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State Sues Over Children's Home Closure (Nov 23, 2010)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorney General Drew Edmondson has asked a Kay County judge to block the planned closure of a children's home in Ponca City that would displace 44 children just days after Christmas.

Edmondson on Tuesday sought a temporary restraining order and injunction to stop the Dec. 31 closure of the American Legion Children's Home and the January 2011 auction of the home's assets.

He also wants to remove three members of the children's home board, invalidate decisions made during an allegedly illegal board meeting and appoint a receiver to manage the home's assets. The attorney general alleges those who want to close the facility violated Oklahoma statutes.

An attorney for the Oklahoma Department of the American Legion didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment Tuesday afternoon.

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