Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by The Frontier and StateImpact Oklahoma.
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Working for sobriety: Recovery program took some clients’ disability pay

Oklahoma City government uses an unlicensed work recovery program as a source of cheap labor. Some former clients say the program was more focused on keeping their wages instead of helping them with sobriety.
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Exclusive: Big dreams and big incentives offered in Tulsa’s rejected bid for second Amazon headquarters

The bid, obtained by The Frontier, shows that while Tulsa offered the trillion-dollar company all it had available, it couldn't — and maybe shouldn't — have gone to the lengths of the winning bidders.
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Joe Exotic calls new charges of wildlife trafficking, tiger slayings a ‘witch hunt’

In an email from jail to The Frontier, Maldonado-Passage said the new charges are part of an ongoing effort to frame him. “This is now a witch hunt,” Maldonado-Passage said in the email.
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Help us raise $50,000 to fund nonprofit journalism in Oklahoma

Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, The Frontier is eligible for a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that support nonprofits like us.
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As time on council nears an end, Ewing proposes another name change to controversial downtown street

Saying he regretted the "lame" compromise adopted in 2013, District 4 City Councilor Blake Ewing proposed on Friday to change the controversial "M.B. Brady Street" to "Reconciliation Way."
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Joe Exotic kept an AR-15 he said was ‘For Carole’

Investigator testified "Joe would have nothing to lose to try and follow out his original plans and have her killed — or have one one of his cultish followers do it.”
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Entrepreneur says he’s been cut out of Oklahoma tribe’s online poker venture

It was Fereidoun Khalilian — "Prince Fred," or “Khalifa,” as he sometimes signs emails — who put the concept of a Native-owned poker website together. The Iowa Tribe later changed the name of the venture, said his software didn’t work and now won’t even take his phone calls.
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Joe Exotic pleads not guilty to murder-for hire charges

In a jailhouse interview earlier this month, Maldonado-Passage told The Frontier that he had been “set up.”
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Little help for Oklahoma diabetics as cost of insulin soars

A study at the Oklahoma Legislature to examine high insulin prices was abruptly canceled. “It’s frustrating, but it doesn’t change the fact that I intend to file legislation to look at how we can address this issue,” Rep. Forrest Bennett said.
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