oklahoma http://kgou.org en Q&A: How ‘Obamacare’ Court Rulings Could Affect Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/qa-how-obamacare-court-rulings-could-affect-oklahoma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday, two federal appeals courts issued conflicting rulings on the legality of tax subsidies being provided to people who bought </span>“Obamacare”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> health insurance policies in Oklahoma and 35 other states.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Here’s a look at the rulings’ potential impact in Oklahoma.</span></p><p><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">I’m confused. What did the courts rule today?</strong></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 23:31:43 +0000 Oklahoma Watch & Warren Vieth 33936 at http://kgou.org Q&A: How ‘Obamacare’ Court Rulings Could Affect Oklahoma Reactions to Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Okahoma's Ban on Same-Sex Marriages http://kgou.org/post/reactions-federal-court-ruling-striking-down-okahomas-ban-same-sex-marriages <p style="line-height: 11.95pt; background-image: initial; background-attachment: initial; background-size: initial; background-origin: initial; background-clip: initial; background-position: initial; background-repeat: initial;"><span style="font-size:11.5pt; font-family:&quot;Verdana&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;;color:#333333">Reactions to today’s federal court ruling striking down the Oklahoma ban on on same-sex marriage were mostly from those celebrating the decision. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:24:14 +0000 Associated Press & KGOU Staff 33704 at http://kgou.org Reactions to Federal Court Ruling Striking Down Okahoma's Ban on Same-Sex Marriages New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation http://kgou.org/post/new-health-report-shows-oklahoma-ranks-44th-nation <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks </span>44th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Unhealthy lifestyles and behaviors such as low physical activity and fruit and vegetable consumption, along with a high prevalence of smoking and obesity, contribute to most of the state's leading causes of death. Significant health disparities among many of the state's population also contribute to Oklahoma's health status.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report says, “Overall, Oklahoma has the fourth highest rate of death from all causes in the nation, 23 percent higher than the national rate. Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that while Oklahoma’s mortality rate dropped five percent over the past 20 years, the U.S. mortality rate dropped 20 percent. So, Oklahoma is not keeping up with the rest of the nation.”</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The <a href="http://www.ok.gov/health/pub/boh/state/index.html" target="_blank">annual study </a>reports on a range of factors and details information by county.</span></p><p> Sun, 15 Jun 2014 16:34:03 +0000 KGOU Staff 31379 at http://kgou.org New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate? http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-prepared-changing-climate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Wednesday, April </span>30,<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/events/" target="_blank">StateImpact</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="https://stateimpact.npr.org/oklahoma/events/" target="_blank"> Oklahoma presents an important conversation</a> on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.</span></p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Karen Holp 27829 at http://kgou.org Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate? Oklahoma Gay Marriage Supporters Praise SCOTUS Ruling http://kgou.org/post/oklahoma-gay-marriage-supporters-praise-scotus-ruling <p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">Supporters of gay marriage in&nbsp;<font color="red">Oklahoma</font>&nbsp;are praising a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:32:04 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 8548 at http://kgou.org Oklahoma Gay Marriage Supporters Praise SCOTUS Ruling Au Revoir, Y'all! Exchange Students' First Time In Oklahoma http://kgou.org/post/au-revoir-yall-exchange-students-first-time-oklahoma <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although the United States is a popular destination for exchange students around the world, not all exchange students choose to study in Oklahoma. Adrian </span>Guarrera<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (University of Nice, France) and Rich Dawson (University of Sheffield, England) about their first time experience in the Sooner State.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Dawson: My first time in Oklahoma was crazy, y’all.</span></p><p></p><p>Guarrera: My first time in Oklahoma was definitely unforgettable.</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 16:40:33 +0000 Cailey Dougherty 5946 at http://kgou.org Au Revoir, Y'all! Exchange Students' First Time In Oklahoma Steinbeck, Oklahoma Can Get Along http://kgou.org/post/steinbeck-oklahoma-can-get-along <p><a href="http://www.steinbeck.org">John Steinbeck</a>&nbsp;does not often rise to the list of universally revered authors among Oklahomans. His book,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.loc.gov/search/?q=grapes+of+wrath"><em>The Grapes of Wrath</em></a>, is widely viewed as presenting a negative view of the state's residents.</p><p>But University of Oklahoma history professor <a href="http://www.ou.edu/cas/history/fac-staff-wrobel.html">David Wrobel</a> says the state's reputation has not been cursed by the book.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 19:52:21 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 4365 at http://kgou.org Steinbeck, Oklahoma Can Get Along Abortion Restriction Bill Passes House http://kgou.org/post/abortion-restriction-bill-passes-house <p>OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A pair of bills that make it more difficult for girls younger than 18 to have an abortion without notifying their parents have easily cleared the Oklahoma House.</p><p>The House on Tuesday approved the bills that would limit the ability of teenage girls to have a judge allow them to get an abortion without parental consent.</p><p>The first bill by Democratic Rep. Rebecca Hamilton of Oklahoma City would require parental notification in all cases, except for medical emergencies or if the girl was a victim of sexual or physical abuse by a parent. It passed 80-12.</p> Tue, 12 Mar 2013 23:20:00 +0000 Kurt Gwartney 1742 at http://kgou.org Abortion Restriction Bill Passes House