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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
4:11 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Crude Oil Fuels Growth at Port of Catoosa

David Page delivers the "State of the Port" to the park's managers.
Credit KWGS News

The Port of Catoosa had a record year in 2012 and a record month in January, 2013, for shipping totals.

That’s despite $100 million of deferred critical maintenance that needs to be done.

A system failure resulting in the closing of the port could result in a loss of $2 million per day.

A federal TIGER grant will fund the rehabilitation of the port’s main dock, doubling its capacity.

More funding is needed, however, to perform critical repairs to the lock and dam system.

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Local & Regional
10:00 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Hail Simulation Gives Evidence of Importance of Good Materials

A Bixby home gets a new roof following hail damage
Credit KWGS News File Photo

It’s a little early for hail in Tulsa, but that’s what John Wiscaver with the Oklahoma Farm Bureau has been learning about this week.

He was in South Carolina Wednesday to witness the first-ever full-scale hailstorm simulation.

“Oklahoma is kind of ground zero for the most exposure to hail of anywhere in the country,” he said, “and as an insurance company we’re always very interested in trying to find ways to communicate to folks the importance of making better choices when they’re putting on either a new roof or replacing a roof.”

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Local & Regional
3:48 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Governor Will Put Stricter Smoking Laws to Vote of the People

Civic and public health officials joined Governor Fallin at the state capitol for her announcement today.
Credit Courtesy of the office of Governor Mary Fallin

The Governor responds to the voting down of a change to tobacco laws she proposed in her State of the State address.

Details have not been finalized yet about an initiative petitions regarding proposals aimed at reducing second hand smoke risks.

Governor Fallin announced plans for the petition after the failure in the Senate General Government committee yesterday of a measure to restore control over tobacco regulations to local governments.

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Local & Regional
10:41 am
Tue February 19, 2013

Library Will Reveal Plans for Central Makeover

Tulsa's Central Library
Credit Tulsa Library-File Photo

Design plans for Central Library’s renovations will be unveiled this evening.

They’ll be on display at 6 p.m. tonight at Central.

Work on the site will begin in September, and is expected to last two years.

Tulsa Library CEO Gary Shaffer says in the meantime, Central Library will temporarily relocate.

“We have rented space at 11 and Denver,” he said. “Most people know it as the old Safeway store, or the old Homeland store.”

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Local & Regional
5:54 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Senate Committee Kills Local Control of Tobacco Regulations

Credit KWGS News File Photo

Governor Fallin won’t get her wish, expressed in her State of the State address, for return of local control over tobacco regulations.

A bill that would have allowed local governments’ ordinances to override the state law failed in the Senate General Government Committee earlier today.

The bill would have meant that cities could enact regulations that were either more or less stringent than the state’s law.

During the standing-room-only committee meeting, Oklahoma State Health Department Commissioner Terry Cline testified in favor of the bill.

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Local & Regional
3:27 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Mindset Paramount in Self-Defense

The high profile murders of four women in the Fairmont Terrace apartments early last month have a lot of us—including the City of Tulsa, which recently formed a new public safety intelligence group—thinking more about safety. Our series looks at the various answers to this question: What’s the best thing you can do to protect yourself from an attack?

For a lot of people here in Oklahoma, the answer to the question of the best way to protect yourself from an attack is simple: carry a gun.

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Local & Regional
1:33 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Airline Merger Good for Owasso

American Airlines VP of Base Maintenance Bill Collins discusses the merger while Owasso Mayor Doug Bonebrake, Tulsa Regional Chamber CEO Mike Neal and Tulsa's Mayor Bartlett listen.
Credit KWGS News

Tulsa Regional Chamber, City of Tulsa, Tulsa County and other regional officials announce support for the American Airlines and U.S. Airways merger.

One community that is particularly pleased is Owasso.

The American Airlines and US Airways merger is good news for the City of Owasso.

“We have over 800 families in Owasso that work out at American Airlines,” said Mayor Doug Bonebrake. “This is going to probably give them a little bit of hope that things are going to be stable.”

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Local & Regional
12:14 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

American and US Airways CEOs Discuss Merger

Doug Parker of US Airways and Thomas Horton of American answer questions about the merger.
Credit American Airlines

American and US Airways’ CEOs say the companies’ merger won’t result in many layoffs.

“We have only 12 overlapping routes out of some 900 or some that we fly together,” said American’s CEO Thomas Horton. “We expect very little redundancy in the operations.

He says most layoffs that do occur will likely be in management, as the two companies consolidate leadership.

US Airways’ CEO, Doug Parker, will assume the role of CEO of the new company. Horton will stay on as chairman of the new joint Board of Directors, but only until the merger is complete.

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Local & Regional
3:32 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Parking a Top Concern for the Pearl District

The proposed form based code for the Pearl District is several years in the making. Last year, the Tulsa Metro Area Planning Commission rejected enacting a version of it.

The code, which focuses on the design, or form, of buildings rather than their use, was back under the microscope during three recent workshops for area residents and business owners. 

Prospects for New Business

Julian Morgan and Josh Ritchey are looking to join the growing number of new business owners in the Pearl District.

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Local & Regional
12:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Flu Cases Slowing Despite New Deaths in Tulsa

Two new deaths due to the flu last week in Tulsa County bring the total for our area up to six. There have been 23 statewide so far this year.

Across the state, the number of new hospitalizations was lower last week than in previous weeks, with just 42 new hospitalizations or deaths reported.

“It’s not to say that we’re not still seeing a lot of flu activity across the state, and certainly in Tulsa County,” said the Tulsa Health Department’s Kaitlin Snyder. “But we’re not seeing it spiking as much as we had when the flu season really started to kick off.”

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