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State Will Remove Ten Commandments Monument By October 12

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Ryan LaCroix
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Oklahoma Public Media Exchange

The state will remove a Ten Commandments monument from the capitol grounds before October 12.

The Oklahoman newspaper reports that a state panel authorized the removal Tuesday of the monument, though it is unclear where it will go.

The Office of Management and Enterprise Services will be in charge of removing the monument.

The American Civil Liberties Union sued the state, citing a provision in the state’s constitution that prohibits state support of religion. This summer, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled in favor of the ACLU.

Gov. Mary Fallin and Attorney General Scott Pruitt have been in favor of keeping the monument on the capitol grounds. Pruitt has suggested changing the state constitution to eliminate the provision which necessitated the monument’s removal.

Jacob McCleland spent nine years as a reporter and host at public radio station KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo. His stories have appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition and All Things Considered, Here & Now, Harvest Public Media and PRI’s The World. Jacob has reported on floods, disappearing languages, crop duster pilots, anvil shooters, Manuel Noriega, mule jumps and more.
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