Effort underway to change name of lake named for Tulsa Klansman

State officials first investigated changing the name of Lake Hudson after The Frontier reported on its namesake's ties to the Ku Klux Klan.
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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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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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Environmental groups tell water board proposal would gut scenic river protections

Meanwhile OWRB staff members said they plan to bring back a set of proposed limitations on more than three dozen toxic chemicals already found or likely to be found in drinking water supplies and fish after abruptly pulling the standards from consideration when an industry-backed group raised technical issues about the proposal.
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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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State agency ‘swamped’ with federal employees seeking to file unemployment claims as government shutdown continues

As the partial government shutdown drags on, some federal employees in Oklahoma have started to feel the weight of upcoming missed paychecks, and more have started to file unemployment claims.
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Department of Ag’s proposed poultry setback rules still alive, despite board punting issue to lawmakers

The proposed rules, thought by many to have been effectively killed last month, are currently in a public comment phase.
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Attacks on police officers would be considered hate crimes under proposed bill

The bill would allow someone convicted of a hate crime against an officer to receive a sentence of death or life without parole.
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Water board pulls rules to set safe limits on chemicals found in water, fish

Of the 38 chemicals that were proposed to be added to the list, 18 are known carcinogens and each of the chemicals are either currently being discharged into Oklahoma waters or are used or manufactured by industries in Oklahoma.
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