2017 was a whirlwind year for news all over the world, and Oklahoma was no exception. Between two special legislative sessions, politicians accused and convicted of sexual misconduct, and investigations into rehab work camps, KGOU and our news partners rarely got a break. Here's a look back at our top local stories of the year, featuring contributions from the Journal Record, Oklahoma Watch, StateImpact Oklahoma and Reveal and KGOU.
An Oklahoma Watch investigation by Mollie Bryant and Jeff Raymond found that co-sleeping and other unsafe sleeping practices lead to 12 percent of infant deaths from 2014 to 2016.
Reveal's Amy Julia Harris and Shoshana Walter investigated judge-mandated rehab programs that required recovering addicts to work for free.
KGOU's Nomin Ujiyediin spoke with mental health experts and meteorologists about tornado season's effect on Oklahomans' mental health.
Stateimpact Oklahoma's Logan Layden explored how a proposed fee could affect electric car owners in the state.
KGOU's Jacob McCleland reported on the Catholic Church honoring one of Oklahoma's own.
A program intended to reduce the high rates of uninsured drivers in the state could also bring in millions of dollars in revenue for district attorneys' offices. Ben Botkin reported for Oklahoma Watch.
KGOU's Jacob McCleland interviewed the Journal Record's Molly Fleming about tribal jurisdiction.
The Cherokee Nation debated what to do with a monument honoring slaveowner and general Stand Watie. Jacob McCleland reported from Tahlequah.
In a story that made national headlines, former State Sen. Ralph Shortey was found in a Moore motel room with an underage boy. Jacob McCleland helped cover the story for KGOU.
KGOU's Jacob McCleland interviewed the Journal Record's Sarah Terry-Cobo about pain relief treatments that are alternatives to opioids.
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