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  • If you're calling the DHS hotline to report child abuse, prepare to wait

    BY RANDY ELLIS, Staff Writer | Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    People calling an Oklahoma DHS hotline sometimes have to wait more than two hours to report allegations of child abuse, according to a new monitoring report released Wednesday. The Department of Human Services also has 1,254 child abuse and neglect investigations that are overdue — including 211...

  • Wrongful death lawsuit filed against Oklahoma group home operator

    By Randy Ellis, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Mitchell Boles, 51, died from respiratory failure due to aspiration pneumonia less than two months after he was forced to move from the Southern Oklahoma Resource Center in Pauls Valley as part of the state’s plan to close that facility and a similar institution in Enid, said his sister, Shannon...



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Nolan Clay


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Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials, exposed shysters and resulted in reforms in such areas as day care oversight and workers' compensation court. He is a proud father and longtime fan of University of Oklahoma football. His wedding in 2001 was on the 50-yard line of OU's football field.

Randy Ellis


Investigative Reporter

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two college presidents being sentenced to prison and a former chancellor being forced to resign. He has written about abuses of Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials, misconduct involving state legislators and a variety of other topics. Ellis has won more than 80 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Prior to joining The Oklahoman in 1982, Ellis worked at Arkansas newspapers. He is a 1977 graduate of Kansas State University.

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