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 By Paul Monies    Local    July 14, 2019

District attorneys use twin groups to push criminal justice policies

The meeting room is like so many others in Oklahoma, with a standard conference table, overhead projector and wall map. Attendees exchange small talk and grab coffee from the back of the room. There's... Full story


Working in background, lawyer reaps fees in opioid case

Attorneys in the state's sprawling opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence. But one private attorney in the case, a former... Full story

 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 24, 2019

Tribes shut out of 'opportunity zone' deals

Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas. The...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 10, 2019

Stitt financial disclosure shows wide-ranging investments

Gov. Kevin Stitt ran for office on his business acumen and background in building a national mortgage company. His recently filed financial disclosure forms provide a glimpse at how Stitt has...


Auditors to prosecutors: Hire collection agency to recover unpaid fees from offenders

Oklahoma district attorneys have more than $56 million in uncollected fees on their books and are being advised they should hire collection agencies to go after offenders to recover more of the debt. But district attorneys are balking at the...


Hospitals post prices for first time, but patients are unlikely to gain insight

As of Jan. 1, hospitals have been required to post their prices. But the information is often difficult to understand, and hospitals say it doesn't reflect what patients pay. For the first time ever,...


A checklist of campaign promises: Can Stitt fulfill them?

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt ran on a platform of bringing an outsider’s perspective to Oklahoma government and said he will draw on his business background to push the state into top 10 rankings for education, job growth and other areas. But Stitt will...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    August 9, 2018

Medical marijuana will be a cash-only market, with hassles for all

Oklahoma’s adoption of medical marijuana will be green in more ways than one: Retail dispensaries, processors, growing operations and tax agencies will have to work within a cash-only industry. With marijuana still illegal at the federal level,...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    July 27, 2018

Child care becoming scarcer as costs, closures take toll

Master teacher Carolyn Wood applies glue to an art project with student Brendan Compton, 4, at Children’s Discovery Center in Norman on July 24. The childcare facility, which takes children up to 5 years old, is currently full with a waitlist of...


Q&A: 'Corporate prairie fire' led to plan for fixing state budget

A broad-based coalition of Oklahoma business and civic leaders are the latest group to offer a specific plan to end the state’s ongoing budget impasse. The proposal is sweeping and dramatic, and is backed by some of the most prominent and powerful...


Health Department records show allegations of deliberate deception

Documents released Friday by the state Department of Health include a summary of alleged deceptions within the agency that include fraudulent budget reports to state finance officials and omissions in reporting the agency’s financial position to...


State could lose $115M in Medicaid funds for teaching hospitals

Oklahoma’s two largest safety-net hospitals could lose $115 million a year because the state spent Medicaid dollars on training doctors for well over a decade apparently without approval, Oklahoma Watch has learned. Early Friday evening, Gov. Mary...

 By Paul Monies    Local    October 26, 2017

State Health Department faces unexplained cash crisis

The effort comes as the department has ordered furloughs of some employees and called in State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones for a special audit of its finances. Earlier this week, the department...


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