ST. LOUIS (AP) — A health system with hospitals in Missouri, Illinois, Oklahoma and Wisconsin is working with a bank to offer interest-free loans to patients with unpaid medical bills.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that $6.5 million has been lent to about 4,000 patients since SSM Health Care inked a deal with Commerce Bank five months ago. Patients get the loans without undergoing credit checks and Commerce Bank receives a service fee.
The goal is to reduce the health system's bad debt, which grew from $157 million in 2012 to $204.7 million in 2013.
State Attorney General Scott Pruitt is looking into the revocation of Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver, raising the possibility that the state could take legal action.
Pruitt said the federal government may have overstepped its authority. He added he supports strong academic standards, but he believes the U.S. Department of Education cannot dictate what those standards are.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma parks officials say the state's lakes are expecting crowds this holiday weekend, though they likely won't be as intense as those over Memorial Day and Fourth of July weekends.
Travis Miller, chief park ranger at Keystone State Park, says Labor Day crowds are more similar to those on an average weekend in June, with visitors just staying a bit longer.
The Tulsa World reports that because school is in session, families usually get a later start. And Monday will take with it the hunters, as dove season opens.
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The principal chief of the Cherokee Nation says the tribe is not just surviving in northeastern Oklahoma, but thriving.
Principal Chief Bill John Baker presented his State of the Nation address Saturday on the Cherokee National Courthouse lawn. Baker says that 175 years after Cherokees walked the Trail of Tears, the Cherokee Nation is the largest, most advanced tribal government in the United States.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 370 yards and scored on a sparkling 28-yard run, and top ranked Florida State opened defense of its national title with a 37-31 victory Saturday night over Oklahoma State on the same field where this year's champion will be crowned.
Winston wasn't nearly as efficient as he was in the college debut that jump-started his Heisman Trophy season a year ago, but made plays when he had to as the Seminoles (1-0) tied a school record with their 17th straight victory.
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The governor's office says a report examining Oklahoma's execution protocols after the botched lethal injection of an inmate four months ago could be issued next week.
Alex Weintz, a spokesman for Governor Mary Fallin, said Friday the report will examine what went right and wrong during the April 29th execution of Clayton Lockett, who took about 43 minutes to die after Lockett's lethal injection began.