Local & Regional
6:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Oklahoma to Resume Executions after 9-Month Delay

Charles Warner
Credit Oklahoma-DOC

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate with the same three-drug method Florida intends to use about an hour earlier.

The lethal injection set for Thursday comes after a nearly nine-month delay prompted by a botched lethal injection last spring.

Both Oklahoma and Florida plan to start the executions with midazolam.  The sedative has been challenged in court as ineffective in rendering a person properly unconscious before the second and third drugs are administered.

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Local & Regional
6:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Thursday's Top Stories from KWGS

In the Local News:

  • Oklahoma prepares to carry out an execution. It would be the first since last spring's troubled execution of Clayton Lockett.
  • The Creek Nation announces a $22-million  expansion for the Jenks Riverwalk.
  • Tulsa's Chamber installs a new chairman.
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Patricia Murphy is an award-winning reporter at KUOW Public Radio in Seattle focusing on military affairs, veterans' issues and criminal justice. She began her career at WBUR Boston in 1994 and has worked at KUOW since 2000.

StudioTulsa
4:33 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

"Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth"

Aired on Wednesday, January 14th.

On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Anthony Barnosky, a Professor of Integrated Biology at UC-Berkeley and a leading scientist specializing on how global change affects biodiversity and ecosystem function.

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Lindsey Moon joined Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison as the Lee Ester News Fellow in August 2012. She comes to WPR from Iowa Public Radio where she was a reporter/producer working on both investigative reporting projects and the network's two locally produced daily talk programs. She is a contributor to the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism and is interested in health issues, sustainability, as well as arts and culture.

Lindsey has won awards from both the Northwest Broadcast News Association and Public Radio News Directors Incorporated for investigative and general reporting. She is a 2012 graduate of the University of Iowa with degrees in journalism and anthropology.

Local & Regional
3:23 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tulsa Regional Chamber Inaugurates 2015 Chair

Tulsa Regional Chamber 2015 Chair Alan Armstrong speaks during the chamber's annual meeting Wednesday.
Credit Matt Trotter / KWGS

Williams CEO Alan Armstrong takes over as chair of the Tulsa Regional Chamber.

Armstrong began his tenure as chair by telling the story of the Tulsa Commercial Club traveling to Independence, Kansas to lure the Prairie Oil and Gas company to Tulsa. Armstrong said not much has changed in 100 years.

"Skilled, available talent was a necessary link to Tulsa's success in 1914, just as it is today," he said.

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Local & Regional
12:50 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Police Investigate Convenience Store Shooting that Left Two Suspects Dead

The store in on 21st, west of Highway 169.
Credit Google Street View

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say two men have died after being shot by a convenience store clerk during an attempted robbery.

Police say 27-year-old Brian Powell was dead at the scene late Tuesday night at Ryan's Convenience and the second man died later at a Tulsa hospital. The name of the second man and that of the store clerk have not been released.

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Local & Regional
12:39 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

Tribe Announces Plans for River Walk at Jenks

Chief George Tiger makes River Walk Crossing announcement.
Credit KWGS News

The Muscogee-Creek Nation says it will spend nearly $22-million on revamping the Riverwalk Crossing at Jenks. The tribe bought the facility in the spring of 2012 out of foreclosure. The Riverwalk is next to the 96th Street Bridge at the Arkansas River.

The plans, announced today in a news conference, include a high-tech virtual golf experience, a sports bar, party rooms and family oriented games. There will also be corporate office space.

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Local & Regional
11:50 am
Wed January 14, 2015

Oklahoma Death Row Inmates Appeal to U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court is asked to weigh in on Oklahoma’s lethal injection protocol.

Charles Warner’s execution is scheduled for tomorrow, but his attorneys are asking for a stay. Attorney Dale Baich said the court last approved a lethal injection protocol in 2008.

"And the changes that have been made over the years are significant and create a substantial risk of harm," Baich said.

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