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Catherine Roberts

Public Radio 89.5-1 Reporter

Catherine graduated from the University of Tulsa in May, 2012, and graduated from a part-time employee to a full-time reporter with Public Radio Tulsa just a few months later. Her undergraduate degrees are in economics and English. While she has been interested in journalism since high school, starting out at the Tulsa World teen section, Satellite, and later going on to run TU’s student newspaper, The Collegian, a student internship with KWGS News ignited her passion for radio. She has also served as an intern for the nationally syndicated American Public Media program Marketplace. Catherine is thrilled to be able to work at KWGS as she begins her reporting career. Her radio hero is Diane Rehm. She was named Favorite Radio Reporter by the Tulsa Press Club at the 2013 Newsies Awards. 

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Local & Regional
7:15 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Alternative to Dams Could Be Next for Arkansas River

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A major expansion planned for the River Sprit Casino at 81st and Riverside puts renewed focus on river development.

Vision 2 and its promised Arkansas River low-water dams are long gone, but Mayor Bartlett says some alternative plans are in the works.

One of them is for “lowering the level of the sand in the river, which will provide, essentially, a large lake.”

“We’ll have water in the river,” Bartlett said.

“That will show everybody what it looks like,” he said, “and then I believe that once that is realized, then a dam will be forthcoming.”

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Local & Regional
6:59 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Sexually Transmitted Infections Rate High In Tulsa County

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According to the 2013 County Health Rankings, compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the rate of sexually transmitted infections in Tulsa County is more than five times the national benchmark.

The national benchmark represents the 90th percentile for the nation. That means only 10 percent of counties have a better value than the benchmark number.

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Local & Regional
9:25 am
Wed March 20, 2013

More Restaurants Could Donate Leftovers Under Anti-Hunger Bill

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A bill that would make it easier for restaurants to donate leftover food to charity is making its way through the Oklahoma State Senate. It passed the House last week.

It’s know as the Josephine Meade Anti-Hunger Act, and it would bring state law into alignment with the federal laws protecting restaurants from liabilities associated with donating the leftover, prepared food that isn’t served to customers.

Joey Abbo is with the NEEDS Foundation in Oklahoma City, which facilitates donations of leftovers. He says restaurants that donate receive a lucrative tax write-off.

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Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Casino Expansion Could Mean More River Improvements

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  The Arkansas River may not look like a tropical paradise right now, but the Muscogee (Creek) Nation plans to change that, at least at its 81st Street River Spirit Casino.

It’s planning on adding a new 22-story hotel and a Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino and Restaurant.

Muscogee (Creek) Principal Chief George Tiger says tribal investment in Arkansas River infrastructure is a definite possibility.

“We’re looking at alternatives, options, if you will,” he said, “about how we can put water on the river.”

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Local & Regional
4:55 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Hilberling Found Guilty

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A jury finds Amber Hilberling guilty of second degree murder.

The 21-year-old was convicted of pushing her husband, Joshua Hilberling, out of a window of their 25th-floor apartment in 2011.

The jury returned a recommendation of 25 years in prison after three hours of deliberation.

The other possible penalty was a charge of first-degree manslaughter.

Hilberling had testified that she never meant for her husband to go through the window, and that she shoved him in self-defense. 

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Local & Regional
11:42 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Plane Crash Survivors in Serious, Fair Condition

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As of Monday morning, the two survivors of a plane crash in Indiana are in the care of doctors at South Bend Memorial Hospital in Indiana. The plane left from Jones Airport in Tulsa. 

A representative of the hospital said that Jim Rogers was in serious condition, and Christopher Evans was in fair condition. 

A third injured person, who was on the ground at the time of the crash, is in fair condition.

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Local & Regional
3:42 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Sequester to Affect Emergency Unemployment Benefits

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Federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation is the latest casualty of the sequester.

Oklahomans receiving these benefits, which are awarded after a person has exhausted regular state unemployment insurance benefits, will soon see them cut.

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission’s John Carpenter says the EUC benefits will be cut by 10.7 percent.

The cuts will go into effect March 31, and will affect all current and future beneficiaries.

He says about 5,500 Oklahomans currently receive the EUC benefits.

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Local & Regional
10:53 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Tulsa Youth Address Social Issues

After the youth presentations, Tyrone Davis, 20, spoke about growing up a foster youth in state custody.
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The Mental Health Association’s ListenUp conference, which happens every other year, gives a platform for students and young people to speak on the issues about which they’re passionate.

Presentations at ListenUp Tulsa 2013 came in many varieties. Topics included self-harm, the relationship between sports and academics, procrastination, abortion, bullying in schools, the challenges faced by young immigrants, and transitional housing for youth.

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Local & Regional
10:20 am
Fri March 15, 2013

Osage Ranchers Call for Better Drilling Regulations

An oil drilling site near Skiatook Lake leaks on the surface.
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Landowners and ranchers in Osage County are calling for better regulations on oil and gas drilling.

Osage County is subject to different regulations from the rest of the state, because the Osage Nation owns all mineral rights in the county. Ranchers and other landowners own surface rights only.

They say the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which controls the regulations (as opposed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, which regulates drilling in the rest of the state), hasn’t done an adequate job of ensuring safety.

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Local & Regional
5:08 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Sex Traffickers Sentenced

The leadership structure of the trafficking ring broken in Operation poker Chip.
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Leaders of a major human trafficking ring which operated partly in Tulsa are sentenced in U.S. District Court.

A victim of the ring contacted law enforcement in January of 2012, which eventually led to seven federal prosecutions.

She contacted law enforcement while she was in Houston, and Homeland Security Investigations began work on the case.

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