Real Pokes Pass it On
7:40 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Sustainability Program Benefits Women's Shelter

An Oklahoma State University organization is collecting donated items from students to sell for a discounted price next fall.

Students can donate clothing items, non-perishable food and furniture on campus through Thursday.

KOSU's Ashleigh Young reports proceeds raised go to a local battered women's shelter.  

U-Haul trailers are picking up donated items outside Kerr-Drummond Hall and the Griffith Center on the North side of Monroe from noon to 6:00 until Thursday night.

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She Votes
3:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

GOP Softens Its Edge In An Attempt To Appeal To Women

"We have allowed ourselves to be branded [in] a way I do not feel is representative of who we are as Republicans," says Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., of her party's negative reputation on women's issues.
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Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 10:34 am

Republicans have a problem with women.

Since the 1980s, women have been much more likely than men to vote Democratic.

Increasingly, however, Republican operatives see getting more women to vote for their candidates as key to the party's future.

Take Equal Pay Day, for instance, a political holiday that Democrats have used to push a bill called the Paycheck Fairness Act.

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Earthquakes
4:59 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Record Number of Oklahoma Tremors Raises Possibility of Damaging Earthquakes

The rate of earthquakes in Oklahoma has increased by about 50 percent since October 2013, significantly increasing the chance for a damaging magnitude 5.5 or greater quake in central Oklahoma. 

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Law
4:02 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

States Swap One Drug For Another, And Botched Executions Follow

Originally published on Mon May 5, 2014 6:35 pm

Oklahoma's botched execution of Clayton Lockett is prompting other states to question their use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections. The Lockett execution is fueling new calls to re-examine how states put inmates to death.

StateImpact Oklahoma
1:35 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Three of Oklahoma's Largest Oil Companies' Plan for How the State Should Tax Them

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Executives at Chesapeake Energy, Continental Resources and Devon Energy have proposed a plan for Oklahoma’s taxes on oil and natural gas production.

The proposal comes as legislators are debating state oil and gas taxes, which include an incentive for horizontal drilling that expires next year. The Oklahoman‘s Adam Wilmoth reports:

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23rd and Lincoln
10:47 am
Mon May 5, 2014

23rd and Lincoln: Governor Fallin vs. the Legislature

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This week on 23rd and Lincoln, Marie Price talks about recent clashes between Republican Governor Mary Fallin and the GOP-led legislature.

You can find more of Marie's insights on her blog at jrlr.net.

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Oklahoma Sports
9:23 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Thunder Face Clippers in Round 2 of NBA Playoffs

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The Los Angeles Clippers overcame the emotional strain from the Donald Sterling Scandal to beat the Golden State Warriors in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.  Next, the Clippers meet the Thunder tonight in Oklahoma City.  KOSU's Brent Weber has this preview.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
9:02 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Photography Exhibit Showcases May 2013 Storms, Oklahomans' Resilience

A sunflower grows in a field in Moore, Okla. months after the May 20 storm.
Credit Tanya Mattek

The month of May has a somber significance for many Oklahoma residents. It’s one of the busiest months for tornados, averaging 22 cyclones in 31 days. And after last year’s series of devastating storms that killed 25 people, it now also marks a sad anniversary. The Oklahoma Tornado Project and the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center teamed up to remember the events that took place one year ago.

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Law
7:38 am
Sun May 4, 2014

Should Doctors Participate In Executions?

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Transcript

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is WEEKEND EDITION from NPR News. I'm Rachel Martin. The execution of a death row inmate in Oklahoma this past week has reignited the debate over the use of lethal injection in this country. According to reporters at the scene, Clayton Lockett writhed in pain after receiving the lethal combination of drugs. He had a heart attack 43 minutes later and died. On Friday, President Obama called the execution, quote, "deeply troubling" and ordered the Department of Justice to review how the death penalty is applied across the country.

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The Sunday Conversation
5:05 am
Sun May 4, 2014

A Window To Executions: How To Cover Death For A Living

Associated Press reporter Michael Graczyk stands outside Huntsville penitentiary before the execution of confessed killer Elroy Chester.
Pat Sullivan AP

Originally published on Sun May 4, 2014 1:06 pm

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday host Rachel Martin brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

As a criminal justice reporter for The Associated Press, Michael Graczyk has covered hundreds of executions of death row inmates in the state of Texas. This means, of course, that he must be there to witness those deaths.

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