Oklahoma News

died after struggle with police
5:01 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Death Outside Theater Ruled A Homicide

Credit City Of Moore

The Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office has classified the death of a man who died after a struggle with police outside a movie theater as a homicide.

But Amy Elliott with the Chief Medical Examiner's Office said Wednesday the injuries 44-year-old Luis Rodriguez suffered in February outside a Moore theater were not sufficient by themselves to cause his death.

Elliott says Rodriguez died as a result of cardiac arrhythmia due to physical restraint and an underlying heart condition.

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Same-Sex Marriage
12:33 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Oklahoma Lawyers: Marriage Is For Procreation Potential

Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith
Credit Provided / Tulsa County

Lawyers for an Oklahoma clerk who refused to grant a marriage license to a same-sex couple say marriage exists for its procreative potential and that the U.S. Supreme Court agrees.

The argument came in a brief filed Tuesday by lawyers for Tulsa County Court Clerk Sally Howe Smith. Oral arguments are scheduled for later this month in the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver.

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new combination of drugs will be injected
6:14 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Oklahoma Will Carry Out Executions

Credit Hafiz Issadeen / Flickr.com

Ten days after increasing the number of ways in which Oklahoma can carry out executions, lawyers for the state say they'll execute two men this month with a combination of drugs never used in the state.

Lawyers for the state and for inmates Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner said Tuesday the executioner will inject the men with the sedative midazolam, plus pancuronium bromide and potassium chloride, which paralyzes victims and stops the heart.

Lockett and Warner had sued to learn more about the drugs and a judge ruled last week they had a right to know.

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Oklahoma Facts
9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's No Joke, $1 Fine For Swearing In Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Santa Claus commission is among the facts from a popular Twitter account in the state.
Credit Sam Howzit

Did you know that swearing in Oklahoma is punishable by a $1 fine for each offense? Or that the Sooner State has a Santa Claus Commission?

No, it isn't an April Fools' Day prank. All are true facts about the nation's 46th state that are being shared and retweeted on the popular Twitter account @OklahomaFacts. The more obscure the fact, the better.

The account has garnered more than 12,000 followers. Even country music superstar Blake Shelton is a fan.

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Sexual Assualt Awareness
6:17 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Oklahoma Attorney General Supports "Wear Teal Day"

Credit Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is asking Oklahomans to participate in the annual "Wear Teal Day" to raise awareness and show support of survivors during Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

The Tuesday event is meant to raise awareness of sexual violence and to help educate the public about prevention

The color teal and the teal ribbon represent awareness about sexual violence.

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Oklahoma News
10:26 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Attorneys Skeptical Of Oklahoma Dash-Cam Video Bill

Credit Richard Bauer / Flickr Creative Commons

Some attorneys who specialize in obtaining arrest videos from police say they're concerned a bill designed to make Highway Patrol dash-cam videos open to the public could actually have the opposite effect.

 

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Environment
9:03 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Inhofe, Lucas, Fallin Not Pleased With Prairie Chicken Move

The Lesser Prairie Chicken
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Oklahoma politicians have been quick to respond to news that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided to list the lesser prairie chicken as threatened.

The Obama administration announced Thursday it is placing the lesser prairie chicken on a list of threatened species. The move could affect oil and gas drilling, wind farms and other activities in Oklahoma and four other central and southwestern states.

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On April 5
6:13 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church To Picket Outside Moore Liquor Store

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A Kansas church noted for picketing the funerals of soldiers and AIDS patients plans to protest outside a Moore liquor store that held a sale following the death of the church's pastor.

Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church died March 19. The Moore Liquor Store offered 10 percent off champagne and erected a sign noting Phelps' death and said the sale was "not a coincidence."

Store owner Bryan Kerr told the Oklahoman newspaper that while some people didn't like the sign, "99 out of 100" people do support him.

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8 Clubs to share $200,000
4:53 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Cherokee Nation Significant Contributor To Boys And Girls Clubs

Credit Boys & Girls Clubs Of America

The Cherokee Nation is donating about $200,000 to be spread among eight Boys and Girls clubs in Oklahoma.

The tribe announced the donation Thursday. Different monetary awards were donated to the Boys and Girls club programs in Adair County, Bartlesville, Chelsea, Tahlequah, Delaware County, Green Country-Pryor, Nowata and Sequoyah County.

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OneSix8
10:07 am
Thu March 27, 2014

Entertaining The Hours Of Your Week With Two Concerts, A Symposium, And A Health Dash

Graham Colton
Credit Shannon H / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma City native Graham Colton performs before a hometown crowd at Bricktown Music Hall March 29 at 8 p.m.

The concert marks the debut of original material from his recently recorded album Lonely Ones, released this past January. Colton’s Lonely Ones was inspired by collaborations with Wayne Coyne and Steven Drozd, members of the famed Oklahoma City group The Flaming Lips.

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