With Closing of Pauls Valley Hospital, a City’s ‘Peace of Mind’ Is Shaken

After years of financial struggles, the Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center has closed, with officials saying they could not secure enough funds to keep the hospital going. More than 100 hospital employees will lose their jobs and the city of 6,200 will be deprived of a nearby health center offering basic surgeries, wound care and stabilization.

Introducing… the 2018 Oklahoma Voter Guide

This 2018 Voter Guide provides a nonpartisan and objective review of the five state questions on the general-election ballot, lists the candidates and offers basic voting information. It also compares stances on issues among the gubernatorial candidates.

Gathering Place in 360 Video: The Long-Term Benefits of Play

Tulsa’s new riverside park, Gathering Place, isn’t just a fun place to play. The project was meticulously designed to keep kids learning and stimulate brain development in several important ways. Watch a 360-degree video and additional video clips, and read why free play outdoors is beneficial for children.

Ronny Johns, principal of Ada Junior High school, is among a surge of fired-up educators who have stepped into the political ring. Photograph: Brett Deering for the Guardian

Oklahoma Reflects Teacher Revolt That Could Reshape U.S. Politics

The teacher walkout and wave of educators filing to run for political office in Oklahoma this year reflects a national trend. A series by The Guardian, being republished in part by Oklahoma Watch, examines the reasons behind the surge in teacher activism.