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Quote of the Day 7/15/2014

“They start with the mentality of seeing employees as assets to be maximized.”
- Zaynep Ton of MIT’s Sloan School of Management, on retailers such as QuikTrip, Trader Joe’s and Costco Wholesale that are paying workers living wages. Such retailers consistently report better operational efficiency, better customer service, and better sales than their low-wage competitors (Source: http://bit.ly/1zDQV1z)

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2,700,990 tons

Total tonnage processed by the Port of Catoosa in 2013.
Source: The Journal Record
 
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In The Know: Oklahoma may reverse course on oil train shipment disclosures

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Gov. Fallin blames Obama for Oklahoma’s Medicaid cuts. The real reason is closer to home.

President Barack Obama greets Governor Mary Fallin at Tinker Air Force Base.
Earlier this year, we warned that Oklahoma risked deep cuts to our state’s health care safety net if we didn’t increase state funding for Medicaid and mental health services. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority, which administers Medicaid, needed $90 million and the Department of the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services needed $20.9 million in new funding just to maintain existing services.

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Quote of the Day 7/14/20114

“It used to be if you posted a middle school teaching job with a coaching position attached to it or an elementary school job, you would get 40 applicants for the job. Now, we are getting four, maybe five. And some of those haven’t even passed their certification test yet. It has become a game of making sure you are staffed and dealing with it early because the later it gets the harder it gets to fill those spots.”

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In The Know: Department of Corrections proposes reducing number of officers on security posts

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57 minutes

Average time patients with broken bones had to wait before receiving pain medication in Oklahoma emergency rooms.
Source: proPublica
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The Weekly Wonk July 13, 2014

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Quote of the Day 7/11/2014

“They may have experienced abuse and other threats to their safety. They may have been trafficked or smuggled in. To allow images of their faces would compromise their safety and privacy.”
- Jesus Garcia, special assistant to the deputy assistant secretary for external affairs at the US Dept. of Health and Human Services, explaining why reporters touring Fort Sill are forbidden from videoing, photographing, or interacting with the children (Source: http://bit.ly/1ooJeUl)

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In The Know: Another 5,000 unaccompanied immigrant children may be placed at U.S. military bases

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