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9:12 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Report: 1 Million Visitors to Oklahoma's National Parks

The Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City is one of three National Parks i the state.
Credit Wikipedia

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new report from the National Parks Service shows that more than 1 million people visited Oklahoma's national parks in 2013 and spent $17.2 million.

Oklahoma has three national parks: Washita Battlefield National Historic Site, Chickasaw National Recreation Area and Oklahoma City National Memorial.

Sue Masica is the director of the NPS Intermountain Region, which includes Oklahoma. She says the report shows that parks tourism is an important factor in Oklahoma's economy.

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Local & Regional
9:07 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Highway Patrol sees Spike in Number of Applicants

OHP Headquarters in Tulsa
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says they have seen a significant increase in the number of applicants and officials attribute that to two bills that passed the Legislature.

Chief Ricky Adams tells The Oklahoman more than 800 candidates applied for the trooper academy— the most since 2006 — after the two bills passed. Before the bills went into effect, the department had fewer than 300 applications.

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Local & Regional
9:04 am
Sun July 20, 2014

Oklahoma Movie, TV Legend James Garner Dies

James Garner was born in Norman, Oklahoma
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oklahoma born actor James Garner, wisecracking star of TV's "Maverick" who went on to a long career on both small and big screen, has died. He was 86.

He was found dead of natural causes at his Brentwood home Saturday evening, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Officers responded to a call around 8 p.m. PDT and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

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NPR's Giles Snyder can be heard on NPR stations nationwide, bringing listeners the latest in national and international developments. His newscasts have been a regular part of NPR News' weekend overnight coverage since June 2004.

Prior to coming to NPR, Snyder worked for sixteen years at West Virginia Public Radio. He held a variety of on-air as well as managerial positions at the station, including operations director, program director, and the morning and local news anchor and reporter. He also spent time as the station's afternoon anchor/reporter.

Snyder has been awarded a variety of state Associated Press Awards for his newscasting role in public radio. He was also a proud member of an award-winning news team in West Virginia.

Local & Regional
6:41 am
Sat July 19, 2014

3 Named to Oklahoma Capitol Repair Committee

portions are sealed off for safety
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed three people to a committee that will oversee spending on repairs to Oklahoma's nearly century-old state Capitol.

Fallin said Friday she had named David Thompson, Phil Kennedy and Steve Mason to the State Capitol Repair Expenditure Oversight Committee. They will join a group of state lawmakers named by House Speaker Jeff Hickman and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman.

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Local & Regional
6:38 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Firefighters helping in Western Wildfires

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Firefighters from Oklahoma are heading west to help battle wildfires.

Oklahoma Forestry Services has begun receiving orders to send help and five OFS firefighters have been sent to help fight fires in Oregon. Officials say additional orders from the National Interagency Coordination Center for more firefighters and equipment are expected.

OFS assistant director and Fire Management Chief Mark Goeller says recent rain across Oklahoma have reduced the fire danger and allows the agency to provide help in other states.

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Local & Regional
6:36 am
Sat July 19, 2014

Oklahoma Couple Praises Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma couple that challenged a state ban on same-sex marriage is praising a federal court ruling striking down the ban.

The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver handed down the decision Friday in favor of Tulsans Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin.

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4:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Tulsa Singer-Songwriter Rebecca Ungerman Will Soon Unveil a Song at the NY Musical Theater Festival

Aired on Friday, July 18th.

On this edition of ST, we're pleased to welcome Rebecca Ungerman back to our program. She has long been known and admired as one of the outstanding jazz/cabaret singers in the Tulsa community. She's also a wonderful songwriter, and her original musical, "The Unwitting Wife," was first staged about two years ago here in town (and was thereafter staged in Israel).

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Local & Regional
3:02 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Officials Break Ground on County Law Enforcement Training Center

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz (foreground) speaks Friday at a groundbreaking ceremony for a law enforcement training center bearing his name.
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The first work — the ceremonial tossing of shovelfuls of dirt — has been done for a 26,000 square foot county law enforcement training center.

Tulsa County Undersheriff Tim Albin said agencies from the local to the federal level will be welcome to send officers there.

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2:18 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

American Songbook Classic Recordings on Big Band Saturday Night

Perry Como

Yesterday is today...this week's edition of Big Band Saturday Night once again proves that big band and classic jazz is here to stay! 

Thrill to some big band and American Songbook classic recordings. This is also your invitation for fun for your Saturday evening. Join me at 8 o'clock on 89.5. Big Band Saturday Night with Alan Lambert on Tulsa radio for more than 19 years !