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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Environmental groups file suit seeking to overturn EPA’s transfer of coal ash disposal regulation to state

In June 2018, Oklahoma was the first state to have its coal ash program approved by the EPA.
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City of Tulsa appears poised to enact ‘moratorium’ on applications related to medical marijuana production

The agenda posted online discusses "adverse impacts" that "Medical Marijuana Grower Operation or Medical Marijuana Processing Facility" may have on owners of "nearby properties."
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Little help for Oklahoma diabetics as cost of insulin soars

A study at the Oklahoma Legislature to examine high insulin prices was abruptly canceled. “It’s frustrating, but it doesn’t change the fact that I intend to file legislation to look at how we can address this issue,” Rep. Forrest Bennett said.
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Tulsa doctor whose license was suspended for alleged faulty cosmetic procedures could face more discipline

The Frontier first wrote about Masters last year when her license was set for board review. The board had discovered Masters paid a $750,000 settlement in a case alleging a patient died during a procedure.
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State, Cherokee Nation announce plans to study growth of chicken farms in northeastern Oklahoma

In Delaware County alone, the Department of Agriculture has issued licenses to 162 operators for 712 total chicken houses holding nearly 19.6 million birds, most of which go to Simmons Foods.
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Report: Oklahoma slow to remove some children from abusive foster homes

Monitors find children in state custody continue to experience abuse and neglect at “an alarmingly high rate."
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Oklahoma City surgery center loses federal funding despite pleas it would be forced to close

In a court filing on Aug. 16, ESEC management said the loss of Medicare and Medicaid payments would be “devastating” to the center’s employees and patients.
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