WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court is stepping into the issue of lethal injection executions for the first time since 2008 in an appeal filed by death row inmates in Oklahoma.
The justices agreed Friday to review whether the sedative midazolam can be used in executions because of concerns that it does not produce a deep, comalike unconsciousness and ensure that a prisoner does not experience intense and needless pain when other drugs are injected to kill him.
Oklahoma uses midazolam as one of three drugs in lethal injection executions.
Tulsa and Jenks have new jail agreements with the Tulsa County Criminal Justice Authority.
The authority Friday passed Jenks’ unanimously and Tulsa’s 4–1. The agreements are nearly identical.
During the meeting, Tulsa City Attorney David O’Meilia said the city disagrees with a declaration that the sheriff runs the jail and would like to clarify language about daily rates. That caused noticeable frustration among the county commissioners on the authority.
Authority Chair Karen Keith said who operates the jail shouldn't be an issue.
OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — For the ninth straight year, the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is hosting a workshop for plasticulture farmers.
The workshop provides gardeners with the latest information as well as time-tested methods for producing bountiful crops. This year's workshop is planned Feb. 7 at the Donald W. Reynolds Technology Center in Okmulgee.
A trio of bills by Rep. Sally Kern are among several anti-gay bills that have been filed with the state legislature.
Oklahomans for Equality Advocacy Chair Mike Redman said Kern's filings especially are no surprise.
"Sally Kern targets the gay and lesbian community every opportunity that she gets," Redman said. "She is at the end of her term limit career, and she's just using this as another publicity opportunity to take one final jab at the gay and lesbian community."
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers will have more than 2,000 bills and resolutions to consider when they convene next month.
Thursday afternoon was the deadline for filing bills to be considered by the 2015 Oklahoma Legislature. Legislative officials say 1,219 bills and 26 joint resolutions were filed in the House. A total of 815 bills and 32 joint resolutions were filed in the state Senate by the deadline.
On Saturday the 24th, in a performance beginning at 8pm, the highly acclaimed Rastrelli Cello Quartet will return to Tulsa. The concert happens at the Williams Theatre in the Tulsa Performing Arts Center and is presented by Choregus Productions. Our guest is the founder and artistic director of this group, Kira Kraftzoff. As he explains, the Rastrelli has been deliberately focused on -- and enthusiastically passionate about -- what classical music buffs sometimes call "non-traditional programming" since its inception in 2002.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Freshman U.S. Sen. James Lankford has been named chairman of a subcommittee of the Senate's Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
Committee Chairman Ron Johnson named Lankford the chairman of the Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management. The subcommittee oversees the management, efficiency and effectiveness of various federal agencies, including the effectiveness of national security methods.