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Local News
11:02 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Nitrogen Gas Execution Bill Heading to Oklahoma Governor

Oklahoma will become the first state in the nation to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute inmates under a bill heading to the governor's desk.

Without a single dissenting vote, the Oklahoma Senate gave final approval Thursday to the bill allowing the new method to be used if lethal injection is ruled unconstitutional or if the deadly drugs become unavailable.

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Local News
7:51 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Blue Bell Expands Recall of Ice Cream Made at Oklahoma Plant

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Blue Bell Creameries has expanded its recall of products made at an Oklahoma plant after pints of banana pudding ice cream tested positive for listeriosis.

The Texas-based dairy company said Tuesday that no illnesses linked to those pints have been confirmed.

The Texas Rangers said Wednesday that they won't offer Blue Bell at their upcoming homestand against the Houston Astros. The Astros previously said Blue Bell wouldn't be offered on their opening day earlier this week.

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7:11 pm
Sun February 15, 2015

Former Oklahoma State Star Darrell Williams Is This Year's Least-Known Comeback Story

The Dallas Morning News reports on former Oklahoma State basketball player Darrell Williams and his new life at Texas A&M-Commerce, after being cleared by the Innocence Project of rape charges.
COMMERCE - Darrell Williams' Texas A&M-Commerce basketball teammates call him Big Bro. The nickname befits his age, 25, and the 6-8, 245-pound force he's become in his first and only season with the Lions. Mostly, though, it pays homage to him and how he got here.
11:44 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Meet the NBA Player-Turned-Artist Who Paints for George Clooney

The NY Post published a profile of former Oklahoma State and NBA basketball player Desmond Mason, who has created a successful post-basketball career for himself as an artist.
When Desmond Mason was a rookie in the NBA during the 2000-2001 season, he was summoned to the league's Midtown office for a sudden meeting with then-commissioner David Stern. Nervously, the 6-foot-6 player for the Seattle SuperSonics headed into the pooh-bah's office.
Local News
11:22 am
Mon January 26, 2015

AG Pruitt Files for Stays Pending SCOTUS Review of Execution Protocol

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Attorney General Scott Pruitt filed an application for stays of execution before the United States Supreme Court Monday morning.

The Attorney General has asked for the stays of execution of three death row inmates until a resolution in the State’s favor of the U.S. Supreme Court action in Glossip v. Gross, the petition for review the Supreme Court accepted last week, or until the Oklahoma Department of Corrections has obtained a viable alternative of drugs for use ­in the executions.

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Local News
6:05 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Senator Bice Authors Measure to Allow Sale of Cold High-Point Beer

State Senator Stephanie Bice

State Sen. Stephanie Bice has filed legislation that would allow retail liquor stores to sell refrigerated high-point beer in Oklahoma.

Bice says this change is something Oklahomans have increasingly been asking for.

Currently, high-point beer can only be sold at room temperature and only in liquor retail stores. Consumers would still have to purchase high-point beer at liquor stores, but under Senate Bill 383, the stores would have the option to use refrigeration.

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Local News
4:45 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Governor Fallin Issues Order to Deal With Nonviolent Offenders

Governor Mary Fallin
Credit ok.gov/governor

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has issued an executive order creating a special committee to develop reforms to how the state handles nonviolent offenders who have substance abuse problems and mental health issues.

Fallin issued the order Wednesday creating the six-member Oklahoma Justice Reform Steering Committee.

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4:42 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Creek Tribe Announces $22M Entertainment Venue in Jenks

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Leaders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation have plans to build a $22 million entertainment complex in suburban Tulsa.

Principal Chief George Tiger announced the project at a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday. The new venue will be located at the Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks.

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Station News
10:39 am
Mon January 12, 2015

KOSU to Air Gov. Fallin's Inaugural Address


KOSU will air Governor Mary Fallin's second and final inaugural address on Monday, January 12 beginning at 11:30 a.m. from the south steps of the state Capitol.

Gov. Fallin and other statewide officials will take their oaths of office and there will be guest performances by 11-year-old Edmond singer Olivia Kay and operatic soprano Leona Mitchell.

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Local News
3:33 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Bill Filed to Ban Texting While Driving

Sen. Ron Sharp

Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation banning the use of cell phones or other handheld devices to text, email or call while driving. Senate Bill 67 would make it a misdemeanor to use a handheld device while behind the wheel.

Violators would face up to a $1,000 fine or up to a year in jail, or both. The measure would enable law enforcement officers to cite drivers for using the devices as a secondary offense.

Sharp, R-Shawnee, said Oklahoma is one of only six states that has no laws on the books addressing texting while driving.

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