Oklahoma Watch Response to Epic Commentary

Last week, representatives of Epic Charter Schools issued a lengthy commentary on our story about former teachers’ concerns over student-withdrawal practices at Epic. Executive Editor David Fritze responds.

In Defense of Journalists

Today Oklahoma Watch publishes an editorial rejecting President Donald Trump’s extreme attacks on the news media and affirming the value of a free and independent press.

Most Indian Tribes Wary of Legalized Marijuana

Most Native American tribes are opting not to legalize marijuana, although at least two are poised to try it. Some Oklahoma tribes say they have no interest in growing and selling marijuana, although some were represented at a conference this year on the matter.

OU Campus Reaction to Fraternity Video

University of Oklahoma athletes led a march and stood in silence two days after OU’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was banned from campus because of members chanting racial slurs. An OU women’s soccer player and two executive members of OU Unheard, a group of black students who promote change, describe their reactions to the video. (By Arianna Pickard)

Child Gun Deaths by Manner

A look at child and teen deaths between 2002 and 2012. Oklahoma’s rates were among the highest.

New Law Requires Reporting of Prescription Overdose Victims

The Oklahoma medical examiner will begin directly reporting the names of overdose victims to the state narcotics agency, which will then use the data to more closely track the state’s prescription drug problem.