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Oklahoma City Council Comments Raise Questions About Race, Representation

A week ago, the so-called “panhandling ordinance” dominated the Oklahoma City Council meeting, with several residents taking advantage of the public comment period to voice their concerns. But during discussion of a separate item on the docket, one resident brought up broader issues of race and community in Oklahoma City. Item IX R would allocate about $2 million from the Northeast Renaissance tax increment finance (TIF) district to the Northeast Shopping Center project along NE 36th Street...
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Former Chesapeake Energy employees leave the building with their belongings after the Sept. 29, 2015 buyouts.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It's been a rocky five days for Oklahoma's energy sector, with downsizing, buyouts, and even a possible de-listing from the New York Stock Exchange.

University of Oklahoma professor Bob Nairn stands on a bridge overlooking Tar Creek, which is contaminated with arsenic, cadmium, iron, lead and zinc from decades of mining.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Tri-State Mining District in northeastern Oklahoma’s Ottawa County was once the world’s largest source of lead and zinc. The mines had closed by the 1970s, butpernicious pollution still plagues what is now known as the Tar Creek superfund site.

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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.