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2014-03-24-14.15.22

Message Goes Out to Low-Income Parents: Talk to Teach

Message Goes Out to Low-Income Parents: Talk to Teach

By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch Tulsa is ground zero for a new early-childhood education campaign that seeks to get more parents reading or talking with their children, even if they are too young to understand. Nearly $1.5 million will be spent in Tulsa starting this spring to raise awareness about the importance of talking to

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Top 10 states dependent on federal aid are Republican-led

By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch Oklahoma ranks seventh in the nation in its reliance on federal funding to supplement state revenue, according to calculations by State Treasurer Ken Miller. Of each dollar spent by Oklahoma government during the 2011 fiscal year, more than 43 cents was provided by the federal government, Miller said in his

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Prison Meds Reveal Disorders Severe for Mentally Ill Inmates

By Clifton Adcock and Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch LEXINGTON, Oklahoma — Two times a day, seven days a week, hundreds of prisoners at Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington break into four lines to receive medications from prison staff. There is Thorazine and Geodon for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, Wellbutrin for depression and Trilafon for

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Oklahoma Weighs Moving More Inmates to Private Prisons, Or Buying a Private Prison

By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch The Oklahoma Board of Corrections is looking at three options to deal with overcrowding at the state’s prison facilities: expanding public prisons, contracting for more private-prison beds, and buying or leasing one of the state’s two empty private prisons. At its Thursday meeting, the board approved a measure allowing the

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Oklahoma Hospitals Spend Small Fractions of Revenue on Charity Care

By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch Despite a congressman’s recent assurance that many hospitals “do the work for free,” Oklahoma’s hospitals spend less than 3 percent of their net patient revenues on charity care on average, records show. During a town hall meeting last month, Second District Congressman Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., assured callers worried about the

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Sex Crimes Are Most Common Reason Oklahoma Police Lose Certification

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch More than a quarter of Oklahoma peace officers who were disciplined by the state’s certification agency or surrendered their certifications over three years were convicted of or pleaded guilty to sex crimes, according to records analyzed by Oklahoma Watch. From 2010 to 2012, 66 officers had their certifications revoked or

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