Local & Regional
9:10 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Fallin Teams Up with Durant for Fit-Kid Event

Governor Fallin and Kevin Durant
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is teaming up with NBA star Kevin Durant as part of an initiative to battle childhood obesity

The Republican governor and Durant danced Friday before hundreds of Oklahoma students, parents and teachers on the north steps of the state Capitol to launch the governor's Get Fit Challenge.

A 2013 study by the Centers for Disease Control shows Oklahoma is one of about ten states in which about 12 percent of children are obese. That's a decline from Oklahoma's ranking of 17 percent in 2011.

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Local & Regional
9:04 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Another Call for Superintendent Barresi to Resign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma PTA has joined in calling for the resignation of state school Superintendent Janet Barresi.

Jeffery Corbett said Friday that Barresi "has continued to erode the relationship between the State Department of Education and the school boards, administrators, teachers and parents of Oklahoma's public schools."

Corbett's call comes a day after State Board of Education member Leo Baxter and Republican state Representative Jason Smalley both called for Barresi to resign.

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Local & Regional
8:59 am
Sat September 27, 2014

Suspect in Workplace Beheading has Criminal Record

Alton Nolan
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MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Prison records indicate that the man suspected of beheading a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer.

Police say 30-year-old Alton Nolen is accused of stabbing two women Thursday at Vaughan Foods in Moore, an Oklahoma City suburb. One woman was killed, her head severed. The other is hospitalized.

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Music
3:20 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters on Big Band Saturday Night

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Hooray! This is a show I've been wanting to do for along time. This weekend on Big Band Saturday Night, the hits of Bing Crosby and The Andrews Sisters! Some of the back story and plenty of the great tunes from people who did a lot of recording together and America loved them for it.

Join us at 8 o'clock on 89.5. We will have fun!

Local & Regional
3:09 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Support Builds for Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Facility

M.e.t. Director Michael Patton presented an idea this week for a permanent hazardous household waste facility to a trash board committee and an area emergency planning committee.
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M.e.t. Director Michael Patton is gaining support early in a push for a permanent household hazardous waste facility in Tulsa.

Patton said one could be built for around $4 million. TARE board Chairman Paul White said it would allow citizens to dispose of chemicals and other waste year-round rather than every six months at collection events.

"I would definitely support the concept — we need to look at the specifics of a proposal and make sure it's affordable and doable, but as a concept, I'm fully supportive of it," White said.

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Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:40 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Next Time on All This Jazz: Songs and Moods (and Standards) of Autumn

Please tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 27th --- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM) and online via live stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

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StudioTulsa
1:01 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Timothy Verville, Conductor of Arizona Pro Arte, Leads the Signature Symphony at TCC This Weekend

Aired on Friday, September 26th.

On this installment of ST, we welcome Timothy Verville, who will be the guest conductor with the Signature Symphony at the TCC Van Trease PACE (at 10300 E. 81st Street) tomorrow night (Saturday the 27th).

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Local & Regional
11:56 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Year-End Tests in Oklahoma Could Be in Jeopardy

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A delay by Oklahoma education officials in selecting a testing vendor could leave tens of thousands of high school students in the lurch if they're unable to complete end-of-instruction exams this winter.

Some school administrators worried Friday that there's no time left to solicit bids for a new vendor and even if one is approved, teachers won't have enough time to train on a new system.

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Local & Regional
11:41 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Lecture Examines Human Trafficking in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services plans to explore the threat of human trafficking and the danger it poses to runaway juveniles and other vulnerable people.

Human trafficking is the subject of a public lecture planned for Oct. 28. Michael Snowden of the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control will discuss the issue and common misconceptions about the crime.

The lecture is designed to promote awareness of the signs of human trafficking and help identify those who may fall victim to human traffickers.

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Local & Regional
11:36 am
Fri September 26, 2014

Oklahoma Prisons Chief Expects November Executions

State Corrections Director Robert Patton
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ENID, Okla. (AP) — The head of Oklahoma's prisons system says he is confident the state can resume executions in November despite a federal judge's concern that the prison staff must be retrained following Clayton Lockett's prolonged death in April.

At a meeting of the state Corrections Board on Thursday in Enid, prisons director Robert Patton said he expects that inmate Charles Warner will die Nov. 13 and that other inmates will be executed in the weeks that follow.

Patton said a renovated death chamber will be ready next month.

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