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Today In The News
State education board votes to allow data release: It just got easier to find out basic details about Oklahoma school districts, such as graduation rates, after the state repealed a controversial rule used to redact data for many districts. The state Board of Education voted 6-0, with Cathryn Franks absent, to repeal a rule that was used to redact the graduation rates for 58 percent of the states school districts [Oklahoma Watch].
Asset forfeiture: Do police seize innocent people’s money?: On a March evening in 2013, William Cicco drove away from his Broken Arrow home with a paper bag on the front passenger seat containing $15,555 in cash. He and his wife had been arguing. Cicco left with what he said was money from their savings and a second-mortgage loan. He never imagined the cash would make him a suspect in drug trafficking [Oklahoma Watch].
Prison and medicine: Costing Oklahoma: Last year, the state of Oklahoma spent over $84-million on medication for inmates in the Oklahoma Department of Correction. As in society, prison populations are aging. Here in Oklahoma, 17% of the prison population is over the age of 50 and increasing annually [KWGS].