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Doerflinger Resigns from All Oklahoma State Government Posts After Abuse Accusations

Preston Doerflinger — the interim director of Oklahoma's health department, state finance secretary, and director of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services — stepped down from all his posts Tuesday following accusations of domestic violence. Doerflinger led the health department for about four months. Gov. Mary Fallin appointed him in October after commissioner Terry Cline resigned amid allegations of financial mismanagement at the agency. Health department board members accepted...

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House Democrats Call for Budget Talks After Step Up Oklahoma Failure

Oklahoma House Democrats said Tuesday they aren’t done trying to repair the state budget despite the failure of the Step Up Oklahoma plan. House Minority Leader Steve Kouplen said it’s time for lawmakers to work with each other. "All the negotiations we’ve had the last couple months have been, actually, with the Step Up group. … It wasn’t negotiations with anybody else in this building. It certainly wasn’t with the Speaker," Kouplen said. When it comes to income taxes, Democrats are calling...

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Powerful Winds Delay More Olympic Skiing Events And Force Park's Closure

Fierce and howling winds at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have led to safety concerns and thrown the alpine skiing schedule into disarray. The gusts, which reached up to 50 miles per hour, led the local government to issue emergency alerts on the Korean mobile phone network warning of fire dangers and flying debris — and asking people to secure any outdoor equipment or furniture. The strong winds meant that once again, U.S. skier Mikaela Shiffrin's first medal race in South Korea would be...

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On this edition of our show, we listen back to a fine interview that originally aired in May of last year. At that time, our guest was Dr. Rachel Pearson, who told us about her memoir, "No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine." As was noted of this reflective and well-written book by Kirkus Reviews: "[In this book] a sensitive doctor describes her beginnings navigating the unpredictable, woolly world of modern American health care.

The author and journalist Mark Whitaker is our guest on StudioTulsa. A former managing editor of CNN Worldwide, and a previous Washington bureau chief for NBC News, Whitaker has a new book out, which he tells us about. It's an "expansive, prodigiously researched, and masterfully told history" (Kirkus Reviews) called "Smoketown: The Untold Story of the Other Great Black Renaissance." As was noted in an appreciation of this book in USA Today: "Pittsburgh was one of the country's citadels of black aspiration in music, sports, business, and culture.

On this installment of ST, our guest is Cameron Walker, the Executive Director of Tulsa Habitat for Humanity (or THFH). This crucial nonprofit recently received a $6.7 million grant from the Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, and therefore, as we learn on today's program, THFH is transitioning from building 25 to 30 houses per year (which is what it does in the Tulsa area currently) to building 150 houses per year (which is what it aims to be doing four years from now).

Women are the fastest-growing prison population group in the United States today -- and the State of Oklahoma, tragically, puts women in prison at twice the national rate. On this edition of ST, we check in with the non-profit organization known as Still She Rises, a public defender office based here in our community that's dedicated to representing North Tulsa mothers within the criminal justice system. Still She Rises, which began operations in Tulsa about a year ago, grew out of a similar group in NYC known as The Bronx Defenders.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about "NEW/NOW: Works by the Tulsa Artist Fellowship," the first-ever museum exhibit dedicated to artworks by fellows in the Tulsa Artist Fellowship program. This show, on view at the Philbrook Downtown space through March 3rd, presents various media and styles in newly created pieces by 20+ artists working here in the Tulsa community.

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Public Radio Tulsa – A midget street thug on a kiddy bike. Incompetent thieves who resort to stealing air-conditioning units. A woman too drunk to notice a police car heading towards her with all lights flashing. These are just some of the criminals and junkies, the faithful and forlorn encountered by one police officer cruising the streets of one Midwestern US city. But this policeman has an eye for the weird, an overdeveloped sense of humour and a talent for narrative.

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