Headlines
8:24 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Headlines: Session Ending, Hospital Closures and Norman Credit Card Charges

Headlines for Monday, May 4, 2015:

  • State lawmakers are getting closer to the end of the legislative session. (Tulsa World)

  • An Oklahoma Senator is raising concerns over a bond proposal to finish the Native American Cultural Center in Oklahoma City. (NewsOK)

  • As the legislative session nears its end a pay raise for teachers appears unlikely. (Journal Record)

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Politics
5:39 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Beyond Quid Pro Quo: What Counts As Political Corruption?

Can candidates courting billionaires count as corruption, even if there are no explicit strings attached? Some activists see the campaign contributions of the super-rich as a problem, regardless of whether "quid pro quo" deals are made. Here, activists protest the political influence of the wealthy Koch Brothers near David Koch's Manhattan apartment on June 5, 2014.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 4:38 pm

The presidential hopefuls haven't spent much time so far with voters. Instead, they've committed many days to courting the millionaires and billionaires who can fuel a White House bid. And at the same time, activists on the left and right are seeking to redefine political corruption, which they believe this is.

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Politics
9:27 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Texas Governor Deploys State Guard To Stave Off Obama Takeover

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott ordered the Texas State Guard to monitor a joint U.S. Special Forces training taking place in Texas, prompting outrage from some in his own party.
Eric Gay AP

Originally published on Mon May 4, 2015 12:59 pm

Since Gen. Sam Houston executed his famous retreat to glory to defeat the superior forces of Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Texas has been ground zero for military training. We have so many military bases in the Lone Star State we could practically attack Russia.

So when rookie Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he was ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor a Navy SEAL/Green Beret joint training exercise, which was taking place in Texas and several other states, everybody here looked up from their iPhones. What?

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This Week in Oklahoma Politics
8:50 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Supreme Court Cases, Anti-Gay Bills & Tulsa Deputy

This Week in Oklahoma Politics KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill talks about the two cases before the US Supreme Court: the execution drug Midazolam and same sex marriage.

The trio also discuss the only anti-gay measures to make it through the legislative process are heading to the Governor and the twists and turns in the case of the reserve deputy charged with manslaughter in the death of an unarmed black man.

The Two-Way
8:41 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Charges Against 6 Officers In Freddie Gray's Death Range From Murder To Assault

Marilyn Mosby, state's attorney for Baltimore City, announced criminal charges against all six officers in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal injury while in police custody.
Alex Brandon AP

Originally published on Sun May 3, 2015 9:35 am

The death of Freddie Gray was a homicide, and six Baltimore police officers now face criminal charges that include second-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter, Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn J. Mosby says.

Mosby announced the charges Friday morning, citing her office's "thorough and independent" investigation and the medical examiner's report on Gray's death. She said warrants were issued Friday for the officers' arrest.

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Headlines
8:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Headlines: Midazolam Recall, Hopital Internet Bills and New Thunder Coach

Headlines for Friday, May 1, 2015:

  • A company providing a controversial execution drug wants Oklahoma to return it for a refund. (Oklahoma Watch)

  • A bill heading to the governor puts new pressures on women seeking an abortion. (Tulsa World)

  • Governor Fallin signs a bill allowing for the use of cannabis oil to treat children with epilepsy. (News9)

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Headlines
7:36 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Headlines: Execution Drug, Right-To-Farm & Texting/Driving Ban

Headlines for Thursday, April 30, 2015:

  • The US High Court scrutinizes Oklahoma's execution protocol. (NewsOK)
     
  • Tulsa’s Sheriff shuts down part of the Reserve Deputy program during an investigation. (Tulsa World)

  • Controversy over a Tulsa reserve deputy shooting prompts action from lawmakers. (NewsOK)

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Politics
7:05 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

It's Sotomayor V. Roberts In Supreme Court Death Penalty Drama

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor grilled lawyers arguing the constitutionality of new lethal-injection cocktails.
Win McNamee Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:13 pm

Lethal injection was the grim subject before the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday. Specifically at issue: whether the drug combinations currently used to execute convicted murderers in some states are unconstitutionally cruel.

The issue comes to the court after three botched executions over the past year.

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Environment
12:06 pm
Wed April 29, 2015

Tulsa, Oklahoma City Among Most Ozone-Polluted Cities In The U.S.

Downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
OakleyOriginals Flickr

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 7:38 am

A report out Wednesday morning from the American Lung Association ranks Oklahoma’s two largest cities among the most-polluted in the country.

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Around the Nation
8:44 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Baltimore Is Not Ferguson. Here's What It Really Is

A man makes a heart shape with his hands during a peaceful protest near the CVS pharmacy that was set on fire on Monday in Baltimore.
Andrew Burton Getty Images

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 2:19 pm

This week's Baltimore riot could not have happened to a nicer city.

Baltimore residents welcome strangers and even call them "hon." They sit on benches painted with the slogan "The Greatest City in America."

Baltimore is also where people looted stores and burned cars Monday night. They did it when a man died a week after being arrested.

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