Oklahoma News
5:57 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Oklahoma's Execution Protocols Constitutional

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge says Oklahoma's lethal injection protocols are constitutional and that the state can proceed with the scheduled executions of four death row inmates early next year.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot on Monday ruled against a group of condemned inmates who say the state's use of the sedative midazolam in a three-drug method presents a risk of cruel and unusual punishment.

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Boston Marathon Bombing
3:59 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lawyers For Boston Marathon Bomber Draw Parallels To OKC Bombing Case

Dzhokar Tsarnaev
Credit Federal Bureau of Investigation

Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are again drawing parallels between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in an effort to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts.

In a filing Monday, defense attorneys wrote that because "the crimes charged inflicted actual injury on the entire local population" and "greater Boston, was itself, a victim," the case is similar to the McVeigh case.

McVeigh's 1997 trial was moved to Denver.

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Capital Punishment
1:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa World Sues Governor, DPS Over Execution Records

Ronny Richert Flickr Creative Commons

An Oklahoma newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the state seeking the release of records related to the troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.

The Tulsa World reported Monday that the lawsuit was filed by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of BH Media Group, Inc., which owns the World, and Enterprise Editor Ziva Branstetter.

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Politics and Government
1:15 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Kansas Firm To Repair Oklahoma Capitol

Oklahoma State Capitol
LLudo Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma officials have selected a Kansas-based construction company with experience renovating historic structures to repair the exterior of the state Capitol.

Officials with the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Monday the selection of JE Dunn Construction to begin the first phase of a planned $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The maximum value of the contract to repair the building's exterior is $25 million.

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6:53 am
Mon December 22, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn Reflects On Friendship With Obama During '60 Minutes' Farewell Interview

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn focused on his Congressional record and his friendship with President Obama during a farewell interview on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes Sunday night.

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Oklahoma News
4:33 pm
Sun December 21, 2014

Last Minute Donations Needed To Fill Christmas Wish Lists For Children In Foster Care

Credit asenat29

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) and OK Foster Wishes are asking for some last-minute donations to ensure all children in foster care receive Christmas presents. 

DHS partnered with OK Foster Wishes this year to provide thousands of children in foster care with Christmas gifts.  A wish list was made for each child with specific gifts that child needed or wanted. OK Foster Wishes distributed those wish lists statewide to organizations and citizens wanting to help purchase the gifts for children. 

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Oklahoma News
6:55 am
Sun December 21, 2014

EPA Notified Of Large Oklahoma Fuel Spill

Three Forks Harbor Marina
Credit Three Forks Harbor, Port of Muskogee / Wikipedia Commons

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the Environmental Protection Agency has been notified of a large fuel spill in the Arkansas Kerr-McClellan Navigation Channel in Muskogee County.

The patrol says the spill in the Three Forks area of the channel and appeared to be on the surface of the water. The U.S. Coast Guard's National Response Center was notified of the spill about 2:10 p.m. Saturday and the EPA was to be alerted for possible cleanup action.

Oklahoma marine enforcement units unsuccessfully attempted to locate the source of the spill with the state's air boat. The patrol says the state Department of Environment Quality is now in control of the scene.

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Manager's Desk
6:16 am
Sun December 21, 2014

Enjoy The Season!

Credit Holiday River Parade

December 21, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

On behalf of the staff of KGOU Radio, may the best of the season with be you. May your holidays be filled with family, food and warm memories.  Enjoy!

From the Manager’s Desk, I’m Karen Holp.

Music Interviews
1:17 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

In The Still Of The Night, There's A Riot In Garth Brooks

In his early 50s, after a long hiatus, the country singer has a new album and is touring. "Music keeps you eternally young," he says. "It just does."
Daniel Boczarski Getty Images

Originally published on Fri December 19, 2014 5:58 pm

There was a long stretch in country music when there was no bigger star than Garth Brooks. He ruled the country charts throughout the '90s, filled stadiums, played 250 to 300 shows a year. In 2001, he called it off. He retired from the road and the studio, and went back home to Oklahoma to be a dad to his three young daughters.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
7:12 am
Sat December 20, 2014

Norman Residents Want Input To Oil And Gas Drilling Regulations

Demonstrators outside the Norman City Hall before a city council committee met to discuss changes to oil and gas drilling rules.
Logan Layden StateImpact Oklahoma

About 60 demonstrators gathered in front of the Norman City Hall Wednesday evening before the city council’s oversight committee met to discuss changes to the Norman’s oil and gas drilling regulations.

The Central Oklahoma Clean Water Coalition hosted the rally. Organizer Casey Holcolm says the current ordinances were written before fracking became so widespread.

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