Weather and Climate
5:08 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

April Rains Helped Ease Drought Conditions

Drought Monitor For April 28, 2015
U.S. Drought Monitor http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Rains across Oklahoma in April helped ease drought conditions in parts of the state, including drought-stricken western Oklahoma.

Climatologist Gary McManus with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey said Friday that four to six inches of rain fell statewide and west-central Oklahoma received an average of 7.6 inches of rain — more than five inches above normal. A total of 13.2 inches of rain fell at Cheyenne in western Oklahoma.

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World Views
2:59 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Landis: Saudi Arabia's New King Has Helped Put Syria's Assad On The Ropes

Saudi Arabian King Salman (left) talks with his predecessor King Abdullah in 2012. The two men have remarkably different strategys when it comes to dealing with Islamist militants.
Saudi Press Agency Reuters

Syria observers are questioning whether President Bashar al-Assad's time could be running short after rebels captured two large, northern cities inside of a month. Despite attempts to mount a counteroffensive, Syrian troops have been unable to regain any ground lost in the cities of Idlib and Jisr al-Shughour just south of the Turkish border.

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The Two-Way
12:02 pm
Fri May 1, 2015

Charges Against 6 Officers In Freddie Gray's Death Range From Murder To Assault

Marilyn Mosby, state's attorney for Baltimore City, announced criminal charges against all six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 8:35 am

The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges that include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says.

Mosby announced the charges Friday morning, citing her office's "thorough and independent" investigation and the medical examiner's report on Gray's death. She said warrants were issued Friday for the officers' arrest.

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Politics and Government
9:06 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Ridesharing Bill Approved By House, Now Heads To Fallin's Desk

A car with both an Uber sticker and Lyft's signature pink mustache.
TheTruthAbout Flickr

The Oklahoma House approved a bill Thursday that sets up a regulatory framework for ridesharing programs.

The legislation by state Rep. Katie Henke defines companies like Uber and Lyft as those that use a digital network or software application to connect passengers and drivers.

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Business Intelligence Report
6:33 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Chemical Controversy Festering As Norman, Midwest City Disagree Over Water Plan

Kevin Anders, standing at the lectern, who represents Midwest City on the Central Oklahoma Master Conservancy District board, engaged in an exchange with council members Tuesday about whether he would support the water reuse plan.
Sarah Terry-Cobo The Journal Record

Tuesday night the city council in Midwest City approved a non-binding resolution rejecting a water proposal that would put treated wastewater back in Lake Thunderbird.

The large reservoir about 10 miles east of Norman is shared by the two communities, as well as Del City. All three draw raw water from the lake, but two city officials disagree over how and where to treat the wastewater in the supply chain.

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Oklahoma News
3:39 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Lawmakers Send 72-Hour Abortion Wait Time Bill To Gov. Fallin's Desk

Credit ana branca / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma House has passed legislation that would make Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at least 72 hours before receiving an abortion.

House members voted 75-3 Thursday for the bill by Republican Rep. Lisa Billy of Lindsay and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin's desk to be signed into law.

Under current law, a doctor is required to provide a patient with numerous details at least 24 hours before the procedure, including the age of the fetus, risks involved and that ultrasound and heart tone monitoring are available.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:31 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

City Officials Reconsider Drilling Ordinances As Anti-Frack Ban Legislation Moves Forward

Stillwater resident Tammy Mix stands in front of an oil and gas well behind her house.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma
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Sports
1:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder To Hire Florida's Billy Donovan

Florida Coach Billy Donovan
nmdude4 Flickr Creative Commons

A person familiar with the situation says Florida coach Billy Donovan has agreed to become the Oklahoma City Thunder's next coach.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because neither side has announced the agreement.

The person says Donovan and Thunder general manager Sam Presti agreed to the major points of a long-term contract and expect it to be finalized later Thursday.

Donovan replaces Scott Brooks, who was fired last week.

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Death Penalty
9:44 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Manufacturer Asks Oklahoma To Return Execution Drug

James Heilman, MD Wikimedia Commons

One of the pharmaceutical manufacturers that produces a drug used in Oklahoma’s botched execution last year has asked the state to return all of the doses of the drug.

Illinois-based Akorn is one of several manufacturers that makes the sedative midazolam, which is part of a three-drug cocktail used in lethal injections in Oklahoma and other states.

The company sent a letter to state Attorney General Scott Pruitt on March 4 demanding that any of the company’s midazolam be returned for a full refund. The company said its drugs are not approved for executions.

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It's All Politics
5:12 am
Thu April 30, 2015

It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grilled lawyers arguing the constitutionality of new lethal-injection cocktails.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:13 pm

Lethal injection was the grim subject before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Specifically at issue: whether the drug combinations currently used to execute convicted murderers in some states are unconstitutionally cruel.

The issue comes to the court after three botched executions over the past year.

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