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Oklahoma Educators 'Shooting in the Dark' When it Comes to the Budget

Oklahoma lawmakers' deadline to pass an education budget is nearly a month behind us now. State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said considering the ongoing difficulty collecting the forecasted amount of revenue, she wouldn't want the budget lawmakers would have passed April 1, anyway. "What we need is to get it right and have certainty and stability, and that matters more to me than pressing about a particular deadline. That may be something that can be done when we have stability, when we...

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Oklahoma Insurance Department Looks for New Ideas with Innovation Summit

Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John Doak wants the state to lead the way in trying out new health care ideas. That sort of innovation was the focus of a summit at OSU’s Health Sciences Center on Friday. The daylong event featured presentations on topics like transparent pricing, using wearable devices to predict health risk and using telemedicine to help primary care doctors in underserved communities treat complex conditions. Doak said he wants Oklahoma to be a testing ground for the best...

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Supreme Court Justice Breyer Guilty Of Not Silencing His Cellphone

Cellphones and other electronic devices are not permitted inside the courtroom where Supreme Court justices hear cases. Even lawyers arguing cases before the justices are forbidden from bringing in their cellphones. Before entering the courtroom, visitors must leave their phones in lockers and pass through metal detectors. During Tuesday morning's arguments in the case of Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. v. Superior Court of California , the ring of a cellphone could be heard. Justice Stephen Breyer...

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Trump's Efforts To 'Drain The Swamp' Lagging Behind His Campaign Rhetoric

President Trump's campaign rallies were defined by three slogans, three syllables each, which the candidate led the crowd in chanting: "Build the wall," condemning illegal immigration; "Lock her up," attacking Democratic rival Hillary Clinton; and "Drain the swamp," all about cleaning up Washington. At a Wisconsin rally last October , Trump announced, "It is time to drain the swamp in Washington, D.C. This is why I'm proposing a package of ethics reforms to make our government honest once...

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On the Next ATJ, Music by Howard Roberts, Luis Perdomo, Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, and More

Listen for the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 29th , right here on KWGS -FM / Public Radio Tulsa. We'll hear from the likes of Howard Roberts, Luis Perdomo (shown here), Wycliffe Gordon, Tom Harrell, and more . And our 3rd-hour theme for the program -- running from 11pm until midnight, as we listen back to a show that originally aired in January -- will be More Great Jazz Albums from 2016 . Thus we'll hear cuts from Catherine Russell's HARLEM ON MY MIND, Warren Wolf's...

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Our guest on this installment of ST is David Grann, a bestselling author and staff writer at The New Yorker Magazine whose new book, just out, is getting rave reviews. That  book is an unsettling and in-depth work of nonfiction, "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI." As was noted of this book by a critic writing for Time: "Nearly 100 years ago, the Osage tribe of Oklahoma were thought to be the wealthiest people per capita in the world, thanks to their oil-rich reservation, kindly sold back to them by the federal government that had snatched it away.

Dylan went electric. Miles went electric. Everyone, it seems, has gone electric by now...but what about the world of classical music? How common is it to witness, say, an "amp'd up" chamber music trio? On this edition of ST, our guest is the noted Tulsa-based composer, musician, and music educator, Noam Faingold, who's also the curator of the upcoming OK Electric music festival. This festival will happen Friday and Saturday night, the 28th and 29th, at Living Arts of Tulsa.

What's to be done regarding the troubling condition of Oklahoma's budget? Lawmakers in OKC have only about a month left to address this serious budget shortfall in the 2017 session of the Oklahoma Legislature, and fixing what Gov. Fallin has recently called "the state's structural budget deficit" seems less and less likely. Therefore, about two dozen nonprofit and professional organizations from across the state have formed the so-called Save Our State Coalition. Our guest is David Blatt, executive director of the OK Policy Institute, which is a member of this coalition.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, we learn about the nonprofit Family Safety Center, which is located in the basement of the downtown Tulsa Police Station.

Without question, Americans today appreciate good/sturdy design or historic/innovative architecture more than ever before. The Architecture & Design Film Festival, which dates back to 2009, is rooted in this widespread appreciation. It's a festival that usually plays in big cities all over the globe -- NYC, say, or Seoul, South Korea -- but this weekend, from April 20th through the 23rd, the Architecture & Design Film Festival will be screened at the Circle Cinema here in Tulsa.

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Here is a proposition that may seem self-evident to many people: As societies become more modern, religion loses its grip. People separate their religion from their institutions and from parts of their lives.

Sociologists have a name for this idea. They call it the "secularization thesis." Now, research suggests the story is more complicated.

In 1822, Thomas Jefferson suggested an early version of it, predicting that Unitarianism "will, ere long, be the religion of the majority from north to south."

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And as we were listening to the secretary just now, Joel Wit was listening, too. He's a former U.S. diplomat who once negotiated with North Korea. He's on the line from New York. Good morning.

JOEL WIT: Good morning.

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President Trump spoke to the National Rifle Association's annual leadership forum on Friday, the first sitting president since Ronald Reagan to do so.

"We have news that you've been waiting for ... a long time," Trump told the crowd in Atlanta. "The eight-year assault on your Second Amendment freedoms has come to a crashing end."

Much of his speech echoed the rhetoric he used on the campaign, and has continued at rallies during his first 100 days in office.

Gerald Chinchar, a Navy veteran who loves TV Westerns, isn't quite at the end of his life, but the end is probably not far away. The 77-year-old's medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts him at high risk of emergency room visits and long hospital stays. He fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair.

Above all, Chinchar hopes to avoid another long stint in the hospital. He still likes to go watch his grandchildren's sporting events and play blackjack at the casino.

In 1949, Thomas Forkner Sr. was in the real estate business when he helped Joe Rogers Sr. buy a house.

Rogers was working for the Toddle House restaurant chain and he convinced Forkner to join him in starting their own restaurant.

The two opened the first 24-hour Waffle House on Labor Day in 1955 in the Atlanta suburb of Avondale Estates.

By the time they sold the business in the late 1970s, the chain had grown to 400 restaurants.

The Atlanta-based company that owns the chain now has more than 1,500 locations.

The final member of President Trump's Cabinet — secretary of labor — was confirmed by the Senate Thursday in a bipartisan vote of 60-38.

Alexander Acosta, 48, will be the Cabinet's first Latino member. Acosta is dean of the Florida International University College of Law in Miami.

Acosta was assistant attorney general in the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division under President George W. Bush, who later appointed him U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida.