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December 1, 2009 (30:01)

The state Corrections Board is telling lawmakers it is time to look at old solutions to deal with a current crisis. Facing more than $22-million in cutbacks this fiscal year, the Corrections Department is seeing a growing backlog of prisoners waiting for a bed in a prison system that is at capacity. The suggestions include putting the CAP law back in place to let non-violent offenders out of prison early. Researchers at the O.U. Health Sciences Center have discovered a synthetic compound that may have the potential to one day be used as a pill to prevent cancer. Lab tests show the compound kills 12 different kinds of cancer. Several more rounds of trials for the compound mean at least five years before it could be used as a treatment for cancer patients. House sub-committees begin a new round of hearings on the ailing state budget. Facing at least a billion dollar shortfall, House leaders are urging agencies to not show up with just negative news about the impact of cutbacks but instead find positive ways to make their operations more efficient. Tonight part one of our series, Meth Madness tells the story of two very different women who shared the same problem, methamphetamine addiction. The ONR investigation finds that at any given time there are up to 900 people on waiting lists to get into a treatment facility. Most never make it to treatment. A pair of Oklahoma universities is joining forces to launch a new program aimed at addressing a shortage of physicians in the state. O.U. and T.U. will collaboration a new four year community medical education program.

Originally broadcast on December 1, 2009