We say: Recent cases bolster arguments that the Supreme Court should reconsider not only its ruling on midazolam, but on all executions, no matter what methods are used.
On the ballot: Voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control.
Blaine Amendment: up for vote in Oklahoma; Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul S. Coakley says repealing amendment would "right a historical wrong."
The pastor of an Orthodox Christian church in Tulsa, Okla., said the funeral this week for a slain Lebanese-American member of his flock will avoid politics.
Michael A. Scaperlanda, a law professor at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, is the new president of St. Gregory's University in Shawnee, the state's only Catholic university.
Workers began digging out the Ten Commandments monument that has been on Oklahoma’s Capitol grounds since 2012 on Monday night, well ahead of the court-ordered removal date of Oct. 12.
John Estus, a spokesman for the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, said the decision to do the work after dark was based on public safety and security.
By Tuesday, the monument was already installed at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs just a few blocks from the Capitol.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered a Ten Commandments monument removed from the state Capitol grounds Tuesday, three years after its installation sparked a religious feud.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma first filed a lawsuit challenging the monument's constitutionality in 2013.
After a series of challenges to the distribution of Gideon Bibles in the state's school districts, Oklahoma's attorney general stepped in to defend the practice.
On Tuesday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced a new initiative "designed to defend religious freedom and provide support to Oklahoma schools facing intimidation."
In an effort to block the state's involvement with gay marriage, the Oklahoma House of Representatives passed a bill Tuesday to abolish marriage licenses in the state.
The legislation, authored by Rep. Todd Russ, R-Cordell, amends language in the state law that governs the responsibilities of court clerks. All references to marriage licenses were removed.
It looks like the death penalty may be on life support.
January was set to be the deadliest month for U.S. executions in 2015, but nine of the 15 executions were stopped. In an unprecedented wave, three of the deadliest states -- Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri -- stopped executions planned for last month. February has just begun, but nine of its 12 scheduled executions have been halted.
Last year was not a good year for the death penalty, either, as death sentences hit a 40-year low and executions were at a 20-year low.