The Oklahoma Blood Institute has declared a blood emergency because of a statewide blood shortage.
The Oklahoman reports that the institute declared the emergency on Monday as the state's supply of donated blood fell below the amount needed for an average day. It is encouraging donors to give blood this month to help reverse the shortage.
Attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death row inmates head to federal court this week hoping that behind-the-scenes details of an execution gone awry will prevent a "bloody mess" from ever happening again.
Attorneys for the state of Oklahoma say new lethal injection protocols will address the problems encountered during April's bungled execution of 38-year-old Clayton Lockett. But the inmates argue the state is experimenting on them with new drug combinations that amount to cruel and unusual punishment.
A small tornado that touched ground briefly in Arcadia has been rated an EF0 by the National Weather Service in Norman.
Weather service meteorologist Marc Austin said Monday that the tornado caused no damage and appeared to have been on the ground for 30 seconds or less in the small town in the northeastern Oklahoma City metro.
The preliminary rating for the Sunday afternoon twister is the smallest given by the weather service and indicates wind speeds of 40-72 mph.
Pushing to reduce prison overcrowding, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has quietly changed its policies to give early releases to greater numbers of violent and sex offenders, according to agency documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch.
The department is doing so by relaxing policies that determine which types of inmates can receive early-release credits, when those credits can be given, and how many credits offenders can receive, corrections department records show.
Talk of transforming the way health care is provided, paid for and implemented in the state has begun in Oklahoma.
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority board on Thursday heard a presentation by Oklahoma Hospital Association President Craig Jones about the future of the state’s health care system. Oklahoma was ranked 46th in overall health by America’s Health Rankings in its 2014 report.
“We believe this will be an important part of the discussion going into the next legislative session,” OHCA Chief Executive Officer Nico Gomez said.
One of the Oklahoma History Center's most popular exhibits is scheduled to close at the end of the month.
"Oklahoma @ the Movies," which celebrates the contributions of Oklahomans to the motion picture industry, will close on Dec. 31.
The exhibit has been open to the public since May 2012 in conjunction with the development of the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. The Inasmuch Foundation awarded the Oklahoma History Center a $250,000 grant to develop it and focus on a number of Oklahomans who have worked in front of or behind the camera.
This is the favorite season for many people, me included. Sure – the presents, the food, the parties make it special. But even more, I always want to take time to appreciate how far we have come in the last twelve months, and thank the people who have made this journey possible.