Oklahoma Health Care Authority resuscitates controversial rule to check Medicaid eligibility by mail

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers the state's Medicaid, is set to consider an emergency rule change during a special board meeting on Tuesday that would end benefits if letters sent to enrollees are returned as undeliverable.
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Cell by Cell: A teenage suicide sheds light on a lack of oversight for juveniles in county jails

Oklahoma jails that hold minors aren’t subject to the same standards or state oversight as juvenile detention centers.
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Still Waiting: Oklahoma prosecutors seek life without parole again in most juvenile cases up for review

While 21 states have moved to ban life without parole for juveniles, all legislative efforts to do so in Oklahoma have failed.
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Still Waiting: Convicted of murder as a teenager, Dana Barker now hopes for freedom

“I should have gone to prison,” Dana Barker said. “I did something horrible, but I don’t know that I should have given up the rest of my life.”
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Still Waiting: Oklahoma’s juvenile life without parole prisoners struggle to get attorneys, new hearings

The courts say dozens of Oklahoma prisoners serving life without parole for crimes they committed as teenagers have the right to new sentences, but many are still waiting for a second chance.
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AG assigns interim board of directors to handle city, county Purdue settlement funds

The interim board of directors will oversee a foundation that will distribute funds to cities and counties participating in the Purdue settlement.
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Uncertainty over how state’s settlement with Purdue Pharma will impact other lawsuits

Some attorneys have raised concerns that Oklahoma's settlement with Purdue, reached last week, could interfere with their lawsuits, which are independent from the state’s. Others are unsure whether they will elect to participate.
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Oklahoma reaches $270 million settlement with Purdue and Sacklers in opioid lawsuit

“This begins a new chapter for those struggling with addiction,” Attorney General Mike Hunter said at a news conference at the OSU Center for Health Sciences on Tuesday afternoon.
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Cell by Cell: Oklahoma County jail’s poor design contributes to safety, security issues

Construction of the Oklahoma County jail was funded by a temporary penny sales tax that built the problem-riddled facility. But there was no new, permanent source of revenue to totally pay for the maintenance and upkeep of the jail after the sales tax expired.
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OU’s baboon breeding program is ending, but the animals will still be bred for medical research

OU’s baboon breeding program has been transferred to the Michale E. Keeling Center near Bastrop, Texas.
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