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Okla. Courts Halt Executions in Fight Over Drug Secrecy

State courts squabble over jurisdiction

(Newser) - The execution of two murderers in Oklahoma has been delayed once again amid legal battles over drug secrecy. A judge ruled last month that it would be unconstitutional for the state to conceal the source of the drugs it plans to use to execute Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, but... 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 »

US' New Hotbed of Seismic Activity: Oklahoma

Minor earthquakes spike; scientists suspect gas exploration

(Newser) - Oklahoma is positively shaking, and maybe not in a good way: A series of minor, 3-point-something earthquakes yesterday did no damage but underscore a new spike in temblors this year that some think is linked to the hunt for oil and gas. As of this month, the Sooner State has... More »

Oklahoma: Warden Can Pick Any of 5 Lethal Injections

Inmates' lawyers raise concerns over chemical combinations

(Newser) - After a pair of executions were delayed over a dearth of fatal drugs, Oklahoma is saying that as of Friday, it has a new execution protocol—and its warden can now pick from any of five options for its lethal injections. Lawyers for death-row inmates Charles Warner and Clayton Lockett... More »

Oklahoma Can't Find Lethal Injection Drugs

Pair of executions delayed after failed 'Herculean' effort

(Newser) - Two executions in Oklahoma have been pushed back a month as the state scrambles to find a source of lethal-injection drugs. The two inmates had filed a lawsuit seeking more information about the drugs that would be used to kill them, but the state's Court of Criminal Appeals decided... More »

Witness: 'Bored' Kids Shot at Many Before Killing Aussie

Luna, Jones to be tried as adults; Edwards may have charges reduced

(Newser) - More chilling details have emerged in the case of three Oklahoma teens charged with first-degree murder in the apparent boredom killing of an Australian baseball player. A judge yesterday ruled Chancey Luna and Michael Jones will be tried as adults in the death of Christopher Lane, who was shot in... More »

Man Chases $20, Gets Stuck in Storm Drain for 2 Days

He didn't even know what day it was when he was rescued

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man says he wound up stuck in a storm drain for two days because he was chasing after a $20 bill. The unnamed man somehow fit his way into a storm drain that was just 42 inches in diameter, trying to get the bill he dropped in the... More »

Snow Pounds East Coast Yet Again

DC could see 12 inches; 2K flights canceled

(Newser) - It may be March, but the winter weather isn't over. The East Coast is once again getting pummeled by snow, with Washington, DC, and other mid-Atlantic cities expecting between six and 12 inches, AccuWeather reports. Ice, meanwhile, could reach to Charlotte, NC. Virginia, Tennessee, and Delaware are among states... More »

Mom Slaps Daughter, Dad Dies When Police Respond

Nair Rodriguez alleges police brutality in Oklahoma incident

(Newser) - An Oklahoma man died outside a movie theater in a bizarre series of events in Moore on February 15, and his wife is alleging police brutality, CNN reports. Luis and Nair Rodriguez were on a family outing to the movies with their 19-year-old daughter when Nair and her daughter got... More »

Boy, 4, Killed in Freak Accidental Stabbing

Bralyn Shively dies after hammock breaks, he falls on uncle holding knife

(Newser) - As far as stabbings go, this one is as improbable as it is tragic: A 4-year-old Oklahoma boy was killed Saturday in a freak accident involving a hammock and a knife. His uncle, Chris Coates, 35, was visiting from Iowa and was lying in a hammock in the Oklahoma City... More »

Oklahoma Hit by 10 Quakes—in 3 Days

Number of quakes far higher in recent years

(Newser) - Last night saw a 3.8 earthquake hit central Oklahoma, according to the US Geological Survey—one of 10 to hit the area since Friday, NBC News reports. The 3.8 quake was the most powerful of the minor quakes; it struck near the town of Guthrie, which is about... More »

Oklahoma Rep Tries to Ban All Marriage

Mike Turner calls it 'realistic' way to block gay marriage

(Newser) - A Republican lawmaker in Oklahoma has hit upon what he considers a "realistic" way to ban gay marriage in the state while staying on the right side of the US Constitution: Banning all marriage. Rep. Mike Turner has filed a bill that would end state recognition of any marriage... More »

Judge Rejects Oklahoma's Ban on Gay Marriage

But no marriages will take place before appeal

(Newser) - Another win for gay marriage, this time in Oklahoma. A federal judge today declared that the state's 10-year-old ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, reports the Tulsa World . But don't expect any rushes to the altar: The judge stayed his ruling pending appeal, and thus no marriages can... More »

Here's the Statue Satanists Want at Oklahoma Capitol

They've raised more than $17K toward their $20K goal

(Newser) - A Ten Commandments monument has stood outside Oklahoma's Capitol building since 2012, and a New York-based group would like to see it joined by another statue, so that "people of all ages may sit on the lap of Satan." That's right: The Satanic Temple has formally... More »

Debunking the Myth of the 'Oklahoma Octopus'

Freshwater octopus would need physiological changes, river navigation

(Newser) - Thanks to unexplained drowning deaths in Oklahoma lakes over the past few years, a strange theory has begun spreading its tentacles. According to some, what's to blame is... a killer freshwater octopus. It's true the octopus is an adaptive wonder, capable of living just about anywhere in the... More »

Satanists Seek Monument at Oklahoma Statehouse

Ten Commandments project inspired them to apply

(Newser) - Republicans trying to bring church and state closer together in Oklahoma have opened the door to an unlikely group: Satanists. To recap, a Ten Commandments monument was installed at the Capitol Grounds last year with funding from the GOP-controlled legislature, despite outcry from legal experts who called it unconstitutional. The... More »

Purple Heart at Flea Market Leads to Quest for Owner

Matt Carlson guides medal from Arizona to Oklahoma

(Newser) - A Vietnam veteran was at a flea market in Glendale, Ariz., early this year when he noticed an unusual item for sale: a Purple Heart medal, going for $40. Matt Carlson knew what he had to do. "If I lost something like that, I would want my family to... More »

6 States Defy Pentagon on Gay Military Benefits

Couples being forced to travel to federal bases to get ID card needed for benefits

(Newser) - In 44 states, the gay spouse of an active-duty National Guard member can register for a military spouse ID card at his or her partner's base and begin getting federal marriage benefits. But in six states, it's not so easy. As the New York Times explains, bases in... More »

Oklahoma Bigfoot Hunt Ends Very Badly

1 shot, 3 arrested, 0 Sasquatches

(Newser) - If Bigfoot is lurking in the woods of Rogers County, Oklahoma, this sounds like the wrong group to send to hunt the creature down: Three people were arrested and one was hospitalized after a hunting trip, supposedly to find Sasquatch, went incredibly wrong, News9 reports. After Omar Pinera, 21, was... More »

Tribe's Loophole Lets Gay Couple Wed in Oklahoma

Jason Pickel, Darren Black Bear are first same-sex couple to do so

(Newser) - Oklahoma doesn't allow gay marriage, yet Jason Pickel and Darren Black Bear recently became the first same-sex couple to marry in the state. A tribal law loophole is to thank: State laws don't apply on sovereign Native American land, and the Cheyenne and Arapaho tribal code requires only... More »

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