Oklahoma

Oklahoma Voters Narrowly Approve Medicaid Expansion that Republican Lawmakers Rejected

STATE AND LOCAL NEWS ROUNDUP | Oregon voters might decide on psychedelic mushrooms … Kansas City mayor says he received a death threat over mask requirements … Florida’s governor says state is not “going back, closing things.”

Covid Pandemic Jeopardizes Vote On Oklahoma Medicaid Expansion

Advocates are concerned that turnout for the summer primary election could be hampered by fears of contracting Covid-19 at voting stations and by Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt’s about-face on the issue.

‘Double Whammy’: Oil Crash Adds to Virus Budget Woes in Some States

Alaska is dealing with some especially tough financial issues. In Louisiana, one lawmaker says: "It's just kind of the perfect storm with the coronavirus and the collapse of oil and gas."

Bruises from Coronavirus Begin to Show on State Budgets

Recent days have seen spending reductions and downbeat revenue forecasts.

In Tornado Alley, Storms Are Even More Dangerous For People With Disabilities

Some advocates say the federal or state government needs to step in and help people with disabilities acquire their own storm shelters.

Remote Workers Moving to Tulsa? Foundation Doubles Down on Recruitment Efforts

The Remote Tulsa program is now offering $10,000 to 250 people to move to the Oklahoma city for a year, citing success in its first year.

Judge Rules all U.S. Cities, Counties Have Stake in Opioid Settlements

U.S. District Judge Daniel Polster’s ruling broadens the scope of participants in the ongoing multi-district litigation brought against prescription drug companies.

In Cherokee Country, Opioid Crisis Seen as Existential Threat

Hundreds of Native children have been removed from their opioid-addicted parents.

Lawmakers Grapple with Improving Election Security While Respecting States’ Rights

Experts say paper ballots are the way to go, but pushed back against efforts to federalize elections.

Tracking State Spending in Real Time with Budget Transparency Websites

Oklahoma and Idaho are the latest states to launch budget transparency websites as a way to give residents access to real-time agency spending data.

Oklahoma Flooding Continues As More Severe Weather Expected

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Hurricane season predicted to be "near normal" ... Disaster bill put on hold by one House member ... Colorado passes insulin price cap.

Nation’s First Opioid Trial Promises Long Odds, High Drama

The public will finally hear the details in suits accusing Big Pharma of false marketing.

Virginia Prepares for the Arrival of Amazon’s HQ2

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Not many people want to run for elected positions in this county … Texas deals with voting maps and databases … Tulsa improves on equality markers.

Oklahoma Tries New Strategy and New Target in Opioid Lawsuit

The state recently agreed on a big settlement with Purdue Pharma and now wants Johnson & Johnson to disclose opioid marketing documents.

Purdue Pharma Settles With Oklahoma in Major Opioid Crisis Lawsuit

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | The states that would benefit most from Dreamer protections … What to wear to survey flood damage ... Importing drugs from Canada for prisoners.

A Health Department Tackles Recidivism

Two community health workers from the Oklahoma City-County Health Department are working to link high-need defendants with community services.

Pay Attention to This Little-Noticed State Opioid Lawsuit

A case brought by the Oklahoma attorney general is expected to be the first against a drug company making prescription opioids to go to trial. A judge has ruled it can be televised.

America’s Teachers Are Launching a Rebellion

From West Virginia to Oklahoma to Los Angeles, educators are ushering in a new era of labor activism.

Could a Supreme Court Decision Entitle 2,000 Oklahoma Inmates to New Trials?

ANALYSIS | Roughly half of the state could be designated as reservation land. No one’s sure what that would mean for Native inmates whose crimes occurred within those boundaries.

Copper Thieves Strike America's Roadways

In just one example, Washington state has spent nearly $250,000 in repair and replacement costs since July 2017.