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TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Experts involved in searching three graves sites in Tulsa that could hold the remains of people killed during the 1921 race riots say supporters should be realistic about expectations and results. As many as 300 people are estimated to have been killed on Tulsa's Black Wall Street. Anthropologist Dr. Phoebe Stubblefield said Thursday that the years that have passed will make identifying remains a challenge and that some bodies at two of the sites aren't related to the riots.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister are calling for an investigative audit of Epic Charter Schools. That's after state investigators revealed an embezzlement probe involving the school's co-founders. The two Republicans issued the joint statement Friday, and Stitt formally requested an audit by State Auditor and Inspector Cindy Byrd. Stitt asked that the audit include the school and 'all related entities,' along with a three-year look back on previous audits.
MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) - A 37-year-old Oklahoma man has been jailed on rape complaints after authorities said he sexually assaulted a 4-year-old girl in a bathroom at a McDonald's play area, which the child was visiting during a day care field trip. Midwest City police say a day care worker knocked on the locked bathroom door Tuesday after the girl didn't return promptly, and a man was in there with the child. The child told workers the man, identified as Joshua Kabatra, sexually assaulted her.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County has joined more than 50 other cities and counties in the state to prosecute opioid manufacturers for damages caused by the opioid epidemic. The Oklahoman reports that all three county commissioners voted Wednesday to authorize a contract with the Fulmer Sill law firm to sue various opioid distributors. The move comes at the end of the state's trial against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson. Fulmer Sill lawyers say they expect to pursue "tens of millions of dollars."
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