April 13: Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association is focus of ethics query

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Ethics Commission is investigating the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association for alleged violations of lobbying disclosure rules.

April 6: Addicted Oklahoma -- Problem prescribers help fuel deadly epidemic

News Updated: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

While much of Oklahoma's enforcement efforts are aimed at drug-seekers, far less effort is dedicated to identifying, investigating and pursuing the problem providers — the doctors who supply the sometimes deadly dosages....

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March 30: Ousted officials from Oklahoma's American Legion sue for damages, reinstatement

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Lawsuit is latest development in turmoil surrounding Oklahoma’s operation

March 23: OKC attorney denies child sex accusations

News | Updated: Sun, Mar 23, 2014
FBI investigating trips attorney and bail bondsman made to Peru.

March 16: Several veterans centers doctors have disciplinary records

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A closer look at the six doctors with checkered pasts who work at Oklahoma’s veterans centers.

March 9: Oklahoma athletics association struggles at politics

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The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association, which regulates high school athletics, has inserted itself into state politics. And that hasn’t worked out too well for the group. OSSAA's free tickets for lawmakers may have violated ethics rules
Two bills in Oklahoma Legislature seek OSSAA oversight

March 2: Oklahoma House leaders want pension overhaul linked to targeted pay increases

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Members of the state House of Representatives would like a firm commitment from the governor and Senate to fund targeted pay increases this year before signing off on a pension overhaul bill.

Feb. 23: State tax commission powerless to audit tribes, enforce sales tax collections

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Tribes are required to collect taxes from nonmembers who purchase goods at their retail businesses but state officials admit they are powerless to conduct audits to find out if the correct amount of tax is being collected.

Feb. 16: More than 125 DHS employees disciplined last year

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Despite new leadership and a series of reforms, the state Department of Human Services still is having some of the same old problems with its employees, records show. More than 125 DHS employees were fired, suspended without pay or demoted last year, the agency's disciplinary records show.
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Feb. 9: Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State speech silent on plans for Oklahoma museums

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Gov. Mary Fallin's speech doesn't cover the unfinished American Indian Cultural Center and Museum in Oklahoma City or the topic of building an Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa.

Feb. 2: Oklahoma parents say son needed help, instead Custer County sheriff's deputies shot him

News | Updated: Sun, Feb 2, 2014
Mah-hi-vist Goodblanket, 18, died Dec. 21 in an incident with the Custer County Sheriff's Office. His parents say the shooting wasn't justified and dispute the Sheriff Bruce People's version of events.

Jan. 26: Towns rely on police to generate revenue, keep citizens safe

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Even though many drivers view Kiowa as just another speed trap in southeast Oklahoma, Police Chief Tony Runyon said he is just protecting the residents of his town from a dangerous road he calls “blood highway.”
Paid traffic tickets helped build Oklahoma town's city hall, police department

Jan. 19: OSU sues over alleged fraud

News | Updated: Sun, Jan 19, 2014
An FBI investigation is underway into allegations that a husband and wife team committed a multimillion fraud against an Oklahoma State University-owned company engaged in sensitive national security research, The Oklahoman has confirmed.

Jan. 12: Female prison in Oklahoma has highest rape rate in U.S.

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A federal report placed the Mabel Bassett Correctional Center at the top of the list for sexual violence in female prisons, however, due to a pending lawsuit state Corrections Department officials declined to testify at a Department of Justice hearing on the matter this week.

Jan. 5: Oklahoma prison reform loses favor, emails show

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It took less than a year for Oklahoma's package of prison reform laws to go from political darling to albatross. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative was touted in 2012 as a way for Oklahoma to reduce its prison population, help inmates with health or mental problems, and save money on future spending within the Corrections Department.
Part 2: Prison reform proves difficult for Oklahoma politicians

Dec. 22: Yukon FFA investigation could lead to more arrests, prosecutor says

News | Updated: Sun, Dec 22, 2013
A lengthy investigation into the Yukon FFA program could lead to more charges, a prosecutor told The Oklahoman.

Dec. 15: Driver indicted after illegal immigrant died in Oklahoma wreck

News | Updated: Sun, Dec 15, 2013
Houston man said he fell asleep driving on Interstate 35 on Oct. 21 and one passenger in the vehicle died.


Dec. 1: State cyber security operation battles hackers

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Oklahoma has created a centralized computer security system to engage in real time battles against hackers.
Oklahoma state employees' Facebook visits prompt officials concern



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The NewsOK Watchdog Team

Robby Trammell


Assistant Managing Editor

Robby Trammell is news director for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. During his 41-year career, he has received numerous reporting awards and civic honors. With The Oklahoman’s investigative team, he won a first-place spot news reporting award for coverage of the Oklahoma City bombing and exposed wrongdoing in the 1990 campaign of an Oklahoma governor. Their scoop — “Governor Secretly Indicted” — was heralded as the biggest political story in the paper’s history. The governor pleaded guilty. Trammell’s investigation of bid-rigging by Seminole County commissioners in the 1970s was a forerunner to a federal inquiry statewide that turned out to be one of the largest cases of public corruption in American history. Trammell has a master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma. He teaches Media Ethics at the University of Central Oklahoma. He serves as a director on the board of the Oklahoma Press Association. He is an ordained deacon in The Episcopal Church.

Nolan Clay


Sr. Reporter

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


Capitol Bureau 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.

Andrew Knittle


Investigative Reporter

Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real voice within the stories he covers. He joined The Oklahoman's staff in September 2011 after working for the Shawnee News-Star and The Norman Transcript for a combined three years.

Knittle, a Norman resident, is a 2008 graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he studied journalism.

Jennifer Palmer


Investigative Reporter

Jennifer Palmer joined The Oklahoman staff in 2008 and, after five years on the business desk, is now digging deeper through investigative work. She's been recognized with awards in public service reporting and personal column writing. Prior to joining the The Oklahoman, she reported on breaking news and crime at The Omaha World-Herald and was a member of a team recognized by the American Society of Newspaper Editors for their coverage of the Westroads Mall shooting in 2007. Palmer is a native of Norman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she was also a columnist for The Oklahoma Daily.