Local & Regional
6:53 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Supreme Court Denies Warner Stay

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says Oklahoma can proceed with its first execution since a botched one last spring.

Justices voted 5-4 against intervening in the case of Charles Frederick Warner. He was convicted in the 1997 rape and beating death of his roommate's 11-month-old daughter.

Defense lawyers said a surgical sedative couldn't knock Warner out well enough to ensure he won't feel other drugs stop his lungs and heart.

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4:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

At Philbrook's Third Thursday Series: Artist/Illustrator James Warhola and "A Night with Uncle Andy"

Aired on Thursday, January 15th.

On this edition of ST, we welcome James Warhola (born 1955), an American artist and illustrator who's created more than two dozen children's picture books over the years. Warhola briefly worked at Interview magazine in New York City -- which was established and edited by Andy Warhol, his uncle -- before becoming a science fiction illustrator. As such, beginning in the early 1980s, he did the cover art for hundreds of sci-fi books, and he was later an artist and illustrator for Mad magazine.

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Local & Regional
4:16 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Execution Appears Likely This Evening

The McAlester State Prison this afternoon.
Credit KWGS News

It appears to be  a quiet, sunny afternoon at the Oklahoma State Prison at McAlester. Behind these white walls, officials prepare to carry out an execution. Charles Warner is to die for murder.

As the clock ticks toward 6 p.m., Warner is given his last meal and allowed to say good-bye to any visitors. This is a process he has been through before. He was set to die last April 29th.  However, his execution was called off when corrections officials encountered difficulties with the execution of Clayton Lockett, just two hours ahead of his date with death.

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Local & Regional
12:36 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Death Penalty Opponents Seek Halt to Oklahoma Executions

Credit File photo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of clergy leaders and civil libertarians are making a last-minute plea to Gov. Mary Fallin to halt the scheduled execution of an Oklahoma City man for killing a baby in 1997.

Holding signs that read: "Don't Kill for Me," members of the Oklahoma Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty and other human rights advocates on Thursday urged the governor to stop the execution of Charles Warner. Warner is scheduled to die at 6 p.m. at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester.

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Local & Regional
11:26 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Oklahoma Tax System Called "Unfair"

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Results from a new study claim Oklahoma’s tax system is unfair to the great majority of its’ citizens. The report, from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, finds low and middle-income Oklahomans pay over two times more in taxes as a percentage of income than the wealthiest residents. Gene Perry is with the Oklahoma Policy Institute. He says the state’s tax system is upside down.

Perry says the Governor and legislature keep pushing tax cuts for top earners, but they haven’t done a thing for Oklahomans who most need a break.

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Local & Regional
10:06 am
Thu January 15, 2015

New Figures Show Flu Is Getting Worse in Oklahoma

The number of people hospitalized with the flu continues to climb in Oklahoma. The hospitalization rate has now topped 1,000. Officials say 228 more people were sent to the hospital with influenza just last week. That brings the total to 1,033 for this season.

Nine people died last week from the flu. That raises  the death toll since October in Oklahoma to 31.

For the first time, two of the deaths were in the 5-to-17-year-old category. 45 people in the age group have been hospitalized. By far, most of the hospitalizations and deaths have been people over 65-years-old.

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Local & Regional
9:52 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Police Chief Shot, Wounded While Investigating Threat

SENTINEL, Okla. (AP) — The police chief in Sentinel is hospitalized after being shot four times while attempting to arrest a man who allegedly made a bomb threat.

Mayor Sam Dlugonski ays Chief Louis Ross was shot three times in the chest and once in the arm Thursday morning. Dlugonski says Ross was wearing a bullet-proof vest and is expected to recover.

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Local & Regional
8:55 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Congressman Tom Cole Announces His Committee Assignments

Congressman Tom Cole
Credit Tom Cole

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican Congressman Tom Cole says he will remain on the Budget, Appropriations and Rules committees in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Cole was re-elected in November to a seventh term in the House.

He says in a news release that he will serve as chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies.

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Local & Regional
8:50 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Port Releases 2014 Stats

a barge at Tulsa's port
Credit Port of Catoosa

Shipping totals for December were strong at the Port, helping the annual tonnage for 2014 achieve the fourth best year on record.

Total inbound/outbound tonnage for the month of December was 211,913 tons. Cumulative shipping for 2014 was 2,367,127 tons, 334,000 tons lower than 2013.

Nearly all of that decline can be attributed to a lack of crude oil moving through the Port.

Outbound totals for agricultural and dry bulk commodities were virtually unchanged, while inbound tonnage figures were actually higher in 2014 than the previous year.
 

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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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