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In search of new ways to tame opioid crisis

Oklahoma is among the nation’s leaders in combating the opioid epidemic in some ways, but lags in others. The question of what more Oklahoma can do to reduce the hundreds of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers each year will hover over...

 

Autopsies reveal a march of infant deaths tied to unsafe sleeping

In October of last year, a 2-month-old infant from Kiowa County died after co-sleeping with her parents. Her mother woke up to find her father's arm partially obscuring her face, according to an...

 
 By Mollie Bryant    Local    July 13, 2017

Discipline of doctors delayed by weeks, months

In early May, the Oklahoma Medical Board suspended a Midwest City doctor’s license for six months after an investigation connected two prescription overdose deaths to his prescribing practices. But it took four weeks before Dr. Dwayne Roush’s...

 

Donations, lobbying reflect influence of oil and gas industry

In recent weeks, Oklahoma's budget stood in limbo for a time as Republicans and Democrats battled over how much to raise gross production taxes on oil and gas wells. But a third party was at the...

 
 By Mollie Bryant    Regional    May 7, 2017

Fallin vetoes high-interest loan bill that reflected national industry push

Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed a bill on Friday that would have created a loan with a 204 percent annual interest rate. In her veto message, Fallin wrote that the bill, which reflects a national push for new installment loans by the payday lending...

 

Want to email your state representative? First fill out the form.

A change to the Oklahoma House website removed legislators’ public email addresses and replaced them with a contact form that some critics believe will restrict access to lawmakers. The House replaced public emails with online forms that require...

 

Time to panic? Policymakers, public divided on 'dire' budget warnings

Moments after explaining how another state revenue failure will require millions of dollars of mid-year budget cuts, Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger issued a warning to lawmakers and top state officials. “I don’t know how much more I...

 

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