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    Energy poor

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    Nearly 3 billion people — a little under half the world's population — still rely on wood, crop waste and dung to cook and heat their homes, according to a new energy study released by the World Bank. If these ...

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    Oklahoma help

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    Having grown up in Southeastern Oklahoma, I am no stranger to tornadoes. My first memory of a tornado experience, I was maybe 5, was when a tornado cut across the pasture in front of my house. I remember my mom ...

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    Thank you

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    I walked into the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday about 4 p.m. to get the arrest reports for the blotter, just another daily and somewhat monotonous routine for me. But that day I wandered into something quite unexpected. Deputies ...

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    Twister Twister

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    There is nothing like a good game of Twister to bring out the competitor in all of us. My family used to play Twister when we got together for Christmas, and eventually had to stop because the game would get ...

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    Question of the day: How soon do you pay your property taxes?

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    I'll admit freely that the frightening prospect of property taxes is one reason I am content to rent. Not just property taxes of course, but owning property is one of those scary aspects of adulthood that I am not ready ...

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    The year of the apps

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    I ended 2012 with a commitment to make changes in my life. I want to be more fiscally responsible. I want to run more. I want to eat healthier. Basically, I want to be a better person. This commitment led ...

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    The police scanner

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    I am behind on my blogging, no doubt about it. I always feel like when all my stories are finally in and my schedule has calmed down enough for me to start thinking about blogging, the police scanner goes off. ...

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    County fairs

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    What is your favorite part of a county fair? For me, it is coming home. I grew up just outside of Durant, Okla., a small town with a population of about 15,000. Growing up in Durant was alright, but there ...

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    How concerned should we be?

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    Today's question of the day: How concerned are you about the protests in the Middle East? Very. Unrest in the Middle East affects the United States no matter what - we have diplomatic ties there, that is where we get ...

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    Are we more protected from terrorism?

    By catyhirst in Yakety Yak

    Question of the Day: Do you think we are more or less protected against terrorism in 2011? This is a hard question. Some of the world’s greatest experts on defense and terrorism disagree about the answer, so I’m not sure ...

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