‘The general’ sided with energy industry in war with the EPA

This graphic was created by analyzing hundreds of press releases issued by Attorney General Scott Pruitt's office to determine which words appear most frequently. GRANT BURKE/For The Frontier
Attorney General Scott Pruitt was favored by industry as "the general" who would lead a group of Republican attorneys general into battle over EPA regulations.
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Frontier exclusive: Pruitt failed to follow law on reporting outside attorney contracts

Pruitt has engaged in years of complex litigation against the Environmental Protection Agency, which he has been nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to lead, as well as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies. 
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State law requires agencies to report annual spending on outside attorneys. However, Attorney General Scott Pruitt Office has omitted itself from those reports since 2012, an investigation by The Frontier has found.
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Kathy Taylor’s back at City Hall with a new job, a new perspective and the same office

Kathy Taylor, chief of economic development for the city of Tulsa, discusses her new job Monday morning outside her office at City Hall. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
Kathy Taylor, 61, said the city of Tulsa will continue to pursue “new to market” retail establishments, but that the focus will be on creating an easy and reliable environment for local developers to do their work.
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Following inauguration, sheriff outlines plans for 2017

"We've made a lot of strides in terms of the budget, and morale, and getting internal things in order, and I want to continue that," he said. But he also offered some more detailed plans for his first full year as sheriff.
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Investors allege councilor acted negligently in managing business

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An amended lawsuit filed by investors in The Max alleges City Councilor Blake Ewing didn’t pay the bar’s rent, let its insurance expire and borrowed money without the investors’ approval.
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As Tulsa park systems limp along, park directors aren’t certain consolidation is the best fix

John O'Conner, left, and Howard Barnett from Tulsa Leadership Vision, Inc., brief city councilors Dec. 14 regarding the nonprofit's study of ways to ensure the long-term viability of local parks systems. KEVIN CANFIELD/The Frontier
The city of Tulsa’s park system comprises 142 parks. For years, it has struggled to maintain its facilities and staffing under ever-tightening budgets.
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Frontier Favorites: Our top stories of 2016

From the polls, to the courts, to everything in between, 2016 had something monumental happening almost every day. And we were there to document it all.
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EPA investigating Osage County saltwater leak

The city of Pawhuska was forced to change its drinking water source in November when city officials learned about the contamination.
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Use of death penalty nationwide falls to 25-year low

A grand jury report concludes that several state officials violated policies and laws in preparing for executions last year. 

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The 20 executions carried out in the U.S. were the fewest since 1991, a new report states. Executions in the country peaked in 1999 with 90. Executions are on hold in Oklahoma after officials used the wrong drug in one execution and nearly repeated the error in another.
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Hofmeister ‘undeterred’ by criminal charges as she advocates for funding

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister talks to attendees at a town hall in Muskogee on Monday, Dec. 12, 2016. Hofmeister said she is undeterred by criminal charges against her as she fights for increases in school funding. DYLAN GOFORTH/The Frontier
“We’re going to continue to make students and the needs of their education the primary focus,” Hofmeister said. “That is where I am committed.”
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