Grand Prize: Vacation and Music Extravaganza to The MusicFest at Steamboat, Colorado

We're excited to announce that during our fall membership drive (Wednesday, October 7 to Wednesday, October 14), we will be entering every phone and web pledges into a grand prize drawing. The winner and a guest will receive a 5-day/5-night dream vacation and music extravaganza to The MusicFest at Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The trip includes, two roundtrip airline tickets, lodging, 4-day lift tickets, and credentials to all MusicFest performances and activities as noted at BigSkiTrip.com....
Read More

We're excited to announce that during our fall membership drive (Wednesday, October 7 to Wednesday, October 14), we will be entering every phone and web pledges into a grand prize drawing.

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

A company that built a granite Ten Commandments monument that was removed from the Oklahoma Capitol grounds under a court order said Tuesday it still hasn't been paid for its work.

Wilbert Memorials sales manager Gary Mosier said the company fronted the costs of constructing the monument after someone drove a car into the original last year.

Mosier said the second monument was built with the understanding the company would be reimbursed but that no payments have been made.

Headlines for Wednesday, October 7, 2015:

  • AG says prayers are allowed at school sporting events. (NewsOK)

  • Governor Fallin wants the state Constitution amended. (KFOR)

  • Governor hires former US Attorney for execution drug inquiry. (NewsOK)

We're happy to offer three special benefits for KOSU members during the 2015 Fall Membership Drive (taking place between Wednesday, October 7 to Wednesday, October 14).

1. Pledges of $60 ($5/month) will be eligible for the 2016 Keep It Local OK card.

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

A granite monument of the Ten Commandments that has sparked controversy since its installation on the Oklahoma Capitol grounds was being removed late Monday and will be transported to a private conservative think tank for storage.

A contractor the state hired began removing the monument shortly after 10:30 p.m. The works comes after the Oklahoma Supreme Court's decision in June that the display violates a state constitutional prohibition on the use of public property to support "any sect, church, denomination or system of religion."

Headlines for Tuesday, October 6, 2015:

  • Overnight crews remove the Ten Commandments monument from the State Capitol. (NewsOK)

  • US Supreme Court declines to hear Oklahoma cases. (NewsOK)

  • Recognizing the anniversary on the end of the ban on gay marriage. (NewsOK)


The Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from Indian tribes and Jim Thorpe's sons to move the remains of the athletic great from Pennsylvania to Oklahoma.

The justices on Monday left in place a court ruling that ordered Thorpe's body to remain in the Pennsylvania town that bears his name.

Thorpe's two surviving sons, and the Sac and Fox Nation have been seeking to bury Thorpe on American Indian land in Oklahoma.

Thorpe was a football, baseball and track star who won the decathlon and pentathlon in the 1912 Olympics. He died in 1953 at age 64.

Headlines for Monday, October 5, 2015:

  • DA accuses fed prosecutors of withholding evidence in sex trial of ex-missionary from Edmond. (NewsOK)

  • Real ID could cause real problems for Oklahomans. (Tulsa World)

  • Three people are already under consideration to replace Tulsa Sheriff Stanley Glanz. (Tulsa World)

It's wonder enough in sharply-divided Washington that nine Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Senate came together this week to do anything, let alone touch the once politically charged arena of crime and punishment.

But groups as different as the ACLU and Koch Industries had joined this year in a coalition to press for change, and so too did senators as different as Iowa Republican Charles Grassley and Illinois Democrat Richard Durbin.

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Oklahoma's highest criminal court has agreed to halt three upcoming executions after the state's prison system received the wrong drug for a lethal injection this week.

In a unanimous ruling Friday, the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals granted the state's request and issued indefinite stays of execution for Richard Glossip, Benjamin Cole and John Grant.