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6:47 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Tulsa Adds Flights, But Analysts Say Falling Oil Prices Won’t Mean Lower Airfares

Crew members service a Southwest Airlines jet at Tulsa International Airport.
Rip Stell The Journal Record

Last week Tulsa International Airport unveiled a public relations campaign encouraging more travelers to fly out of northeast Oklahoma, and it’s already paying off.

Tulsans will soon have three more destinations to choose from after Allegiant Air announced Tuesday they’re adding nonstop year-round service from TIA to Las Vegas starting in April, and seasonal service to the Tampa Bay area and Los Angeles beginning in May and June, respectively.

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Oklahoma News
7:48 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Oklahoma Carries Out The Execution Of Charles Warner

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma has executed a death row inmate for killing a baby in 1997 in the state's first lethal injection since a botched one last spring.

Prison officials declared Charles Frederick Warner dead at 7:28 p.m. CST Thursday.

It was the second time Oklahoma used the sedative midazolam as part of a three-drug method, which had been challenged by Warner and other death row inmates as presenting an unconstitutional risk of pain and suffering.

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Oklahoma News
7:08 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Supreme Court Rejects Stay Of Execution For Oklahoma Inmate

Charles Frederick Warner
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The U.S. Supreme Court says Oklahoma can proceed with its first execution since a botched one last spring.

Justices voted 5-4 against intervening in the case of Charles Frederick Warner. He was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.

Defense lawyers said a surgical sedative couldn't knock Warner out well enough to ensure he won't feel other drugs stop his lungs and heart.

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Capital Punishment
5:54 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Execution On Hold Pending Word From Supreme Court

Robert Patton, Director of Department of Corrections
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma's first execution since a botched one last April appears headed for a delay.

The head of Oklahoma's prisons system won't let an execution proceed until the U.S. Supreme Court says he can.

Charles Frederick Warner was set to die Thursday for the 1997 killing of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter. Warner's lawyers fear the inmate cannot be properly sedated and asked for a stay of execution. State lawyers say its protocols match those of Florida, which has successfully executed nearly a dozen inmates using the same method.

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Health
4:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Cherokee Nation To Expand Tahlequah Hospital In Joint Venture

The Seal of the Cherokee Nation
Credit Cherokee Nation

The Cherokee Nation has been awarded an Indian Health Service Joint Venture Construction Program project that will add a new facility to the tribe's W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah.

The agreement calls for the tribe to build the 250,000-square-foot facility and the IHS to provide up to $30 million a year for 20 years for staffing and operations.

The Cherokees were among the top three tribes selected from a pool of 37 applicants.

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The Two-Way
4:10 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Obama Shifts Federal Sick-Leave Rules, Urges Congress To Follow

President Obama discussed the need for paid sick leave with women at Charmington's Cafe in Baltimore Thursday. With him are Vika Jordan (from left), Amanda Rothschild and Mary Stein.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 3:57 pm

Federal workers with a pressing need can take an advance of up to six weeks of sick leave under a new policy unveiled by President Obama on Thursday. The White House is urging Congress to make paid sick leave mandatory in the U.S.

The president signed a memorandum today instructing federal agencies to advance up to six weeks of paid sick leave to workers who need the time to care for a new child, a family member or for similar uses.

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Politics and Government
3:27 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bill Proposing Budget-Only Legislative Session Filed

Rep. Randy Grau (R-Edmond)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A state lawmaker has filed legislation that calls for the Oklahoma Legislature to have budget-only sessions every other year.

The measure filed Thursday by Republican Rep. Randy Grau calls for a constitutional amendment that, if approved by voters, would restrict state lawmakers from taking up policy issues and constitutional amendments in even-numbered years, unless the legislation received a three-fourths vote.

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Health
12:57 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Nine New Deaths In State Due To Flu

Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Europe District / Flickr Creative Commons

Nine new flu-related deaths are being reported in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that the number of deaths now stands at 31, and about 1,000 people have been hospitalized due to the illness.

A record 61 people died in the state due to flu last flu season to break the previous record of 46 deaths recorded in the 2009 season, when the state began tracking the statistic.

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Capital Punishment
12:21 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Death Penalty Opponents Appeal To Gov. Fallin To Halt Execution

Charles Frederick Warner
Credit Oklahoma Department of Corrections

A group of clergy leaders and civil libertarians are making a last-minute plea to Gov. Mary Fallin to halt the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma City man for killing a baby in 1997.

Holding signs that read: "Don't Kill for Me," members of the American Civil Liberties Union, the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and NAACP met at the state Capitol and called on the governor to stop the execution of Charles Warner.

Warner is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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Oklahoma News
8:38 am
Thu January 15, 2015

VIDEO: Cornett Touts Success, Acknowledges Bombing Anniversary In 'State Of The City'

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett delivered his annual State of the City address during the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber's luncheon Wednesday.

In the half-hour address outlining the city's accomplishments, Cornett said Oklahoma City is one of only three in the United States with gross domestic product growth of more than 3.5 percent in three consecutive years.

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