Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman awarded the state of Oklahoma $572 million to address the effects of the opioid epidemic. But questions remain over how, when and whether Oklahoma will get a chance to spend the money.
The push by conservatives to overhaul how state Supreme and appeals courts justices are selected shows no sign of letting up. Proponents of change complain of activist judges. Supporters of the current merit system warn of changes that could corrupt an independent judiciary.