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Gov. Mary Fallin is appointing the first-ever woman to serve on the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Fallin announced Tuesday she is naming Leigh Gaddis of Ada to replace the late Harland Stonecipher on the eight-member panel. Gaddis' appointment is pending confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate.

The owner of a financial planning and investment firm, Gaddis helped Fallin host a deer hunt in 2011 and is a regular participant in shooting sports.

Fallin is Oklahoma's first female governor and previously was the state's first female lieutenant governor.

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A federal judge has ordered documents related to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett to remain sealed.

Attorneys for death row inmates filed a motion asking U.S. District Judge Stephen Friot to unseal thousands of pages connected to the troubled April 29 lethal injection of Lockett.

The Tulsa World reports Friot ordered the Department of Public Safety in September to hand over the records produced during its investigation into Lockett's death but declined Monday to unseal them.

Oklahoma Senator Tom Coburn, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, talks with Chairman Sen. Tom Carper (D-Delaware)
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U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn is wrapping up his tenure in Congress with the release of a "Tax Decoder" report that criticizes hundreds of billions of dollars in federal tax expenditures, often for what he says are wealthy individuals and businesses.

Coburn held a news conference Tuesday in Washington for the release of the 320-page report that highlights tax fraud and the increasingly complicated nature of the federal tax code.

The CIA "provided inaccurate information to the White House, Congress, the Justice Department, the CIA inspector general, the media and the American public" about the "brutal" interrogation techniques it used on terrorism suspects, a long-held Senate intelligence committee report finds.

The report provides the most comprehensive public accounting of the interrogation techniques used by the Central Intelligence Agency after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

At its Monday, Dec. 8 meeting, the Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved a contract for reconstruction the I-35 interchanges at SH-9 East and Lindsey St. in Norman, pictured here looking south.
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A contract with a base bid of more than $71 million was awarded Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission, the largest construction agreement in its history. Work on the project that involves the reconstruction of two interchanges along Interstate 35 in Norman is expected to begin in early 2015.

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state Capitol.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt confirmed Monday that he has worked with the energy industry to push back against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Obama administration’s regulatory agenda, but denied how The New York Times characterized those efforts, which were detailed in a story published over the weekend.

Senators will have up to six weeks to have their bills heard in committee under proposed rules to be considered during the chamber's Jan. 6 organizational day. 

Most bills and joint resolutions likely will be heard in committee by Feb. 26, the proposed deadline for Senate measures to be heard in a Senate committee. A new rule to be put before senators for their consideration on organizational day would allow member to file a bill at any time during the legislative session. The proposed rule includes language exempting those bills from the deadlines set in the rules.

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Nearly two dozen newly elected Oklahoma House members are at the state Capitol this week learning about the legislative process before the 2015 legislative session begins in February.

House officials say most of the 22 new legislators elected in November attended Monday's orientation at the Capitol.

House staff briefed the freshman lawmakers on bill filing, presenting bills in committee and on the floor, and on common parliamentary procedures. Briefings are scheduled to continue Tuesday on ethics rules and how the state budget is crafted.

The Wellness Clinic in Roland
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This story is part of a joint project by Oklahoma Watch and The Oklahoman, examining the state’s high rate of prescription painkiller overdoses.

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

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A group wants to make Oklahoma's laws for craft beer the same as state laws for wineries.

Heather Sams of the League of Oklahomans for Change in Alcohol Laws, or LOCAL, says there's several breweries that are restricted by regulations not imposed on other businesses like wineries.

The Journal Record reports the group wants breweries to be able to sell their whole beer portfolios from the tap. They also want liquor stores to be able to sell alcohol mixers, cheeses and other food pairings.

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