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 governor choosing to sign or veto a bill bringing parents and educators into the decision of reading retention for 3rd graders, concrete is falling into offices at the State Capitol, the governor approves a $13M supplemental for the Department of Corrections and the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party creates a parody website poking fun at the senator he's accused of blackmailing.
The eastern red cedar tree causes allergies, crowds out other species, guzzles water, and fuels Oklahoma’s most devastating wildfires, including one near Guthrie last week. And lengthy drought has intensified the problem. But as StateImpact’s Logan Layden reports, eliminating the tree is complicated by the passive attitude of many landowners, and a state forestry service with little authority.
The Pentagon is working on a prison transfer for convicted WikiLeaks source Pvt. Chelsea Manning, who has requested hormone therapy. The plan would allow Manning to serve time in a civilian prison, where such therapy is available.
Manning's first name was Bradley when the soldier made headlines for sending a trove of classified documents to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks.
Sportscaster and journalist Brent Weber talks to KOSU's Michael Cross about the come from behind victory in game five, 105 to 104 as well as the other NBA game, Indiana Pacers losing at home to the Washington Wizards, 102-79.
Update at 4:57 p.m. ET. Federal Court Halts Execution:
With just hours to go, a federal court has halted the execution of Texas inmate Robert Campbell.
The execution would have been the first since Oklahoma botched one in April.
The ruling has nothing to do with the drug shortage that's dominated the narrative over the death penalty in the country. Instead, Campbell's lawyers argued that the state knew that Campbell was intellectually disabled but did not let his defense team know that.
For many victims of last year’s deadly tornadoes in central Oklahoma, the storms created an existential crisis, where people questioned their beliefs and wondered just what to make of all the destruction in their midst. Kate Carlton looks at one group’s effort to tackle life’s big questions through the lens of several storm survivors.