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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State gives green light to new poultry operation after suspending applications

Officials at the Agriculture Department said the application, which was formally approved by the department on Dec. 12, had been submitted and processed prior to the suspension being put in place in October.
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Family seeks answers after son’s death in Grady County jail

Grady County jail officials refuse to release hours of video that would show the circumstances leading up to man's death.
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Head of Oklahoma conservative think tank likens proposed lobbying rules to Jim Crow-era laws

The proposed rules would require groups engaged in indirect lobbying to disclose spending, donors and put disclaimers on advertisements, phone calls or other communication stating that it is a “lobbyist communication.”
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Ethics Commission considers rules creating new category of lobbyist, requiring disclosures

“The idea is when somebody is funding communications that involves pending legislation and is urging a specific vote on the legislation, there needs to be disclosure," said Ashley Kemp, Ethics Commission executive director.
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