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Courts Nix States' Attempts to Ban Abortion

Abortion clinics score victory amid attempts to shut them down amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing abortion providers a victory as clinics across the US filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during the outbreak. A new Ohio order is also unconstitutional if it... More »

Ex-Senator Liked to Beat 'My Head Against a Wall'

Former US Sen. Tom Coburn has died at 72

(Newser) - Former US Sen. Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma family doctor who earned a reputation as a conservative political maverick as he railed against federal earmarks and subsidies for the rich, has died, the AP reports. He was 72. Coburn, who also delivered more than 4,000 babies while an obstetrician in... More »

10 States Waging an Aggressive War Against Coronavirus

And 10 that may need to step it up

(Newser) - As "social distancing" and "flattening the curve" become part of our coronavirus vernacular, certain states are taking extra-aggressive measures to ensure its residents stay healthy. WalletHub wanted to see which states have done the most in terms of limiting exposure to the virus, looking at nearly 36 metrics... More »

College Recruiter Has Students Line Up by Skin Color, Hair Texture

He's since been fired

(Newser) - A college recruiter was fired after high school students in Oklahoma City said he had them line up by the color of their skin and then by their hair texture, the AP reports. Harding Charter Preparatory High School student Korey Todd told KFOR-TV that during the Feb. 24 assembly, the... More »

10 Best, Worst US States for the Ladies

Massachusetts comes in at No. 1, Louisiana is dead last

(Newser) - Women make up just over half of the population in America, so one would think that health care, job opportunities, and goodwill toward working parents as they relate to women would be a top priority. WalletHub took a look at all 50 states, plus the District at Columbia, analyzing two... More »

Another Death Among Group of Teen Runners Hit by Truck

Kolby Crum was 18

(Newser) - The day after Oklahoma's Max Townsend lost his adult son in a car accident, police say he plowed his pickup into a group of teen runners. Two died within a day of the Feb. 3 crash; now a third has died. KFOR reports the Prayers for Kolby Facebook page... More »

Executions Are About to Resume in Oklahoma

A 'reliable' drug supplier has been found, says the state

(Newser) - Oklahoma is set to resume executions after a five-year lull prompted by drug mix-ups, but it won't be relying on nitrogen gas . As a 2015 law allowing the state to pursue execution by nitrogen hypoxia only permits the method if lethal injection drugs are unavailable, executions will be carried... More »

99 Years Later, an 'Unprecedented' Move in Tulsa

Dig at Oaklawn Cemetery tied to the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 to begin in April

(Newser) - A century later, officials plan to dig up part of a cemetery that could possibly hold victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, in which hundreds of African Americans were killed in an infamous instance of racial violence that city leaders largely stayed mum on for nearly a century.... More »

'Unbearable': 2 Teens Dead After Pickup Hits Runners

Driver Max Townsend's son had been killed in a car accident the previous day

(Newser) - Oklahoma's Max Townsend lost his 29-year-old son in a car accident on Sunday. A day later, police say he plowed his pickup into a group of teenage runners, and two of the teens have since died, reports ABC News . Townsend is in custody and suspected of drunk driving as... More »

Fugitive Accused of Faking His Own Suicide Is Caught

Jason Blair Scott allegedly raped his stepdaughter and now faces life in prison

(Newser) - A man faked his own death in an attempt to avoid penalty for raping his stepdaughter, who was found to be pregnant with his child, according to the US Marshals Service, which is now celebrating "the fastest apprehension of a fugitive in the 37-year history of the 15 Most... More »

Tiger Zookeeper Gets 22 Years for Murder Plot

He tried to hire undercover FBI agent to kill animal sanctuary founder

(Newser) - A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced 56-year-old Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage—who is also known as "Joe Exotic"—for... More »

9 Dead Amid Severe US Storms

Louisiana takes the brunt of it so far

(Newser) - Severe storms sweeping across parts of the US South were blamed Saturday in the deaths of at least nine people, including two first responders, as high winds, tornadoes, and unrelenting rain battered a large area of the region, the AP reports. Storm-related fatalities were reported in icy weather in Texas,... More »

Cops: 'OK 2020, It Only Took You 4.5 Hours to Get Weird'

Oklahoma police say man, goat taken on terrifying 3-state drive

(Newser) - A man stole a pickup truck with a sleeping passenger and a goat inside it and drove it all the way from Missouri to Oklahoma before releasing the terrified victim and animal and eventually being arrested, authorities say. According to an arrest report, two men in the truck parked outside... More »

'Anomalies' Point to Possible Mass Graves From Tulsa Race Massacre

Historians believe 300 died when mob attacked, burned black neighborhood

(Newser) - The official death toll from the 1921 Tulsa race massacre stands at 36, but historians have long believed that around 300 black men, women, and children were killed when white rioters led by the Ku Klux Klan attacked and burned the city's Greenwood neighborhood. University of Oklahoma experts now... More »

Starbucks Barista Prints Nasty Word on Cop's Coffee

Oklahoma Police Chief Johnny O'Mara did not hold back

(Newser) - An Oklahoma police officer was picking up Starbucks coffees on Thanksgiving and noticed a word on the label: "PIG." And it didn't end there. "This is what he gets for being nice," Kiefer Police Chief Johnny O'Mara wrote on Facebook , saying the coffees were... More »

3 People Dead After Shooting at Walmart

Apparent domestic dispute at root of shooting in Duncan, Oklahoma

(Newser) - Three people are dead—including the shooter—after a shooting at a Walmart store in Duncan, Oklahoma, reports the Duncan Banner . It appears a male shooter with a semiautomatic handgun killed a man and a woman who were inside a car in the store parking lot. Fox 25 reports that... More »

They Were Meant to Get Flu Shots. Instead, a 'Medical Misadventure'

8 residents, 2 workers at Oklahoma care center apparently received insulin instead of flu vaccine

(Newser) - Investigators believe an unintentional mix-up led to 10 people being hospitalized in Oklahoma after receiving what was supposed to be their flu vaccines. The AP reports that eight residents and two workers at Jacquelyn House, a care center for people with intellectual disabilities, were sickened this week after the shots... More »

State Sets 450 Inmates Free

Emotional reunions with families and friends follow in Oklahoma

(Newser) - "Let's make it so you guys do not come back here again." With that, Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board freed at least 462 inmates on Monday, the nation's largest one-day commutation ever. The governor addressed about 70 of the nonviolent offenders... More »

Mass Oklahoma Inmate Release Is Nation's Largest

400 inmates expected to leave prison Monday

(Newser) - More than 400 Oklahoma inmates are expected to walk out of prison Monday in what state officials say is the largest single-day mass commutation in the nation's history. The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is expected to approve the commutations Friday and forward them to Gov. Kevin Stitt, a... More »

Judge Makes Big Decimal Point Error in Opioid Ruling

Oklahoma's Thad Balkman was off by $107M or so

(Newser) - A judge in Oklahoma has admitted a major calculating error in the $572 million penalty applied to pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson for its role in the state's opioid crisis. "That's the last time I use that calculator," Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman said Tuesday,... More »

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