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(AP) - The sedative midazolam is supposed to prevent condemned prisoners from suffering while they die. But opponents say several problematic executions involving the drug are evidence that it does not work consistently. Associated Press reporters who have witnessed problematic executions that involved midazolam describe inmates writhing and gasping for air, lurching and snorting.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill to set up a new A-F grading system for public schools that is designed to comply with a new federal education law. Fallin signed the bill Friday that brings the state into compliance with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. The bill outlines several factors for grades for individual schools, including statewide tests, graduation rates and English language proficiency.

PERRY, Okla. (AP) - A judge will consider a relative's testimony before deciding whether to recuse himself from a school child abuse case in northern Oklahoma. The Oklahoman reports that Judge Nikki G. Leach reset a hearing Thursday for Upper Elementary School Principal Kenda Miller because his daughter-in-law, who works at the school, couldn't appear in court. Leach says he'll make his decision after listening to her testimony.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Child welfare experts say the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is making 'good faith efforts' to reduce the maltreatment of children in its foster care system. In a report issued Friday, experts monitoring implementation of the Pinnacle Plan said DHS has reduced the abuse and neglect of children and youth in the state's care. The report marks the first time DHS has received good-faith findings since it settled a class-action lawsuit in 2012 that alleged it victimized foster children.

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