Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean speaks at a news conference at the Oklahoma state capitol on September 3, 2015.
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Death Penalty Opponents Deliver Over 250,000 Petition Signatures To Gov. Fallin

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean delivered over 250,000 online petition signatures to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday morning, requesting a 60-day stay of execution for Richard Glossip. Glossip is scheduled to be executed on September 16. Glossip was found guilty in the murder-for-hire scheme of Barry Van Treese in 1997. Prejean said Glossip’s defense was ineffective and she believes he is innocent. She said Glossip will die based on the testimony of Justin Sneed, the...
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is continuing his fight to keep a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the state Capitol, despite an order from the state's highest court that it must be removed. 

Pruitt on Thursday filed a brief in state court alleging that the Oklahoma Supreme Court's ruling "evinces a hostility towards religion."

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean speaks at a news conference at the Oklahoma state capitol on September 3, 2015.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean delivered over 250,000 online petition signatures to Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday morning, requesting a 60-day stay of execution for Richard Glossip.

Glossip is scheduled to be executed on September 16.

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Northeast Station Manager Mark Barton at the base of the stack for coal-fired power units 3 and 4.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma officials are fighting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the Obama’s administration’s new Clean Power Plan, the federal government’s push to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.

Florida Cowboys Week: Part Two

The state of Florida has a rich and diverse tradition of cattle ranching. Recently we explored the black cowboys of Florida. There are other distinctive elements to the state's past as well.

"Indian cowboys," for instance.

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Oklahoma Republican Party officials say state chairman Randy Brogdon plans to resign his position.

GOP Vice Chair Estela Hernandez told The Associated Press Brogdon called her yesterday to confirm he is stepping down before he sent an email announcing a state committee meeting next Saturday to elect a new state GOP chairman.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) speaks to an audience Sept 2, 2015 at the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Republican presidential hopeful Marco Rubio traveled to Oklahoma City Wednesday to preview his national energy strategy.

The junior Republican Senator from Florida’s plan centers on expanding the oil and gas industry and rolling back regulations championed by President Obama.

As a member of the Navajo tribe, Rochelle Jake has received free care through the Indian Health Service her entire life. The IHS clinics took care of her asthma, allergies and eczema — chronic problems, nothing urgent.

Recently, though, she felt sharp pains in her side. Her doctor recommended an MRI and other tests she couldn't get through IHS. To pay for them, he urged her to sign up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Christian Costello at the Oklahoma County Jail Monday after his Sunday arrest for the stabbing death of his father, Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.
Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

A judge has entered a not guilty plea for the son of Oklahoma's labor commissioner on a first-degree murder charge in the stabbing death of his father. 

Christian Costello appeared in a video arraignment before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall Wednesday in connection with the stabbing death of his father,Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

The 26-year-old Costello said nothing as Hall entered the not guilty plea and appointed the Oklahoma County Public Defender's Office to represent him. Hall set a preliminary hearing for Sept. 24.

Houston-based oil giant ConocoPhillips is slashing 1,800 jobs, most of which are in North America. The company says the layoffs amount to 10 percent of its global workforce.

The cuts come at a time when the entire industry is struggling to weather a downturn in global oil prices, which have seen one their most volatile weeks in years.

Ali Velshi, host of Ali Velshi on Target on Al Jazeera America, discusses the layoffs with Here & Now’s Robin Young.

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