Dr. Ervin Yen holds a prescription for Midazolam
Kate Carlton Greer / KGOU

Supreme Court Upholds Use Of Midazolam, But How Does The Drug Work Outside Executions?

The Supreme Court upheld Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol Monday. The case centered on a single drug, midazolam, that’s now used as part of a three-drug cocktail. Critics claim it is unreliable during executions and cannot produce a “deep, coma-like state” on a regular basis. But in hospitals across Oklahoma, the drug is being used by anesthesiologists very frequently. Families crowd a surgical floor waiting room at St. Anthony Hospital in Oklahoma City. Just down the hall, there’s an...
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June 21, 2015

This is from the Manager’s Desk.

As we barrel towards KGOU’s fiscal year end, we are not over the barrel because of your financial support. Thank you very much. June 30 is the last day to make your gift at KGOU.org before the fiscal year ends.

Verna Foust, CEO of Red Rock Behavioral Health Services in Oklahoma City, said people with mild depression, anxiety and other problems are "falling through the cracks," not getting treatment.
Lindsay Whelchel / Oklahoma Watch

Every year, thousands of Oklahomans with mental-health or addiction problems call or show up at state-funded treatment centers and get little or no care.

The message is: Until you get sicker, you will get minimal help from the state.

That’s because Oklahoma’s mental-health system relies on a “triage” approach that limits most subsidized treatment to the seriously ill.

Bob Barry, Jr.
WWLS-AM/FM "The Sports Animal"

Updated June 22, 8:01 a.m.: Funeral services have been set for longtime Oklahoma City sports personality Bob Barry, Jr., who died Saturday in a motor scooter accident in Oklahoma City.

Barry’s family says Crossings Community Church in northwest Oklahoma City will hold a public memorial service at 11 a.m. Friday.

Civil Rights Group Seeks Grand Jury Probe Of Tulsa Sheriff

Jun 19, 2015
tcso.org

  More than 8,800 people have signed a petition asking that a grand jury investigate an Oklahoma sheriff and whether some reserve deputies received special treatment.

The civil rights group "We the People Oklahoma" submitted the signatures at the Tulsa County clerk's office Friday. The group wants to know whether Sheriff Stanley Glanz favored deputies who gave his agency money or goods.

One wealthy reserve deputy, Bob Bates, is charged with second-degree manslaughter after killing a suspect in April and has pleaded not guilty.

Matthew Lane Durham
Facebook.com

An Oklahoma man has been convicted of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage.

Jurors returned the guilty verdict Friday against 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham. He was convicted on multiple federal sexual misconduct charges after a trial in Oklahoma City and faces decades in prison at sentencing.

Durham was acquitted on charges alleging he left Oklahoma with the intent to abuse children.

Obama Proposes New Rules To Cut Truck Emissions

Jun 19, 2015

The Obama administration is proposing new regulations aimed at cutting carbon pollution from medium and heavy-duty trucks.

Citing climate change concerns, the rule from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Transportation Department would raise fuel efficiency for rigs hauling goods like steel, oil and timber, as well as delivery vehicles and dump trucks.

The proposal will be open for public comment, and the administration is expected to have a final version next year.

Miners at work in the Bolivian town of Potosí.
Christophe Meneboeuf / Wikimedia Commons

For nearly two centuries, the city of Potosí in the highlands of what is now Bolivia was the crown jewel of the Spanish Empire. From the mid 14th until the early 16th century, the Spain used the silver mined from Potosí’s Cerro Rico – or Rich Hill – to fund its empire

MND-N (Multi National Division North) / U.S. Army

Kurdish fighters gained control of the Syrian town of Tal Abyad on the Turkish border on Tuesday, cutting off a key route between ISIS territory and the Turkish border

“This shuts the door on a big crossing. So it was an  important victory,” said Joshua Landis, the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Middle East Studies.

The unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

It's been almost a month since the end of the legislative session, and Oklahoma City leaders are now starting to address one of 2015's more closely-followed bills - the fate of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City.

The seal of the Cherokee Nation
Cherokee Nation

The nonprofit Carter Center says it won't be observing this year's upcoming Cherokee elections as in past years.

The Atlanta-based center says the Cherokee Nation Election Commission decided against inviting the center to observe the June 27 elections.

The Carter Center observed elections for the Cherokee Nation in 1999 and 2011 — a controversial election that continued into the fall before a new chief of the Cherokees was known.

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