Stitt’s Mortgage Firm Failed to Tell Regulators of Past Problems

Republican gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt’s mortgage company did not tell Wisconsin officials about its past run-ins with other states’ regulators when it applied for a mortgage banking license a decade ago, according to documents obtained by Oklahoma Watch. Stitt says it was a clerical error.

Child Care Becoming Scarcer as Costs, Closures Take Toll

Since 2012, the number of child care facilities has dropped by nearly one-quarter, putting parents in a pinch as they try to find places to take their kids. Industry representatives blame excessive regulation and subsidy income limits that exclude many parents who still struggle with the expense.

Dueling Doctors: The Benefits, Risks of Treating Patients with Marijuana

Medical associations have been cautious or opposed when it comes to legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes. But what do individual doctors think? Oklahoma Watch talked to a physician in Oklahoma City and another in Florida, where a form of medical marijuana is legal, to get their perspectives. Oklahoma voters weigh in June 26.

Teacher Shortage Forces Schools to Rely on Aides, Assistants

The statewide teacher shortage is forcing many districts to rely heavily on teaching aides and assistants. The classroom helpers handle many tasks that teachers used to do but are less able to now because of larger classes and more special-education students. But should some of that cost go toward hiring new teachers?