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Veteran journalists Ted Streuli and Mike Sherman join Oklahoma Watch

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – Oklahoma Watch has announced that veteran journalists, Ted Streuli and Mike Sherman, will join the nonprofit news organization beginning in June. Former Journal Record Executive Editor and Associate Publisher Ted Streuli has been named Oklahoma Watch’s executive director and Mike Sherman, who spent 24 years […]

Puzzle of Nitrogen Execution Could Present Issues for State

By Ben Botkin – Oklahoma Watch Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Reprinted with permission from Oklahoma Watch.   The condemned man enters the room where he will draw his last breath. He will be restrained in some way, perhaps strapped to the T-shaped platform where other offenders have been executed by injection. He may have taken […]

A scorecard for Oklahoma Criminal Justice Reform

Ben Botkin, Oklahoma Watch NOTE: This report is reposted, with permission, from Oklahoma Watch. About a dozen new and holdover bills that would overhaul Oklahoma’s criminal justice system are in the legislative pipeline. Although it’s too early to tell, there are indications the bills have momentum. In her State of the State address, Gov. Mary […]

Health Department records show allegations of deliberate deception

Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch Documents released Friday (December 15) 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 the Legislature and the State Board of Health. The records, provided in response […]

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

Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch Updated to reflect the governor’s executive order for a special session 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. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University’s […]

Where were the Watchdogs in the Health Department Crisis?

Paul Monies, Oklahoma Watch  Dec. 10, Updated Dec. 12 – The cash crisis at the Oklahoma State Department of Health, which was years in the making, raises questions about which agencies and state officials could have caught the agency’s reported financial mismanagement. At first glance, state government appears to have the powers and expertise to […]

Watch-Out, Two: Allbaugh says state prison crisis bears “uncanny” resemblance to what Texas faced

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Allbaugh, interim director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, says Oklahoma’s prison overcrowding issues bear an “uncanny” resemblance and many parallels to the funding and management crisis that was intensifying in the Lone Star State 22 years ago. In 1995 and 1997, while Allbaugh worked in government, […]

Watch-Out, One: His gut says no indictments in death penalty probe, as Joe Allbaugh tackles Corrections reform

by Patrick B. McGuigan OKLAHOMA CITY – Joe Allbaugh, interim director at the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, said “my gut tells me” there will not be any indictments forthcoming as a result of a current multi-county grand jury investigation of the state’s death penalty process. Referring to this reporter Albaugh said, “Pat, I have no […]

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