‘It can be fixed:’ Drew Edmondson thinks Oklahoma is in a hole, but not one he can’t dig out from

“We’re very fortunate that the problems in this state were man-made,” Edmondson said. “These are man-made decisions. If it’s man-made, it can be fixed.”
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Oklahoma prison officials show photographs of crumbling infrastructure, ask Legislature for $1.53 billion

“The sky is falling and you’ve heard me say that before, but it’s actually gotten worse,” Department of Corrections Director Joe Allbaugh said.
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Mental health agency wants new funding to fight marijuana addiction as ballot measure on medical cannabis looms

“This is where prevention would go to provide accurate information about what marijuana does and doesn’t do to neural development," ODMHSAS Terri White said.
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The Intercept: Banned from the banking industry for life, a Scott Pruitt friend finds a home at the EPA

After Oklahoman Albert Kelly was banned from banking, Scott Pruitt tasked him with leading an effort to streamline the EPA's Superfund program.
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Making push into western Oklahoma, Tulsa businessman meets with voters as he seeks Governorship

Kevin Stitt, CEO and founder of Gateway Mortgage Group, wrapped up a four-county tour of rural Western Oklahoma last week. By the end of January, Stitt says he will have already made campaign stops in all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties.
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Middle class at the Capitol: New senator faces realities of her stunning election victory

In November, Allison Ikley-Freeman shocked Oklahoma, and the nation, with an election-night win. Firmly middle class, she said the financial realities of joining the legislature are difficult to overcome and are just now setting in.
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Contractor says state government stiffed it for work on Oklahoma energy conservation program

The business said it has been paid only a fraction of what its state contract promised. Now the company has brought a lawsuit against dozens of state agencies.
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Records show anger, fear and frustration expressed by hundreds of state health department employees in wake of scandals

The agency on Wednesday released to The Frontier more than 80 pages of "concerns" that were anonymously posted by employees to an internal system.
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Audits of state’s untested rape kits unlikely to be completed by deadline

Several agencies have said they do not have any untested kits and have not submitted anything to the task force. Small departments that claim to not have used any rape kits might not have turned in an audit.
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State opioid commission nearing finalization of policy recommendations

The commission hopes to have the proposals finalized by Jan. 18 — the Legislature’s bill filing deadline for the 2018 session, Attorney General Mike Hunter said.
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