Oklahoma Used The Wrong Drug To Execute Charles Warner

Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET.Corrections officials in Oklahoma used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner back in January.The revelation was included in Warner's autopsy report, which was just made public by the Oklahoma Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. According to the report, officials used potassium acetate — not potassium chloride, as state protocol calls for — to stop Warner's heart.Warner, who was convicted of raping and killing an 11-month-old, had been scheduled to die on the same...
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This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the movement of the Ten Commandments monument of the State Capitol grounds and the news that the wrong drug was used in January to execute Charles Warner.

The trio also discuss the overturned blackmail conviction of former Sooner Tea Party leader Al Gerhart, the upcoming vote by Oklahoma City banning all activity in medians and the impact of Real ID on Oklahomans.

Headlines for Friday, October 9, 2015:

  • The future of the death penalty remains uncertain according to the Governor. (NewsOK)

  • Governor releases more than 41,000 documents on botched execution. (Tulsa World)

  • OKC delays vote on anti-panhandling ordinance for two months. (NewsOK)

It’s been decades since Tulsa decided the portion of the Arkansas River that runs through the city was too dirty and dangerous to swim in. The river is much cleaner now, but convincing the public it’s OK to hop in won’t be easy.

The Arkansas River is an iconic feature of Tulsa, cutting across downtown and winding through the west side of the city. But it has a bad reputation.

Updated at 1:57 p.m. ET.

Corrections officials in Oklahoma used the wrong drug to execute Charles Warner back in January.

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U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to remove an expired wind energy incentive from the federal tax code.

The federal Production Tax Credit for wind energy expired in December 2014, but since it’s part of the tax code, lawmakers can extend it by bundling it with legislation to extend other tax credits and incentives. That has happened as recently as July, when a Senate committee voted to extend the PTC as part of a $95 billion bundle of incentives.


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.

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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.

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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."