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John 3:16 Mission "Well Shy" of Thanksgiving Dinner Goal Headed into Final Food Drive Weekend

John 3:16 Mission is going into its final food drive weekend ahead of Thanksgiving with a lot of ground to cover. They have about 400 turkeys right now out of a goal of 4,000. "It’s well shy of where we need to be, but we’re hopeful we’ll be able to make our goal. And then we’ve got about half the dry goods that we need," said John 3:16 Mission CEO Rev. Steve Whitaker. "What our goal is to do is give the turkey with all the trimmings that you and I might have on our tables." Whitaker said the...

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Oklahoma House Republicans Pick Leaders for Next Session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of newly elected state legislators are helping to pick their new leaders for the upcoming session that begins in February. In the House, the new Republican caucus on Wednesday picked Speaker of the House Charles McCall to serve another term as its top leader. McCall will be the speaker-elect until he's formally elected in January. House Republicans also selected Rep. Harold Wright of Weatherford for another term as speaker pro tempore, the No. 2 post in the House....

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Trump Versus News Media Lands In Court

Updated 4:27 p.m. ET A battle between the White House and the press lands in federal court Thursday. CNN filed a lawsuit against President Trump on Tuesday, asking that the White House be ordered to restore the press pass held by its lead reporter on the beat, Jim Acosta. The case will be heard Thursday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., by Judge Timothy J. Kelly, who was appointed by Trump to the bench. The White House yanked Acosta's press pass after a testy exchange with the...

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On this edition of our program, we're discussing a recent DHS-related proposal put forth by the Trump Administration as well as local efforts to challenge this proposal. The proposal in question would change the accepted ferderal definition of Public Charge, which is a term used by immigration officials to refer to certain legal immigrants who are able to receive government benefits like food assistance, housing assistance, and health care.

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On the 100th anniversary of the end of "The War to End All Wars," the Tulsa Symphony will commemorate those lost in that war and all the wars that followed with a performance of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem. The work ingeniously combines the text of the Latin funeral mass with the war poetry of Wilfred Owen, a young British poet who served and died in the trenches of the First World War.

Our guest is David Granna a staff writer at The New Yorker Magazine. He's well-known as the bestselling author of "The Lost City of Z," "Killers of the Flower Moon," "The Old Man and the Gun," and other books. He joins us to discuss his newest work of nonfiction, "The White Darkness," which profiles one Henry Worsley, a family man and decorated British special forces officer who also happened to be obsessed with Ernest Shackleton, the 19th-century polar explorer. In 2008, Worsley set out across Antarctica in order to retrace Shackleton's famed expedition....

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Charlie Hunter, who's been a prolific and genre-crossing jazz, funk, and fusion guitarist since he came to prominence in the 1990s. Hunter is known for playing a modified guitar, which he tells us about, and with which he plays chords, melodies, and bass parts all at once. He'll be playing here in Tulsa on Saturday night, the 10th, at Duet Jazz (the great new jazz club in downtown Tulsa, located in the Archer Building basement).

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Our guest is Gary Schyman, an award-winning composer of film, TV, and video game music -- including the "Bioshock" series of video games and the more recent "Torn" virtual reality game. Schyman is currently visiting the TU campus, working with film scoring and computer gaming students. He tells us about how his career began in the television scoring industry, working on classic 1980s shows like "Magnum P.I." and "The A-Team." He also speaks about his far-ranging experiences scoring films and video games, working with various studios and orchestras.

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Tulsa, OK – Miss Oklahoma ready for reign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The newly crowned Miss Oklahoma says judges who selected her over 41 other contestants in the statewide pageant were looking for more than just a pretty face.

Taylor Treat talked with reporters Sunday, a day after the 21-year-old was crowned Miss Oklahoma 2009 and given the opportunity to represent the state in the Miss America pageant in January.

Tulsa, OK – Dangers increase for state road crews

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Dangers are expected to increase for Oklahoma transportation crews as road and bridge projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act get under way.

The number of work zone accidents causing an injury or fatality in Oklahoma has increased almost every year since 2003, records show.

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Tulsa, OK – Inhofe remarks on Obama speech criticized

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The head of the Oklahoma Democratic Party is criticizing U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe for describing President Barack Obama's speech in Egypt as "un-American."

Party chairman Todd Goodman told the Tulsa World's Washington bureau that Inhofe prefers to smear Obama rather than address important facts about the president's address in Cairo on Thursday.

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Tulsa, OK – No charges planned over scuffle

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A prosecutor has decided not to file charges in a physical confrontation between a state trooper and a paramedic in Okfuskee County.

Max Cook, district attorney for Creek and Okfuskee counties, said Friday that after reviewing reports and talking to witnesses, it would not be appropriate to file charges against either the trooper, Daniel Martin, or the paramedic, Maurice White Jr.

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Oklahoma City, OK – Starting on Monday, June 8, more than 80 paintings that are part of the State Senate Art Collection will be taken off the State Capitol walls to be shipped to the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. The collection will be on display at the museum from July through October.

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Tula, ok – Prosecutors mull death penalty in case

TULSA, Okla. (AP) The Tulsa County District Attorney says a man accused of fatally shooting a Tulsa businessman could face the death penalty.

Twenty-three-year-old Terrico Bethel was charged yesterday with first-degree murder in the Sept. 4 death of Neal Sweeney at Sweeney's company, Retail Fuels Marketing.

DA Tim Harris said today the case would meet the legal threshold for the death penalty if Bethel is convicted of taking money in exchange for the killing.


Tulsa, OK – Walking the Halls of the U.S. Senate office building is Court of Appeals Second District Judge Sonia Sotomayor. As President Obama's nominee to the U-S Supreme Court, she is allowing Senators to get a chance to know her prior to her confirmation hearing. Today, we hear from someone who already knows the Judge well. Dr. Robert Spoo is an associate professor of law at the University of Tulsa. In 2001-and 2002, he served as a clerk in Judge Sotomayor's chamber.

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Oklahoma City – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma Indian leaders are being encouraged to consider wind power especially for tribal casinos, medical clinics and administrative projects.

Speakers at a Sovereignty Symposium in Oklahoma City say wind turbines could be a clean, cost-effective way of providing electricity.

Osage tribal member and Chermac Energy Corporation president Jaime McAlpine says wind projects would also create tribal jobs.

Oklahoma City, OK – Slight revenue shortfall declared in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) State Treasurer Scott Meacham has declared a slight revenue shortfall for Oklahoma but says the affect on most state agencies will be minimal.

Meacham said today that revenue collections for May were $357.1 million, or about 21.8 percent below estimates. That means state agencies will receive 1.42 percent less in their June allocations.