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Roy Clark, Country Guitar Virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' Star, Has Died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Clark was "Hee Haw" host or co-host for its entire 24-year run, with Buck Owens his best known co-host. Started in 1969, the show featured the top...

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State Supreme Court Approves Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Bond Issue for Gilcrease Expressway

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority got the green light from the state Supreme Court to issue up to $125 million in bonds for its portion of the Gilcrease Expressway. OTA spokesman Jack Damrill said the court’s review is common practice. "We always take our bond sales — especially of this nature and of this amount — to the Supreme Court. We’ve done it for the entire Driving Forward program. Every time we’ve gone to the bond market, we’ve gone before the Supreme Court," Damrill said. With $70...

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After The Fire, The Town Of Paradise Lies In An Ashy Quiet

Days after the flames swept through Paradise, dense smoke still hangs over this town whose residents are mostly gone. They fled to nearby towns along traffic-choked roads leading away from the small California community that was popular with retirees. Some residents didn't make it out. Authorities say at least 56 people died in the Northern California wildfire known as the Camp Fire, which has burned through at least 218 square miles of land and consumed Paradise. Others are still missing,...

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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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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.

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Tulsa, OK – It was a split vote, but the Tulsa City Council has approved an assessment fee to finance the new baseball park in downtown Tulsa. The vote was 5-to-4. The 6 1/2 cent per square foot fee is for all property inside the IDL with the exception of churches, the federal government and homes with homestead exemption. It is expected the fee will raise $25 million to help finance the ballpark.

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Tulsa, OK – "Don't trust anyone over 30." That was the cry from youth of turbulent 1960s.

Sapulpa, OK – Paragon to lay off workers in Sapulpa, Muskogee

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) Pipe maker Paragon Industries is announcing plans to lay off 105 employees from its plants in Sapulpa and Muskogee.

Company officials say cheap steel pipe being imported from China makes it difficult to compete. Paragon makes steel pipe for the oil and construction industries.

The layoffs will begin in mid-July and involve 90 production workers and 15 support staff members, About 10 of the layoffs will be at the plant in Muskogee.

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Tulsa, OK – Miss Oklahoma preliminaries continue

TULSA, Okla. (AP) Miss University of Oklahoma has picked up a $1,000 cash scholarship in the talent competition on the second preliminary night of the 2009 Miss Oklahoma pageant.

Twenty-one-year-old Taylor Treat of Ada performed ballet on pointe to "Palladio" last night. Treat is a senior human relations major at the university.

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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa police say a a man was charged today with first-degree murder in what police call a contract killing of Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney.

Meanwhile, investigators say they're still looking for the person who hired the killer.

Police Chief Ron Palmer says 23-year-old Terrico Dion Bethel is charged with the September 4 crime. Bethel has been in jail since February 27 on unrelated charges.

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Tulsa, OK – TULSA, Okla. (AP) Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor says she's not running for re-election this fall so she can focus on guiding the city through turbulent economic times.

Taylor told those gathered at the Tulsa Press Club that she loves being mayor and doesn't want to have to run a political campaign while helping Tulsa cope with falling sales tax revenues and the effect it will have on municipal government. Her announcement was supposed to officially come tomorrow.

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Tulsa, OK – Shipping levels for the first four months of this year, ending April 30th, were almost identical to the same time frame in 2008. The figures quiet some speculation that the condition of the global economy would cause a drastic reduction in business at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.

Cumulative inbound/outbound shipping from January to April, 2009 was 874,658 tons compared with 876,096 tons for the same period last year.

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