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During the past 25 years, Oklahoma has posted the 16th highest number of exonerations in the nation, compared with its ranking of between 25th and 30th in total population during that period.
Oklahoma had 28 exonerations, according to data that a research group collected from the National Registry of Exonerations.
In Oklahoma, there have been 28 exonerations: 13 for murder or manslaughter, 11 for sex crimes, two for robbery and two for other alleged crimes. Seven of the exonerated were sentenced to death. Of those exonerated, 16 were Caucasian and 12 were Black. The average exonerated person lost 8.75 years of their life.
The interactive map below tracks the number of exonerations by state from 1989 through Oct. 20, 2014, as well as the amount of time that wrongfully convicted people have spent behind bars. The data also shows the number of exonerees who were on death row at the time of exoneration.
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation changing the way the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association operates says the association is making changes for the better.
The OSSAA regulates interscholastic activities for 481 member schools in the state.
Republican Rep. Bobby Cleveland led efforts for changes after hearing complaints that the OSSAA violated the state's open records and open meetings act and retaliated against students and districts that challenged the association.
Volunteers at the Salvation Army's Central Oklahoma Area Command are gearing up to feed and shelter hundreds of hungry and homeless Oklahomans who are unable to provide for themselves as the holidays approach.
As many as 1,000 people will crowd into the faith-based group's new Chesapeake Energy Center of Hope on Thursday for a Thanksgiving feast of smoked turkey and all the fixins'.
Integris Health and its employees have once again donated turkeys from their annual Turkey Toss to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
Integris Health traditionally hands out turkeys to their employees as a way of "giving thanks" for their hard work throughout the year. Many employees then "pay it forward" by donating their turkey back to the Regional Food Bank.
This year, more than 684 turkeys were donated and will be distributed to families struggling with hunger, providing the equivalent of 6,270 meals this winter.
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin will get some special help when she lights the state Christmas tree next month.
A couple from Noble with five adopted sibling children will help Fallin light the tree on Dec. 2 on the south steps of the State Capitol building.
Bryan and Donna Komers became foster parents through the Department of Human Services in 2013. The adoption of the five siblings was finalized in June. And Fallin says the Komers are a great example of what the holiday season is all about.