News http://publicradiotulsa.org en "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War" by Helen Thorpe http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/soldier-girls-battles-three-women-home-and-war-helen-thorpe <p>Our guest on StudioTulsa is the noted Denver-based journalist and nonfiction author Helen Thorpe, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Thorpe's first book, 2009's widely acclaimed "Just Like Us," tellingly profiled the lives of three young Latinas living in the United States. Her newly published second book, "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War," takes a close look at three female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:30:32 +0000 Rich Fisher 64031 at http://publicradiotulsa.org "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War" by Helen Thorpe Tulsa in Top 10 Percent for Recovery From Great Recession http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/tulsa-top-10-percent-recovery-great-recession <p>New rankings indicate Tulsa has recovered from the Great Recession.</p><p>Tulsa is 11th among the nation’s 150 biggest cities. Financial website <a href="http://wallethub.com/edu/most-least-recession-recovered-cities/5219/" target="_blank">WalletHub</a> analyzed a variety of federal and private-sector economic data. CEO Odysseas Papadimitriou said Tulsa ranked highly because of a higher median income, home price appreciation and a decreased rate of households on public assistance.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:14:48 +0000 Matt Trotter 64030 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Tulsa in Top 10 Percent for Recovery From Great Recession Attorney: Oklahoma Drilling Tax Unconstitutional http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/attorney-oklahoma-drilling-tax-unconstitutional <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney claims a state law that sets Oklahoma's tax on oil and gas production is unconstitutional.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">Attorney Jerry Fent told a state Supreme Court referee Tuesday the measure does not comply with constitutional guidelines for the passage of revenue bills. Fent says the law was approved in the final days of this year's legislative session and was not approved by at least three-fourths of the House and Senate.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:45:27 +0000 Associated Press 64017 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Quik Trip Opening Marks an Expansion of Stores and Food Offerings for the Tulsa-Based Corporation http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/quik-trip-opening-marks-expansion-stores-and-food-offerings-tulsa-based-corporation <p>The newest Quik Trip opens tomorrow, and it includes the latest innovation from the Tulsa-based company: an in-house kitchen. QT Corporation Spokesman Mike Thornbrugh says all new stores include kitchens, and older stores are being retrofitted with working kitchens. He says gasoline sales peaked several years ago, and tobacco sales have dropped significantly, so expanding food offerings is the next logical step.</p><p>Tulsa’s newest store is at 91st and South Mingo. The company now has 700 stores in eleven states.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 17:35:42 +0000 Marshall Stewart 64016 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Quik Trip Opening Marks an Expansion of Stores and Food Offerings for the Tulsa-Based Corporation Work Stops on Northeast Oklahoma Bridge Project http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/work-stops-northeast-oklahoma-bridge-project <p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Work on a $5.8 million bridge project has stopped after federal officials told an Oklahoma county that its construction method could harm a threatened fish species.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">The Miami News-Record reports the Ottawa County Commission says work has been halted on the Stepps Ford bridge near Commerce.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:57:02 +0000 Associated Press 64014 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Gas Prices Continue Downward Slide http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/gas-prices-continue-downward-slide <p></p><p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AAA Oklahoma says gas prices continue to drop in the state as demand nationwide drops below 9 million barrels per day.</p><p>On Tuesday, the average price for a gallon of unleaded gasoline was $3.30 in Oklahoma. That's down 22 cents over the past month. The agency says only four states have a lower statewide average than Oklahoma, led by South Carolina's average of $3.26 per gallon.</p><p>AAA Oklahoma says Tuesday's gas prices are the lowest average the state has seen since February.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:55:35 +0000 Associated Press 64013 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Gas Prices Continue Downward Slide Lawmakers to Study Guns on Campus http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/lawmakers-study-guns-campus <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahoma lawmakers say they'll conduct a legislative study this year on concealed carry of firearms on college campuses.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">The Oklahoman reports several Republican state legislators say they want college students and faculty to be able to carry guns on campuses. They say licensed gun owners should be able to protect themselves on state campuses.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:53:01 +0000 Associated Press 64012 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Lawmakers to Study Guns on Campus Fire Injures Workers At Coffeyville Refinery http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/fire-injures-workers-coffeyville-refinery <p></p><p>Several people have been injured in an overnight fire at the CVR Refinery in Coffeyville, Kansas.&nbsp; The fire was reported about 12:30 this morning.</p><p>Fire fighters brought the blaze under control in about an hour. Four people were air-lifted to nearby hospitals suffering from burns. Some neighbors say they heard an explosion before the fire.</p><p>The cause of the fire will be under investigation. The refinery, which has a rated capacity of 115,000 barrels per calendar day, predominantly produces clean transportation products such as gasoline, diesel fuels and propane.</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 13:08:03 +0000 KWGS News 63999 at http://publicradiotulsa.org Fire Injures Workers At Coffeyville Refinery FBI Defends Search for Oklahoma City Bombing Video http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/fbi-defends-search-oklahoma-city-bombing-video <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — FBI employees have told a federal judge that they thoroughly searched agency archives and found no evidence that more videos of the Oklahoma City bombing exist.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 15px;">A federal judge in Salt Lake City heard the testimony Monday in the first day of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit by attorney Jesse Trentadue.</span></p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 12:01:11 +0000 Associated Press 63996 at http://publicradiotulsa.org FBI Defends Search for Oklahoma City Bombing Video New VA Clinic for Tulsa http://publicradiotulsa.org/post/new-va-clinic-tulsa <p></p><p>Under a deal worked out by U.S. House and Senate negotiators, Tulsa will get a new Veterans' Out-patient medical clinic. The proposal is in the $17-Billion&nbsp; plan announced yesterday.</p><p>Tulsa's proposed new 140,000 SF facility was announced in a joint news release from Senator Inhofe and Congressmen Bridenstine and Mullin.&nbsp;</p><p>You may read the news release below:</p> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 11:52:30 +0000 KWGS News 63995 at http://publicradiotulsa.org New VA Clinic for Tulsa