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TPS Wants Your Opinions On Pending Budget Cuts

Tulsa Public Schools Superintendent Deborah A. Gist announced the district is preparing for an expected $12 million decrease in state funding for the 2017-2018 school year. Tulsans are being asked to give feedback on their funding priorities for next year through a survey available online at www.tulsaschools.org/survey . The survey will remain open until Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. Gist said: “Given our abysmal public education funding situation, school districts throughout Oklahoma...

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Former Oklahoma Senator in Court for Child Prostitution Case

A former Oklahoma state senator charged with child prostitution will have a preliminary hearing conference next month. Ralph Shortey, an Oklahoma City Republican, made his first court appearance in the case Friday in Cleveland County District Court in Norman. The preliminary hearing was set for April 11 on charges of engaging in child prostitution, engaging in prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church and transporting a minor for prostitution. Shortey did not speak to reporters as he entered...

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What Failure On Obamacare Repeal Means For Tax Reform

Even as they lick their wounds from a failed Affordable Care Act repeal effort, Republican leaders in Washington are looking ahead to the next battle — over taxes. "I would say that we will probably start going very, very strongly for the big tax cuts and tax reform," President Trump told reporters Friday. "That will be next." Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed, though he conceded that the defeat on health care was a setback. "This does make tax reform more difficult," Ryan said. "But...

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What If You Held An African Summit And No Africans Could Come?

The African Global Economic and Development Summit took place at the University of Southern California from March 16th to 18th. None of the approximately 60 invited guests from Africa were able to attend. The problem was that none of the African delegates were able to get U.S. visas. Humphrey Mutaasa from the mayor's office in Kampala, Uganda, had organized a delegation of 11 business leaders from Uganda to attend the African Global Economic and Development Summit at the University of...

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On the Next ATJ, Various Jazz Greats with March B'Days: From Bill Frisell to Ornette to Glenn Miller

T une in for the forthcoming edition of All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 2 5 th , right here on KWGS -FM , for outstanding tracks from the diverse likes of Paul Motian , Tommy Flanagan, Shirley Scott, Glenn Miller, and Bill Frisell (shown here) -- all of whom have March birthdays. Such will be our theme ( in the hour running from 11pm till midnight) on this last weekend of the third month. Every Saturday night, both online and over the air, ATJ delivers three hours of recent and...

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The March Give and Take with Joe and Logan

If you weren't with us at The Give and Take on Thursday, March 23 you were missed! We had a great crowd talking with StateImpact Oklahoma 's Joe Wertz and Logan Layden about earthquakes, state parks, water scarcity, and so much more. Check out some of the photos from the evening and we hope we see you in April! Special thanks to Lefty 's on Greenwood for being such great hosts!

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This coming weekend -- on March 24th, 25th, and 26th -- Tulsa Ballet will present "Swan Lake," the classic 19th-century ballet, with music by Tchaikovsky, about a young maiden who has been trapped in the form of a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. Our guest on StudioTulsa is Marcello Angelini, the Artistic Director of Tulsa Ballet, who tells us about this new production. It's a piece he knows very well, having danced it scores of times as a young dancer in his native Italy and then, later, as a member of the Kiev Institute of Dance in the former Soviet Union.

On this installment of ST Medical Monday, a discussion of the sport of rowing -- how it works, what its health and fitness benefits are, how it has developed as a competitive sport, and so on. Our guest is Micah Hartwell, a lecturer in the Dept. of Health & Human Performance at OSU Tulsa who's also the Nutrition Services Program Director for Tulsa CARES as well as the Varsity Men's Rowing Coach for the Tulsa Youth Rowing Association. As Hartwell tells us, this is a sport that draws upon all of one's muscle groups, and that one can safely practice throughout life.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we welcome Steve Liggett back to our program. A well-known figure on the local arts scene, Liggett is an art teacher and sculptor who's also the director of the nonprofit Living Arts of Tulsa, which was established in the 1960s by Virginia Myers and others as a haven for the creation and display of contemporary art right here in T-Town.

On this installment of StudioTulsa, we speak with with Laura Fry, the Senior Curator and Curator of Art at the Gilcrease Museum. She tells us about two special exhibitions now on view at the museum: "Looking West: The Rumley Family Collection" (which will close on the 19th, this coming Sunday) and "Creating the Modern Southwest" (which will close at the end of this year).

On this edition of ST, we offer a wide-ranging chat with Bill Leighty, the executive director of Smart Growth Tulsa, which was founded in April of 2014 and incorporated as a nonprofit just recently. This organization, per its website, is "committed to policies, not politics. We seek to create healthy communities that work for everyone, with strong schools and local businesses, improved mobility options and jobs that pay well....

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After yesterday's pulled health care vote, many on the left and the right are seeing it as a failure for Republicans — but former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay says it's actually a blessing in disguise.

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham faced a tough, boisterous crowd at a town hall in Columbia, South Carolina today.

The public meeting came the day after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. "The process was not what I wanted it to be," he said, adding that he thinks Obamacare is a disaster and is going to collapse. And he doesn't think one party is going to be able to fix it alone.

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to West Virginia Saturday where he met with small business owners before delivering public remarks, which included some lines about repealing Barack Obama's health care law, a day after Republicans efforts to gut the Affordable Care Act went down in flames.

"West Virginia and President Trump, we all know the truth about this failed law, that every day Obamacare survives is another day that America suffers," Pence told a crowd gathered at a Charleston construction supply company.

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