• Does corrections chief’s new job violate state law?

    BY CLIFTON ADCOCK, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Mon, Dec 28, 2015

    Department of Corrections Director Robert Patton’s quitting to take a job with a private prison company that contracts with his agency is raising questions about whether the move violates state law.

  • Oklahoma Watch: In all cases, Oklahoma City and Tulsa police find no proof of racial profiling

    By Clifton Adcock and Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Dec 20, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Sixty complaints of racial profiling were filed over four years, but investigators found insufficient evidence that officers had treated the person differently because of race or ethnicity.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Acquiring a new approach to address public drunkenness

    By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Tulsa officials are considering establishing an alternative program for those detained on public intoxication complaints.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Law calls for review of state's business incentives

     By Warren Vieth and Mark Lash Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: The law, which went into effect Nov. 1, established a new Incentive Evaluation Commission, with five voting and three non-voting members. So far, none of the voting members has been appointed, said John Estus, public affairs director for the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Wait list for disabled to get services reaches all-time high

    By Clifton Adcock Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: As of Oct. 15, the wait time for those seeking state-paid services for their developmental disabilities was nearly a decade, according to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. The number of people on the waiting list grew from 6,992 in July 2014 to 7,239 in October this year.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Penny increase would make Oklahoma No. 1 in sales taxes

    By Warren Vieth and Nate Robson, Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: A proposed penny sales tax increase for education would push Oklahoma to the top of list of states with the highest combined state and local sales taxes, according to data from a national research group.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Boren's sales tax plan reflects shift in Oklahoma tax base

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: University of Oklahoma President David Boren is leading a ballot initiative campaign to persuade Oklahomans to approve a one-cent sales tax increase that would restore about $600 million a year in funding for public schools and higher education.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Most police seizures of cash come from blacks and Hispanics, court records show

    By Clifton Adcock, Ben Fenwick and Joey Stipek Oklahoma Watch | Updated: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Oklahoma officials said they don’t really know why most of the seizures involved blacks or Hispanics. They argue the power to seize assets that are obviously tied to drug trafficking is critical to fighting the drug war, and a legislative bill that would limit the practice will impede those efforts.

  • Oklahoma Watch: State's draft of education standards has flaws, experts say

    By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Mon, Oct 19, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Moments before voting to repeal the Common Core academic standards in 2014, lawmakers said the state would make its own standards rivaling the best in the nation.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Obamacare shoppers will see fewer options for 2016  

    By Warren Vieth, Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is expected to announce the new insurer lineup in Oklahoma within days. Online “window shopping” will begin Oct. 18. Open enrollment will begin Nov. 1.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Education tax increase would cost average family $262

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: A former governor and U.S. senator, University of Oklahoma President David Boren is organizing an effort to put a penny sales tax proposal on the November 2016 general-election ballot to boost funding for education in Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Some states use sales tax to fund education

    By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Oct 4, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Iowa, Arizona, Idaho, Florida and Georgia are among the states that implemented sales tax increases similar to the one proposed by University of Oklahoma President David Boren.

  • Oklahoma explores partial privatization of health care for aged, disabled

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Fri, Sep 25, 2015

    At the insistence of state lawmakers, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority is exploring cost-saving options that could lead to partial privatization of the state’s $2.4 billion Medicaid program for aged, blind and disabled people.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Shooting range proposed for Lake Murray State Park

    By Ben Fenwick Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Sep 20, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: The shooting range, modeled after one being built in South Carolina, would be put next to a state lodge now being built in the 12,500-acre park in south central Oklahoma.

  • Oklahoma Watch: With many uninsured, state pushes Insure Oklahoma plan

    By Warren Vieth Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Sep 6, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: In a state that refused to accept federal money to expand Medicaid, some officials say Insure Oklahoma is the best available option to cover more people who have no health insurance.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Schools discipline special ed students at higher rates, records show

    By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Across Oklahoma, students with physical and mental disabilities are bearing much of the brunt of classroom discipline, government data show. They’re more likely than their peers to be suspended, expelled, arrested, handcuffed or paddled.

  • Oklahoma Watch: School discipline may not get recorded

    By Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch | Published: Sun, Aug 23, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Joy Turner, an attorney with the Oklahoma Disability Law Center, which handles special education law, said she is concerned about the number of students sent home early from school for misbehaving, which is not recorded as a disciplinary action.

  • Oklahoma Watch: Confronting the toll of suicide

    By Christina Nihira Oklahoma Watch   | Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Oklahoma Watch: Leading the suicide prevention effort in Oklahoma is Savannah Kalman of the Oklahoma State Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.




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