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In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Seen as Existential Threat

Hundreds of Native children have been removed from their opioid-addicted parents.

Lawmakers Grapple with Improving Election Security While Respecting States’ Rights

Experts say paper ballots are the way to go, but pushed back against efforts to federalize elections.

Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Oklahoma and Idaho are the latest states to launch budget transparency websites as a way to give residents access to real-time agency spending data.

Oklahoma Flooding Continues As More Severe Weather Expected

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane season predicted to be "near normal" ... Disaster bill put on hold by one House member ... Colorado passes insulin price cap.

Nation’s First Opioid Trial Promises Long Odds, High Drama

The public will finally hear the details in suits accusing Big Pharma of false marketing.

Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Not many people want to run for elected positions in this county … Texas deals with voting maps and databases … Tulsa improves on equality markers.

Oklahoma Tries New Strategy and New Target in Opioid Lawsuit

The state recently agreed on a big settlement with Purdue Pharma and now wants Johnson & Johnson to disclose opioid marketing documents.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | The states that would benefit most from Dreamer protections … What to wear to survey flood damage ... Importing drugs from Canada for prisoners.

A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed State Opioid Lawsuit

A case brought by the Oklahoma attorney general is expected to be the first against a drug company making prescription opioids to go to trial. A judge has ruled it can be televised.

America’s Teachers Are Launching a Rebellion

From West Virginia to Oklahoma to Los Angeles, educators are ushering in a new era of labor activism.

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Could a Supreme Court Decision Entitle 2,000 Oklahoma Inmates to New Trials?

ANALYSIS | Roughly half of the state could be designated as reservation land. No one’s sure what that would mean for Native inmates whose crimes occurred within those boundaries.

Copper Thieves Strike America's Roadways

In just one example, Washington state has spent nearly $250,000 in repair and replacement costs since July 2017.

Making Tulsa More Resilient Means Wrestling With the City’s Racist Past

Disparities persist long after the largest race-based massacre in U.S. history.

How Fit Is Your City?

The American College of Sports Medicine fitness index ranks the country’s 100 largest cities based on a mix of factors, including health behaviors and local policies.

The Obscure Tax Rule That’s Stopping U.S. States From Paying Teachers More

Supermajority tax measures have been pushed since the 1990s by deep-pocketed lobbying groups.

Oklahoma Aims to Boost Its Economy by Solving Government Problems

The state’s tech team has an ambitious plan to fuel the state’s technology sector; it’s early, but they may be on to something.

Why More School Districts Are Holding Class Just Four Days a Week

Today school districts in parts of 22 states use a four-day week, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Texas School Districts Eye Oklahoma's Striking Teachers

The era of gouged school finances and interstate “teacher poaching” continues.

Some of America’s Worst-Paid Teachers Give Their State a New Ultimatum

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