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Refugee students face the same hurdles but get different levels of support

When fifth-grader Mohammed Fáizy walked into his Tulsa school, just months after fleeing Afghanistan, he didn’t speak, read or write English. He faced the prospect of learning the language while adjusting culturally and catching up on the core...


Why most Oklahoma rural hospitals haven't accepted Congress' offer to save them

PERRY — When her sister’s blood sugar rose to a dangerous level, Elaine Bubb found comfort five minutes from home. “If we had to go to Stillwater to take care of her blood sugar, it could’ve gone up, it would’ve been risky,” Bubb said...

 By Lionel Ramos    Regional    July 17, 2022

New law reduces taxes for businesses, cuts support for jobless Oklahomans

Republican legislators passed a law lowering taxes for businesses, but critics say it comes at the expense of jobless Oklahomans. The law, which passed along party lines in both the House and the Senate, cuts the maximum number of weeks that...

 By Lionel Ramos    Regional    March 6, 2022

ICE holds drop as immigrant communities, law enforcement balance policy changes

Saul Servin sells Mexican candy and party planning services at Dulceria El Girasol, his store on the corner of Shields Boulevard and SE 29th Street in Oklahoma City. He remembers parents weighing the...


Redistricting: Weighing the impact of splitting Oklahoma's largest Hispanic community

Driving south from downtown Oklahoma City, it is hard to miss the sudden culture shift. Spanish-language signs and billboards line many streets, such as Southwest 29th Street, where the number of... Full story


State seeks to recoup unemployment overpayments but doesn't know how much

Dee Ann Russell mopped sticky floors, stocked shelves and took customers’ money for soda, beer and cigarettes at 7-Eleven for nine years, eventually earning $16.05 an hour. In March 2020, she decided it was no longer worth the risk. Hospitalized... Full story


How Oklahoma is preparing for arrival of Afghan refugees

A Catholic organization responsible for refugee resettlement and leaders of the Oklahoma City Muslim community are preparing for hundreds of displaced Afghan families to arrive in Oklahoma. The... Full story


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