Local & Regional
7:03 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Approves Common Core Repeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has voted to repeal a set of education standards for math and English that more than 40 states have adopted and replace them with new ones that will be developed by the State Board of Education.

The Republican-controlled Senate voted 37-10 on Tuesday for the bill repealing the standards over the objections of some Democrats who argued it is a political decision to roll back Common Core, which has faced fierce resistance from grassroots conservative groups.

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Local & Regional
6:58 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Wednesday Morning Local News from 89.5/KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Severe Weather will be possible across portions of Oklahoma today and tomorrow.
  • Tulsa County Public Safety Tax Questions are approved by voters.
  • Common Core is repealed in the Oklahoma Senate. Measure goes to Governor Fallin.
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Local & Regional
6:54 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Tulsa County Questions Approved and other Election Results

The Tulsa County Jail
Credit KWGS News-File photo

Tulsa County leaders are pleased this morning. The two sales tax questions on yesterday's county-wide ballot were approved by voters with over 65% of the vote.

One measure would build a new Juvenile Justice Center for Tulsa County. The other measure would expand the Tulsa County Jail.

Also on the ballot yesterday:

  • Shawna Keller is elected to the Tulsa School Board.
  • Richie Stewart is elected to the Bixby City Council.
  • John Fothergill is elected to the Sand Springs City Council.
  • Bond issues at Owasso are approved.
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Local & Regional
11:43 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The Ballad of Oklahoma Education Funding

Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

It's been decades since Woody Guthrie wrote a protest song, but his influence continues to reach people today — people like former teacher Robertson Brown, who taught art and art history for 14 years in Broken Arrow public schools.

A big Guthrie fan, Brown was a on a Tulsa Public Schools bus to the state capitol Monday when the inspiration for a song struck.

"There's a song called 'The Ballad of Pretty Boy Floyd.' It has a really neat melody, and I just thought it kind of fit," Brown said. "We maybe messed with it for an hour.

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Local & Regional
6:20 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Tulsa Chase Ends with Murder-Suicide

The street sign at 30th and South Utica
Credit KWGS News

A man and woman are dead after a police chase ended with a murder/suicide attempt.

Tulsa Police spotted a vehicle with a male suspect wanted in Colorado. A woman was in the car with the man, apparently of her own free will. Police gave chase.

It started at the IDL downtown and ended in a fashionable neighborhood at 30th and South Utica. Police say the man stopped the car, shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself. The woman was dead at the scene. Police say the Colorado suspect died later at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa.

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Local & Regional
2:04 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

OSU Med Center Chooses a Partner

OSU Medical Center
Credit KWGS News Photo

A managing partner has been chosen for downtown Tulsa’s OSU Med Center. After months of talks, it’s announced Oklahoma City based Mercy Health Systems is the selection. Chairman of the OSU Medical Authority, Jerry Hudson, says an agreement would provide administrative expertise, financial stability, and needed upgrades.

Negotiations are underway, but no timeline is set. OSU Med Center is the primary hospital for Tulsa’s indigent residents.

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StudioTulsa
1:32 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

The "Collected Poems" of Ron Padgett

Aired on Tuesday, April 1st.

On this installment of ST, we are pleased to welcome Ron Padgett back to our show. This Tulsa-born, New York-based poet, translator, and editor published his "Collected Poems" last fall, and he'll be reading from that book at 7pm tonight (Tuesday the 1st) at the AHHA / Hardesty Arts Center in downtown Tulsa; this event is co-presented by Book Smart Tulsa, Louder Than A Bomb: Tulsa, and This Land Press, and it's free to the public.

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Local & Regional
12:33 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Senate Panel Passes Bill to Cut Oklahoma Income Taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to cut Oklahoma's corporate and individual income tax rates once certain revenue triggers are reached has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the House bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears.

The House and Senate each have separate proposals to reduce the state's individual income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue triggers are reached.

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What's New?
12:28 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Let Us Know How You Feel About Public Radio Tulsa Programming With This Quick Survey

Gary Oldman
Melissa Kuypers NPR

Here's a quick 'n easy seven-question survey about our programming. Tell us what you listen to, what you dislike, and what you wish was different.

Thank you for sharing your opinions about Public Radio Tulsa.

Local & Regional
12:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Cleveland County Leader Rejects Calls to Resign

Norman, Oklahoma water tower
Credit KWGS News

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Cleveland County commissioner says he won't resign despite requests to do so from other commissioners following a report from the state's multicounty grand jury.

Commissioner Rusty Sullivan said Monday he won't step down from his post and that he plans to file for re-election. Last week, a multicounty grand jury report found that Sullivan likely broke state laws for his involvement in a road project, but that the statute of limitations to charge him had expired.

Sullivan was not charged with any crimes.

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