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Chesapeake Energy lays off hundreds of employees: The yearlong oil price slump claimed hundreds more victims Tuesday when Chesapeake Energy Corp. laid off 740 employees, including 562 in Oklahoma City. The job cuts translate into about 15 percent of the company’s overall workforce and about 19 percent of the workers at its Oklahoma City headquarters. Before Tuesday’s cuts, Chesapeake recently laid off another 60 people [NewsOK].
Why Are So Many Women Behind Bars in Oklahoma?: Over the last 20 years, Oklahoma has become the country’s capital of female incarceration, with 127 of every 100,000 women behind bars, double the national rate of 63 per 100,000. But Oklahoma’s prisons aren’t filled with the fairer sex because Oklahoma women pose more of a threat than women elsewhere; the state simply penalizes women’s actions more forcefully—much more forcefully. At the same time, social safety nets have been cut away, limiting women’s options for other means of survival [The Nation].
Unusual tactics by Oklahoma District Attorney to discredit attempts to prevent execution of Richard Glossip: Michael Scott had previously been arrested in March on minor charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and possession of a residual amount of marijuana. In lieu of jail time, he was ordered to pay fines and perform community service, but had kept up with neither. (Scott says he was injured in a car accident and cannot work. When police showed up at his house last week, he owed less than $200.) But Scott says his arrest was not really about unpaid fines or community service. Scott says he was brought, in handcuffs, to an interrogation room at the Claremore police station, where he saw a folder with the following words written on it: “Richard Glossip” and “Stay” [The Intercept].
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