Shots - Health News
2:38 am
Tue March 24, 2015

How 2 Children With Leukemia Helped Transform Its Treatment

Both James Eversull (left) and Pat Patchell were treated with experimental chemotherapy and radiation for leukemia as children in the 1960s. Together, they're now some of the country's oldest leukemia survivors..
Courtesy of James Eversull; Courtesy of Pat Patchell

Originally published on Wed March 25, 2015 8:50 am

When children are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia now, they have more than a 90 percent chance of survival.

But when James Eversull was told he had leukemia in 1964, there wasn't much hope.

He was just 18 months old when his parents discovered what was wrong.

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Politics and Government
7:24 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Senate Committee Amends And Passes 'Erin's Law' Legislation

The Oklahoma Senate
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Legislation that authorizes public schools to implement programs intended to help prevent child sexual abuse has been approved by an Oklahoma Senate committee.

The bill that originated in the House was first amended in ways that raises some concerns by the bill’s original House authors.

The Senate Committee on Education voted 12-1 for the House-passed bill Monday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote.

Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin of Guthrie says her bill is designed to empower children and young adults by giving them the skills to identify dangerous situations and avoid them. But Griffin also noted that the bill approved by the Senate committee “looked nothing like nothing like Erin’s law.”

HB1684, by Rep. Lee Denney, R-Cushing, and Griffin, modifies the requirements for teacher training on child sexual abuse matters. The bill, Griffin explained, does not change the already established requirements but goes into more detailed as to what that training must encompass. The bill clarifies appropriate reporting for child abuse claims because many school districts are not properly reporting claims, Griffin said.

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Politics and Government
6:54 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

'Right To Farm' Overview

State Impact reporter Logan Layden discusses controversial Right-to-Farm legislation. A bill making its way through the legislature calls for a constitutional amendment to prohibit the state from making certain regulations concerning farming and ranching practices. The U.S. Humane Society argues the regulations are needed to protect animals and the environment.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
6:42 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Now Showing: Oil Downturn’s Effect On Oklahoma Employment Numbers

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Oklahoma lost about 500 mining industry jobs between December and January, data from the Oklahoma Employment Securities Commission show.

Almost all in-state “mining” jobs are actually in oil and gas drilling, The Journal Record‘s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports. And while the job losses haven’t yet affected the state’s unemployment rate, currently 3.9 percent, oil sector employment will likely take a big hit in the months to come, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City’s bulletin The Oklahoma Economist.

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Politics and Government
5:38 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Senate Committee Passes Prescription Drug Monitoring Bill

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Prescription drug monitoring legislation that is one of Gov. Mary Fallin's top priorities for the 2015 Legislature has been sent to the Oklahoma Senate.

The Senate Committee on Health and Human Services voted 8-1 for the measure Monday and sent it to the full Senate for a vote. The bill was previously approved by the Oklahoma House.

The measure by Republican Sen. A.J. Griffin of Guthrie requires health care providers to consult a prescription drug repository before prescribing or refilling opiates and a variety of other narcotics.

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It's All Politics
5:35 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Justices Debate Place Of Offensive Language On License Plates

R. James George Jr., attorney for Sons of Confederate Veterans, meets with reporters outside the Supreme Court Monday.
Molly Riley AP

Originally published on Mon March 23, 2015 5:58 pm

Nazis, jihadis, racial slurs and even "Mighty Fine Burgers" all made cameo appearances at the U.S. Supreme Court Monday as the justices tackled a case of great interest to America's auto-loving public. The question before the court: When, if ever, can the state veto the message on a specialty license plate?

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4:38 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Cherokee Nation To Give $4 Million To School Districts

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The Cherokee Nation is distributing checks totaling $4 million from tribal car tag sales to 106 school districts later this week.

The checks will be handed out Friday at the Tahlequah-based tribe's annual Public School Appreciation Day at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa.

Each year, the tribe allocates 38 percent of tax revenue from the sale of the tags to help school districts fund teacher staffing, buy new technology or other needs. School districts have total discretion on how to spend the funds.

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Politics and Government
3:05 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Senate Committee Votes To Limit Abortions That Dismember Fetuses

Legislation prohibiting abortions where doctors use clamps, forceps or similar instruments to dismember a fetus in the womb has been approved by an Oklahoma Senate committee.

The Committee on Health and Human Services voted 7-1 Monday for the House-passed measure. The bill, which has been proposed in several states by a national anti-abortion group, now goes to the full Senate.

The measure by Republican Sen. Josh Brecheen of Coalgate would ban procedures in which doctors use medical devices to dismember a fetus in the womb to complete an abortion.

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Oklahoma Voices
12:26 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Lawmakers Discuss Dashboard Recordings, Body Cameras, And Oklahoma’s Open Records Future

Image of House Bill 1361
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Two lawmakers with a history of filing open records-friendly legislation gathered with supporters of government transparency to discuss recent legislative measures they said ran counter to the spirit of the state’s Open Records Act.

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Politics and Government
12:10 pm
Mon March 23, 2015

Tobacco-Free Schools Bill Passes Senate Committee

Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

An Oklahoma Senate committee has approved legislation to prohibit the use of all tobacco products in public schools and make them tobacco free.

The Senate Committee on Education voted 13-0 Monday for the bill that has already passed the state House. A similar bill previously passed by the Senate is pending in the House.

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