Richard Morrissette

Oklahoma state Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, gestures as he speaks during a public forum on earthquakes and fracking at the state Capitol on June 14, 2016.
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State Rep. Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, has dropped out of the race for Corporation Commissioner, which means incumbent Dana Murphy will win reelection to the regulatory post this fall.

In an email from his campaign Wednesday morning, Morrissette said his father’s death earlier this year affected him more deeply than he expected.

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State Rep. Richard Morrissette announced Tuesday that a public hearing regarding the “actions and decisions” of the state Board of Medical Licensure and Supervision has been postponed. The hearing was originally scheduled for Dec. 4, with the new date not yet determined.

The hearing was scheduled to review some decisions made regarding the board’s handling of a case against Dr. Anagnost, a Tulsa orthopedic surgeon.

Several states are now trying to tackle what they see as a serious public health concern. Oklahoma is one of the leading states on that front, as PBS Newshour health correspondent Betty Ann Bowser reports.


The House Judiciary Committee this week approved workers' compensation legislation by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa), but didn’t get in any hurry about it.

The novel-length bill that would move the decision on how to compensate injured workers from a court-based system to an administrative one is another step closer to being law. The hearing on the bill was delayed by two weeks while the House made changes to fix some problems in the plan.