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Death Penalty
8:22 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Drug Protocol Goes Wrong In Oklahoma Execution

A death-row inmate died of a heart attack after the state attempted to execute him by lethal injection. Renee Montagne talks to Ziva Branstetter, a reporter for Tulsa Word, who covered the execution.

The Two-Way
8:19 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

UPDATED: After One Botched Execution, Oklahoma Stays A Second

This file photo combo of images provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Clayton Lockett, left, and Charles Warner.
Uncredited AP

Originally published on Tue April 29, 2014 11:12 pm

Update at 8:19 p.m. ET. Execution Fails:

According to reporters tweeting from inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, Oklahoma, the execution of Clayton D. Lockett has failed. Lockett died of a heart attack after the execution was aborted.

The execution of Charles Warner, which was supposed to take place at 9 p.m. ET., was stayed by Corrections Director Robert Patton.

According to the AP reporter on the scene, about 34 minutes after the execution was scheduled to begin, Lockett was still conscious.

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4:01 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Woody Guthrie Center Becomes Grammy Museum Affiliate

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The Woody Guthrie Center became the first U.S. affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum Tuesday, which officials said will greatly expand the opportunities for both institutions. The Woody Guthrie Center joins the Bob Marley Museum in Kingston, Jamaica, which was announced as the first Grammy Museum affiliate in February. The Grammy Museum also has established partnerships with the University of Southern California and Oregon State University.
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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:40 am
Mon April 28, 2014

Three Years Later, Norman Residents Still Wait For Storm Shelter Rebates

Karen Stark stands in her newly installed safe room in her garage in Norman.
Credit Kate Carlton / KGOU/Oklahoma Tornado Project

Tornado season has returned once again, and after the experience of last year, many Oklahomans are re-assessing their safety plans and prepping their designated refuge areas. 

For some people, that just means cleaning out their safe room. But for others, this weekend’s tornado scare was a reminder that they still haven’t gotten funding they were promised to build safe rooms.

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The Two-Way
2:17 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Judge OKs WikiLeaker Manning's Name Change To 'Chelsea'

The soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning was dressed as a woman in this 2010 photograph.
U.S. Army handout Reuters/Landov

The ex-Army intelligence analyst responsible for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history is now officially known as Chelsea Elizabeth Manning.

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Oklahoma Tornado Project
8:30 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Millions Of Pounds Worth Of Tornado Debris: Where Does It All Go?

Birds flock over the active portion of Jeff Bedick's Waste Connections landfill.
Credit Kate Carlton

It’s been nearly a year since a series of tornadoes devastated central Oklahoma, destroying homes, parks and commercial buildings. During the recovery process, construction crews gathered over 300,000 tons of debris between just Oklahoma City and Moore. 

Jeff Bedick is the District Manager for Waste Connections, which operates a landfill in west Oklahoma City. The facility sits on 200 acres, which mostly just looks like a giant, grass-covered hill on the side of the highway.

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Veterinarians Rural Oklahoma
4:43 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

New Animal Doctors Facing Tough Financial Future

In a couple of weeks, more than eighty students are graduating from Oklahoma’s Veterinary School as doctors of veterinary medicine.

KOSU’s Chloe Charlton reports most of them are facing a bleak future, at least in the financial sense.

OSU’s new veterinarians face $200,000 in debt, and with the average starting salary hovering around $45,000, it could take decades to pay these loans back.

In 2008, Oklahoma’s state government agreed to supplement a federal program, encouraging OSU graduates to practice large animal medicine in rural communities.

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2:33 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Harold Hamm: The Billionaire Oilman Fueling America's Recovery

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The May 5 issue of Forbes Magazine features Harold Hamm, the CEO of Oklahoma City-based Continental Resources, on the cover. Read the story below.
Harold Hamm has transformed the U.S. oil industry like no one since John D. Rockefeller, while helping to keep domestic prices low - and making himself a $17 billion fortune. The great domestic energy boom, he says, is just beginning. Two Scotches in, with seats on the floor of Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena, Harold Hamm is feeling good.
2:30 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Oklahoma City Pursuing Eminent Domain For Proposed Convention Center

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On March 18, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim for several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena. Oklahoma Gazette's Ben Felder has more.
After failing to negotiate a purchase price with the owners of several lots west of Chesapeake Energy Arena, the Oklahoma City Council authorized city staff to file an eminent domain claim with a vote on March 18.The timing of the vote is one that Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid finds ironic.
Environment
5:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Federal Plan To Save Prairie Chickens Ruffles State Feathers

A male lesser prairie chicken in the Texas Panhandle. The bird's entire habitat includes parts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
Jon McRoberts AP

Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 5:29 pm

It's prairie chicken mating season!

Still, it's tough being a lesser prairie chicken these days. This type of grouse once spanned an enormous area, though now they survive mainly in pockets of Oklahoma and Kansas. Their numbers are plummeting; in 2012, the population dropped by half.

But after they were recently listed as a threatened species by the U.S. government, complaints of federal overreach and lawsuits have followed.

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