It's All Politics
7:03 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Death Penalty Fades As Hot-Button Issue

Death penalty opponents set up signs April 23 at the Florida State Prison near Starke, Fla., just hours before the execution of Robert Eugene Hendrix, 47, who killed his cousin and his cousin's wife to prevent him from testifying in a burglary case against him.
Phil Sandlin AP

Originally published on Fri May 2, 2014 10:00 am

It's almost hard to remember how dominant an issue the death penalty was a generation ago.

Crime and drugs were the top issues for voters in 1994. Not coincidentally, support for the death penalty peaked that year, at 80 percent, according to Gallup polling.

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New World Comics Party
7:00 am
Fri May 2, 2014

OKC Store Celebrates Free Comic Book Day

With the recent up rise in comic book culture it's no surprise that the, now, thirteen-year-old tradition of Free Comic Book Day has practically become a holiday.

KOSU's Maude Garrett reports on the annual event and how one local shop is participating.

Buck Berlin, owner of Oklahoma City's New World Comics, always celebrates free comic book day with the fans in mind and festivities running for a full 24 hours.

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Law
3:51 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Texas Family's Nuisance Complaint Seen As Win Against Fracking

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:22 pm

A Dallas jury recently awarded nearly $3 million to a family who said they were poisoned by a natural gas drilling operation near their North Texas ranch. The verdict, reached on April 22, is being called a landmark by opponents of the drilling technique, called hydraulic fracturing or "fracking."

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The Two-Way
6:07 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Oklahoma Issues Timeline Of Botched Execution

Clayton Lockett died during a botched execution on Tuesday.
AP

Originally published on Thu May 1, 2014 7:21 pm

Robert Patton, the chief of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, offered a detailed timeline on Thursday of the botched execution of Clayton D. Lockett.

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Death Penalty
12:27 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Troubling Oklahoma Execution Sparks Death Penalty Debate

Transcript

MICHEL MARTIN, HOST:

This is TELL ME MORE from NPR News. I'm Michel Martin. We're going to start the program today talking about the death penalty. You might have heard by now about Clayton Lockett. He was convicted of rape and murder in Oklahoma and he was scheduled to die from a lethal injection earlier this week.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
9:52 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Lesser Prairie Chicken Peep Show: In the Field With Oklahoma’s ‘Threatened’ Bird

A group of bird watchers at the Selman Ranch, which hosts the Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival in northwest Oklahoma.
Credit Joe Wertz / State Impact Oklahoma

Betsy Searight and her husband John drove from all the way from New Jersey for this opportunity: Wake up at 4 a.m., huddle against the cold, and sit silently and motionless for hours hoping to watch a Lesser Prairie Chicken peep show.

After a long fight between Oklahoma and the U.S. government, the Lesser Prairie Chicken goes on the federal threatened species list later this month.

To find out how the listing will affect Oklahoma and why the bird is worth protecting, we took a trip to the High Plains of northwestern Oklahoma.

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Local Food
9:03 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Food Truck Market Outgrows Current Policy in Stillwater

Dan Purdy, owner of the Purdy Q Mobile Smoke Pit
Credit Quinton Chandler / KOSU

Food trucks have been growing in popularity across America, and recently they’ve come to Stillwater.  But the truck owners have been forced to wait for the college town to catch up and adapt to the food truck market. KOSU’s Quinton Chandler has the story.

Sometimes local governments get to set regulations in anticipation of new businesses, but sometimes an industry pops up and gets big enough to force regulations to catch up.

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Climate Change and Oklahoma
8:41 am
Thu May 1, 2014

Protecting Our Resources Topped Discussions at KOSU's On Tap

State Impact's Joe Wertz begins discussion on Climate Change at KOSU's On Tap

On Wednesday, April 30th, KOSU in collaboration with State Impact Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Public Media Exchange held a discussion at Picasso's cafe in the Paseo District.  

State Impact's Joe Wertz and Logan Layden led the discussion with Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts Executive Director Clay Pope and David Engle, Director of the Oklahoma Water Resources Center at Oklahoma State University. The packed crowd discussed climate change and protecting the state's valuable land and water.

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8:22 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Inhofe: Botched Oklahoma Execution Shouldn’t Change Death Penalty

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Sen. Jim Inhofe tells RollCall.com he doesn't think executions should be halted in the aftermath of the botched execution of Clayton Lockett.
Sen. James M. Inhofe doesn't have much sympathy for the man who died after a bungled execution attempt on Tuesday, and doesn't think it should lead to a change in the death penalty. Inhofe, the senior senator from Oklahoma, said more attention should be paid to the suffering of the victim of 38-year-old Clayton Lockett.
Lethal Injection
6:23 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

States Struggle To Find An Execution Method That Works

The gurney in the execution chamber at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary is pictured in McAlester, Okla., in 2008. Legal pressures and concerns from European manufacturers have made traditional execution drugs unavailable to states.
AP

States have always struggled to find humane ways to carry out the death penalty. For a generation, they have favored lethal injection, but that method has become increasingly problematic.

It's coming under increased scrutiny following the death of Clayton Lockett, who died Tuesday of a heart attack after writhing visibly during an execution attempt in Oklahoma.

The execution "fell short" of humane standards, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Wednesday.

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