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DOJ: No Civil Rights Charge in Deadly Tulsa Police Shooting

There is insufficient evidence to pursue federal civil rights charges against a white former Tulsa police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black man, the Department of Justice said Friday. U.S. Attorney Trent Shores announced the closure of the investigation into whether Betty Shelby willfully used unreasonable force against Terence Crutcher when she shot and killed him in September 2016. "The Department of Justice devoted significant resources to this investigation to ensure that a...

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Stitt Taps Business Executive from Ohio for OU Board of Regents

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has made his pick for a vacancy on the OU Board of Regents. Stitt appointed Eric Stevenson, the senior vice president of Nationwide Retirement Plans. Stevenson is a native of Wagoner, Oklahoma, and received his bachelor's degree from OU and a master's from Northwestern University's Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Stitt said he wanted an OU alum with business acumen who reflected the diversity of the campus. "The fact that he's African-American is just an...

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Court Ruling Renews Debate On Women And The Draft

There has not been a military draft in the United States since conscription was ended in 1973. Still, all men, whether citizens or residents of the United States, are required to register with the selective service once they turn 18. But late last week, a federal judge declared that exempting women from that registration requirement violates the Constitution's equal protection principles. This does not mean, though, that women will have to register as well — at least not for now. In his...

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Our guest is the journalist Katy Butler, whose articles have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Best American Science Writing, and The Best American Essays. Her new book, which she tells us about, is "The Art of Dying Well." As noted by Dr. Lucy Kalanithi of the Stanford School of Medicine: "This is a book to devour, discuss, dog-ear, and then revisit as the years pass. Covering matters medical, practical, financial, and spiritual -- and, beautifully, their intersection -- Katy Butler gives wise counsel for the final decades of our 'wild and precious' lives.

(Note: This program originally aired in December.) Our guest is Anna Leahy, director of the Creative Writing Program at Chapman University. She joins us to discuss her book, "Tumor." A brief yet thoughtful volume that is part memoir, part study, and part history, the book was thus praised by Prof. Kristen Iversen at the University of Cincinnati: "In clear, compelling language, Leahy writes with insight and empathy about cancer and the social and cultural dimensions of one of our greatest fears.

On this edition of ST, we learn about The McKnight Center for the Performing Arts, which is scheduled to open on the campus of OSU in Stillwater in October of this year. And although it's not yet open, the McKnight Center will soon offer -- from February 25th through March 3rd, with performances in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Dallas -- its second Chamber Music Festival. This festival will feature intimate soirée performances, a youth concert for area students, master classes for OSU student musicians, and a free community concert (happening in Stillwater on Saturday the 2nd).

"The key to the work up to this point" by Hilma af Klint (1907)

On this episode of ST, we offer another Museum Confidential podcast. (The podcast, now in its second season, is co-created twice a month by our own Scott Gregory and Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum.) This time out, MC learns about a special, much-discussed exhibition now on view at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. It's a remarkable series of works by the obscure yet visionary Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944). The exhibit is titled "Paintings for the Future" and closes April 23rd.

Our guest on ST is Dr. Ted Bromund, a Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation who specializes in Anglo-American relations, U.S. and British relations with Europe and the European Union, America’s leadership role in the world, and international organizations and treaties. A columnist for Newsday, Forbes, and Great Britain's Yorkshire Post, Bromund also writes regularly for National Review, The Weekly Standard, and FoxNews.com.

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Tulsa, OK – Hear a recap of this morning's Top Local Stories from KWGS:

Oklahoma City, OK – Okla. AG files 8 fraud charges against contractor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma's attorney general has filed felony fraud charges against a building contractor who homeowners say took money from them for roof repairs that weren't performed.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office on Monday filed six counts of violating the Oklahoma Consumer Protection Act in Oklahoma County and two counts in Cleveland County against Harold Whitt.

Tulsa, OK – Okla court upholds life sentence in Tulsa drive-by

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld a life prison sentence given a 22-year-old man convicted in a deadly drive-by shooting in Tulsa.

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa feels the heat as highs are forecast in the 90s. For those who work outdoors, this means a lot of sweating. Construction foreman Gary Smith says he and his crew have dealt with these temperatures before and they are prepared. "We're watching it, we were working long days but we're probably going to cut our hours back. We're pumping the gatorade, electrolytes, and the water."
Smith says the most important thing is to eat well and, of course, drink lots of water.

Tulsa, OK – A water line break forces the Tulsa Education Service Center to close for the day. The water line was along 31st Street between Harvard and Yale.

The ESC is located at 31st and New Haven, right in the middle of the area.

Without restroom facilities, the Service Center was closed for the day. It will reopen tomorrow.

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Tulsa, OK – Dollar Thrifty tells holders not to tender shares

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The board of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. is recommending that its shareholders not tender their shares in Hertz's proposed $2.25 billion buyout of the car rental company.

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Catoosa, OK – Tulsa Port of Catoosa celebrates 40th anniversary

CATOOSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa Port of Catoosa is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the day then-President Richard Nixon formally dedicated the inland port.

Nixon spoke during the ceremony at the port on June 5, 1971, a few months after the first arriving barge carried newsprint. Since then, port officials say more than 41,000 barges have traveled through the port, delivering more than 67 million tons of cargo on the waterway.

Tulsa, OK – How efficient is city hall operating when it comes to energy costs?

Mayor Bartlett is conducting an energy audit of all 500 city natural gas and electric accounts. He believes the city can save money by becoming more energy efficient.


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