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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
3:37 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Boulder Bridge Reopens Downtown

The ribbon was cut this afternoon for the new Boulder bridge.
Credit KWGS News

Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr. and District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing celebrated with the Brady Arts District and many others from downtown the opening of the new Boulder Avenue bridge today. The bridge spans the downtown railroad tracks and connects First Street and Archer Street.

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Local & Regional
11:30 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Two Reports Detail Low Savings Rate, Higher Tax Burden for Poor Oklahomans

Two new reports are out this week about Oklahomans and their money: one (read it here) is about how many people save their money and to what extent, and the other (read it here) is about who pays the biggest percentage of their money in taxes.

Forty-four percent is one of the striking statistics included in the 2013 Assets & Opportunity Score Card. That is, 44 percent of Oklahoma residents have little to no emergency savings.

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Local & Regional
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Chamber Sets Goals for Lawmakers

Credit File Photo

Medicaid expansion, education, and workers compensation reform are at the top of the Tulsa Regional Chamber’s list of 2013 legislative priorities, known as the One Voice Agenda.

Oklahoma Representative Doug Cox, an emergency room physician, explains that the federal government will help pay for the Medicaid expansion by cutting back on Medicare funding.

He says he hopes either the decision not to expand Medicaid is reversed, or that an alternative plan addresses the problem of the large numbers of uninsured Oklahomans and those without access to care.

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Local & Regional
5:27 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Leon Russell Would Be Major Feature of OKPOP

Leon Russell reminisces about performing in Tulsa at an announcement about his collection that would be featured at OKPOP.
Credit KWGS News

The proposed Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture will include a major collection of items featuring Leon Russell and his work. Russell spoke positively about Tulsa at the announcement of the collection.

The Oklahoma Historical Society hopes that a bond issue will be approved by the state legislature in the upcoming session to fund the construction of the museum.

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Local & Regional
4:58 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

EMSA Board Responds to Audit

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EMSA board members begin to respond to the state’s audit of the emergency medical service.

Board of Trustees Chair Lillian Perryman recommended creating committees to address the audit’s individual concerns.

“We need questions answered, and to move forward,” she said. “I think we can rehash this over and over and over again, but unless we start moving forward and show our citizens that we are going to have some changes, then we aren’t making progress.”

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Local & Regional
5:03 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Chamber Inaugurates New Chair

Credit Courtesy Tulsa Regional Chamber

The Tulsa Regional Chamber inaugurates a new chair. Jake Henry Jr. is President and CEO of the Saint Francis Health System.

In his remarks, he focused on what he views as the mistake of turning down Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act.

He says he hopes an alternative plan created by the governor’s office will help to address the problem of 18 percent of Oklahomans living without health insurance.

Listen here to his remarks on healthcare in Oklahoma.

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Local & Regional
10:18 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Theft-Plagued Church Receives Alarm System

Credit KWGS News

The congregation on Sunday at the Lakeview Heights Baptist Church in North Tulsa is only about a dozen or so adults and children. But this week there’s something new for them to celebrate.

Darold Burton has been pastor here for more than seven years. He says the church has been plagued by theft for nearly that long.

“From November to January we got (broken) into seven times,” he said. “And then it went from seven to 11, to 15, to 17, to 19, to 21, to 25, and then (year before last) it peaked at 29.”

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Local & Regional
5:04 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

New Section of Gilcrease Expressway Dedicated

The new section of the Gilcrease Expressway stretches between the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and North 41st West Avenue.
Credit KWGS News Photo

The City of Tulsa and Osage County celebrate the latest addition to the Gilcrease Expressway. State Transportation Secretary Gary Ridley was there to mark the occasion.

“In order to have good business development in Northeast Oklahoma, you must have the transportation corridors that will allow that to happen,” Ridley said. “And certainly this is not an end, but the beginning of the end, to be able to tie this area of the state together.”

The new section of the expressway runs between the L.L. Tisdale Parkway and North 41st West Avenue.

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Local & Regional
9:34 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Expanded Transit Possible in Tulsa

The current plan involves adding a Bus Rapid Transit service to the existing 105 route.
Credit Courtesy INCOG

Dallas has the Spur, and San Antonio’s Primo just started service last month.

In Tulsa, a plan to bring Bus Rapid Transit service to Peoria Avenue takes shape.

Transportation Projects Coordinator with INCOG. At the final public meeting to seek input about INCOG’s current preferred plan, INCOG Transportation Projects Coordinator James Wagner explains, “Basically what we’re looking at is a Bus Rapid Transit system that would increase the frequency from 30 minutes to every 15 minutes.”

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Local & Regional
12:13 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Police Release Names of Four Women Killed in Shooting

Credit KWGS News Photo

Police have notified the relatives of the four women killed in a shooting yesterday in an apartment near 61st and Peoria.

Their names are Julie Jackson, 55, Misty Nunley, 33, and Rebecca Powel and Kayetie Melchor, both 23, who are believed to be twins.

The name of a four-year-old boy, who was also found, without injury, inside the apartment, has not been released, nor has his relationship to the women.

Police received a tip around midday yesterday from someone who had entered the apartment to check on the women and found them shot inside.

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