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Headlines for Wednesday, July 22, 2015:

  • A grand jury against Tulsa’s Sheriff with 12 people including three alternates is getting to work today. (Tulsa World)

  • A new proposal is getting considered for a new Oklahoma County Jail. (Journal Record)

  • A state Senator wants a lawsuit against him put on hold. (Tulsa World)

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom quarter of states in childhood wellbeing according to an annual survey out Tuesday morning from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

The state's placement remained steady from last year.

The Kids Count Data Book shows 24 percent of Oklahoma children live in poverty, and the new survey ranks the state 39th in the nation when it comes to the overall wellbeing of children.

Headlines for Tuesday, July 21, 2015:

  • Stillwater City Council approves rules for oil and gas drilling. (NewsOK)

  • A 4.4 magnitude earthquake shakes most of Oklahoma as one of several over the past 24 hours. (News9)

Headlines for Monday, July 20, 2015:

  • Oklahoma City police could soon carry a drug to save people from overdose deaths. (NewsOK)

  • A grand jury begins investigating allegations of wrongdoing against the Tulsa County sheriff's office. (AP)

  • The Corporation Commission is increasing the number of injection wells it monitors. (Journal Record)

Kate Carlton Greer / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

President Obama became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison Thursday when he toured the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution outside Oklahoma City. During his trip, Obama urged reconsideration of the current criminal justice system.

President Obama walked down Cell Block B, taking in the two-story medium security prison, with a corrections officer and Federal Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels. He peeked inside a tiny 90 square foot cell that holds up to three inmates, which he said highlights the need for prison reform.

Jacob McCleland / Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

Millions of American students don’t have access to high speed internet at home, putting them at an educational disadvantage. On Wednesday, president Barack Obama began his two-day visit to Oklahoma by unveiling a new plan to bring internet service into low income households.

The president was met with applause and introduced himself with the Choctaw greeting “Halito” at Durant High School in the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Obama checked off some of the accomplishments under his administration --- like private sector job growth, a stronger housing market and more insured Americans. That, he said, is the good news.

“But I also made it clear when I came into office, even as we’re trying to make sure the entire economy recovers, we also have to pay attention to those communities that all too often have been neglected and fallen behind,” Obama said. “And as part of that, I said, ‘We’re going to do better by our First Americans. We’re going to do better.’”

Oklahoma Department of Corrections

Lawyers for an Oklahoma death row inmate are searching for ways to exonerate a man scheduled to die in September. The execution will be the first after the Supreme Court’s ruling that upheld the use of the controversial drug midazolam.

Richard Glossip has maintained his innocence since he was convicted of first-degree murder in the 1997 death of Oklahoma City motel owner Barry Van Treese. Don Knight is a Colorado-based attorney who has taken up Glossip’s case. He says the evidence against Glossip is paper-thin and the case itself never should have qualified for the death penalty.

Miss Oklahoma Olivia Jordan, a Tulsa native, took home the Miss USA crown tonight, beating out 50 other contestants.

Headlines for Friday, July 10, 2015:

  • The state Board of Correction delays a vote on the early release of prisoners. (KSWO)

  • Former inmates could be housed in Enid soon. (Enid News & Eagle)

  • Despite cuts to the military, Fort Sill is gaining jobs. (NewsOK)

Headlines for Thursday, July 9, 2015:

  • Three death row inmates who lost their legal battle in the US Supreme Court will die before the end of the year. (NewsOK)

  • The Cherokee Nation Supreme Court denies former Chief Chad Smith’s challenge of the recent election. (Muskogee Phoenix)

  • A new survey shows the number of chronically homeless in Oklahoma City dropped for the second straight year. (NewsOK)

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