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Today you should know that unemployment reached its lowest level in three years and the U.S. economy added 200,000 jobs. Boeing Co. plans to move about 1,000 new jobs to Oklahoma City by 2013. A new report ranks Oklahoma 25th in public money spent on tuition for community college dropouts. Today’s Policy Note explains why producing more college graduates requires a commitment to promoting savings, especially among children from lower income families.
A top scientist at the Centers for Disease Control says much more research is needed on the possible impacts of shale gas drilling, or ‘fracking,’ on human health. A Tulsa World editorial questions the wisdom of the state’s decision to shift the cost of healthcare for some babies away from the private insurance market and onto taxpayers. OK Policy previously covered the newborn exclusion rule here. A youth guidance specialist at the Central Oklahoma Juvenile Detention Center is charged with two counts of second-degree rape for the sexual assault of a teenage inmate.
The settlement of a federal class-action lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services is being challenged by a lawsuit questioning its constitutionality. The six states along the Keystone XL Pipeline route face unequal risk and benefits for their residents. The OK Policy Blog hosts Juan Pedroza from The Urban Institute on the impact of anti-immigrant legislation in the states. Today’s Number of the Day is the average number of kids per month in Oklahoma who had unemployed parents in 2011.