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Kids Count 2012 Report
The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2012 KIDS COUNT Data Book shows while academic achievement and health are improving in Oklahoma, children's economic well-being continued to decline.
In a listing across all states the data book puts Oklahoma 40th in the nation.
The data shows Oklahoma children are doing better in school, with the exception of graduating on time, and 23% of children now have health insurance. However the teen birth rate is up 11 percent and 1 in 4 Oklahoma children live in poverty.
The book looks at statistics in a variety of areas that indicate the economic, health, family and community and educational well-being of children. The time period viewed in this year's report spans roughly 2005 to 2011, although comparisons for the percentage of children living in high-poverty areas look back as far as 2000. Individual states are ranked in comparison to one another.
"The most alarming part of this report is the number of children who live in poverty and grow up in high poverty areas," said Amber England from the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy.
England says this new data should be a call to action by Oklahoma elected officials, "There are families who are struggling in Oklahoma and we have to look for policies that will lift those families into the middle class."
England adds that these children are the next generation of workers and will soon be part of our growing economy, "If we look at these issues as economically development issues as an investment in our future then I think we are better serving the kids of today and Oklahoma for future generations."
Posted: Wednesday, July 25 2012, 11:32 PM CDT
IN OKLAHOMA NEWS
Okla. grand jury returns new charges on ex-judge
May 23, 2013 23:32 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury has returned new indictments against a former Lincoln County judge who already faces embezzlement and cattle theft charges.
The grand jury handed up the indictments Thursday against 47-year-old Craig S. Key of Chandler.
Key turned himself in last month to Lincoln County authorities who set bond at $10,000.
One indictment accuses Key of harboring a fugitive by allegedly encouraging a client facing criminal charges in Lincoln and Jefferson counties to flee the state to avoid prosecution.
Another charges Key with five counts of delivery of a forged note and accuses him of forging the name of a woman whose signature was required on escrow account checks that Key was also required to sign.
Key's attorney, Cheryl Ramsey of Stillwater, says the additional indictments are no surprise.
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