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The official podcast of Oklahoma Policy Institute. Interviews and lively discussion of the most important issues affecting Oklahoma.

Episode Date
OKPolicyCast 35: A frank conversation about criminal justice

Last week, Oklahoma Policy Institute hosted our annual Summer Policy Institute for about 60 college students from all over Oklahoma. The 4-day event featured speakers and panels on a wide range of topics. For this episode of the OKPolicyCast, we're sharing the live recording of one of those panels — an interesting, frank, contentious discussion of Oklahoma's criminal justice system.

If after listening to this you'd like to hear more from panelist Jill Webb, check out Episode 25 of the OKPolicyCast, which features an interview with her.

The OKPolicyCast is hosted by Gene Perry with production help from Jessica Vazquez. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OKPolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

Aug 07, 2018
Episode 34: No job? No doctor. (with Carly Putnam & Hannah Katch)

This year, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and the state Legislature ordered the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which runs Medicaid in Oklahoma, to come up with a plan to require Oklahoma adults on Medicaid to work at least 20 hours each week. If they don’t meet this requirement, or if they don’t do the paperwork to report their work or get an exemption in time, they will lose their Medicaid coverage and become uninsured.

OK Policy’s Carly Putnam has been doing a lot of work on this issue, and for this episode, I spoke with Carly and Hannah Katch of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, who’s been looking at this from a national perspective since the idea has been pushed in multiple states.

Right now public comments are being submitted about Oklahoma’s plan, and after the interview we read several of the comments that have been sent in so far. These do a great job of showing how real people’s lives would be affected if this is implemented. The comments are illuminating, and often heartbreaking.

After listening, you can learn more and take action by going to https://okpolicy.org/stop-attacks-soonercare/.

The OK PolicyCast is hosted by Gene Perry with production help from Jessica Vazquez. You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

Jul 24, 2018
Episode 33: Keith Gaddie on the forces shaking Oklahoma politics

A couple weeks ago was one of the most interesting and unexpected elections in Oklahoma in a long time. From a big surge in turnout, strong approval of medical marijuana, and numerous incumbents either being forced into a runoff or voted out altogether, it's clear that something is changing in Oklahoma politics.

What happened, what does it mean for the coming runoffs and general elections, and what will our state look like after it all shakes out? To better understand these questions, I spoke to Keith Gaddie, a political science professor at the University of Oklahoma and one of the most well informed, insightful, and balanced commentators on Oklahoma politics today.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

Jul 10, 2018
Episode 32: Danielle Allen, from South Central Los Angeles to the Declaration of Independence

We've got something really special for you today. In this conversation between author Danielle Allen and Tulsa civil rights attorney Damario Solomon-Simmons, they dig deep into how the inequalities of America — racial inequality, social inequality, economic inequality — play out not just in statistics and political debates, but in the personal dynamics of real individuals and families — as Danielle Allen puts it, in the "rending of kith and kin." It was a powerful, impactful conversation, ranging all the way from South Central Los Angeles to the Declaration of Independence.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

Jun 26, 2018
Episode 31: Elizabeth Nichols on medical cannabis and SQ 788

For this episode, we spoke with Elizabeth Nichols, an attorney who has worked extensively with the emerging cannabis industry in Oklahoma and nearby states. With Oklahomans voting in just two weeks on State Question 788 to legalize medical cannabis, Nichols shared her perspective on how the medical cannabis industry is developing in other states, what she sees as the best models for implementing medical cannabis in Oklahoma, and what she expects from the SQ 788 vote on June 26.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The theme music is by Zébre. The OK PolicyCast is hosted by Gene Perry with production assistance by Jessica Vazquez. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

Jun 12, 2018
Episode 30: DeVon Douglass on taking on Tulsa's toughest challenges

We spoke with DeVon Douglass, the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Tulsa, about the work her team is doing to take on Tulsa's toughest challenges, from teen homelessness to deep inequities in housing, transportation, and education. Their recent Tulsa Equality Indicators report assesses many of the barriers to a good life and better opportunities for Tulsans — but DeVon's not only working to describe the problems. She tells us how the Tulsa city and community is gearing up to take on inequality in a comprehensive way.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcherSoundCloud, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

May 29, 2018
Episode 29: What Just Happened

The OK PolicyCast is back! In this episode, we look at what just happened in one of the most tumultuous legislative years in Oklahoma history. Bailey Perkins speaks about what it was like being at the state Capitol before, during, and after the teacher walkout. Carly Putnam shares some major developments in health care policy. And Ryan Gentzler talks about this year's most important criminal justice legislation, both the good and the bad.

You can subscribe to our podcast on iTunesGoogle PlayStitcher, or RSS. The podcast theme music is by Zébre. If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you’d like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

May 15, 2018
Where to find us this week

With so much going on at the Legislature, we weren't able to record a podcast this week. BUT you can hear a podcast with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt and others in the Save Our State Coalition, who have presented a budget blueprint to fix Oklahoma's financial problems. Find it here or subscribe to the STANDcast by Stand for Children Oklahoma.

Apr 28, 2017
Episode 28: Mid-Session Update

Now that we're just past the halfway point in the Legislative session, Kara Joy and Gene talk about which key bills are still alive, which are dead, and what's at play in negotiations over the state budget. To find out how you can take action on bills during the rest of session, see OK Policy's Advocacy Alerts page, and to join efforts for a better Oklahoma state budget, visit Together Oklahoma.

Apr 11, 2017
Episode 27: So You Want To Effect Change

Today on the OK PolicyCast, we speak with Shay White, a social worker and advocate with Together Oklahoma and ACTION. She spoke to us about what motivated her to get involved with policy change, what keeps her going, and "that one thing that gets us up every morning."

If you have any questions for the OK PolicyCast, topics you'd like us to cover, or people you want us to interview, you can reach us at policycast@okpolicy.org.

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Mar 28, 2017
Episode 26: The GOP Health Plan

We speak with OK Policy health care analyst Carly Putnam about the new plan from the House GOP to replace the Affordable Care Act. We talk about how the bill does and doesn't change the Affordable Care Act, what chance it has to pass, and how it could affect Oklahomans' health care.

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Mar 14, 2017
Episode 25: How the criminal justice system really works

On this episode we speak with Jill Webb, an attorney with the Tulsa County Public Defender's office. She gives us a tour of how the real criminal justice system is different from popular ideas about police and the courts, embodied by shows like Law and Order.

Extra links:

  • Where Americans are sent to prison most (New York Times)
  • The Cost Trap: How Excessive Fees Lock Oklahomans Into the Criminal Justice System without Boosting State Revenue: Executive Summary (OK Policy)
Feb 24, 2017
Episode 24: All about the revenues

The OK PolicyCast is back!

Governor Fallin surprised many observer of Oklahoma politics by calling for dramatic revenue increases and major tax reforms in her State of the State address. In this podcast, we discuss the Governor's ideas, what's most likely to make it through the Legislature, and what other ideas Oklahoma Policy Institute has put forward to fix our state's budget hole.

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Feb 12, 2017
OK PolicyCast Episode 23: Do we have the blueprint for ending poverty?

This October, Stanford University's Dr. David Grusky visited Oklahoma for a talk at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Grusky's books include Social Stratification, Occupy the Future, The New Gilded Age, The Great Recession, The Inequality Reader, and The Inequality Puzzle. His presentation at TU was titled, "A Blueprint for Ending Poverty... Permanently." Dr. Grusky also spent some time with OK Policy's staff discussing how the research on poverty and inequality is inspiring an ambitious new effort to end poverty in California.

Nov 30, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 22: Predatory payday lending in Oklahoma

This week we speak with Kate Richey of OK Policy and the Oklahoma Assets Network on her research into payday lending in Oklahoma and how it can trap families in a vicious cycle of debt.

On Wednesday, March 4 there will be a Town Hall Forum on predatory lending in Oklahoma. A local panel of experts will discuss how payday lenders target military families, older Oklahomans, single parent households, and other vulnerable communities and demographics. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

Feb 27, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 21: An Economic Check-Up for Oklahoma

This week we share a panel discussion from OK Policy's 2015 State Budget Summit. In recent years Oklahoma has seen among the lowest unemployment and highest personal income growth in the nation. At the same time, there's evidence that is rising tide is not lifting all boats. Oklahomans continue to struggle with relatively high levels of poverty, low educational attainment, and falling behind on many measures of quality of life.

In this informative and wide-ranging discussion, panelists Shelley Cadamy (Workforce Tulsa), Dr. Mickey Hepner (University of Central Oklahoma), Chuck Hoskin Jr. (Cherokee Nation), Rep. Dennis Casey (Oklahoma House of Representatives), and Dr. Dan Rickman (Oklahoma State University) share their insights about what's really going on in Oklahoma's economy.

Feb 20, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 20: A final push for health insurance | Takeaways from Governor Fallin's budget

This week we talk with Affordable Care Act Navigator Donna Orban on what's being done to get Oklahomans signed up for health insurance during this year's Affordable Care Act enrollment period. We also speak with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt, who shares some takeaways from Governor Fallin's new budget proposal.

Feb 06, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 19: Who pays taxes in Oklahoma?

This week we talk about about a new study on who really pays the highest rates of state and local taxes in Oklahoma, and why it’s not what many people think.

Jan 16, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 18: An 'emergency room' for legal assistance

Each week the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news about Oklahoma and what it means. This week, we speak with April Merrill, an attorney with Legal Aid Oklahoma, a non-profit organization that provides free civil legal assistance to low-income Oklahomans throughout the state. She'll tell us about what it's like serving as part of Oklahoma's "emergency room" for legal assistance.

Jan 09, 2015
OK PolicyCast Episode 17: Tax Cut Trigger and a Bad News Budget

Each week the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news about Oklahoma and what it means. This week, we speak with OK Policy Executive Director David Blatt about the latest predictions for Oklahoma's state budget, a tax cut that was triggered from 2016, and what it all means for regular Oklahomans. Also in this episode, we share the headlines, some recommended reading, and our closing good news of the week.

Dec 19, 2014
OK PolicyCast Episode 16: Who's keeping working-class Americans out of office?

Each week the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news about Oklahoma and what it means. In this episode, we share some clips from the keynote speaker at OK Policy’s annual Summer Policy Institute. Nick Carnes, a professor at Duke University and graduate of the University of Tulsa, spoke about his research on what’s keeping working class Americans out of public office. Dr. Carnes is the author of, “White-Collar Government: The Hidden Role of Class in Economic Policy Making”.

Dec 12, 2014
OK PolicyCast Episode 15: Oklahoma's Racial Wealth Gap

Each week, the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news about Oklahoma and what it means. In this episode, we talk with Kate Richey about what's created the huge wealth gap between whites and people of color in Oklahoma.

Dec 05, 2014
OK PolicyCast Episode 14: Do you know where your electricity comes from?

This week, we’ll share a clip from OK Policy’s Summer Policy Institute last August. The Oklahoma Sustainability Network’s Montelle Clarke gave a balanced, informative talk on the pros and cons of Oklahoma’s various energy sources - including coal, natural gas, geothermal, and wind energy.

Nov 14, 2014
OK PolicyCast Episode 13: Analyzing the Elections

Each week the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news affecting Oklahoma and what it means. This week, we speak with David Blatt about what this week's elections mean for Oklahoma and the nation. We also share some non-election related news for the week.

Nov 07, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 12

Each week the OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news affecting Oklahoma and what it means. This week, we'll discuss a new OK Policy report on the track record of the Medicaid expansion in other states, along with headlines, numbers of the day, and more.

Oct 24, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 11

The OK PolicyCast discusses the most important news in Oklahoma and what it means. This week, we’ll speak with Carly Putnam about economic opportunities for women in Oklahoma, and what we can do to make it easier for women to get ahead. Also this week's headlines, numbers of the weeks, and more!

Oct 10, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 10

The OK PolicyCast brings you the most important news in Oklahoma, and what it means. This week we talk with David Blatt about the state of Oklahoma's democracy. It's election season, but a whole lot of Oklahomans aren't voting or participating in any way in choosing who will take office. What's holding us back?

We also share the top headlines, numbers of the week, and more.

Oct 03, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 9

This week we discuss the growing crisis in Oklahoma's prisons and signs that state leaders might actually do something about it; yet another controversy around state Superintendent Barresi; how the Oklahoma governor's race is heating up on the airwaves; & more...

Sep 26, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 8

This week we discuss new Census data that shows what's happening with poverty in Oklahoma; controversy over special needs students and newly released A-F grades for schools; how Oklahoma's doing on the health of our people and the health of our democracy; & more...

Sep 19, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 7

In this week's OK PolicyCast, we talk about a new event series aimed at growing citizen involvement across Oklahoma. We also discuss controversy over militarized police in Oklahoma, and a private firm that has been training police officers to seize cash from drivers at highway stops, even though they have not been charged with a crime.

We also talk about a push to increase the tipped minimum wage for Oklahoma service workers, a new study on wage theft, and how rising court fees are feeding Oklahoma's incarceration crisis, as well as what the City of Tulsa is doing to prepare for climate change and attract millenials.

Sep 12, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 6

Each week we bring you the most important news affecting Oklahoma, and what it means. This week, we discuss a couple of lawsuits before the Oklahoma Supreme Court that could dramatically change tax politics in the state. We also talk about controversies over tax incentives for private businesses, a new campaign by the mayors of OKC and Tulsa to reduce their cities' dependency on sales tax, a state lawmaker's comments that has Oklahoma Muslims upset, key numbers of the week, & more.

Sep 05, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 5

We're back from vacation, rested and ready to share the most important Oklahoma news and analysis. This week, we discuss a recent book by journalist Amanda Ripley, "The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got that Way." The book looks at what countries with the highest performing education systems are doing right, and Oklahoma plays a prominent role in the story. We also talk about the loss of Oklahoma's No Child Left Behind waiver, new details on the investigation of a botched execution, numbers of the week, and more...

Aug 29, 2014
OK PolicyCast: Episode 4

Today's episode shares highlights from the education panel at the 2014 Summer Policy Institute. Guests include Jenks Principal Rob Miller, Sapulpa Superintendent Kevin Burr, Booker T. Washington high school teacer Dr. Anthony Marshall, and OU professor and education researcher Dr. Curt Adams.

Aug 15, 2014
In The Know: July 11, 2014

Another 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children may be placed at U.S. military bases; Joe Dorman releases education funding plan; OSU researchers awarded grant from NASA; & more...

Jul 11, 2014
In The Know: July 10, 2014

Oklahoma City sees surge in low-wage jobs; Oklahoma treasurer points out state fiscal pitfalls; Senate interim study to look at raising speed limit on the Turner Turnpike; & more...

Jul 10, 2014
In The Know: July 9, 2014

Full Supreme Court to hear Common Core challenge; Lawmakers move money out of uncompensated trauma care fund; Oklahoma spends least in nation on prisoner health care; & more...

Jul 09, 2014
In The Know: July 8, 2014

Federal highway funds to Oklahoma to be reduced beginning August 1st; Common Core repeal leads to legal and regulatory limbo; proposed strip club prompts legislator to request special legislative session; & more...

Jul 08, 2014
In The Know: July 7, 2014

Hearings for thousands of injured workers delayed; Volunteers sought to help advise undocumented Fort Sill youth on immigration system; Out-of-state students more than double at Oklahoma colleges; & more...

Jul 07, 2014
In The Know: July 3, 2014

Schools destroyed in Moore tornado on track to reopen for new school year; Number of immigrant minors at Fort Sill tops 1,100; Last month was Oklahoma's second-wettest June on record; & more...

Jul 03, 2014
In The Know: July 2, 2014

Medicaid providers see almost 8 percent rate cut; Oklahoma ranks No. 5 in rate of painkillers prescribed; Supporters confident medical marijuana legalization will be on ballot; & more...

Jul 02, 2014
In The Know: July 1, 2014

Oklahoma doctors and hospitals face sweeping Medicaid cuts; Insure Oklahoma health care plan given one year extension; Supreme Court rules for Hobby Lobby in contraceptive insurance case; & more...

Jul 01, 2014
In The Know: June 30, 2014

State budget cuts threaten juvenile intervention center; Flat-rate tuition coming to three more Oklahoma campuses; journalists give ‘Golden Padlock’ award to Gov. Fallin; & more...

Jun 30, 2014
In The Know: June 27, 2014

Health Care Authority Board votes to raise Medicaid copays; Board of Education won't renew contract with testing vendor; agencies get additional across the board budget cut; & more...

Jun 27, 2014
In The Know: June 26, 2014

Lawsuit asks Oklahoma Supreme Court to throw out repeal of Common Core; court referee hears arguments in legal challenge to Oklahoma income-tax cut; 21 death-row inmates challenge state execution protocols; & more...

Jun 26, 2014
In The Know: June 25, 2014

Joy Hofmeister of Tulsa beats incumbent Janet Barresi for state superintendent; Lankford wins Republican primary in Senate race; Gov. Mary Fallin expects Insure Oklahoma to continue another year; & more...

Jun 25, 2014
In The Know: June 24, 2014

State fails to autopsy most executed inmates; Oklahoma Health Authority weighs $252 million in Medicaid cuts; website aiming to encourage voters stirs mixed feelings among Oklahomans; & more...

Jun 24, 2014
In The Know: June 23, 2014

Pair of DEQ staffers conspired with legislator to torpedo agency funding; early-voting turnout lines up with past primary elections; Governor tours child immigration housing at Fort Sill; & more...

Jun 23, 2014
In The Know: June 19, 2014

Oklahomans paid $75 a month for ACA health insurance after tax credits; Low vaccination rate concerns Tulsa health officials; Oklahoma County District Attorney inquiry focuses on T.W. Shannon, Joy Hofmeister campaigns; & more...

Jun 19, 2014
In The Know: June 18, 2014

Judge rules Fallin can withhold documents; Oklahoma state schools superintendent loans campaign almost $1 million in last month; Rogers County audit shows misused funds, uncollected taxes; & more...

Jun 18, 2014
In The Know: June 17, 2014

House lawmakers propose 93 interim studies; Monday earthquakes prompt bridge inspections for structural damage; summer cooling assistance available for low-income households; & more...

Jun 17, 2014
In The Know: June 16, 2014

Independent autopsy finds IV was not set properly in botched execution; unaccompanied immigrant children begin their arrival at Fort Sill; Oklahoma state superintendent candidates outline what they would do first if elected; & more...

Jun 16, 2014
In The Know: June 13, 2014

Hundreds of immigrant children to arrive in Fort Sill by weekend; judge sets hearing in Fallin open records case; despite court losses, Attorney General Scott Pruitt continues fight with EPA; & more...

Jun 13, 2014
In The Know: June 12, 2014

Oklahoma mental health services struggling with $20 million cuts; Health Care Authority to recommend 7.75% provider rate cuts; Democrats charge Republicans illegally cut Oklahoma scholarship program; & more...

Jun 12, 2014
In The Know: June 11, 2014

State's misses May revenue estimate as corporate income tax falls to zero after refunds; Oklahoma City Councilman calls incentives deal for sporting goods chain deal 'extortion'; & more...

Jun 11, 2014
In The Know: June 10, 2014

States' refusal of Medicaid expansion leads Mercy to lay off 300 workers; Oklahoma Rehabilitation Services faces 1.2% cut; parent claims Barresi violated her child's privacy rights; & more...

Jun 10, 2014
In The Know: June 9, 2014

Treatment of immigrants divides Tulsa police and sheriff's office; up to 1,200 unaccompanied immigrant children from Central America will be held at Fort Sill; after $91M and 20 years, Indian museum just a facade; & more...

Jun 09, 2014
In The Know: June 6, 2014

Fallin signs Common Core repeal bill; leaving Common Core could cost Oklahoma $125 million; Oklahoma corrections board takes no action on execution probe; & more...

Jun 06, 2014
In The Know: June 5, 2014

New Oklahoma law requires class before many divorces; Fallin has until Saturday to make Common Core decision; American Indian Cultural Center and Museum working to keep donors on board; & more...

Jun 05, 2014
In The Know: June 4, 2014

Governor signs state budget bill, dozens of other measures; Oklahoma Treasurer says state revenue up 2 percent in May; Tulsa County sheriff notifies cities he won't take inmates without agreement; & more...

Jun 04, 2014
In The Know: June 3, 2014

DHS to miss child welfare goal; Schools across Oklahoma say writing test results deeply flawed; ODOT hit with $28.5 million in budget cuts; & more...

Jun 03, 2014
In The Know: June 2, 2014

Common Core repeal bill could violate state Constitution; Gov. Fallin signs state pension overhaul; New petition planned For Oklahoma school shelters; & more...

Jun 02, 2014
In The Know: May 30, 2014

Gov. Fallin signs Capitol repair measure; New law could force closure of two of state's three abortion providers; Corrections Department has yet to release execution log; & more...

May 30, 2014
In The Know: May 29, 2014

Gov. Fallin signs controversial tax break for new oil and gas wells; Oklahoma could hike fees on the poorest and sickest citizens; Tulsa Transit board OKs fare increases, service cuts; & more...

May 29, 2014
In The Know: May 28, 2014

Oklahoma City attorney threatening lawsuit over gross production tax bill; Repairs to begin at Oklahoma Capitol; suit alleges Avalon halfway house inmates groped, assaulted at work-release job; & more...

May 28, 2014
In The Know: May 27, 2014

Senate rejects Governor Fallin's school storm shelter plan; state leaders say they'll try to solve Indian museum funding issue; uninsured Norman man dies because he feared cost of calling 911; & more...

May 27, 2014
In The Know: May 23, 2014

Oklahoma House, Senate approve permanent tax break for oil and gas companies; Legislature approves $7.1 bill state budget bill; lawsuit says income tax cut bill violates state Constitution; & more...

May 23, 2014
In The Know: May 22, 2014

Legislature overrides Fallin veto on reading bill; Senate sends Fallin pension reform bill; Senate approves pay raises for targeted health care, public safety state workers; & more...

May 22, 2014
In The Know: May 21, 2014

Fallin vetoes bill that would change third-grade reading law; Bill to make gross production tax break permanent heads to House; Oil firms’ investor reports strike different tone than CEOs’ warnings on production tax; & more...

May 21, 2014
In The Know: May 20, 2014

Oklahoma lawmakers to unveil new drilling incentive; Oklahoma educators say proposed budget is essentially flat; Native Americans hold Capitol protest; & more...

May 20, 2014
In The Know: May 19, 2014

Reactions to Oklahoma's FY15 budget deal; OK Department Of Labor investigates prison conditions; Fallin considering veto of third-grade reading bill; & more...

May 19, 2014
In The Know: May 16, 2014

House approves three bills identical to bills vetoed by Gov. Fallin; Gov. Fallin signs agreement to uphold national standards to curb prison rapes; House committee rejects science education standards over teaching of climate change; & more...

May 16, 2014
In The Know: May 15, 2014

Barresi calls for school activities funds to be used for school employee health insurance; New plan emerging to fix crumbling Oklahoma Capitol; State election board launches online voter tool; & more...

May 15, 2014
In The Know: May 14, 2014

Oklahoma barely avoids mid-year budget cuts in April; House OKs emergency Corrections funding; revised education funding bill presented in Legislature; & more...

May 14, 2014
In The Know: May 13, 2014

Legislature sends third grade reading reforms to governor; four-pound piece of concrete fall from ceiling in Capitol office; 7,000 indigent Oklahomans could lose mental health services; & more...

May 13, 2014
In The Know: May 12, 2014

Nearly 8,000 third graders fail reading exam and face retention; Department of Education's handling of data release criticized; drought getting worse than Dust Bowl; & more...

May 12, 2014
In The Know: May 9, 2014

Oklahoma Medicaid agency braces itself for budget cuts; bill would scrap local campaign finance law; court issues six-month stay of execution for inmate pending investigation of botched execution; & more...

May 09, 2014
In The Know: May 8, 2014

Teacher pay raise could cost Oklahoma $100 million per year; results from third grade reading tests expected Friday; State Senator Connie Johnson calls for one-year hiatus on executions; & more...

May 08, 2014
In The Know: May 7, 2014

Tulsa budget plan will cut 228 jobs, including 66 school crossing guards; legislation to reform third-grade reading law in limbo; report shows how climate change is affecting Oklahoma; & more...

May 07, 2014
In The Know: May 6, 2014

Energy giants float proposal to extend gross production tax break; Oklahoma treasurer says Kansas bond downgrade should serve as 'wake-up call' to Oklahoma; Hickman reelected as Oklahoma House Speaker; & more...

May 06, 2014
In The Know: May 5, 2014

Moody's downgrades Kansas' credit rating, citing sluggish economy & risky tax cuts; Senate will not pursue veto override of gun bill; family of Oklahoma inmate killed in botched execution may sue state; & more...

May 05, 2014
In The Know: May 2, 2014

Over 69,000 Oklahomans enrolled on Affordable Care Act marketplace; GOP challenger outraises Oklahoma schools superintendent; Oklahoma wheat farmers brace for poor harvest; & more...

May 02, 2014
In The Know: May 1, 2014

Why there weren’t any doctors to prevent Oklahoma’s botched execution; Barresi again asks lawmakers for $6.5 million in supplemental aid; Design work is underway to replace Purcell-Lexington bridge; & more...

May 01, 2014
In The Know: April 30, 2014

Oklahoma Postpones Execution After First Is Botched; Gov. vetoes 15 House bills, says vetoes to continue until “major issues” addressed; Oklahoma foster care reform efforts not meeting goals; & more...

Apr 30, 2014
In The Know: April 29, 2014

Oklahoma governor signs income tax cut into law; Federal government has known for decades about link between injection wells and earthquakes; Oklahoma's double execution set for Tuesday a rarity; & more...

Apr 29, 2014
In The Know: April 28, 2014

Attorney General Scott Pruitt to rewrite medical marijuana petition; Teacher shortages vex schools across Oklahoma; Mental health commissioner talks about budget cuts; & more...

Apr 28, 2014
In The Know: April 24, 2014

Oklahoma House delivers Gov. Fallin's much sought tax cut; Oklahoma Medicaid enrollment reaches new record; Oklahoma Senate kills bill for aging prisoner release; & more...

Apr 24, 2014
In The Know: April 23, 2014

Oklahoma faces budget crisis despite economic boom; What the horizontal drilling tax break is costing your kids' school; Fallin says Supreme Court exceeded authority on execution stays; & more...

Apr 23, 2014
In The Know: April 22, 2014

Oklahoma’s school testing system disrupted for second time in two years; Oklahoma sheriffs protest plan to remove state inmates from their jails; Oklahoma courts are at war over lethal-injection secrety; & more...

Apr 22, 2014
In The Know: April 21, 2014

Oklahoma may need to use old workers comp system for years; poor marks expected in Oklahoma DHS report card; wrongfully convicted Tulsa man free after 17 years in prison; & more...

Apr 21, 2014
In The Know: April 18, 2014

Education reforms being rolled back in Oklahoma; Criticism mounts following minimum wage increase ban signed by Fallin; hundreds gather at Oklahoma Capitol rally for developmentally disabled; & more...

Apr 18, 2014
In The Know: April 17, 2014

Senate passes measure to help third-graders who don't pass reading test; Oklahoma Senate break rankles House members; Oklahoma will charge customers who install their own solar panels; & more...

Apr 17, 2014
In The Know: April 16, 2014

Oklahoma's March revenues down 9.1 percent after major increase in corporate tax credit claims; State troopers pay raise bill headed to Governor Fallin; Oklahoma Office Of Civil Rights Enforcement files first lawsuit; & more...

Apr 16, 2014
In The Know: April 15, 2014

Gov. Mary Fallin signs minimum wage hike ban; 58 legislators automatically win due to no opposition; Oklahoma has first tornado warning issued since May 31; & more...

Apr 15, 2014
In The Know: March 12, 2014

Races for state superintendent, governor draw most candidates; 20-year-old becomes youngest candidate for Okla. House; Oklahoma same-sex marriage case to be argued in Denver this week; & more...

Apr 14, 2014
In The Know: April 11, 2014

Parents and students anxious as third-grade reading tests start; Oklahoma oil industry stages 'rally for the rigs'; Oklahoma still trails nation in insured children; & more...

Apr 11, 2014
In The Know: April 10, 2014

Sen. Sparks out as choice for minority leader after backing tax break for wells; Fallin joins hundreds of candidates filing for state, federal offices; & more...

Apr 10, 2014
In The Know: April 9, 2014

Oklahoma transportation official concerned about earthquake damage to bridges; poll shows voters favor end to drilling tax break; state Capitol makes endangered historic places list; & more...

Apr 09, 2014
In The Know: April 8, 2014

House votes to deny cities wage setting power; Oklahoma ranks poorly in election performance study; Oklahoma officials swamped by surge in earthquakes near fracking; & more...

Apr 08, 2014
In The Know: April 7, 2014

Oklahoma Senate, House leaders oppose education funding proposal; Common Core turns business leaders against Oklahoma GOP; High-stakes assessment tests begin Thursday for Oklahoma students; & more...

Apr 07, 2014
In The Know: April 4, 2014

Oklahoma tax collections increase in March; bill to accept federal funds for Native American health care moving forward; & more...

Apr 04, 2014