Sample Size
5:42 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

New Mix: Husbands, Widowspeak & Nicolas Jaar

Husbands
Billy Muschinske

This is Sample Size, our weekly new music feature with KOSU's Ryan LaCroix and LOOKatOKC pop music columnist Matt Carney.

Today, we have a cross-country collaborative jam from Husbands, some new 'dream country' sounds from Widowspeak, and the throbbing techno of Nicolas Jaar.

Follow Matt & Ryan on Twitter at @OKmattcarney and @KOSUryan.

StateImpact Oklahoma
3:53 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

StateImpact on OETA: Tourism Budget Cuts and Oklahoma’s State Parks

Since 2011, one of the ways the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation has dealt with budget cuts has been to close state parks or transfer them to new managers, like tribal governments or nearby towns.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
1:55 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

University Disputes Story, Reporter Defends It, Oilman Sues Over Facebook Post Linking to It

A story detailing how University of Oklahoma officials sought a $25 million donation from an oil executive while scientists at the school formulated a state agency’s position on oil and gas-triggered earthquakes is under fire from both the university president and the billionaire oilman.

In a Tulsa World story by Randy Krehbiel, OU President David Boren called a recent piece by EnergyWire’s Mike Sorgahan “a bald-faced lie and some of the most inaccurate reporting I’ve ever seen in my life.”

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Politics
12:43 pm
Tue June 30, 2015

Ten Commandments Monument Must Be Removed From Oklahoma's State Capitol

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

The Oklahoma Supreme Court rules the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol must be removed, as it violates the state's constitution. Opponents of the monument won the case on a 7-2 decision.

ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel explains what this means for Oklahomans.

The monument was erected in 2012, and replaced earlier this year after being destroyed when a man hit it with his vehicle.

JenX with Jennifer James
8:50 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Oklahoma's Racist Past Reflected in its Present

Credit jenx67.com

The history of racism and violence against black people in Oklahoma goes back decades and lies just beneath the surface of the red dirt soil.

Jennifer James brings us her thoughts in this week’s Jen-X.

Jennifer James is a public relations professional. You can follow her blog at jenx67.com.

Headlines
8:16 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Headlines: Oklahoma Executions, Storm Shelters & Wedding Rings

Headlines for Tuesday, June 30, 2015:

  • Oklahoma is prepared to move forward with three previously scheduled executions. (NewsOK)
     
  • Two new plaintiffs join in the fight against Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz. (Tulsa World)

  • The US Supreme Court strikes down the EPA’s Mercury and Air Toxic Standards. (NewsOK)

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Law
4:58 am
Tue June 30, 2015

Supreme Court Concludes Term With Death Penalty Ruling, Looks Ahead

The gurney in the the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Okla. On Monday the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in a case from Oklahoma that the sedative midazolam can be used in executions without violating the prohibition on cruel and unusual punishment.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Tue June 30, 2015 1:52 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued the last of its opinions for this term — on the death penalty, anti-pollution regulations and the power of independent commissions to draw congressional and state legislative districts. In addition, the court issued a set of orders that set up cases to be heard next term on affirmative action and abortion.

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Politics
7:02 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Lethal Injection Ruling Draws Out Justices' Passionate Opinions

In dissent, Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote that under the majority's reasoning it would not matter if the prisoner was being "drawn and quartered, slowly tortured to death, or actually burned at the stake," as long as there was no more humane method of execution available. Justice Antonin Scalia orally rebutted Justice Stephen Breyer's dissent, calling it "gobbledygook."
Carolyn Kaster AP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt a major blow to death penalty opponents, upholding the use of a controversial drug as part of a three-drug execution cocktail. The vote was 5-4, with unusually passionate and sometimes bitter opinions from the majority and dissenting justices.

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Politics
5:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Cruz: States Have 'No Obligation' To Accept Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:32 pm

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Science
5:25 pm
Mon June 29, 2015

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015.
Jim Cole AP

Originally published on Mon June 29, 2015 6:37 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency made a mistake when it told electric power plants to reduce mercury emissions. The high court says the EPA should first have considered how much it would cost power plants to do that.

The decision comes too late for most power companies, but it could affect future EPA regulations.

Mercury in the air is a health risk. When you burn coal or oil, you create airborne mercury that can end up in fish we eat and cause serious health problems.

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