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 By Trevor Brown    Regional    July 25, 2021

Oklahoma is getting $2 billion. How should it be spent?

Oklahoma is about to go on a multi-billion dollar spending spree – but there’s a catch, actually several. Oklahoma, like other states, has already doled out hundreds of millions of federal dollars on Covid-19 response efforts through Coronavirus...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    July 4, 2021

Hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans can now get free health care. Do they know that?

Dr. Daniel Joyce has been giving out a different type of news to patients at Lawton’s Hearts That Care Clinic. Joyce, who runs the non-profit free clinic, has been talking to them to see if they’ll be eligible for free health coverage under the... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    June 16, 2021

As GOP majority grows, fewer Democratic-led bills make it through Oklahoma's legislature

Armed with its largest supermajority in the state’s history, Republican lawmakers found increased legislative success this year as the number of successful bills written by Democrats fell. An Oklahoma Watch review found that of the nearly 600...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    June 6, 2021

Examining the impact: How Oklahoma's new laws will affect you

Oklahoma lawmakers closed this year’s legislative session after spending four months debating and voting on bills that will have lasting impacts. Here’s a look at how different segments of Oklahoma’s population will feel the impact of some... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    May 23, 2021

Oklahoma's legislature fast-tracks multi-billion budget bill, again

It didn’t take long for arguably the most important bill of the 2021 session to work its way through the often-times tedious and laborious legislative process. A week and three hours after Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican leaders announced the... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    May 9, 2021

In remembering OKC bombing victims, experts see lessons for grieving Covid losses

Robin Gurwitch knows all too well about loss. Gurwitch was working as a psychologist and program director at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center on April 19, 1995. After the bombing at Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, she was among th...

 

Takeaways from Oklahoma's new legislative redistricting plan

Oklahoma’s legislative districts are set to look much different for many voters next election season. Republican House and Senate leaders unveiled their proposed legislative redistricting plans this week, setting up potential floor votes on the...

 

Congress gives Oklahoma cash infusion for expanding Medicaid

Last year’s vote to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program will provide the state with a half-billion-dollar windfall thanks to the recently passed federal stimulus bill. Oklahoma Health Care Authority officials confirmed this week that the state...

 

Lawmakers: Gov. Stitt's managed care plan complicates Medicaid expansion funding plan

More than half a year after voters approved a state question that will require Oklahoma to offer health coverage to more than 200,000 low-income adults, state officials are still unsure how they’ll pay it. The passage of State Question 802 last Jun...

 

Halfway point: 11 days that define Gov. Kevin Stitt's first two years

Gov. Kevin Stitt finds himself in much different times than when he took office just over two years ago. As the Covid-19 pandemic has loomed large over much of Stitt's first term, unemployment is...

 

Despite fear in Oklahoma, Biden likely won't be 'banning' fracking

President Donald Trump offered a warning to Oklahoma and other energy-rich states during the final months of his unsuccessful re-election bid. The president cautioned that if Joe Biden won, the new...

 

The impact of Oklahoma's latest red wave

Americans across the country woke up Wednesday to an undecided presidential election that could take days, or even weeks, to be decided. The contest between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden hangs in the balance as crucial...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    August 28, 2020

Oklahoma runoff takeaways: Stephanie Bice wins, incumbents fall

The lineup for November’s general election is set. Tuesday’s runoff election finalized Oklahoma’s high-profile congressional fifth district race. Meanwhile, several incumbent Republicans lost key seats in the Legislature and elsewhere,...

 

Voter registration lags in Oklahoma amid COVID-19

Oklahoma, one of 10 states that doesn’t offer online voter registration, has seen a sharp decline in new voter sign-ups this year as COVID-19 has created new challenges for in-person get-out-the-vote efforts. State election board numbers requested...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    July 12, 2020

The Supreme Court affirmed Native American rights in Oklahoma. Here's what that could mean

In a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, justices ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma has been, contrary to the state's long-standing belief, part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    July 5, 2020

After years of legislative inaction, voters say yes to Medicaid expansion

After years of debate and aborted legislative proposals, voters have done what Oklahoma lawmakers have long resisted. With a razor-thin 50.5% of the vote, Oklahomans approved a state question Tuesday...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    June 19, 2020

Few hearings, fewer votes: Police oversight bills see little attention in Oklahoma's Legislature

Months before the Memorial Day death of George Floyd and the weeks of nationwide protests that followed, Oklahoma's Legislature had a chance to take up issues that today dominate the headlines....

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    June 5, 2020

20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce

As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week. Friday, June 5, will mark the 20...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    June 4, 2020

20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce

As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week. Friday, June 5, will mark the 20...

 

As Oklahoma reopens, cities shy away from enforcing restrictions

Police in some of Oklahoma's largest cities are electing to use a softer touch, rather than aggressive enforcement, with state and local business restrictions as Oklahoma gradually reopens amid the...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    May 8, 2020

Moments of Truth: 4 remaining scenarios for Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is inching closer to reality in Oklahoma. Legislative leaders announced a budget deal Monday that includes funding to expand the state's Medicaid program and extend health coverage...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    April 24, 2020

Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week. The hospital was emptier...

 

Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week. The hospital was emptier... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    April 19, 2020

Stitt sets vote on Medicaid question; How does it compare with his plan?

After years of debate and political fights, Oklahomans learned Friday when they will get to vote on a proposal to use state and federal funds to extend health-care coverage to 200,000 low-income residents. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a proclamation Frida...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    March 22, 2020

Amid epidemic, new details on Stitt's health plan are released for public comment

Oklahoma Watch Oklahoma has quietly released details of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Medicaid expansion plan, with the state’s own report saying the plan “will likely depress enrollment” by thousands of Oklahomans compared to a traditional Medical expa...

 

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