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OKLAHOMA — As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, an upgraded version of a victim’s resource tool in Oklahoma has been expanded to include links to multi-law enforcement agencies.  
The Oklahoma Victim Information and Notification Everyday, known as OK-VINE is a free automated telephone and Internet service that helps victims of crime obtain immediate and updated information about the custody status of an offender.  
“VINE has been a lifesaver for some of our clients,” said Kristi Johnston with the Wyandotte Nation Family Violence Prevention program.
The new key feature is a service provider directory, which allows users to ask for assistance and connect directly with both local and national victim service providers.
The service also allows a registration link that connects the county jails and Department of Corrections, allowing for one registration in VINE to provide notifications to victims for offenders through all movements across and between the systems. 
“VINE gives clients a peace of mind just and what steps they need to take to stay safe,” Johnston said.
Johnston also uses VINE personally to inform her clients when an offender is released and for her “peace of mind and safety.”   
“Victims of crimes in Oklahoma can now more easily track offenders in custody,” said Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor in a prepared statement.
Users may also register to receive automated notifications relating to changes in custody status by telephone, email or text message. These communications are in both English and Spanish.
The latest version of VINE was implemented in mid-October making Oklahoma the 29th state on the new platform.
Victims may access the VINE information by logging into the website VINELink.com or downloading the VINELink mobile App.
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ATLANTA (AP) — A large spider native to East Asia has spun its thick, golden web on power lines, porches and vegetable patches all over north Georgia this year — a proliferation that has driven some unnerved homeowners indoors and prompted a flood of anxious social media posts.
In metro Atlanta, Jennifer Turpin — a self-described arachnophobe — stopped blowing leaves in her yard after inadvertently walking into a web created by the Joro spider. Stephen Carter has avoided a walking trail along the Chattahoochee River where he encountered Joro webs every dozen steps.
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WASHINGTON (The Hill) – The Biden administration could pay out up to $1 billion to immigrant families that were separated at the U.S. Mexico border during the Trump administration. 
According to The Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Health and Human Services could end up paying out close to $1 million per immigrant family that were separated at the border. Sources told WSJ that around $450,000 a person is being considered, but could change depending on each family’s circumstances. 

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