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Lawmaker Wants to Ban County Commissioners From Lobbying

An Oklahoma lawmaker is raising ethics questions about a county commissioner who is also a registered lobbyist. The Oklahoman reports Rep. Jason Dunnington plans to work to amend state ethics rules to address Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey's lobbying work. State Ethics Commission records indicate that Calvey, a former Republican lawmaker, is a lobbyist for the anti-abortion group Oklahomans For Life, Inc. Ethics officials say guidelines that prohibit state officers or employees...

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Neuhold Named President of University of Central Oklahoma

A current vice president at the University of Central Oklahoma will become the school's president later this year. The Board of Regents for the Regional University System of Oklahoma on Friday approved the appointment of Patti Neuhold. She will replace President Don Betz when he retires June 30. Neuhold started at UCO in 2007 and is currently vice president for finance and chief financial officer. The school says she helped balance the budget amid declines in state support and enrollment....

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Why We Can't Break Up With Big Tech

Kashmir Hill wanted Amazon out of her life, completely. It was the first week of a six-week experiment in living without tech giants. She had a virtual private network, or VPN, that would keep her devices walled off from any Amazon product. She would avoid Whole Foods and power down her Kindles. But she had a problem. A small, chipper problem. Alexa. She couldn't connect her Amazon Echo to the VPN. But if she just unplugged the smart speaker, someone, like her husband, might forget and plug...

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Swing on This LIVE Song Request

Radio in Tulsa is rich in history. The legendary Bob Wills broadcasted his show and live dances with the Texas Playboys from Cain’s Ballroom every Thursday and Saturday evening over KVOO. The program reached homes across America and soldiers, and fans would write in their song requests and tune in faithfully to listen. Tulsan Brett Bingham and manager for the new Bob Wills’ Texas Playboys Under the Direction of Jason Roberts , has preserved the original song sheets as part of his personal...

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On the Next ATJ: Jazz Goes to The Grammys

Dig the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 9th, right here on KWGS-FM / Public Radio Tulsa. Every Saturday night, both online and over the air, ATJ delivers three hours of recent and classic jazz, across a wide range of styles, from 9 o'clock till midnight. From John Coltrane to John Zorn, Woody Herman to Woody Shaw, Duke Jordan to Duke Pearson, and Chris Connor to Kris Davis, All This Jazz is delighted by modern (and post-modern!) jazz in its many forms, and we love sharing...

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On this edition of ST, an in-depth chat with Scott Hurst, a longtime artist on the Tulsa scene who will soon present a new exhibition of his work at the Liggett Studio in downtown Tulsa (at 314 So. Kenosha). "Playtime > Discoveries" will feature paintings, collages, and prints that Hurst has created over the past 30 years or so -- many (but not all) of them in the abstract mode. The show opens on Friday the 8th and runs through March 2nd; more info is posted at LiggettStudio.com.

Our guest is the New Mexico-based writer, poet, and educator Lauren Camp, whose books include "One Hundred Hungers" (winner of the Dorset Prize and a finalist for the Arab American Book Award) and "Turquoise Door." Last year, Camp presented her poems on dementia at the Mayo Clinic and also at an Alzheimer's Association Caregivers Conference. "Poetry & Dementia: A Reading with Lauren Camp" will happen on Thursday the 7th at 7pm in TU's Tyrrell Hall; the gathering is free to the public.

In the immediate wake of Governor Stitt's State of the State Address, and as the 2019 legislative session gets underway in OKC, we welcome back to StudioTulsa our longtime colleague David Blatt, who's been the Executive Director of the non-partisan, non-profit OK Policy think tank since 2010. Blatt chats with us in detail about what lawmakers at the State Capitol might attempt or accomplish regarding education, criminal justice, health, economic opportunity, taxes, and the state's budget.

On this edition of ST Medical Monday, our guest is Dr. Monique Tello, a practicing primary care physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, an instructor at Harvard Medical School, and a published clinical researcher. She tells us about her new book, which is just out from Adams Media: "Healthy Habits for Your Heart: 100 Simple, Effective Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure and Maintain Your Heart's Health." Dr. Tello also, as we learn today, writes for the Harvard Health Blog as well as her own GenerallyMedicine blog.

Our guest on StudioTulsa is Gerhardt Zimmermann, who will be the guest conductor for the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra tomorrow night, Saturday the 2nd, at the Tulsa PAC. On the program will be the famous, intense, controversial, and overtly political Symphony No. 7 by Dmitri Shostakovich -- also known as the "Leningrad Symphony." For more information, including ticket details, please go to tulsasymphony.org.

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