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

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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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1:00 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder To Hire Florida's Billy Donovan

Florida Coach Billy Donovan
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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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Oklahoma News
6:18 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Court Of Civil Appeals Upholds Prisoner Per Diem Ruling

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The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld a district court ruling that it's unconstitutional to require counties to use county revenue to house state inmates in county jails.

The ruling on Wednesday comes in a lawsuit filed in 2013 by the Bryan County Board of Commissioners against the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. It challenged per diem rates paid for housing state prisoners.

The ruling says inmates are held in county jails on behalf of the state prison system, and the state constitution requires the state to fund the system.

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Oklahoma News
5:12 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

State Sen. Ralph Shortey Wants More Training For Volunteer Officers

State Sen. Ralph Shortey (District 44, R-Oklahoma City)
Credit Oklahoma Senate

An Oklahoma lawmaker wants tougher requirements for people to be volunteer law enforcement officers after an unarmed suspect was shot dead by a 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa County.

Flanked by current and former sheriffs and the head of the state's law enforcement training agency, state Sen. Ralph Shortey said Wednesday his bill would increase from 240 to 300 hours the amount of training a reserve officer must receive. Volunteer officers would also be required to obtain at least 12 hours of continuing education annually. None are required now.

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Death Penalty
5:01 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

LISTEN: Justices Fire Sharp Questions During Death-Penalty Hearing

U.S. Supreme Court West Facade.
Credit UpstateNYer / Wikimedia Commons

Updated May 1 at 12:15 p.m.: Listen to the oral arguments from Wednesday's Supreme Court hearing on Oklahoma's death penalty challenge. 

Original post below:

Exactly one year after a botched execution in Oklahoma, the state’s new lethal injection protocol came under intense questioning Wednesday by a divided U.S. Supreme Court, with the pivotal justice, Anthony Kennedy, doing little to tip his hand.

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