StudioTulsa
5:06 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

StudioTulsa on Health: Notes on Public Health with Dr. Michael Fischetti and Dr. Marilyn Winkleby

Aired on Tuesday, April 22nd.

On this edition of StudioTulsa on Health, we hear from two doctors who are both highly accomplished and longtime advocates of public health, which has been defined as (per Wikipedia) "the science and art of preventing disease, prolonging life, and promoting health through the organized efforts and informed choices of society, organizations public and private, communities, and individuals." The health of a given culture or society, in other words, rather than any one individual's health or well-being.

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Music
4:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Special Broadcast: Canterbury Choral Society Performs Johannes Brahms' A German Requiem

UPDATE - This special program will be heard Wednesday, April 23, 2004 at 8:00 pm, preempting Exploring Music. It was not broadcast last Saturday the 19th as scheduled due to technical problems.

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Local & Regional
3:37 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Tulsa Vies for More Nonstop Flights by Hosting Airports Conference

Tulsa International Airport could attract more flights after the city hosts an airports conference this week.
Credit City of Tulsa

Tulsa has a big opportunity this week to land more nonstop flights to and from the city.

Tulsa International Airport is hosting a conference that could attract more routes to the area. Airport spokeswoman Alexis Higgins said they bid for the conference last year as part of an air service initiative.

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Local & Regional
3:28 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Changes to Volunteer Parking Enforcement Program Proposed

A city official has proposed replacing volunteers who enforce disabled parking throughout Tulsa with part-time parking inspectors who would also help enforce downtown meters.
Credit KWGS News File Photo

The City of Tulsa might replace its volunteer program to enforce disabled parking with paid part-time parking inspectors.

State law mandates a cumbersome process for the volunteers that hasn’t been very successful. They must take a photo of a violation and file it in a police department system so an officer can review it and write the ticket.

Asset management director Mark Hogan proposes hiring 10 part-time parking inspectors for 10 hours a week each.

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Local & Regional
11:32 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Testing Resumes at Oklahoma Schools

A computer lab
Credit File Photo

Many school districts across the state resumed assessment tests today. So far, no major problems have been noted at school testing sites. Tulsa School officials told KWGS they are keeping their "fingers crossed" as testing resumed.

In the wake of thousands of disruptions in online assessments today, state Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she will recommend the State Board of Education not renew the contract of testing vendor CTB/McGraw-Hill for the next fiscal year.

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Local & Regional
11:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

DA Candidate Pushes Law Expanding Impact Statements

Fred Jordan
Credit State of Oklahoma

Tulsa County District Attorney Candidate Fred Jordan is using his current position in the state legislature to expand who would be allowed to give a victim impact statement in a criminal case.

Under legislation passed today by the state house the definition of immediate family would be expanded.

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Local & Regional
10:48 am
Tue April 22, 2014

A Private Company Will Manage Tulsa School Buses

A Missouri company will take over management of the Tulsa Public Schools transportation department.
Credit KWGS News

The Tulsa School Board is contracting out management of the district’s transportation department. There were some complaints from the support workers’ union, but Schools Spokesman Chris Payne says no one is losing their job and the deal will save time and money, more than $250,000 a year, plus a minimum of an additional $130,000 in the first year of the contract.

The vote was unanimous to contract with Missouri based TransPar for transportation management services. The district will continue to own the school bus fleet.

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Anya Kamenetz is NPR's lead education blogger. She joined NPR in 2014, working as part of a new initiative to coordinate on-air and online coverage of learning.

Kamenetz is the author of several books about the future of education. Generation Debt (Riverhead, 2006), dealt with youth economics and politics; DIY U: Edupunks, Edupreneurs, and the Coming Transformation of Higher Education (Chelsea Green, 2010), investigated innovations to address the crises in cost, access, and quality in higher education. Her forthcoming book, The Test (PublicAffairs, 2015), is about the past, present and future of testing in American schools.

Local & Regional
6:52 am
Tue April 22, 2014

VIDEO: Barresi Reacts to Testing Glitches

Janet Baressi at discusses testing problems with reporters.
Credit Dept of Education

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second consecutive year, standardized testing for Oklahoma students has been disrupted, prompting the state superintendent to suspend all online testing for the day.

Superintendent Janet Barresi directed testing vendor CTB/McGraw Hill to suspend its testing Monday after disruptions for students taking high school end-of-instruction exams and tests in grades six through eight.

A similar glitch stalled testing last year in Oklahoma and elsewhere.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Oklahoma Election Board Tosses Governor Candidate

Credit KWGS News

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.

The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Joe Dorman.

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