OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A decision by an Oklahoma judge to declare the state's execution law unconstitutional leaves intact each death-row inmate's conviction and sentence.
Oklahoma County District Judge Patricia Parrish said Wednesday it was wrong for the state to say inmates couldn't sue to find out more information about the drugs that would be used to kill them. She said that denying inmates their due process rights violated the U.S. Constitution.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Records show that more than 125 Oklahoma Department of Human Services employees were fired, suspended or demoted during 2013 for various infractions — including one instance of an employee picking up the wrong baby from a day care.
The records obtained by The Oklahoman include a report that a child welfare specialist picked up a baby girl instead of a baby boy that the worker had picked up weekly for "at least 12 weeks."
FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Authorities in eastern Oklahoma are searching for a plane that disappeared while flying from Arkansas to Oklahoma.
LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale told the Times Record Wednesday that search crews are looking in a heavily wooded area of the Ouachita National Forest in southeastern Oklahoma.
Seale says the search began Tuesday after the Federal Aviation Administration contacted the sheriff's department and said 71-year-old Elmer Ray Broadbent and his Piper 28 aircraft disappeared while flying from Searcy to Elk City.
CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina authorities have issued an arrest warrant for the father of a girl at the center of an adoption dispute pitting him against a Charleston-area couple. A statement from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office on Saturday said Dusten Brown faces a charge of custodial interference for failing to transfer his 3-year-old daughter to her adopted parents. A family court judge said this week the child should be returned immediately. Brown is training with the National Guard in Iowa.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging $2 million in state funding for a youth livestock show after attorneys in the case failed to show up for a scheduling conference.
Republican Rep. Mike Reynolds filed the suit, arguing that the state violated a prohibition on gifts of public money when it allocated $2 million to the Oklahoma Youth Expo, which runs the livestock show.
Originally published on Thu January 17, 2013 2:51 pm
UPDATE at 12:35 p.m., ET, Jan. 17: Many of you wrote in to tell us you were taken aback by Whole Foods top executive John Mackey characterizing the health law as fascism in an NPR interview, and apparently, he's feeling a little sheepish.
About three minutes into his otherwise amiable chat with CBS This Morning hosts on on Thursday, Mackey walked back his comments in response to a direct question from Norah O'Donnell:
The food world is buzzing today about the latest news on just how often we waste perfectly good food. And we admit, the statistics are pretty depressing.
About 40 percent of food in the United States today goes uneaten. The average American consumer wastes 10 times as much food as someone in Southeast Asia — up 50 percent from Americans in the 1970s. Yet, 1 in 6 Americans doesn't have enough to eat, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And food waste costs us about $165 billion a year and sucks up 25 percent of our freshwater supply.