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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

Addiction Treatment & OK Watch (13:20)

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Oklahoma continues to send more women to prison than any other state. 63 percent of them suffer from substance abuse. Despite treatment in prison, many of the women get out, start using again and eventually end up back behind bars. A relatively new therapy is looking at addiction from a gender based perspective. It explores women's childhood traumas as the springboard to their cycle of drug and alcohol abuse. According to the institute for child advocacy there are 27,000 children of incarcerated parents in Oklahoma. Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Oklahoma finds mentors to help these children break the inter-generational cycle of crime through the "Amachi" program. However due to federal budget cuts that program is now in jeopardy. We spoke with Jaclyn Cosgrove who is covering this issue for Oklahoma Watch.

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

Originally broadcast on October 14, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Mental Health Jails (8:17)

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There are hundreds of Oklahomans now in county jails and state prisons who are mentally ill. They end up there for breaking a law, but in many cases that crime was the result of a mental illness that has gone untreated. With the Oklahoma County jail now recognized as the state's largest mental health facility, a prosecutor and a public defender find themselves in the role of trying to find justice in a new way.

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

Originally broadcast on October 14, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Remembering 9-11 (6:14)

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Sunday September 11th marks the tenth anniversary of the deadliest terrorist attacks on American soil. To mark the occasion, we asked various Oklahomans to reflect on 9/11 and its aftermath by responding to five questions. Here's some of what they had to say.

Related Topics: United States, War & Conflict, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on September 9, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Cutting Edge Noble Foundation (5:02)

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Feeding the world's growing population continues to pose major challenges for society. The agricultural and scientific community is conducting research that holds the promise of increased food security and improved human health. In Oklahoma, much of that work is taking place in Ardmore at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation.

Related Topics: Science & Technology, Social Issues, Health

Originally broadcast on September 9, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Meth in the Workplace (9:55)

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Analysis of millions of drug test samples has produced more evidence of the plague that has become methamphetamine abuse in Oklahoma. Of the top 9 states where the work-force is high on meth, Oklahoma came in number three, at 240-percent above the national average. But there may be even bigger addiction problems in Oklahoma’s work force.

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

Originally broadcast on September 9, 2011


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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 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


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Oklahoma News Report

Emancipated Children (8:01)

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As most Oklahoma children are settling back into the school year their biggest worries are who they'll sit with at lunch or if the other kids will like them. But for a growing number of students they're facing much bigger concerns such as where they'll sleep that night or if they'll have food to eat after school. The State Department of Education is reporting more than 15,000 students are considered homeless according to federal guidelines. And the trend does not seem to be slowing down.

Related Topics: Education, Social Issues, Health, Education

Originally broadcast on September 23, 2011


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Oklahoma News Report

Missing Family (11:58)

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Almost two years ago Bobbie and Sherilynn Jamison and their six year old daughter Madyson vanished while on a family outing in Latimer County. It’s a mysterious story that has sparked national attention, but remains unsolved. News accounts have portrayed the Jamisons as a typical family. But through exclusive access to the missing persons case file a different picture has emerged.

Related Topics: Community, People & Profiles, Social Issues

Originally broadcast on September 16, 2011