Belief Death Penalty Is Applied Unfairly Shows Capital Punishment’s Growing Isolation in US

[ad_1] HOUSTON (AP) — More Americans now believe the death penalty, which is undergoing a yearslong decline of use and support, is being administered unfairly, a finding that is adding to its growing isolation in the U.S., according to an annual report on capital punishment. But whether the public’s waning support for the death penalty … Read more

Oklahoma Prepares to Execute Man for 2001 Double Slaying Despite Self-Defense Claim

[ad_1] McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma is preparing to execute a man for a 2001 double slaying despite his claims that he acted in self-defense. Phillip Hancock, 59, is scheduled to receive a three-drug lethal injection at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 3-2 this … Read more

Colorado Funeral Home Owners Where Decomposing Bodies Found Returned to State to Face Charges

[ad_1] COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The owners of a defunct Colorado funeral home where 190 sets of decomposing human remains were found have been returned to the state to face hundreds of felony charges. Carie Hallford appeared in District Court in Colorado Springs via video on Wednesday. District Judge Samorreyan Burney maintained her bail … Read more

Carlton Pearson, Founder of Oklahoma Megachurch Who Supported Gay Rights, Dies at Age 70

[ad_1] OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founder of a former megachurch in Oklahoma who fell from favor and was branded a heretic after he embraced the idea that there is no hell and supported gay rights has died, his agent said Monday. Bishop Carlton Pearson died Sunday night in hospice care in Tulsa due to … Read more

2 People Killed, 3 Injured When Shots Were Fired During a Gathering at an Oklahoma House, Police Say

[ad_1] TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Two people were killed and three were wounded when shots were fired early Sunday during an argument at a gathering at an Oklahoma home, police said. Tulsa police said officers were called to the home at about 2 a.m. Police have not said how many people fired weapons or whether … Read more

National Park Service Delivers Roadmap for Protecting Georgia’s Ocmulgee River Corridor

[ad_1] ATLANTA (AP) — The National Park Service announced Thursday that it has delivered to Congress its long-awaited study on whether the Ocmulgee River corridor in central Georgia meets the criteria to be managed as a national park and preserve. The answer: Not quite, not yet. But supporters aren’t dismayed — they say the study … Read more