Lawton officials attempt to mitigate East Cache Creek issues amid growing concerns
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
3d ago
After a TikTok video went viral about water pollution in East Cache Creek, City of Lawton officials have explained their plan to restore water levels. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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StateImpact Oklahoma wraps up the 2024 legislative session
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
1w ago
StateImpact education reporter Beth Wallis and health reporter Jillian Taylor talk with managing editor Logan Layden about some of this year's legislative highlights. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid brings new benefits, challenges
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
2w ago
More than 600,000 Oklahomans on Medicaid are now seeing their care coordinated by private insurance companies. Proponents say the change incentivizes preventative care, and its rollout has been going well. But, it has caused problems for some Oklahomans on Medicaid and smaller providers. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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Oklahoma schools need bus drivers and are straining to fill the gaps
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
1M ago
Statewide, Oklahoma public schools are experiencing a shortage of bus drivers — and they’re struggling to adapt. StateImpact analyzed every public school district in Oklahoma and found that of the 400-plus schools with hiring listings accessible on their websites or that answered a superintendent survey, over 40% showed open driver positions. About a quarter of the 80 surveyed superintendents said they or other school administrators drive a bus.  Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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How Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid happened and what’s next
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
1M ago
Most of Oklahoma’s Medicaid population is transitioning to managed care. This means that instead of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority paying providers directly, it’s paying private companies to coordinate some enrollees’ care. Proponents say the new system incentivizes better preventative care, which could cost the state less in the long run. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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Oklahoma immigrant communities rally in face of state policy to arrest people in country illegally
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
1M ago
As a crisis continues on the U.S. Southern Border, Oklahoma lawmakers are among counterparts from about a dozen states taking things into their own hands. For StateImpact, Lionel Ramos reports on their efforts and the backlash they face from immigrant communities. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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The end of pandemic-era federal dollars may mean the end for the school programs it funded
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
2M ago
In Tulsa, there are about 450 after-school programs at risk of shrinking to just 75 once ESSER funds are gone. One of those programs is an after-school gardening club at Tulsa Public Schools' Eugene Field Elementary. There, each participant gets a garden box to plan, decorate, plant and harvest from throughout the school year. Schools across the country may be on the brink of making tough calls once these "pennies from heaven" run out ..read more
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First over-the-counter birth control pill offers family planning amid Oklahoma’s abortion ban
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
2M ago
Opill, which was approved by the FDA last July, is the nation’s first over-the-counter birth control pill, and it’s hitting pharmacy shelves now. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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Eclipse brings tourism and challenges as Oklahoma goes under the shadow of the Moon
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
2M ago
Any point on the globe can expect to see a total solar eclipse about once every 400 years. This Monday, it’s far southeast Oklahoma’s turn. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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What education measures are still alive at the 2024 legislative session’s halfway point?
StateImpact Oklahoma
by OPMX
2M ago
Lawmakers are at the halfway point in this year’s legislative session, and just a fraction of the education bills filed at the top of the session have survived big legislative deadlines. StateImpact’s Beth Wallis spoke with Oklahoma Voice education reporter Nuria Martinez-Keel about the bills that still remain on the legislature’s radar. Mentioned in this episode: Social Media tags ..read more
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