On this edition of ST, we speak by phone with Chris Guillebeau, an entrepreneur, traveler, and New York Times bestselling author. His first two books were "The Art of Non-Conformity" and "The $100 Startup" -- and today he tells us about his newest book, "The Happiness of Pursuit: Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life." Within the last year or so, Guillebeau completed his personal quest to visit every country in the world before reaching the age of 35.
With Oklahoma’s prison population at 98% and county jails bulging, Governor Mary Fallin’s Office is re-visiting justice reform. She’s talking with a non-profit that helps states implement justice reinvestment programs. Gene Perry, with the Oklahoma Policy Institute, believes some lawmakers are taking a second look at the state’s approach to criminal justice.
Oklahoma locks up more people per capita than any other state.
GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Guthrie city leaders have declared a moratorium on new building permits in some rural areas after losing a $1.27 million lawsuit brought by a rural water district.
The Rural Water District 1 of Logan County filed a lawsuit against Guthrie nine years ago, alleging the city was not allowed to install water lines and sell water outside city limits that were set in 1972. A jury on Nov. 14 agreed and awarded the water district $1.27 million to cover lost revenue.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The head of the Department of Public Safety has complied with a federal judge's order to deliver records to attorneys for 21 Oklahoma death-row inmates who have filed a lawsuit to block their executions.
U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot convened a brief hearing Monday to determine whether Department of Public Safety Commissioner Michael Thompson had turned over records he was ordered to produce earlier this month. They include documents involving an investigation into the troubled April 29 lethal injection of Clayton Lockett.
Tulsans will gather tonight to discussed a proposed sidewalk. The walkway would connect 21st Street with the Gathering Place on the east side of Riverside Drive.
Mayor Bartlett and some of the neighborhood residents are opposed to the sidewalk. The Mayor is concerned about a vehicle going out of control during a River Parks event and slamming into a sidewalk full of people.
GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma officials say a 3-year-old Jay boy has died from injuries sustained in a weekend crash.
The Oklahoman reports the child died Sunday after being injured Saturday while in a vehicle with a 23-year-old driver in Delaware County near Grove. Troopers say the Jay woman failed to yield to another driver, who wasn't injured.
The woman was treated at an area hospital and released. Another passenger in the vehicle was also injured.
Troopers say the boy was in a child booster seat but that neither adult was wearing a seat belt.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Few Oklahomans wrongfully convicted of a crime receive compensation after their convictions are overturned due to evidence indicating innocence.
The Tulsa World reports that just six out of 28 Oklahomans listed on the National Exoneration Registry collected any money for their years spent in prison. They served an average of nine years in prison, with half serving a decade or more.
Of those 28 cases, 11 people were freed after DNA tests showed they were innocent.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican legislator whose family paid $10,000 for a Ten Commandments monument at the center of lawsuit says he has ordered a new one after someone drove a car across the statehouse lawn and smashed it into pieces.
State Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow says he has ordered an identical Ten Commandments monument that is under construction. Like the first one, he says it will be built entirely with private money and that a fundraiser is ongoing.