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Oklahoma News Report

October 7th, 2011 (57:44)

Evidence of the state's decaying infrastructure is visible at the state capitol, where the nearly century old structure is clearly showing its age. Call it a reverse brain drain. Nearly 90% of graduates of Oklahoma’s colleges and universities live and work in state one year after getting a diploma. Oklahoma's alcohol laws were put in place in 1959. The move has begun to make changes that will likely be decided by voters. We visit a dying city in its final days and look at the reason for its demise. And, comparing Oklahoma’s drought to extreme weather in Africa.

Related Topics: Weather & Natural Disasters, Business & Economy, Government, Politics, Environment, Science & Technology, Education

Originally broadcast on October 7, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

ONR Extra Criminal Justice (1:57)

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Oklahoma's criminal justice system is expensive and is not reducing violent crime. That's the conclusion from a team of consultants who have studied the state's sentencing structure, prison system and crime rates. House Speaker Kris Steele has held a series of public meetings to show the results of the study and gather information on what needs to be done to actually improve Oklahoma’s criminal justice system. In this ONR Extra we have a sampling of information from a public hearing in Muskogee.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on October 21, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

A Tale of Two Sheriffs (5:27)

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Running a county jail can be expensive. Expenses range from providing food, housing and medical care for inmates to paying staff and covering cost of building maintenance. For a medium-sized jail like the one in Okmulgee the bill totals more than $110,000 a month. Raising taxes to cover the cost isn't popular with voters so some counties have found creative ways to reduce expenses and generate revenues to offset the cost of running the local lock-up.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on October 21, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Innocent Victims (8:19)

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No one knows how many of them there are or even where they live. They are children of all ages and descriptions who are the innocent victims of crimes committed by their parents. Most of the help these children receive comes from non-profit groups and churches. Now, a legislative task force is investigating the growing problem.

Related Topics: Community, Child Development, Issues & Advice, Government, Social Issues, Education

Originally broadcast on October 21, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Homeschool Rules (10:18)

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An estimated 20,000 students are homeschooled statewide each year. In Oklahoma, parents are not required to prove they are homeschooling or how well they are educating their children. Homeschool advocates want to keep it that way but that opens up questions about whether the state is fulfilling its obligation under the law to ensure all children are properly educated.

Related Topics: Education, Issues & Advice, Government, Politics, Education

Originally broadcast on October 21, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Comprehensive Water Plan (9:12)

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Years of study, millions of dollars expended and months of public hearings have culminated in a final plan to manage the Oklahoma’s water. The blue print attempts to address the complex issues for a natural resource that will shape the state's future. Now it's up to elected officials to decide what to do with it.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Environment

Originally broadcast on October 21, 2011


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Oklahoma Forum

Small Business (27:46)

We discuss the challenges and opportunities for small business in Oklahoma with: Fred Morgan, President and CEO, The State Chamber of Oklahoma Dottie Overal, Director, U.S. Small Business Administration Oklahoma District Office Mike Crandall, Owner, Sandler Training Carlos Amaya, Business Development Specialist, University of Central Oklahoma Small Business Development Center

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Science & Technology, Health, Education

Originally broadcast on October 23, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Food Insecurity (6:29)

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New figures from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services show the number of Oklahomans needing help to put food on the table each day has just reached an all time high. And a national study shows 17% of Oklahomans are "food insecure". The face of hunger in Oklahoma often involves the working poor and their children.

Related Topics: Food, Government, Women, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on September 9, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Newsmaker Interview State Pensions (4:06)

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New laws have gone into effect that make changes to the pension systems of state employees, teachers, firefighters and police officers. The changes are designed to shore up pension funds that were under-funded by more than 16-billion dollars. We spoke with state Rep. Randy McDaniel who is leading a study this fall into more possible changes to the states pension plans.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on October 14, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Keystone Pipeline (5:20)

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President Obama has the final say over whether the 1,700 mile keystone pipeline will be finished. To make that decision he has years of environmental impact studies and public hearings to review. The pipeline would funnel crude from the oil sands of Canada to refineries in Texas. The final decision comes down to a choice between creating new jobs and protecting the environment.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Environment, Science & Technology, Energy & Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure

Originally broadcast on October 14, 2011