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A group of Oklahoma death row inmates scheduled to die early next year is appealing the ruling of a federal judge in Oklahoma City who says the state's new lethal injection protocol is constitutional.

Attorneys for the four condemned men filed notice Tuesday they will appeal Judge Stephen Friot's ruling to the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of regular gasoline was $2.07 Tuesday. Gas prices have tumbled $1.46 since hitting its 2014 high of $3.53 on June 26.

AAA says the state pump price has fallen for 55 straight days, plummeting 20 cents in the last week and 56 cents over the last month.

Some stations in Oklahoma City were selling gasoline for under $1.70 on Tuesday — the lowest prices anywhere in the nation. And the Tulsa metropolitan area had the lowest citywide average price of any major U.S. city Tuesday at $1.93 per gallon.

Oklahoma has authorized four different lethal injection protocols: a single, lethal dose of either pentobarbital or sodium pentothal, a two-drug procedure using midazolam and hydromorphone, or the same three-drug method used in Florida.
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Problematic executions in Oklahoma, Arizona and other states have highlighted a patchwork approach states are taking with lethal drugs, with types, combinations and dosages varying widely.

Arizona announced Monday that it was switching from the two-drug method that led to a nearly two-hour execution earlier this year, while a federal judge in Oklahoma upheld the state's three-drug lethal injection protocol, which was adjusted recently after a botched execution in the spring.

How did the disparities in drugs come about after more than three decades in which all death penalty states used the exact same mixture?

Ataloa Lodge, an art museum on the campus of Bacone College in Muskogee
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Bacone College in Muskogee County; the Kennedy Mansion in Okmulgee; the Oklahoma A&M College Dairy Barn in Stillwater; the Fox Hotel in Skiatook; the Town House Hotel in Oklahoma City; and a rural separate school in Cleveland County have been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The death chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.
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A federal judge in Oklahoma City ruled Monday the state’s lethal injection methods are constitutional following the execution of a man that went awry in April.

U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot said state’s lethal injection cocktail “does not carry substantial likelihood of inflicting pain,” despite current death row inmates’ claim the practice is cruel and unusual punishment.

The Oklahoma City Zoo's new baby elephant during a wellness checkup shortly after the 1:35 p.m. birth on Monday, December 22, 2014
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The wait is finally over for elephant watchers at the Oklahoma City Zoo after a 332-pound female Asian elephant was born Monday afternoon.

It's the second elephant born at the zoo, and the second calf for 19-year-old Asha, who gave birth to Malee in 2011.

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Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev are again drawing parallels between the media coverage of their client's case to the coverage received by Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh in an effort to have the trial moved out of Massachusetts.

In a filing Monday, defense attorneys wrote that because "the crimes charged inflicted actual injury on the entire local population" and "greater Boston, was itself, a victim," the case is similar to the McVeigh case.

McVeigh's 1997 trial was moved to Denver.

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An Oklahoma newspaper has filed a lawsuit against the state seeking the release of records related to the troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.

The Tulsa World reported Monday that the lawsuit was filed by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on behalf of BH Media Group, Inc., which owns the World, and Enterprise Editor Ziva Branstetter.

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Oklahoma officials have selected a Kansas-based construction company with experience renovating historic structures to repair the exterior of the state Capitol.

Officials with the state's Office of Management and Enterprise Services announced Monday the selection of JE Dunn Construction to begin the first phase of a planned $120 million renovation of the nearly 100-year-old building.

The maximum value of the contract to repair the building's exterior is $25 million.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn focused on his Congressional record and his friendship with President Obama during a farewell interview on the CBS newsmagazine 60 Minutes Sunday night.

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