‘The general’ sided with energy industry in war with the EPA

This graphic was created by analyzing hundreds of press releases issued by Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office to determine which words appear most frequently. GRANT BURKE/For The Frontier
Attorney General Scott Pruitt was favored by industry as "the general" who would lead a group of Republican attorneys general into battle over EPA regulations.
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Despite Trump’s threats, enforcing immigration laws ‘not part of our mandate’ local officials say

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President-elect Donald Trump talked of mass deportation during his campaign. Local officials say they don't have a mandate to enforce federal immigration law and plan no changes in their current approach.
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Energy companies joined Pruitt EPA suits while donating to campaign

Energy companies and lobbying groups that joined Attorney General Scott Pruitt on 13 lawsuits contributed to his campaign or to PACs associated with him. Photo courtesy of News9
A new study by the Environmental Defense Fund reviewed state and federal campaign contribution records for Pruitt’s campaign and political action committees associated with him. The group found that in 13 out of 14 lawsuits Pruitt brought against the agency he hopes to lead, companies suing along with him had donated to his campaign or to PACs that support Pruitt.
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New pods will more than double jail’s capacity to house mentally ill inmates

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Right now the housing of the mentally ill in the Tulsa jail is a game of musical chairs. Those inmates are housed all over the jail, in segregation cells, medical beds, even general population pods.
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Frontier exclusive: Pruitt failed to follow law on reporting outside attorney contracts

Pruitt has engaged in years of complex litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. 
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State law requires agencies to report annual spending on outside attorneys. However, Attorney General Scott Pruitt Office has omitted itself from those reports since 2012, an investigation by The Frontier has found.
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Another rise in violent crime in Tulsa in 2016

The preliminary FBI statistics compare the first six months of reported crimes in 2015 to the same period one year later.
In Tulsa, compared to the first six months of 2015, the same period in 2016 saw a 24 percent increase in violent crime. Still, the overall violent crime rate in Tulsa remains low compared to historic standards.
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Kathy Taylor’s back at City Hall with a new job, a new perspective and the same office

Kathy Taylor, chief of economic development for the city of Tulsa, discusses her new job Monday morning outside her office at City Hall. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
Kathy Taylor, 61, said the city of Tulsa will continue to pursue “new to market” retail establishments, but that the focus will be on creating an easy and reliable environment for local developers to do their work.
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Lawsuit disputes Mayes County deputy-involved shooting account

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The encounter with the Mayes County deputy that left Shane Bridges dead lasted only seconds, but what happened in that moment is being disputed in court.
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More than fixing potholes: Mayor’s goals include mortality, graduation rates

James Wagner, chief of performance strategies and innovation for the city of Tulsa, discusses how Mayor G.T. Bynum and the City Council put together its list of objectives to accomplish over the next four years. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
In addition to Bynum's eight major goals for the city, he plans to monitor 13 others with the help of the City Council, which helped him formulate the list.
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Clancy working to reinvent TU in challenging times

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Overall, the University of Tulsa went from a $135 million increase in funds generated from operations and investments in 2011 to an $84 million loss last fiscal year. TU's new president has been working hard to chart a new course for the university's future.
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