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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Public Service Co. of Oklahoma seeks to lower customers' bills, thanks to lower natural gas costs

TULSA − Public Service Co. of Oklahoma has been paying less than planned for natural gas used to help generate electricity. The...

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Iran's Khamenei: Mass Ramadan events may stop over virus

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran’s supreme leader suggested Thursday that mass gatherings may be barred through the...

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Unemployment spikes again; last Utah national park closes

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — More than 33,000 new Utah residents filed for unemployment last week in yet another increase that...

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Grains mostly higher, livestock mixed.

Wheat for May rose 8.25 cents at 5.4825 a bushel; May. corn up 1.75 cents at 3.3175 a bushel, May oats was off 1.25 cents at...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Rig counts decline, truckers offered online tips

Rig counts decline Operators slashed the number of drilling rigs they are using this week to search for oil and natural gas by...

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The Latest: UK's Boris Johnson out of intensive care

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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UK's Johnson out of intensive care as his condition improves

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved out of intensive care Thursday at the London hospital where he is...

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A new $2.3 trillion Fed plan to aid localities and companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve unleashed a new series of moves Thursday to try to make loans available to states,...

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Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades

The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Emergency orders' effects yet to show up in Oklahoma City sales, use tax revenue

For the fiscal year, Oklahoma City's general fund sales and use tax revenue is slightly ahead of projections, with two months...

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Senators block new virus aid, Pelosi decries 'stunt'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators torpedoed quick passage of a new coronavirus aid package Thursday, with Democrats rejecting a Trump...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Unemployment claims climb again, federal and state data show

The U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday that 51,124 Oklahomans filed initial claims for unemployment during the week...

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Local job openings amid outbreak

Businesses are still hiring personnel This list will be updated to include companies looking to hire amid the new coronavirus...

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SandRidge Energy hires fifth CEO since bankruptcy as it looks to survive current energy bust

An oil and gas executive who took a public, independent energy producer through a bankruptcy and recent sale is now the CEO at...

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10% of US labor force now out of work since virus slammed economy as 6.6 million file for jobless aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — 10% of US labor force now out of work since virus slammed economy as 6.6 million file for jobless aid.

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Half billion more people face poverty due to virus - report

LONDON (AP) — Around half a billion people could be pushed into poverty as a result of the economic fallout from the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virus sidelines tornado research

A large-scale tornado field study involving several universities, federal weather offices and dozens of researchers is...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Strategic National Stockpile is nearly out of the N95 respirators, surgical masks, face, shields, gowns...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 334; Last week: 610; Last year: 375 Receipts: Monday: 4,726...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: The art of salesmanship has moved from being very hands-on to very virtual

For 30 years, Teresa Moisant has spent most of her workweek on the road. Her typical day includes three scheduled appointments,...

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Q&A with Mary P. Snyder: DOL issues guidance on Families First Coronavirus Response Act

What is the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA)? Signed into law earlier this month, the FFCRA was the first of...

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SandRidge announces the death of an Icahn-backed board member in regulatory filing made this week.

A member of SandRidge Energy’s board of directors who joined the company in 2018 as a Carl Icahn-backed nominee died earlier...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 9, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $21.50 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $9.50...

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State grains

WHEAT (BU): .02 to .03 lower. 4.28-4.63. Hobart 4.28; Frederick, Hooker, Lawton 4.33; Davis 4.34; Keyes, Temple 4.38; Buffalo...

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Americans could start receiving stimulus checks starting on April 9

Much-awaited stimulus cash will begin flooding into millions of bank accounts next week in the first wave of payouts to shore...

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The Latest: South Korea expects positive economic growth

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Asian shares mixed, Tokyo lower as Wall Street rally fades

BANGKOK (AP) — Shares were mixed in Asia on Thursday after a 3.4% gain on Wall Street overnight as investors chose a positive...

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Countries start thinking about easing up on restrictions

NEW YORK (AP) — Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to...

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Congress in standoff on virus aid, but first checks coming

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package as the White House wants...

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Housing market chills, layoffs, companies boost virus fight

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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Hawaii mayor: Florida man flouting quarantine was 'covidiot'

HONOLULU (AP) — A mayor in Hawaii is calling a Florida man accused of trying to flout Hawaii’s traveler quarantine a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Listen to The Oklahoman's daily COVID-19 podcast

Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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At emergency March meetings Fed pledged to use full arsenal

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal Reserve officials pledged at two emergency meetings last month to use their full arsenal to bolster...

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Trump-Biden election off-limits for US bettors (so far)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Double down on Donald, or bet big on Biden? Plenty of Americans would like the chance to place a bet...

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Coronavirus and shopping for supplies: Getting to the bottom of the toilet paper shortage

Experts say empty store shelves also are caused by a fundamental shift in demand for a certain kind of toilet paper for use at...

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UK's Johnson in ICU with coronavirus, condition improving

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavirus but is improving and sitting...

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Fed eases limit on Wells Fargo to make more small biz loans

NEW YORK (AP) —The Federal Reserve is lifting its lending restrictions on Wells Fargo after some of the bank's thousands of...

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Europe struggles to agree on economic response to virus

BRUSSELS (AP) — European governments remained at loggerheads Wednesday over measures to help the economy weather the...

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A common assignment given in schools for years has been to write a letter to your future self. Vivian Hua, a senior at Mustang...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Paycheck Protection loans are coming, but worries persist about available funding

After hitting a bottleneck last week, banks across the state are processing an influx of applications for the Paycheck...

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OKC committee dismisses city election changes

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt's Charter Review Committee on Tuesday dismissed the idea of aligning the municipal election...

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Application period closes on microgrants to assist Edmond small business owners

EDMOND — The Edmond Small Business Emergency Microgrant Program application period is now closed. The Edmond Area Chamber of...

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Estate planning firm sees uptick in calls from clients, healthcare workers

Should readers be worried about their estate planning during the COVID-19 crisis? Oklahomans should always be concerned about...

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Continental Resources cuts dividends to investors as energy bust continues

Continental Resources suspends dividends Continental Resources announced Tuesday it is suspending quarterly dividends to its...

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Oklahoma collected more medical marijuana tax last month than ever before

Tax collections from Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry set a record high in March. Cannabis dispensaries generated $7.8...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 8, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $20.25 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $8.25...

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NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 3,200 Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 4,726 Feeder Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: 397 lbs. $183.71;...

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The Latest: Bars, clubs in Seoul closed to halt virus spread

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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'A lot of pain.' NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — New York state reported 731 new COVID-19 deaths Tuesday, its biggest jump since the start of the outbreak,...

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Asian shares mostly lower on worries about pandemic damage

TOKYO (AP) — Asian shares were mostly lower, gyrating in early Wednesday trading amid uncertainty over the coronavirus...

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China's virus pandemic epicenter Wuhan ends 76-day lockdown

WUHAN, China (AP) — After 11 weeks of lockdown, people went outdoors and by the thousands boarded the first trains and planes...

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Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs...

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Health, schools, social agency representatives join OKC council members' town hall

Three council members arrange the virtual community meeting.

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Trump seeks $250 billion for payrolls in virus aid showdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress races to craft the next coronavirus rescue package, President Donald Trump's sudden request...

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Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain

WASHINGTON (AP) — Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday, bringing to a climax an extraordinary drama that he...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Will Rogers World Airport in OKC sees sharp decline in flight schedule

Scheduled flights at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City are down nearly half compared to this time last year as the...

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Watch live: White House task force gives COVID-19 update

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is moving aggressively to challenge the authority and independence of agency watchdogs...

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Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Nearly 60 percent of 217 people — many from Australia, Europe and the United States — on board a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virtual town hall to address Oklahomans' unemployment compensation questions

There is no shortage of Oklahomans who have either been laid off, forced to take furloughs or close their businesses because of...

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Financial hits pile up for colleges as some fight to survive

Colleges across the nation are scrambling to close deep budget holes and some have been pushed to the brink of collapse after...

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Amid pandemic, Czech intensive care ward is still half-full

PRAGUE (AP) — Unlike their colleagues in Italy and Spain, Czech hospital doctors have not yet needed to make harrowing...

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Watch: Vince Gill and Blake Shelton take on the #DeepCutsChallenge

Sheltering at home in Tishomingo, Shelton delivered a surprisingly lovely fireside rendition of Wynonna Judd’s 1993 ballad...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Global demand slowdown, market war continues to weigh on Oklahoma's energy industry

Oklahoma set a new 21st-century low for numbers of working rigs in the state last week as the industry continues to retract....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Community will return when crisis fades

It’s overcast outside as I write this and even if it were a beautiful spring day, there’s not much to do in this town — or...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 5,000; Last Monday: 7,369; Year ago: 6,208 Compared to last week:...

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Q&A with Jeff Heeley

The degree to which we will see companies have their employees work from home during the COVID-19 outbreak will increase. With...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tens of thousands file for unemployment in one week

Nearly 69,000 Oklahomans filed initial claims for unemployment compensation during the week ending April 4. The estimate is a...

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Oklahoma County marriage, divorce records for April 7, 2020

MARRIAGES Trang Xuan Thi Tran and Danny K. Truong Cassi Lee Brians and Donald Ace Winchester Kelley Dawn Baxter and Brandon...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 7, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Monday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $22.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $10.75...

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The Latest: Hong Kong to remain closed to foreigners

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Virus deaths slow in places, but British premier gets worse

NEW YORK (AP) — The steep rise in coronavirus deaths appeared to be leveling off Monday in hard-hit New York, echoing a trend...

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Trump slams watchdog report on hospitals engulfed by virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday disputed the veracity of a federal survey that found hospitals faced severe...

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OKC airport seeing reduction in flights, fewer travelers due to coronavirus

OKC airport seeing reduction in flights, fewer travelers due to coronavirus

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US weighs 'war bonds'; Facebook launches virus survey

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments...

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Homeowners hurt by COVID-19 can delay mortgage payments, but some say they’re anxious and confused about the real cost

"I feel like I’m in this odd Catch-22. I can get some immediate relief from postponing a mortgage payment, but the cost of that...

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Federal Reserve to boost small business lending efforts

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve said Monday it will support the government's $349 billion small business lending program,...

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The Latest: 3 Rangers minor leaguers in self-isolation

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three minor league players in the Texas...

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Virus pain easing in Spain, Italy; UK braces for bleak days

MADRID (AP) — A week ago, emergency rooms and intensive care wards in Spain and Italy were overflowing with woozy, coughing...

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Coronavirus prompts government to loosen rules on tapping retirement savings

If your emergency savings fund is running low, it may make sense for you to use your 401(k) to ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.

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US 'wasted' months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite...

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Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Emergency teams in Ukraine on Monday continued battling a forest fire in the contaminated area around the...

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US company poised to start COVID-19 vaccine safety test

A second U.S. company is poised to begin a small safety test of a vaccine against the new coronavirus.Inovio Pharmaceuticals...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 6, 2020

Reviewing election dates Mayoral and city council election dates would coincide with statewide election dates under a proposal...

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U.S. ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON — As the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Clergy urge governor to protect grocery workers

The stockers working to replenish store shelves. The cashiers at the checkout line. The deli and bakery crew. They each play an...

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Grocery workers are key during the virus. And they're afraid

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Every day, grocery workers are restocking toilet paper, eggs, produce and canned goods as fast as the...

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Outlook 2020: 'Work hard and believe in what you do,' Elizabeth W. Gray says

Elizabeth W. Gray, 33, executive director of the Civic Center Foundation and general manager of OKC Broadway Community impact:...

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Outlook 2020: Rachel Holt ensuring juveniles get on the right track

Name: Rachel Holt, 40, chief operating officer and senior general counsel, state Office of Juvenile Affairs. Career highlights...

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Outlook 2020: 'Every human being has value and talents,' Jonna D. Kauger Kirschner says

Name: Jonna D. Kauger Kirschner, 58, American attorney and a British solicitor. Career highlights:I was invited to serve on...

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Outlook 2020: Council chief of staff wants to remembered for making a difference

Name: Debi Martin, 74, Oklahoma City Council chief of staff. Community impact: Debi Martin keeps the north wing of City Hall's...

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Outlook 2020: 'Everything is yours to obtain,' fire Cpl. Evelyn Taylor said

Cpl. Evelyn Taylor joined the Oklahoma City Fire Department on Sept. 13, 2013. Taylor, 33, is one of about two dozen women...

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Outlook 2020: 'Don’t try to be something that you’re not,' Christy Zelley says

Name: Christy Zelley, 61, executive director, Leadership Oklahoma City. Career highlights: My first "real job" out of college...

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Outlook 2020: 'Know your community and actively participate in it,' Aubrey McDermid says

Aubrey McDermid has achieved firsts in her career — Oklahoma City's first female planning director, the first certified planner...

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Outlook 2020: 'Face-to-face time with people who live in the communities is important,' Willa Johnson says

Willa Johnson's slogan for her 1993 Oklahoma City Council race was, "Where there's a Willa, there's a way." She won that year,...

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Oil price rebounds at word of upcoming OPEC meeting

Last Monday, oil prices plunged below $20 per barrel for the first time since 2002, trading as low as $19.27 as concerns about...

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Outlook 2020: OKC Council progressives are women

Ward 6 Councilwoman JoBeth Hamon and Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice are two-thirds of the Oklahoma City Council's progressive...

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Outlook 2020: 'Life throws curve balls, so grit is required,' Lisa Synar says

• Name: Lisa B. Synar, 64, executive director of OKC Beautiful, who has doubled programming at the only nonprofit dedicated to...

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Outlook 2020: 'Make building relationships with people a prime activity of your life,' Beth Shortt says

Beth Shortt, 66, is the former executive director of Leadership Oklahoma City. "As executive director of Leadership Oklahoma...

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Outlook 2020: Foundation director crusades for animal welfare, promotion of arts

Louisa McCune, 49, is in the midst of a career reinvention, combining her love of working with magazines with the opportunity...

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Outlook 2020: 'Whatever you do, do with passion,' Teresa Rose Crook says

Name: Teresa Rose Crook, 54, executive director, Communities Foundation of Oklahoma. Quote: "I am most proud of growing an...

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Outlook 2020: Celebrating the women of Oklahoma

To women throughout our city: I know you. You are the woman who is taking care of your aging parents. You are juggling a job...

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Outlook 2020: 'Do not let your gender limit your dreams,' Sue Ann Arnall says

When Sue Ann Arnall graduated from law school in 1980, women accounted for just 10% of her class. Forty years later, that is up...

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Oklahoma liquor stores see sales spike amid outbreak

Liquor stores across the Oklahoma City metro have seen a spike in sales over the last month as people quarantine themselves...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hobby Lobby closes stores, furloughs thousands

Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores and announced Friday it is furloughing most of its retail workers and a “large portion...

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Growing design-build firm restoring former dealership for future home

After spending a year looking for a new home to consolidate his architecture studio and construction shop, Jeremy Gardner found...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gardening goes viral

The coronavirus has so many people staying in, but out in their gardens, that seeds are in short supply. "We garden every year...

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Meacham: As we cope with pandemic, innovators can thrive

The COVID-19 medical and economic crisis is relentless. Every day more people, locations and institutions are impacted....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: An American in Paris in the age of coronavirus comes home and plants a garden

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sarah Bytyqi, founder and managing broker of Verbode, a real estate brokerage downtown, was in Paris in late...

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Laredo the third oil/gas company seeking reverse stock split in 2020

The number of Oklahoma-based oil and gas producers that have conducted or plan reverse stock splits to keep their shares active...

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The hermit and the coronavirus

I have been thinking a lot about hermits over the past few weeks. Actually, I’ve been thinking about one particular hermit. His...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Online meetings ripe for inefficiencies, gaffes

Christy Taylor of Oklahoma City had an “intense” meeting with executives of her company last week. Taylor, who manages a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Through the roofs, Home sales soar to the cloud

Virtual home tours were already taking off, but the coronavirus and its stay-at-home requirements sent them through the roofs...

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Marni Jameson: When sheltering in place, home doubles as office, school and gym

“What’s for dinner at your house, Marni?” came the text from my future son-in-law (that is, if the July wedding isn’t canceled...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for April 4, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a large home with office in a 1.8-acre wooded, parklike setting in the Edmond area of northeast...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Two builders and a lender walk into a pandemic

It looked to me like a couple of homebuilders pulled extra building permits last week to get ahead of the coronavirus slowdown,...

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The therapeutic value of the garden in trying times

If someone were to say I must self-isolate in the garden for the next few weeks, I would shake him or her by the hand. If I...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020

Norev LLC: 3012 NW 150, medical clinic-office, supplement, $1,360,320. Justin S. and Lyndsie N. Dallas: 2845 S Portland Ave.,...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $102 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mercy Hospital adds triage area

Mercy Hospital adds triage area Mercy Hospital is opening up a triage area in front of its main Emergency Room entrance to...

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Oklahoma City, City, Tulsa, Shawnee, Muskogee properties on National Register of Historic Places

Properties in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Shawnee and Muskogee have been added to the National Register of Historic Places, according...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 4, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $24.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $12.75...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: CARES Act includes help for startups, but questions remain

The CARES Act, a $2 trillion stimulus package approved by Congress and the president last month, includes support for startup...

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Rodd Moesel, Plant world is oblivious to coronavirus

We humans have been altering our schedules and behavior to avoid and beat the COVID-19 virus, but nature doesn’t know about...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Reported talks boost crude prices, but Oklahoma producers want more done

Oil prices rallied Thursday into Friday after President Donald Trump tweeted that Russia and Saudi Arabia are considering...

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Barry Stone, Forced-air furnace won’t turn off

DEAR BARRY: Last year we replaced our rock roof with asphalt shingles, and the strangest thing has been happening ever since....

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NY funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge

NEW YORK — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled...

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Governor to seize ventilators for NYC’s overtaxed hospitals

NEW YORK — The Trump administration urged Americans to cover their faces in public and limited exports of medical supplies...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Public's 'buy-in' needed to fight pandemic, mayor says

Mayor David Holt deflected questions Friday about whether an arrest for ignoring coronavirus emergency orders is necessary...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Delays and confusion surround Payroll Protection loans

A $350 billion program to preserve businesses and keep workers employed is drawing interest across the country, but bankers...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State faces $416 million revenue failure for end of Fiscal Year 2020

A state revenue failure of roughly $416 million is expected for the rest of Fiscal Year 2020, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: U.S. Labor Department releases summary of unemployment benefits for workers idled by virus

The U.S. Department of Labor issued states and territories a summary of unemployment insurance benefit expansions included in...

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State grains

WHEAT (BU): .08 higher. 4.27-4.62. Hobart 4.27; Frederick, Hooker, Lawton 4.32; Davis 4.33; Keyes, Temple 4.37; Buffalo 4.40;...

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Top Oklahoma residential property brokerages emphasize service

Five Oklahoma brokerages — four in Tulsa, one in Oklahoma City — landed on the 2020 REAL Trends 500 rankings of leading U.S....

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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The Latest: UN to decide in month whether to delay meeting

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Cuomo orders shift in ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would order the redistribution of critically needed ventilators. New York...

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Walmart limits store access; US airlines sign up for grants

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on...

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Small business relief program launches, hits snags

NEW YORK (AP) — The federal government’s $349 billion relief program for small businesses got off to a rocky start Friday as...

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, in Friday's COVID-19 briefing, implores residents to take pandemic seriously

Mayor asks residents to "stop trying to find loopholes" to emergency orders intended to slow the spread of coronavirus.

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McConnell, Pelosi signal more virus aid likely from Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a shift, the top leaders in Congress made it clear Friday there will be another coronavirus rescue package...

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Stocks drop as coronavirus crunches the job market, economy

NEW YORK (AP) — The stock market’s first reaction to Friday’s stunningly bad jobs report was to take it in stride. But Wall...

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Russia detains activists trying to help hospital amid virus

MOSCOW (AP) — An activist doctor who had criticized Russia's response to the coronavirus outbreak was forcibly detained as she...

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Recap: OKC Central Live Chat with Steve Lackmeyer

The chat kicks off at 9:30 a.m. but feel free to submit questions now!

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Navy fires captain who sought help for virus-stricken ship

WASHINGTON (AP) — The captain of a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier facing a growing outbreak of the coronavirus on his ship was...

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Ships with coronavirus patients dock in Florida

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A cruise ship where at least two passengers died of coronavirus while barred from South American...

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Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law...

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Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government expects to begin making payments to millions of Americans under the new stimulus law...

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Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020

Transactions Commercial real estate transactions from The Oklahoman for April 4, 2020 Commercial real estate transactions from...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stay off swings, slides, OKC says

Oklahoma City doubled down on emergency orders to keep off playground equipment, citing multiple reports of residents ignoring...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 'a lot of questions' among SW 29, other Hispanic businesses and residents

The meats and vegetables and sweet bread were fully stocked Tuesday at La Michoacana Meat Market, where commerce continued...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt says emergency measures in place to slow the spread of coronavirus would be extended through...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Restaurant community eyes coordinated effort in crisis support

The growing weight of COVID-19's shadow on the food-service industry has drawn a couple of gestating restaurants out of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Getting answers regarding the Paycheck Protection Program

What is the Paycheck Protection Program? The program was created by the CARES Act to ease the financial burden created by...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Unemployment claims shatter records, again

Initial claims for unemployment insurance skyrocketed for a second consecutive week in Oklahoma and across the nation as the...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 3, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $21.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $9.75...

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State grains

WHEAT (BU): mostly .11 lower. 4.24-4.54. Frederick, Hooker, Lawton 4.24; Davis 4.25; Keyes, Temple 4.29; Hobart 4.31; Buffalo...

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Asian stocks mixed after Wall Street rises on pricier oil

BEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks were mixed Friday after Wall Street gained for the first time in three days on stronger oil prices...

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'We need help': Economic, health crises grow as cases top 1M

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak has thrown 10 million Americans out of work in just two weeks in the swiftest, most...

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Trump says he expects Russia, Saudis to cut oil production

DUBAI (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that he expects Saudi Arabia and Russia will dramatically cut production and...

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Coronavirus cases top 1 million worldwide

The world marked a grim milestone on Thursday, registering more than 1 million confirmed cases of the deadly coronavirus that...

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Centuries-old laws may shield the cruise industry from huge payouts in coronavirus suits

Experts and fellow attorneys say they face an uphill battle against restrictive terms of service buried in passengers’...

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What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few...

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What you need to do to get your government stimulus check

The IRS and the Treasury Department say Americans will start receiving their economic impact checks within the next few...

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Thousands of US medical workers furloughed, laid off as routine patient visits drop during coronavirus pandemic

Thousands of health care workers across the nation have been laid off, furloughed or are working reduced hours as their...

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Which states will be hit hardest by coronavirus-related job losses? See the list

Here are the five states with the sharpest projected declines in employment this year, according to an analysis by IHS Markit.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC mayor extends emergency through April 30

Mayor to hold news conference with Health Department director Friday.

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Iran parliament speaker, Israeli health minister have virus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s parliament speaker has contracted the new coronavirus, the country's highest-ranking government...

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A record 10 million sought US jobless aid in past 2 weeks

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just...

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A record 6.6 million seek US jobless aid as layoffs mount

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Funds coming to assist gig workers, independent contractors idled by the pandemic

Federal dollars to help gig economy workers and independent contractors idled by the new coronavirus pandemic are headed to...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 610; Last week: 534; Last year: 656 Receipts: Monday: 7,369...

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Product developed by Oklahoma cardiologist green-lit for use in COVID-19 treatment

The Food and Drug Administration gave remarkably quick, temporary approval to a cardiac monitoring device that helps doctors...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKCFD short of masks, other gear

Oklahoma City firefighters are using sophisticated breathing apparatus on medical calls due to a shortage of common safety...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 Medicare fraud warning issued

A Medicare warning has been issued regarding public fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus. What are the general...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 2, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Wednesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $16.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $4.74...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Enforcing closures of nonessential businesses proving difficult as confusion persists

Across Oklahoma, law enforcement officers are struggling to enforce rules about the closure of non-essential businesses as...

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WHEAT (BU): .18 lower. 4.35-4.65. Frederick, Hooker, Lawton 4.35; Davis 4.36; Keyes, Temple 4.40; Hobart, Buffalo 4.43;...

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Business on top, pajamas underneath

A few more shelves might be looking bare at Walmarts across the country, or at least a few more bins empty at fulfillment...

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Los Angeles mayor urges everyone to wear masks

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The mayor of Los Angeles on Wednesday told everyone in the nation’s second-largest city to start wearing...

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'A battlefield behind your home': Deaths mount in New York

NEW YORK (AP) — New York rushed to bring in an army of medical volunteers Wednesday as the statewide death toll from the...

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Virus spreads and car sales, energy prices, markets tumble

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on...

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Stay off slides, swings, OKC says, to slow spread of coronavirus

City is receiving calls about orders being ignored and warning signs removed -- call police to report violations.

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Coast Guard: Cruise ships must stay at sea with sick onboard

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard has directed cruise ships to prepare to treat any sick passengers and crew on...

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Firefighters taking extraordinary steps to protect against coronavirus infection as safety equipment runs short

Oklahoma City firefighters are front-line medical responders, answering 60,000 calls annually.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt extends 'nonessential' business closures to all 77 counties

Stitt also extended his executive orders limiting social gatherings and halting elective surgeries for two weeks through April 30.

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A running guide to local dining during the ongoing pandemic

The Oklahoman's Food Dude, Dave Cathey, writes about how food-service professionals are coping with service during the COVID-19...

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Job postings: Businesses looking to hire amid coronavirus outbreak

Businesses are still hiring personnel This list will be updated to include companies looking to hire amid the new coronavirus...

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Uber to offer 10 million free rides, deliveries to health care workers, seniors during COVID-19 pandemic

Uber says it will offer 10 million free rides and deliveries to health care workers, seniors and people in need as the...

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Some employers to laid-off staffers: Let's stay in touch

As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to...

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Pelosi sees infrastructure package similar to Trump $2T plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats want to enact a massive infrastructure package upgrading the nation's broadband, road and...

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FDA wants heartburn meds off the market due to contamination

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. health regulators are telling drugmakers to immediately pull their popular heartburn drugs off the...

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Here are the companies mass hiring during the coronavirus pandemic

A surge of companies – not just in the health care industry – are looking to hire additional employees to meet increased...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoman: Edmond small businesses can apply for grants

EDMOND — The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce and Edmond Economic Development Authority are accepting applications for their...

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Oklahoma coronavirus updates: Here's what we know

With the coronavirus spreading throughout the country and across the globe, here is what we know about what's going on in...

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Surveys: Manufacturing contracts last month in US, world

WASHINGTON (AP) — Manufacturing contracted in the United States and around the world last month, dragged down by economic...

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US construction spending down 1.3% in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — Spending on U.S. construction projects fell 1.3% in February with housing and nonresidential construction...

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Keep your car clean to reduce risk from coronavirus

The spread of the novel coronavirus, and its associated COVID-19 disease, is made worse because it is highly contagious. Since...

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Achievers

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has named employee Jenny Koetter as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Koetter volunteered...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arcadia businesses playing it safe, serving community

ARCADIA — While the Arcadia Round Barn is closed, area businesses are working to still try to serve the community amid the...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for April 1, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Tuesday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $16.75 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $4.75...

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Details for small business Paycheck Protection Program coming soon, Lankford says

Details of a newly created program to help small businesses retain their workers should be available late this week, and...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Receipts: 7,369 Feeder Steers: Medium and Large No. 1: 322 lbs. $183; 388...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Online, please? Agency responsible for unemployment compensation asks applicants to use website to file claims

Heavy volumes on both the online and phone systems used by the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission to process unemployment...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Apps people can use to connect

As schools and businesses close due to coronavirus, many people are turning to screens to stay connected. Online apps such as...

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US death toll eclipses China’s

NEW YORK — The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus climbed past 3,600 Tuesday, eclipsing China’s official count, as hard-hit...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved $5.5 million in assistance to help small businesses weather the coronavirus...

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Report: Younger Americans more likely to withdraw cash during coronavirus

Nearly one in three Americans is stockpiling cash due to fears surrounding the coronavirus. That’s according to a recent survey...

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Trump rollback of mileage standards guts US’ climate change push

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and...

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New chewing gum product promotes relaxation

I understand you’re marketing a product that helps people in times like these. What is it? Bubble Calm is a functional chewing...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Frequently asked questions when filing for unemployment insurance

For those seeking unemployment insurance amid the new coronavirus outbreak, there can be a lot of questions. Unemployment...

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The Latest: China reports 36 new COVID-19 cases

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Help heads to NYC as experts predict over 100,000 US deaths

NEW YORK (AP) — With refrigerated morgue trucks parked on New York City's streets to collect the surging number of dead, public...

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Booze buying surges; senators push airlines for cash refunds

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments on...

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Businesses may get COVID-19 relief loans as soon as Friday

NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses seeking loans through the government's $2 trillion coronavirus relief package could receive...

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Ex-wildlife chief: Trump rule could kill billions of birds

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — At a former open pit copper mine filled with billions of gallons of toxic water, sirens and loud pops from...

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NFL team owners vote to expand playoffs to 14 teams

The NFL is gearing up for a normal season and playoffs — with two additional wild-card teams in the Super Bowl chase.NFL team...

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Coronavirus: Airbnb CEO offers apology, $250 million to hosts hurt by refund policy

Many guests have applauded the change, but hosts have loudly objected that the refunds come out of their pockets, not from Airbnb.

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Defense lawyer in death of 7 motorcyclists: Biker at fault

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — One of the motorcyclists in a crash that killed him and six fellow bikers on a north woods highway was...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council approves $5.5 million in small-business relief

Hope is to get assistance to small businesses that keep employees on the payroll through the crisis.

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MLB extends support to minor leaguers through May

NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is extending its financial support to minor league players through May while suspending...

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Barcelona won't reach record revenue because of virus

MADRID (AP) — Barcelona had been on track for a record season in revenues, set to surpass 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) for...

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Time to ‘revenge shop’: China’s virus hot spot reopens

WUHAN, China — The city at the center of China’s virus outbreak was reopening for business Monday after authorities lifted more...

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Rent strike idea gaining steam during crisis

ST. LOUIS — With millions of people suddenly out of work and rent due at the first of the month, some tenants are vowing to go...

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Echo Energy moved downtown at awkward time

Echo Energy’s move to downtown lasted all of two days until the world changed. On March 9, more than 80 employees of Echo...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alliance Resource Partners shuts coal mines after seeing slump in demand for energy

TULSA — Alliance Resource Partners is temporarily closing coal mines in Illinois, Indiana and western Kentucky in response to a...

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New law allows new 401(k) distributions and loans

I understand the new CARES Act allows new 401(k) distributions and increased 401(k) loans? That is correct. On Friday...

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Tragic loss of general manager coincides with Skirvin closing

When Gerald Rappaport moved to Oklahoma City five years ago to take over the Skirvin Hilton, it was love at first sight. He...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Devon Energy cuts its capital expenditure plan again as pandemic continues

Devon Energy is cutting another $300 million from its capital expenditures plans for 2020. Officials announced Monday the...

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Instacart workers seek strike as jobs get riskier

NEW YORK — A possible strike by Instacart workers highlights the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the grocery delivery...

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Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

DETROIT — Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as hospitals...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Medical test maker adds unit to analyze coronavirus tests for Oklahoma medical providers

NORMAN — An Oklahoma-based medical firm that makes tests for infectious diseases is creating a new unit to analyze COVID-19...

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The Latest: WHO warns `far from over' in Asia and Pacific

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people. For some,...

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Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues

WASHINGTON (AP) — Siding with public health experts' dire projections, President Donald Trump on Monday defended his decision...

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Democratic lawmakers call for racial data in virus testing

Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities...

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Here’s how to use your $1,200 stimulus check from the government’s coronavirus relief package

Given that millions of Americans are likely to face a fiscal crunch in the coming weeks, they should consider putting part of...

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Unofficial tally: Nearly 45,000 Oklahomans file for unemployment insurance

About 45,000 Oklahomans applied for unemployment compensation during the week ending March 28. That preliminary estimate was...

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Trump administration rules gun shops 'essential' amid virus

The Trump administration has ruled that gun shops are considered “essential” businesses that should remain open as other...

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Trump extends virus guidelines, braces US for big death toll

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bracing the nation for a coronavirus death toll that could exceed 100,000 people, President Donald Trump...

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Trump uses wartime act but GM says it’s already moving fast

DETROIT (AP) — Twelve days ago, General Motors put hundreds of workers on an urgent project to build breathing machines as...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Supermarkets aren't alone in offering groceries

Since the onset of the coronavirus threat, weekends have been unkind to local grocery store shelves. Because that’s unlikely...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 'Peacefully dystopian' along Uptown 23rd in OKC

The weather Thursday in Oklahoma City took a record-setting turn upward to 92 degrees. In normal times, such a blinding sign...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 30, 2020

MAPS 4 begins MAPS 4 sales tax collections begin Wednesday after the Better Streets Safer City sales tax, approved by voters in...

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As virus makes goodbyes hard, fears of many more rise in US

NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the U.S. government's top infectious-disease...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Gun shops open as coronavirus business activity limits take hold

City maintains, updates comprehensive guide to coronavirus developments as they relate to local government services.

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States scramble to arrange child care for essential workers

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A nurse and a single mother, Becca Rosselli had a choice to make when her daughter's school and care...

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Relief package billions can't buy hospitals out of shortages

The billions of tax dollars headed for hospitals and states as part of the $2.2 trillion coronavirus response bill won't fix...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Energy demand drop, oil price war and virus crippling Oklahoma economy

Businesses large and small continue to scale back or shut their operations as the coronavirus spreads across the United States....

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Metals roar back as wheat prices take root

Gold and silver exploded higher this week, with gold re-approaching seven-year highs near $1,700 per ounce. As investors’ panic...

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OMRF, OUHSC join forces for COVID-19 testing

The following sentence will not come as news to anyone: Oklahoma has a coronavirus testing problem. In this, our state is far...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than a quarter of Oklahoma residents firmly under shelter-in-place orders

Over a quarter of Oklahoma residents are firmly under shelter-in-place orders after Oklahoma City and Tulsa issued decrees...

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Thinking about addressing the impact of pandemic

We are in unprecedented times. Seemingly overnight, the world has changed, possibly forever. We are dealing with a pandemic...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hotels closing as hospitality industry faces historic hit

Hotels across the city are starting to close their doors as travel has come to a near standstill and shelter-in-place orders...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: As service, entertainment industries shutter, workers ask 'What next?'

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on Oklahoma City’s large service and entertainment industry. As restaurants, venues...

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NY delays presidential primary; Trump nixes quarantine idea

NEW YORK (AP) — As coronavirus cases rose in the national epicenter of New York, President Donald Trump surprised governors of...

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'Off the charts': Virus hot spots grow in middle America

DETROIT (AP) — The coronavirus continued its unrelenting spread across the United States with fatalities doubling in two days...

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America’s largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has...

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China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak

ISLAMABAD (AP) — China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC formalizes 'shelter in place,' what it means for you

Latest orders bring Oklahoma City, Tulsa in line with the majority of the nation's 50 largest cities.

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Trump boosts virus aid, warns governors to be 'appreciative'

WASHINGTON (AP) — After days of desperate pleas from the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump took a round of steps to...

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The census counts, Realtors say

Realtors are urging people to participate in the national census. It will have a big impact on the future housing market, said...

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Oklahoma City building permits from The Oklahoman for March 28, 2020

Gary J Randolph Construction Inc.: 12208 Stonemill Manor Court, residence, erect, $785,000. Wheeler Construction LLC: 1701...

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Pau; Bianchina, Check hairline concrete cracks before sealing   

Q: We had a new driveway poured last spring, probably 100 by 25 feet. It has developed hairline cracks on some of the...

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Live-work-play is another way to stay at home in Oklahoma City's Wilshire Point neighborhood

The coronavirus has people in a temporary stay-at-home mode, but at Wilshire Point it will be a way of life for the long haul —...

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The Oklahoman's Listing of the Week for March 28, 2020

The Listing of the Week is a resort-style home with a country feel and city amenities — and a pool — on 15 acres in Chickasha....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Authorities warn unemployment benefits seekers to be aware of scam artists

Unemployment benefit scam warnings issued Oklahoma and other states are now warning out-of-work employees to file a wage claim...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma, Impacts on housing

Here are some notes on the coronavirus and its effects on the housing market. Showing online Oklahoma City Realtors rushed...

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Barry Stone, Buyer questions illegal laundry drain

DEAR BARRY: The home I'm buying has a bootlegged drainpipe from the laundry, which was pointed out by my home inspector....

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Marni Jameson: How to keep coronavirus from coming home

I don’t know about you, but lately, as the spread of the new coronavirus has driven me and everyone else indoors to shelter in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: With retail on the ropes, brokers are the tie that binds landlords and tenants in Oklahoma City

What is a shopper to do when stuck at home during the coronavirus crisis? I have to ask, not really being a shopper. More...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Aid package includes $10 billion for struggling airports

The nation's airports will get $10 billion as part of a $2 trillion coronavirus aid package approved by Congress and signed...

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Mayor fills in MAPS 4 details in time of pandemic

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt joined The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer in this week's OKC Central Live Chat, answering questions...

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Learn more about gardening, or even become a Master Gardener

If you are finding extra time on your hands due to the current health crisis, it is a great time to get outside and enjoy some...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mayfair Village, with new owners, shelters in (retail) place in Oklahoma City

Mayfair Village is back in local hands, just in time to shelter in retail place and ride out the coronavirus storm. The vintage...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for March 28, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Friday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $18 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $6 Oklahoma oil...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council to vote on small-business relief proposal

The Oklahoma City Council will consider a $5.5 million relief package for small businesses hardest hit by interruptions due to...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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Oklahoma County property sales from The Oklahoman for March 28, 2020

Recent major sales in Oklahoma County totaled more than $57 million, according to deeds released from County Clerk David B....

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Trump signs stimulus after swift congressional votes

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift...

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The Latest: The coronavirus sweeps curling world

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___USA Curling says additional participants at...

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4 passengers dead aboard cruise ship anchored off Panama

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship now anchored off the coast of Panama and two people aboard...

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US eyes new outbreaks as infections worldwide top 590,000

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans rushed to build a makeshift hospital in its convention center Friday as troubling new outbreaks...

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As virus toll mounts in NY, more hospitals sought

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's battle to keep its hospitals from being overwhelmed by the coronavirus outbreak is entering a...

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California restaurants say 30% to close without state aid

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As many as 30,000 California restaurants could close permanently because of coronavirus restrictions that...

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Retailers get innovative to move food products

Retailers get innovative in support of grocers efforts to support local demand during COVID-19 outbreak.

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IMF head says global economy now in recession

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the International Monetary Fund said Friday it is clear that the global economy has now entered a...

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Are gun shops 'essential' businesses during a pandemic?

In some parts of the U.S., authorities say gun shops aren't essential businesses and should close during stay-at-home orders...

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WALL STREET JOURNAL-BEST SELLERS

Best-Selling Books Week Ended March 21st.FICTION1. “Where the Crawdads Sing” by Delia Owens (G.P. Putnam's Sons)2. “The Boy...

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Grains mostly higher, livestock lower.

Wheat for May rose 2.25 cents at 5.7125 a bushel; May. corn was off 2.75 cents at 3.46 a bushel, May oats gained 4.50 cents at...

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OKC Central Chat recap: OKC Mayor David Holt addresses coronavirus-related concerns

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt joined Steve Lackmeyer in this week's OKC Central Live Chat, answering questions related to the...

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Curfews extended as USAID declares aid suspension in Yemen

BEIRUT (AP) — As countries across the Middle East tighten restrictions on movement to curb the spread of the coronavirus, a...

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Businesses must act now to weather financial losses from COVID-19

Many industries are facing a radical downturn in a very short period of time due to the novel coronavirus. What steps should a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tax preparers, payers embrace new tax filing deadlines amid COVID-19 outbreak

Like so many businesses across greater Oklahoma City, Midwest City tax preparer Sean Reed temporarily closed his offices...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Grocers working outside their normal aisles

While grocers are doing their best as temporary stewards of both the public health and local economy, consumers can help...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Curbside pickup, but no delivery for dispensaries

Oklahoma dispensaries will not be allowed to deliver medical marijuana during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma oil prices and drilling report for March 27, 2020

Oklahoma crude oil prices as of 5 p.m. Thursday: Oklahoma Sweet: Sunoco Inc. — $19 Oklahoma Sour: Sunoco Inc. — $7 Oklahoma oil...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Last week's record high for unemployment claims already eclipsed through three days this week

A record-breaking number of Oklahomans and people across the nation filed initial claims for unemployment insurance last week....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Defense contractors cope with pandemic

When the realities of the coronavirus pandemic struck leadership at Delaware Resource Group, a defense contractor based in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Camps help city employees stay on the job

Day camps for school-age children are helping city of Oklahoma City employees stay on the job. With schools closed during the...

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Virus relief package could help Trump, Kushner businesses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The $2 trillion legislative package moving through Congress to shore up the U.S. economy devastated by the...

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The Latest: Singapore penalizing social distancing violators

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some,...

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Trump's push to open economy could come at cost of lives

WASHINGTON (AP) — The contrast could hardly be more stark. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has said that if all of his sweeping,...

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Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the...

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US indicts Venezuela's Maduro on narcoterrorism charges

MIAMI (AP) — Nicolás Maduro effectively converted Venezuela into a criminal enterprise at the service of drug traffickers and...

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The Latest: AP source: Salary reductions for top NBA execs

The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Top NBA executives are having their base...

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Ethanol plants seek rule changes to resupply hand sanitizer

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — As hospitals and nursing homes desperately search for hand sanitizer amid the coronavirus outbreak,...

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3.3 million seek US jobless aid, nearly 5 times earlier high

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — almost five times the previous...

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World leaders vow to coordinate virus response in video call

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The head of the United Nations told leaders of the world’s 20 major industrialized nations...

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McDonald’s pulls all-day breakfast menu to ‘simplify operations’ amid coronavirus pandemic

McDonald’s is temporarily pulling its coveted all-day breakfast menu to streamline operations as the coronavirus pandemic...

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Despite coronavirus, millions of workers can’t stay home. Are they safe?

Whatever the job, there is one thing many of those workers have in common – they don’t feel safe, and they are clashing with...

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Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda, Toyota seek to restart factories

DETROIT (AP) — Ford, Fiat Chrysler, Honda and Toyota took steps Thursday to restart North American factories that have been...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC Mayor Holt to join Friday live chat

With many questions looming about how Oklahoma City proceeds with day-to-day life under the pandemic and what will happen with...

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What impact is the coronavirus having on OKC restaurants? Some are trying to innovate. Others are closing.

Restaurants across OKC are trying to innovate to generate revenue. Some are closing. Dave Cathey shares what he's seeing and...

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The beat goes on: Locked-down Berlin clubs take party online

BERLIN (AP) — Locked down due to the coronavirus pandemic, the nightclubs in the German capital have decided to keep the beat...

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Royals new owner patiently awaiting rescheduled opening day

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The morning dawned bright and sunny over Kauffman Stadium, just to the east of downtown Kansas City....