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Gist Contract Renewed as Tulsa School Super

The Tulsa School Board extends the contract of Tulsa School Superintendent Deborah Gist for another three years. Under the plan, she will get around a quarter of a million dollars a year, plus bonuses. This makes her the highest paid common-education official in the state. Superintendent Gist’s contract is essentially the same as her initial 2015-2018 contract with two updates: At the request of the superintendent, her June 2018 retention bonus will decrease by 9% and her June 2021 retention...

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Oklahoma #-1 in Hispanic Teen Pregnancy

It seems Oklahoma is always first in the wrong categories. The Tulsa Hispanic Affairs Commission has learned of one of the latest stats. Oklahoma ranks number-1 in the national Hispanic Teen Pregnancy rate. The Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s Marcia Bruno-Todd told the Commission that 58 out of every 1,000 Hispanic births in Oklahoma are to a teenage mother. That number eclipses all other ethnic groups in Oklahoma, according to Bruno-Todd, in the 15-to-19 year-old demographic. She...

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In Speech, Sen. McCain Decries 'Half-Baked, Spurious Nationalism'

In what appeared to be a thinly veiled reference to politics in the Age of Trump, Sen. John McCain on Monday warned Americans against "half-baked, spurious nationalism," calling the abandonment of U.S. global leadership "unpatriotic." Speaking in Philadelphia, where he was being honored with the Liberty Medal by the National Constitution Center, McCain did not mention the president by name, but his words appeared aimed at Trump and his administration. "To abandon the ideals we have advanced...

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Lighter Winds Aid Firefighters Working To Contain California Blazes

Authorities are increasingly optimistic that they have turned the tide in their week-long battle against the deadliest wildfires in California's history. Lighter winds were helping firefighters both in the air and on the ground to contain the majority of the biggest fires and rain forecast for later in the week would further boost their efforts, NPR's David Schaper reports from Santa Rosa. At least 41 people have died as a result of the nearly two dozen fires — the latest a firefighter...

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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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Rep. Tom Marino, R-Pa., has withdrawn his name from consideration as America's drug czar, President Trump said Tuesday. Marino is stepping back days after reports that a bill he sponsored hindered the Drug Enforcement Administration in its fight against the U.S. opioid crisis.

U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces are in the process of kicking ISIS out of Raqqa, its claimed capital where the group has terrorized civilians and plotted attacks against targets involving the U.S. and its allies. ISIS fighters are now reportedly bottled up in a stadium complex in the city.

Celebrations began to break out among the SDF in Raqqa on Tuesday, as the end of the four-month offensive seemed near. But a spokesman with the force tells NPR's Ruth Sherlock that fighting could continue as ISIS fighters hold out in booby-trapped buildings.

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Christmas carols needn't always be cheery and bright, and there's no shortage of seasonal irreverence and sadness.

One-third of all the food produced each year for human consumption is never eaten. That adds up to about 1.3 billion tons of waste per year. That unappetizing fact is the inspiration for a new documentary, Wasted! The Story of Food Waste, which was released on Oct. 13 in theaters and on demand.

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Rob Vos has been tracking global hunger for years, and he says until recently the mood among his fellow hunger experts was almost giddy.

Since 1990 the world had made so much progress curbing hunger that, in 2015, leaders met at the United Nations and vowed to eliminate hunger for good by 2030.

Sixteen years ago, a Seattle-based company said it planned to move its headquarters to the city that would make it the best deal.

The company was Boeing and it ultimately chose Chicago over finalists Dallas and Denver.

Now, another Seattle company, Amazon, wants to open a second headquarters elsewhere in North America. This time, Denver's leaders are determined to avoid a repeat of the experience with Boeing.

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