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Brian Renegar

Marnie Taylor is president and CEO of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits in Oklahoma City.
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The head of a coalition of non-profits says she's concerned about the broader effects of a bill targeting an animal rights organization. State Rep. Brian Renegar, D-McAlester, says his goal is to keep money in Oklahoma

Renegar says he’s upset that the Humane Society of the United States raised $1 million in Oklahoma after the deadly May 2013 tornadoes, but only spent $100,000 in the state.

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In 2007, Gov. Brad Henry signed some of the country’s strictest anti-immigration legislation into law.

House Bill 1804 by state Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore) made it a felony for the state to provide education and health care services to illegal immigrants, and requires police to investigate the immigration status of anyone “suspected” of being in this country illegally.

Seven years later, the controversial law and its effect on people form the basis for Oklahoma native Rilla Askew’s fourth novel Kind of Kin, now out in paperback.

In 2007, Gov. Brad Henry signed some of the country’s strictest anti-immigration legislation into law.

House Bill 1804 by State Rep. Randy Terrill (R-Moore) made it a felony for the state to provide education and health care services to illegal immigrants, and requires police to investigate the immigration status of anyone “suspected” of being in this country illegally.

Six years later, the controversial law and its effect on people form the basis for Oklahoma native Rilla Askew’s fourth novel Kind of Kin.

“I'm always writing about the coming together and the clash between cultures and races in Oklahoma,” Askew says. “I was disturbed by the notion of a bill like that.”