In The Know: The legacy of Olivia Hooker; 21 released after commutation campaign; economic optimism ahead of legislative session…
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Prosperity Policy: A legacy to honor: At the age of 6, Olivia Hooker huddled under a table with her siblings, ordered by her mother to stay silent as a white mob rampaged through her house in the Greenwood District of Tulsa. Hooker, who died last month at age 103, was the last remaining witness of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre. Her father’s clothing store was destroyed, along with the entire Greenwood business district, then among the nation’s most vibrant black commercial areas. Thousands of homes were burned and looted, and hundreds of black Tulsans were killed. [David Blatt / Journal Record]
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‘I just want to get my new life started’: 21 low-level offenders released early under commutation project: The four young siblings stood in the chilly air outside the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center on Wednesday evening, waiting to embrace their mother months after she was incarcerated in the Taft prison. Destiny Pinon, 21, stood anxiously with her sisters Lexcee Delgado, 15, and Alyssa Delgado, 11, as brother Dominic Delgado, 8, ran around in the grass just beyond the prison’s fencing. When Juanita Peralta finally emerged, the Ada family’s reunion included squeals, tears and a lot of hugs. [Tulsa World]
Economic report brings optimism ahead of legislative session: Although the economy is still a top issue for the state’s highest-ranking lawmakers, their situation heading into the next legislative session is far less dire. One day after three top lawmakers discussed their priorities for the year, state Treasurer Ken Miller painted the backdrop for them. November’s gross collections totaled $1 billion, again breaking the record for the period. Other indicators have made Miller’s reports, which have been rosy of late, sound even more optimistic. [Journal Record]
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