StateImpact Oklahoma StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU. Joe Wertz, Emily Wendler, Jackie Fortier and Quinton Chandler travel the state to report on energy and the environment, education, health, and criminal justice — and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans.
StateImpact Oklahoma

StateImpact Oklahoma

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StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU. Joe Wertz, Emily Wendler, Jackie Fortier and Quinton Chandler travel the state to report on energy and the environment, education, health, and criminal justice — and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans.

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Anti-Abortion Strategy Splits Oklahoma Lawmakers

Energized by new conservatives on the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion opponents believe that the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion in the U.S. could be overturned. I f that happens, the regulation of abortion returns to the states. Some state legislatures led by liberal Democrats, such as New York , have decided to protect the right to an abortion. In more conservative states, such as Oklahoma, anti-abortion lawmakers are rushing to make sure their state statutes do not ensure the

Sheriff Revolt Over County Jail Conditions Shines Spotlight On Low Funding

Cows recognize the truck that feeds them. Seconds after Terry Sue Barnett's feed truck rumbled into their pasture, her hungry herd perked up and turned to follow her. "Just because they know this feed truck, and they think they're going to get fed," Barnett said. Barnett is in her element. She stares out of the driver's side window as she makes a short loop through the pasture — checking the health of her animals after a wet winter and a hard calving season. Barnett would rather be here tending

Sheriff Revolt Over County Jail Conditions Shines Spotlight On Low Funding

CDC Director: Stigma Biggest Challenge To Halting HIV In Oklahoma

Oklahoma may soon see more money to help fight the AIDS epidemic. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently visited health care facilities that offer treatment in Oklahoma, one of seven states where the rural transmission of HIV is exceptionally high. Those states, which also include Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, and South Carolina will be targeted by President Donald Trump 's plan to halt the spread of HIV within the next ten

One Year After The Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, Has Education Taken A Backseat?

It has been nearly one year since the teacher walkout, when thousands of educators flooded Oklahoma's state capitol demanding better pay and more school funding. After nine days and little progress, they turned their attention to the 2018 elections. " We will go to the ballot boxes in June and in November. We will campaign for candidates who are friendly to public education," said Ponca City teacher Zach Murray on the last day of the walkout. "No more will education be secondary to everything

One Year After The Oklahoma Teacher Walkout, Has Education Taken A Backseat?

Medical Marijuana Businesses Say Patient Drives Are Key To Access, But Lawmakers Want To End It

The Red Bud Dispensary in Marlow, Okla. looks like an Apple store, with white walls and track lighting. The dispensary is packed with people, but they aren't here to buy medical marijuana. The dispensary hasn't technically opened yet, so it doesn't even have THC products – the mainly middle-aged crowd is standing around empty glass cases. They are here for something else – a doctor's recommendation. To get a medical marijuana license in Oklahoma, patients need a recommendation from a doctor —

Medical Marijuana Businesses Say Patient Drives Are Key To Access, But Lawmakers Want To End It

Fifteen Bills StateImpact Is Watching In The 2019 Oklahoma Legislature

With a huge freshman class and a promise for less gridlock, Oklahoma lawmakers filed more than 2,800 bills this legislative session. With a third of the session now over, the StateImpact team has an update on some bills we're following. Health After facing criticism by anti abortion groups , Senate Pro Tempore Greg Treat threw out the so-called 'trigger' language in Senate Bill 195 . The language said if abortion is outlawed on a federal level, either by overturning Roe v. Wade or by a U.S.

Fifteen Bills StateImpact Is Watching In The 2019 Oklahoma Legislature

Oklahoma Bill Making Some Crimes Retroactive Could Have Unintended Consequences

Tracy Smallwood says her life before she went to prison was just "dead time." "I was always in a room just getting high," Smallwood explained. "But there's so much more. So much more out there. Smallwood tries to hold back tears in her two-bedroom apartment north of downtown Tulsa. Today, she's an active church member, she's in a 12-step recovery program and she works as a forklift operator. However, a few months ago, she was in prison for multiple drug-related convictions. That was before

Oklahoma Bill Making Some Crimes Retroactive Could Have Unintended Consequences

The 'Trade-Ups' And Trade-Offs Of Consolidating Oklahoma's Largest School District

At U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City, administrators watch as 500 students eat lunch. The lunchroom is small, and overcrowding has forced administrators to add lunch periods to feed all the students. Today, the first group will eat at 10:30 a.m. and the last will finish at 1:30 p.m. — one hour before school lets out. Principal Gregory Frederick said the additional lunches require administrators to spend time doing crowd control, instead of spending time with teachers in the classroom

The 'Trade-Ups' And Trade-Offs Of Consolidating Oklahoma's Largest School District

Rural Oklahoma Community Still Divided Over Charter School

Two years ago, the Oklahoma State Board of Education for the first time exercised its authority to approve a rural charter school. The decision was contentious. A local school board had already denied the charter's application twice, saying it was incomplete and there wasn't enough support for the school. The State Board overturned the local board's decision, which left some wondering who's really in control of their community. That charter school — The Academy of Seminole — has now been open

Oklahoma Investigators: Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Will Aid Investigations, Inform Victims

Eighteen-year-old Lauren Atkins is a freshman at the University of Oklahoma and in May 2017 she and her parents called Oklahoma City police to report she was raped by a friend at a party. Atkins described it as a "typical high school party." She and her friends were drinking alcohol and Atkins passed out in a bathroom. "I ended up in the room that the bathroom is connected to and I was laying on the bed and I woke up to someone sexually assaulting me," Atkins said. Atkins said police told her to

Oklahoma Investigators: Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System Will Aid Investigations, Inform Victims

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