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News Minute: Here is the latest Oklahoma news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. CDT

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate have named a 13-member medical marijuana working group of legislators who will begin holding public meetings next week. The nine Republicans and four Democrats will make recommendations on how to regulate the new industry in the state. The authors of medical marijuana State Question 788, approved by 57 percent of voters last month, required the state to license applications for patients and dispensaries up and running within 30 days of passage.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater says he's asked state investigators to expand their criminal probe surrounding the former top attorney for the Health Department who wrote the state's new medical marijuana rules. Prater confirmed late Thursday he learned of a text exchange between attorney Julia Ezell and the State Board of Pharmacy's Executive Director Chelsea Church in which Church appears to offer Ezell a job at the agency in exchange for favorable rules on medical marijuana.

GRANITE, Okla. (AP) - Oklahoma prison officials say two inmates who walked away from a prison in southwestern Oklahoma have been recaptured. State Department of Correction spokesman Matt Elliott says 29-year-old Jody Elmore and 32-year-old Chad Adams were found Thursday in a rural area of Jackson County. Elliott says the inmates were taken to the Jackson County Jail in Altus, about 23 miles from the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in Granite where they had been incarcerated.

SYDNEY (AP) - The widower of best-selling author Colleen McCullough has been declared sole beneficiary of her estate after a court battle in Australia. "The Thorn Birds" author wrote her final will four months before her death in 2015. But the executor of her estate had defended an earlier will leaving everything to The University of Oklahoma Foundation. A judge in Sydney found her final will valid and Ric Robinson the rightful heir.

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