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http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/2_Sheriffs.flv Oklahoma News Report
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

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


http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/Water_Plan.flv Oklahoma News Report
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


http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/State_Pensions_NMI.flv Oklahoma News Report
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


http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/Beer_and_Wine.flv Oklahoma News Report
Oklahoma News Report

Beer and Wine Sales (5:52)

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Oklahoma has always had issues with alcohol. We are the only state to enter the union with prohibition as part of our state constitution. Prohibition didn't end here until 1959 and that happened only after lawmen were ordered by the governor to strictly enforce the laws banning alcohol sales. When the state began drying up, voters demanded an end to prohibition. The legislature is again looking at a major change to the states liquor laws and as expected, it's causing controversy.

Related Topics: Community, Government, Politics, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on October 7, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Crumbling Infrastructure (8:43)

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The consequences of long term neglect are now very evident across the state as infrastructure is giving way to years of service with little to no maintenance. From bridges that are termed structurally deficient to a state capitol building that is partially cordoned off due to a crumbling facade, the urgency of major repairs is becoming clearer with each passing day.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Transportation & Infrastructure

Originally broadcast on October 7, 2011


http://video.oeta.tv/oklahoma_forum/Forum_101611.flv Oklahoma Forum
Oklahoma Forum

Women in Leadership (27:45)

We discuss changing roles of women in leadership with: Major Gen. (Ret.) Rita Aragon, Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs Laura Boyd, Ph.D., Business Owner and Former State Representative Sheryl Lovelady, Director, Women’s Leadership Institute, Carl Albert Congressional Research and Studies Center, OU Charifa Smith, Owner, Sage Restaurant

Related Topics: Community, Gender & Sexual Identity, Business & Economy, Government, Politics, National Security, Women, Social Issues, Education

Originally broadcast on October 16, 2011


http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/Women_in_Leadership.flv Oklahoma News Report
Oklahoma News Report

Women in Leadership (13:06)

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A generation after the peak of women's liberation, women nationally make up more than 50% of the workforce and 57% of students attending college. Academically and in both low and mid-level jobs women often out-perform men. But, in Oklahoma the number of women in top leadership positions in business and politics is still low. While several factors hold women back, the next generation - the so-called millennials -- is poised to shatter the glass ceiling. Also, Dick Pryor spoke with former state representative, Dr. Laura Boyd, who was the first female nominee for Governor in 1998 and was the democratic nominee for Lieutentant Governor in 2002. And, Major General Rita Aragon, the first female commander of the Oklahoma Air National Guard, who currently is Oklahoma's Secretary of Military and Veterans Affairs.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Women

Originally broadcast on September 23, 2011


http://video.oeta.tv/onr/top/Water_Plan.flv Oklahoma News Report
Oklahoma News Report

Water Plan (10:24)

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We cannot live without it, yet many Oklahomans take it for granted. For a large number of people, their very subsistence depends on it. "it" is water, and during the upcoming legislative session, lawmakers will be asked to pass new laws for managing the state's water supply. The views of how that should be done are diverse, tied up in treaties with Indian tribes and closely watched by those south of the border who still want billions of gallons of pure clean Oklahoma water.

Related Topics: Government, Politics, Environment

Originally broadcast on September 23, 2011


http://video.oeta.tv/oklahoma_forum/FORUM_EDIT_10_9_11.flv Oklahoma Forum
Oklahoma Forum

Small City Mayors (27:45)

We discuss life in Oklahoma’s small, rural cities with the mayors of four small cities: Stan Sallee, Mayor of Collinsville Stephen Brinlee, Mayor of Wilburton Garen Martens, Mayor of Fairview Alex Damon, Mayor of Cordell

Related Topics: Community, Sports & Recreation, Business & Economy, Government, Politics, Environment, Science & Technology, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on October 9, 2011