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5:09 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Next Time on ATJ: "Live at Newport" Recordings for the 60th Anniversary of the Newport Jazz Festival

This weekend, August 1st through the 3rd, the fabled Newport Jazz Festival will occur in Newport, Rhode Island. It's the 60th anniversary for this great American outdoor concert soiree, which was originally presented as the "First Annual American Jazz Festival" in 1954. (The complete line-up and further details for this year's Newport Jazz Festival can be accessed here, by the way.)

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Local & Regional
4:31 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Oklahoma Man Pleads Guilty in Girls' Deaths

A 2009 file photo of a poster outside the Okfuskee County Courthouse in Okemah seeking information in the case
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OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — A man accused of killing two girls along a rural Oklahoma road, but who wasn't arrested until after being questioned in his fiancée's death three years later, has pleaded guilty in both cases.

Kevin Sweat pleaded guilty Thursday to three counts of first-degree murder. He'd been scheduled to go on trial Monday.

The mysterious deaths of 11-year-old Skyla Whitaker and 13-year-old Taylor Paschal-Placker went cold shortly after their bodies were found in 2008. The girls were fatally shot as they walked down a road near Weleetka.

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StudioTulsa
3:44 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Murder and Scandal in Depression-Era America: "Quiet Dell: A Novel" by Jayne Anne Phillips

Aired on Thursday, July 31st.

On this edition of ST, we speak with Jayne Anne Phillips, the acclaimed fiction writer whose previous books include "Black Tickets," "Machine Dreams," and "Lark and Termite." In her newest book, just out in paperback, Phillips both explores and re-imagines a real crime that occurred in 1931, in a West Virginia town not far from where she herself grew up. Phillips tells us of this novel -- called "Quiet Dell" -- on today's program.

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Local & Regional
3:10 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

River Vote Could Come as Early as Spring

Voters could decide on a funding proposal for low-water dams in the Arkansas River in March, April or May 2015.
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Voters may decide as early as March on funding low-water dams in the Arkansas River.

City councilor G.T. Bynum chairs the river task force. He said holding an election in the spring will make it clear whether voters want the dams and will give officials time to discuss renewing the Vision 2025 sales tax.

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Local & Regional
11:52 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Border Fight Helping Keep Tulsa's 'ICE' Beds Filled

South Texas problems sending some ICE detainees here
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The situation with illegal juvenile immigrants along the border is having an impact here in Tulsa County. Because of conditions there and federal orders on who can and cannot be detained, Tulsa Sheriff’s Major Shannon Clark says fewer illegals in the area are being picked up and detained here.

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Local & Regional
11:33 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Tulsa to Host Youth Soccer Games in '15

File photo of a soccer camp at TU
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa will host the US Youth Soccer national championship tournament next July, while North Little Rock, Arkansas, will be the home of the Southern Regionals.

The Tulsa tournament will be played July 21-26 at the Mohawk Soccer Complex and attract the winners of the regional tournament in Arkansas and also tournaments in Idaho, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

The Southern Regionals will be played at Burns Park in North Little Rock next June 19-25.

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Local & Regional
11:07 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Quapaw Tribe to Host Rape Survivors at Event

QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — A quilt that is larger than two basketball courts will be on display in Quapaw next month to bring awareness about sexual violence.

The quilt is part of an initiative from a group known as Force, which uses art actions to create dialogue about rape and promoting consent.

The Monument Quilt is traveling across the U.S. this summer to bring awareness about the issues of rape and abuse. The quilt will be on display at the Quapaw Tribe's Domestic Violence Program on Aug. 13.

Survivors will also share their stories during the event.

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Local & Regional
10:54 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Water Bottle Company Moves Production to Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The CEO of a bottled water business has bought a multimillion-dollar machine to produce the company's entire inventory in Oklahoma.

The Journal Record reports Ozarka Water CEO Steve Raupe has bought the 5,000-square-foot production line to fill, cap, label and package water bottles. It can produce 360 bottles per minute. The addition means Ozarka's entire stock will be bottled in-house.

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Local & Regional
7:52 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oklahoma Appeals Court Judge Retires after 25 Years

Justice Charles Johnson
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals judge is retiring after 25 years of service.

Friday is Judge Charles Johnson's last official day on the appellate court.

The 83-year-old Johnson has served on the court since 1989. Johnson, of Ponca City, previously served as an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Air Force Reserve from 1955 until 1985, retiring as a colonel.

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Local & Regional
7:04 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Oneok Plans New North Dakota Natural Gas Factory

Oneok Headquarters in downtown Tulsa
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — An Oklahoma energy company says it plans to build another factory in western North Dakota capable of processing 200 million cubic feet of natural gas daily.

Tulsa-based Oneok Incorporated and North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple  announced the more than $605 million project on Wednesday. The company says the Demicks Lake factory in northeast McKenzie County is expected to be completed in 2016.

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