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Okla. Lawmakers Take Issue With AP US History Course

Curriculum leaves out American exceptionalism: legislators

(Newser) - Oklahoma lawmakers are taking aim at Advanced Placement courses—specifically, AP US history, which they say doesn't support the idea of American exceptionalism. The course, says Republican state Rep. Dan Fisher, focuses on "what is bad about America," the Tulsa World reports. He put forward a bill... More »

Oklahoma Quakes Raise Risk of 'Big One'

Earthquakes linked to fracking heighten the odds, study says

(Newser) - Southern Kansas and Oklahoma are experiencing small, daily quakes linked with fracking that make a larger and more destructive earthquake much more likely, according to a new, unpublished federal study. The risk remains low—about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance—but if true, it ranks the region among... More »

Oklahoma Debates Death by Nitrogen for Inmates

Rep. Mike Christian: executions with nitrogen gas deplete oxygen, are painless

(Newser) - Tennessee has brought back the electric chair ; Utah's considering reviving the firing squad . Now Oklahoma Republicans are making a push to build a $300,000 gas chamber in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester, using nitrogen gas as a backup plan to lethal injection in executions, the AP reports.... More »

3 Executions on Hold Until Supreme Court Hears Case

Unless Oklahoma comes up with an alternative to controversial drug

(Newser) - Three death-row inmates in Oklahoma now have a much better chance of living long enough to see whether their court challenge to lethal injection is successful. The Supreme Court today ordered Oklahoma to put the executions on hold until the court hears their case in late April, reports NBC News... More »

Supreme Court Will Review Lethal Injection

Justices to hear appeal from death-row inmates in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Gay marriage won't be the only high-profile issue on the Supreme Court's docket: The justices today said they would take up the issue of lethal injection, reports SCOTUSblog . Death-row inmates in Oklahoma say the state's three-drug protocol amounts to cruel and unusual punishment, as evidenced by... More »

'My Body Is on Fire': Okla. Executes Charles Warner

State carries out first execution since botched one

(Newser) - Oklahoma executed a death row inmate last night in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring , and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night . Charles Warner's execution for the 1997 killing of an 11-month-old girl... More »

Okla. to Execute Man Today, First Since Botched Death

It's upped dose of midazolam, implemented training, better equipment

(Newser) - Nine months after a botched lethal injection ground capital punishment to a halt, Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate today with the same three-drug method Florida intends to use about an hour earlier. Oklahoma prison officials ordered new medical equipment, implemented more training for staff, and renovated the... More »

Could a 1981 Cable Repair Ticket Lead to Woman's Killer?

Possible clue released on what would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday

(Newser) - Monday, Jan. 5, would have been Tracey Neilson's 55th birthday. It also marked the 34th anniversary of the day she was found dead by her husband of five months in their Moore, Okla., apartment. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation hopes that the 35th anniversary won't arrive with... More »

Oklahoma Hoodie-Wearers May Soon Face $500 Fine

Sen. Don Barrington says bill amendment would ease business owners' minds

(Newser) - A law originally meant to dissuade crime by Ku Klux Klan members may soon keep people having a bad-hair day from wearing hoodies in public. Oklahoma state Sen. Don Barrington has proposed an amendment to an early 1920s bill that makes it illegal to wear a "mask, hood, or... More »

Arizona Makes Changes After 'Not Botched' Execution

Judge rules that Oklahoma can resume executions

(Newser) - Arizona's execution of Joseph Wood was "not botched," a state-commissioned review has concluded, even though it took almost two hours for him to die. The director of Arizona's Department of Corrections says the lethal injection was "done appropriately and with the utmost professionalism," the... More »

2 Sue Their Neighbor Over Pot: All 3 Are US States

Nebraska and Oklahoma aren't happy with Colorado

(Newser) - Nebraska and Oklahoma have had enough of their punk neighbor Colorado smoking weed. The attorneys general for both states asked the Supreme Court today to declare Colorado's rule legalizing marijuana null and void, reports the Denver Post and the Omaha World-Herald . Both say they've seen a spike in... More »

Beheading Victim Fought Killer, Autopsy Shows

Okla. death report says Colleen Hufford had 'defensive injuries' on hands, arm

(Newser) - An autopsy shows that a woman who was beheaded at an Oklahoma food-processing plant apparently tried to fight off her attacker, who had a serrated cooking knife. Colleen Hufford, 54, was killed in the Sept. 25 attack at Vaughan Foods in Moore. The autopsy released yesterday says she died of... More »

3-Year-Old Accidentally Shoots, Kills Mom: Police

Boy reportedly found gun under the couch

(Newser) - A young Oklahoma mom is dead after her 3-year-old accidentally shot her, KJRH reports. Christa Engles, a 26-year-old from Tulsa, was believed to be changing her 1-year-old daughter's diaper in her living room when police say her preschool son wandered in with a semi-automatic handgun and shot her in... More »

Okla. Students Walk Out in Rape Protest

They support classmates who say they were bullied after being raped

(Newser) - High school students in Oklahoma walked out of classes yesterday in solidarity with three classmates who say they were raped by a fellow student and then bullied by the alleged attacker's friends. Hundreds of teens at Norman High School participated in the protests, which accused school officials of failing... More »

4.8 Earthquake Rattles Kansas, Oklahoma

The epicenter was about 25 miles south of Wichita

(Newser) - Kansas has seen an uptick in earthquakes since the fall of 2013, and yesterday marked the latest rumble in the state. Given a preliminary magnitude of 4.8, the earthquake struck at 3:40pm in Conway Springs, 25 miles southwest of Wichita. It hit less than 24 hours after a... More »

Oil Magnate Loses Favorite Geode in $1B Divorce

Harold Hamm will pay ex-wife $322M now, $7M a month starting in 2015

(Newser) - Oil tycoon Harold Hamm got two horses named Star and Uno, firearms, and family photos, but he lost his favorite geode to his ex-wife. The 68-year-old Continental Resources CEO still has "billions to spare," though, even after an Oklahoma City judge ruled yesterday that he must pay Sue... More »

Car Crash Kills House Candidate

Earl Everett was Democratic nominee in Oklahoma's 2nd District

(Newser) - An 81-year-old Democrat in the race for a US House seat in eastern Oklahoma has died from injuries he sustained in a car accident, police say. Earl Emmitt Everett, a retired schoolteacher and Korean War veteran, died at a Tulsa hospital yesterday. He had been in a two-car accident Friday... More »

Remains From 1970s Found in Sunken Cars

Oklahoma officials say all 6 died by accidental drowning

(Newser) - Oklahoma police have solved a decades-old cold case with the help of sonar equipment and a little luck, WMAZ-TV reports. During a sonar training exercise last year, highway troopers found bodies in two deeply corroded cars submerged in a western Oklahoma lake—and now medical officials say the remains belong... More »

Why Oklahoma Doesn't Want to Use New Execution Room

Chamber was unveiled last week, but state isn't ready for executions

(Newser) - Oklahoma wants to put Richard Eugene Glossip, John Marion Grant, and Charles Warner to death—but not until 2015. Though prison officials last week unveiled a newly renovated and roomier execution chamber inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary, the state's attorney general on Friday filed a notice seeking to delay... More »

Husband Raped Her Son, but Mom Got More Jail Time

Victim Collin Grant misses his mother, wishes he had never come forward

(Newser) - A 12-year-old Oklahoma boy just wanted to escape from the repeated rapes he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, so 10 years ago he turned the man in. But Collin Grant now says he wishes he had never told anyone about Jimmy Don Mackey's reign of terror—which... More »

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