Happy Monday to you from OPUBCO HQ, where we can barely see out of the windows because of the snow.
We’re debuting a weekly feature today on the Watchdog blog, our Weekend Rewind. Each Monday, we’ll bring you the highlights and links you might have missed over the weekend, as well as a few links to other investigations and stories that caught our eyes.
–Watchdog reporter Sonya Colberg has an interesting feature on a man in southern Oklahoma who takes care of the lions at the G.W. Exotic Animal Park. Check out the nDepth feature here.
–Vallery Brown has a look at the money-making possibilities of housing federal immigration inmates at the Oklahoma County Jail.
–Our Capitol Bureau detailed the number of lawmakers turned lobbyists at the statehouse, as well as calls for a waiting period to be instituted.
–The science is unsettled, but Oklahoma health officials are keeping an eye the research behind the chemical BPA in everything from soup cans to plastic bottles.
–The Wall Street Journal takes a look at the risks and rewards of investing in the life insurance policies of other people. (In a related note, officials at Oklahoma State University recently sued an insurance company for its claims about OSU Athletics’ “Gift of a Lifetime” program.)
–The New York Times detailed the bizarre story of a West Texas prosecutor who filed criminal charges against a nurse for blowing the whistle on a local doctor to the state medical board.
–If you’re curious about crime statistics, the NYT also has a story about new research into claims that some NYPD officials were “juicing” the stats to make crime incidents appear less severe than they were.
If you see anything that we missed that you think was noteworthy, send us a link and let us know.