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.

BusinessWorld Podcast (6/13/15)

Jun 13, 2015

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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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.

Brinkley Investigation Underway

Jun 13, 2015
Oklahoma State

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.

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


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.

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.

Youth Services of Tulsa

There were no answers this week for Tulsa city councilors asking why Youth Services Tulsa is leaving the Community Intervention Center.

Councilors invited representatives of youth services to discuss why they aren’t renewing their contract to run the 24-hour juvenile booking and referral center. No one was able to attend.

Councilor Phil Lakin said the city is running out of time.


Proposed Tulsa water and sewer rate increases go to the mayor’s desk for approval.

With no discussion or public comment, city councilors adopted water and sewer rate increases of 7 and 9 percent on an 8–0 vote. Councilor David Patrick was absent.

The new rates are effective Oct. 1, and the change should cost the average customer another $5.20 a month. The water and sewer department says the increases are necessary to upgrade or replace aging infrastructure and keep up with debt payments and inflation.

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Another part of Tulsans' utility bills may go up this year.

City councilors are considering stormwater drainage rate increases of 9 percent. The fee applies to every parcel of developed land in the city.

Increases will likely continue for several years.

"The plan is to get this in place, and right now, I believe, the forecast is not this next year, but in two years, going to about 3 percent increases and not trying to be in the 9 and 8 range but try to get it more manageable," said Engineering Services Director Paul Zachary.