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Read the Mayor's New Budget Plan for Tulsa

Mayor Bartlett goes before the Tulsa City Council to present his budget for next year. The spending blueprint tops out at $762 million. That is up from the current year, but less than 1%. The mayor credits the passage of the Vision renewal tax, earlier this month, with keeping public safety strong. There will be two academy classes each for Police and Fire in FY-17. City employees will not be getting a pay hike. Water and Sewer rates will increase 19 cents per-day for average customers. (6%...
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'Okie From Muskogee' to be Remembered in Muskogee

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame is working to place a monument in Muskogee honoring late country icon Merle Haggard. The Muskogee Phoenix reports that the memorial at the Muskogee Civic Center would include a bronze sculpture of Haggard sitting on a bench with a guitar case and hat. Haggard recorded his album "Okie from Muskogee" at the Civic Center. Hall of Fame Executive Director Jim Blair says the estimated cost of the statue is $150,000. He says the memorial could...
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Reborn At 40, She Uncovered New Life In A 'Dream' — Looking At Skulls

Sharon Long found her calling later in life. Back in the 1980s, she was a single mom trying to support her two kids, holding down several jobs at once — none of which she liked much."I worked at the Dairy Queen, and I cleaned a dentist's office, and I was a secretary," Long recalls, on a recent visit with StoryCorps. "I hated every morning I got up."But, as she tells her colleague Steve Sutter, everything changed for her at age 40. When she she took her daughter to register for college, a...
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(Note: This show originally aired back in January.) On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we speak with Mark Edwards, the co-founder of Upstream USA, a newly formed nonprofit that aims to, per its website, "change healthcare so that all women receive the highest quality services and can conveniently access the full range of contraceptive methods, including IUDs and the implant.... Upstream USA's mission is to change contraceptive counseling and care in health centers so that clients have easy access to the best contraceptive methods.

(Note: This program originally aired in June of last year.) On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with Thomas Fleming, a prolific historian and historical novelist who has contributed articles to American Heritage, MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History, and other magazines -- and who has written more than 50 books.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with two University of Tulsa faculty members about an exciting Woody Guthrie symposium -- entitled "Standing at the Crossroads of American Cultural Life" -- that will happen at TU's Lorton Performance Center on Saturday the 30th. Our guests are Dr. Randall Fuller, the Chapman Professor of English, and Dr. Brian Hosmer, the Barnard Associate Professor of Western American History.

On this installment of ST, we meet a young Oklahoma filmmaker named Taylor Mullins, who tells us about his new documentary, "Oklahoma Shakedown." As the controversy continues over whether waste-water disposal is playing a role in our state's alarming rise of seismic activity, this film profiles various Oklahoma geologists and residential property owners who have decided to take action to stop these incessant quakes.

On this edition of ST, we present an interesting chat with the noted American composer and conductor Michael Daugherty, whose musical works seem to delight in the wide range of American pop culture; he's thus created classical/pop crossover compositions inspired by (to name but a few) Jackie O, Elvis, and Superman.

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West Tulsa Storm Photo Gallery

The storm hit a west Tulsa neighborhood, near I-44 and Union Avenue, very hard.
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North Korea's Supreme Court has sent another U.S. citizen to prison, sentencing a Korean American man to 10 years in prison and hard labor over espionage charges. Kim Dong-chul, 62, is reportedly a former resident of Fairfax, Virginia.

With more than 1,300 breweries producing some five-and-a-half thousand different types of beer, Germany is serious about the amber nectar. There's even a word for it – bierernst – which means "deadly serious" and translates literally as "beer serious."

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There are many qualities of a great teacher. Two big ones? Kindness and a willingess to make learning fun. At least that's what Marlem Diaz-Brown's fourth graders say.

For our 50 Great Teachers project, we've searched all over for teachers like her. Which brings us to Sunset Elementary School in Miami ... and "Mrs. D-B."

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