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Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing to Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths

Unlike Nation, Oklahoma Is Failing to Reduce Drunken-Driving Deaths

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch During most of the past two decades, the annual number of alcohol-related traffic deaths across the country has fallen by about 20 percent, to more than 11,500. More stringent drunken driving laws, widespread public education campaigns and safer vehicles have all played a role in that sharp reduction. In Oklahoma,

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Justice Reforms: A Tale of Two States

By Shaun Hittle Oklahoma Watch Several years ago, legislators in both Oklahoma and North Carolina began taking steps to address rising incarceration rates. The number of incarcerated offenders in Oklahoma had increased by a few thousand inmates in the past decade, giving the state one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the nation. The

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Study Identifies Jobs With Largest Number of Uninsured in Oklahoma

By Warren Vieth and Darren Jaworkski Oklahoma Watch When the government starts helping low-wage workers pay for health insurance next year, 6,704 Oklahoma cooks will be left empty-handed. So will 6,154 cashiers, 4,572 waiters, 4,207 housekeepers and 3,870 retail salespeople, an Oklahoma Watch data analysis shows.They are among 109,227 uninsured Oklahoma workers whose annual incomes

Rodrigo Ponce, of Oklahoma City, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico whose kidneys are failing. Barred from Medicaid and unable to find other health insurance, he is racking up debt and seeking help from family members to continue dialysis treatments.
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Prospects Are Few for Undocumented Immigrants in Failing Health in Oklahoma

By Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch When they’re ill, they borrow medicine from relatives or get discounted prescriptions from a community health center. If they’re hurting from an ear infection, back sprain or other painful injury, they may go to an emergency room. If they’re depressed and can’t sleep or function well, they may wait for

Immigration Bill: No Federal Health Benefits for Up to a Decade

By Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch Undocumented immigrants given temporary legal status under a new immigration bill would be denied access to Medicaid and other subsidized insurance offered by the federal health-reform law. That would mean thousands of immigrants, while waiting for up to 10 years to be fully legalized, would likely continue turning to Oklahoma

Many Low-Income Oklahoma Students May Fail Because of Reading Law

By Chase Cook Oklahoma Watch Among thousands of Oklahoma students who could be held back in third grade for failing a state reading test next year, a disproportionate share will likely be low-income children, an Oklahoma Watch analysis of state data found. Most could be boys. An analysis of state test data from spring 2012

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