Promised land: Oklahoma has few restrictions on religious property tax exemptions

A review of property records by The Frontier found mansions and luxury homes, cattle ranches, airplane hangars, radio broadcast towers and hundreds of acres of land were fully or partially exempted from property taxes under religious exemptions.
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Stitt bets big in taking on tribes on gaming compact

Gov. Kevin Stitt has engaged in a political and legal fight with some of the most powerful entities in the state, a move that will test his political capital and likely become one of the dominant policy issues of 2020.
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Despite move to new cells, struggle over solitary confinement for death row prisoners continues

The Department of Corrections has made changes to the way it houses death row inmates, but some argue they haven't gone far enough.
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In 2020, CLEET mental health training to be reviewed by state’s department of mental health

The change comes following a story by The Frontier that showed CLEET's mental health courses were not being reviewed for appropriateness prior to being offered to officers.
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Gov. Kevin Stitt’s approval to be required under new refugee resettlement order

Officials with Oklahoma’s only refugee resettlement organization have already begun to urge Gov. Kevin Stitt to offer his approval for new refugees.
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‘Just stay positive, don’t give up:’ Hundreds leave prison Monday following largest commutation in nation’s history

“Oh my God, I’m so happy,” Kisha Snider hollered and wiped the tears streaming down her face. Her cousin hugged her, then posed for a flock of television cameras, yelling: “We’re going home!”
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‘Largest single-day commutation in nation’s history’ expected to take place in Oklahoma next month

Thanks to new state law, Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Executive Director Steve Bickley expects more than 400 inmates to pass through expedited commutation process Nov. 1.
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Grand River Dam Authority looking to sell its Vinita headquarters, build new facility near Chouteau

A notice on the GRDA's website states the public utility will conduct a sealed-offer sale for the property at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12.
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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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