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Percentage decline in Oklahoma’s teen birth rate from 2012 to 2013
Source: Oklahoma State Department of Health via the Tulsa World.
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In The Know: State Attorney General dismisses death-row inmates’ concerns

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Beware the influence of ALEC in Oklahoma (Guest Post: J.C. Moore)

J.C. Moore is a retired science teacher, a member of the the American Geophysical Union, and co-founder of OKcitizensfirst.org.

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Quote of the Day 7/17/2014

“We can no longer sit at the banks of the courthouse steps waiting for prosperity and normalcy to come to us. Though we are separate in our respective branches of government, all of us are tied together by the shared thread of public service and united by a common vision, and that is the administration of justice.”
- Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Tom Colbert, in a speech warning Oklahoma judges that several proposed bills in the Legislature could have had a “lethal and devastating” effect on Oklahoma’s judiciary (Source: http://bit.ly/1jA1qhI)

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Number of Oklahoma high schools with a dropout rate above 40 percent for the Class of 2012.
Source: Oklahoma Educational Indicators Program
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In The Know: Fallin’s office says Barresi not being considered for secretary of education

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Did term limits really change how long Oklahoma legislators serve?

Gene Stipe, who served 53 years in the Oklahoma Legislature (1948-54, 1956-2003)
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Quote of the Day 7/16/2014

“It’s tragic that you can move 21 million pounds of food out into these communities and it’s still not enough.”
- Eileen Bradshaw, executive director of the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. She said the food bank distributed a record amount of food but is still not meeting the full need (Source: http://bit.ly/1oXNptm).
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Number of journalists reporting  full-time from the Oklahoma statehouse. Oklahoma ranks 15th nationwide.
Source: Pew Research Journalism Project
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In The Know: State Supreme Court upholds Common Core repeal

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