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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is delaying its release of names of priests credibly accused of sexually abusing children. The archdiocese had previously said the names would be released Feb. 28, but a spokeswoman said Thursday that the law firm that's reviewing archdiocese records, McAfee & Taft, has asked for more time. Officials now plan to release the names, a report by the firm and other materials by the end of March.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahomans who aren't quite old enough to vote will be able to pre-register up to six months before their 18th birthday under a bill that has sailed through the Senate. The Senate voted unanimously this week for the bill that extends the pre-registration period from 60 days to six months. Voters would still have to turn 18 before Election Day, but the bill's sponsor says the idea is to make sure as many young people as possible are ready to cast their first vote.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Legislation that would provide a framework for medical marijuana regulation in Oklahoma could be heard on the House floor as soon as next week. The bipartisan measure was approved by a House committee Thursday. Among other things, the proposal sets guidelines for medical marijuana testing, tax collections and other sectors in the industry. The regulatory framework could cost nearly $10 million in its first year of implementation.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has filled two positions in his cabinet, including Chip Keating as secretary of public safety and Brian Brurud as secretary of veterans affairs and the military. Stitt, a Republican who was sworn in last month, made the appointments Thursday. Both Keating and Brurud will serve on Stitt's cabinet in an unpaid capacity and both positions require Senate confirmation.
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