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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The employment of a Tulsa County employee with alleged KKK ties? ‘Our hands are tied.’

"Our hands are tied,” County Commissioner Karen Keith said. “There’s just not much Tulsa County can do.”
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UPDATED: Group accuses Tulsa County Court Clerk employee of Ku Klux Klan ties

“I do not in any way condone or believe that discrimination, based on race, religion or sex, has any place within the workspace," Tulsa County Court Clerk Donald Newberry wrote in an email. "At the same time, I and all that work for this office, have taken an oath to uphold the Constitution, part of which is the protection of free speech."
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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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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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