Bleak House: Suicides in the Penitentiary

Between 2012 and 2015, nine inmates in the Oklahoma State Penitentiary took their own lives, giving Oklahoma’s only state-owned maximum security prison the highest suicide rate among corrections facilities. Is solitary confinement to blame?

After Governor Played Her Hand, How Will Legislature Respond?

If Monday was any indication, the next four months will be a challenging, and perhaps contentious, time at the State Capitol. In this recording, Oklahoma Watch’s Trevor Brown and Brad Gibson discuss Fallin’s proposals and what kind of reception they’re likely to get during the session.

A Deeper Look at Fallin’s State of the State Address

Oklahoma Watch writers annotate key parts of Gov. Mary Fallin’s “State of the State” address Monday, offering context and analysis. Fallin called for eliminating the sales tax on food and the corporate income tax, while endorsing a teacher pay raise and hiking the tobacco and gasoline taxes.

FBI Traces Racist Messages to Tulsa, Norman

Federal agents investigating racist messages sent shortly after the 2016 presidential election interviewed three men who graduated from Tulsa-area high schools in recent years, obtaining search warrants for the home and phone of one of them.

Schools Forego Millions to Expand Meals for Kids

Oklahoma lags most of the nation in taking advantage of federal money to expand its meal programs in public schools, even as a fourth of its children lack consistent access to food. Last year, the state left $17 million on the table.

Sales Tax on Amazon Will Boost State, Local Budgets

Online retail giant Amazon will start charging sales taxes to Oklahoma customers in March – a move that will bring in hundreds of millions of dollars to state and local governments. However, it won’t address next fiscal year’s budget shortfall.

Imam Imad Enchassi: Muslims in the Bible Belt

Imam Imad Enchassi grew up in Palestinian refugee camps in war-torn Lebanon and ended up in the heart of the Bible Belt. He talks about Muslims in Oklahoma, his boyhood memories of a nun, and the good will that arose out of the Oklahoma City bombing.