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At Oklahoma State Capitol, Barely a Murmur of Hispanic Voices

At Oklahoma State Capitol, Barely a Murmur of Hispanic Voices

By M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch Mary Sosa’s campaign is over. The yard signs have been taken down. The volunteers have gone home. The retired 65-year-old city employee has returned to her work as a community volunteer. But for Sosa and some south Oklahoma City Hispanic leaders, the sting and bitterness over an unexpected defeat

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Oklahoma Tribes Pushing Minimum Wage Higher

By M. Scott Carter Oklahoma Watch Though the minimum wage remains at $7.25 per hour for most Oklahomans, several tribal nations pay more or have boosted their entry-level wage above the federal level, a move that could cause the Oklahoma Legislature to take another look at the issue. The wage boosts have occurred over the

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With Measles Close, Oklahoma Schools See Rise in Unvaccinated Students

By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch As measles cases rise in nearby states, Oklahoma schools are seeing increasing percentages of kindergarteners walk into their classrooms without required immunization shots, according to survey data from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. Records show the percentage of kindergarteners whose families have claimed an immunization exemption under state law

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Oklahoma Younger, More Hispanic

By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch Oklahoma is one of only seven states that grew younger last year, thanks in part to an influx of 20-something oilfield workers, newly-released Census Bureau data shows. The Sooner State also became slightly more Hispanic, as a higher birthrate within that population group more than offset a leveling-off of new

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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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