Assignment: Radio
9:55 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Protecting Yourself One Class at a Time

The Rape Abuse and Incest National Network says every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. Sixty percent of those attacks won’t be reported and 80 percent of the victims will be under the age of 30. Norman resident James Clark tells his self-defense class that danger is a constant possibility even where you feel safest.

James: He came through the front door he didn’t have to break anything, didn’t have to unlock anything he just came through the front door, she was in the shower at that point getting ready to go to work…  

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Death Penalty
8:47 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Death Row Inmates Plan State Supreme Court Appeal On Execution Drugs

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11

Lawyers for two death row inmates who were denied a stay of execution say they plan to appeal to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish on Monday denied a request to halt the executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner. Parrish ruled that only the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals can issue a stay of execution.

Defense attorneys plan to file an appeal Tuesday.

Lockett and Warner are suing the Department of Corrections over a law that prohibits disclosure of the state's execution procedures.

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Native American
8:21 am
Tue March 11, 2014

Chickasaw Nation Endows OU Law Position

Credit College of Law / University of Oklahoma

The University of Oklahoma College of Law has received a gift from the Chickasaw Nation for the Chickasaw Nation Native American Law Chair.

The position is the first endowed chair of its kind in the nation. It will allow OU to attract and retain national scholars in Native American law.

OU Law offers three different programs providing specialization in Native American law: the Juris Doctor Certificate, the Master of Laws and the new Master of Legal Studies.

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Must Keep it locked in your car
5:12 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

If You Have A Permit, You Can Take Your Gun To School

Credit Oklahoma State Legislature

Oklahomans with a permit to carry a handgun could keep their weapon locked inside their vehicle on public school campuses under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 76-17 Tuesday for the bill by Oklahoma City Republican Rep. Sally Kern, despite opposition from a lawmaker who is a former school principal and voiced concern about the safety of having guns on school campuses.

Kern says her bill is about protecting the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens.

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Additional Cracks Discovered by Workers
3:53 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

James C. Nance Bridge Closed "Indefinitely"

Credit J Stephen Conn /

Oklahoma transportation officials say repair work on a closed bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington will take longer than expected and the bridge will remain closed indefinitely.

Transportation officials briefed members of the Oklahoma Transportation Commission Monday on the status of the repairs to the US 77-State Highway 39 bridge over the Canadian River.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
3:09 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

New Study: Oklahoma’s Largest Earthquake ‘Potentially Triggered’ By Smaller Disposal Well Quake

A disposal well in Northern Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oil and gas industry-related waste water injection may have triggered a cascading sequence of earthquakes that culminated in Oklahoma’s largest earthquake ever recorded, the 5.7-magnitude temblor that struck near Prague in November 2011, a new peer-reviewed paper published in the Journal of Geophysical Researchsuggests.

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Public Safety
12:19 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Oklahoma Troopers Could Have Equipment Allowance Doubled

Graduates of the 60th Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper academy.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers would have their equipment allowance doubled for things like uniforms and practice ammunition under a bill approved by the Oklahoma House.

The House voted 84-3 for the bill on Monday that would boost the amount from $150 to $300 a month. It would also increase the equipment allowance for cadets from $100 to $200 per month.

The House author of the bill, Rep. Steve Vaughn, says the measure is among several to help increase pay for troopers.

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Capital Punishment
11:46 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Oklahoma Judge Denies Execution Delays Over Lethal Injection Drugs

The main gate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla.
Credit duggar11

An Oklahoma County district judge says she's not the right judge to delay two executions while inmates challenge Oklahoma's execution procedures.

Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner have sued the OklahomaDepartment of Corrections to learn more about the drugs that would be used to execute them.

After state lawyers claimed District Court Judge Patricia Parrish didn't have jurisdiction, Parrish said Monday requests for delays should go to the state Court of Criminal Appeals, which sets execution dates. She says she can handle the actual challenge to the law.

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Affordable Care Act
9:23 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Oklahoma Groups Face Federal Health Care Sign Up Deadline

March 31 is the final day for open enrollment until the next enrollment period begins Nov. 15.
Credit James Martin / Flickr

Health and insurance groups in Oklahoma are trying to reach out to uninsured residents as the deadline approaches for open enrollment in health care plans under the federal health care law.

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7:53 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Closed Purcell-Lexington Bridge Update Set For Monday

Gov. Mary Fallin tours the closed James C. Nance Bridge over the Canadian River - Feb. 7, 2013
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission plans to review the progress of emergency repair work on a closed bridge that connects Purcell and Lexington.

Commission members will meet Monday for an update on the project from Department of Transportation officials. The emergency work involves the US-77-State Highway 39 bridge over the Canadian River.

The bridge was closed on Jan. 31 after cracks were discovered in structural bridge beams. The commission awarded an emergency contract for bridge repairs, and work began on Feb. 14.

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