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State Auditor Investigating Wagoner County Sheriff's Office

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — A countywide audit has prompted an investigation into the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office for improper use of public funds. Officials with the Oklahoma State Auditor and Inspector's Office told the Tulsa World that their report focuses on allegations that Sheriff Bob Colbert used county funds for self-promotion and personal use. Documents obtained by the newspaper show that Wagoner County authorized the purchase of more than $4,500 in hats and engraved coins bearing...
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Oklahoma Has Holiday Shakes. Quakes Rattle the State

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two small earthquakes in north-central Oklahoma. The largest was a 3.8 magnitude quake that was recorded at 12:19 a.m. Friday 12 miles west of Perry, about 55 miles north of Oklahoma City. The second was a magnitude 3.1 quake at 5:43 a.m. 11 miles southeast of Medford, about 85 miles north of Oklahoma City. No injuries or damage were reported. Geologists say earthquakes of magnitude 2.5 to 3.0 are generally the smallest that are...
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An Up-Close and Personal Critique of Foster Care: "Three More Words" by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Our guest today on ST is the child welfare advocate and author Ashley Rhodes-Courter (born 1985), whose first book, a memoir called "Three Little Words," began as a prize-winning high school essay, later appeared in The New York Times Magazine, and finally became a bestselling book. She joins us to speak about her new autobiographical work, which is called "Three More Words." As was noted of this volume at the website: "In [this] sequel to [her first] memoir...[the author]...
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Just A Few Important Words About The 'Declaration Of Independence'

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness."It's Independence Day. Let's take a break from parades, patriotic songs and pyrotechnics to think about the Declaration of Independence, which was adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776.The line at the top of this post has the words that are probably most remembered. But...
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On the Next All This Jazz: An Expanded Edition of Our Show...and Some 4th-Friendly Flagwaving, Too

Join us for the next installment of All This Jazz, airing at 9pm local time on Saturday the 4th of July, right here on Public Radio 89.5 / KWGS-FM (and streaming at's right, nine is our kick-off time...not we're pleased to announce that our program is now heard for three hours every Saturday night on this radio station (and its website), from 9pm till midnight.We'll still deliver modern jazz, both recent and classic, across a range of styles -- and we'll...
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Designing a vast fireworks show is a bit like composing music. There's the opening to think about, of course, and the grand finale — and all the intricacies with which the colors and displays intermingle in between.

For Jim Souza, the president of Pyro Spectaculars, this is his art.

"The sky is the canvas," he says, lending another metaphor, "and fire's my paint."

What do we know about the power of food to rev up sex drive? Not much.

"Really, science has not figured out what determines sexual motivation and sexual attraction. If we knew the answer to that, we'd probably be richer than Pfizer after they invented Viagra," says Dolores Lamb, director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine.

She hasn't seen any compelling evidence that any particular food can intensify desire.

For the The Post and Courier, the newspaper in Charleston, S.C., it's been a crazy three months. The regional paper has been driving the coverage of the shootings at the Emanuel AME Church.

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Yukio Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, says that if Iran cooperates, the agency could issue a report on the country's past atomic research by the end of the year.

NPR's Peter Kenyon, reporting from Vienna, says that progress is also being reported on sanctions relief for Tehran — but a deal has yet to be finalized.

"With cooperation from Iran, I think we can issue a report by the end of the year," Amano, the head of the U.N. agency, says.

Sixty-two dogs (and buns) after sitting down for the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest, Matt Stonie had snatched the title from "Jaws" Chestnut, the reigning eight-time champ, in a competition held each July 4 for nearly a century at New York's Coney Island.

Stonie finished second last year but says he'd been training hard for the rematch. Ultimately, he beat Chestnut by two hot dogs. Coincidentally, both men are from San Jose, Calif.

The Associated Press says: "Afterward, Stonie, holding his fist in the air in victory, said it felt amazing to win."

More than a week after a deadly attack by an Islamic extremist at a Tunisian beachfront resort that killed 38 foreign tourists, the president of the North African country has declared a state of emergency.

President Beji Caid Essebsi's office says in a statement that he needed the powers that come with the declaration to more effectively deal with the threat from extremists.