Local & Regional
8:27 am
Sat September 6, 2014

OSBI Investigating Woman's Death in Chickasha

CHICKASHA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it has been asked to help investigate the death of a woman in Chickasha.

The OSBI says Chickasha police asked for assistance after the body of 24-year-old Amanda Cecil was found by a family member Friday morning.

The agency says investigators are seeking Cecil's live-in boyfriend — 31-year-old Lofton Gray, Junior for questioning.

A cause of death for Cecil was not immediately released.

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Local & Regional
8:25 am
Sat September 6, 2014

Oklahoma Exploration is Up

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HOUSTON (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Incorporated says the number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by 11 this week to 1,925.

The Houston firm said Friday in its weekly report that 1,584 rigs were exploring for oil and 340 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Of the major oil- and gas-producing states in the southwest, Texas gained seven rigs, New Mexico gained two and Arkansas and Oklahoma added one each. Kansas lost two rigs and Colorado lost one.

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StudioTulsa
5:16 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Noted Academic and Musician Leon Botstein to Give the Frank Memorial Lecture at the Schusterman JCC

Aired on Friday, September 5th.

On this edition of our program, we're pleased to speak with the distinguished orchestra conductor, scholar, and educator Leon Botstein, who has been the president of Bard College since 1975. Botstein will deliver the annual Frank Memorial Lecture in Judaism and Contemporary Issues here in Tulsa on Sunday the 7th at 7:30pm.

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Local & Regional
3:45 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Group Asks People to Wear Red for Public Ed

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The Oklahoma Education Association is starting a new campaign: Wear Red for Public Ed.

"We want to see teachers. We want to see support professionals. We want to see administrators," said OEA President Linda Hampton. "We want to see parents, students, everyone that supports public education and realizes all the good things and what a great system we have in Oklahoma of public education."

OEA is encouraging people to wear red on Tuesdays throughout the school year. Hampton said it was time for a change in focus.

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Oklahoma Now No. 7 in Highest State Obesity Rates

Despite a slight increase, Oklahoma falls from sixth- to seventh-highest obesity rate in the U.S.

A survey from the Trust for America’s Health shows the rate rose from 32.2 percent last year to 32.5 percent this year. John Freidl with the state health department said that’s not much.

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Local & Regional
3:30 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Execution Report Leaves Unanswered Questions

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The state's report on Clayton Lockett's execution hasn't answered all the questions people have about it.

Brady Henderson is the legal director of ACLU of Oklahoma. He said the Department of Corrections can use the report to improve the process, but the state’s drug protocol is still untested in a sense.

"Frankly, too many things went wrong with the execution to know that, and so I think that we're really back about where we were now with this next execution, again, experimenting with what is — is for all intents and purposes — a new cocktail of drugs," Henderson said. 

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Local & Regional
1:41 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Public Invited to 'Gathering Place' Groundbreaking

The Gathering Place groundbreaking is free and open to the public.
Credit A Gathering Place for Tulsa

If you want to get an idea what the ‘Gathering Place’ will look like and actually walk the grounds, later this month is your chance. Director of Tulsa’s Gathering Place project, Jeff Stava, says a groundbreaking for the $350 million park project is set for September 20th, and the public is invited.

It will be a picnic style event with food trucks, live music, and activities for children and families. It’s free and open to the public.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:32 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

On the Next All This Jazz: The Compositions of the Iconic Sonny Rollins (on His Birthday)

Tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 6th -- right here on Public Radio 89.5 KWGS-FM...and online, via "live stream," at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

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Local & Regional
8:23 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Fatality Crash in West Tulsa

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A woman is dead after being hit by a pick-up truck while crossing West 21st Street, just outside the Tulsa City Limits.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the woman was crossing the street just before sunrise. The driver of the east bound pick-up could not see her. The OHP says she was dead at the scene.

The Patrol gives the address as the 3000 b lock of West 21st. That is behind the Holly Refinery, on the road that leads to Chandler Park.

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Local & Regional
7:10 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Cherokees Honoring Veterans at Tribal Center

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is honoring its veterans with new displays at the tribe's veterans center.

Newly installed displays at the Tahlequah-based Cherokee Nation Veterans Center feature tributes to Lt. Jack C. Montgomery and Adm. Joseph J. Clark. They are two of the most highly decorated Cherokee citizens to have ever served in the U.S. military.

The tribe estimates there are more than 4,000 Cherokee veterans, and it says it is honoring those citizens and their service by presenting many of their stories, artifacts and memorabilia to the public. 

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