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Telemedicine boosts Oklahoma's rural health care delivery

When Di Smalley, regional president of Mercy in Oklahoma, says rural America needs access to health care, it's a fact she knows...

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Shortage of doctors can have deadly consequences

Access to a primary care doctor is inadequate for a majority of Oklahomans. The Oklahoma State University Center for Health...

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Oklahoma's drug court program not only saves tax dollars but saves lives

Without Oklahoma’s drug court program, Cameron Rian Shores says he would be dead. “I can wake up and my life is not in chaos....

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State's oldest inmates: 'We’re too old to continue committing crimes'

When Donald Vaughan went to prison for murder, he was 19 years old. Dwight D. Eisenhower was president, Marilyn Monroe was a...

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Substance abuse, mental illness contribute to Oklahoma's foster care challenges

Oklahoma has been plagued for years by high rates of abuse and neglect of children — statistics driven in large measure by the...

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Oklahoma camp offers help for childhood trauma victims

Camp Hope offers help for childhood trauma victims

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OKC volunteers, clinics support moms to save babies

Oklahoma City doesn’t have a shortage of people who care about vulnerable babies, and resources exist for at-risk moms, but...

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To save Oklahoma babies, start before they're conceived

Women who have decided to get pregnant can take steps to improve their own health, reducing their babies’ risk of being born...

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Special ceremony recognizes English language learners

Phipps said many of the graduating seniors have overcome challenges and hardships and still managed to graduate with great...

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State of Employment: Oklahoma needs greater variety of jobs and job skills, experts say

State of Employment: Oklahoma needs greater variety of jobs and job skills, experts say

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More engineers needed to fill critical jobs

The advanced engineering program at Meridian Technology Center is preparing high school students for the rigorous coursework...

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Oklahoma schools plagued by low funding as student needs increase

Oklahoma schools have struggled through a decade of per-student funding decreases, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer...

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Oklahoma's suicide rate ranks among the worst in the nation

Oklahoma has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the country. Mental health professionals and others discuss prevention efforts...

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Oklahoma struggles to reduce domestic violence deaths

From 2012 through 2016, the number of victims killed in domestic homicides in Oklahoma has increased slightly each year, from...

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Without funding, prison bills will go unpaid, director warns

State corrections board approves resolution to request nearly $9 million from Legislature to get through next three months.

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Would your business hire a former prisoner?

Oklahoma women with jail and prison time look for employment to get back on track

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882 people sent to prison for drug possession in last half of 2017

A voter-approved ballot measure reducing drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor has so far done little to stem the flow...

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About 400 prison inmates a month in Oklahoma waive parole hearings, records show.

About 400 criminals a month skip going before the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board, its records show.

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While Oklahoma has always prized individual liberty, it has proven very adept at locking people up.

Oklahoma sends more people to prison and keeps them there longer, which is why criminal justice reform advocates are pushing...

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Writer's Room Podcast: The State of Oklahoma

The Oklahoman launched a new project called "STATE of Oklahoma," which explores our state's poor national rankings and the many...

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What Oklahoma's gubernatorial candidates are saying about state's poor rankings

Oklahoma gubernatorial candidates react to series on state's poor rankings

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Oklahomans responded with a mix of embarrassment, exasperation and determination following the launch of a series this week in The Oklahoman exploring the...

Oklahomans responded with a mix of embarrassment, exasperation and determination following the launch of a series this week in...

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From the editor: State of Oklahoma

We don't stack up well in Oklahoma. We find ourselves too many times at the bottom of the list. I enjoy a good laugh, but I...