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A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and Purdue Pharma, which was praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction, is facing bipartisan criticism from state lawmakers who say the attorney general overstepped his authority, the Associated Press writes. Lawmakers say money from the first-of-its-kind settlement should have gone to the state treasury, where legislators would have determined how it was spent. They also grumbled that Attorney General Mike Hunter kept them in the dark about settlement talks.

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