‘It’s our No. 1 killer’: Deaths linked to meth have surged in Oklahoma

Methamphetamine had a part in 330 overdose deaths in Oklahoma in 2017 — up 136 percent from 2012.
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Proposed law would criminalize abortion, allowing for life sentences for women who undergo the procedure

The bill, proposed by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, would require the state AG to ensure all abortions resulted in criminal charges. Abortions rose in Oklahoma in 2017 after several years of being in decline.
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Oklahoma spends millions in overtime pay to staff prisons

Oklahoma prisons are facing critical staffing shortages. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spent $15.5 million on overtime pay last fiscal year.
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State, tribes enter into proposed multi-million dollar settlement agreement for mining sites, Tar Creek environmental cleanup

The proposed consent decree would require steel distribution company Blue Tee and three of its top executives to pay a combined $75.5 million to seven states, three federal agencies and seven northeastern Oklahoma American Indian tribes.
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First Oklahoma man sentenced to life without parole for drug trafficking now hopes for release

It's too late for Leland Dodd to watch his children grow up, but he dreams of fishing in the Arkansas River again one day.
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Help us raise $50,000 to fund nonprofit journalism in Oklahoma

Starting Nov. 1 through Dec. 31, The Frontier is eligible for a matching gift opportunity from NewsMatch, a national call-to-action that support nonprofits like us.
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‘No one wants him:’ The state says it can’t care for Russell Ables. There’s nowhere else for him to go.

No state agency wants Russell Ables. He was deemed incompetent, dangerous and unable to live on his own in 2015. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals said agencies abandoned their duties to find him permanent placement.
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Serving life without parole for drugs, Oklahoma man now hopes for release

In the early 1990s Oklahoma did not have any drug court programs that could have allowed Kevin Ott to seek treatment, and his life without parole sentence disqualified him from entering rehab.
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Dispensaries could start selling medical marijuana this week, but most are erring on the side of caution

Business owners are choosing to err on the side of caution in an effort to stay in compliance with state regulations, which some owners and experts say are vague and confusing.
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The drug Suboxone could help combat the opioid crisis, but in rural areas it can be hard to get

Some people, desperate for opioid addiction treatment, made the journey to larger cities in search of providers. Others resorted to buying addiction-treating drugs off the street.
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