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In The Know: Oklahoma’s largest private prison plagued by gang violence and lockdowns, Stitt inauguration sets spending record, Revenues from state tax hikes exceed expectations

Oklahoma’s largest private prison plagued by gang violence and lockdowns. Stitt inauguration sets spending record. State senator raises new questions about Epic Charter Schools and oversight by Oklahoma State Department of Education. [More...]

In The Know: Majority of claims by sexual assault survivors are denied, Tribes weigh in on debate over gaming fees, OSBI short dozens of field agents

Majority of claims by sexual assault survivors to state crime victim program are denied, data shows. Tribes weigh in on debate over gaming fees. CNBC: Oklahoma one of the worst states for business. Opioids trial: Expert points to nation's rise in chronic pain. [More...]

In The Know: The past and future of OK Policy, Stitt calls for renegotiating tribal gaming compacts, Black families of murder victims more likely to be denied aid

Stitt calls for renegotiating Oklahoma tribal gaming compacts. Uncompensated Loss: Black families of murder victims more likely to be denied aid from state program. Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority announces legislative changes to program. Health department stresses water safety as drowning deaths climb. [More...]

In The Know: Oklahoma tax revenue up $1.4 billion in FY ’19; Opioid trial judge rejects defense’s dismissal motion; There’s an election today in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma tax revenue up $1.4 billion in FY '19. Oklahoma ranked fifth-best state in US to start a business. Oklahoma's quake numbers decline, but likelihood of a damaging earthquake remains high. Oklahoma, city leaders request levee study be expedited. [More...]

In The Know: Stitt outlaws state agency lobbyist hiring; Pardon and Parole Board appoints new executive director; Cigarette sales down 25%, tax revenue up

Stitt outlaws state agency lobbyist hiring with executive order. Pardon and Parole Board appoints new executive director. District Attorneys use twin groups to push criminal justice policies. Cigarette sales down 25% in Oklahoma, tax revenue up. [More...]

In The Know: Tax increases help more than expected; feds seek cut of opioid settlement; construction jobs record…

Recent state tax increases help Oklahoma's bottom line more than expected. Feds may claw back millions from Oklahoma’s opioid settlement. Construction jobs in Oklahoma reach a record high. [More...]

In The Know: Tracking Oklahoma’s prison population; OK rests case in opioid trial; Epic obtained personal info for OK teachers…

New online tool tracks Oklahoma's prison population. Oklahoma rests case in opioid trial against drugmaker Johnson & Johnson. To add hundreds of faculty, Epic Charter Schools obtained personal information of thousands of Oklahoma public school teachers. Early childhood advocates discuss hurdles to health care, education access. [More...]

In The Know: Meet OKC’s jail trust; new state office for mass transit; improvement on deficient bridges…

Meet the members of the Oklahoma County Jail Trust. Oklahoma's medical marijuana enrollment among top in U.S. Risk of opioids addiction questioned by J&J witness. State improves rankings on structurally deficient bridges. [More...]

In The Know: Employed and homeless; electronic monitoring replaces halfway house; new laws in effect…

Annual 'point in time' homeless count: Having a job doesn't guarantee having a place to live in Tulsa. More electronic monitoring means less need for halfway house beds, Department of Corrections says. Dozens of new laws along with $1,500 pay hike for state employees go into effect on July 1. Oklahoma lawmakers request interim studies. [More...]

In The Know: Emergency teacher certifications up 54%; dams near expiration dates; feds seek cut of Oklahoma opioid settlement…

Oklahoma's teacher shortage: 3038 emergency certifications approved, up 54% in 2018-19. Oklahoma dams near expiration dates as scientists predict more extreme weather. Banker named to Wildlife Conservation Commission. Muscogee (Creek) Nation: ‘Dust will settle’ after Supreme Court pass on treaty case. [More...]

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