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The KOSU news team curates news of interest to Oklahomans from various sources around the world. Our hope is inform, educate, and entertain.

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The director of the Oklahoma's Medicaid provider says he plans to step down to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO Nico Gomez said in a letter to the agency's board Monday that he plans to resign effective Sept. 30.

Gomez has been in state government for two decades, including the past 16 years at OHCA. He has served as CEO of the agency for more than three years.

The remains of a woman found south of Muskogee in 1983 have been identified as a woman who went missing in Tulsa in 1981.

The remains were identified through DNA testing as 44-year-old Francine Frost.

Muskogee County District Attorney Orvil Loge says Frost went missing on February 16, 1981. Her car was found in the parking lot of the Skaggs Alpha Beta grocery store at 21st Street and Memorial Drive in Tulsa.

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has named several Oklahomans to his newly created Agriculture Advisory Committee, including Gov. Mary Fallin.

Trump announced the creation of the 64-member committee in a press release on Tuesday as a way to "strengthen our nation's agriculture industry as well as provide support to our rural communities." It includes current and former elected officials, farmers and officials with agriculture trade groups.

“The industry may not be currently hiring petroleum engineers,” but energy companies are hiring, the director of the University of Tulsa’s school of energy tells the Tulsa World’s Casey Smith. “They’re telling students to think outside of the box.”

Customers of the state’s largest electric utility will pick up the tab for environmental compliance projects and plant upgrades over the next few years, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

CNN digital editor Marnie Hunter features eight hotels with surprising past lives, including Oklahoma City hotel 21C.

Environmental groups have challenged a decades-old exemption for oil and gas drillers from federal law and the energy industry and state regulators are worried a court ruling against the EPA and “the possibility of new regulations,” The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

The Oklahoma Energy Resources Board has directed $100 million in voluntary assessments to clean up more than 15,000 abandoned oil and gas wells, but another 20,000 to 40,000 remain, The Oklahoman’s Paul Monies reports.

Oklahoma County led the country in oil industry job creation in 2015, according to a Headlight Data analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers. On the other end of the spectrum, Washington County in northeastern Oklahoma ranked No. 6 in oil industry job losses.

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