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Oklahoma Lawmakers Trying to Flip Responsibility for Getting Prisoners into State Custody

State legislators are trying to change a law that requires Oklahoma’s sheriffs to bring inmates on their way to prison to the Department of Corrections. "That actually breaks law, breaks the constitution. The sheriffs departments are then using ad valorem dollars on state business," said Rep. Zack Taylor. Current state law says sheriffs must take state prisoners sentenced in their counties to the Department of Corrections assessment center in Lexington or wherever the DOC designates....

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Drier Conditions and Gusty Winds Will Increase Fire Threat Mid-Week

Areas of fog will reduce visibilities to below one-half mile at some locations across northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas this Morning. Visibilities are expected to improve as rain increases across the area this morning. Areas of rain are expected to persist through the day across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas in advance of a storm system that is expected to move through the area Tonight. There may also be a few thunderstorms this evening as the cold front moves into the area....

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Denver Teachers Strike Over Base Pay

Denver schoolteachers are going on strike over how their base pay is calculated. The teachers union and the school district failed to reach an agreement after more than a year of negotiations. It is the first teachers strike for the city in a quarter-century, and it affects about 71,000 students across 147 schools, Colorado Public Radio reports . Most public schools will remain open, staffed by hundreds of substitute teachers. Early reports indicated that at least 2,100 of the district's more...

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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 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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