienced … You see somebody you love just completely taken over by something.”

Study: Severe obesity may be on the rise in children

Recent studies suggest America is slamming the brakes on the childhood obesity epidemic.

A new study shows the number of the most severely obese children in the United States has more than doubles since 1999.

The numbers climbed from less than 1% in the late 90s to a little more than 2% by 2012.

Children are considered obese if they are above 95 percentile in high and weight for their age.

The CDC says obese kids are more likely to have high cholesterol, high blood pressure and type-2 diabetes later in life.

They’re also at risk for bone and joint problems — also, sleep apnea.

Experts estimate an obese child will incur $12,000 to $19,000 more in the Health Care costs over a lifetime than a child of normal weight.