University of Oklahoma President David Boren, shown here during a 2015 press conference, is calling for a statewide penny sales tax for education.
Ben Fenwick / Oklahoma Watch

Study: Education Sales Tax Would Cost Average Family $262

A proposed penny sales tax increase would cost medium-income Oklahomans about $262 a year and raise $608 million annually to finance public schools and higher education, a new data analysis shows. The bottom 20 percent of Oklahoman households would chip in $90 a year, and the top 1 percent would pay $1,691, the study says. Penny Education Tax In Other States As a percentage of income, though, the tax would fall hardest on the poor. That’s because they spend a bigger portion of their income on...
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Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Eugene Glossip
Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Updated Oct. 2, 11:54 a.m.

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has granted the state's request to indefinitely stay three scheduled executions, citing the mix-up over lethal injection drugs that occurred just minutes before condemned inmate Richard Glossip was supposed to be put to death.

"Having fully considered the State's request, we find for good cuae shown, the executions set for October 7, 2015 - Benjamin Robert Cole; October 28, 2015 - John Marion Grant; and November 6, 2015 - Richard Euguene Glossip are indefinitely stayed," the court wrote.

Updated at 10:50 p.m. ET

After a shooting at a community college in western Oregon, 10 people are dead and seven others are wounded, according to the Douglas County sheriff. Officials would not say whether the shooter, who was killed by police in an exchange of gunfire on campus, was included in the 10 fatalities.

In a evening news conference, Sheriff John Hanlin said that investigators believe they know the name of the attacker, and it will be released by the medical examiner.

The Oklahoma City Zoo's juvenile elephants Malee (right) with her younger sister Achara.
Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Gardens / Facebook

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden announced Thursday morning Malee, its four-year-old female Asian elephant, died overnight.

Zoo officials said in a statement they'd noticed Malee moving more slowly than usual Wednesday afternoon. But she was still eating normally. Around 4:30 p.m. they noticed discoloring in her mouth, so they initiated treatment EEHV, a form of elephant herpes.

Chesapeake Energy's Oklahoma City headquarters.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

More than 500 Oklahoma employees of Chesapeake Energy are out of a job following the latest layoffs Sept. 29, as oil prices stay below $50 a barrel. Gasoline is cheap, but that relief at the pump can fuel widespread worry about Oklahoma’s oil and gas-reliant economy.

Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz at the 2014 groundbreaking of a new law enforcement training center.
Matt Trotter / KWGS Public Radio Tulsa

A Tulsa County grand jury has concluded its probe into the Sheriff's Office, indicted embattled Sheriff Stanley Glanz, and called for his resignation.

In recent days, we've seen these headlines:

  • Caterpillar is planning to cut up to 10,000 jobs.
  • After standing for 127 years as an industrial giant, Alcoa will be splitting into two smaller companies.
  • Glencore, a global mining giant, is seeing its stock price crumble amid insolvency rumors.

The three events may seem unrelated, but in fact, all are part of one big story: the commodities-price collapse.

Attorney Don Knight on the phone with Richard Glossip outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

Gov. Mary Fallin has issued a 37-day stay of execution to Oklahoma death row inmate Richard Glossip because of concerns the state doesn't have the right drugs for the lethal injection.

Oklahoma City Council Advances Median Ordinance

Sep 29, 2015
homeless person holding a sign
AR McLin / Flickr

Nobody will be allowed on medians in Oklahoma City if an ordinance that city council advanced on Tuesday gets final approval. The prohibition would include panhandlers.

At Tuesday’s public hearing, the council heard from several citizens who oppose the measure like Derrek Jump, a veteran who advocates for homeless vets. Jump said he’s opposed to the idea of fining and jailing our poorest citizens.

Chesapeake Energy employees leave buildings after layoffs were reported Sept. 29, 2015
Brent Fuchs / Journal Record

Updated at 3:22 p.m.

Chesapeake Energy Corporation laid off nearly 15 percent of its total workforce on Tuesday at a time when oil prices remain low.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that Chesapeake laid off 740 total workers, including 562 in Oklahoma City. Employees will get between 13 and 52 weeks of pay and will continue to receive health insurance and job placement help.

A group of state energy officials, researchers and industry experts issued a report Monday offering guidance on how to handle earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity.