Are Last-Minute Death Penalty Delays Cruel And Unusual Punishment?

America's death penalty is under scrutiny after a series of botched executions, drug mix-ups and difficulty acquiring lethal injection drugs. Just last month, President Obama called certain parts of capital punishment "deeply troubling."Some say long waits and repeated last-minute delays are tantamount to torture.Friends and family of Richard Glossip gather around a cell phone outside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, straining to listen to the death row inmate's voice over a tinny speaker...
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Headlines for Friday, November 20, 2015:

  • Governor Fallin calls for the termination of Planned Parenthood contracts. (KFOR)

  • Education sales tax debate goes before Supreme Court referee. (NewsOK)

  • The Oklahoma Corporation Commission orders two disposal wells to shut down. (Enid News & Eagle)

Comic book and pop cultural enthusiasts are descending on downtown Oklahoma City this weekend.

KOSU's Michael Cross got a chance to talk to the organizer of the Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Con, Jimmy Jay.

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Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma’s lakes weren’t built to last forever. Over time, dirt and debris are slowly filling them in. Right now, there’s no good way to solve the problem, but cities that rely on Waurika Lake are turning to costly and complicated efforts to save their water supply from silt.


Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling on the state to cancel its Medicaid contracts with Planned Parenthood, citing what she called a "high rate of billing errors."

The governor announced Thursday that she's asking the Oklahoma Health Care Authority to terminate contracts with two Planned Parenthood affiliates in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

Fallin says the OHCR found the clinics had billing error rates of about 20 percent and 14 percent, though no improper use of state Medicaid funds.

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These days, for many people in country music's mainstream - and beyond it - the genre's version of "sexy" is corny. Rump-shaking dudes in man buns beckoning women who frankly feel a little harassed into their flatbed Fords... At their worst, country's 21st-century dreamboats operate on the principles of hair metal, mixed with CrossFit. That's the stereotype and the perception, anyway.

Headlines for Thursday, November 19, 2015:

  • Lawmakers discuss REAL ID compliance. (Tulsa World)

  • The Oklahoma Wheat Commission joins a group supporting the Trans Pacific Partnership. (Journal Record)

  • A judge recommends a rate hike for Oklahoma Natural Gas. (NewsOK)

The suspected architect of the Paris attacks was killed during a violent police raid conducted by French authorities in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on Wednesday, French authorities say.

Abdelhamid Abaaoud was a Belgian national in his late 20s. Authorities believe that Abaaoud was close to Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi.

During a press conference, Minister of the Interior Bernard Cazeneuve said that Abaaoud was believed to be responsible for planning many of the Islamic State attacks in Europe.

A report released the oil and gas industry suggests only 0.5 percent disposal wells throughout the U.S. have been linked or suspected as a possible cause of earthquakes, the Tulsa World reports. “However, a spokeswoman for the group acknowledges that many of the studies cited in the report use models rather than actual wells, making such figures ‘speculative.’”

Headlines for Wednesday, November 18, 2015:

  • A gathering in Oklahoma City honors the victims of terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut. (Oklahoma Daily)

  • The State Supreme Court rules in favor of the non-biological mother in a same-sex case. (NewsOK)

  • Increased cost and few choices for Oklahomans using health care exchanges. (Journal Record)

A huge and violent police operation in the Saint-Denis suburb of Paris is over. At least two people are dead and eight people were arrested, in an operation that authorities say stopped a terrorist cell that could have attacked again.

According to François Molins, chief prosecutor of France, Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who police believe orchestrated the attacks on Paris, may have been in one of the apartments targeted by the raid.


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Education News

Emily Wendler / KOSU

A large crowd showed up for the Oklahoma City Public School Board meeting Monday night to comment on the district's new discipline policy.  A majority of the commenters were concerned that the new policy is not doing enough to address student misbehavior. A few comments were positive, and showed support for the Board of Education’s efforts. Here’s a sampling:

Protests at the University of Missouri and other college campuses are forcing universities into uncomfortable discussions about race and diversity. One school got a head start.

Earlier this year, the University of Oklahoma came under intense pressure when a video showed two members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity singing a racist chant.

Now, students are comparing the reaction of their university with the recent controversies at Mizzou.

Emily Wendler / KOSU

A right-wing advocacy group is calling OU President David Boren’s penny sales tax petition unconstitutional.

Boren and his group, Oklahoma’s Children – Our Future, filed the petition in late October, and want the one cent tax increase to fund various aspects of education in the state. But Dave Bond, the CEO for OCPA Impact, filed a formal protest with the State Supreme Court on Thursday, saying the petition violates the state’s constitutional single subject rule, and accused Boren’s group of logrolling four different subjects in to one petition.

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Political News

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the attacks in Paris and calls by leaders, mostly Republicans who called on the President to stop allowing Syrian refugees into the country as well as opposition from a group including former Attorney General Drew Edmondson on the Right to Farm state question going before voters next November.

This post was updated at 6:30 p.m.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Tuesday, saying he had "come to the realization that this is not my time."

The son of Indian immigrants, Jindal said that when his parents came to the United States 45 years ago, they told him he could accomplish anything in this country. But ultimately this time, his dreams of the White House fell short.

Updated at 5:45 p.m. ET

One of the suicide bombers who struck Paris on Friday has been identified as a Syrian who passed through Greece as an asylum-seeker this year and registered with European authorities.

That fact has spurred a strong reaction from many politicians here in the United States over the resettlement of Syrian refugees, with swift opposition from many Republican governors, and one Democrat, to further resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states.

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