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StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU.

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StateImpact Oklahoma reports on education, health, environment, and the intersection of government and everyday Oklahomans. StateImpact Oklahoma is a collaboration of KGOU, KOSU, KWGS and KCCU.

    Lawton officials attempt to mitigate East Cache Creek issues amid growing concerns

    Lawton officials attempt to mitigate East Cache Creek issues amid growing concerns

    After a TikTok video went viral about water pollution in East Cache Creek, City of Lawton officials have explained their plan to restore water levels.Mentioned in this episode:
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    StateImpact Oklahoma wraps up the 2024 legislative session

    StateImpact Oklahoma wraps up the 2024 legislative session

    StateImpact education reporter Beth Wallis and health reporter Jillian Taylor talk with managing editor Logan Layden about some of this year's legislative highlights.Mentioned in this episode:
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    Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid brings new benefits, challenges

    Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid brings new benefits, challenges

    More than 600,000 Oklahomans on Medicaid are now seeing their care coordinated by private insurance companies. Proponents say the change incentivizes preventative care, and its rollout has been going well. But, it has caused problems for some Oklahomans on Medicaid and smaller providers.
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    Edmond ‘bike bus’ puts a healthy spin on kids’ school commute

    Edmond ‘bike bus’ puts a healthy spin on kids’ school commute

    Keeping kids active and healthy can be an uphill battle, especially in the age of smartphones, video games and other distractions. A new volunteer initiative in Edmond is getting kids’ hearts pumping — and their wheels turning.
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    Oklahoma schools need bus drivers and are straining to fill the gaps

    Oklahoma schools need bus drivers and are straining to fill the gaps

    Statewide, Oklahoma public schools are experiencing a shortage of bus drivers — and they’re struggling to adapt.
    StateImpact analyzed every public school district in Oklahoma and found that of the 400-plus schools with hiring listings accessible on their websites or that answered a superintendent survey, over 40% showed open driver positions. About a quarter of the 80 surveyed superintendents said they or other school administrators drive a bus. 
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    How Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid happened and what’s next

    How Oklahoma’s transition to managed Medicaid happened and what’s next

    Most of Oklahoma’s Medicaid population is transitioning to managed care. This means that instead of the Oklahoma Health Care Authority paying providers directly, it’s paying private companies to coordinate some enrollees’ care. Proponents say the new system incentivizes better preventative care, which could cost the state less in the long run.
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