Oklahoma Health Care Authority resuscitates controversial rule to check Medicaid eligibility by mail

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state's Medicaid, is set to consider an emergency rule change during a special board meeting on Tuesday that would end benefits if letters sent to enrollees are returned as undeliverable.
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Budget deal marks $1 million for untested rape kits, capping legislative session filled with rape kit reform

For years there's been an effort to reform how Oklahoma responds to reports of sexual assault, pushing for some untested rape kits to be processed and agencies to more efficiently interact with victims.
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Cell by Cell: A teenage suicide sheds light on a lack of oversight for juveniles in county jails

Oklahoma jails that hold minors aren’t subject to the same standards or state oversight as juvenile detention centers.
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Unable to purchase execution equipment, Oklahoma poised to build the device itself

Monday will mark five years since the botched Clayton Lockett execution. As Oklahoma attempts to move forward with a new death penalty protocol, the state is finding that implementing it will be harder than anticipated.
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Construction projects halted as state DEQ issues second order against Carlton Landing’s water district

After revelations the town’s water district had pumped millions of gallons of water from its sewage lagoons onto U.S. Army Corps of Engineers land and into Lake Eufaula, records show progress on building projects the town requested on public land was ordered halted.
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Still Waiting: Oklahoma prosecutors seek life without parole again in most juvenile cases up for review

While 21 states have moved to ban life without parole for juveniles, all legislative efforts to do so in Oklahoma have failed.
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Still Waiting: Convicted of murder as a teenager, Dana Barker now hopes for freedom

“I should have gone to prison,” Dana Barker said. “I did something horrible, but I don’t know that I should have given up the rest of my life.”
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Still Waiting: Oklahoma’s juvenile life without parole prisoners struggle to get attorneys, new hearings

The courts say dozens of Oklahoma prisoners serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers have the right to new sentences, but many are still waiting for a second chance.
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Records: Town’s water district dumped millions of gallons of water from sewer lagoons into Lake Eufaula

Carlton Landing’s water district was fined and placed under a consent order by the Oklahoma DEQ after it failed to complete the requirements of a separate consent order, issued after repeated violations, an investigation by The Frontier found.
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Cell by Cell: Oklahoma County jail’s poor design contributes to safety, security issues

Construction of the Oklahoma County jail was funded by a temporary penny sales tax that built the problem-riddled facility. But there was no new, permanent source of revenue to totally pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the jail after the sales tax expired.
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