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Oklahoma prison suit brought back to Life

Posted by Bob Sands on

A lawsuit alleging Oklahoma prisons are so overcrowded and under-staffed that it has created a dangerous situation for inmates has new life. A 3 judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver reversed a decision by an Oklahoma City federal judge who threw out the suit. Oklahoma's correctional system spent years under control of the federal courts for similar conditions.

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Appeals Court blocks Oklahoma executions

Posted by OETA Public Television on

There will be no executions carried out in Oklahoma until the state investigates a mistake that was made in the drugs used to carry out the death penalty. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals issued the stay order and said it wants regular updates on the progress of the investigation.

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Oklahoma paychecks not increasing

Posted by Bob Sands on

The personal income of Oklahomans did not increase in the second quarter of the year. Oklahoma was the only state to record no growth. Nationally personal income increased by 0.9 percent.

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Corrections Board meets over execution drugs

Posted by Bob Sands on

The day after Governor Fallin stayed the execution of Richard Glossip the Oklahoma Board of Corrections is meeting in McAlester to discuss why the wrong drug was purchased for Glossips planned execution. Fallin issued a 37 day stay for state officials to figure out what happened. Meanwhile two other upcoming executions are still planned to occur.

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Tulsa County Sheriff resigns

Posted by Bob Sands on

Following indictment by a grand jury, Tulsa County Sheriff Stanley Glanz announced through his attorney that is resigning the post. A specific date for his departure was not given. The grand jury indicted Glanz on two misdemeanor charges but also recommended that he be removed from office.

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Earthquakes cause power outage in Cushing

Posted by Bob Sands on

The lights went out twice in Cushing Thursday evening because of earthquakes. A 4.0 quake struck first just after 8:00 pm and was followed by a 3.4 quake about 45 minutes later. The shaking caused breakers to flip at a sub-station that is powered by the communities own power plant. The USGS reports 27 2.5 or greater earthquakes in the Cushing area over the last 30 days.

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State challenges new Glossip evidence

Posted by OETA Public Television on

Lawyers for the state have challenged new evidence in the murder conviction of Richard Glossip saying new witness testimony is "inherently suspect." Meanwhile attorneys for Glossip now say one of Oklahoma's preferred execution drugs is available if the state would just look for it.

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Railroad Crossing Safety

Posted by Steve Bennett on

State officials begin 100 million dollar initiative to improve railroad crossing safety.

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