Trey Graham edits and produces arts and entertainment content for NPR's Digital Media division, where among other things he's helped launch the Monkey See pop-culture blog and NPR's expanded Web-only movies coverage. He also helps manage the Web presence for Fresh Air from WHYY.

Outside NPR, Graham has been a lead theater critic at the Washington City Paper, D.C.'s alternative weekly newspaper, since 1995, which means he's seen a good deal of superb theater and a great deal of schlock. He's still stage-struck enough to believe that the former makes up for the latter.

Breaking
6:07 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Jones To Step Down As Head Of State Prison System

Justin Jones
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The executive director of the Oklahoma Dept. of Corrections announced Monday he will resign Oct. 1, according to eCapitol’s Shawn Ashley. The announcement from Justin Jones comes after a legislative session where the department’s funding was not increased and its budget practices were called into question by key legislative and executive budget negotiators.

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Textbook Costs
3:10 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

OU Pushes Online Material As Textbook Alternative

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University of Oklahoma officials say a program that puts more course material online is saving students on the cost of textbooks.

OU President David Boren's office says the first year of the Textbook Alternatives Initiatives has saved students about 25 percent off the typical $1,400 yearly cost of textbooks.

OU is trying to push more material online after seeing a study that found up to 70 percent of students were not buying books because of the costs.

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Animal World
10:38 am
Mon June 17, 2013

21-Year-Old Tulsa Zoo Giraffe Dies

Samburu, longtime resident of the Tulsa Zoo, died Saturday.
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The Tulsa Zoo has had to put down a 21-year-old giraffe who had a broken bone in his right, front foot.

Zoo officials said Sunday that Samburu, also known as Sam, died on Saturday. He was born at the zoo in 1992.

The zoo says Sam lived longer than average for a male giraffe cared for by humans. He suffered from osteoarthritis.

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Oklahoma Voices
7:31 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Fiddling In Foreign Lands: Oklahoma's Horseshoe Road Tours The Pacific Rim

Kyle Dillingham, Brent Saulsbury and Peter Markes take the stage in Yangon, Myanmar's National Theater.
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Earlier this year, Oklahoma violinist Kyle Dillingham and his acoustic trio Horseshoe Road traveled across the Far East on behalf of the American Music Abroad program. The group traveled to South Korea, the Republic of China (Taiwan), Far East Russia and Myanmar.

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Shawn Johnson covers the State Capitol for Wisconsin Public Radio. Shawn joined the network in 2004. Prior to that he worked for WUIS-FM, a public radio station in Springfield, Illinois. There, Shawn reported on the Illinois legislature. He also managed the station's western Illinois bureau, where he produced features on issues facing rural residents. He previously worked as an Assistant Producer for WBBM-AM radio in Chicago.

Shawn's work has earned awards from the Associated Press and has been featured on National Public Radio.

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Manager's Desk
6:57 am
Sun June 16, 2013

Jazz in June Ready to Bloom

  June 16, 2013

This is from the Manager’s Desk.   This week is the big week for the Jazz in June concerts, clinics and musician jams here in Norman – Thursday through Saturday -- the 20th through the 22nd.  Here's the link  to the Jazz in June web page to find more information about the concerts – from locations, times, the artistic line up and more. 

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Severe Storms
6:57 am
Sun June 16, 2013

It's A Sham: Shingle Recycling

Roofers are busy repairing homes across central Oklahoma. Officials are warning homeowners to be cautious when choosing a company to do the work.
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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is warning residents about people who claim to be shingle recyclers.

The Oklahoma City area has recently experienced three killer tornadoes that left people dead in Shawnee, Moore, El Reno and damaged thousands of homes and businesses in the metro area.

The department says people are claiming to be shingle recyclers — but that there are no permitted shingle recycling facilities in Oklahoma. The agency says shingles must be disposed of in a DEQ permitted landfill.

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7:59 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Visualizing The Moore Tornado Debris Cloud

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National Climactic Data Center scientists use radar data from the May 20 Moore tornado to present different images of its debris field. They also present comparative images for the May 3, 1999 tornado that hit in the same area.
NCDC scientists use the Weather and Climate Toolkit to provide multiple radar visualizations of the May 20, 2013, Moore, Oklahoma, tornado.
Animal Health
4:57 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

OSDH Urges Rabies Precautions

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The Oklahoma State Department of Health reports 41 cases of rabies in the state thus far in 2013. The cases include 25 skunks, nine cows, five dogs, one horse and one fox.

Health officials in Oklahoma are urging residents to take precautions to protect themselves and their pets from rabies by having their pets vaccinated.

Rabies is a viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is almost always fatal once symptoms appear.

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