After more than 30 years, production of the Ford Crown Victoria and Lincoln Town Car has ended. The large, gas guzzling, rear-wheel drive behemoths have been the favorites of limo drivers, taxi drivers and police officers for more than a generation.
The end of the Town Car and the Crown Vic, as it's affectionately known, comes as Ford tries to become a hipper and more fuel-efficient company.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) "plans Thursday to urge the supercommittee charged with cutting the nation's deficit to overhaul the tax code, his most direct remarks about the path the panel should undertake," Politico reports.
According to Politico, "Boehner will prod the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction lower the corporate rate and close loopholes — the preferred GOP method for cleaning up the nation's tax system."
Even as Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann backs off some from an inflammatory claim that a vaccine to prevent cervical cancer led to mental retardation in a young girl, two bioethicists are turning up the heat.
Yes, the leading group of pediatricians in this country slammed Bachmann and said "there is absolutely no scientific validity" to statements that the vaccine against human papilloma virus is dangerous or causes retardation.
There are many remarkable things about what U.S. Marine Dakota Meyer did two years ago in Afghanistan.
NPR's Tom Bowman tells the story of the then-corporal's heroics. Along with Staff Sgt. Juan Rodriguez-Chavez, Meyer (now a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve) disobeyed orders and undertook a dangerous, six-hour battle to rescue stranded troops who had been ambushed by enemy fighters.
Oklahoma City, OK – Governor appoints 5 to Oklahoma Election Board
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed five people, including a former Oklahoma Corporation Commission member, to the Oklahoma State Election Board.
Fallin announced Wednesday that ex-Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth was named to the board as a Democratic member. His appointment and the other four appointments must be confirmed by the Oklahoma Senate.
Tulsa, OK – The U.S. Department of Education today named six schools in Oklahoma as 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Tulsa's Carver Middle School is among those schools. These public and private K-12 schools are among the 305 being honored for their overall academic excellence or for their success in closing achievement gaps.
Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. lawmakers discuss new health care law
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State health officials estimate an additional 140,000 Oklahomans will become enrolled in Medicaid once the new federal health care law takes effect, costing the state an extra $24 million annually.
Officials with the Oklahoma Health Care Authority presented those figures Wednesday during a meeting with lawmakers on how the new law will affect Oklahoma.