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Quinton Chandler

Quinton is an Oklahoma native who started his radio career with KOSU Public Radio in 2011. He’s a graduate of Oklahoma State University. Before joining StateImpact, Quinton spent three years reporting in South Central and Southeast Alaska. Quinton loves writing, reading and has an intense relationship with his Netflix account.

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Oklahoma Officials Endorse Nitrogen Executions As ‘Humane,’ But Some Medical Experts Aren’t Sure

State Sen. Ervin Yen supports nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method.

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State Sen. Ervin Yen supports nitrogen hypoxia as an execution method.

Oklahoma wants to go where no state has gone before: Executing death row inmates with nitrogen gas. Officials say nitrogen will bring quick, painless deaths, but the research is slim — and it has never been used in U.S. executions.

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Other State Workers Feel Ignored As Teacher Walkout Continues

Oklahoma Educators and supporters rally outside the state Capitol on Monday.

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Oklahoma Educators and supporters rally outside the state Capitol on Monday.

The Oklahoma teacher walkout and educators’ demands for more school funding dominates the news. It’s unclear if lawmakers are willing to meet those demands and quell daily protests. One lingering question: If schools get more money, what happens to other state agencies and workers who need funding, too?

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During Walkout Oklahoma City Police Lookout For Schools

Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jeff Crawford patrols city streets on Monday.

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Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jeff Crawford patrols city streets on Monday.

Police Sgt. Jeff Crawford is breaking his routine. He’s leaving the office and climbing into his squad car because Oklahoma City Public Schools teachers and supporters are rallying at the state Capitol to demand more school funding.

Crawford is a school resource officer who normally works out of Douglass Mid-High School. He has left his post temporarily to check on elementary schools and community centers in eastern Oklahoma City that are feeding kids who depend on the meals they get in school.

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Faith And Firearms: Oklahoma Churches And Legislators Grapple With Security In Age Of Mass Shooters

Jim McBride leads a church security training at First United Methodist Church in Newkirk.

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Jim McBride leads a church security training at First United Methodist Church in Newkirk.

Gunshots ring through the chapel of First United Methodist Church. An instructional video simulating shooting rampages plays on a projector screen hanging above the pulpit between two banners that read “Good Shepherd” and “Lion of Judah.”

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Oklahoma Plans To Resume Executions With Nitrogen Gas

Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh speak at a March 2018 press conference about the state's plans to use nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

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Attorney General Mike Hunter and Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh speak at a March 2018 press conference about the state's plans to use nitrogen gas to execute death row inmates.

Oklahoma wants to start executing prisoners again and officials want to use nitrogen gas. Oklahoma would be the first state to use nitrogen for an execution.

The state ordered a moratorium on executions in October 2015 after major problems with three lethal injections.

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Fallin and DAs Champion Criminal Justice Legislation, But Reform Advocates Are Asking What The Bills Do

Gov. Mary Fallin, district attorneys and legislators announced an agreement on criminal justice legislation at a March 5 press conference.

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Gov. Mary Fallin, district attorneys and legislators announced an agreement on criminal justice legislation at a March 5 press conference.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday announced a compromise between district attorneys and Republican lawmakers on six bills they say will reduce Oklahoma’s prison population while maintaining public safety.

One criminal justice reform advocacy group is criticizing the timing of the announcement because the bills’ language still hasn’t been made public.

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One Way To Relieve Overcrowded Prisons: Make Lock-Up A Last Resort For Probation Violations

A group of people stand outside a courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse.

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A group of people stand outside a courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse.

More than 30 people sit uncomfortably on hard, wooden benches under the watchful eyes of Judge Tim Henderson. It’s late morning in Henderson’s courtroom at the Oklahoma County courthouse. Some people have been waiting for hours.

Most of these people are on probation, and they’re anxiously waiting for their chance to make a deal. Judge Henderson says these people broke their plea agreements.

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