Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate?

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, April 30, StateImpact Oklahoma presents an important conversation on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.

Guests will include Clay Pope, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and David Engle, the Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Water Resources Center.

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Death Penalty
8:28 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Supreme Court Says OK to Executions

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected claims by two death row inmates that they're entitled to know the source of the drugs that will be used to kill them.

In a ruling late Wednesday, the state's high court also lifted a stay of execution it had granted earlier in the week.

The decision paves the way for death row inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner to receive a lethal injection at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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Will begin receiving aircraft in 2016
6:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Altus Air Force Base Selected To Receive Pegasus Tanker Aircraft

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Altus Air Force Base has been selected by the U.S. Air Force as the formal training unit for the KC-46A Pegasus aerial tanker aircraft.

Air Force officials made the announcement Wednesday. McConnell Air Force Base in Kansas was also selected as the first active operating base for the tankers.

Both bases will begin receiving aircraft in 2016.

Air Force officials say the KC-46A aircraft is intended to replace an aging fleet of tankers that have been the primary refueling aircraft for more than 50 years.

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Oklahoma Has High Rates of Incarceration
5:13 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Senate Votes Down Bill To Parole Aging Prisoners

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A bill to allow some aging prisoners to be released from prison early has been shot down in the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate voted 29-14 on Wednesday against the Parole of Aging Prisoners Act. The bill would have allowed the state Pardon and Parole Board to parole prisoners who are 65-years-old or older if they have served 10 years in prison or at least one-third of their sentence.

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The Two-Way
2:18 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning was dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.
U.S. Army handout Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 1:17 pm

The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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State Capitol
1:27 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

State Income Tax Cuts Headed To Governor Fallin's Desk

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Legislation that would trim Oklahoma's personal income tax rate when state revenue increases has been approved by the state House.

House members voted 54-40 for the Senate-passed measure that is one of Republican Gov. Mary Fallin's top goals for the 2014 Legislature. It now goes to Fallin to be signed into law.

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Oklahoma Watch
12:48 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Fallin, Dorman Claims On Minimum Wage Workers: Who's Right?

Gov. Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The minimum wage has become a campaign issue in Oklahoma and nationally as Republicans and Democrats debate whether the wage should be raised and what effects that would have.

In Oklahoma City, a labor union and a lawyer launched a petition effort in February to increase the city’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour, which is the state and federal minimum, to $10.10 an hour. That prompted a GOP-supported legislative bill to prohibit municipalities from setting their own minimum wage and vacation and sick days for private businesses.

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Politics and Government
11:53 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Attorney General Eric Holder's Oklahoma City Police Cadet Graduation Speech Canceled

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) and Attorney General Eric Holder after a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing - Feb. 2, 2012
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Updated April 24, 2014 at 9:23 a.m.

The Oklahoma City Police Department says a planned appearance and speech by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder at graduation ceremony for cadets has been canceled.

"Federal Judge Vickie Miles LaGrange will assume the honor in his absence," police spokesman Capt. Dexter Nelson said in a statement. "Several security measures will remain in place for the event due to a number of planned protests."

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Oklahoma Watch
10:32 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Oklahoma Medicaid Enrollment Reaches New Record

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The number of Oklahomans enrolled at one time in the state’s Medicaid program reached an all-time high in March, and officials are examining whether many people who signed up were spurred to do so by the Affordable Care Act.

By the end of March, there were 830,850 Oklahomans enrolled in SoonerCare, the state’s Medicaid program; that was the highest single-month total of enrollees since the program began, according to data from the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

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Education Funding
8:47 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Senate Approves Gradual Oklahoma Public School Funding Proposal

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Updated at 11:57 a.m. following the Senate vote.

The Senate unanimously approved a plan Wednesday morning designed to increase public school funding by $600 million annually.

The measure that passed Wednesday on a 43-0 vote initially diverted revenue used to repair state roads and bridges.

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