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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:52 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

"We'll Have Manhattan" -- All This Jazz Offers a Musical Portrait of Dear Ol' Noo Yawk

Do join us for the next installment of All This Jazz, which begins at 10pm on Saturday the 22nd, right here on Public Radio 89.5...and online, via live stream, at PublicRadioTulsa.org. (We'll also offer, as always, a 7pm re-broadcast of ATJ on Sunday the 23rd on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.)

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StudioTulsa
1:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Decline and Fall of a French Emporer -- "Napoleon: The End of Glory"

Aired on Friday, November 21st.

On this installment of ST, we've got a show for all the history buffs out there. Our guest is author and scholar Munro Price, the Professor of Modern European History at Bradford University in the UK. His newest book, which he discusses with us by phone, is "Napoleon: The End of Glory" (Oxford U. Press). It's a detailed yet accessible account of the final years of Napoleon's life, including the Battle of Nations, the Hundred Days, and of course Waterloo.

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Local & Regional
1:01 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Sales Tax Numbers Keep Increasing

Dewey Bartlett
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Tulsa's mayor is breathing a little easier these days.  Tulsa's yo-yoing sales taxes numbers have seemed to stabilize in recent months.

Mayor Bartlett says figures have been averaging between 3 and 5% up, depending on the category. That allows more flexibility in budgeting. However the mayor wants  to remain on a conservative spending path.

He says the improving figures shows that Tulsa's economy continues to improve. The city is funded with sales tax receipts.

A crash in sales tax numbers in 2010, caused city layoffs and drastic budget cuts.

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Local & Regional
12:45 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Eastern Oklahoma US Attorney Collects $3.2 Million

federal court house at Muskogee
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MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma collected more than $3.2 million in criminal and civil fines in the federal fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30.

U.S. Attorney Mark Green said Friday that his office collected $417,196 in criminal actions for the year and more than $2.8 million in civil actions.

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Local & Regional
12:41 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Oklahoma Police Agencies Plan ENDUI Program

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BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma police agencies plan to increase their enforcement of impaired driving offenses as part of the statewide ENDUI program during the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

The program kicks off Saturday and will continue through Nov. 29. The approach of the Thanksgiving holiday will not only bring a major increase in vehicle travel, but also the risk of incidents of impaired driving.

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Local & Regional
12:12 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Thousands of Oklahomans to Travel Over Thanksgiving

AAA predicts higher numbers traveling this Thanksgiving holiday.
Credit AAA

This Thanksgiving holiday, Triple-A predicts more travelers on roadways and in airplanes than during any Thanksgiving in the past seven years. Chuck Mai with Triple-A Oklahoma says the main reason, low gas prices. He says it’s likely there will be more than half a million Oklahomans driving, and another 50-thousand flying.

Predictions are more than 46-million Americans will travel more than 50 miles from home over the holiday.

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Music
10:42 am
Fri November 21, 2014

The Crooners on Big Band Saturday Night

Frank Sinatra

Part 2 of "The Crooners" this weekend on Big Band Saturday NIght! Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5!

Local & Regional
9:18 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Pruitt wants Oklahoma Challenge in Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider Oklahoma's challenge to the federal health care law.

Pruitt announced Thursday that he has filed a petition for certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to review Oklahoma's lawsuit that challenges the tax subsidies offered under the law.

The Supreme Court earlier this month agreed to hear a similar case out of Virginia, but Pruitt notes that in that case neither of the parties is a state.

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Local & Regional
9:16 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Finance Chief says Oklahoma Agency Budgets OK

Budget Chief Preston Doerflinger
Credit Preston Doerflinger

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's finance secretary says state agencies don't have to worry about any impact on their budgets from two attorney general opinions released this week that the transfer of money from two revolving funds was unconstitutional.

In a letter to agency directors on Thursday, Secretary of Finance, Administration and Information Technology Preston Doerflinger says the opinions will not result in a budgetary impact "at this time."

But Doerflinger warns additional opinions or court rulings could lead to some action begin taken.

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Local & Regional
6:56 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Shipping thru Tulsa Port of Catoosa up in October

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CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) — Shipping through the Tulsa Port of Catoosa rebounded last month after all locks on the navigation system re-opened to traffic after repairs were made to the W.D. Mayo Lock & Dam 14.

Officials say total October barge shipping through the port was 147,158 tons — bringing the year's total to more than 1.9 million tons.

Inbound steel increased by nearly 8,000 tons, nearly all of it imported from Russia and China. Also increasing during October were outbound shipments of soybeans— to nearly 30,000 tons, which was the highest total in seven months.

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