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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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$10 million grant awarded to improve Kiamichi Railroad

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded a $10 million federal grant to help improve rail service on the Kiamichi...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Joe Exotic to Trump: 'Be my hero please'

In a handwritten letter for a pardon, Joe Exotic is asking President Donald Trump to grant him a miracle. The former big cat...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 2nd prison inmate dies with COVID symptoms

A second prison inmate has died after being hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms. The Oklahoma Corrections Department announced...

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Efforts underway to make addiction treatment readily available to rural Oklahomans

Oklahoma State University's National Center for Wellness & Recovery is rapidly expanding its telemedicine services with a...

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Autopsy says blood clot likely caused death of Black man involved in jail altercation with Oklahoma City police

A 56-year-old Black man who died last May following an altercation with personnel at the Oklahoma County jail likely died...

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Cherokee Nation initiates building projects in response to pandemic

TAHLEQUAH —The Cherokee Nation announced Tuesday that it would be constructing eight new buildings and remodeling four others...

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Native Americans encouraged to use both medicine and culture in treating opioid use disorder

Medication assisted treatment is considered the most effective treatment for opioid use disorder, but culturally adapted...

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OKC police release footage of fatal officer-involved shooting

Oklahoma City police have released bodycam footage of a fatal shooting in July. Around 1:35 a.m. during a traffic stop July 22...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hospitalized prison inmate dies

An inmate from the minimum-security women's prison in Taft died Saturday after being hospitalized for COVID-19 symptoms. The...

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Oklahoma County to spend $5 million on hazard pay bonuses for public safety employees

Oklahoma County’s public safety employees will receive roughly $5,000 in bonuses through the end of the year after officials...

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DHS shortens lengthy waiting list for people with developmental disabilities awaiting community-based services

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services is using $1.9 million in earmarked funds from the Oklahoma Legislature to provide...

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Hundreds go online to watch ouster trial

Over and over in the first week of her ouster trial, Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman was described as demeaning...

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Work scheduled on metro interstates

Oklahoma City-area drivers can expect traffic disruptions on Interstate 40 and Interstate 44 starting Tuesday as construction...

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Love County treasurer indicted

MARIETTA — Love County Treasurer Lorry Hull pleaded not guilty Friday to an embezzlement indictment. Hull, 41, a Democrat, has...

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New federal eviction moratorium announced, will protect most renters through end of the year

The Trump administration announced a new federal eviction moratorium this week that is meant to keep renters housed through the...

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5 interesting last meals Oklahoma death row inmates chose

Imagine you’re just hours away from being executed by the state of Oklahoma: What would your last meal be?

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Tulsa officer indicted in shooting of Black man

The state multicounty grand jury has indicted a white Tulsa police officer in the shooting of a Black man during a traffic stop...

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Muskogee area becomes a top U.S. hot spot because of infections at prison

TAFT — A COVID-19 outbreak has hit a minimum-security women's prison here hard. Most of the more than 800 inmates at the Eddie...

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Langston University to benefit from two new agreements

Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences have agreed to pay Langston University...

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Horse racing groups write letters opposing Kialegee gaming compact

Two Oklahoma horse racing associations have written letters to Gov. Kevin Stitt and the secretary of the U.S. Department of the...

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Oklahoma County DA testifies at judge's ouster trial

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater denied Tuesday that he was out to get District Judge Kendra Coleman....

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Testimony begins in ouster trial for Oklahoma County district judge

Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman was never given a chance to establish herself, her attorney told the Court on the...

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DHS: Investigation fails to substantiate abuse complaints at Lawton Veterans Center

An investigation by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services advocate general's office into a multitude of complaints of abuse...

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Oklahoma County's CARES Act funding decision could have lasting ramifications

In early May, Oklahoma County commissioners were debating how to spend their recently acquired $47 million in CARES Act...

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One punch at OKC nightclub leads to death, criminal charge

In a couple of basic ways, what happened at a dance spot in Oklahoma City's Bricktown last December started out like a lot of...

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Council for Cherokee Nation approves record $1.52 billion budget

The Council of the Cherokee Nation has approved a record $1.52 billion general operating budget for fiscal year 2021, tribal...

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Survey finds many Oklahoma school children have suicidal thoughts

More than 1 in 5 Oklahoma adolescent school children who took a national survey reported seriously thinking about suicide...

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Did judge misuse campaign funds?

On the eve of her ouster trial, Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman is facing a new criminal investigation, this time...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Second outbreak hits OKC facility for federal inmates

A holding facility for federal inmates is experiencing another COVID-19 outbreak. The Oklahoma City Federal Transfer Center on...

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Oklahoma media attorney David McCullough has died

Norman Attorney David McCullough, who was known nationally for his expertise in media and Native American law, died Thursday...

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Officials say more must be done to address visitation in nursing homes during COVID-19 pandemic

Long-term care officials told Oklahoma lawmakers Wednesday that more needs to be done to allow in-person visitation at nursing...

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Joe Exotic drops civil rights lawsuit

Joe Exotic has dropped his federal civil rights lawsuit against those he blames for his arrest and murder-for-hire conviction...

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Oklahoma could net billions by leasing out its turnpike system, foundation says

Oklahoma could net between $2.3 billion and $4.5 billion by leasing its turnpike system out to a private toll road company for...

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Oklahoma exclusivity fee revenue from Indian gaming drops $25 million in fiscal year 2020

Oklahoma revenues from Indian gaming exclusivity fees dropped more than $25 million last fiscal year as tribes temporarily...

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Joe Exotic takes feud with rival Jeff Lowe to court again

Joe Exotic denies having sex with farm animals at the roadside zoo he started more than two decades ago. And, now, from...

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Feds say zookeeper Jeff Lowe willfully violated animal welfare regulations

Zookeeper Jeff Lowe is facing possible civil penalties for alleged willful animal welfare violations at the roadside park made...

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Oklahoma’s mask mandates are working. Here’s the proof

Early indicators show the face mask mandates adopted by some Oklahoma localities to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are working....

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Child deaths in hot cars: Oklahoma among worst in nation

On June 13 in Tulsa as the temperature soared to 93 degrees, a brother and sister ages 3 and 4 climbed into their father’s...

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Three more charged with incitement to riot in Oklahoma County

In a new incitement to riot charge, three defendants are accused of going on Facebook Live May 28 to urge viewers to join them...

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Protester faces gun charge

An outspoken activist has been charged with a misdemeanor that accuses her of illegally posing with a handgun during an armed...

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Second Oklahoma County jail inmate with virus dies

A second Oklahoma County jail inmate has died at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19. Roosevelt Larry Knox, 65, of...

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Oklahoma County sheriff wants TV ads to stop

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor is asking a communications company to stop showing an outside group's TV attack ad. In a...

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She reported being shot at; police arrested her for driving a car reported stolen during a home invasion

Marua Johnson, 29, spent a lot of time answering police questions last weekend. She told police she was shot at around 10:45...

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Yukon police: man tried to kidnap his ex-girlfriend in front of us

YUKON — Eyewitnesses say a Yukon man tried to kidnap his former lover at gunpoint. The eyewitnesses were Yukon police...

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Stuart truck driver accused of lewd acts with child

Authorities have arrested a 35-year-old Stuart truck driver after they say he tried to meet a teenage girl at a truck stop and...

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Protests force Oklahoma County Jail Trust to delay vote on COVID-19 relief funds

Protesters shut down an Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting Monday so they could express concerns over the potential for nearly...

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Oklahoma County sheriff upset over mailers

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor is denouncing the involvement of an outside group in his bid for reelection. The group,...

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Veterans treatment court begins in Oklahoma County

A new veterans treatment court has begun in Oklahoma County as a way to divert veterans with severe substance abuse disorders...

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As questions mount, prospects dim for federal bill on Oklahoma reservations

Prospects have dimmed for federal legislation this year to clarify Oklahoma’s criminal and civil jurisdiction in the wake of a...

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Families allege abuse and neglect at Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans Center

LAWTON — State officials are scrambling to investigate disturbing reports of abuse and neglect at the Lawton/Fort Sill Veterans...

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Oklahoma County commissioners strike controversial resolution after protests

Cheers and chants filled the Oklahoma County commissioners' meeting room Friday when, after more than an hour of public...

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Oklahoma ranks in Top 10 for the condition of its bridges

Oklahoma has accomplished a dramatic turnaround and now ranks among the Top10 in the nation for the condition of its bridges,...

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Oklahoma County jail may get $42 million to combat virus

Oklahoma County officials voted Thursday to give $42 million to the trust overseeing the overcrowded jail to fight COVID-19....

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Protesters argue against Oklahoma County resolution limiting free speech

Demonstrators occupied an Oklahoma County commissioners meeting Wednesday to protest a resolution that would regulate free...

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Oklahoma County judge imposes $500,000 fine on Epic Charter Schools' nonprofit

An Oklahoma County district judge leveled a $500,000 fine against the nonprofit overseeing Epic Charter Schools on Wednesday....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More Oklahoma County jail inmates test positive

The COVID-19 outbreak at the Oklahoma County jail has worsened. The number of inmates who have tested positive since July 1 has...

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Governor seeks rehearing in state Supreme Court tribal gaming case

Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt have filed a request for rehearing with the Oklahoma Supreme Court regarding the court's recent...

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Norman police say shootings aren't related

NORMAN — Police are calling a rash of shootings that culminated late Thursday night outside a Campus Corner bar unusual but...

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Wichita and Affiliated Tribes seek ruling that exclusivity fees no longer required

Wichita and Affiliated Tribes are asking an Oklahoma City federal judge to go beyond his July ruling that the state's 15-year...

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Beating of gay man doesn't fall under Oklahoma's hate crime prohibitions

In the early morning of June 27, Oklahoma City-based real estate agent Christian Council, a 28-year-old gay man, returned to...

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Four Oklahoma tribes ask federal court in Washington D.C. to void two gaming compacts

Four Oklahoma tribes filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt and the U.S Department of the Interior Friday seeking to...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt's attorneys defend gaming compacts with two tribes

Gov. Kevin Stitt's attorneys contend his gaming compacts with the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians and Kialegee Tribal...

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County commissioners to vote on $1.5 million eviction mitigation program

Oklahoma County Budget Board members voted to recommend the county use $1.5 million of its CARES Act funding for an eviction...

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Stitt announces new surge plan, opposes more stimulus funds

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he is opposed to an additional federal stimulus package at the current time....

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$77 per person: Oklahoma cities, counties to get federal relief funds based on population.

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office announced on Wednesday a change to the distribution process for CARES Act funding going to cities and...

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Dozens of bias incidents reported at OU over two-year period

During a two-year period at the University of Oklahoma, dozens of complaints over alleged biased or prejudiced behavior were...

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Grand jury hears testimony on Boren

A criminal investigation of David Boren entered a new phase Wednesday when the state's multicounty grand jury got involved....

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Trump: Birx to visit Oklahoma with targeted guidance

Dr. Deborah Birx, a leading member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, will visit Oklahoma next week to provide...

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ODOT seeks comments on plans to widen I-40 to six lanes from Oklahoma-Pottawatomie County line to Shawnee

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation on Tuesday unveiled plans for widening Interstate 40 to six lanes from the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 cases on the rise in Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH — Positive COVID-19 cases recorded by the Cherokee Nation's health care system have increased more than 200 percent...

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Your trip to Dallas is getting shorter: Speed limit to increase to 75 mph on rural sections of I-35 and I-40

Road trips to Dallas will soon take a little less time. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted Monday to raise the speed...

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Day care operators react to release of $9.6 million in COVID-19 relief funds

Gov. Kevin Stitt and the head of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have announced plans to release $9.6 million in...

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