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Oklahoma’s uninsured rate has crept lower under the Affordable Care Act, but it remains among the highest in the nation.

Just four states have higher uninsured rates than Oklahoma’s 15.36 percent. That’s down from 2010, but still above the national average of 11.7 percent. WalletHub used Census Bureau data to analyze uninsured rates, and analyst Jill Gonzalez said there’s a marked difference between states that expanded Medicaid and those that did not.


Oklahoma’s largest Veteran’s Day Parade includes a controversy this year. On a warm, windy, springlike day, thousands turn out to watch the annual event. A handful of people hold signs protesting the inclusion of a float sponsored by a Muslim group. One man identifies himself as a voice for God and he says this is a ‘Christian Nation’ and Muslims are our enemies and should not be allowed in the parade.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State finance officials say revenue collections are continuing to plummet, increasing the chances for budget cuts to state agencies before the end of the fiscal year in June.

Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger released figures on Tuesday that show collections to the state's main operating fund trailed the official estimate last month by more than 10 percent.

Collections to the General Revenue Fund in October were $415 million, which is 10.2 percent below the estimate and about 12 percent below October collections from last year.

Tulsa Transit

Four rapid bus transit routes, much nicer bus stops and buses, more evening service — a transit task force says Tulsa can have all that and more for a two-tenths of a penny sales tax.


Cleaning up after Thanksgiving dinner can be a hassle, but make sure you are doing it properly. Some people do not know that improper cooking oil disposal can cause major drainage issues that affect not only sewage but the environment as well.

The City of Tulsa and the Metropolitan Environmental Trust will be hosting an event on Sunday, November 29th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central M.E.T. Recycling Center to help Tulsa citizens dispose of their leftover oils safely.


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Forecasters have issued a red flag warning for parts of Oklahoma, saying that dry, gusty weather will create dangerous wildfire conditions.

The warning is in effect from noon Wednesday until 6 p.m. for much of the state. The National Weather Service in Norman says winds will gust to more than 40 mph in most locations. That, combined with temperatures in the 70s and low humidity levels, raises the risk of wildfires.

The risk area includes the Oklahoma City and Tulsa areas.

Suspect Wanted in 51st Tulsa Murder

Nov 11, 2015
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Tulsa Police are looking for this man. He is Derrick Todd and he is accused of killing his wife last night at their home near 81st and South Sheridan.

Tulsa Police Homicide Detective Dave Walker says Todd texted several people telling them he had shot his wife. When police arrived at the home last night, they found the woman dead. The Tulsa Police Special Operations team was called to the scene, because they first thoughtTodd  may still be inside the house. He was not.

If you know of Todd's whereabouts you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt's chief of staff has been appointed by the governor to fill the unexpired term of the late Labor Commissioner Mark Costello, who was stabbed to death in August. Governor Mary Fallin announced Tuesday she was appointing Melissa McLawhorn Houston to be the state's labor commissioner until January 2019. Houston has been Pruitt's chief of and policy adviser since 2011.


Voters in Broken Arrow and Bixby approved the Vision Sales Tax renewal questions that were on yesterday's ballots. At Sand Springs, voters approve a new franchise agreement with Oklahoma Natural Gas.

A Republican businessman and a Democrat teacher appear poised to meet up in a general election for an Oklahoma Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who pleaded guilty to embezzlement.



ENID, Okla. (AP) — A state agency says Oklahoma is now the most frequent earthquake area in the world and announced a plan to reduce the tremors' risk in the Medford area, which has experienced numerous temblors since the weekend.

The Enid News and Eagle reports an Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman says there have been 15 earthquakes in that area since Saturday, and that the state is unique in its number of earthquakes.