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Oklahoma News
4:03 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

Capitol Dome's Stone Panels Showing Signs Of Cracking

A 5 million-pound dome placed atop the Oklahoma Capitol 12 years ago already is exhibiting cracking in its exterior cast stone panels, but building officials say there are no structural problems or evidence of weakness in the dome's supports.

According to an engineering report on the building's exterior, about 10 percent of the cast stone units on the dome's exterior show signs of cracking. Most of the cracks occur at the base of the dome.

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Politics and Government
12:29 pm
Wed December 24, 2014

New Bill Filings Would Reform State Legislature

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Oklahoma lawmakers could bring home a smaller paycheck, work less and even see their numbers cut by a third under a few of the measures that have been filed ahead of the 2015 legislative session.

Nearly 70 measures have been filed so far in the Senate, with another handful in the House, but already legislators are coming up with some quirky and unusual ideas.

Republican Sen. Patrick Anderson of Enid has introduced a measure that would allow the people of Oklahoma decide whether to abolish the Senate altogether and change the Legislature to a single, 101-member body.

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Population Statistics
9:01 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Oklahoma Population Up Slightly

U.S. Census Bureau
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A report from the U.S. Census Bureau says Oklahoma's population has grown slightly, but is trailing the national rate.

Oklahoma added nearly 25,000 residents between 2013 and the middle of 2014. The growth rate of 0.6 percent is behind the national rate of 0.7 percent and well behind that in Texas, where growth was 1.7 percent.

The Tulsa World reported Wednesday that Oklahoma grew at a faster pace than neighboring Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri, which grew at a rate of 0.3 percent.

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Business and Economy
4:59 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Continental Resources To Cut Drilling Budget In 2015

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An Oklahoma City-based oil and natural gas producer is slashing its 2015 drilling budget by more than 40 percent as crude oil prices continue to tumble.

The Oklahoman reports that Continental Resources Inc. took the action on Monday but said it still plans to increase production 16 percent to 20 percent from 2014 levels.

Continental CEO Harold Hamm says no job losses are expected. Hamm says the company won't be growing as fast as it had originally planned but will still increase production.

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Capital Punishment
3:47 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Death Row Inmates To Appeal Federal Judge's Ruling

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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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Energy
1:39 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

Oklahoma Boasts Lowest Gas Prices In Nation

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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.

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Death Penalty
10:28 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Q&A: States' Use Of Execution Drugs Varies Widely

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?

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Oklahoma News
9:01 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Six Sites In Oklahoma Added To Historic Register

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.

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Boston Marathon Bombing
3:59 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Lawyers For Boston Marathon Bomber Draw Parallels To OKC Bombing Case

Dzhokar Tsarnaev
Credit Federal Bureau of Investigation

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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Capital Punishment
1:46 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Tulsa World Sues Governor, DPS Over Execution Records

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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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