AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1:30 pm, OK
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Pot advocates celebrated the culmination of a yearslong effort to ease restrictions on the use of cannabis last month when nearly 60 percent of Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana. After seeing years of waiting for cannabis to roll out elsewhere, Oklahoma’s proponents built in a two-month deadline for implementation. Even in conservative states such as Oklahoma, public attitudes are shifting in favor of making pot accessible. But heavy resistance remains from policymakers, especially when Republicans are in control. By Sean Murphy and Andrew DeMillo. SENT: 760 words.
OKLAHOMA MEDICAID-EXPERIMENTAL PROGRAM
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Medicaid program is the first in the nation to be approved for an experimental drug-pricing program that supporters say could save millions of taxpayer dollars. By Ken Miller and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar.
— MEDICAL MARIJUANA-OKLAHOMA — Civil lawsuits have been filed in two Oklahoma counties accusing state health officials of improperly imposing strict rules on the state’s recently approved medical marijuana industry.
— RETALIATION CLAIM-911 SUPERVISOR — A former Oklahoma City 911 supervisor who claims she endured harassment and retaliation after she reported being sexually assaulted by a longtime city employee has received a $150,000 settlement.
— LAKE EUFAULA-CHILD DROWNS — Authorities say a 4-year-old boy was discovered drowned in Lake Eufaula after his parents awoke to find him missing from their home.
— ST. GREGORY’S CLOSING-RARE BOOKS — An auction of items from the former St. Gregory’s University in Oklahoma brought in more than $330,000 that will be used to pay creditors of the bankrupt school.
— WOODY GUTHRIE FESTIVAL — Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma hometown — Okemah — has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the “This Land Is Your Land” singer. With photo.
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