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  • Addicted Oklahoma: Roland pain clinic attracts patients from far and wide

    BY WARREN VIETH, Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    If there were an official business model for a high-volume pain clinic, Oklahoma drug enforcers say, it would probably resemble the Wellness Clinic in Roland.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Son's death in cheap motel room haunts, motivates his mother

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Michelle Casson’s son died alone, in a cheap motel room, after he tried unsucessfully to summon paramedics to his room.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Profiting from pain

    By Andrew Knittle and Phillip OConnor, Staff Writers | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    Public officials and experts in the field say allowing non-physician ownership of clinics makes them more difficult to regulate and helps explain why Oklahoma has among the highest prescription drug abuse and overdose death rates in the country.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Mother blames doctors, pain clinics for daughter%u2019s death

    By Andrew Knittle, Staff Writer | Updated: Mon, Dec 8, 2014

    A back injury six years ago led Carie Marie Simmons into a life of prescription drugs, addiction and, eventually, an early death, her mother says. But Helen Broadbooks, 63, of Lexington, also blames the doctors and pain clinics that treated her daughter, who overdosed and died May 13, 2013.

  • Addicted Oklahoma: Disturbances, thefts are common at Oklahoma City clinic

    BY ANDREW KNITTLE | Updated: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Vista Medical Center has been a relatively popular stop for Oklahoma City police officers who patrol the bustling neighborhoods just north of Interstate 240 and Western Avenue.

  • Treasurer calls for unclaimed property trust fund

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Fri, Dec 5, 2014

    Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller is calling on the Legislature to consider creating a trust fund using unclaimed property — similar to the state’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust Fund. Unclaimed property is typically money such as stocks, bonds, life insurance policies, and even uncashed...

  • Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin presents Arts Awards to educators, volunteers and artists at Capitol

    BY HEATHER WARLICK, Staff Writer | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Arts Council honored 11 individuals and seven organizations for their contributions to the arts at the 39th annual Governor’s Arts Awards ceremony held Thursday at the Oklahoma State Capitol.

  • Hearing set on media access to Oklahoma executions

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    A federal judge is expected to hear arguments from attorneys for a group of journalists and news organizations who want to prevent the state from restricting the media’s access to executions. Arguments are scheduled before a judge Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Oklahoma Observer and Guardian...

  • Fallin to host Governor’s Arts Awards at Capitol

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Thu, Dec 4, 2014

    Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is planning to recognize individuals and organizations from across the state for having a positive impact on their communities as part of the Governor’s Arts Awards. The event will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday in the fourth-floor rotunda of the state Capitol. Fallin...

  • Oral arguments set for Capitol repair challenge

    BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Published: Tue, Dec 2, 2014

    An Oklahoma Supreme Court referee is set to hear arguments about whether a planned $120 million bond issue for improvements to the Capitol building should proceed. Oral arguments are scheduled to take place Tuesday before Supreme Court Referee Greg Albert, who will compile a report and forward...

  • David Boren, Jim Inhofe still shaping Oklahoma's future

    By Chris Casteel, Washington Bureau | Published: Sun, Nov 30, 2014

    Forty years ago, David Boren beat Jim Inhofe in the Oklahoma governor’s race. Inhofe, now a U.S. senator, vowed to leave politics, but he stuck around. And he and Boren, the University of Oklahoma’s longtime president, are still major influences in the state.

  • Half of provisional ballots cast in election not counted, some wrongly

    By Curtis Killman - Tulsa World | Updated: Fri, Nov 28, 2014

    Travis Rice expressed surprise when he was told the ballot he cast earlier this month during the Oklahoma general election hadn’t counted. “That doesn’t make me happy,” Rice said, when informed by the Tulsa World that his provisional ballot had been rejected. “They told me it would count,”...


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