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Incoming AG to Evaluate Poultry Lawsuit (Nov 08, 2010)

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's new attorney general says he will review a pending environmental lawsuit filed against the Arkansas poultry industry when he takes office.

Oklahoma Attorney General-elect Scott Pruitt was criticized during the campaign by Democratic nominee Jim Priest for accepting thousands of dollars from poultry industry employees.

A Pruitt spokeswoman said the donations had nothing to do with the lawsuit's review.

Outgoing Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson sued the Arkansas companies in 2005, including Tyson Foods Inc. and Cargill Inc. The lawsuit alleges that chicken manure from their facilities polluted the 1-million-acre Illinois River watershed, which straddles Oklahoma and Arkansas.

Testimony wrapped up earlier this year, but the judge has yet to rule.

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