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5:05 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A Chat with Musician Janet Witman, a Longtime Expert of Both the Classical and Celtic Harp

Aired on Thursday, July 24th.

On this installment of ST, we speak with harpist Janet Witman, whose accomplished career in music has taken her from the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia to the Salzedo Harp Colony in Maine (where she worked with the legendary Alice Chalifoux). Witman, based in Pennsylvania, has performed as a soloist with the Allentown Symphony, the Hilton Head Orchestra, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, Providence Chamber Orchestra, the Wheatland Chorale, and other ensembles.

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Local & Regional
4:55 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

City Councilors Seek Details on Available B.C. Franklin Funding

North Tulsa residents want a new rec center at B.C. Franklin park after the old one was demolished.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa city councilors asked for more details today about funding for projects at B.C. Franklin Park.

After a community meeting, it was rumored up to $2.5 million should be available. Parks Director Lucy Dolman said that's not the case.

"Well, we had $470,000, plus we ended up getting $330,000 from the Graham Trust for a total of $800,000," Dolman said.

The $470,000 comes from sales tax revenue going back to 2001. The money was allocated for projects that were never completed.

Community members aren't satisfied with what's available, though.

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Local & Regional
2:14 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

A Green Country Police Chief Arrested

Clarence Gregory
Credit OSBI

Behind bars is the 75-year-old Police Chief of Spavinaw. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says Chief Clarence Gregory, Senior was arrested this morning by an OSBI field agent.

The Bureau's Jessica Brown tells KWGS that Gregory was booked on two complaints of lewd molestation with a child under the age of 16. She says the case involves two children.

The OSBI entered the case at the request of the Mayes County Sheriff's Office.

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Local & Regional
1:16 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Botched Arizona Execution Renews Death Penalty Debate in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Execution viewing area at McAlester State Penitentiary.
Credit Oklahoma DOC

Another botched execution, this time in Arizona, renews debate over the death penalty. The condemned inmate, Joseph Wood, took nearly two hours to die, gasping and snorting after lethal drugs were administered. Tulsa Law Professor Lyn Entzeroth is a recognized national expert on capital punishment. She agrees this latest episode, three months after a botched execution in Oklahoma, will add to the scrutiny over the death penalty in the U-S.

                              

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Local & Regional
12:22 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Coburn Announces Plans for Town Hall Meetings

File photo of Senator Coburn at a Town Hall meeting is Broken Arrow.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn plans a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma as he prepares to resign from the Senate at the end of the current term.

The meetings will take place the first two full weeks in August. Coburn says one of the highlights of serving as senator is traveling the state and speaking with Oklahomans about issues that are important to them.

Coburn announced earlier this year that he would resign with two years remaining in his term. The Republican has served in the U.S. Senate since 2004.

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Local & Regional
10:09 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Inmate on the Lam in Southern Oklahoma

DOC photo of Aaron Kelsey
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are searching for an inmate who escaped from the Oklahoma State Reformatory in Granite.

The Greer County Sheriff's Office says 26-year-old Aaron Kelsey was discovered missing from the medium-security prison, which has a capacity of nearly 1,000 inmates.

No details about Kelsey's escape were immediately available Thursday morning. Kelsey was serving time on burglary and weapons-related convictions out of Bryan County. He was due for a parole hearing in July 2016.

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Local & Regional
7:07 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Tulsa's First Ozone Alert Day of 2014

The OZONE ALERT program takes a voluntary, episodic approach to ozone pollution reduction. The Tulsa Branch of the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality, in collaboration with the National Weather Service and the EPA uses computer modeled predictors to determine when high ozone levels may occur.

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Local & Regional
7:02 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Oklahoma Board Votes Again to Delay Standards Plan

Janet Barresi
Credit State Impact-Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The State Board of Education has again voted to delay a formal plan for adopting new education standards in math and English amid opposition to the proposal by three education groups that represent public school boards and administrators from across Oklahoma.

The board voted 5-1 Wednesday to delay action on the plan designed to seek input from subject matter experts, parents and teachers. State Superintendent Janet Barresi was the lone dissenting vote and raised concerns that the education groups wanted to "hijack this process."

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Local & Regional
6:59 am
Thu July 24, 2014

American Airlines to Pay First Dividend since 1980

File photo
Credit American Airlines

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — American Airlines says it will pay its first dividend since 1980.

The company announced Thursday that shareholders will get a quarterly cash dividend of 10 cents per share. American will also spend up to $1 billion to buy back shares, which raises the value of remaining shares.

American Airlines Group Inc. made the announcement as it reported net income of $864 million in the second quarter, up from $220 million a year earlier.

Excluding special charges, the profit was $1.5 billion, a quarterly record for American.

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Local & Regional
6:39 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Thursday Morning's First News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • It is an Ozone Alert Day in Tulsa.
  • Only 4-students pass the  3rd Grade summer reading assessment test in Tulsa.
  • A burned church will become the site of new homes in North Tulsa.
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