AP-OK--Oklahoma News Digest 1 pm, OK
Hello! Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Oklahoma. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP-Oklahoma City bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-525-2121.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma City man who was sentenced to life in prison in the 1991 slaying of homeless man has been released due to DNA recovered at the scene. A judge on Monday vacated the sentence and dismissed the case against 61-year-old Johnny Tallbear, saying his blood doesn’t match samples collected by the police. By Ken Miller. 400 words. AP Photos.
TEACHER PROTESTS-OKLAHOMA TAX
OKLAHOMA CITY — Groups representing Oklahoma teachers and public schools are asking the state’s highest court to stop an effort aimed at overturning a series of tax increases approved by the Legislature to pay for teacher raises. Supreme Court hearings set for 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. on Monday. By Sean Murphy.
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OKLAHOMA CITY — Some Oklahoma lawmakers want to discuss the potential of retroactively applying a 2017 drug sentencing reform law to earlier felony convictions. A statewide ballot initiative reducing the crime of drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor became law last year. The law is meant to help stabilize and eventually reduce the number of people going to prison, while focusing the state’s efforts on addiction treatment and rehabilitation. 250 words.
ILLINOIS RIVER-WATER QUALITY — Oklahoma officials say pollution guidelines for cities and farms along the Illinois River are just weeks away.
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