GRDA board approves cost increase for firm planning Illinois River white water park

The $585,000 change order to Denver, Colo.,-based engineering and design firm Merrick & Company, which was hired through a no-bid contract in 2018, is a more than 50 percent increase from the original $1.1 million contract to plan out a white water rafting park near the Oklahoma-Arkansas border.
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‘Radical Islam’ training course for Oklahoma police removed and changes made to CLEET’s ‘accreditation’ process

The changes came following a Frontier story that showed CLEET, Oklahoma's law enforcement training agency, was not truly accrediting classes it promoted to officers.
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Judge rules against state’s attempt to keep Karl Fontenot behind bars

Fewer than 80 days remain before Fontenot, one of the defendants in the ‘Innocent Man’ case, must be released from prison or granted a new trial
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Which DHS positions will see the largest pay raises?

When looking at the top 10% of job titles getting the largest pay increases, the vast majority were for management and administrative positions. 
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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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Honor System: Agency tasked with continuing education of Oklahoma officers takes training ‘on good faith’

CLEET is responsible for accreditation of “continuing education” officers receive, but the agency said the quality of the curriculum is based on the “honor system.”
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Following teen’s death, state agency recommends Oklahoma County Jail change its suicide prevention policies

The death of 16-year old John Leroy Daniel Applegate raised questions about the oversight of juveniles awaiting trial at county jails in the state.
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GRDA board approves $40,000 raise for CEO, votes to decommission plant’s coal-fired unit

The raise, which was voted on by the board after it was discussed in executive session, puts Sullivan’s annual salary at $330,000.
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Mental health experts: Mental health just one piece of larger mass shooting puzzle

While state politicians have said the key to stopping mass shootings is an increase in mental health funding, mental health experts say the issue is more nuanced.
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In Oklahoma, political focus is on mental health, not guns

Most politicians questioned by The Frontier in the wake of the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio supported mental health reforms and the Second Amendment.
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