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Oklahoma News Report

NCLB Waiver

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Oklahoma educators are waiting to see whether requirements of the No Child Left Behind law will be waived by the federal government. A waiver would allow Oklahoma to avoid the requirements of a law that has been widely criticized by educators since it was enacted. However, the waiver request itself is being criticized in part because of the power it would give state officials to take-over locally-controlled public schools.

Related Topics: Education, Government, Education

Originally broadcast on December 2, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

ONR Extra Health Care Law

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A legislative panel exploring the impact of the federal health care law on Oklahoma is expected to recommend development of some type of health care exchange--but only to the minimum extent necessary to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act. The joint committee on federal health care law heard testimony this week on non-profit clinics and health exchanges, where residents could shop for and buy health insurance. The federal law requires states to have a health care exchange set up by 2014. Here is more of that testimony in this ONR Extra.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on November 18, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

Tax Cuts and State Budget

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Soon, a group of public officials will get the first estimates of the money legislators will have next year to run state government. Despite an improving economy and rising tax collections, there are still hundreds of millions of dollars in budget holes to fill, and plans are to further cut the state's primary source of funding, the personal income tax. State officials writing the budget will be under a lot of pressure, changing the state's tax structure, during an election year.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on December 9, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

Drop Out Rates

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It's estimated one student drops out of high school every 27 seconds in America. Black, Hispanic and students from poor families have the highest drop out rates. It may surprise you to learn the same student can be counted as a drop out multiple times... While many students that receive high school diplomas are never counted as graduates.

Related Topics: Education, Government, Social Issues, Education

Originally broadcast on November 11, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

Tax Credit Debate

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The final reports have been issued and the debate has begun on recommendations that would make dramatic changes to Oklahoma’s tax code. The changes being talked about would impact everyone's taxes - whether personal or business. At the heart of the proposed changes is a plan to begin eliminating the state income tax. Arguments over what that really means financially for Oklahoma wage earners have begun, and as it turns out, for most people it will actually mean a higher tax bill.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on January 6, 2012

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Oklahoma News Report

Near Poor

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They are known as the 'near poor', people teetering on the edge of homelessness and hunger but for now living what is largely viewed as a middle income life. Anyone whose income is 50% or less above the poverty line falls into the near poor category, just an illness or job loss away from living in poverty. One in three Oklahomans already live below the poverty line and now growing numbers of others are falling into the near poor category - making too much money for government assistance but not enough to pay the bills.

Related Topics: Community, Government, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on December 16, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

OETA Interim Study

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Budget cuts have impacted nearly all state agencies over the last three years. While state revenues are rebounding now, budget cuts may not be over for some state agencies, including OETA. If one state lawmaker has her way, state funding would come to an end for the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

Related Topics: Film & Television, Education, Government, Education, Media

Originally broadcast on December 30, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

Food Stamps

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In 1985, 256,000 Oklahomans received food stamps each month. But in the past decade the number of recipients has increased dramatically. Last month set a new record with more than 625-thousand people getting help to buy food. That's about one in six Oklahomans and many of those are children.

Related Topics: Government, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on November 4, 2011

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Oklahoma News Report

Mental Health and Homeless

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According to mental health professionals one out of every five people will experience a mental health issue in their lifetime. Anyone who has dealt with mental illness knows it can result in the loss of a job and the inability to manage daily living. And sometimes it leads to homelessness. Getting the proper care is also difficult because of reduced state funding and a public health system that is hard to navigate. We talked to Dan Straughan, executive director of the homeless alliance of oklahoma city about the mentally ill and homeless.

Related Topics: Community, Health Care & Illnesses, Government, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on November 4, 2011

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Oklahoma Forum

U.S. Senator Tom Coburn

Our guest for the entire program is Dr. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma's junior United States Senator. We will discuss fiscal policy and the U.S. budget, the "Gang of Six," the United States Congress Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (the congressional "Super Committee") and more.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics, National Security, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on January 15, 2012