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8:20 am
Sat August 23, 2014

Drilling Drops in Oklahoma

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. fell 17 this week to 1,896.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,564 rigs were exploring for oil and 330 for gas. Two were listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, Texas count declined by 13 rigs, North Dakota shut down 2, and Oklahoma's rig count dipped by one. Arkansas and Louisiana each added one rig.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
11:07 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

On the Next Installment of All This Jazz: Newly Released Recordings

Hope you can tune in for the forthcoming broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 23th -- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and online via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org. For our second-hour theme, we'll be spotlighting New Recordings.

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Local & Regional
4:37 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Bail Offered to Tulsa Officer Charged With Murder

Shannon Kepler
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A Tulsa District Court Judge has agreed to  bail for Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler. Kepler is accused of killing Jeremy Lake earlier this month. Lake was the boyfriend of Kepler's estranged daughter. The girl says her father also fired at her, but missed.

At a hearing this afternoon, Judge Cliff Smith listened to Kepler's attorney,  who argued that his client has a spotless work record, no previous criminal charges and is not a flight risk.  He then set bond at $750,000 for the first degree murder complaint and $75,000 for a charge of shooting with the intent to kill.

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Local & Regional
12:52 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Petition Falls Way Short

37-boxes of petitions contained less than half of the needed signatures.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Secretary of State's Office says an effort to legalize medical marijuana in the state has fallen short of the number of signatures needed to put the issue on a ballot.

Officials said Thursday volunteers for Tulsa-based Oklahomans for Health collected 75,384 signatures in their initiative petition drive. But they needed 155,216 to get the issue on the November 4th general election ballot.

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Local & Regional
12:40 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

4 Injured in Garvin County Pipeline Fire

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LINDSAY, Okla. (AP) — A natural gas company spokeswoman says four workers were injured in a fire while performing maintenance on a natural gas pipeline in Garvin County.

DCP Midstream spokeswoman Roz Elliott told the Oklahoman  all four workers were taken to a Lindsay hospital and have been released.

Elliott says the natural gas line fire did not cause an explosion and was quickly extinguished after it started Thursday afternoon. She says the maintenance crew was working near Lindsay at the time of the fire.

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Local & Regional
12:31 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Oklahoma Governor's Campaign Bus Burglarized

The Governor's Campaign Bus
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police say a stereo and TV were stolen from Gov. Mary Fallin's campaign bus while it was parked at an RV dealership for maintenance.

The Oklahoman reported Friday  that robbers broke into the bus sometime this week and attempted to take another TV inside. The thieves also stole 21 tires from pop-up campers at the RV dealership.

One of the business' owners says the thieves drove a pickup truck to haul away the tires after cutting a hole in the dealership's fence.

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Local & Regional
12:19 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Dentist at Center of Health Scare Cedes License

Harrington's former office in Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma oral surgeon whose filthy clinics led to the testing of thousands of patients for HIV and hepatitis has surrendered his professional license.

Scott Harrington permanently surrendered his license Friday to the State Board of Dentistry. Harrington's two Tulsa-area clinics have been closed since March 2013, when state health officials urged about 7,000 of his current and former patients to get tested for the diseases.

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Local & Regional
12:17 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

Oklahoma Capitol Repair Bonds Authorization Begins

The south entrance to the capitol is closed
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials are beginning the process of authorizing $120 million in bonds to renovate the state's nearly century-old Capitol.

Legislation authorizing a 10-year bond issue to repair the Capitol building goes into effect on Friday, 90 days after it was signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin.

The Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority has scheduled a meeting on Monday to begin the process of authorizing bonds to pay for repairs to the Capitol.

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StudioTulsa
12:11 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

"Hard Times, Oklahoma, 1939-40: The Documentary Photography of Russell Lee" at Philbrook

Aired on Thursday, August 21st.

On this edition of our show, we welcome back Catherine Whitney, the Chief Curator and Curator of American Art at the Philbrook Museum of Art here in Tulsa, who tells us all about a small but impressive photography show currently on view at the museum. "Hard Times, Oklahoma, 1939-40: The Documentary Photography of Russell Lee" will run through October 26th. Beginning in 1936, Lee worked alongside Walker Evans, Dorothea Lange, and others as part of the government-sponsored Farm Security Administration, which was a New Deal program created by FDR.

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Local & Regional
11:45 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Public Safety Task Force Holds First Meeting

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Tulsa’s public safety task force met for the first time Thursday morning at city hall.

Its goal is to find a way to pay for safety needs from more cops to street improvements. The task force plans to hear from representatives of the police, fire and streets departments; working in neighborhoods; the 9-1-1 call center and EMSA.

Members looked at a few dozen recommendations from past task forces, and current Chair Karen Gilbert said those groups did a lot of work on peripheral issues.

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