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Friday, May 31

The number of people on death row in Oklahoma who have been exonerated and were ultimately released because of evidence of their innocence

Source: Death Penalty Information Center

Thursday, May 30

Number of Oklahomans enrolled in a government-sponsored health plan, including Medicaid, Medicare, and Tricare.

Source:  Oklahoma Policy Institute

Wednesday, May 29

Oklahoma’s rank among the states for median speed of residential internet access, 2,941 kilobits per second 

Source: Communications Workers of America, 2010

Tuesday, May 28

The number of private business start-ups in Oklahoma since 1998 emerging from federally funded bioscience research at the University of Oklahoma.

Source: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Friday, May 24

The number of children in Oklahoma living in extreme poverty in 2011; only about 16% receive “welfare” through the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

Source:  Children’s Defense Fund 

Thursday, May 23

Percentage drop in state appropriations for the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management since FY 2009, a more than $500,000 cut.

Source: Oklahoma Policy Institute

Wednesday, May 22

Average age of the principal operator of an Oklahoma farm, exactly the same as the national average in 2011

Source: National Agricultural Statistics Service 

Monday, May 20

Percentage drop in the number of natural gas rigs drilling in Oklahoma over the past year (declining from 62 to 29 rigs since last April).

Source: Oklahoma Employment Security Commission

Friday, May 17

Average annual wage in Oklahoma, 42nd lowest in the U.S. in 2012

Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics

Thursday, May 16

Number of Oklahomans, 1/3rd of whom have incomes below poverty, who will lose their state-sponsored health coverage if Okla. does not comply with the Affordable Care Act

Source:  OK Policy