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  • Sister Helen Prejean appeals to governor to stay convicted killer Richard Glossip's execution

    BY BARBARA HOBEROCK, Tulsa World | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Sister Helen Prejean on Thursday again appealed to Gov. Mary Fallin to grant a stay for a man set for execution later this month. Prejean made her third trip to Oklahoma on behalf of Richard Glossip, who is set to die Sept. 16 for the murder of Barry Van Treese. She is his spiritual...

  • After controversial tenure, Randy Brogdon to step down as OK GOP chairman  

    BY RICK M. GREEN Capitol Bureau rmgreen@oklahoman.com | Published: Thu, Sep 3, 2015

    Brogdon to step down as OK GOP chairman.  

  • Aging out of DHS system increases risk of homelessness

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Jennifer Boyer, programs supervisor for DHS' Oklahoma Independent Living program, said the agency has some programs designed to ease the transition for those who age out of the state's child welfare system into independence, but "we just don't have enough."

  • Best sex education video ever, made by a Brit

    BY GINNIE GRAHAM, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Sep 2, 2015

    Sometimes, it's takes a foreigner to put an American hangup into perspective. Comedian and host of  HBO's "Last Week with John Oliver"  summed up in 21 minutes all the weak arguments and approaches the U.S. has with sex education. Warning: It's a bawdy piece. But, it's a...

  • Hearings held in Oklahoma City, Tulsa on changes to Oklahoma’s forfeiture law

    BY SEAN MURPHY Associated Press  | Updated: Tue, Sep 1, 2015

    Oklahoma laws that allow law enforcement to seize money and property they believe are linked to criminal activity are ripe for abuse and should have safeguards so assets aren't seized from innocent people, experts told lawmakers Tuesday. A proposed bill would require a conviction and increase the...

  • Rep. Jim Bridenstine recognized for leadership on space issues

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 31, 2015

    In the 1st District, U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine is known for his iconoclastic conservatism and willingness to challenge the status quo. In Washington, he is known as one of the few people paying much attention to the nation’s space satellite programs. It’s a technical subject, unglamorous and...

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office will start new review duties of boards and commissions

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Updated: Sat, Aug 29, 2015

    Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt sent out about 100 letters to Oklahoma boards and commissions whose board members consist predominantly of the professions they regulate, directing them to forward summaries of all proposed board actions that could trigger antitrust concerns for review.

  • Lankford: Changing Washington 'takes strong families, strong churches and strong communities'

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Fri, Aug 28, 2015

    The federal government is largely a reflection of the nation as a whole, U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Friday while making the rounds of chambers of commerce in Bixby, Broken Arrow and Jenks. "When you look at D.C., that's really what we've become as a nation," Lankford said in Broken Arrow....

  • Labor Commissioner Mark Costello Oklahoma's first elective state officer killed in office

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Labor Commissioner Mark Costello is Oklahoma’s 14th elective state officer to die in office, but the first to be killed. Violent attacks on American public officials in general are relatively rare. Costello’s case is particularly unusual in that it involved a close family member and was...

  • Donald Trump's continued popularity baffles Sen. Jim Inhofe

    BY RANDY KREHBIEL, Tulsa World | Published: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he's the wrong guy to ask about the continued popularity of billionaire presidential candidate Donald Trump. "I thought it would last about three days and be over," Inhofe said Wednesday. "People are really wanting something different," Inhofe said during a visit to...

  • Jari Askins tries to employ foster care reform plan

    By TIM TALLEY Associated Press | Updated: Wed, Aug 26, 2015

    Former Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jari Askins may be facing her toughest challenge: implementing a court-ordered plan to improve the state's foster care system to better protect children in Oklahoma's child welfare system.

  • VIDEO: Reporters discuss slaying of State Labor Commissioner

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The Oklahoman editor Kelly Dyer Fry gets up to speed with health reporter Jaclyn Cosgrove, investigative reporter Nolan Clay, Capitol reporter Rick Green and breaking news reporter Graham Lee Brewer.

  • Oklahoma teacher shortage: 600 positions eliminated, 1,000 vacancies remain

    BY ANDREA EGER, Tulsa World | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    The latest survey of school districts by the Oklahoma State School Boards Association found that 1,000 teaching vacancies remain even after 600 teaching jobs were eliminated since last school year. Student enrollment is growing, and to grapple with the teacher shortage, school districts are...

  • What is the role of the State Labor Commissioner?

    Adam Kemp | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello was stabbed to death Sunday night at a northwest Oklahoma City restaurant. His  son Christian Costello, 26, was taken into custody. Mark Costello, 59, was first elected Labor Commissioner in 2010 and again in 2014. Oklahoma Congressional...

  • WATCH: Oklahoma City police discuss stabbing death of Oklahoma labor commissioner

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Costello died Sunday night after being stabbed in what sources say was an altercation with his son, Christian Costello, at a Braum's restaurant at the corner of W Hefner Road and N May Avenue.

  • Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Mon, Aug 24, 2015

    Under the Oklahoma law, tribes are allowed to intervene — even when both birth parents oppose tribal intervention and have agreed upon who they want as adoptive parents for their child.

  • Oklahoma Workers’ Comp Commission to employ gentler approach

    BY RANDY ELLIS Staff Writer rellis@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Aug 21, 2015

    Because of complaints of heavy-handedness, the state Workers’ Compensation Commission has plans to take a softer, gentler approach to the enforcement of fines against employers caught without workers’ compensation insurance.



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