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Oklahoma's Health Ranks 43rd; Smoking, Obesity Key
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A state-by-state ranking of America's health puts Oklahoma 43rd in the nation in the wellness of its citizens.
Dr. Terry Cline says that's good news for a state that was ranked 49th when he took over as state health commissioner in 2009.
The bad news, Cline says, is that Oklahoma is still in the bottom 10 in health rankings nationwide, pulled down by high rates of smoking, obesity and sedentary lifestyles that result in thousands of premature deaths every year.
Cline is spearheading the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan, a blueprint for improving health that encourages Oklahomans to eat better, move more and become tobacco free.
Cline says he is alarmed that the state remains in the bottom 10 in the nation's health rankings and wants to move it higher.
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Posted: Saturday, January 5 2013, 05:18 PM CST
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Okla. Legislature OKs tax breaks for storm victims
May 24, 2013 15:54 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Senate has approved a bill to provide various tax breaks to property and vehicle owners who suffered losses in Monday's tornado that tore through Moore and left 24 people dead.
The bill approved unanimously in the Senate on Friday also provides sales tax breaks for businesses that donate inventory to help storm victims and property tax credits for property that increases in value after it's rebuilt.
The bill applies to victims of tornados that occur in 2013 and for which a Presidential Major Disaster Declaration was issued. The measure still must be approved by the House before the Legislature adjourns.
The measure was sponsored by Moore Republican Sen. Anthony Sykes, who represents most of the communities hit hardest by Monday's storms.
Senate Bill 330: http://bit.ly/16TdnXX
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