speaking out against "revenge overreach"
4:01 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Death Penalty Opponents Plan Events In Oklahoma City

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Death penalty opponents have planned three events in Oklahoma City to call for a moratorium on executions after last week's botched lethal injection.

The first event is set downtown Friday night and will be led by church members who will speak out against what they say is the state's "revenge overreach" in seeking executions. Two more events — a day to lobby lawmakers and a halt executions rally —are planned Tuesday and May 18 at the state Capitol.

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World Views
12:17 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Challenges China Still Faces After A 40-Year Rise To Economic Dominance

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Chinese President Xi Jinping upon entering the Fujian Room at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, on April 13, 2013.
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After the power struggle to fill the power vacuum left by Mao Zedong’s death in 1976, right-wing reformers won control of the government and Deng Xiaoping helped China exceed the expectations and predictions of the international community.

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University of Oklahoma
11:51 am
Fri May 9, 2014

OU President: Stadium Improvements In The Works

The Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium during a November 10, 2012 football game against Baylor University.
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University of Oklahoma President David Boren says the Board of Regents will likely consider upgrades to OU's stadium when the panel meets next month in Ardmore.

Boren tells The Norman Transcript plans are in the works for major stadium improvements — though he doesn't expect a significant expansion beyond the current seating capacity of 82,112.

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Death Penalty
9:24 am
Fri May 9, 2014

Fallin Opponent Dorman Calls For OSBI Probe Of Execution

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs) speaking on the floor of the Oklahoma House.
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Gov. Mary Fallin's Democratic opponent in the race for Oklahoma governor wants he calls an independent probe into last week's botched execution of a death row inmate.

State Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs said Thursday he wants the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation to conduct the investigation into last week's execution of Clayton Lockett. A doctor said Lockett's vein collapsed during the lethal injection.

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Politics and Government
7:37 am
Fri May 9, 2014

All Five Oklahoma GOP House Members Vote For Benghazi Probe

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.) during a May 8, 2013 hearing on the 2012 terrorist attack in Benghazi, Libya
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Oklahoma’s entire U.S. House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues yesterday to establish a new investigation of the deadly assault in Benghazi, Libya.

Four Americans, including Ambassador Chris Stevens, died in the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission.

U.S. Rep. and U.S. Senate candidate James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) said the probe into Benghazi isn't a political issue, but proper Congressional oversight.

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Execution rescheduled to Nov. 13
5:15 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Death Row Inmate Gets Six-Month Stay Of Execution

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The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection.

The court on Thursday reset the execution date of inmate Charles Warner to Nov. 13.

Warner's attorneys requested the six-month delay, and the state's attorney general said Thursday in a court filing he wouldn't object to the stay.

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dealt with federal gun regulations
4:09 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Senate And House Override Fallin's Veto

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The Oklahoma Senate has voted to override Gov. Mary Fallin's veto of a House bill dealing with federal gun regulations.

The Senate voted 39-0 Thursday to override. The House voted 86-3 on April 30 for the veto override and the bill now becomes law without the governor's signature.

The bill requires law enforcement authorities to certify within 15 days that a firearm applicant is eligible to receive it under federal regulations.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:12 pm
Thu May 8, 2014

Drier, Hotter, More Extreme Weather: How Climate Change Is Already Affecting Oklahoma

A supercell near Courtney, Okla., in April 2014.
Kelly DeLay Flickr Creative Commons

A new federal report bluntly warns that every region of the United States is already observing climate change-related affects to the environment and economy.

In Oklahoma and other Great Plains states, climate change from carbon emissions is changing crop growth cycles, increasing energy and water demand, altering rainfall patterns and leading to more frequent extreme weather and climate events, the report concludes.

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This is KGOU
9:29 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Photo Exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" Open For Viewing

KGOU General Manager Karen Holp stands proud in front of images from Not Another Day in May
Kate Carlton The Oklahoma Tornado Project

Earlier this week, KGOU's Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center hosted an opening reception for the exhibit "Not Just Another Day in May" at Leadership Square in Downtown Oklahoma City. A few of the photographers who have work featured in the exhibit were there to talk to listeners about the images. 

Politics and Government
9:10 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Entire Oklahoma House Delegation Votes To Hold Lois Lerner In Contempt

Lois Lerner testifies before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee March 5, 2014. An inspector general's report blamed poor management but found no evidence of a political conspiracy. Many Republicans in Congress believe otherwise.
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All five members of Oklahoma's House delegation voted with their Republican colleagues to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to testify at a pair of committee hearings about her role in the agency's tea party controversy.

Lois Lerner directed the IRS division that processes applications for tax-exempt status. A year ago, she publicly disclosed that agents had improperly singled out tea party applications for extra, sometimes burdensome scrutiny.

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