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U.S. Sen. Lankford Moves to Permanently ‘Sunset’ Federal Wind Incentive

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. That incentive bundle, called the...
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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.

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected arguments from the Osage Nation and the U.S. Department of Interior and ruled that wind energy projects in Osage County do not violate tribal mineral rights.

Daniel Dorsa

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

Today, we play exciting pop music from Skylar Spence, new music from Oklahoma City rapper LTZ, and intoxicating country rock from Mount Moriah.

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

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross holds a lengthy discussion with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the second stay of execution for Richard Glossip as well as the future of the Ten Commandments monument at the State Capitol.

The trio also discuss a plan by former Senator and Governor David Boren for a one cent sales tax to fund education and agency heads warned by legislative leaders to be ready for deeper cuts.

Headlines for Friday, October 2, 2015:

  • Oklahoma’s Attorney General requests an indefinite stay of all executions in the state. (News9)

  • A new law opens the door to alternative forms of execution. (Journal Record)

  • The Tulsa County Sheriff appears in court. (Tulsa World)

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Tri-State Mining District in northeastern Oklahoma’s Ottawa County was once the world’s largest source of lead and zinc. The mines had closed by the 1970s, but pernicious pollution still plagues what is now known as the Tar Creek superfund site.

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections

The latest on the confusion over Oklahoma's supply of lethal injection drugs, which prompted Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a last-minute execution stay for Richard Glossip (all times local):

2:15 p.m.

Oklahoma's attorney general says the state should delay all scheduled executions while it reviews how it received the wrong drug as it prepared to lethally inject an inmate.