Oklahoma Department of Human Services

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

After her divorce, Lori Taylor wanted a home all her own. She moved back to Oklahoma to be near her aging parents, but she had a problem. For years her personal caregiver had been her now ex-husband.

“I have cerebral palsy and that’s brain damage that I incurred at birth, and it affects my motor skills. I’m confined to an electric wheelchair. I can stand but I can’t walk, I have very limited use of my arms,” Taylor says, sitting in the living room of her Norman apartment.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel and Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill about the Office of Management and Enterprise Services announcing it had taken $240M from the state's Rainy Day Fund to pay for operating expenses and the House heats up with a bill to provide a $34M supplemental appropriation to the Department of Human Services.

The Department of Human Services is recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October.

Spokesperson Mark Beutler says, according to the Violence Policy Center, 97% of women killed in the Sooner State knew the attacker.

"Here in Oklahoma, we rank 4th in the nation in the number of women killed by men, so this is a very serious problem, a very serious isue, and this is just our way of recognizing that this is something that really needs to be addressed."

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about the attacks in Belgium, new education standards under consideration by lawmakers and $25M in cuts announced by the Department of Human Services.

The trio also discusses nearly $80M supplemental appropriations going to education and corrections, Oklahoma City and the Chickasaw Nation taking over the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum and former Senator Tom Coburn says he is NOT running for President this year.

Headlines for Monday, February 2, 2015:

  • The 2015 legislature kicks off today (Journal Record)

  • The Department of Human Services is closing emergency shelters for abused and neglected children. (Tulsa World)

  • Classes are resuming today at Midwest City Elementary. (News9)