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Agency finalizing rules for Oklahoma’s $215 million affordable housing program

BY: - November 30, 2023

New homes and rental properties could hit the Oklahoma market in the next two years if rules for a $215 million state-funded construction loan program are approved by the end of the year, officials said. The Oklahoma Housing Finance Agency, which will oversee the state’s new Housing Stability Program, is crafting rules to administer it. […]

Ransomware attacks force Oklahoma hospitals to divert emergency room patients

BY: - November 29, 2023

Oklahoma is among six states experiencing a temporary disruption to some hospital services after a ransomware attack against Ardent Health Services, a health care company based in Nashville. Ardent operates 30 hospitals, including those under Oklahoma’s Hillcrest HealthCare System. It’s investigating a ransomware attack it experienced on Nov. 23, and, according to a news release, […]

Oklahoma fundraising campaign hopes to wipe out over $76,000 in school lunch debt

BY: - November 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A fundraiser aims to relieve more than $76,000 in lunch debt for Oklahoma students, as struggles with outstanding meal fees continue in schools. That total would cover overdue cafeteria bills from seven school districts across the state. The largest of them, Stillwater Public Schools, reported $37,003 in student lunch debt from the […]

ACLU launches effort to inform Kansans with felony records of their voting rights

BY: - November 27, 2023

TOPEKA — A leading Kansas civil rights organization says an estimated 30,000 people living in the state should be informed they have the right to vote. The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas launched a campaign to reach out to Kansans with felony records and encourage them to register to vote and to participate in […]

Audit dings Oklahoma Republican Party PAC for misreporting finances, election spending

BY: - November 27, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal audit uncovered millions in misreported income and expenses for a political action committee associated with the Oklahoma Republican Party.  A Federal Election Commission draft audit found the Oklahoma Leadership Council’s bank records did not match its federal campaign finance reports by nearly $2 million.  The council is a federal PAC […]

Oklahoma AG clarifies exceptions for abortion patients and medical providers

BY: - November 21, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s attorney general said Tuesday that although state law prohibits most abortions, pregnant women cannot be punished for seeking out the procedure. In response to a request from six GOP lawmakers, Attorney General Gentner Drummond issued a formal opinion clarifying that state law does not allow for pregnant women — even those […]

Oklahoma State Chamber, Farm Bureau challenge effort to raise minimum wage

BY: - November 21, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A proposed state question to raise Oklahoma’s hourly minimum wage to $15 faces its first legal challenge. The State Chamber of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Farm Bureau Legal Foundation asked the state’s high court on Monday to find the proposal unconstitutional for delegating state lawmakers’ power to officials at a federal agency. Proposed […]

Oklahoma Turnpike Authority goes back to drawing board as work resumes on $5B ACCESS plan

BY: - November 21, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority is rethinking its $5 billion turnpike expansion and improvement plans now that two lawsuits have been settled. The agency recently acquired $500 million in bonds that will allow it to resume engineering design work and property acquisitions, but will reprioritize the order of the projects, said agency spokesperson […]

Three presidential debates, one VP debate scheduled ahead of 2024 election

BY: - November 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — The Democratic and Republican nominees for president would debate three times next year if both candidates agree to a schedule released Monday by the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates. “The United States’ general election debates, watched live worldwide, are a model for many other countries: the opportunity to hear and see leading candidates […]

Oklahoma AG sues Biden administration over family planning grant clawback

BY: - November 20, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Genter Drummond filed a federal lawsuit against the Biden administration for clawing back a nearly $5 million family planning grant from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The Biden administration reallocated those funds to abortion-rights groups like Planned Parenthood, according to a Monday news release from Drummond’s office. After the […]

Report: Oklahoma could lack power reliability if extreme winter weather hits 

BY: - November 17, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans could face rolling blackouts if extreme weather rolls in this winter, a new report found. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s 2023 report listed Oklahoma and the central U.S. region’s power reliability at an elevated threat level if the extreme cold weather hits the region. NERC is a non-profit organization that […]

Oklahoma public schools show continued academic struggle in state report cards

BY: - November 15, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s public school system showed consistent levels of academic results but weakening growth in the 2022-23 school year compared to the year before. The Oklahoma State Report Card, released Wednesday, grades the success of every school in the state, as well as the overall performance of the public education system. Only 27% […]