StateImpact Oklahoma


The surprising design of a new Tulsa park, where children learn by escaping adults and facing obstacles

On the surface, Tulsa’s spectacular new park looks just like a fancy playground. But it was actually intentionally designed to help kids learn important life skills through play.

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The cost of prosecution: DA says defendants pay too much of Oklahoma’s criminal justice tab

Funding for district attorneys’ offices is hard to come by. For years, the state has paid less than half the bill, leaving DAs to collect the rest from other sources like the federal government and criminal defendants.

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Dental care often ignored in nursing homes

“What I’m seeing on paper and what I’m seeing in the mouths, it’s two different things.”

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‘Educator caucus’ falls short of election goals, but vows to keep pushing for more school funding

Election Day was the end of an intense, seven-month political fight for Oklahoma teachers, but the “teacher caucus” did not fare as well as some had hoped.

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Agency expands screening program to steer defendants away from prison time

State officials are taking a program meant to help courts match felony defendants with treatment and rehabilitation services statewide.

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Landowners wonder if prairie chicken conservation can keep up in competitive grasslands

The federal government is once again considering whether to use the Endangered Species Act to protect the Lesser Prairie Chicken, a finicky bird struggling to thrive in increasingly fragile western grasslands.

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Educators wary of political hopefuls promising school funding without tax increases

Educators have proven to be a powerful force throughout the primaries and a rising political outsider who opposes a key issue among many teachers is having trouble getting their support.

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District attorney defeat could bring drug court to one of the only counties without one

A judge’s promise to bring a drug court to Pawnee County eventually led to a legal dispute with a district attorney who said the county couldn’t support drug court. The DA’s primary election loss may pave the way for a new attempt to bring the county a drug court.

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Educators see few benefits in ballot measure giving schools more financial flexibility

This November, Oklahomans will be asked to vote on State Question 801. This measure gives schools more flexibility in how they can spend their money, but many school leaders say that flexibility won’t improve their financial situation.

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