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Okla.'s 'Oilfield Prayer Day' Gets a Tweak

People of all faiths, not just Christians, now welcome to pray for blessings of the industry

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin plans to revise a proclamation inviting Christians to pray for the "blessings created by the oil and natural gas industry" to be more inclusive. Fallin spokesman Michael McNutt said Monday the proclamation, issued last month, declaring Thursday "Oilfield Prayer Day" will be revised to... More »

America's 10 Least Popular Governors

Chris Christie makes the list but doesn't top it

(Newser) - Morning Consult has released its rankings of the country's most and least popular governors, and a certain one-time presidential hopeful from New Jersey is near the top of the disapproval column. Politico reports Chris Christie is the third most unpopular governor in the country with a 68% disapproval... More »

Oklahoma Used Wrong Drug During Execution

January mistake just came to light

(Newser) - Oklahoma used the wrong drug to stop an inmate's heart during an execution in January, according to an autopsy report obtained by the Oklahoman . Corrections officials used potassium acetate—not potassium chloride, as required under the state's protocol—to execute Charles Warner , according to the newspaper. Last week,... More »

Controversial Execution Postponed Again

Richard Glossip was scheduled to be put to death today

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Wednesday postponed the scheduled execution of an inmate who claims he's innocent , saying a drug that the state Department of Corrections had received to carry out his lethal injection didn't match those listed in the agency's protocols. Fallin said prison officials received... More »

Susan Sarandon Trying to Save Death-Row Inmate

Calls Oklahoma governor 'horrible person' for not intervening

(Newser) - Susan Sarandon is using her Hollywood clout to try to save an inmate on Oklahoma's death row. In an interview with Sky News , the actress called Gov. Mary Fallin a "horrible person" for not intervening in next month's scheduled execution of Richard Glossip. He is "clearly... More »

Okla. Gov to Court: Ten Commandments Monument Stays

Mary Fallin rejects state Supreme Court ruling to remove monument

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has no plans to take down the 6-foot-tall stone Ten Commandments monument from state Capitol grounds—despite a state Supreme Court ruling ordering just that, reports Reuters . Fallin says her attorney general is asking the high court to reconsider its 7-2 ruling, saying, per Tulsa World ... More »

Oklahoma Ditches Common Core

Governor says education standards 'tainted' by federal overreach

(Newser) - Oklahoma can come up with better academic standards than the "tainted" federal Common Core, Gov. Mary Fallin said yesterday as she signed legislation repealing the standards. The governor—who was still defending the standards as recently as January—said federal overreach and meddling had become too much, Politico reports.... More »

Okla. Stays Next Execution After Inmate's Botched Death

Charles Warner gets 6-month reprieve

(Newser) - Oklahoma's attorney general has agreed to a six-month stay of execution for a death row inmate scheduled to die next week while an investigation is conducted into last week's botched lethal injection. In a filing today with the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals, Attorney General Scott Pruitt's... More »

Oklahoma Inmate Was Tasered Day of Execution

Also, tech had to inject drugs into groin

(Newser) - Oklahoma's prison chief today released a timeline regarding the botched execution of Clayton Lockett, and two items are getting much of the attention: In the morning, guards had to Taser Lockett when he refused to be restrained; and in the evening, a technician had so much trouble finding a... More »

Inmate's Last Words: 'Something's Wrong'

Details emerge on Clayton Lockett execution

(Newser) - More details are emerging about the botched execution of Clayton Lockett , including the fact that Lockett was struggling to speak before he died. Reporters from News on 6 and the Tulsa World, who were among 12 media observers, offer minute-by-minute recaps. Some key moments:
  • 6:23pm: The execution begins. The
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Now Oklahoma Ready to Execute 2

Court decides inmates don't need to know drug source

(Newser) - In yet another turnaround for Oklahoma murderers Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, the state Supreme Court has lifted its own stay of execution , clearing the way for the two men to die by lethal injection next week. The court decided that the two inmates are not entitled to know the... More »

Oklahoma Bans Its Cities From Hiking Minimum Wage

City-level initiatives would cost jobs, Gov. Mary Fallin says

(Newser) - An initiative to raise the minimum wage in Oklahoma City has been thwarted by a new law banning cities in the state from setting their own minimum wages or requirements for vacation days. A petition being circulated in the city called for raising the local minimum wage to $10.10—... More »

Oklahoma's Fallin: I Need to Cut Red Tape

Plus, GOP did not like Obama's counterterror speech

(Newser) - With President Obama headed for her tornado-ravaged state, Okla. Gov. Mary Fallin told CNN's State of the Union today that while, "so far, we have had a great response" from the feds, she's also worried about the grinding wheels of bureaucracy in the days ahead. "What... More »

Oklahoma's Coburn: I Want Offsets to Pay for Tornado Aid

But Obama promises resources for disaster

(Newser) - Tom Coburn represents Oklahoma, so you might expect him to call for tornado relief to flow to his state no matter the cost—but you'd be wrong. Instead, the Republican senator is demanding that all aid to his state be offset by cuts elsewhere in the budget, a spokesman... More »

Okla. Coroner Drops Death Toll to 24

Including 7 kids, but fatalities still expected to rise

(Newser) - The Oklahoma state medical examiner's office has dramatically dropped the confirmed death toll in yesterday's horrific tornado to 24, reports the AP . A spokeswoman said that some bodies were apparently counted twice in the chaotic aftermath of the storm, and that confusion was exacerbated by knocked-out communication lines.... More »

Tales of Tragedy, Heroism Out of Oklahoma

Teacher threw herself over kids as twister hit school

(Newser) - As frantic search and rescue efforts continued through the night in Oklahoma, officials warned that the death toll— which has been downwardly revised to 24 —from yesterday's horrific tornado was still expected to rise, CNN reports. The destruction is "the worst thing I have ever seen,"... More »

Santorum, Jeb Bush Will Speak at Convention

Latest round of speakers includes Rand Paul, Mary Fallin

(Newser) - Another round of Republican National Convention speakers has been announced, and leading the pack is former Mitt Romney arch-rival Rick Santorum. Some top Romney aides had hoped Santorum wouldn't speak after he offered some bruising primary attacks against the former governor, Reuters notes. Also speaking will be Kentucky Sen.... More »

Oklahoma 4th State to Ban Abortions After 20 Weeks

Gov. Mary Fallin signs two laws restricting abortions

(Newser) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin signed a bill yesterday restricting abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy because, the bill presumes, at that point a fetus can experience pain. The "Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act" makes performing such an abortion a felony, although exemptions are allowed when the mother is at... More »

GOP Grabs 10 Democratic Governorships

Also, Nikki Haley wins in South Carolina

(Newser) - Republicans captured governorships that had been held by Democrats in Michigan, Tennessee, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Ohio, Iowa, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. In other big races, Nikki Haley won in South Carolina, Jan Brewer won in Arizona, and Harry Reid's son lost in Nevada. GOP highlights below; see Democratic highlights... More »

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