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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.