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Oklahoma health department to lay off 250 employees in 2018


October 27, 2017

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is planning to lay off about 250 employees, or 12 percent of its workforce, early next year amid a cash crunch at the agency.

Employees at the department were notified of the reduction-in-force plan via email on Wednesday.

Department spokesman Tony Sellars says it's not entirely clear how the funding shortfall occurred, but he says it's unrelated to budget cuts as a result of declining legislative appropriations.

He says the agency has asked the state auditor's office to conduct a special audit to examine its finances.

Sellars s...

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