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Bitter Cold Weather Straight Ahead

Patchy fog has developed across much of the area, with locally dense fog from Fort Smith through portions of east central Oklahoma. Visibility will fall below 1/2 mile in this zone through mid morning. A strong arctic cold front will move through the area late tonight. Ahead of the front, increasing moisture and large scale forcing will result in a few elevated thunderstorms across portions of eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas. The deep layer shear will be quite strong, generally in the...

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Bloomberg Donates $1 Million to Black Wall Street

Tulsa has been named a Bloomberg Philanthropies 2018 Public Art Challenge winner. Tulsa will receive $1 million for “The Greenwood Art Project,” a group of temporary public artworks which celebrate and commemorate a vibrant community in the Historic Greenwood District known as Black Wall Street. Michael Bloomberg, philanthropist and former New York City Mayor, joined Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum and artist Rick Lowe held a celebratory news conference at the Greenwood Cultural Center. Black Wall...

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Attempts To Make Shutdown 'Painless' May Stretch Limits Of Federal Law

In its quest to blunt the effects of the partial government shutdown, the Trump administration is using broad legal interpretations to continue providing certain services. Critics argue that the administration is stretching — and possibly breaking — the law to help bolster President Trump's position in his fight with Democrats over funding for a border wall. Even with the creative use of loopholes and existing funds, though, the actions the administration is taking will be hard to sustain if...

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Our guest on StudioTulsa is Tamara Lebak, a Tulsa-based executive coach, organizational development consultant, and minister. She's also an accomplsihed singer-songwriter in the folk/roots/blues/alt-country manner, and she joins us to discuss her new album: "The Psalms Project: Volume 1." As Lebak has written of herself and her music online: "I'm a Universalist minister who believes that the Bible is ultimately about the relentless and persistent love of God.

We chat with Ian Shapiro, the Sterling Professor of Political Science and director of the MacMillan Center at Yale University. He's the co-author of a new book, "Responsible Parties: Saving Democracy from Itself," which he tells us about. The book engagingly explores why and how the form of government known as democracy has -- quite strangely and paradoxically -- reduced if not eradicated trust in political systems worldwide.

Our guest is Terrence Moore, a widely acclaimed photographer who's been shooting images along Route 66 for 40+ years. He tells us about his new book, "66 on 66," which gathers his finest images culled from the many hundreds he's made over the years of "the Mother Road." This book, with a corresponding text by local historian and author Michael Wallis, is just being published, and both Moore and Wallis will appear at a Magic City Books signing here in Tulsa on Friday the 18th. Details are posted here.

Our guest is James Wagner, the Chief of Performance Strategy and Innovation for the City of Tulsa. He leads a team in Mayor Bynum's office that aims to use data both effectively and intelligently in order to reach goals, remove barriers, find solutions, and foster community throughout Tulsa. Wagner joins us to discuss the results of a newly announced data-driven study that Tulsa has completed with the aid of the Gallup polling organization.

On this episode of StudioTulsa, we offer another installment in our ongoing series of Museum Confidential podcasts, which are created twice a month by Jeff Martin of Philbrook Museum and our own Scott Gregroy. This time out, we learn about The Underground Musuem in Los Angeles, which was founded just a few years ago and has grown considerably in terms of recognition, reputation, influence, and importance. Indeed, it continues to grow in all of these ways. Our guest is the director of this museum, Megan Steinman.

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Tulsa, OK – Heavy thunderstorms rolled through Tulsa with high winds and large hail. The storm hit just before 10AM on Friday. The National Weather Service Issues a severe thunderstorms warning for the Tulsa Metro and estimated storm winds at 80-miles-per-hour.

Damage is being reported along Riverside Drive near I-44. A tree has fallen into a home. A resident, who declined a recorded interview, says the tree was struck by lightning

One person has been injured in Pryor from a downed tree.


Tulsa, OK – With the assessment fee approved, the City of Tulsa, moves forward to collect the revenue. The fee is 6 cents for each square foot of property inside the Inter Dispersal Loop downtown.

The federal government, churches and private homes with homestead exemption are exempt.

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Oklahoma City, OK – Cartoon of Sotomayor as pinata draws criticism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Some Hispanics and advocates for women are criticizing an editorial cartoon that depicts Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as a strung-up pinata that President Barack Obama is inviting Republicans to whack.

The cartoon by Chip Bok of Creators Syndicate ran in The Oklahoman on Tuesday. It shows Obama wearing a sombrero and saying, quote, "Now, who wants to be first?" to a group of elephants in suits holding sticks.

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Tulsa, OK – Hearing set for man accused of killing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A preliminary hearing will be held August 7 for a man charged in with murder in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman.

Terrico Bethel is accused of shooting Neal Sweeney in the head at Retail Fuels Marketing on September 4. The 63-year-old Sweeney died the next day at a Tulsa hospital.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) The Oklahoma State Department of Health says the number of swine flu cases in the state has risen to 114.

Scott Sproat, the Health Department's chief of emergency preparedness and response, says state health officials have yet to see a plateau in the number of swine flu reports, even during what typically is a slow season for flu cases.

Oklahoma City, OK – OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper involved in a scuffle with a Creek Nation paramedic has been placed on administrative leave.

OHP Capt. Chris West says Trooper Daniel Martin was put on paid administrative leave June 1 while the patrol's internal affairs investigates the May 24 incident.


Tulsa, OK – Edmondson says he's running for governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Attorney General Drew Edmondson today announced he's running for governor next year.

Edmondson joins Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in formally announcing for the Democratic nomination to succeed Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

Henry is completing his second term and isn't eligible to run for re-election.

Edmondson says the state's economy and budget will be the biggest issues facing the next governor.

Tulsa, OK – Tulsa pipe plant to be closed

TULSA, Okla. (AP) A Louisiana-based company is announcing plans to close a Tulsa pipe manufacturing plant.

The Shaw Group of Baton Rouge said yesterday it will shut down Shaw Tulsa Fabricators in early August.

A company spokesman says the company is trying to become more efficient.

The plant opened in 2006 and has 168 employees. It manufactures pipe for the construction industry.