Death Penalty
10:28 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Q&A: States' Use Of Execution Drugs Varies Widely

Oklahoma has authorized four different lethal injection protocols: a single, lethal dose of either pentobarbital or sodium pentothal, a two-drug procedure using midazolam and hydromorphone, or the same three-drug method used in Florida.
Credit James Heilman, MD / Wikimedia Commons

Problematic executions in Oklahoma, Arizona and other states have highlighted a patchwork approach states are taking with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely.

Arizona announced Monday that it was switching from the two-drug method that led to a nearly two-hour execution earlier this year, while a federal judge in Oklahoma upheld the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol, which was adjusted recently after a botched execution in the spring.

How did the disparities in drugs come about after more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same mixture?

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Oklahoma News
9:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Six Sites In Oklahoma Added To Historic Register

Ataloa Lodge, an art museum on the campus of Bacone College in Muskogee
Uyvsdi Wikimedia Commons

Bacone College in Muskogee County; the Kennedy Mansion in Okmulgee; the Oklahoma A&M College Dairy Barn in Stillwater; the Fox Hotel in Skiatook; the Town House Hotel in Oklahoma City; and a rural separate school in Cleveland County have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Death Penalty
7:30 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Oklahoma's Execution Protocols Constitutional

Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A federal judge in Oklahoma City ruled Monday the state’s lethal injection methods are constitutional following the execution of a man that went awry in April.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot said state’s lethal injection cocktail “does not carry substantial likelihood of inflicting pain,” despite current death row inmates’ claim the practice is cruel and unusual punishment.

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Oklahoma News
6:09 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Second Baby Elephant Born At Oklahoma City Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo's new baby elephant during a wellness checkup shortly after the 1:35 p.m. birth on Monday, December 22.
Oklahoma City Zoo Twitter

The wait is finally over for elephant watchers at the Oklahoma City Zoo after a 332-pound female Asian elephant was born Monday afternoon.

It's the second elephant born at the zoo, and the second calf for 19-year-old Asha, who gave birth to Malee in 2011.

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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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