Political donations around legislative session leave lawmakers’ campaigns $1.3 million wealthier

Lawmakers took tens of thousands of dollars in donations from individuals and PACs who were not registered as lobbyists during the session, and PACs made thousands of dollars in donations to legislators leading up to the session and after the session.
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In Oklahoma, fundraising among Democratic challengers swings to Warren

Trump still commands a dominating fundraising lead, followed by a group of Democrats including O’Rourke, Warren, Buttigieg and Sanders.
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As opioid crisis surged, state pharmacy board member had the busiest pharmacy in Tulsa County

The pharmacy, Spoon Drug, sits in a small shopping center just off the Sand Springs Expressway next to a Taco Bueno and a nail salon. It is owned and operated by James “Jim” Spoon, a longtime member of the state’s pharmacy board and current Sand Springs mayor.
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Detention of migrant children at Fort Sill set for August

“They are still in the beginning stages of finding contractors and doing background checks,” Donelle Harder, a spokeswoman for Gov. Kevin Stitt, said. “It seems at a minimum four weeks or more.”
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In wake of criminal investigation into Epic Charter Schools, lawmaker has questions for State Superintendent

“I plan to ask her how she is planning to cooperate in a way that hasn’t already been taking place,” Provenzano said. “If the state department is doing its job ... then $10 million doesn’t go poof.”
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Judge to decide this fall whether city of Tulsa discriminated against gay employee

A Tulsa County District Court judge will likely rule this fall on whether the city of Tulsa discriminated against a gay employee by denying health benefits to the man’s husband and then firing him when he continued to press the issue.
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Oklahoma’s largest private prison plagued by gang violence and lockdowns

“What’s happening out there is just ugly,” Former Oklahoma DOC director Joe Allbaugh said. “There’s no other way to describe it."
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Majority of claims by sexual assault survivors to state crime victim program are denied, data shows

For non-white adult victims of sexual assault, denial rates by the Oklahoma Victims Compensation Program were even higher, according to the data.
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To add hundreds of faculty, Epic Charter Schools obtained personal information of thousands of Oklahoma public school teachers

Epic collected the information, including home and email addresses, of teachers across the state through an open records request to the state department of education.
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Cell by Cell: Suspected of driving drunk, a long-haul trucker died in jail—but he actually had pneumonia

Michael Hoeppner wasn't high or drunk — just deathly ill. He died in an Oklahoma jail without medical treatment.
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