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6:52 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Thursday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the local news:

  • Fire destroys an east Tulsa chemical warehouse.
  • Gasoline prices take a jump in Tulsa.
  • The filing period for state office is underway.
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StudioTulsa
7:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

A Chat with the Wonderful Singer-Songwriter, Actor, and Activist Holly Near

Aired on Wednesday, April 9th.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we speak with the remarkable singer-songwriter, actor, and activist Holly Near, who'll perform with the folk duo known as Emma's Revolution --- as well as pianist Jan Martinelli -- on Friday night (the 11th) at 7:30pm at the All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, at 2952 South Peoria. Near is well-known for writing such classic modern-day folk anthems as "It Could Have Been Me" and "Singing For Our Lives" --- and for appearing in several notable films, plays, and TV programs over the years.

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Local & Regional
2:48 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Tulsa City Leaders Form Task Force on Juvenile Crime Prevention

Task force to study ways to reduce juvenile crime
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Tulsa Leaders are taking on juvenile crime. City Council Chair Karen Gilbert says a task force focusing on juvenile crime prevention has begun meeting. She says the idea is to bring together groups and organizations that deal with juvenile crime and enhance existing programs and expand the effort. Members of the District Attorney’s office, the police gang unit, the Juvenile Bureau, and those who work with at-risk youth are on the task force.

Gilbert says task force members want to focus on a small area at first and then expand throughout the city.

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Local & Regional
2:46 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

TCC Students Win Jack Kent Cooke Scholarships

TCC honors program coordinator Susan O'Neal (left) speaks to Michelle Harris and Jim Presley's class Wednesday morning after the students were told they would receive scholarships from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Two Tulsa Community College students are among 85 recipients of a national scholarship worth up to $90,000.

Southeast Campus Provost Brett Campbell interrupted Jim Presley and Michelle Harris’ morning class, announcing, "No one has won the Publishers Clearing House," complete with balloons and a poster in lieu of a giant check, to tell them they’d won Jack Kent Cooke Foundation transfer scholarships. Both students were stunned.

"I did not do this by myself," said Harris. "It was everybody that knows me, knows the challenges that I've had."

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Local & Regional
12:29 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

House Panel Passes Judicial Nominating Bill

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys would be appointed to Oklahoma's Judicial Nominating Commission by leaders of the House and Senate under legislation adopted by a House committee.

The House Rules Committee voted 6-1 for the bill Wednesday and sent it to the full House for a vote.

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Local & Regional
12:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin, Dorman File to Become Oklahoma Governor

The entrance to the governor's office.
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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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Local & Regional
12:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Both US Senate Seats on the 2014 Ballot

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn retiring with two years left on his term, both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats will be on the ballot in 2014.

Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe filed for another six-year term in office on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for candidates in Oklahoma. The 79-year-old Inhofe is expected to face at least one challenger, Democrat Matt Silverstein of Bixby.

But it's the two-year term for Coburn's open seat that is drawing the most candidates.

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Local & Regional
12:21 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Appeals Court Denies Execution Stay Requests

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court is denying a request for stays of execution requested by two death row inmates who are scheduled to die this month with a new three-drug procedure developed by the state.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued an order Wednesday denying the stays sought by Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett.

Lawyers for the inmates contend the state has not provided adequate time for them to research the method of execution.

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Local & Regional
12:18 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Bridenstine to Host Energy Town Hall in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is scheduled to be joined by the ambassador from Azerbaijan for a town hall in Tulsa that is expected to focus on energy security and political stability.

The public forum with the Republican Oklahoma politician and Ambassador Elin Suleymanov is slated for Sunday on the University of Oklahoma's midtown Tulsa campus.

Bridenstine's office says the meeting is critical to illustrate the bond Oklahoma has with the country, especially in light of current political conflicts between Russia, Ukraine and other nations.

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Music
9:52 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Encore! The Canadian Brass from Armstrong Auditorium on Performance Oklahoma

Five celebrated musicians make up the legendary Canadian Brass offering their own unique blend of virtuosity, spontaneity and humor in concerts, presenting a wide-ranging repertoire spanning five centuries of classical music as well as Dixieland, Latin, jazz, blues, gospel, Broadway, holiday, ragtime and more!  Now in their fourth decade the Quintet maintains an extensive world-wide touring schedule, continues to add to a discography of over 100 albums and to bring innovative and pioneering projects in music education to life! 

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