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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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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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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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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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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8:12 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Headlines: Same Sex Marriage, Execution Drug & High-Tech Trash

Headlines for Wednesday, April 29, 2105:

  • The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments on same sex marriage. (NewsOK)

  • The fate of Oklahoma’s execution drug protocol goes before the high court today. (Tulsa World)

  • A bill designed to reduce prison overcrowding awaits a signature from the Governor. (NewsOK)

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8:03 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Several Florida School Districts Cut (Way) Back On Tests

LA Johnson/NPR

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 9:04 am

Did you hear that?

It's the sound of hundreds of thousands of public school students in Florida breathing sighs of relief.

The state's largest school district, Miami-Dade County, just cut the number of district-created, end-of-course exams it will require from roughly 300 to 10. And even those 10 will be field-tested only, on just a sampling of students.

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5:00 am
Wed April 29, 2015

After Botched Executions, Supreme Court Weighs Lethal Drug Cocktail

Bottles of the sedative midazolam at a hospital pharmacy in Oklahoma City.

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 6:39 pm

The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in three death penalty cases testing which drug combinations constitute cruel and unusual punishment when used to execute a convicted murderer by lethal injection.

It is the second time in seven years that the justices have looked at the lethal injection question, and it comes after three botched executions over the past year.

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