Nearly 58 percent of Oklahoma’s suicides last year involved firearms. Mental-health experts say that so-called “red flag” laws, which allow police to even temporarily confiscate guns if a person poses a risk to themselves or others, could help lower the state’s stubbornly high suicide rate.
If Oklahoma succeeds in using nitrogen gas to execute death-row inmates, it will become the first in the nation to do so. But the plan, called experimental by critics, raises many questions and will almost certainly encounter legal challenges.
Oklahoma’s gun laws frequently change and can be confusing even to seasoned observers. This Q&A explains who can carry guns and where they can be carried, with an emphasis on schools and college campuses.
Inmates in Oklahoma prisons must have advanced liver disease before becoming eligible for treatment that cures hepatitis C, a potentially deadly and growing disease. Since July 1, only five inmates have been given the drug treatment.
An Oklahoma legislator drew national attention recently when he reported finding a GPS device attached to his pickup truck. But the issue of tracking devices goes well beyond one angry lawmaker. Low-income buyers of used cars in Oklahoma often leave the lots with devices that track their every move and can even disable their vehicles.
News about the financial crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health has focused lately on accounting schemes and questions of oversight. Getting less attention is what the debacle could mean for public health.