Criminal justice reform bill sees pushback from district attorneys

Prosecutors say the proposal could have far-reaching, unintended consequence and clog the courts with old cases.
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Grand River Dam Authority plans to build, own and operate multimillion dollar water park on Illinois River

The Walton Family Foundation is offering to pay GRDA for most of the estimated $15.6 to $18 million cost of the proposed whitewater park on the Illinois River in Adair County.
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Oklahomans serving life without parole sentences for drug trafficking

There are 24 remaining men serving life without parole for drug trafficking in Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma still has 24 people serving life without parole for drug trafficking

Oklahoma did away with life without parole for drug trafficking in 2015, but the law change did little to help people still left in prison.
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Bill would make it harder to sue officers for excessive force

The bill would amend Oklahoma’s current statute defining excessive force, removing a portion that holds peace officers subject to state law “to the same degree as any other citizen.”
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Judge to decide in May on fate of man who claims innocence in 1991 murder case

Corey Atchison has said for nearly three decades that he didn't murder James Lane. In May a judge will decide whether or not to let him out of prison.
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Legislature to take up set-back requirements for new poultry operations

While one of the bills currently has requirements that are more stringent than those proposed in December by the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, the other currently has requirements that are much less stringent than those proposed by the department.
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Effort underway to change name of lake named for Tulsa Klansman

State officials first investigated changing the name of Lake Hudson after The Frontier reported on its namesake's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
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Judge dismisses former gubernatorial candidate’s defamation suit against news station

A judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against an Oklahoma City news station by a former gubernatorial candidate.
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Lawmakers file bills to address handling of state’s rape kits, how officers should best respond to reported sexual assaults

The issue of the state's untested rape kits has gained bipartisan support this legislative session. Lawmakers say they're hopeful that bills addressing the issue will gain more traction than in previous years.
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