Articles written by Ari Fife

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  • Demand is high, but financial support for Oklahoma's unpaid caregivers is scarce

    Ari Fife, Oklahoma Watch|Nov 27, 2022

    Francis Johnson spent 25 years in estate planning, helping clients prepare for an uncertain future while doing the same for herself. Johnson thought she had built sufficient retirement savings by 2010 when she moved home from Atlanta to help care for her aging mother. That uncertain future arrived two years later while celebrating her mother Maybelle’s 80th birthday in Las Vegas. Johnson spent six weeks in the waiting rooms of a Nevada hospital as Maybelle recovered from a stroke. They returned on a costly medical flight that forced Johnson t...

  • Schools wait to learn how to police their bathrooms

    Ari Fife, Oklahoma Watch|Aug 7, 2022

    The fallout from a state law created to police bathroom use is still unclear in the eyes of students, teachers, administrators and mental health experts weeks before school starts, leaving them with little time to prepare. One transgender high school senior said when he was a freshman, he was followed into the bathroom and harassed by a classmate. He hopes a recently passed law won’t create a hostile school environment for students like him. A superintendent said she’s worked hard to create an inclusive environment for students in her sch... Full story