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It's Tuesday. Here's a look at the news making the rounds:

Is the war on bongs over?

The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey reports:

Cleveland County District Attorney Greg Mashburn dropped drug-related charges against the owner of a Norman glass pipe shop and a store clerk on Monday after growing public scrutiny of the case.

Mashburn announced that his office would drop all remaining charges against Friendly Market owner Robert Cox and former Friendly Market store clerk James Maxwell Walters after talking to law enforcement and jurors from the three previous Friendly Market trials.

In a news release, Mashburn said his office would continue its prosecution of similar cases, but would work with law enforcement to gather better evidence moving forward.

“The reason we care about enforcing drug laws is because we see the chaos and destruction drug use causes,” Mashburn said. “One of my roles as a prosecutor is to identify trends and causes of violent crime and do my part to deter those crimes.”

Cox was in a celebratory mood on Monday, and said he would spend the day visiting with friends and family to thank them for their support.

Bailey got the story behind the story.

Defendant Stephen Holman walks outside the courtroom as jury selection continues in the Friendly Market trial in Cleveland County District Court on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Defendant Stephen Holman walks outside the courtroom as jury selection continues in the Friendly Market trial in Cleveland County District Court on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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Defendant Stephen Holman walks outside the courtroom as jury selection continues in the Friendly Market trial in Cleveland County District Court on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Norman, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Defendant Stephen Holman walks outside the courtroom as jury selection continues in the Friendly Market trial in Cleveland County District Court on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 in Norman, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

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Juliana Keeping

Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award... Read more ›

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