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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Agency looking for new way to pay for victims’ sexual assault exams amid concerns of unsteady funding

"I’ve always been concerned, mainly in the last couple of years, if the Victims Compensation Fund goes dry, without state funds, how are we going to pay for rape exams?"
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FBI detonated large ammonium nitrate explosive as part of case against man accused in OKC bomb plot

Attorneys for Jerry Drake Varnell are fighting to keep the jury from seeing images of an explosion orchestrated by FBI weapons experts.
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Unidentified

Oklahoma police shoot suspects at a higher rate than almost every other state. We still don't know who many of the officers are.
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Two Oklahoma jails are submitting DNA from recent arrestees to the OSBI; As many as 17 more expected to join them

The program is the result of a controversial law passed in 2016 that only just got off the ground late last year.
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Police: Investigation into alleged sexual assault that led to records lawsuit was closed with no charges being filed

The lawsuit states the alleged victim's family has yet to receive any documents from the police, but it's unclear if any publicly-available documents exist.
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Oklahoma finishes 2018 with fourth-most per capita fatal police shootings

Oklahoma had at least 33 fatal officer-involved shootings in 2018, the second-most the state has seen in more than a decade.
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Police never investigated her case and said her rape kit didn’t exist. 7 years later, they’ve found it.

Coni's untested rape kit sat on a shelf in Tulsa for seven years. Oklahoma City police told her the kit didn't exist and closed her case. They finally found it just weeks ago.
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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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