oklahoma

Slow Improvements But Okahoma Still Lags Behind
11:34 am
Sun June 15, 2014

New Health Report Shows Oklahoma Ranks 44th In The Nation

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The 2014 State of the State's Health Report released by the Oklahoma State Board of Health shows Oklahoma ranks 44th in overall health status of its residents compared to other states in the nation.

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.

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.”

The annual study reports on a range of factors and details information by county.

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Manager's Desk
5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Is Oklahoma Prepared For A Changing Climate?

Credit Logan Layden / StateImpact Oklahoma

On Wednesday, April 30, StateImpact Oklahoma presents an important conversation on how the changing climate will affect Oklahoma.

Guests will include Clay Pope, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Association of Conservation Districts, and David Engle, the Executive Director of Oklahoma State University's Water Resources Center.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Oklahoma Gay Marriage Supporters Praise SCOTUS Ruling

Supporters gather for Oklahoma City's annual Pride festival - June 27, 2009
Credit Jessica Lothrop / Flickr Creative Commons

Supporters of gay marriage in Oklahoma 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.

But opponents of same-sex marriages also found a silver lining in Wednesday's ruling, saying Oklahoma's constitutional ban on gay marriage remains intact.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement Wednesday saying that like "the vast majority of Oklahomans," she supports traditional marriage.

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Assignment: Radio
11:40 am
Wed May 15, 2013

Au Revoir, Y'all! Exchange Students' First Time In Oklahoma

Adrian Guarrera (French) and Rich Dawson (British) visiting the University of Oklahoma.
Credit Cailey Dougherty

Although the United States is a popular destination for exchange students around the world, not all exchange students choose to study in Oklahoma. Adrian Guarrera (University of Nice, France) and Rich Dawson (University of Sheffield, England) about their first time experience in the Sooner State.

Dawson: My first time in Oklahoma was crazy, y’all.

Guarrera: My first time in Oklahoma was definitely unforgettable.

Dawson: We’ve been here since August of last year on an exchange year and we’re going to be leaving in like 3 weeks.

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Teach-In
2:52 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Steinbeck, Oklahoma Can Get Along

David Wrobel
Credit University of Oklahoma

John Steinbeck does not often rise to the list of universally revered authors among Oklahomans. His book, The Grapes of Wrath, is widely viewed as presenting a negative view of the state's residents.

But University of Oklahoma history professor David Wrobel says the state's reputation has not been cursed by the book.

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State Capitol
6:20 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Abortion Restriction Bill Passes House

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.

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.

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.

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12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Residents Pay Widely Ranging Rates for Water

Lead in text: 
You turn the tap and out comes water, but what does it cost? It's a common resource that is priced in ways that may be surprising.
Municipal Water Rates - 2012 There are more than 750 local water authorities in Oklahoma. There isn't a comprehensive database of water costs, but data from the Oklahoma Municipal League offers a snapshot of the rates residential and business customers pay each month.