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7:00 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Work Begins in Earnest on Crumbling Oklahoma Capitol

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Architects and engineers are busy peeking behind ceilings and walls inside the nearly 100-year-old Oklahoma Capitol, while workers outside are studying the building's cast-iron window frames and giant limestone blocks.

What they're finding isn't all that pretty. In some cases decades of decay and often shoddy repair work that is expected to quickly eat through the $120 million allocated for the project by the Legislature last year.

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Local & Regional
6:57 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Earthquakes, Including a 4.0, Recorded Near Perry

 

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes — including one with a magnitude of 4.0 — have been recorded near Perry in north-central Oklahoma.

Local authorities say there are no reports of injury or significant damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 4.0 magnitude quake was recorded at 11:17 a.m. Sunday with its epicenter 13 miles west of Perry. It was given a preliminary magnitude of 4.3.

The second quake was a magnitude 3.6 and was recorded at 12:10 p.m. in nearly the same location.

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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Okmulgee Man Killed in Motorcycle Crash in McIntosh County

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COUNCIL HILL, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an Okmulgee man was killed when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a vehicle on State Highway 72 in McIntosh County.

An OHP report says 34-year-old Stephen Thraillkill was northbound Saturday on the highway near Council Hill when he apparently applied the front brakes and the motorcycle overturned into the southbound lane and was struck by an oncoming vehicle.

Two passengers in the second vehicle — including a 1-year-old boy — were treated and released for injuries suffered in the collision.

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Local & Regional
6:48 am
Mon June 15, 2015

Tulsa's Morning News from KWGS

In the local news:

  • A Tulsa Police Officer is hailed as a hero after performing CPR on a Tulsa Tough rider.
  • Mental Health experts say the state's system is broken.
  • A new warning about West Nile Virus and its impact on horses.
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What's New?
12:03 pm
Sat June 13, 2015

BusinessWorld Podcast (6/13/15)

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This week on BusinessWorld, our roving correspondent brings us a first-hand view of economic improvements in Central America.  The Federal Reserve provides a new website you might find riveting (if you are into the consumer price index). And new research from Gallup predicts what the next global war will focus around.  You may be surprised by what they found.

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Local & Regional
7:38 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Homicide Suspect Named

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An arrest warrant on a first-degree murder charge has been issued for a suspect in the shooting death of a man at a Tulsa motel.

Police Sgt. Dave Walker said Friday that 25-year-old Roderick Whiteside is wanted for the shooting death of Cedrick Gilmer at Studio 6 Motel in southeast Tulsa. Police are also searching for a gold or pewter, mid-2000s Chevrolet Tahoe that's believed to have been used as the getaway vehicle.

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Local & Regional
7:34 am
Sat June 13, 2015

Brinkley Investigation Underway

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Ethics Commission has launched an investigation into a state senator at the center of an embezzlement investigation for potential violation of state ethics rules.

The commission voted unanimously on Friday to launch an investigation into potential rules violations, and the agency's Executive Director, Lee Slater, confirmed later that Republican state Senator Rick Brinkley of Owasso was the target of the probe.

Slater says the investigation already is underway and that Brinkley has been notified.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
4:48 am
Sat June 13, 2015

On the Next All This Jazz, Remembering Ornette Coleman (1930-2015)

Here's hoping you can tune in for the next installment of All This Jazz, airing here on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM on Saturday the 13th, from 10pm till midnight. We'll also convey the program via "live stream" at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

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Music
2:49 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

Helen Forrest on Big Band Saturday Night

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Most consider her THE "Girl Singer" of the swing era and beyond.

This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, Helen Forrest will take the spotlight!

Her years with Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw and Harry James as well as on her own much later in her long career. Join at 8 o'clock on 89.5.

StudioTulsa
1:21 pm
Fri June 12, 2015

"The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness"

Aired on Friday, June 12th.

On this edition of ST, a discussion with the longtime Georgia-based journalist, Jim Auchmutey, who tells us about his new book: "The Class of '65: A Student, a Divided Town, and the Long Road to Forgiveness." It's a detailed profile of Americus High School, in rural southern Georgia, at a pivotal time in that school's -- and this country's -- history. In particular, Auchmutey depicts the life and times of one Greg Wittkamper, a student at the school who came from a nearby Christian commune that devoutly and publicly (and often quite dangerously) supported racial equality.

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