Women’s excessive sentencing in Oklahoma proves need for criminal justice reforms, advocates say

The law known as “enabling child abuse” has been criticized for its unfair sentencing — advocates for criminal justice reform say that women bear the brunt of the punishment while men walk away with lesser sentences.
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How laws meant to protect children can fail mothers

Elizabeth Crafton got a 20-year sentence for failing to protect her young daughter from abuse. Her boyfriend, who was convicted of abuse in the case, received an 11-year sentence.
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State officials reverse course, will end 5-year death penalty hiatus with return to lethal injection

Oklahoma plans to use the same drug combination when it resumes the death penalty as it did in the troubled executions of Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner, and the near execution in 2016 of Richard Glossip.
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Oklahoma paid more than $250,000 for its new ‘Imagine That’ brand, logo

The new logo and tagline, set to be announced Wednesday, came from thousands of hours donated by hundreds of volunteers, and was overseen by a Canadian company paid more than a quarter of a million dollars.
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Political tests intensify for Stitt in second year

Stitt’s second year in office is shaping up to be much more challenging than his first as a slate of political battles will go a long way in shaping his first term. 
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Epic’s financial web includes related companies, organizations

The private company that manages Epic Charter Schools spends some of its state funding on a technology company managed by the spouse of Epic's founder — one example of how the school's financial web includes related companies and organizations.
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Committee approves request for state jobs incentive money by company founded by Gov. Kevin Stitt

However, the full details of the deal approved by the committee, such as the maximum amount of public funds Gateway First Bank could receive under the contract, were not made public on Thursday.
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Company founded by Gov. Stitt seeks further taxpayer subsidies for job creation

The Jenks-based company founded by Stitt, now known as Gateway First Bank, has thus far received more than three-quarters of a million dollars in state taxpayer subsidies and began receiving payments from the state starting in late 2017, months after Stitt announced his candidacy for governor.
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Death penalty talks begin, but it’s unclear when executions will resume

The last execution in Oklahoma was five years ago today. State agencies have begun to discuss ways to resume capital punishment, but difficulties abound and it's unclear if executions will begin again in 2020.
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Dark money organizer seeks to protect ‘anonymity of the donors’ amid lawsuit

The organizer of several dark money political groups is being sued by an Oklahoma City-based public relations firm, a lawsuit that might reveal details of donors who have contributed millions in recent years to back Republican candidates and promote oil and gas interests across the state.
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