Agency looking for new way to pay for victims’ sexual assault exams amid concerns of unsteady funding

"I’ve always been concerned, mainly in the last couple of years, if the Victims Compensation Fund goes dry, without state funds, how are we going to pay for rape exams?"
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Oklahoma City says it will take action if federal investigation finds recovery program broke any laws

Attorneys for the city met this week to discuss the Firstep men’s and women’s recovery program in response to a joint investigation by The Frontier and StateImpact Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma struggles to keep workloads manageable for child welfare workers

In Tulsa County, Just 34 percent of child welfare workers met caseload standards midway through 2018, according to the report.
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Water board pulls rules to set safe limits on chemicals found in water, fish

Of the 38 chemicals that were proposed to be added to the list, 18 are known carcinogens and each of the chemicals are either currently being discharged into Oklahoma waters or are used or manufactured by industries in Oklahoma.
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Family seeks answers after son’s death in Grady County jail

Grady County jail officials refuse to release hours of video that would show the circumstances leading up to man's death.
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Defending proposed bill, senator says program for low-income pregnant women shouldn’t benefit undocumented immigrants

In a press release sent out to reporters on Thursday evening, Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, said he filed the bill because he hoped to "stop state funds from providing healthcare to pregnant illegal immigrants."
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Working for sobriety: Recovery program took some clients’ disability pay

Oklahoma City government uses an unlicensed work recovery program as a source of cheap labor. Some former clients say the program was more focused on keeping their wages instead of helping them with sobriety.
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Proposed bill would eliminate Medicaid program for low-income pregnant women

The Soon-to-Be-Sooners program provided pregnancy and maternity services to about 9,800 women in fiscal year 2018, according to data provided by the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.
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‘It’s our No. 1 killer’: Deaths linked to meth have surged in Oklahoma

Methamphetamine had a part in 330 overdose deaths in Oklahoma in 2017 — up 136 percent from 2012.
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Proposed law would criminalize abortion, allowing for life sentences for women who undergo the procedure

The bill, proposed by Sen. Joseph Silk, R-Broken Bow, would require the state AG to ensure all abortions resulted in criminal charges. Abortions rose in Oklahoma in 2017 after several years of being in decline.
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