8:04 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Oklahoma Ranks Low In Quality Elderly Health Care

Oklahoma nursing homes are rated 49th and Oklahoma’s health care system for the elderly is ranked 47th in two new studies. A three-year $11.5 million dollar grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to the Oklahoma Healthy Aging Initiative will help deal with some of the shortcomings. Increased state funding is still needed to improve the health of Oklahoma seniors.

Oklahoma Watch
6:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Overdose Deaths Level Off

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Oklahoma's overdose death toll dipped slightly in 2013, but state drug law enforcers say it's too soon to celebrate.

The 2013 overdose death count was 821, compared with 850 the previous year, according to recently compiled data from the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs.

Although the 2013 count could rise by a few deaths as medical examiners complete reports on a handful of pending cases, the narcotics bureau said it appears unlikely that the final tally will rise above 2012's total.

"It's very encouraging. Something is changing in a positive direction," said bureau spokesman Mark Woodward. "But we're not seeing it plummet, so we don't want to get too excited. We saw some years in the past where we had a slight drop, and then it shot back up."

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Manager's Desk
5:30 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Support KGOU, Whad'Ya Know? and Kate Carlton Greer

Kate Carlton Greer
Credit KGOU

October 5, 2014

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

I have two reminders and some great news. First the reminders –

There is still time to create your sign or get one from our web page and take a selfie to show your support for KGOU. The big moment is coming soon!

Tickets are going fast for the Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know? show on October 25th. Get yours soon!

Now the great news. Because listener support has steadily has grown, KGOU now can afford to grow as well.

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Oklahoma News
5:00 am
Sun October 5, 2014

Oklahoma Prepares To Resume Executions

Charles Frederick Warner
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Prison officials have renovated the death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, ordered backup medical equipment, and developed new procedures for carrying out executions since a lethal injection went awry in the spring.

The state hopes to avoid a repeat of the April 29 execution of Clayton Lockett, who clenched his teeth, moaned and writhed on a gurney before a doctor noticed a problem with the intravenous line and the execution was called off before Lockett died anyway.

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Oklahoma News
7:40 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Funeral Held For Colleen Hufford

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An estimated 450 friends and family of a woman beheaded during an attack at the food plant where she worked in Moore gathered at a Moore church for her funeral.

Services were Friday afternoon at Southgate Baptist Church for 54-year-old Colleen Hufford, who died September 25th.

Police arrested one of Hufford's co-workers, 30-year-old Alton Nolen, for allegedly killing her as he sought revenge for a job suspension. Prosecutors have filed paperwork saying they'll seek Nolen's execution if he's convicted.

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Politics and Government
7:33 am
Sat October 4, 2014

Farmers Call On USDA To Implement Farm Bill Fix

Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma wheat growers are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to implement a Farm Bill provision they say would address the ongoing drought that's plagued the state and others for the past several years.

The new provision allows farmers to maintain enough crop insurance to cover expected production in exchange for paying a higher premium to cover any additional liability. The provision will change how farmers make the estimate of their expected production.

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Politics and Government
7:16 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

AG: Electronic Voter Registration Signatures Improper

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A recent Attorney General’s Office opinion has deemed electronic signatures on voter registration applications invalid.

The technology, called the Allpoint Pen, allows someone to use their finger on an electronic tablet or a computer’s mouse to sign their name, State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax explained.

The device then mimics the person’s signature and places it on a document, in this case a voter registration application.

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Politics and Government
6:23 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Former Chair Of Oklahoma Republican Party Gets Probation

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The former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party has been put on five years of probation after pleading guilty to felony cocaine possession.

High-profile lobbyist Chad Alexander also pleaded guilty this week to illegally possessing pain pills without a prescription and obstructing a police officer.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports Alexander agreed to pay $500 in fines, $500 to a victims' fund and complete 40 hours of community service.

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World Views
1:45 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal Called Into Question As Karadžić Trial Draws To A Close

Gravestones at the Potočari genocide memorial near Srebrenica.
Michael Büker Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday’s closing arguments marked the end of five years of court hearings in the case against former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Karadžić has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war for his role during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, including the massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Karadžić, but there will be no decision from the ICTY until mid-2015.

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Oklahoma News
1:09 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Civil Lawsuit Against School In Fatal DUI Settled

Credit Josh Hallett

The parents of a teenager killed in a drunken driving accident after he left an Ottawa County high school campus have settled a civil lawsuit against the school district.

Duane and Donna Kerns sued the Fairland school board after their 17-year-old son was killed in a single-vehicle accident on April 20, 2011. The Tulsa World's Sheila Stogsdill reported Friday the lawsuit was settled for an undisclosed amount.

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