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Final Budget Votes Coming on Last Day of Session

The state budget will come down to the wire. Final votes on the $6.9 billion dollar budget bill will come Friday, the last day of session, in the House. A Senate proposal to put a $1.50 per pack fee on cigarettes, which would generate $257.8 million, will also be voted on. Roughly $95 million of the revenue lawmakers are counting on for fiscal year 2018 will come from a tax increase on horizontal oil and gas wells drilled between 2011 and 2015. The Senate sent House Bill 2429 to the governor...

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Jail Assault Case Settled

Tulsa County has agreed to a $242,000, out-of-court settlement, in a 2011 jail attack. A woman claims she was raped at the Tulsa jail in 2011 by a Tulsa County Jail Trustee. The woman was 20 years old at the time. The attack took place in the medical unit. The county admitted no guilt, but felt the settlement was cheaper than going forward with a defense. Stanley Glanz was the Tulsa Sheriff at the time of the attack. It is unknown what, if anything, impact the settlement could have on Tulsa...

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Can Comfort Care At The ER Help Older People Live Longer And Suffer Less?

A man sobbed in a New York emergency room. His elderly wife, who suffered from advanced dementia, had just had a breathing tube stuck down her throat. He knew she never would have wanted that. Now he had to decide whether to reverse the life-sustaining treatment that medics had begun. When Dr. Kei Ouchi faced this family as a young resident at Long Island Jewish Medical Center, he had no idea what to say. The husband, who had cared for his wife for the past 10 years, knew her condition had...

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On the Next All This Jazz, Some Great Albums Released in 2017...So Far

Join us for the next All This Jazz, starting at 9pm on Saturday the 27th , right here on KWGS -FM / Public Radio Tulsa. We'll hear from Paul Winter, Count Basie, Charles Mingus, Shirley Horn, and many others . And our third-hour theme, r unning from 11pm until midnight, will be -- as we approach the midway point of the year -- Some Great Albums Released in 2017 ...So Far . Thus we'll hear tasty cuts from Nate Smith's KINFOLK, Ralph Towner's MY FOOLISH HEART (shown here), Regina Carter's ELLA:...

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On this edition of ST, we chat with Michael Wallis, the best-selling Tulsa-based author of "Route 66" and "David Crockett" and many other books.

Lots of talk these days, as we all know, about "building that wall." But what about the borderwall that already exists between much of the U.S. and Mexico? And what about the cultures, events, art works, communities, and lives that are associated with this borderwall -- that is, with the various walls and fences running between these two countries? Our guest is Ronald Rael, an Associate Professor in the Departments of Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley.

On this edition of our show, we speak with Dr. Rachel Pearson about her new book, "No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine." As was noted of this reflective and well-written book by Kirkus Reviews: "[In this book] a sensitive doctor describes her beginnings navigating the unpredictable, woolly world of modern American health care. Pearson’s inspired collective of illuminating clinical episodes immediately sparks to life with anecdotes from her early work in a female-owned and -operated abortion clinic in her 20s.

On this edition of StudioTulsa, we learn about "The Light Fantastic, or In the Wood," a new play that will be staged by the locally based Heller Theatre Company tonight (the 19th), tomorrow night (the 20th), and Sunday afternoon (the 21st) at the Nightingale Theatre in downtown Tulsa, which is located at 1416 East 4th St. Our guests are David Blakely, who wrote this play, and Susan Apker, who is the president of Heller Theatre Company (or HTC).

Last night, a jury here in Tulsa acquitted one Betty Shelby -- a white Tulsa Police officer -- who had been charged with first-degree manslaughter after she shot and killed an unarmed black man named Terence Crutcher last September. Some people in this community feel that justice has been served, while others feel, as was stated by Rev. Joey Crutcher, the victim's father, after the verdict came down: "I believe in my heart that Betty Shelby got away with murder." Where does Tulsa go from here?

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The title of Cate Shortland's new film, Berlin Syndrome, is a sly riff on "Stockholm syndrome," that condition in which a hostage begins to feel sympathy for her captor. It's never clear what sets the Berlin version apart, and in some ways Shortland and the screenwriter, Shaun Grant, seem to be figuring it out as they go along.

Two owners of diesel-powered General Motors vehicles are accusing the car maker of producing an engine that exceeds U.S. standards for pollutant emissions under normal driving conditions, in a lawsuit that targets more than 700,000 Silverado trucks and Sierra SUVs.

The class-action lawsuit accuses GM of using "at least three separate 'defeat devices' to increase engine power and efficiency" in its Duramax diesel engines, citing tests on vehicles during several minutes of driving as well as at temperatures outside of the certification range of 68-86 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Sean Hannity is not going away.

Well, scratch that. He is going away — but only on an already-planned vacation, and only briefly. Then, after that, you can be sure: He is not going away.

Impulsive children become thoughtful adults only after years of improvements to the brain's information highways, a team reports in Current Biology.

A study of nearly 900 young people ages 8 to 22 found that the ability to control impulses, stay on task and make good decisions increased steadily over that span as the brain remodeled its information pathways to become more efficient.

It may not be possible to imagine a more terrible crime.

Courtney Pieters, a 3-year-old girl from a suburb of Cape Town, went missing on May 4. Her body was found nine days later, buried in a shallow grave about two-thirds of a mile from her home. She had been raped twice.

"This is one of the saddest incidents I've come across," South African President Jacob Zuma said May 18.

A school district near Houston has apologized after a 13-year-old student received an award declaring her "Most Likely to Become a Terrorist."

The award was one of several "insensitive and offensive fake mock awards," the Channelview Independent School District said in a statement, and the teachers in question have been disciplined, KHOU in Houston reports.

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Denis Johnson, the author behind the seminal collection Jesus' Son, has died at the age of 67. Jeff Seroy, a spokesperson for Johnson's publisher, Farrar Straus and Giroux, confirmed that the National Book Award-winning novelist died but offered no further details.

"Denis was one of the great writers of his generation," FSG's president and publisher, Jonathan Galassi, said in a statement Friday. "He wrote prose with the imaginative concentration and empathy of the poet he was."

On Friday, Hillary Clinton addressed the graduating class of her alma mater, Wellesley College.

She used the opportunity to wade into current politics and direct a few jokes at President Trump.

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