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Oklahoma DHS director warns of potential 'unthinkable' cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's Department of Human Services would be forced to close 11 county offices and slash funding to a dozen programs that support poor, disabled and elderly Oklahomans under a 14 percent budget reduction being discussed by the Legislature.

DHS Director Ed Lake sent a letter to agency employees on Wednesday warning of cuts he described as ranging from "the terrible to the unthinkable."

Amid a state budget shortfall of about $878 million, legislative leaders have agencies outlining how they would handle cuts of up to 14 percent.

Lake says such a cut would amount to a $147.5 million reduction from its current operating budget.

Lake says the agency also would no longer be able to protect its child welfare services division from budget reductions.

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