In the decade of the #MeToo movement and widespread revelations of sexual abuse, more women are reporting incidents of sexual assault to authorities, studies show. But the era of silence isn’t over. In this mixed-media report, Oklahoma Watch examines the continuing problem of the significant underreporting of sexual assaults.
Attorneys in Oklahoma’s opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence. But one private attorney in the case, a former legislative leader, stands to make $5.6 million in the recent settlement against a drugmaker despite having no obvious role documented in court filings.
For more than a decade, state lawmakers have sought various ways to curb contingency fees for private attorneys who contract with the state, as well as make the costs more transparent. But none have passed.
A strategic plan laying out one-year and four-year goals for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s administration, obtained by Oklahoma Watch, includes securing gubernatorial control of all state agencies and boards, changing the educational system and launching an initiative aimed at social issues.
The eye-popping statistic from a recent report made headlines: In Oklahoma, 30,000 teachers have left the profession in the past six years. But there were other interesting trends to unearth in the 124-page report.
Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas.
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s nominee for secretary of veterans affairs and the military has withdrawn his name from consideration. His consulting company, Check-6, faces lawsuits alleging he underpaid veterans who work for him by misclassifying them as contractors.
Gov. Kevin Stitt’s financial disclosure form shows varied holdings in real estate, banking and energy across multiple states. Stitt is the first governor since Robert S. Kerr to come directly to the office from a private company without having held public office first.