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Billions in fed funds

Oklahoma Deems Billions In Fed Covid Relief Fund Applications A Secret

Billions in requests for federal money from both state agencies and the private sector are being kept secret by Oklahoma’s purchasing agency.
COVID relief

Gov Stitt admin keeping report secret on questionable relief funds spending

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt's administration officials have repeatedly denied nonprofit newsrooms' requests to release a report on federal funds use.
State questions

Republicans in Oklahoma Legislature look to tighten state question laws

Several Oklahoma lawmakers are looking to add hurdles for citizen-led groups to pass the type of state questions.
Pinnell

Okla Lt. Gov. Pinnell approved millions in Foggy Bottom Kitchen expenses

As Lt. Governor, Matt Pinnell signed off on over $16 million in paid by taxpayers in questionable Foggy Bottom Kitchen expenses.
evictions

Why 25,000-plus Oklahomans are still waiting for rental assistance

Oklahoma received $485 million in federal emergency funds to help those at risk of eviction. Yet thousands have been evicted while waiting.

Ed Sec Walters’ personal salary funded by secret pro-charter donors

Oklahoma's appointed Ed Sec Ryan Walters is paid $120,000 by a nonprofit funded by secret billionaires promoting charter schools.
Oklahoma Capitol

At the Oklahoma Legislature, a new flood of bills on school curriculum

OK Legislature proposals range from limits on classroom discussions of current events to requiring schools to teach ‘Victims of Communism Day’
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How Okla lawmakers have loosened gun regulations in the past decade

Oklahoma's lawmakers in the Republican-controlled House and Senate have steadily relaxed gun laws for the state over the last decade.
Nursing Homes

At Least 537 COVID-19 Deaths Missing From State Nursing Home Data

Federal data shows that 512 nursing home residents who died from the COVID-19 virus were missing from state counts.

Epic co-founders, former CFO charged with racketeering, embezzlement

Epic Charter Schools founders and former CEO were arrested, booked, and later charged with racketeering and embezzlement.