Cooking dreams

The Education and Employment Ministry, TEEM, offers inmates the chance to gain cooking skills.
Deborah Palmer and Joby Johnson were two of 10 incarcerated Oklahomans who found hope and healing in the kitchen this fall.

Declining health

Researchers find a link between expanding Medicaid for low-income adults and insuring children.
A damning statistic has been making headlines across the nation since its release in November.

Labor pains

Criminal justice reform in Oklahoma sheds light on what life is like for female inmates.
Twenty-six-year-old Kayla Jo Jeffries remembers the night she gave birth to her now 2-year-old daughter, Emersyn, the way most women do — as if it were yesterday.

Opportunity overlooked

Education advocates hope to raise awareness of career technology programs.
During his three decades as an educator, Mid-America Technology Center administration superintendent Dusty Ricks said he has seen no educational opportunity in the state that is quite as valuable yet underrated as a local career technology center.

Glory road

A look back at Oklahoma’s leading female corporate executive sheds light on the state’s road to feminism.
A story or two has been told of an Oklahoma girl who grew up and made her small town proud.

Taking time

Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform plans on moving forward with commutation and possible expungement efforts.
She has been called the face of a movement.

Painful consequences

A new law created by Senate Bill 1446 aims to reduce opioid dependency but might have unintended negative effects on sufferers of chronic pain.
In October, chronic pain sufferer Dan Freeman (not his real name) received a letter from his pain management doctor stating that a severance of treatment was necessary due to a new law on the horizon.

Oklahoma divided

Results from Oklahoma’s Nov. 6 elections reflect a divide between urban and rural counties.
Results from Oklahoma’s Nov. 6 elections caused emotions to stir across a state that ushered in new governor Kevin Stitt and turned representation in Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district over to a Democrat for the first time in 43 years.

Smooth voting

While other areas of the country faced long lines and technical errors, Oklahoma and Cleveland counties saw few Election Day problems.
Election officials are pleased with yesterday’s smooth operations at polling sites.

Giving tree

A new program transforms an old shelter into a one-stop-shop for parents working toward family reunification.
Nicole Lopez is no longer the perfect wife of her soon-to-be ex-husband.

Essential testing

Work is being done to force Oklahoma to test more than 7,000 untested rape kits.
Sexual assault advocates say the revelation that thousands of rape kits have been left untested in Oklahoma is serving as a catalyst for reform within a state that is finally joining a national movement towards justice for victims.

Sonic sale

With the sale of Sonic Corp. to Inspire Brands, Oklahomans hold tight to their memories and the beloved ice.
On Sept. 25, Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. officials announced the sale of their company and its more than 3,600  Sonic Drive-In locations to Inspire Brands Inc., owners of Arby’s and Buffalo Wild Wings, for $2.3 billion.

Homesick

Eight-year-old Elijah Muhammed’s letter, written while in DHS custody, sheds light on visitation policies.
Oklahoma parents found it hard to ignore a letter 8-year-old Elijah Muhammed left for his grandmother before he ran away in July.

Corporate intimidation

Oklahoma Corporation Commission employees claim Bob Anthony used intimidation to maintain his position.
There’s a common adage that where there’s smoke there’s fire.

Riding home

Arnall Family Foundation commits to donating $1 million to help parents visit their children in foster care.
It’s hard for Sheena Grayson to recount the night her children were taken away from her.

Up to speed

In 2018, many Oklahomans still have limited internet access or cellphone connections.
In the quarter century since the internet first became available for most Americans and the two decades since average citizens started carrying cellphones, most users have learned to take the good with the bad.

Saving smoke

Two proposed state questions could offer the protection supporters of medical marijuana are looking for.
Regulatory actions following the June 26 approval of State Question 788, the Medical Marijuana Legalization Initiative, appear to be shrouded in a cloud of special interests and bureaucratic deliberation.

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