Code Switch
10:28 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Some Key Facts We've Learned About Police Shootings Over The Past Year

Makeshift memorials to Walter Scott sprouted up at the scene of his fatal encounter with Michael Slager, the police officer who shot him in the back as he ran away following a routine traffic stop.
David Goldman AP

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 10:25 am

We've done a lot of writing and reporting at Code Switch over the past year on deadly police shootings of unarmed black people, cases that have become such a part of our landscape that they have a tendency to melt into each other. Indeed, sometimes the pattern of facts seems to barely change: Just last fall, we followed the story of an unarmed black man in South Carolina who was shot following a police traffic stop.

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OKC Bombing: 20 Years Later
8:05 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Oklahoma City University Theatre Students Portray Murrah Bombing Survivors In New Play

Michelle Roselle (right) is a senior at Oklahoma City University and portrays Oklahoma City bombing survivor Florence Rogers (left) in "The 20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project," a play from Oklahoma City University’s School of Theatre.
Rachel Hubbard Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Editor's Note: In a previous version of this story, Michelle Roselle's opening monologue was misidentified as portraying Florence Rogers instead of Jenifer Reynolds. 

Everyone remembers exactly where they were when they found out about the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building on April 19, 1995. It’s a moment frozen in time.

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Oklahoma News
5:37 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Gov. Fallin Signs Bill Banning Abortions That Dismember A Fetus

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit facebook.com

Oklahoma has become the second state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin signed the legislation Monday after it was overwhelmingly approved by the House and Senate.

The abortion measure prohibits doctors from using forceps, clamps, scissors or similar instruments on a live fetus to remove it from the womb in pieces. Such instruments are used in dilation and evacuation procedures performed in the second trimester.

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Oklahoma News
4:35 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma House Files Legal Notice On American Indian Museum

American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The Oklahoma House is advertising a legal notice of plans to complete or transfer ownership of the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum to the city of Oklahoma City.

Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Monday that no legislation has been filed to address the museum. He says the House is required to advertise the notice for four weeks to move forward with any option for the museum before the Legislature must adjourn on May 29.

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Here & Now
1:59 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Police Video Shows Killing Of Black Oklahoma Suspect

In this frame from the video released by police, Eric Harris is held down after being shot by reserve deputy Robert Bates.

Originally published on Mon April 13, 2015 2:49 pm

A man can be heard apologizing and admitting to shooting a man in a video released at the weekend that documents the killing of a black suspect by a white reserve sheriff’s deputy in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Police have said that the 73-year-old Tulsa County reserve deputy Robert Bates thought he was holding a stun gun, not his handgun, when he fired at 44-year-old Eric Harris in the April 2 incident.

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The Two-Way
12:44 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

Marco Rubio Officially Announces He's Running For President

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., addresses an event held by the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research in January 2014 in Washington.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue April 14, 2015 7:56 am

Updated at 6:35 p.m. EDT.

Florida senator Marco Rubio officially announced that he is running for president during a speech in Miami on Monday. He told prospective donors he was launching his candidacy earlier today.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

OETA's Stateline Explores Cancer Research In Oklahoma

Cancer is a leading cause of death in Oklahoma, and in 2012, cancer treatment cost Oklahomans more than $713 million. And as death rates from cancer have been dropping rapidly in the US, the decline in Oklahoma has been less precipitous.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
11:53 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Turbine-Siting Bill Heads To Governor, Lawmakers And Wind Industry Near Deal On Tax Incentives

The Blue Canyon wind farm near Carnegie, Okla.
Joe Wertz KGOU

State legislators and wind industry representatives are close to a deal that would end two tax incentives and preserve a third,¬†The Oklahoman‚Äės¬†Paul Monies reports:

Under the tentative agreement, a five-year property tax exemption for new wind farms would end after 2016, but a zero-emissions tax credit would remain in place. Another incentive that isn’t used much by wind developers, the investment tax credit, would end Jan. 1, 2017.

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Politics and Government
10:39 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Oklahoma Republicans Elect New Party Leader Despite Their Success

Credit Randy Brogdon / Facebook

The Oklahoma Republican Party ousted its chairman on Saturday despite the party's November election success in increasing its majority control of both chambers of the state Legislature, winning every statewide elected office, all five U.S. House and both U.S. Senate seats.

The party elected former state Sen. Randy Brogdon as its new chairman, replacing Dave Weston. Party spokeswoman Courtney Blossey said Brogdon defeated long-time GOP activist Pam Pollard in a runoff after Weston was earlier eliminated from the race.

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Religion
8:56 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Bacon Found Wrapped Around Edmond Mosque's Door Handles

Raw bacon left on a door handle at a mosque in Edmond Sunday morning.
Provided Council on American-Islamic Relations - Oklahoma Chapter

The Oklahoma chapter of Council on American-Islamic relations wants state and federal law enforcement to investigate after bacon strips were found wrapped on the door handles of an Edmond mosque.

Edmond police received a report Sunday morning about bacon being left in the parking lot and entrance of the Islamic Society of Edmond. Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products.

Police say more information about the incident will be released Monday.

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