Kind of Blog: An Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal
1:37 am
Fri October 17, 2014

On the Next Edition of All This Jazz: Setting the Signs of the Zodiac to Music

Hope (the stars align so that) you can tune in for the next broadcast of All This Jazz, beginning at 10pm on Saturday the 18th -- right here on Public Radio 89.5 (KWGS-FM)...and online via stream at PublicRadioTulsa.org.

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What's New?
8:20 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

StoryCorps on Tulsa's Guthrie Green: Opening Ceremonies

The StoryCorps iconic Airstream trailer at Tulsa's Guthrie Green

Public Radio Tulsa and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett welcomed StoryCorps to Guthrie Green on Thursday morning, October 16, 2014. Attending were members of the press and the public, who had an opportunity to tour the Airstream MobileBooth recording studio which travels around the country. 

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StudioTulsa
4:24 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Today, as StoryCorps Returns to Tulsa, We Hear from Dave Isay, the Organization's Founder

Aired on Thursday, October 16th.

The StoryCorps Mobile Recording Booth has returned to Tulsa; it will be parked at the Guthrie Green in Downtown Tulsa from today (Thursday the 16th) through November 15th. How does it work, you ask? Well, people come in pairs to interview family members, friends, mentors, and loved ones; StoryCorps is all about everyday people sitting down together to ask or answer life's important questions. It's a vast and far-flung oral history project like no other; after all StoryCorps interviews are completed, the recordings are archived at the Library of Congress for generations to come.

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Local & Regional
3:20 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Rogers County Sheriff Wants Municipal Inmates to Pay

Credit KWGS News

The Rogers County Sheriff wants municipal inmates to pay $41.60 per day they’re in his jail.

Sheriff Scott Walton said they’re missing the revenue they used to get for housing state inmates.

"We struggle to make up those shortfalls, and whatever we can do to offset the costs of running the jail is something we need to constantly be looking at," Walton said. "This is one of those."

The sheriff’s office estimates the fee will generate up to $28,000 a year if it’s approved, taking into consideration not every inmate would pay up.

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Local & Regional
3:13 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Visits Tulsa

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (center) speaks at a news conference Thursday hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx toured recently completed highway projects Thursday in Tulsa.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation held a news conference near a stretch of I-44 near Highway 75 that needs work.

"Because of its functional obsolescence — it's narrow with no shoulders, it has high accident rates, so we have real safety concerns," said ODOT Director Mike Patterson. "There are structurally deficient bridges within this section of the interstate that will be addressed."

Foxx said those sorts of improvements are vital.

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Local & Regional
3:05 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

No Resolution in Sight for Battle Over Jail Fee Increase

Owasso Mayor Jeri Moberly, Sand Springs Mayor Mike Burdge and Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett represent their cities Thursday as members of the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Tulsa city and county continue to fight over a proposal to increase jail fees.

In a special meeting Thursday morning of the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority, Mayor Dewey Bartlett said increasing the city’s fees is unfair because it contributes about two-thirds of the sales tax revenue that funds the jail.

Bartlett read the sales tax ballot measure for the authority. 

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Local & Regional
1:30 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Regents Approve Oklahoma's Education Standards

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education have determined the education standards currently in place for public school students in math and English will adequately prepare them for college or the workforce.

The regents voted unanimously Thursday that Oklahoma's current Priority Academic Student Skills, or PASS, standards are "college and career ready." Two separate committees of university and faculty experts reviewed the standards and recommended approval. The panels also made suggestions for improving the standards.

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Local & Regional
1:27 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Nordam to Add 300 New Tulsa Jobs

A Nordam facility at the Cherokee Industrial Park near Turley.
Credit Google Street View

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma-based aerospace company says it will add about 300 jobs after receiving a contract to build engine parts for Gulfstream business jets.

Nordam says the new jobs are a result of the company's contract with Pratt and Whitney Canada. The Tulsa-based company says the deal with Pratt and Whitney is the largest contract in Nordam's 45-year history.

Nordam now employs 2,500 people at nine facilities on three continents. As of last month, 1,800 of those employees were in Oklahoma.

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