Death Penalty
12:14 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Report On Botched Execution Released Today

Clayton Lockett
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A review of an Oklahoma execution that was halted midway through says an improperly monitored IV line likely caused problems in administering three lethal drugs.

The report released Thursday by the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety noted that a paramedic and physician inserted the intravenous line in Clayton Lockett's groin after failing to find a suitable veins in his arms, legs, neck and feet.

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10:33 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Art Symposium, Confluence, Free Family Day And A Bike Ride Entertain Your Week

A watercolor piece painted on paper in 1834 called the Mandan Buffalo Dancer by artist Karl Bodmer.

The University of Oklahoma's School of Art and Art History hosts its Graduate Student Symposium this weekend. New Perspectives in Native American Art and Art of the American West takes place in the Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art.

The symposium begins with a reception and keynote address by the museum’s Director and Chief Curator Emily B. Neff on Thursday, September 4 at 6 p.m.

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The Two-Way
9:19 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Job Growth Continues At Healthy Pace, Survey Finds


Originally published on Thu September 4, 2014 10:31 am

For the fifth straight month, private companies added more than 200,000 jobs, according to the ADP National Employment Report for the month of August.

That's good news because any number above 200,000 will usually bring down the unemployment rate.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
8:35 am
Thu September 4, 2014

On The Mountain Fork River, Environmental Protection Equals Economic Development

Eddie Brister, owner of the Beaver's Bend Fly Shop on the southern section of the Mountain Fork River.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

This is the final part of StateImpact Oklahoma’s series on the history of Oklahoma’s scenic rivers and the environmental threats they face. Here are parts one, two, and three.

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Oklahoma News
7:09 am
Thu September 4, 2014

State Regents Face Campus Gun Carry Proposal Again

The State Regents for Higher Education will consider a study about guns on campus.
Credit Emily Allen /

The State Regents for Higher Education will again consider the issue of concealed carry on campus, according to Chancellor Glen D. Johnson.

Johnson said Wednesday the regents expect a “fairly active interim,”  and will consider a joint interim study authored by Rep. John Enns, R-Waukomis, and Sens. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie and Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, about concealed carry on college and university campuses.

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No Child Left Behind Act
6:06 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Loss Of Waiver May Cause Loss Of After-School Programs

Credit Kate Ter Haar / Flickr

Oklahoma City school officials say the state's loss of its No Child Left Behind waiver could redirect almost $4 million in federal funding the district now spends on programs and services for low-performing schools.

Officials with Oklahoma City Public Schools tell The Oklahoman that 37 schools use the money for summer school and after-school math and reading programs. The district says it's waiting for guidance from the state to determine how the waiver loss will affect the funding.

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Arts and Entertainment
1:21 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center To Soon House Singer Phil Ochs Archive

Phil Ochs outside the offices of the National Student Association in Washington, DC in the mid-1970s.
Chip Berlet Wikimedia Commons

Singer Phil Ochs' archive of lyrics, songbooks, photos and video will soon be on display at the Woody Guthrie Center after his daughter donated the collection to the Tulsa museum.

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Native American
1:07 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

State Of Oklahoma, Choctaws Sign Vehicle Tag Compact

Gov. Mary Fallin signs vehicle tag compact with the Choctaw Nation.
GovMaryFallin Twitter

Gov. Mary Fallin says the state has signed a vehicle tag compact with the Choctaw Nation that will establish how Oklahoma and the tribe will work together to issue Choctaw vehicle tags.

The compact was signed during last weekend's Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival.

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Politics and Government
10:20 am
Wed September 3, 2014

Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System: 'Tremendous' Returns 'Not Sustainable'

Credit American Advisors Group / Flickr Creative Commons

The Oklahoma Teachers Retirement System notched what its investment consultants called “tremendous” returns in fiscal year 2014 but those gains are “not sustainable,” members of the Board of Trustees were told.

Figures presented to the trustees and to the Oklahoma Pension Oversight Committee show the fund returned 22.4 percent in FY2014. That made it the highest returning retirement plan among the state’s seven plans.

It also put it in the top one percent of similar plans in the country, according to NEPC, LLC, the oversight commission’s investment consultant.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:10 am
Wed September 3, 2014

VIDEO: Source Eludes Investigators As Another Fish-Kill Is Reported On Salt Fork River

A late-August fish-kill is the second die-off reported in the span of a month on the Salt Fork River in north-central Oklahoma.

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