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Health Groups Announce "Moonshot" Plan to Cut Oklahoma Smoking Rate in Half

Health groups have recommended several policies they said together will cut Oklahoma’s smoking rate from 20 percent to 10 in 10 years. Many deal with kids’ access to tobacco: Raise the smoking age to 21, ban flavored tobacco products, hike cigarette prices and crack down on sales to minors. Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Executive Director John Woods said that’s by design. "The tobacco industry is actively looking for replacement smokers, because their product kills half of those who use...

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GRDA To Aid in Michael Recovery

31 GRDA employees left Oklahoma, headed for Tallahassee, Florida, where they will assist the City of Tallahassee with restoration of the local electric system following the damage left behind by Hurricane Michael. They are making the trip as part of a nationwide mutual aid program among the nation’s public power utilities, administered by the American Public Power Association. This trip comes on the heels of GRDA’s response to Hurricane Florence in North Carolina just last month. Responding...

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Following Crash, All F-35s Temporarily Grounded For Inspections

All F-35s fighter jets deployed to the U.S. and its allies have been temporarily grounded following a crash of one of the aircraft in South Carolina last month. In a statement, the F-35 Joint Program Office said the U.S. and its international partners had suspended flights of the Joint Strike Fighter, also known as the Lightening II, until a fleet-wide inspection of the aircraft's fuel tubes is completed. "If suspect fuel tubes are installed, the part will be removed and replaced," the...

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Two Scoops: The Museum of Ice Cream and The New York Times


On this installment of ST, we learn about a remarkable and newly launched exhibit at Gilcrease, "Americans All!" This show, which is ongoing, is (per the Gilcrease website) the museum's "latest exhibition drawn from [its] permanent collection...[and it] showcases the many positive contributions immigrants have made, and continue to make, to American life and culture.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, an interesting discussion with Dr. Ira Byock, one of the nation's leading palliative care physicians. Also known for his work as a writer and longtime public advocate for improving end-of-life care, Dr. Byock will soon (as in, tomorrow night, the 9th) give a free-to-the-public lecture at the Cascia Hall Auditorium here in Tulsa on "What Mortality Can Teach Us About Living." His book, "The Four Things That Matter Most," is now out in a Tenth Anniversary Edition. Dr.

The Tulsa Symphony Orchestra will soon kick off its new season with an Opening Night Gala Concert at the Tulsa PAC. (It happens tomorrow night, Saturday the 6th, with more info posted here.) On the program, the lyrical and masterful cello concerto by Dvorák, which will feature a guest appearance by the world-renowned cellist, Lynn Harrell.

On this edition of our show, we chat with Emily Zilber. A former curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and currently the editor of Metalsmith magazine, Zilber is now in Tulsa to serve as the curator for VisionMakers 2018 at 108 Contemporary. This show, which is the gallery's juried biennial exhibition, features the work of contemporary craft-based artists from a multi-state region, all of whom combine cutting-edge concepts with traditional skills in order to push the boundaries of art, craft, and design.

Our guest is Wendy Sherman, a Senior Counselor at Albright Stonebridge Group and a former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. Ambassador Sherman is also a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center and is a member of both the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Strategy Group. She was also a Chief Negotiator for the Iran Nuclear Deal; her newly published memoir is called "Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence." She was a guest recently of the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations.

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