Oklahoma

Oklahoma Volunteerism Above Average

"Last year volunteers logged in an estimated 200,000 hours of service locally. At the estimated hourly rate of $18.28 in Oklahoma, that equates to more than $3.6 million in volunteer services, said Brenda Michael-Haggard, executive director of Volunteer Tulsa."

Read more about Oklahoma's exceptional volunteer stats in the Tulsa World article Volunteerism is lifeblood of community.

January, 1953: Oklahoma Bans The Sale And Consumption Of Liquor In Oklahoma State Parks

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January 14th, 1953: The Oklahoman reported that Oklahoma's Commissioner of Public Safety launched a long-awaited state liquor enforcement campaign by ordering a halt in the sale and consumption of liquor in state-owned lodges and parks.

You can read the entire article in the Oklahoman Archives database. The database provides complete coverage of The Oklahoman newspaper from September 25, 1901, including ads in PDF format.  Search by full-text keyword or browse by date. 

New Oklahoma Laws

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November 1 is often the day the Oklahoma Legislature designates as first day in effect for new Oklahoma laws. On Friday, 241 laws that came out of our last legislative session will go into effect.

Here are some highlights of the 241 newly effective laws. For more, see Monday's article from the Tulsa World.

Biographical Directory Of The United States Congress: A Ready Reference Of Oklahoma's Former (And Present) Members Of The United States Congress

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The Biographical Directory Of The United States Congress is a quick online reference that can be searched by state, name, position, party, or year/congressional session. 

The biographies are brief but generally include an image, birth and death date and place, education, committee membership, and bibliography. 

Capital Punishment In Our State: A (Very) Brief History

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According to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, Oklahoma exectuted a total of 176 men and 3 women at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary between 1915 and 2011. Eighty-two were executed by electrocution, one by hanging (a federal prisoner), and 96 by lethal injection.

The last execution by electrocution took place in 1966. The first execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma occurred in 1990.

According to R. Michael Wilson, thirty-one men were hanged and thirty-six men were executed by firing squad in Indian Territory between 1840 and 1899.

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