Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approval to be required under new refugee resettlement order

Officials with Oklahoma’s only refugee resettlement organization have already begun to urge Gov. Kevin Stitt to offer his approval for new refugees.
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Guardians of the Gates: Gateway Ministries and the church that wasn’t

Jesse Rodgers' 'church' hasn't had a congregation or service in more than five years. But it has been used to obtain tax exemptions for his family's house.
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After the death of a 16-year old, a judge has ordered new procedures for juveniles at Oklahoma County jail

A new ruling requires speedier assessment of minors booked into the jail to weigh whether they can be transferred to juvenile detention
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Budget does not include money for treatment and mental health programs mandated by voters

Stitt had initially called for $10 million in appropriations for the voter-mandated County Community Safety Investment Fund as part of his 2020 budget proposal.
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Joe Exotic trial begins with accounts of murder-for hire plot, shooting sedated tigers

In one unsuccessful plot, Maldonado-Passage allegedly gave a worker at the Wynnewood Zoo an envelope stuffed with $3,000 in cash, a new cell phone and a fake ID and sent him to Florida to kill his rival.
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OU’s baboon breeding program is ending, but the animals will still be bred for medical research

OU’s baboon breeding program has been transferred to the Michale E. Keeling Center near Bastrop, Texas.
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Downtown Hanson family construction delayed again

The latest amendment to the agreement between the TDA and a company owned by the Hanson family pushes the required construction completion date past the final repayment date of a $2 million low-interest loan provided to the Hansons.
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‘Where I’m supposed to be:’ New Still She Rises director ready to face Oklahoma’s challenges head-on

It was at a conference that she was first approached by representatives from Still She Rises. At first reluctant to leave Nashville, the same factors that pulled her into criminal defense in the first place ultimately lured her to Green Country.
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Bill to rename lake named for Tulsa Klansman sinks

SB 937 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.
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Missing markers: As Tulsa Race Massacre centennial nears, plaques memorializing destroyed businesses disappear

“Our ancestors had to watch the massacre happen, watch their homes be burned and looted,” Kristi Williams said. “All we have left is those markers. No economic justice, no restorative justice, nothing for land that was our birthright.”
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