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Oklahoma Unemployment Rate Drops

The Oklahoma unemployment rate fell slightly in June. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Friday that the jobless rate fell from 4 percent in May to 3.9 percent in June. The commission reported that the number of people with jobs rose by 5,805 while the number of jobless declined by 1,641. The report says the professional and business services sector added 3,100 jobs from May to June and the trade, transportation and utilities sector added 1,000 employees. The leisure and...

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Defunct St. Gregory's Mineral Auction Exceeds $10M in Bids

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Investors have paid more than $10 million in bids for assets involving oil and natural gas wells owned by the bankrupt St. Gregory's University in central Oklahoma as part of a court-ordered auction. The Oklahoman reports that bidders this week paid more than $10.2 million for minerals, royalties, overriding royalties and working interests involving nearly 1,700 properties the Shawnee university owned in 10 states. The sale of St. Gregory's oil and gas interests and...

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Paramount President Fired Amid Allegations of Racially Charged Comments

Amy Powell's five-year run as head of Paramount Studios' television division came to a halt on Thursday. She was suddenly ousted after an internal investigation of her alleged use of racially charged language, according to The Hollywood Reporter . Paramount CEO Jim Gianopulos announced Powell's dismissal in a memo to staff. "Having spent the past several days conducting a thorough investigation into this matter and speaking to those who were present, our Human Resources and Legal teams came...

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On the Next Broadcast of All This Jazz: "Live in Europe"

Listen for the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 21st, right here on KWGS / Public Radio Tulsa. This time around, we're on summer holiday for a spell in Europe...as our program’s third-hour theme, running from 11pm till midnight, will be Live in Europe . Thus we'll hear jazz greats like Ella Fitzgerald and Fred Hersch and Art Blakey recorded in, respectively, Switzerland and Belgium and Paris. And elsewhere in our show, we'll dig the music of Gary Versace, Herbie Mann,...

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On this edition of ST, we begin our series of interviews with the major candidates running to fill the open seat in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District. Our guest tomorrow will be Democratic candidate Tim Gilpin; on today's program, we interview Amanda Douglas, also a Democrat. As per the Douglas campaign website: "Amanda Douglas was born and raised in Oklahoma. As one of four children in a low-income family, [she] wasn't handed a lot of opportunities in life.

T. C. Cannon (1946–1978, Caddo/Kiowa), Small Catcher, 1973–78. Oil on canvas. Collection of Gil Waldman and Christy Vezolles. © 2018 Estate of T. C. Cannon. Courtesy of the Heard Museum, Phoenix, Arizona. Photo by Craig Smith.

We learn about a striking show on view at the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa; "T.C. Cannon: At the Edge of America" will run through October 7th of this year. It is, per the Gilcrease website, "the first major traveling exhibition of Cannon's work since 1990 and explores the dynamic creative range and legacy of an artist whose life was cut short at age 31.

The long-awaited Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture (or OKPOP) is our topic on today's StudioTulsa. The design of the downtown Tulsa building that will house this museum has jus been announced. The structure will be on Main Street, across the street from the Cain's Ballroom, with construction to begin in the fall of this year.

Our guest on ST Medical Monday is Gary Schwitzer, a longtime journalist and the publisher of the non-profit website HealthNewsReview.org, which he founded in 2006 (and which is now, due to time-limited funding, slated to cease operations at the end of 2018). This well-respected site, as per its Editorial Team page, has by now "grown to a team of about 50 people who grade daily health news reporting by major U.S.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we talk about the ongoing effort to make Route 66 a part of the U.S. National Park Serivce's National Historic Trail System. If this were to happen, Route 66 would become the 20th such trail in America, joining The Lewis and Clark Trail, The Oregon Trail, and others. This designation could mean a serious economic boost to our state, as Oklahoma has more Route 66 mileage than any other state through which the highway runs. We have two guests today.

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The city of Oakland, Calif., is experiencing something of a renaissance moment in the movies. You could trace it back to 2013, when the Oakland-born director Ryan Coogler made Fruitvale Station, his ripped-from-the-headlines drama about the fatal police shooting of Oscar Grant III.

Ordering a "grande four-pump, nonfat, no-whip, extra-hot mocha" is a mouthful for any hot beverage nerd, but for deaf people, it can be hard to order just a simple cup of black coffee. Global coffee behemoth Starbucks' "Signing Store Project," launching in Washington, D.C. in October, aims to change that.

Adam Novsam, a deaf utility analyst at Starbucks headquarters in Seattle, knows firsthand how frustrating it can be to accomplish even the most basic transactions in the hearing world.

Malcolm Holcombe On Mountain Stage

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"If you want anything more authentically Appalachian, you're going to have to dig it out of the ground" are the words host Larry Groce himself used to describe Malcolm Holcombe before this appearance on Mountain Stage. This was Holcombe's third visit with us here in West Virginia and, as always, he reminded us why he's known as a legend in the folk music underground.

Hailing from the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, Holcombe creates a beautifully rugged sound that you just can't fake.

Not since a deadly famine was ravaging North Korea in 1997 has the country seen its economy contract at such a large rate as it did last year. After a couple of years of growth, the country's estimated gross domestic product went reeling in the other direction in 2017, shrinking 3.5 percent, according to South Korea's central bank.

The Trump administration has one week left to meet a court-ordered deadline to reunite over 2,000 children separated at the border from their families suspected of entering the U.S. illegally.

Logistically, it's going to be tough for the government. The children were sent to dozens of different shelters and foster homes around the United States, in many cases, thousands of miles from their detained parents.

Then there are dozens more parents who've already been deported without their children, further complicating the reunification process.

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On April 21, 2008, Florence Machinga lost everything. A mob of hundreds of people showed up at her house, demanded to see her — and, when she didn't materialize, burned it down.

"They destroyed everything," she says. "Cattle were slaughtered, the chickens were slaughtered."

This year we mark our annual summer Latin music festival show with an accompanying deeper dive into the reason some of these festivals exist: lack of inclusion on the big summer festival stages.

Listen to the podcast and read how the Latinx community is dealing with representation in the music industry.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Noel, you've probably gotten a present before, and you had no idea what was going to be in that gift wrapping.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Yeah. Sure. Hasn't everybody?

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