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5:00 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Sheriff's Department Discusses Taser Mix-Up Case

An emotional Captain Bill McKelvey discusses the case with Tulsa reporters.
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The Tulsa Sheriff's Office held a news conference to discuss last week's fatal shooting of a suspect in a sting operation.  Sheriff's Captain Bill McKelvey told reporters that when they were trying to take Eric Harris into custody last Friday, Harris was considered armed and dangerous. As officers tried to arrest him, Harris became combative and started running.  Deputies gave chase. That is when Reserve Deputy Robert Bates, who had been on perimeter  duty,  got involved.

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Music
4:51 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

The New York Chamber Soloists and Pianist David Kaplan on Performance Oklahoma

The New York Chamber Soloists

Acclaimed as an outstanding ensemble of distinguished virtuosi, performing widely diverse repertoire in creatively programmed concerts, the New York Chamber Soloists have maintained a unique niche in the chamber music world for over five decades. 

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Music
4:32 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Billie Holiday on Big Band Saturday Night

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One of the living legends of jazz, blues and swing...Billie Holiday! We join the world in celebrating what would have been Lady Day's 100th Birthday. Her music and her career highlights on Big Band Saturday Night this weekend at 8 o'clock on 89.5. Join us!

Local & Regional
2:53 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Leaders to Discuss Economic Development Ideas Ahead of Vision 2025 Expiration

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The Vision 2025 sales tax is set to expire soon, and Tulsa city councilors want to look at more options for a possible renewal.

The city’s river and public safety task forces have mentioned the possibility of partially renewing the Vision sales tax for funding. Councilor G.T. Bynum has asked fellow Councilor Blake Ewing to work with the mayor’s office on identifying a possible economic development idea to be funded by a Vision renewal.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Ordinance Protecting LGBT Community From Housing Discrimination Advances

The City of Tulsa moves forward with an ordinance amendment to add gender identity and sexual orientation as protected classes when it comes to housing discrimination.

The ordinance was discussed in a committee meeting and given a first reading during the council meeting yesterday evening.

"It's sad to me that we have to declare these different classes of protected citizens against discrimination instead of just allowing basic human decency and common sense to prevail," said Councilor Blake Ewing, who proposed the change. "But we do. Because some people are jerks."

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Local & Regional
2:39 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

U.S. Oil and Gas Rig Count Drops by 40

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. declined by 40 this week to 988 amid depressed oil prices. It was the first time the weekly count was below 1,000 since September 2009.

Houston-based Baker Hughes said Friday 760 rigs were seeking oil and 225 explored for natural gas. Three were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, 1,831 rigs were active.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
2:36 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Lady Day @ 100: On the Next All This Jazz, Remembering Billie Holiday a Century After Her Birth

Hope you can catch the next All This Jazz, right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM). Our show begins at 10pm on Saturday the 11th, and it's also conveyed via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

For those unfamiliar: ATJ airs every Saturday night on Public Radio 89.5, from 10pm till midnight. We always thereafter offer a 7pm re-airing of the program on the following Sunday evening, on Jazz 89.5-2, which is our station's all-jazz HD Radio channel.

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StudioTulsa
1:08 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

Tulsa Opera Presents "Of Mice and Men"

Aired on Friday, April 10th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak by phone with the acclaimed American composer Carlisle Floyd, whose opera, "Of Mice and Men," will be staged this weekend (that is, both this evening and Sunday afternoon) by Tulsa Opera at the Tulsa PAC. This widely performed work was first performed in 1970 by the Seattle Opera; other notable operas composed by Floyd include "Susannah" (1955), "Wuthering Heights" (1958), "Flower and Hawk" (1972), "Willie Stark" (1981), and "Cold Sassy Tree" (2000).

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Local & Regional
11:57 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Grave, Human Remains Found in Rural Area Near Wellston

WELLSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have found a shallow grave of human remains in Oklahoma during an investigation prompted by the discovery of a human skull on Easter day.

Lincoln County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation discovered the remains in a rural area southwest of Wellston on Thursday. The State Medical Examiner's Office said the skull showed signs of trauma, and the skull appears to be that of a male.

The owner of the land said he found the skull while looking for turkey tracks.

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Local & Regional
11:49 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Oklahoma Diversity Chief Says He Faced Discrimination There

Jabar Shumate
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's new chief of diversity programs says he's right for the job after a racist video roiled the school last month.

Jabar Shumate  says he was discriminated against while attending there in the 1990s.

The black former state senator remembers the fliers with his picture on them tacked up during his campaign for student body vice president: "Do you want this person living in your house? Vote the other ticket."

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