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Dossett: "Political Ideology" Stopping Progress in Special Session

Three weeks into special session, there is no word of progress from Oklahoma City. Owasso state Sen. J.J. Dossett said a lack of proposals isn’t the issue. "There's bipartisan plans out there that have been agreed to by the majority of folks in the legislature and the governor's office. It's just there's a group that's holding onto political ideology as opposed to common sense solutions," Dossett said. "So, until we can remove the political aspect of this and start thinking of Oklahomans, we...

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Mullin Talks Small Business, North Korea at Chamber Forum

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin focused on business Monday at a Tulsa Regional Chamber congressional forum, but he touched on national security during a Q&A with the audience. Beginning his remarks with a focus on business, Mullin said too many small businesses are failing. Mullin said small businesses account for a majority of the state’s economic activity, but just one in three make it past two years — and even fewer make it to five years. Mullin said Oklahoma small business...

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Bowe Bergdahl Pleads Guilty To Desertion, Misconduct

Updated at 11:45 a.m. ET Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held by the Taliban after leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, has pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy. Bergdahl was freed in 2014 in exchange for five Taliban detainees. Bergdahl, a native of Idaho, pleaded guilty before the military judge in the case, Army Col. Jeffery R. Nance, at a hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Monday, according to The Associated Press . The AP adds, "It's not clear if Bergdahl, 31,...

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Iraqi Troops Enter Kirkuk, Seeking To Take Oil-Rich Area Back From Kurds

Updated at 1:35 p.m. ET Iraqi forces took over key positions in the Kurdish city of Kirkuk and nearby oil-rich areas on Monday, after Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said he ordered troops sent in because Iraq is in danger of "partition," citing the Kurdish independence movement. Abadi also ordered the Kurdish flag to be taken down and the Iraqi flag to be raised in disputed areas — and that's what happened at the governor's office and in other official buildings. Kurdish media outlets quoted...

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On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we learn about the remarkable life and work of Dr. John Sarno, who died earlier this year at 93. As was noted in his New York Times obituary, Dr. Sarno was "a doctor at New York University whose controversial books on the psychological origins of chronic pain sold over a million copies, even while he was largely ignored or maligned by many of his medical peers.... Revered by some as a saint and dismissed by others as a quack, Dr.

The 2017 Tulsa American Film Festival, or TAFF, showcasing indie features and shorts from across the United States -- with a focus on local, classic, student, Native American, and Okie-rooted films -- continues here in T-Town at several different venues. Tonight, the 13th, the TAFF will present the Oklahoma Premiere of a new documentary film about the life and work of Wilma Mankiller, who in 1985 was the first woman elected as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.

On this edition of ST, we chat with Jimmy Webb, who grew up in rural Oklahoma before going out to Hollywood, while still a teen, to break into the songwriting biz...and who eventually created such classic pop tunes as "Wichita Lineman," "By The Time I Get To Phoenix," "Up, Up and Away," and "MacArthur Park." Webb will soon perform (on the 14th) with the Bartlesville Symphony, singing and playing his wonderful songs while also telling plenty of stories. He shares a few of those stories with us today -- many of which also appear in his recent memoir, "The Cake and the Rain."

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we learn about the work of Kay WalkingStick, a widely celebrated American landscape artist who once referred to herself as "a New York painter and a Cherokee woman." Now 82, and equally (and impressively) adept in both abstract and representational styles, WalkingStick is the subject of a newly opened retrospective exhibition at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa.

Our guest on this edition of ST is Sophia Pappas, who formerly led the pioneering initiative to bring "universal pre-K" to the New York City Public Schools. Pappas now resides in Tulsa, as she was recently hired by the Tulsa-based George Kaiser Family Foundation, the nonprofit social-justice and civic-enhancement organization funded by local billionaire and philanthropist George Kaiser. Pappas will now be in charge of introducing and implementing the GKFF's Birth through Eight Strategy, which was ten years in the making (and planning).

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