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Oklahoma Forum

Jobs and the Labor Market (27:45)

We discuss Oklahoma’s workforce and the job market with: Richard McPherson, Executive Director, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Lynn Gray, Director of Economic Research and Analysis and Chief Economist, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Dr. Phil Berkenbile, State Director, Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Women, Race & Ethnicity, Social Issues, Education, Energy & Environment, Transportation & Infrastructure

Originally broadcast on September 4, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

ONR Extra Coburn (5:39)

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Oklahoma U.S. Senator Tom Coburn made national news recently with a couple of comments at town hall meeting. Responding to a man in Langley who asked if President Obama "wants to destroy America," Coburn said the president's "intent is not to destroy, his intent is to create dependency because it worked so well for him." "As an african-american male," Coburn said, Obama received "tremendous advantage from a lot of these programs." Coburn has offered to apologize to any congressional colleagues offended by his remark that "it was a good thing he couldn't pack a gun on the senate floor." Coburn called the comment about shooting fellow lawmakers out of frustration a joke. Senator Coburn met with constituents at several town hall meetings this week. In this ONR Extra, here is an excerpt from the town hall in Claremore.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Biography & Profiles

Originally broadcast on August 19, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

State Budget and Debt (12:50)

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The last three years have been hard on state government with ongoing budget cuts as tax revenues dwindled to levels not seen in almost a decade. But when you add up all the numbers, the budget for state government is much larger than you would expect. Half of it comes from the federal government and then there's that little-discussed matter of the increasing state debt. To get an economists view of the state budget process and the amount of debt state government has, Dick Pryor talked with Professor Joe Johnson, from the University of Central Oklahoma's College of Business Administration.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on August 19, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Puppy Mills (10:59)

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Oklahoma is among the leading states for the number of what are commonly called puppy mills. Places where dogs are bred and produced for sale. After two years of debate and compromise the state legislature approved a new law with the goal of improving living conditions for the dogs and bringing some order to the industry. However, enforcement of it is on hold to give breeders more time to get kennels cleaned up and licensed. And now the new law is the subject of a lawsuit.

Related Topics: Community, Animals, Government

Originally broadcast on August 12, 2011


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ONR

August 26, 2011 (57:14)

Oklahoma’s crackdown on sex offenders has unintended consequences. Haze over an Oklahoma wildlife refuge leads to a legal fight between the state and federal governments. Hundreds of students are heading back to schools with worries about class work – and where they are going to live. New poll results show how Oklahomans feel about tax credits and state revenues. Going back in time to experience a different kind of Oklahoma Life. And, Charley Newcomb with Oklahoma Stories.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Environment, Science & Technology, Social Issues, Education

Originally broadcast on August 26, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

DHS Advantage Program (3:56)

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Thousands of low income elderly and disabled Oklahomans have conditions that qualify them for nursing home care at state expense. Yet, a survey by AARP found 90% of older Oklahomans would rather get care at home. That's what the Department of Human Services "Advantage Program" is designed to do. It lets medicaid-eligible patients choose at-home care, which is saving the state hundreds of millions of dollars each year.

Related Topics: Community, Health Care & Illnesses, Caregiving, Government

Originally broadcast on August 5, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Mabel Bassett Reintegration (4:23)

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When it comes to putting women behind bars, Oklahoma tops the nation. Actually, per capita, our state incarcerates more women than any other state, or country, in the world. Now, the department of corrections is working to keep as many of the current female prison inmates from coming back into the system as possible, by helping them identify a new way of life. Budget cuts have reduced reintegration programs over the past few years, but programs still in place are working. Oklahoma's female recidivism rate is 14-percent. That's much better than in Texas and Arkansas, where about 20-percent of released inmates return to prison.

Related Topics: Government, Women, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on August 5, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Tax Credits (11:40)

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Over the past five years legislators have trimmed more than one and a half billion dollars from the budget of state government, a third of that in just this year. As a result funding for public education, roads and bridges and state agencies have all been slashed. During that time however, lawmakers have left billions in tax credits on the books. Lis Exon takes a look at some of these tax credits and their effect on the state budget. Dick Pryor then sits down with Warren Vieth from Oklahoma Watch. Mr. Vieth has been following the progress of a task force created to assess the effectiveness of tax credits.

Related Topics: Business & Economy, Government, Politics

Originally broadcast on August 5, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Teacher Pay (6:04)

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Oklahoma public school teachers are nearly the lowest paid in the nation, currently ranked 48th. Despite that, the state ranks 9th in the country for the total number of teachers who have reached nationally board certified status. Under state law, that distinction is supposed to come with a five thousand dollar bonus. However, that bonus is no longer funded because of a decision by the state board of education.

Related Topics: Education, Government, Politics, Education

Originally broadcast on July 29, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

New Education Laws (6:56)

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There are nearly 50 new laws passed by state lawmakers that will be in effect by the end of this year. Among them are statues that end social promotion of students not reading at grade level, and the implementation of an “A” through “F” grading scale for overall school performance. Several of the new laws have raised debate about what their real impact will be.

Related Topics: Education, Government, Politics, Education

Originally broadcast on July 29, 2011