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The release came after the state had previously denied The Frontier’s requests for the information, citing the patient privacy law known as HIPAA. For months, states including Texas, Arizona, Virginia and Florida had made such data publicly available.
Oklahoma released information about pandemic supply vendors after we wrote about a lack of transparency in state purchases
As Oklahoma scrambled to secure face masks and other life-saving equipment to respond to the coronavirus pandemic, the state issued orders totaling around $80 million to businesses, but refused to disclose to the public. The state released the information after our reporting .
The Oklahoma State Department of Health released information on COVID-19 cases at nursing homes after The Frontier pressed for more transparency.
“We are releasing this information on long term care facilities in the hope that is can provide relief for those with family members with loved ones who reside there,” a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma State Department of Health said.
The Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services said it would review all Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training on mental health prior to offering it to police officers. The change came following a story by The Frontier that showed CLEET’s mental health courses were reviewed by experts.
Oklahoma’s law enforcement training agency removed a course on ‘Radical Islam’ and changed accreditation process
The changes came following The Frontier’s story that showed the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training did not accredit classes it promoted to police officers.
Construction on an exclusive housing development stopped after The Frontier reported on its sewage dumping
After The Frontier reported that the town of Carlton Landing had pumped millions of gallons of water from its sewage lagoons onto U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land and Lake Eufaula, federal officials ordered building projects to stop. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality also launched a criminal inquiry.
State officials first investigated changing the name of Lake Hudson after The Frontier reported on its namesake’s ties to the Ku Klux Klan. The bill would have changed the name of Lake Hudson in Mayes County to Lake Markham, in honor of a family that helped settle the area around the Grand River in the 1840s. But state lawmakers never gave the bill a hearing.