Most Americans want health exceptions in abortion bans. Political infighting keeps blocking them.

BY: - November 17, 2023

In early October, an Idaho woman 20 weeks into her pregnancy went to the emergency room after her water broke about five months early. When the water breaks prematurely, an infection can develop and infect the fetus, placenta and other fluids. At that stage of pregnancy, the threat of infection becomes a ticking clock for […]

New law blocks local school board members from joining Oklahoma’s top education board

BY: - October 31, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers hope a new law that takes effect Wednesday will limit potential conflicts of interest between the state’s top school board and local districts.  House Bill 2678 prohibits the appointment of a local school board member to the Oklahoma State Board of Education, which supervises the state’s public education system. The […]

What is artificial intelligence? Legislators are still looking for a definition.

BY: - October 10, 2023

Back in March, Hawaii state Sen. Chris Lee introduced legislation urging the U.S. Congress to consider the benefits and risks of artificial intelligence technologies. But he didn’t write it. Artificial intelligence did. Lee instructed ChatGPT, an AI-powered system trained to follow instructions and carry out conversations, to write a piece of legislation that highlights the […]

Women with serious pregnancy complications sue over state abortion bans

BY: - September 14, 2023

Women and physicians in Idaho and Tennessee have sued their home states after they say they were denied abortion care despite being diagnosed with serious, life-threatening medical conditions while pregnant. The lawsuits are led by the Center for Reproductive Rights, an advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C., which also helped a patient in Oklahoma file […]

Thousands of health care providers have joined Oklahoma’s health information exchange

BY: - September 11, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Thousands of Oklahoma health care providers have joined a statewide health exchange that allows a patient’s digital medical records to follow them to most doctor’s offices. And, thousands of Oklahomans now have their information stored inside that health information exchange that’s been in the works for more than a decade. A law […]

Universities to press for legislative policies to increase Oklahoma STEM graduates

BY: - September 11, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s colleges and universities plan to press lawmakers for additional funding and policies that will allow them to focus on increasing graduation rates in high-demand professions.  In particular, the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education plans to focus on boosting the number of graduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. […]

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Service Oklahoma focuses on hiring, new programs to reduce wait times

BY: - September 7, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Tim Hartshorn arrived at Service Oklahoma six hours before it opened, and as he sat on the concrete at the start of a growing line of people, he wished he had brought a camping chair. The 66-year-old Oklahoma City resident needed to replace his lost driver’s license, and after waiting for five […]

Seeing ‘Red’ after Taylor Swift debacle, lawmakers weigh concert ticket rules

BY: - September 5, 2023

There’s no question what motivated state Rep. Kelly Moller to push for changes in Minnesota law on concert ticket sales. “Really, it was the Taylor Swift debacle for me,” she said. A self-professed Swiftie, the Democrat found herself among millions of other Americans unable to buy tickets last year to Swift’s Eras Tour. She preregistered […]

Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks from the head of a conference table. (Carmen Forman/Oklahoma Voice)

At odds with the tribes, Stitt stripped of power over Native American education council

BY: - August 30, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmakers curtailed Gov. Kevin Stitt’s influence over a board devoted to Native American education as the state’s chief executive continues to feud with tribal leaders.  Lawmakers stripped Stitt of eight of his nine appointments to the Oklahoma Advisory Council on Indian Education — a lesser known state board that could play […]

A woman holding a banner for a local missing and murdered Indigenous persons group stands in front of the Oklahoma state Capitol.

Oklahoma law to tackle missing, murdered Indigenous crisis remains unfunded

BY: - August 29, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Two years after Oklahoma lawmakers passed bipartisan legislation to address the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people, a state law enforcement entity has not secured federal funding to carry out the new law. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, in following the law, has appointed an agent to tackle these cases. […]