Annie Russell is VPR's weekend producer. She has interned for NPR at Weekends on All Things Considered and for WNYC at On The Media. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. She loves the Boston Celtics unconditionally.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.