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State lawmakers advance funding measures

Oklahoma flags fly at half mast in April 2017 outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman)
Oklahoma flags fly at half mast in April 2017 outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. (Photo by Paul Hellstern, The Oklahoman)

Members of the Oklahoma House advanced several funding measures Monday for Oklahoma's three major health care agencies.

However, the money won't be enough to fill the $215 million funding gap that prompted a special session, The Oklahoman's Dale Denwalt reported.

The bills will now move on to the Senate, where they could be heard as early as Wednesday. 

Lawmakers used more than $100 million from cash left over from last year's budget and from the rainy day fund, sending it to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, Department of Human Services and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority.

After the House voted, the Senate advanced its own measure to transfer $23.3 million to Mental Health. It's on a quicker track and can be considered Tuesday by the House.

Terry cline out as health commissioner

In this 2015 file photo, Terry Cline addresses guests during an Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan 2020 launch at Noble High School. (Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman)
In this 2015 file photo, Terry Cline addresses guests during an Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan 2020 launch at Noble High School. (Photo By Steve Gooch, The Oklahoman)

Terry Cline has resigned as the state's health commissioner.

The State Board of Health held an emergency meeting Monday night to discuss Cline's employment status in the wake of a budget crisis at the State Department of Health. Cline had served as Oklahoma's Commissioner of Health since June. 

According to a statement released to the media by the state Health Department, Cline's resignation came "on the heels of information received by the Board that OSDH is faced with an immediate financial loss predicated upon multiple years of over-expenditures and fiscal mismanagement." 

State Finance Secretary Preston Doerflinger will serve as as interim health commissioner.

Julie Cox-Cain, state Health Department senior deputy commissioner also has resigned.

The Oklahoman's Brianna Bailey reported: 

Cline's resignation comes one month after the Oklahoma State Department of Health requested an independent audit of its finances.

Last week, the agency also said it planned to layoff about 250 employees as it deals with an ongoing budget crisis.

An operating budget shortfall will force more than 1,000 Oklahoma State Department of Health employees to take furlough days beginning this week.


pROSECUTORS CHARGE Former trump aides in Russia probe

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort leaves his home in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort leaves his home in Alexandria, Va., on Monday.(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)


The special counsel investigating possible coordination between the Kremlin and Donald Trump's presidential campaign on Monday announced charges against three people with ties to the president's campaign. 

The Associated Pressreported:

Paul Manafort, who steered Trump's campaign for much of last year, and business associate Rick Gates ended the day under house arrest on charges that they funneled payments through foreign companies and bank accounts as part of their private political work in Ukraine.

George Papadopoulos, also a former campaign adviser, faced further questioning and then sentencing in the first — and so far only — criminal case that links the Trump election effort to the Kremlin.

President Trump reacted Monday on Twitter:



Sanford Coats, former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma, visited The Oklahoman's video studio to discuss the investigation.

happy halloween!

Eliza Taylor, 7 months, dressed in one of her 31 Halloween costumes. (Photo provided)
Eliza Taylor, 7 months, dressed in one of her 31 Halloween costumes. (Photo provided)

Looking for last-minute Halloween costume inspiration (or just a daily dose of cuteness)?

Check out these adorable costumes one Oklahoma City mother made for her 7-month-old daughter, Eliza. 

Caitlin Redding Taylor, a first-time mom, decided to make a costume for every day of October. Her costume creations have ranged from Dorothy from "The Wizard of Oz" to a lumberjack to a lion. 

Want to see more adorableness? Here's a photo gallery from Haunt the Zoo, an annual trick-or-treating event at the Oklahoma City Zoo. 

Do you prefer your Halloweens to be spooky and frightful? Be sure to read Ken Raymond's 'Purely Subjective' column about how Halloween "has been defanged."

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