What motivates a person --- or a business --- to make a philanthropic gift? And are such gifts more common or less common in this country than they were, say, a generation or two ago? What sorts of philanthropic gifts are most popular these days, and why? And how have things like the internet and the global economy changed philanthropic giving? Today on StudioTulsa, we're talking about philanthropy --- and about certain financial, economic, ethical, personal, and philosophical questions related to it --- with two local experts on this topic.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A leading congressional deficit hawk says a bipartisan budget agreement hammered out on Capitol Hill is mostly a patch-work approach that fails to address wasteful spending that is contributing to a ballooning federal debt.
Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma says the accord announced by GOP Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state likely was the best that could be achieved, but says he can't support it.
High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. While the public often cites teens as being the most common offenders, a recent survey found that adult drivers ages 25-39 were the most likely to admit engaging in these risky behaviors behind the wheel.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Leaders in the Osage Nation are criticizing an Obama administration decision to allow companies to seek the authorization to kill and harm golden and bald eagles without penalty.
The wind energy industry requested the change, and the federal government announced its decision last week. The announcement drew sharp criticism from the Osage Nation, which says eagles should be protected because of their religious and ceremonial significance to Native Americans.
CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — TransCanada has begun injecting crude oil into its $2.3 billion pipeline between Cushing and the Gulf Coast.
The company says that Saturday's development means the 485-mile pipeline is another step closer to commercial operation.
The pipeline, called the Gulf Coast Project, is the southern leg of TransCanada's proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport oil from Canada's oil sands and the Bakken Shale in North Dakota to refineries in the Houston area.
McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — A man convicted of killing two elderly women more than a quarter-century ago has been executed in Oklahoma.
Fifty-three-year-old Ronald Clinton Lott was pronounced dead at 6:06 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Lott is the fifth Oklahoma death row inmate to be executed this year.
CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the body of a missing 15-year-old from Claremore has been found in an icy pond.
Assistant Claremore Police Chief Charles Downum told reporters that the body of Keith James Chambers was found about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.
Authorities began searching for Chambers after he failed to return home Sunday afternoon. The search focused on the pond after searchers found footprints leading to the pond and gloves nearby and saw what appeared to be a break in the ice.