Lawsuit: Grady Co. jail violated several laws, state jail standards in man’s death

Justin Xaochay Thao, 20, died in an Oklahoma City hospital after Grady County jailers found him hanging in an isolated in cell. In the time leading up to his death, Thao yelled out several pleas to jailers, video provided by the family’s attorney shows.
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The Frontier adds investigative reporter Ben Felder to its staff

"We're extremely excited to add Ben to our staff," Frontier publisher Bobby Lorton said. "He's an experienced reporter with a deep knowledge of a number of topics of importance to Oklahomans and we can't wait to see the impact his reporting has on our state."
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Illinois River watershed committee holds first meeting, eyes water quality credit program

The co-founder of Save the Illinois River said Arkansas’ acknowledgement of Oklahoma’s .037 mg/L phosphorus limit was a huge step forward, but that he hoped the agreement between the two states did not result in another study that yields little or no improvement in water quality.
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‘Just stay positive, don’t give up:’ Hundreds leave prison Monday following largest commutation in nation’s history

“Oh my God, I’m so happy,” Kisha Snider hollered and wiped the tears streaming down her face. Her cousin hugged her, then posed for a flock of television cameras, yelling: “We’re going home!”
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Oklahoma earns D- for premature births on March of Dimes annual report card

The report, released on Monday, found a preterm birthrate of  11.4 percent  in the state, an increase compared to 11.1 percent last year
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‘Important step forward:’ Pardon and Parole Board recommends commutation for more than 500 inmates

House Bill 1269 went into effect Friday morning, and within hours Gov. Kevin Stitt had signed off on hundreds of commutations.
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With your help, we can raise $40,000 in November and December

Donations to The Frontier in November and December will be matched thanks to NewsMatch, a program that helps nonprofit journalism outlets like us raise money so we can continue to grow and do the type of reporting Oklahomans have come to count on.
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Judge allows some additional discovery in “Innocent Man” case, but denies request to depose alternate suspect

Ward’s attorneys also asked the court for permission to subpoena a photo array lineup provided to witnesses by police, documents from the OSBI regarding separate unsolved convenience store abductions that took place in the region the year before Haraway’s disappearance.
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Despite progress, Oklahoma’s hepatitis C problem goes largely untreated in prisons

Since July 1, only 243 inmates — or about 8 percent of those affected — have received drugs that could cure the disease, according to data provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
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‘Largest single-day commutation in nation’s history’ expected to take place in Oklahoma next month

Thanks to new state law, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Executive Director Steve Bickley expects more than 400 inmates to pass through expedited commutation process Nov. 1.
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