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1,712

Number of utility-scale wind turbines in Oklahoma as of 2013.
Source: American Wind Energy Association
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Insure Oklahoma extended – but we could do so much more

A rare bright spot in health care-related news came early last week with the announcement that Insure Oklahoma, a public-private partnership providing health insurance for some 18,500 low-income Oklahomans and their families, has been given permission by the federal government to continue operating for another year. 

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Quote of the Day 7/9/2014

“These are lifesaving services that hospitals and EMS providers provide to people without respect to their ability to pay or their insurance status. It’s a critical system for us to support.”
-Julie Cox-Kain, a deputy commissioner with the Oklahoma Health Department, speaking about the Legislature’s move to take $5 million from the state trauma care assistance revolving fund to balance this year’s budget (Source: http://bit.ly/1qj6SUP)

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31.4%

Percentage of Oklahomans living in areas with concentrated poverty in 2010.
Source: US Census, American Community Survey
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In The Know: Full Supreme Court to hear Common Core challenge

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition: Building self-sufficiency and prosperity (Guest Post: Christy Finsel)

Christy Finsel is an enrolled tribal member of the Osage Nation and the Coordinator of the Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition.  She has been engaged in asset building research and program design and implementation since 2003. 

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In The Know: Federal highway funds to Oklahoma to be reduced beginning August 1st

In The Know is a daily synopsis of Oklahoma policy-related news and blogs. Inclusion of a story does not necessarily mean endorsement by the Oklahoma Policy Institute.

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Quote of the Day 7/8/2014

“It is not just about being fiscally responsible, but also about redeeming lives through faith-based programs, keeping families together and turning more ex-offenders into productive, taxpaying citizens. Moreover, for nonviolent offenders, watching television and receiving ‘three hots and a cot’ in prison does far less to advance personal responsibility than paying restitution to the victim, performing community service, holding a job and paying child support.”

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97,617

Number of Oklahoma K-12 students that qualified for special education programs during the 2011-12 school year.
Source: Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program.
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Invalidated appropriation leads to $6.7 million budget cut

Attorney General Scott Pruitt
The state’s new fiscal year began on July 1st with most state agencies funded slightly worse than they had originally expected.

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