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Insurance company can’t avoid having to defend an energy company’s involvement in class-action earthquake lawsuit, appeals court rules

An insurance company policy’s boilerplate exclusionary language is the latest victim of salt-water induced earthquakes in...

 
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What we know, and what we still don't, about the Devon Energy, WPX Energy merger

On Monday, Tulsa-based WPX Energy and Oklahoma City-headquartered Devon Energy announced a plan to merge in an all-stock deal...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of creation, the very existence of each of us is a miracle. Encourage us to treat those miracles with the reverence and...

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Employee shoots unidentified male at money transfer store, OKC police say

Oklahoma City police are reporting a shooting at a money transfer store on the city’s west side. Authorities said a male...

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OKC mask giveaways continue throughout October, 144,000 already handed out

October giveaways will be Thursdays at the Household Hazardous Waste Facility.

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Here’s what we know about COVID-19 in Oklahoma City metro area schools

Bethany Public SchoolsSept. 21: Bethany Public Schools found three positive cases in its middle school and five in its high...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 85,194 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 1,007

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday there have been 85,194 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Rent assistance is keeping eviction numbers low — that may change in 2021

Rain drummed outside of the sixth floor of the Oklahoma County courthouse as a crowd quietly filled the hallway before a recent...

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Consistency a challenge for Oklahoma schools in COVID-19 era

A month into the school year, COVID-19 continues to challenge Oklahoma school districts to find a consistent method of teaching...

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EDMOND Foreman, James “Grant”: 82, computer programmer, died Sept. 23. Graveside services 11 a.m. Wednesday, Mustang Cemetery...

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Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe to continue operating under compacts deemed invalid

The Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe plan to continue operating their casinos under terms of their new gaming compacts...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 823 to 84,333 on...

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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"Tiger King" star settles tax case

PAULS VALLEY — “Tiger King” star Jeff Lowe has agreed to pay up to $113,653 in delinquent state sales taxes, penalties and...

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Shootings in Bricktown don't mark rising trend in violent crime, authorities say

Three recent shootings in Bricktown, one of which was deadly, have rattled some business owners, but authorities say there...

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Poll shows opposition to cutting police budget, athletes kneeling

As state and local officials examine potential solutions to racial inequity, a new poll shows nearly half of likely Oklahoma...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 28, 2020

OKCFD COVID-19 alert rises The Oklahoma City Fire Department's COVID-19 alert level rose over the weekend to yellow, the...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, help each of us understand our place in the universe so that we might learn to work together to fulfill Your...

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OKC Walk to End Alzheimer’s to be live event

The annual Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® in Oklahoma City will be Saturday, October 17.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Alert Level Yellow declared at Oklahoma City Fire Department

Most of those off work are in quarantine and are not infected.

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Pete Buttigieg: Oklahoma House candidate Mauree Turner 'certainly stands out’

Former presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg is highlighting the importance of state legislative races this fall, including one...

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The Dream Clock: Foundation for OKC schools says listening to community vital to changing lives

Mary Mélon thinks a lot about the three-ring binder problem. A few years back, some well-meaning local businesses asked Mélon...

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DEL CITY Rowe, Judy Ann: 81, died Sept. 24. Services 10 a.m. Wednesday (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). EDMOND Mandrino, Joseph...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, wisdom teaches us humility, for it is through wisdom that we learn to appreciate the vastness of Your power and...

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Oklahoma organizations need your help to win grants

Last month, the Gannett Foundation issued calls for nonprofit and municipal organizations with community-building projects to...

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Formal recognition of four other tribal reservations could come by year's end

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in July that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation had never been terminated, it was...

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Street by convention center to be named for Cornett

A street adjacent to the new Oklahoma City Convention Center is to be named Mick Cornett Drive after the former mayor. The city...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma Oklahoma moved past the 1,000 coronavirus-related deaths mark on Saturday as the Oklahoma State...

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Drag performers protest 'oppressive' behavior among LGBTQ-friendly bars in Oklahoma City

Dozens of activists, entertainers and supporters gathered along NW 39th Street in Oklahoma City Friday night to protest what...

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Trump picks conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Saturday, capping a dramatic reshaping of the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma update: State passes 1,000 deaths as 990 more infections reported

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 990 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. That brings the total number of cases...

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At the 6-month mark, El Pasoans face headaches and hearache over U.S.-Mexico border restrictions

EL PASO, Texas — Blanca Escalante spends much of her time taking care of seniors, crisscrossing between work and family...

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Tribes spend pandemic aid on projects, jobs, services

Tribes across Oklahoma are pumping millions back into the economy with CARES Act allocations being used to build emergency...

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Local vigil honoring Breonna Taylor a call for justice, community

More than 100 people practicing social-distancing gathered outside Nappy Roots Books, 3705 South Lake Drive, Thursday night to...

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Applicant criticizes Norman council for voting against him

NORMAN — A failed applicant for an open seat on the Norman City Council lashed out at members Thursday, calling them "crazy"...

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N. Korea’s Kim apologizes over shooting death of S. Korean

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un apologized Friday over the killing of a South Korea official who was...

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After nearly 80 years, Oklahoma sailor laid to rest

SHAWNEE — In January, Shawnee residents the Rev. Bill Ashworth and his wife Addileen received some unexpected news, which would...

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FBI director draws more heat for voting remarks

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Christopher Wray was the target of White House criticism for the second time in a week Friday as...

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Family’s attorney slams grand jury decision, calls for release of transcripts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of Breonna Taylor’s family and their attorneys on Friday called on Kentucky’s attorney general to...

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After law change, legislator's wife gets tag agent job

A state representative's wife became a tag agent last year after he successfully pushed through legislation allowing it, The...

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Probe into ‘discarded’ ballots becomes campaign outrage fuel

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The news release from a U.S. attorney in Pennsylvania was provocative: Nine mailed-in military ballots had...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, encourage us to make wise use of the days You have given us, for we know not the number of our tomorrows. Amen.

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BETHANY McClain, Wilma W.: 90, died Sept. 24. Services 1 p.m. Monday, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene Atrium. Service will...

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Fire endangers pot-growing area

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California’s largest wildfire is threatening a marijuana-growing enclave, and authorities said many of the...

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Ginsburg is first woman to lie in state at Capitol

WASHINGTON – Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made history one final time Friday as she became the first woman and...

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COVID-19 cases on the rise in America’s heartland
Virus is hitting areas where anti-mask sentiment runs high

MISSION, Kan. — It began with devastation in the New York City area, followed by a summertime crisis in the Sun Belt. Now the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 82,520 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 993

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Friday there have been 82,520 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Innocent Madoff investors must pay back profits, court rules

NEW YORK (AP) — Investors who profited from Bernard Madoff’s massive Ponzi scheme even though they knew nothing of it must...

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Pandemic blamed in closing of historic Shawnee theater

Downtown Shawnee landmark, the Hornbeck Theatre, 125 North Bell, will cease operation at the close of business Tuesday,...

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Local vigil honoring Breonna Taylor a call for justice, community

On a night when demonstrations in response to the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville, Kentucky, emerged nationwide, a...

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Poll: Trump, Inhofe hold double-digit leads among likely Oklahoma voters

President Donald Trump has an approval rating of 58% among likely voters in Oklahoma, unchanged from June, according to a new...

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Triple X Road to be restored after years of safety concerns

Oklahoma County commissioners accepted a federal grant this week that will fund riverbank repairs and restore Triple X Road,...

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State board of education requests $3.18 billion budget

A $3.18 billion budget request for Oklahoma’s public schools would restore funding but still falls short of education needs,...

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Sheriff: 'Broader principle' at stake in public records case

A western Oklahoma sheriff says agreeing to email public records to citizens could set a precedent that could negatively affect...

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Girl killed, family injured in OKC house explosion

Officials believe a faulty propane system caused a northeast Oklahoma City home to explode Thursday, leaving one girl dead and...

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Oklahoma health officials preparing COVID-19 vaccination plan

Oklahoma health officials are preparing a three-phased approach to distribute COVID-19 vaccines once a viable candidate is...

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Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations awarded federal transit grants

Two Oklahoma tribes are among nine U.S. tribes that have been awarded a combined $2.3 million in federal grants to support...

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State national guard honors mental health advocate Terri White

Oklahoma mental health advocate Terri White has been awarded the Oklahoma National Guard’s Oklahoma Medal of Freedom. The award...

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Lankford defends Trump comments on transfer of power

U.S. Sen. James Lankford on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s comments about the potential transfer of power next...

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God of hope, help us see adversity as an opportunity to demonstrate our faith. Amen.

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EDMOND Snyder, Mark S.: 74, former state senator, died Sept. 22. Graveside services 1 p.m. Friday, Gracelawn Cemetery...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 81,244 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 981

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday there have been 81,244 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Scarlett Johansson voices support for Oklahoma state question on sentencing reform

"Avengers" actress Scarlett Johansson announced her support for State Question 805.

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Voter-approved police-fire training center moves ahead in Oklahoma City

The complex will be the new headquarters for police and fire academies.

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 80,161 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 970

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday there have been 80,161 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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1 dead, 3 injured in Oklahoma City house explosion

The Oklahoma City Fire Department is reporting via Twitter that a house exploded in north Oklahoma City.

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Poll: One in five likely Oklahoma voters say they'll cast ballot by mail

One in five likely voters in Oklahoma plans to vote by mail in the general election, according to a poll that shows independent...

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Marijuana sales tax revenues multiply in Oklahoma City

Collections are up 38% with three months left in the year.

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#ThrowbackThursday: 1948 presidential party line

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,089 to 80,161 on...

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Group opposes State Question 805, says changes will increase crime

A group opposing State Question 805 officially launched a campaign Wednesday to discourage voters from supporting the measure...

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Former Lucky Star Casino CEO, once at center of skimming scheme, heading to federal prison for unpaid taxes

A former CEO and director of gaming for Lucky Star Casino faces federal prison time for unpaid taxes. On Tuesday, Brian Lee...

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White House report: Oklahoma's new coronavirus cases, test positivity remain high

Oklahoma continues to struggle with the spread of the coronavirus, according to the latest report from the White House...

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CHELSEA McSpadden, Donna C.: died Sept. 7. Graveside services 10 a.m. Saturday, Chelsea Cemetery. Visitation 1-8 p.m. Friday,...

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Highway weigh stations closed to deal with COVID-19 issues

Four Oklahoma highway weigh stations were temporarily closed for deep cleaning Wednesday after officials confirmed that staff...

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Food in a desert: new grocer set to ease east side grocery woes

East Oklahoma City will see a supermarket return to the community as construction begins next month on a new Homeland. A...

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'Tiger King' star looking forward to PETA fight, attorney says

An animal rights organization has sent notice to "Tiger King" star Jeff Lowe to give up all his big cats forever or be sued....

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'Killing Pain': Documentary series wins regional Emmy Awards for chronicling Oklahoma's opioid crisis

Even after almost two decades, Reggie Whitten's voice still thickens with emotion when he talks about his son, Brandon. "It's...

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Norman council doesn't support pick to replace member who died

NORMAN — The Norman City Council on Tuesday night failed to support a committee's pick to fill the vacant seat of late Ward 2...

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Norman council member facing recall sues city clerk over petition signatures

NORMAN — A Norman City Council member alleges in a lawsuit that the group trying to remove her from office "engaged in a...

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Norman council acts to discourage "unsafe" social gatherings

NORMAN — The Norman City Council, acting to discourage large house parties and other "unsafe" gatherings, voted Tuesday night...

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Eastside OKC Homeland deal rivals complexity of Skirvin restoration

The impending construction of a Homeland grocery store on the east side of Oklahoma City is the culmination of a years-long...

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Norman schools return to five-day in-person classes

NORMAN — Students in Norman Public Schools will come back to the classroom five days a week following pleas and protests from...

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Southwest OKC meth bust leads to federal prison for woman arrested two months after state prison stay

A woman released from state prison after serving time on drug charges was sentenced this week to federal prison for operating a...

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Flix doesn't scrimp on food or beer offerings for date night

Flix Brewhouse is a cinema with a microbrewery and full-service restaurant. The Food Dude takes its menu on a test run.

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Watch live: Grand jury to present its report on the Breonna Taylor case

Watch live as the grand jury presents its report on the Breonna Taylor case.

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October hearing scheduled in state's case against opioid distributors

Oklahoma lawsuits against a trio of prescription opioid distributors are moving forward in Bryan County District Court after a...

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Edmond Electric seeking 'Community Powered Hero' poster contest entries

Edmond Electric is asking Edmond youth to highlight community heroes in a poster contest, asking who inspires them, boosts...

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Scars and Stripes Coffee among fall vendors at Arcadia Farmers Market

ARCADIA — Scars and Stripes Coffee “is not about the coffee so much as it’s about the veterans,” says Ed Mosier, a squad leader...

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Science Museum Oklahoma partners with OKC Parks Department for Tinker in the Parks Sept. 26

Tinker in the Parks, an afternoon of exploring creativity, collaboration and community with outdoor tinkering activities, will...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm...

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Redistricting petition withdrawn as legislative leaders pledge transparent process

Citing legislative efforts to create a transparent redistricting process, supporters of independent redistricting withdrew...

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Register to vote in Oklahoma, here's how

Tuesday marked National Voter Registration Day, and civic engagement groups were out in full force registering people to vote...

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Edmond Iris and Garden Society to host Iris Rhizome and Perennial Sale Saturday

EDMOND — The Edmond Iris and Garden Society will hold its annual Iris Rhizome and Perennial Sale from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday...

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Morning Music, Elm Tree Concert on tap for weekend at Round Barn

ARCADIA — Sunshine Hahn will provide Morning Music on Saturday, and Terry Ware and his musical friends will present an Elm Tree...

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Two Canadian County sheriff’s deputies and a former detention officer were recognized by the Oklahoma Sheriffs & Peace...

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Two steal truck at 7-Eleven, drive to another 7-Eleven, Edmond police say

EDMOND — Two people were in custody Tuesday, accused of stealing a truck from a 7-Eleven in Edmond. Police responded to a 911...

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Machete-wielding man says this is his country, cuts motel manager, police report

A manager of a south Oklahoma City motel known for high volumes of emergency calls was injured Monday when a man struck him in...

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Prevention and Recovery in the Park to spread hope, awareness

The public is invited to celebrate recovery, remember those lost to overdose, and spread hope and awareness by participating in...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Lankford says Democrats would fill high court vacancy under similar circumstances

Sen. James Lankford predicted on Tuesday the Senate would likely vote on a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

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BETHANY Frost, Robert Dean: 82, communication coordinator, died Sept. 20. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bethany First Baptist...

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Citizens not entitled to receive public records by email, judge rules

A Custer County judge says Oklahoma's Open Records Act needs a legislative fix to account for modern communication styles, i.e....

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Animal Welfare working to create humane community one case at a time

We’ve had a successful summer at Oklahoma City Animal Welfare despite the challenges of the pandemic. Throughout the entire...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by...

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Officials respond to COVID-19 spike in prisons

The Oklahoma Corrections Department will begin mandatory COVID-19 testing of all its 3,300 employees and increase testing of...

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Terri White was honored with the Oklahoma National Guard's Medal of Freedom.

Former Oklahoma Mental Health Commissioner Terri White was honored by the Oklahoma National Guard at a ceremony on Tuesday.

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Watch: State officials address COVID-19 response in Oklahoma prisons

Governor Kevin Stitt , Interim State Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Fry, and Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 79,072 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 962

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Tuesday there have been 79,072 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Wednesday declared 'Bud Fisher Day' in Edmond

Edmond Mayor Dan O’Neil has declared Wednesday as “Bud Fisher Day” in the city of Edmond. A reception and short program...

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Latino nonprofit to host virtual awards event Wednesday

The Latino Community Development Agency will host its 29th annual recognition and awards event in a virtual format at 11 a.m....

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Edmond residents offered free trees through Energy-Saving Trees Program

Edmond Electric and the Arbor Day Foundation are partnering again to offer the Energy-Saving Trees Program to Edmond...

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OMRF to host virtual estate planning seminar

The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation will offer a virtual estate planning seminar for attorneys, CPAs, certified financial...

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Achievers

The Oklahoma Hall of Fame has selected 71 Oklahoma high school students from 41 high schools statewide to serve on its 2020...

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Potential jail improvement projects discussed at Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting

Details are slowly emerging on the Oklahoma County Jail Trust’s plans for spending the millions of dollars it received from the...

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Oklahoma family drove 36 hours to honor Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.

Grief makes people do funny things. A Tahlequah family dealt with their grief over the death Friday of Supreme Court Justice...

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New Oklahoma Geological Survey director to help state investigate and promote the wise use of the state's natural resources

The Oklahoma Geological Survey is best known these days for keeping its finger on the pulse of the state’s shaky ground. But...

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EL RENO Ramirez, Emily Bushyhead: 82, died Sept. 15. Rosary 7 p.m. Thursday, funeral home. Mass 10 a.m. Friday, Sacred Heart...

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Understanding fatty liver disease

Adam’s Journal Here’s a question from a reader: A dear friend has been told by her physician she has fatty liver. What is fatty...

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Oklahoma prisons see jump in COVID-related death toll

Seven state prison inmates and three employees may have died from COVID-19 complications, the Oklahoma Corrections Department...

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Biggest unknown with Beta is how much rain it will bring

HOUSTON — As Tropical Storm Beta neared the Texas coast Monday, the biggest unknown was how much rainfall it could produce in...

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Arrest in case of ricin letters sent to White House, Texas

WASHINGTON — A woman suspected of sending an envelope containing the poison ricin, which was addressed to the White House, has...

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Trump to make court pick by Saturday, before Ginsburg burial

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday he expects to announce his pick for the Supreme Court by week’s end, before...

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Norman council members upset with selection of Ward 2 replacement

NORMAN — Some council members and residents are voicing their displeasure with the process for selecting an interim replacement...

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Illegal marijuana grow in Depew might be Mexican trafficker handiwork, authorities speculate

State authorities are speculating that an illegal marijuana growing operation about 40 miles southwest of Tulsa could have been...

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Lankford, Inhofe say they favor replacing Ginsburg this year

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford on Monday came out in favor of replacing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

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Europe adopts tougher virus restrictions as infections surge

LONDON — As the U.S. closed in on 200,000 coronavirus deaths Monday, the crisis deteriorated across Europe, with Britain...

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Alone among nations, US moves to restore UN Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON — The United States slapped additional sanctions on Iran on Monday after the Trump administration’s disputed...

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House passes bills to stem violence against Native American women

The House on Monday sent President Donald Trump two bills to address violence against Native American women. “The silent crisis...

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Vote almost removes ICE officers from Oklahoma County jail

Officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency were nearly prohibited from working inside the Oklahoma...

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Enormous California wildfire threatens desert homes near LA

LOS ANGELES — An enormous wildfire that churned through mountains northeast of Los Angeles and into the Mojave Desert was still...

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Oklahoma House hires former speaker T.W. Shannon to aid in redistricting

The Oklahoma House has hired a former Republican speaker to help with the upcoming redistricting process. House Speaker Charles...

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At knifepoint, man tells OKC OnCue clerk 'This is what we are gonna do,' police say

A Missouri man with several warrants pulled a knife on an OnCue clerk in south Oklahoma City early Saturday and stole her...

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God of mercy, save us from the floodwaters of bigotry and hate. Give us compassionate hearts so that all might know Your love....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,101 to 76,908 on...

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Jail trust: ICE officers nearly removed from Oklahoma County jail

Officers from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency were nearly prohibited from working inside the Oklahoma...

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Edmond-based bistro shutters due to COVID-19

Livegrass Butcher + Bistro has suspended operations and will look to reopen in a new format more conducive to operating during...

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Emergency bridge repair to disrupt I-40 traffic in Midwest City

Traffic delays can be expected Monday on westbound Interstate 40 in Midwest City after a hole was discovered in the S.E. 29th...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 77,908 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 948

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday there have been 77,908 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY Fidler, Dorothy Ann: 87, died Sept. 18. Graveside services 10 a.m. Tuesday, I.O.O.F. Cemetery, Jones...

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Nature & You: Do jungle orchids live in the wilds of central Oklahoma?

Each and every day, you are going to get barraged by a bunch of ridiculous falsehoods. People will attempt to hornswoggle you...

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Southern California wildfire grows, burns nature center

LOS ANGELES — The destruction wrought by a wind-driven wildfire in the mountains northeast of Los Angeles approached 156 square...

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Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census

ORLANDO, Fla. — Already burdened by the coronavirus pandemic and a tightened deadline, the Census Bureau must now contend with...

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Voting registration activists are pushing for all voices to be heard Nov. 3

As the voter registration deadline approaches on Oct. 9, three Oklahoma City women are making it their personal mission to...

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Biden to GOP senators: Don’t jam through Ginsburg nominee

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden on Sunday slammed President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to jam through a...

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Oklahoma opens first diverging diamond highway interchange in Elk City

ELK CITY — Oklahoma's first diverging diamond interchange is now open at the interchange between Interstate 40 and State...

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Monks at St. Gregory's Abbey prepare for big honey harvest

SHAWNEE — The drip, drip, drip of sweet golden liquid oozing into a trough can only mean one thing. The monks at St. Gregory's...

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Community Classroom: Organizations create learning spaces for online students

During a mid-day study break, Eva Lamb rushed inside the City Center youth facility and returned with a no-touch infrared...

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Marijuana sales tax revenues grow greener in OKC

Marijuana sales tax revenues multiply Marijuana sales tax revenues more than doubled in July from the same month a year earlier...

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Leading the fight:

As the pandemic reaches Oklahoma, OSU battles the virus with an array of responsesAt the dawn of a new year, the world watched...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 1,003 new cases; three additional deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 1,003 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday. That brings the total number of cases...

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Voter registration letter causes confusion

A mass mailing intended to boost voter registration has instead confused many of the form letter's recipients, state election...

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DEL CITY Wallace, Millard Keith: 73, died Sept. 11. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, Sunny Lane Cemetery (Bill Eisenhour SE,...

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State breaks commitment to Class of 2021 in order to save $1.9 million

Oklahoma broke a promise to the Class of 2021 so it could save $1.9 million. The cost to those students — in academic...

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‘It feels impossible’: International students recount difficult road back to OU

NORMAN — She thought she would surprise her parents with a spring break trip home to Peru. But Karina Risco, an international...

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Horn, Bice stake out opposition positions on health insurance

In the state with the 2nd highest rate of uninsured people, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and her Republican challenger, state Sen....

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Norman church's community event creates platform for change

Knowing their community needed to have the hard conversations, two pastors at Timber Creek Fellowship Church wanted to provide...

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Indictment: Norman car dealership owners charged with wire fraud, other crimes

A federal grand jury this week indicted three Norman residents who co-own Big Red Sports/Imports of Norman and four other car...

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Oklahoma senators note Ginsburg passing, mum on voting for replacement

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford issued statements on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on...

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Four selected for Humanitarian awards

Oklahoma City Public Schools has produced thousands of amazing individuals, but far too many never receive the spotlight. The...

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God of creation, we meditate on the majesty of Your works and find peace in the knowledge that no task is too great for the One...

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'RBG': How 'Notorious' Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a pop-culture icon

The most looked-up-to person in Washington stood at just 5-foot-1. 

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'When daughters are beloved as much as sons': 11 powerful quotes from Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at the age of 87, following complications with cancer. 

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Then and now: What McConnell and others said about Merrick Garland in 2016 vs. after Ginsburg's death

When Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died in February 2016, Senate Republicans came out of the gate insisting that his...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 1,237 new cases; four additional deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 1,237 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday. That brings the total number of cases...

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6 questions answered about the energy industry's record-setting streak of contraction

State tax revenues continue to get pummeled and the economic effects will be felt across the state as the Oklahoma Energy Index...

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Supreme Court’s Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the...

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Judge upholds Oklahoma's absentee voting laws

An Oklahoma judge has rejected a lawsuit from Democratic groups seeking to ease the state’s absentee voting laws in light of...

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Oklahoma County district judge removed from bench

For the first time in 18 years, the Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary has removed a judge from office for misconduct. The special...

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Census director: 92% of Oklahomans counted with deadline approaching

With the Sept. 30 deadline to complete the U.S. Census rapidly approaching, more than 92% of Oklahomans have been counted. The...

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ELK CITY Wham, Juanita: 85, died Sept. 12. Services were Sept. 18 (Affordable Cremation Service, Oklahoma City). OKLAHOMA CITY...

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God of wisdom, treating people with dignity and respect costs nothing, but the rewards are great. Encourage us. Amen.

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Norman City Council set to vote on interim replacement

NORMAN — The Norman City Council has moved closer to finding an interim replacement for David Perry, who died last month after...

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Who might succeed Justice Ginsburg? Trump's short list begins with these four women (and one man)

The line to succeed Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court likely starts with these federal appeals court...

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McConnell says a Trump Supreme Court nominee will receive vote by full Senate

WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Leader McConnell says a Trump Supreme Court nominee will receive vote by full Senate.

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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, the court says. She was...

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Watch: Decision in district judge case

Ouster hearing for Oklahoma County Judge Kendra Coleman expected to wrap up.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 1,249 new cases; nine additional deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 1,249 new COVID-19 cases on Friday. That brings the total number of cases...

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OKC man flashes dad, daughters, leads police on chase past church, authorities say

An Oklahoma City man was arrested Thursday after authorities said he flashed a father, his two teenage girls and their teenage...

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Man steals truck, drives it to Oklahoma County jail, police say

A man stole a security guard’s truck late Thursday in Oklahoma City, drove it directly to jail and parked. Around 11:30 p.m.,...

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Blue Bell to pay $17 million penalty for listeria outbreak

Texas ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries has been ordered to pay $17.25 million in criminal penalties for the deadly 2015...

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Accused judge says she did job with integrity

Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman admitted at her ouster trial that her personality may not be "warm and fuzzy and...

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Update with arrest: dead man hidden in toolbox, OKC police say

A toolbox in south Oklahoma City was used to hide a dead man, authorities said Wednesday. Around 11:50 a.m., police were called...

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Baby in backseat during high-speed police pursuit after south OKC bank scam, authorities say

After allegedly trying to pass a stolen check then taking police on a high-speed pursuit through south Oklahoma City on...

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Staged crime scene reveals self-inflicted gunshot wound

When police responded to a shooting call early Tuesday in the 10700 block on North Western they found 13-year-old Chauncey...

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Chesapeake Energy to cut 200 from its workforce Friday, CEO's email states

Chesapeake Energy Corp. plans to lay off 200 tomorrow. Employees were notified of the planned job cuts in an email sent...

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Escapee who climbed down bedsheets pleads guilty in multiple criminal cases

A murder defendant who made a daring early morning escape from the 12th floor of the Oklahoma County jail pleaded guilty this...

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Stitt downplays latest White House coronavirus report

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday downplayed a White House report showing Oklahoma is the fifth-highest state for new COVID-19 cases...

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DEATHS

BLANCHARD Walton, Gloria Jean: 84, food preparer, died Sept. 15. Services 2 p.m. Monday, Crossroads to Life Baptist Church...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, we cry out in anger at the injustices of this world. Our trust is in You to help us right the wrongs. Amen.

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District attorney clears police officers in May death at Oklahoma County jail

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has cleared officers of any legal wrongdoing in the May death of a 56-year-old...

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Pete Buttigieg endorses OKC Democrat Mauree Turner

Pete Buttigieg has endorsed a progressive legislative candidate vying for a House seat in the heart of Oklahoma City. The...

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Oklahoma lawmakers back bill to protect pregnant women in workplace

Four of Oklahoma’s five members of the U.S. House backed legislation approved on Thursday aimed at preventing employers from...

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Edmond woman flashed peace sign during DUI pursuit, yelled 'Hell yeah!' after, police say

A woman rolled her car window down and showed the peace sign to a pursuing police officer during a high-speed chase late...

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New HunnyBunny due in December

Urban Management Inc. restaurant group will switch out its Interurban Restaurant on West Memorial Road with a second location...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 1,034 new cases; six additional deaths

Oklahoma today reported 1,034 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, and six additional deaths from the virus. The state's death...

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Man eats food off customers' plates, exposes himself to OKC diner staff, police say

Just after midnight Wednesday, a man walked into Mama Lou’s 24/7 diner in south Oklahoma City, ate food off customers’ plates...

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WATCH: Gov. Stitt, commissioner of health to give COVID-19 update

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Interim Commissioner of Health Lance Frye will hold a press conference at 10 a.m. Thursday to...

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Sunken treasure: Police say man buried boat in backyard after reporting it stolen

NEWALLA — A Newalla man who lost interest in his boat and reported it stolen, actually buried it in his backyard and collected...

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Baptists seem poised to leave 'Southern' behind

Delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention’s 2012 annual meeting approved the term “Great Commission Baptists” as an...

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These people were arrested for dealing meth in Okemah, authorities say

More than a dozen people were in custody by noon Wednesday after authorities swept through Okfuskee County on a meth...

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White House report places Oklahoma in top 5 for positive test rate and daily COVID-19 cases

Oklahoma continues to one of the states hit hardest by COVID-19, according to a new report from the White House Coronavirus...

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Open for visitors

The redone visitor's entrance at the Oklahoma state Capitol marks the latest milestone in the building restoration set to be...

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Could Oklahoma’s Legislature address police reform next year?

The leader of Oklahoma’s Senate on Wednesday set the stage for legislative discussions on police reform. Senate Pro Tem Greg...

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House advances Lucas bill to improve STEM education in rural areas

The House passed legislation by Rep. Frank Lucas on Wednesday that would enlist various federal agencies in the effort to...

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TAKING THE STAGE: Civic Center's historic Freede Little Theatre to get full remodel

Donald Jordan was directing Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre's 2007 production of "Moonlight and Magnolias" when the ceiling...

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Child pornography images uploaded, shared by Wellston man, authorities say

A 57-year-old Wellston man is accused of uploading more than 100 images of child pornography and sharing them with an online...

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Construction set to begin on new apartments adjacent to Omni Hotel, across from Chesapeake Energy Arena

Boulevard Place, a mix of housing and retail, is set for a construction start by next spring as design work proceeds on the...

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Oklahoma City Council seeks policing reforms consultant

A consultant will be hired to assist two groups tasked with recommending policing reforms to the Oklahoma City Council....

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Norman council member to challenge colleague's recall petition

NORMAN — Norman City Council member Kate Bierman said Wednesday circulators representing Unite Norman gained entry to at least...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Until next year, farewell to the state fair

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Merciful God, forgive our arrogance. Give us contrite hearts so that we might once again know Your favor. Amen.

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Alternative meat maker fights back against Oklahoma labeling requirements

A Chicago maker of meatless, meat-like products is presenting a federal judge with a beef it has against an Oklahoma law...

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American Airlines will keep Stillwater route

Less than a month after American Airlines said it would halt commercial passenger service to Stillwater Regional Airport, the...

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DEATHS

MIDWEST CITY Clark, Agatha Lee: 97, homemaker, died Sept. 8. Graveside services 1 p.m. Sept. 26, Arlington Memorial Park...

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Oklahoma City Council seeks policing reforms consultant

Mayor's task force and city manager's working group are working on having reports together by spring.

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House approves bill to rename OKC post office for civil rights pioneer Clara Luper

The U.S. House approved legislation Monday to rename the downtown post office in Oklahoma City after civil rights pioneer Clara...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma update: 970 new cases; 12 new deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 970 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. That brings the total number of cases...

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Oklahoma maintains second-highest rate of residents without health insurance

Oklahoma’s rate of residents with no health insurance remained the second-highest in the nation in 2019, according to U.S....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma History Center to host virtual Smithsonian program

The Oklahoma History Center will host a virtual Smithsonian program, “We Are All Connected: Saving Species and Preventing...

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Harding Charter Prep sees record enrollment as it navigates pandemic

With a record-breaking enrollment of over 530 students, beginning a school year during a pandemic to meet the needs of all...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm...

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Taylor Atkinson to provide Morning Music at Arcadia Round Barn Sept. 19

ARCADIA — Midwest City singer-songwriter Taylor Atkinson will provide Morning Music on Saturday at the Arcadia Round Barn....

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Deadline to apply for innovative educator award is Sept. 25

Oklahoma's Electric Cooperatives and the K20 Center are seeking innovative Oklahoma educators to apply for the SKIE (Supporting...

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Deaths

EDMOND Hess, Mary Ann: 75, homemaker, died Sept. 13. Services 10 a.m. Monday, First Christian Church (Matthews, Edmond)....

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Ponca ambassador calls for tribes to unite and oppose Oklahoma's environmental oversight request

A tribal leader is calling for Oklahoma’s Native Americans to unite as the federal government ponders the future of key...

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Speaker to share research tips during Edmond Genealogical Society meeting

EDMOND — Oklahoma genealogical research can be difficult for those unfamiliar with Oklahoma history and available resources....

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Game day changes planned in Norman after 'unsafe gatherings'

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark, responding to "unsafe gatherings that occurred in our community on game day," said Monday night...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Current cases climb in state prisons

More than 2,100 inmates in state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic began, according to the latest...

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Absentee ballots going out in Oklahoma County

The Oklahoma County Election Board on Friday began mailing absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election. A few thousand absentee...

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Horn pushes compromise relief package

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn helped launch a bipartisan proposal Tuesday to provide more direct assistance, unemployment aid and other...

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OKC students to return to schools in October

Oklahoma City Public Schools’ youngest students could return to face-to-face classes in October. The district announced Tuesday...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects governor's request for rehearing in tribal gaming case

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has denied Gov. Kevin Stitt's request for a rehearing in a case where the court ruled the governor's...

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Video shows man holding bat ignoring officer's commands before fatal shots were fired

THE VILLAGE — Christopher Poor had been "drinking pretty hard," before he entered the living room holding an aluminum baseball...

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OKC City Council approves marketing Cox Convention Center as a film studio

Downtown is set to get tested as a new film production hub after the Oklahoma City Council unanimously approved an agreement...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Edmond police release video of standoff

Edmond police have released video of a recent standoff with two men, including one who allegedly cut his ankle monitor off. On...

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OKC schools plan dates for in-person return to classes

Oklahoma City Public Schools is charting a path back to the classroom. Superintendent Sean McDaniel presented a Return to...

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In custody: OKC police say Bricktown fatal shooting suspect caught Tuesday afternoon

Oklahoma City police say a suspect wanted in connection with a deadly Bricktown shooting was in custody Tuesday afternoon....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma update: 1,091 new cases; seven new deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 1,091 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday. That brings the total number of cases...

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OKC man tries to broker weapons for Mexican gang, gets federal prison time

An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison for trying to broker weapons for a Mexican street gang...

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Speaker to discuss messages that drive behavior change on Sept. 16

Communication professional Jeffrey Jordan believes anyone can learn how to use storytelling to help audiences change health...

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Video of Senate candidate’s daughter confronting veteran goes viral

EDMOND — A video of a state Senate candidate’s daughter yelling at a local veteran has gone viral. Democrat Andrea Stone, of...

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Ambulance district credit card paid for jewelry, baseball items, according to state audit

The Greer County Special Ambulance District made questionable credit card and cellphone purchases and engaged in illegal...

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Pressing pause on a coronavirus vaccine trial

Adam’s Journal Last week, the drug company AstraZeneca halted its SARS-CoV-2 vaccine trial. What happened? And what does this...

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Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19

City Manager Craig Freeman tested positive for COVID-19 and was in quarantine Monday, the city of Oklahoma City said. "The...

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Group short on valid signatures to recall Norman mayor

NORMAN — The group trying to remove Norman Mayor Breea Clark and one member of the city council for defunding the police and...

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Several NE OKC churches open as virtual hubs for students

Several churches in northeast Oklahoma City haven't reopened for in-person worship since the pandemic shutdown in March....

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Deaths

BETHANY Esser, Janet Sue: 76, died Sept. 11. Services 11 a.m. Thursday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Kimery, Sharon Elizabeth: 67,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mask giveaways a success, more planned this weekend

Public health officials gave away almost 50,000 masks over the weekend at events sponsored by the city of Oklahoma City. More...

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Environmental Protection Agency takes steps to support ethanol industry as election nears

President Donald Trump’s administration is getting "corny." On Monday, the EPA announced it won’t renew controversial...

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Oklahoma County marriage, divorce records for Sept. 15, 2020

MARRIAGES Danielle Airen Pringle and Joshua Ryan Green Sarah Emily Vinyard and Dow Jeffrey Jones Mykal Victoria Sanchez and...

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Oklahoma City reports city manager has tested positive for COVID-19

Craig Freeman began feeling ill over the weekend.

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Rottweiler shot dead by OKC police after call about dagger attack, marijuana argument

A roommate dispute over marijuana devolved into an alleged knife attack, and a Rottweiler shot dead by police, authorities...

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Deadly shooting in Bricktown, police seek witnesses

Police are seeking witnesses to a deadly shooting early Sunday in Bricktown. Around 12:40 a.m., police responded to a shooting...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 869 new cases; no new deaths

Oklahoma today reported 869 new confirmed cases of COVID-19. That pushed the cumulative number of cases during the pandemic...

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Nature & You: Would you like your blackbird pie served à la mode?

A popular nursery rhyme contains the stanza: “Four and twenty blackbirds, baked in a pie.” That little ditty comes to mind...

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Heart project: Nazarene church, artists repurpose chairs to benefit rescue home for abused women in Africa

BETHANY — More than a dozen Oklahoma artists have found a way to connect with a tiny nation in southern Africa. As part of the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Sept. 14, 2020

Calendar: Voter countdown • For voters who sign up, absentee ballots for the Nov. 3 election will be mailed out the first week...

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Former OKC councilman finds new calling for life

The former Oklahoma City councilman who resigned in 2018 after being charged is now a Baptist preacher. "It took a major storm...

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DEATHS

BLANCHARD Fenderson, Janis Olive: 68, certified nurse assistant, died Sept. 11. Services pending (Vondel L. Smith & Son at...

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Judge rude to victims, witnesses say at ouster trial

Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman would roll her eyes, sigh heavily and make faces as she presided over requests...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Six more deaths reported

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 695 to 69,354 on Sunday....

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Profit cap no longer a 'side deal' at EMSA

A whistleblower's assessment of past misdeeds could be worth more than $16 million to EMSA, Oklahoma City's public ambulance...

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Color-coded COVID-19 maps? Oklahomans can take their pick of versions

Oklahoma residents can take their choice of color-coded systems that gauge COVID-19 conditions for each county, with each one...

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Second chance employment fits mission of Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Chris Eaton takes a moment every once and awhile to remember who he is serving. As the warehouse manager at the Regional Food...

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Deaths

EL RENO Payton, Melvin Lee Roy: 79, died Sept. 10. Services 11 a.m. Friday, First Baptist Church (Wilson, El Reno). MIDWEST...

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Will and Woody were not state's only early creative pioneers

When most people think of Oklahomans who connected the dots of creativity across a wide spectrum, they usually think of Will...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of mercy, for all things You have given us and for all things You have forgiven us, we give thanks. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,017 to 68,659 on...

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Lights, camera, action? City to consider conversion of Cox Convention Center for movie, TV production

The Cox Convention Center could be converted into a movie and television production studio as part of an agreement being...

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Surgeon’s procedure can avoid amputation, early death

Approximately 185,000 amputations occur in the U.S. each year, and there are nearly 2 million people living with limb loss in...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 68,659 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 899

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Saturday there have been 68,659 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Police officer faces manslaughter charge

THE VILLAGE — A police officer who fatally shot a man holding an aluminum baseball bat was charged Friday with first-degree...

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State receives $22 million grant to reconstruct historic bridge on Route 66

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Oklahoma a $22 million grant to help reconstruct the historic Bridgeport...

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Cherokee National Historical Society announces reorganization plan

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee National Historical Society announced a strategic reorganization plan Friday that includes...

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DEATHS

CHOCTAW Johnson, James Robert “Jim”: 59, died Sept. 5. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Sunday, Will Rogers Gardens, Charles E....

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Paramount Room closing inspires Horn to hold impromptu news conference to 'Save Our Stages'

Flanked by about a dozen artists, theater professionals and venue owners on Film Row on Thursday, Congresswoman Kendra Horn...

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Carlson: Why 5,000 OU football season-ticket holders didn't get seats — and why it's a total bummer

James and Linda Love punctuated some of the biggest moments of their lives with OU football games. First date? OU-Texas in...

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Pardon and Parole Board offers job to Tom Bates

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is expected to vote Monday to hire Tom Bates as its new executive director. The board met...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 942 to 67,642 on...

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A hot pursuit, a deadly crash and the dangerous business of migrant smuggling

Araceli Velasquez tapped out messages in Spanish to her daughter as if 16-year-old Yadira was still in her bedroom blasting her...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 67,642 in Oklahoma; deaths rise to 888

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Friday there have been 67,642 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.