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Death Penalty
8:51 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Oklahoma Court Delays 2 Executions Because Of Drug Shortage

An Oklahoma court put the execution of two men on hold on Tuesday because a five-judge appellate panel was not sure that the state could procure the drugs used to put convicts to death.

Lawyers for the two men asked that their executions be delayed because of the uncertainty surrounding the method.

USA Today reports:

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Share The Love
8:40 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Share The Love: Jerry and Judy Bettis

Jerry and Judy Bettis on a river cruise from St. Petersburg to Moscow
Jerry and Judy Bettis Listener Contributors

The last couple of weeks, we put out a call to listeners to share their love stories for Valentine’s Day. Jerry and Judy Bettis of Stillwater knew each other for decades before romance entered the picture – he was childhood friends with her older brother – but sometimes, finding love is just a matter of the right timing.

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Share The Love
7:40 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Share the Love: Alyssa Parks

From right to left: Rocky, Alyssa Parks, Rocky’s “brother,” Niko, and Alyssa’s husband, Austin.
Alyssa Parks Listener Contributor

The last couple of weeks, we put out a call to listeners to share their love stories for Valentine’s Day.  One of the stories we received was from Alyssa Parks of Seminole.  She told us about how sometimes love literally curls up in your lap when you least expect it.

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Toy and Action Figure Museum: A Geek Paradise in Small-Town Oklahoma

Toy designer and Toy and Action Figure Museum Curator Kevin Stark shows off his light saber skills.
Nikole Robinson Carroll KOSU

Downtown Pauls Valley isn’t where many people expect to find a tourist attraction that’s put Oklahoma on the map.  If you blink when you drive by, you might miss it.  But don’t be fooled by its 6000-square-foot size.  The Toy and Action Figure Museum, tucked in next door to a 50’s style diner, has hosted visitors from all over the country and beyond.  The Tulsa World named it a top Oklahoma attraction.  It was featured in Wired Magazine and nabbed a spot in Time Magazine’s Top 50 American Experiences in 2009.  The museum is literally filled to the rafters with heroes, villains and nostalgi

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Fri January 24, 2014

The Curbside Chronicle: A Hand Up, Not A Handout

Pictured from left to right: Curbside Chronicle Executive Director Whitley O’Connor, artist and Curbside Chronicle vendor Merl Childs, and Curbside Chronicle Editor Ranya Forgotson
Nikole Robinson Carroll KOSU

Street paper The Curbside Chronicle strives to help the homeless get back to what the rest of us consider a “normal” life while showing the general public what homelessness really looks like.

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Carless OKC Couple Promote Walkability With Blog

Credit Glyn Lowe / Flickr

John and Elizabeth Tankard do not have a car.  This is by choice and through their blog, they hope to encourage other Oklahomans to make the same choice.

You can follow the Carless in OKC blog at carlessinokc.blogspot.com.

 

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Same-Sex Marriage
6:53 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Federal Judge Strikes Down Oklahoma Ban On Gay Marriage

Saying Oklahoma's ban on gay marriage is "arbitrary" and "irrational," a federal judge ruled the ban violated the constitution and it should be struck down.

U.S. Senior District Judge Terence Kern, however, put a hold on his ruling, pending an appeal. This means gay marriages will not begin immediately in the state.

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Uniquely Oklahoma
7:40 am
Tue January 14, 2014

OKC Museum Curator Says Pigeons Are NOT "Rats With Wings"

Museum curator Lorrie Montero and her husband, Andy.
Nikole Robinson Carroll KOSU

Recently, KOSU's Nikole Robinson Carroll took a trip out to a museum that’s been around for about 20 years in an Oklahoma City home, but has just moved to a nearby new facility and is prepared to open anew this week.  The subject matter of this museum is a particular animal, but not one that’s really thought of as iconic to Oklahoma like the bison.  It’s a bit smaller…  the pigeon.  Or as Sandy Bates calls them in “Stardust Memories,” “rats with wings.”

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Politics
7:40 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Speak of the Devil: A Talk With Satanic Temple’s Lucien Greaves

Credit The Satanic Temple / thesatanictemple.com

Recently, the Oklahoma State Capitol has become a major battleground in the debate over freedom of expression.  The placement of a Ten Commandments monument on the Capitol grounds has led to requests for statuary representation from other groups, including Hindus, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the Satanic Temple.  The panel overseeing the Capitol grounds has stopped accepting these requests until an ACLU lawsuit regarding the Ten Commandments monument is settled, but the New York-based Satanic Temple is continuing with its plans.  It’s even submitted a design, which h

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Earthquakes
7:29 am
Fri January 3, 2014

A Sharp Rise In Earthquakes Puts Oklahomans On Edge

Chad Devereaux cleans up bricks that fell from his in-laws' home in Sparks, Okla., in November 2011, after two earthquakes hit the area in less than 24 hours.
Sue Ogrocki AP

For the past three decades, Oklahoma averaged about 50 earthquakes a year. But that number has skyrocketed in the past few years. In 2013 — the state's most seismically active year ever — there were almost 3,000.

The quakes are small, and they're concentrated in the central part of the state, where the Erwins live.

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