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Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state. We've begun our journey together with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble now marking their 14th season and offering their fifth chamber music festival this past June celebrating "The Music of Vienna.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state. We'll begin our journey together with the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble now marking their 14th season and offering their fifth chamber music festival this past June celebrating "The Music of Vienna."

After an abrupt reversal 20 years ago, some prisons and colleges try to maintain college education for prisoners. To get to the 99A college prep English class at California's San Quentin State Prison, you pass through two security checks, two gates and a very thick, very old metal door that looks medieval. You walk into a courtyard surrounded by guard towers. Inmates in pale blue scrubs with the word "PRISONER" printed on the back in bright yellow are hanging around, playing baseball and chatting.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state.

Gas prices in Oklahoma are continuing to fall following the end of the summer travel season.

AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was $2.04 on Monday. That's 9 cents below the average recorded at the end of August.

But the gas prices aren't all falling at the same rates around the state. The AAA says Tulsa's average price has dropped 21 cents since Aug. 31, but Oklahoma City's has only decreased by 7 cents during the same period.

Around the state, prices ranged from $1.93 per gallon in Lawton to $2.14 per gallon in Stillwater.

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State and federal regulators say 32 disposal wells in northeastern Oklahoma must shut down because they are too near a newly discovered fault line that produced the state's strongest earthquake on record.

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Monday that 27 wells under its jurisdiction would cease operations, along with five wells in Osage County, which is covered by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules.

Performance Oklahoma returns to the airwaves in this new Fall season with a brand new lineup of programs showcasing the high caliber, richness and variety of classical music performances taking place across our state.

'Willy Wonka,' 'Blazing Saddles' in Tulsa Theater this Weekend

Sep 1, 2016
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  The AMC Southroads Theater is bringing a few of Gene Wilder's most beloved films back to theaters this weekend.

The theater chain announced Thursday that audiences can catch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" and "Blazing Saddles" this Saturday and Sunday evening at 55 participating AMC locations, nationwide. The movies will be shown in Tulsa on Saturday and Sunday.

Wilder died Sunday at age 83 of complications from Alzheimer's disease. Fans worldwide have mourned since the news broke Monday.

Spare The Rod: Amid evidence zero tolerance doesn't work, schools reverse themselves.

A get-tough attitude prevailed among educators in the 1980s and 1990s, but research shows that zero-tolerance policies don't make schools safer and lead to disproportionate discipline for students of color.

The president of the American Federation of Teachers recently issued a remarkable mea culpa.

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The Margaritaville casino and restaurant are now open at River Spirit Casino Resort.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Chief James Floyd said the tribe was given the land it stands upon in the 1830s because it was thought to be worthless for farming, ranching or building.

"However, decades of leadership have held this land as a great asset for our people," Floyd said. "We've nurtured it, and we've preserved it. Today, we're standing on what can only be described as 'upeckv,' which means a dream."

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   An Oklahoma City attorney has filed a lawsuit over the issuance of bonds to fund construction of several turnpikes around the state.

Attorney Jerry Fent filed the lawsuit Friday with the Oklahoma City Supreme Court.

Fent maintains a state law passed in 1987 that authorizes the construction of turnpikes conflicts with a constitutional requirement that laws deal with only one subject. A hearing is set for next month.

A spokesman for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority said the agency has not seen a copy of the lawsuit and declined to comment.

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The American Burying Beetle is on the endangered species list. One, lone beetle has turned up in an environmental study of a road project in Muskogee County.

That little bug has shut down 8 1/2 miles of road work east of Fort Gibson, extending into Cherokee County. Muskogee County Commissioner  Ken Doke says no one wants to wipe out a species, but this one beetle will cost near $750,000 to mitigate and will delay the project for over a year. 

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A grim discovery is made just south of Cushing. The body of 26-year-old Sheralynn Neff of Newton, Kansas was located this morning after making a flawed jump from an airplane on Sunday afternoon.

The body was found just across the county line in Lincoln County, where Charlie Dougherty is sheriff. The sheriff says the woman was not in a harness and her body was located several miles away from where her parachute had drifted. 

The FAA is on the scene at Cushing and is conducting an investgation. The sheriff says Neff was an accomplished skydiver. 

 

A woman driving a sport utility vehicle and claiming to have an undisclosed "device" is in a standoff with Tulsa police just outside the Tulsa Air National Guard Base.

Television images from the scene show a sport utility vehicle at the entrance to the base with several police cars blocking it from behind. Streets in the area have been closed.

Car (and Child) Repossessed in Tulsa

Jul 17, 2016
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A child is found in the back seat of a repossessed car in South Tulsa. The incident took place Saturday afternoon near a 21st and South Memorial business.

The woman had gone inside to schedule service for the car when the repo man took the car with another set of keys, not knowing the child was in the back seat.

The child has been returned to the mother. No arrests have been made.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys for opponents of Oklahoma's so-called "Right to Farm" ballot initiative have filed an appeal to try to keep the measure off the statewide ballot in November.

Attorney Heather Hintz said an accelerated appeal was filed in hopes that the state Supreme Court will take up the case before an August deadline for the Oklahoma Election Board to print the November ballot.

One of the more closely watched electoral races coming up in the June 28th primary is the surprising campaign for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 1st Congressional District. In this race, incumbent Congressman Jim Bridenstine seeks what he says is his "final term." But Tulsa oilman Tom Atkinson has challenged the incumbent in a very competitive race. 

There's been a huge explosion in the popularity of barbecue and smoked foods, and our guest on this episode of StudioTulsa says you can smoke nearly anything -- from eggs and cheeses to desserts and cocktails. Steven Raichlen is the bestselling author of "The Barbecue Bible," and his latest public television series (and new companion book) moves beyond BBQ to a variety of smoking techniques. "Project Smoke: Seven Steps to Smoked Food Nirvana" offers tips on equipment and techniques, and an assortment of recipes far beyond the usual meats, poultry, and seafood.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with University of Tulsa theatre professor Machele Miller Dill, who has written what she calls "a play with original music." "The Lowdown Dusty Blues" features songwriter and actor Chris Jett as a journeyman blues singer, whose life and muse have been molded by the Dust Bowl, and by the death of his father to a dust storm. The one-act piece tells the story through a series of scenes all set on April 13th, the character's birthday and the anniversary of his father's death.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, guest host Dr. John Schumann speaks with The Oklahoman's medical and health reporter, Jaclyn Cosgrove, a recipient of the Rosalynn Carter Fellowship in Mental Health Journalism. Her project for the fellowship is focused on low-income, uninsured Oklahomans who are diagnosed with mental illness and substance use disorders.

The OKC Philharmonic offered a gala concert marking the close of their 27th season on Saturday, May 14th at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City.  Led by music director Joel Levine, the Philharmonic presented a program showcasing the orchestra’s musicians and featuring España by Emmanuel Chabrier, William Walton’s CrownImperial March, the West Side Story Symphonic Dances of Leonard Bernstein and Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition offered in the orchestral version made by Maurice Ravel in 1922.  

TCC Holds STEM Summer Camp

Jun 15, 2016
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Tulsa Community College hosts a STEM Symposium for students from middle school to college to explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) careers. The half-day symposium allows students to do hands-on projects like build a solar car or learn about aquaponics or robotics.

The Union & Bixby middle school students are on TCC Northeast Campus Wednesday as part of a week long Summer Engineering Camp. The students will spend each day on a different college campus and touring a different Tulsa business.

Philbrook Announces New Director

Jun 8, 2016
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The Philbrook Board of Trustees announced today that Scott Stulen will be the museum’s next Director. Currently the Curator of Audience Experiences and Performance at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Stulen will begin at Philbrook on August 22. This announcement concludes a seven-month international search following the departure of Rand Suffolk to the High Museum of Art last Fall.

Pre-Dawn Fire Injures Tulsa Fire-Fighter

Jun 3, 2016

A Tulsa fire-fighter is expected to recover from injuries suffered in a house fire this morning near downtown Tulsa.

The blaze happened just blocks away from the 13th and South Guthrie Fire Station. The fire-fighter was hurt when he fell through a hole in the front porch. He was taken to a local hospital.

A pet dog at the home died in the fire.

The cause is under review.

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The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that alters the qualifications to become director of the state Department of Corrections in an effort to make interim Director Joe Allbaugh qualified to take the job permanently. 

House members voted 48-44 Monday against the Senate-passed measure.

Its House author, Republican Rep. Pat Ownbey of Ardmore, kept the measure alive by holding for reconsideration of the vote.

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An Owasso teacher is arrested in connection with indecent pictures on his personal cell phone and computer.

It is a three year-old case involving a then 14-year-old student at the Owasso 7th Grade Center where 34-year-old Adam Hunt was a teacher.

Owasso Police says they learned of the photos during a domestic dispute at a home in Owasso last November. That dispute was over the discovery of the photographs.

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The Oklahoma House has voted to cap a tax incentive for oil and natural gas wells.

The House voted 93-2 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate. The measure caps a tax credit for so-called "at-risk" wells that produce little profit.

Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman says it caps the credit at $12.5 million and requires oil wells produce 10 barrels a day or less to qualify.

This Week On Performance Oklahoma: Encore

May 16, 2016

Now marking its thirteenth year, the Brightmusic Society offers Oklahoma audiences a regular season of beloved and diverse chamber music performances presented by an ensemble of musicians largely based in the Oklahoma City metro area. Tanya Bannister, concert pianist, recording artist and director of Austria’s AlpenKammerMusik Festival joined the Brightmusic Chamber Ensemble as a special guest artist for a program entitled “Piano and Friends,” the concert, the third presented this season offered on Tuesday, January 19th at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Oklahoma City.

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An Oklahoma man declared innocent by a judge this week for a 1994 drive-by shooting must return to the same courthouse next month on an unrelated assault charge.

DeMarchoe Carpenter was exonerated Monday, along with Malcolm Scott, in the killing of 19-year-old Karen Summers after the men served 20 years in prison.

New evidence, including a videotaped confession of a death row inmate who took responsibility for the shooting, convinced Tulsa Judge Sharon Holmes to exonerate them.

Marking its 20th anniversary in 2013, the Gryphon Trio has impressed international audiences and the press with its highly refined, dynamic performances and has firmly established itself as one of the world’s preeminent piano trios.

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