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Randy Ellis
Randy Ellis

For the past 30 years, staff writer Randy Ellis has exposed public corruption and government mismanagement in news articles. Ellis has investigated problems in Oklahoma's higher education institutions and wrote stories that ultimately led to two college presidents being sentenced to prison and a former chancellor being forced to resign. He has written about abuses of Oklahoma's workers' compensation system, corruption in the state's municipal bond industry, bid-rigging by county officials, self-dealing by state housing officials, misconduct involving state legislators and a variety of other topics. Ellis has won more than 80 state, regional and national awards for journalistic excellence. Prior to joining The Oklahoman in 1982, Ellis worked at Arkansas newspapers. He is a 1977 graduate of Kansas State University.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mobile COVID-19 test sites make adjustments on the fly as state surpasses 1,500 positive tests

The number of Oklahomans who have tested positive for COVID-19 surpassed 1,500 Wednesday — reaching the total just four days...

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Hospital officials confirm temporary closure of INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Portland Ave., ER to stay open

INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center Portand Ave., which used to be called Deaconess Hospital, is being temporarily closed, a...

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Transportation Commission to rebid Del City I-40 bridge project following glitch in bidding process

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission on Monday rejected bids for a multi-million dollar project to replace six Interstate 40...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Central Oklahoma hospitals working together to prepare for COVID-19 surge

Spurred to action by fear of a potential surging tsunami of central Oklahoma COVID-19 cases, doctors and administrators at...

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Creator God, thank You for Your constant, unfailing love. Amen.

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Outlook 2020: Attorney inspired to serve inmates by father's incarceration

Oklahoma County Assistant Public Defender Francie Ekwerekwu says if she could do just one thing to fix Oklahoma's criminal...

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Outlook 2020: Madison Mélon-McLawhorn is a strong believer in prison diversion programs

Madison Mélon-McLawhorn went to law school at Georgetown University, but returned to Oklahoma City because she wanted to make a...

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Oklahomans testing positive for COVID-19 surpasses 1,000

The number of Oklahomans who have tested positive for COVID-19 topped the 1,000 mark Saturday — one day after another major...

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God of mercy, strengthen our immune systems. Help us not only survive this pandemic, but grow closer in spirit for having...

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Fired nurse sues OKC hospital for wrongful termination, claiming he was ordered not to wear mask

A registered nurse has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against Oklahoma Heart Hospital South, claiming he was fired for...

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God of redemption, revitalize our souls with a sense of love and compassion. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Federal officials seek input from tribes on how $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds should be distributed

The U.S. Department of the Interior has sent letters to tribal leaders across the nation seeking recommendations on how $8...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nursing home operators want facility to care for COVID-19-positive residents returning from hospitals

Oklahoma nursing home officials are pushing for something akin to a halfway house for COVID-19-infected nursing home patients...

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Coronovirus in Oklahoma: Infectious disease expert estimates 5,000 Oklahomans infected with COVID-19

The number of Oklahomans who have tested positive for the coronavirus rose to 481 Monday, but the total number of Oklahomans...

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God of redemption, troubling times reveal the depth of our character and faith. Help us shine like never before. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes battle coronavirus, much like state and federal government

Gov. Kevin Stitt isn't the only head of a government in Oklahoma scrambling to bolster a health care system, rework a...

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Holy God, thank You for technology that enables us to work and worship together, even when we are physically apart. Amen.

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Holy God, there is no need for fear for those who truly believe in You. Increase our faith. Amen.

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Oklahoma gaming tribes outraged over letter from Gov. Stitt's attorney

A letter from an outside law firm representing Gov. Kevin Stitt has reignited a firestorm of controversy within Oklahoma's...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Chickasaw Nation extends business closures due to coronavirus

Chickasaw Nation casinos and offices will remain closed through April 15 due to the global coronavirus pandemic, Chickasaw Gov....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Sen. Inhofe arranges flight out of Kenya for stranded mission workers as country prepared to close its borders

Six frazzled Oklahomans are self-quarantining in their homes after Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe arranged a special flight out of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes sue insurance companies over business interruption coverage

The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed separate lawsuits against several insurance companies Tuesday seeking judicial rulings...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Mobile emergency rooms are being set up to screen patients for COVID-19

Mobile emergency rooms are being set up near the emergency room entrance at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City to screen...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: All Oklahoma tribal casinos have suspended operations

All Oklahoma Indian casinos are now temporarily closed as each tribe seeks to do its part to help stop the spread of the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OMRF doctor discusses potential of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment

There is reason for hope that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could turn out to be effective drugs for the prevention and...

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Drug being tested for COVID-19 can have deadly side effects

Chloroquine, a drug that President Trump has announced is being fast-tracked for clinical testing as a treatment for COVID-19,...

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God of grace, help us to distinguish between opportunities to be taken and temptations to be avoided. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: DHS limiting office visits to appointment only

Effective immediately, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is limiting office visits to "appointment only" to help...

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Officials in state found to be hostile to records requests

Oklahoma's political and civic leaders like to tout the friendliness of the state's people, but some elected officials are...

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God of salvation, every day we love You more. Help us share that love with others. Amen.

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Wichita Tribe: State reneged on gaming agreement, jeopardizing education funding

Oklahoma state officials reneged on their agreement to provide tribes with substantial exclusivity to conduct gaming operations...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Q&A with infectious disease experts concerning COVID-19

The best place to find answers to questions about the COVID-19 coronavirus is with infectious disease experts. OU Medicine...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Q&A about COVID-19 with OU Medicine infectious disease experts

Infectious disease experts at OU Medicine held an hourlong news conference Tuesday to answer questions about the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Remington Park casino, restaurants to close; racing to continue

Casino operations at Remington Park in Oklahoma City are being temporarily suspended through April 12 as a preventative measure...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Chickasaw, Cherokee nations announces temporary closure of their casinos

The Chickasaw and Cherokee nations are temporarily suspending operations at their Oklahoma casinos to help mitigate the spread...

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Disgraced priest disputes law firm's report, seeks certain rights from OKC Archdiocese

A retired Catholic clergyman named in a list of predatory priests wants to retain the right to carry out priestly functions...

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Oklahoma's casinos remain open, but not all shows

Oklahoma's Indian casinos remain open with heightened sanitary precautions, but some entertainers have announced they are...

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Oklahoma Department of Securities accused of negligence in class-action lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Oklahoma Department of Securities over a massive December 2018 data breach...

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Attorney General: Gov. Stitt cannot put tribal gaming money in escrow

Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration cannot deposit state revenues from tribal gaming exclusivity fees in escrow pending the...

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Missing funds prompt investigation of Canton Police Department

CANTON — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has opened a criminal investigation into the Canton Police Department after...

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God of grace, help us face reality now so we can move toward a future we can joyously embrace. Amen.

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Holy God, grant us the courage to say what needs to be said and the grace to say it in a way that will be heard. Amen.

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Preparations underway to replace 6 bridges on I-40 in Del City area

Navigating Interstate 40 through Del City is about to become more challenging and congested. And drivers can expect it to...

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God of wisdom, remind us that being in our comfort zone should not be comfortable, if it means we have stopped growing. Amen.

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Merciful God, grant us comfort so that we might have the ability to comfort others. Amen.

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God of love, encourage us to resolve problems within our relationships while they are still small rather than letting them grow...

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Federal judge rejects requests by two tribes to join lawsuit against Gov. Stitt

An Oklahoma City federal judge has rejected requests by two tribes to join a tribal gaming lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt. It...

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Lender seeks to have Stroud, Anadarko hospitals placed in receivership

Alleging that they are owed more than $24 million in overdue loan and rent payments, the landlord and lender for hospitals in...

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God of compassion, encourage us to never be more harsh in our criticisms of others than we are in our evaluations of ourselves....

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OU professor issues apology to class for speaking "N-word"

NORMAN — For the second time in less than two weeks, a faculty member at the University of Oklahoma has used the racially...

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Attorney general dismisses lawsuit against three opioid distributors, but plans to refile later

In what is being described as a "strategic move," Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter dismissed the state's lawsuit against...

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God of grace, remind us that no one has the right to define us. You created each of us to be the person You intended us to be....

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Creator God, this is Your world. Thank You for giving us a lifetime to work and play in it, however long that turns out to be....

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God of grace, You created us not to be served, but to serve. Encourage us to joyfully take up that mantle. Amen.

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Two Oklahoma tribes face opposition in requests to participate in lawsuit over gaming compacts

Five Oklahoma gaming tribes have asked a federal judge to reject requests by two other tribes to participate in their lawsuit...

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God of salvation, strengthen our faith so that we will not feel lost when times get hard. Amen.

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Options for widening I-35 in OKC unveiled

Many residents got their first look at proposed designs for widening Interstate 35 in eastern Oklahoma City Tuesday night...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 20, 2020

God of redemption, inspire us to discard those things that are holding us back so that we might confidently move forward to...

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State budgets revenue from tribal gaming operations

Oklahoma state officials continue to include anticipated exclusivity fee revenue from tribal casinos in state budgets, despite...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 17, 2020

Holy God, You have always been there for us. Encourage us in our efforts to always be there for You. Amen.

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Tribes: Stitt unwittingly renewed tribal gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly triggered the automatic renewal of the state's tribal gaming compacts last December — at the same...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 16, 2020

Almighty God, remind us that our most trusted friends are those with the courage to speak the truth to us at the times we would...

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Layn Phillips selected as mediator in gaming compact dispute between governor and tribes

Former U.S. District Judge Layn R. Phillips has been selected to serve as the mediator in a dispute between Oklahoma's gaming...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 15, 2020

God of grace, to discover the truth, we must first seek it. Inspire us to begin our search. Amen.

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Sovereign immunity cited in appellate court ruling in Kaw tribal dispute

A Kay County judge exceeded his authority when he issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the then-chair and acting police...

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God of wisdom, remind us that while romance can be fun, it's the patience and kindness we demonstrate on a daily basis that...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 13, 2020

God of salvation, You embrace lives that others have cast aside. Because of You, we always have hope. Amen.

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Judge orders mediation in compact dispute between Gov. Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes

An Oklahoma City federal judge has ordered mediation in a compact dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 10, 2020

God of redemption, on those days when we look at the world and see only brokenness, remind us that You are at work healing...

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Oak Tree Country Club owners settle class action lawsuit over gratuities

Current and former owners of Oak Tree Country Club have reached a tentative settlement in a class action lawsuit filed by wait...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 9, 2020

God of compassion, help us see ourselves through Your eyes – with unerring honesty, but viewed through the lens of mercy and...

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Ad campaign to challenge adequacy of contributions to state government by Oklahoma tribal casinos

A new organization is hitting the airwaves Friday with ads questioning whether casinos operated by Indian tribes are...

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God of wisdom, grant us the ability to pierce the veil of clever rhetoric spoken by people with questionable motives. Amen.

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Cherokee Nation lawsuit to become test case in search for global solution to expansive opioid litigation

The Cherokee Nation's lawsuit against opioid distributors and pharmacies has been sent back to federal court in Muskogee where...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 6, 2020

God of redemption, no road is too perilous when You are riding shotgun. Be with us always. Amen.

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Warrant issued for ex-employee accused of embezzling more than $253,000 from Catholic church in Del City

DEL CITY — An arrest warrant has been issued for a former church employee accused of embezzling more than $253,000 from St....

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Opioid distributor moves case to federal court

Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid distributors has been moved to federal court in Oklahoma City. Opioid distributor McKesson...

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Widening I-35 to be discussed at public meeting.

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has scheduled a public meeting for Feb. 18 to discuss the need for widening and...

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Modifications coming to Canadian County intersection that was site of fatal motorcycle accident

A Canadian County intersection that was the site of a fatal motorcycle accident on Nov. 24 is being modified in an effort to...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 3, 2020

Almighty God, You have the power to turn weaknesses into strengths. There is no need for us to ever be afraid. Amen.

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Plans to auction off counterfeit Mustangs creates furor

SHAWNEE — The Pottawatomie County district attorney has created a furor among owners of classic Shelby and Boss Mustangs by...

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Today's prayer for Feb. 1, 2020

Almighty God, we awake each day thinking of You. We ask for Your guidance to make wise decisions. Amen.

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God of love, help us respond to life’s challenges with faith rather than fear. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 30, 2020

God of wisdom, encourage us to ask ourselves a simple question: Do we really want more things or the sense of peace that comes...

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Oklahoma's tribal gaming compacts historically entangled with efforts to save horse racing

Did the state's compacts with Oklahoma gaming tribes expire on Jan. 1 or did they automatically renew? It sounds like a simple...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 27, 2020

God of grace, thank You for welcoming all who seek You. If only we all could be so welcoming. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 26, 2020

God of creation, fill us with a sense of purpose so that we can confidently work to make this a better world. Amen.

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Gov. Stitt and tribal leaders verbally spar over gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt and representatives of Oklahoma's gaming tribes resumed their war of words Thursday, with Stitt claiming a...

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I-235 closure delayed a week

Plans to close a section of Interstate 235 in north Oklahoma City this weekend are being pushed back a week, state...

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Governor files response to federal Indian gaming lawsuit

Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt filed a response to a lawsuit filed by three Oklahoma gaming tribes Wednesday, asking a federal...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 23, 2020

God of redemption, encourage us to evaluate our lives honestly and to make changes whenever improvements are needed. Amen.

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Archdiocese adds to list of priests accused of sexual abuse

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City has revoked the authority of the Rev. Marvin Leven to serve as a priest after substantiating...

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Caps on legal fees to private attorneys proposed by Senate majority leader

State agencies and officials would be prohibited from paying more than $10 million to outside attorneys for legal work in a...

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God of salvation, Your calls for justice and mercy resonate deep within our souls. Spur us to action. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 20, 2020

God of compassion, we live in a land of great wealth. Remind us that carries with it great obligation. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 19, 2020

God of grace, bless the peacekeepers as they seek to bring harmony to this world that is so often filled with conflict. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 18, 2020

God of love, grant us compassion for those who are struggling. We all struggle sometimes. Amen.

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Financial irregularities discovered in audit of Garfield County town

KREMLIN — A state audit of the small Garfield County town of Kremlin has revealed numerous financial irregularities, including...

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God of grace, help us persevere when we are confident our actions are consistent with Your will. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 16, 2020

God of mercy, during times when our lives feel empty, quietly remind us that only means there is plenty of room for love to...

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I-235 closure planned for weekend of Jan. 24

Interstate 235 will be closed to through traffic at the Interstate 44 interchange during the weekend of Jan. 24, state...

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Almighty God, as we survey the heavens on cold winter nights, we are awed by the vastness of Your creation. Help us find our...

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter files lawsuit against opioid distributors

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a state lawsuit against three major opioid distributors Monday, accusing them of...

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Construction to begin on Tulsa's Gilcrease Expressway

After decades of planning and waiting, construction is expected to begin in earnest in February on the west leg of the...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 13, 2020

God of wisdom, they say patience is a virtue, but procrastination is a fault. Help us distinguish between the two as we seek to...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 12, 2020

God of salvation, help us live our lives in such a way that those who witness our actions will know Your heart. Amen.

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Opioid manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals reaches $8.75 million settlement with Oklahoma

Drug manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay Oklahoma $8.75 million to resolve potential litigation over the...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of compassion, thank You for mental health professionals who have a special gift for healing people’s minds. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 9, 2020

Almighty God, let our hands be Your hands as we seek to feed the hungry, find homes for the homeless and bring peace to those...

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DHS continues to experience alarming decline in therapeutic foster homes

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services continues to experience an alarming decline in the number of therapeutic foster homes...

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New OKC turnpike opening Thursday

Commercial warehouses and distribution centers in southwest Oklahoma City are scheduled to get a huge boost Thursday with the...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 6, 2020

God of creation, we humans fight mightily to stop erosion, while You harness its power to create the Grand Canyon. We stand in...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 5, 2020

God of mercy, You know the worst about us and still love us. Help us do the same for others. Amen.

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Governor selects out-of-state law firm to represent Oklahoma in tribal gaming dispute

Gov. Kevin Stitt has selected Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie to represent the state in its ongoing dispute with Oklahoma...

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Gov. Stitt approves one-year extension of Seminole Nation's tobacco compact

Gov. Kevin Stitt has approved a one-year extension of the state's tobacco compact with the Seminole Nation. "The Tobacco Tax...

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God of creation, we offer You our best, because You have never offered us anything less. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Jan. 2, 2020

God of mercy, when all seems lost, You give us hope. We thank You. Amen.

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Tribes sue Gov. Kevin Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts

Oklahoma's three largest gaming tribes have filed a lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt, asking a federal judge to rule that the...

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Hunting and fishing compacts extended for two Oklahoma tribes

The Choctaw and Cherokee Nations have reached agreements with the governor's office to extend their hunting and fishing...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, You have been clear in Your pleas for us to love one another. Let 2020 be the year that we listen. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Dec. 30, 2019

Holy God, the curse of the greedy is they will never feel they have enough. The blessing of the generous is that whether they...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 29, 2019

God of wisdom, the victories that come through retribution will always ring hollow compared to the feelings of grace and...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 28, 2019

Eternal God, strengthen our faith so that we might fully experience the power of Your love. Amen.

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God of creation, with every morning sunrise, You bring the hope of a new and glorious day. Amen.

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Oklahoma Supreme Court retains jurisdiction of appeals filed in state case against opioid manufacturer

The Oklahoma Supreme Court will retain jurisdiction of appeals filed in a case in which a $465 million verdict was rendered...

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Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns from governor's cabinet, citing disagreement over gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet Secretary of Native American Affairs abruptly resigned Monday, citing irreconcilable differences...

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God of grace, though the light of truth sometimes flickers, Your love for us assures that it will never be snuffed out. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Dec. 22, 2019

God of redemption, Your light shines brightest in times of darkness, creating a beacon of hope for all to follow. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Dec. 21, 2019

God of salvation, like a crackling fire on a cold winter's day, You warm our hearts and refresh our spirits. Amen.

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State mails out audit letters to Oklahoma gaming tribes as dispute escalates

The battle between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes heated up Friday. The Stitt administration upped the ante in a...

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Tribes say 'no' to governor's proposal for a gaming compact extension

TULSA — In a strong show of unity, leaders of Oklahoma's gaming tribes called a joint news conference Thursday to announce...

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God of grace, encourage us to listen intently so that we might add to our wisdom, rather than being quick to offer advice. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Dec. 19, 2019

God of wisdom, remind us it is better to be scorned for a righteous decision than praised for a decision made with deceitful...

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Governor seeks 8-month extension to tribal gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt sent letters to each of Oklahoma's gaming tribes Wednesday proposing an eight-month extension to all tribal...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of redemption, during times when we have more questions than answers, we would ask You to send us wise counsel. Amen.

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Attorney General steps aside from Indian gaming negotiations

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Tuesday that he has stepped aside as the state's lead negotiator on tribal...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt asks tribes to sign gaming compact extension

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says all class III slot machines will be illegal on Jan. 1, 2020 in Oklahoma if an extension of the...

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OU housing developer sues university, state

The developer of a financially floundering luxury housing complex at the University of Oklahoma has filed a lawsuit against the...

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State appeals opioid verdict claiming $465 million award is not enough

Contending that a $465 million verdict awarded against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson will be insufficient to fully...

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OKC Catholic archdiocese adds name to list of credibly accused priests

A priest from India who served briefly in Oklahoma City in 2001 as been added to the list of priests who have had...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 16, 2019

Merciful God, like a gentle rain on parched earth, Your love refreshes our souls and creates the opportunity for new life. Amen.

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Holy God, grant us a window into Your thoughts so that we might see the world as it should be, rather than the way it is. Amen.

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State briefs for Dec. 14, 2019: $5.2 million coming to state to battle opioid epidemic

$5.2 million coming to state to battle opioid epidemic Oklahoma state, local and tribal entities will receive more than $5.2...

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Western Heights school district shorted $7.3 million in state aid over 11-year period

The Western Heights Public School District was shorted more than $7.3 million in state aid payments over an 11-year period...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 14, 2019

God of mercy, remind us that the holidays bring feelings of sorrow to some people, just as they bring joy to others. Help us be...

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Audit cites complaints of unprofessional conduct by former OSSM finance official

The head of finance at the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics retired abruptly last summer after complaints of...

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Opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson files state Supreme Court appeal

Attorneys for opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday, contending a...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 5, 2019

God of love, encourage us to take as much joy from the accomplishments of others as we do our own. Amen.

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$34 million OK'd for highway projects in Yukon, Woodward County

Approval of a $13 million Yukon bridge replacement project and a $21 million highway widening project in Woodward County...

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Today's prayer for Dec. 1, 2019

God of grace, the path to joy begins with gratitude. Thank You for all You have given us. Amen.

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Health care company expects to pay $66 million to settle whistleblower case involving alleged kickbacks to OKC surgeons

Tenet Healthcare Corporation expects to pay $66 million to settle a whistleblower lawsuit involving alleged kickbacks to...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 29, 2019

Holy God, all of us influence the lives of others. Help us make that influence positive. Amen.

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God of love, thank You for answering our prayers, even when the answer is "no." You know our needs. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 24, 2019

God of grace, as human beings we all have flaws. Help us spend less time pointing out the flaws in others and more time...

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State to appeal judge's final order in opioid case

Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Thursday that the state plans to appeal a judge's order directing Johnson & Johnson...

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Creator God, help us grow in knowledge, wisdom and insight so that we might have a better understanding of Your will for our...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 21, 2019

God of grace, thank You for the privilege of being able to serve others. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 18, 2019

God of wisdom, help us be more grateful for the things we have and less envious of the things we don't. Amen.

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MAPS 4 proposal for Chesapeake would prolong life of arena, backers say

The MAPS 4 proposal on the ballot next month includes more than $100 million to update Chesapeake Energy Arena to keep it...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 17, 2019

Holy God, when we contemplate traits for which we would like to be remembered, let kindness be near the top of our lists. Amen.

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Oklahoma judge issues final order in opioid case

NORMAN — A judge issued a final order Friday directing pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries to pay...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 16, 2019

God of wisdom, remind us that our best treasures are to be found in our relationships, not our worldly possessions. Amen.

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Governor voices frustration, suggests tribal gaming fees as high as 25%

Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed Oklahoma tribal gaming fees as high as 25% Thursday as he went public with his frustrations over what...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of wisdom, remind us that our best treasures are to be found in our relationships, not our worldly possessions. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 14, 2019

Holy God, give us faith and courage to take the road less traveled. With You as our guide, we know both the journey and...

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Kickback charge results in deferred sentence for former Oilton mayor

OILTON — Former Oilton Mayor Patrick Leon Kennedy has begun serving a three-year deferred sentence after pleading guilty last...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 11, 2019

Almighty God, Your grace gives us peace. Your love gives us hope. We thank You. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 10, 2019

God of the universe, even small creatures of the ocean can create beautiful seashells. Help us realize the vast potential for...

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Today's prayer for Nov. 9, 2019

Almighty God, thank You for always being with us so we never have to be alone. Amen.

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God of compassion, help us be generous with our praise and reserved in our criticism so we can be an encouraging force in this...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of wisdom, we come to You daily in prayer, seeking a more complete understanding of Your will. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 4, 2019

God of love, it is through Your grace that we experience a peace that surpasses all understanding. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 3, 2019

Holy God, the more we seek You, the more we discover about the depths of Your great love. We thank You. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Nov. 2, 2019

God of salvation, You have shown us Your love through Your great mercy. Guide us as we seek to follow Your example. Amen.

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God of love, the world Your hands have created is beyond what any of us could have hoped for or imagined. We thank You. Amen.

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Governor and legislative leaders tell judge Johnson & Johnson's opioid abatement payments should not be limited to one year

NORMAN — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders told a judge in the state's opioid lawsuit Monday that they believe...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 28, 2019

God of wisdom, the journey is the destination for those who seek life's great truths. Light our path. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Oct. 26, 2019

God of mercy, when we acknowledge a mistake, we own it. When we deny a mistake, it owns us. The path to redemption begins with...

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God of peace, consulting You through prayer is the path to having confidence in our decisions. Amen.

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Former Sallisaw city manager under investigation by OSBI

A former Sallisaw city manager is under investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for the alleged misuse of a...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 21, 2019

Holy God, for the privilege of serving You, we give thanks. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Oct. 19, 2019

God of creation, keep us focused on the most important tasks You have placed before us. We are so easily distracted. Amen.

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Attorney general to meet with tribes to discuss gaming compacts

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter is scheduled to meet with leaders of Oklahoma Indian tribes on Oct. 28 in Shawnee to...

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God of mercy, help us spend less time criticizing and more time developing positive solutions. Amen.

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Chronic pain patients complain obtaining opioid medications has become difficult

About 40 chronic pain patients and their advocates rallied outside the Oklahoma attorney general's office Wednesday,...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 17, 2019

Holy God, free us from worries that rob us of our time while producing so few positive benefits. Amen.

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Opioid trial judge admits $107 million math error

NORMAN — A judge admitted Tuesday to making a $107 million math error in his verdict in the state's opioid case. "That will be...

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves eight-year construction work plan

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission approved three separate planning documents Monday that identify its priorities for...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 13, 2019

Almighty God, You have shown Yourself to be worthy of our trust. Help us be worthy of Yours. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Oct. 12, 2019

God of salvation, sometimes the hardest person for us to forgive is ourselves. Help us find peace. Amen.

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God of compassion, stretch our ability to love to include those who view the world much differently than we do. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Oct. 10, 2019

God of wisdom, it is through grace that we are forgiven. It is through forgiving others that we achieve grace. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Oct. 7, 2019

God of love, we awaken in the morning with a song of praise on our lips because we know we have been blessed. Amen.

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Damning report rips Oklahoma City Archdiocese for poor responses to credible child sexual abuse allegations against priests

For more than a half-century, Oklahoma City's Catholic Archdiocese responded to reports of child sexual abuse by its priests...

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Today's prayer for Oct. 5, 2019

God of love, we look in the mirror to see who we are. We look to You to see who we can become. Amen.

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God of grace, thank You for crisp autumn days when colorful leaves shimmer in the breeze as the evening sun casts golden...

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Attorneys for opioid maker want judge to correct alleged $107 million mathematical error in judgment rendered against them

NORMAN — Attorneys for Johnson & Johnson say a judge made a huge computational error of more than $107 million in...

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Holy God, grant us the strength today to address those issues in our lives that we have too long ignored. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Sept. 28, 2019

God of salvation, thank You for not giving up on us, even on those days when we come close to giving up on ourselves. Amen.

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Drug companies appeal $572 million opioid trial verdict

Opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries filed an appeal with the Oklahoma Supreme Court Wednesday...

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Oklahoma to receive $11.8 million in additional federal funds to combat opioid epidemic

Oklahoma will receive an additional $11.8 million in federal funds to help battle the opioid crisis, the Trump administration...

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Today's prayer for Sept. 26, 2019

God of redemption, remind us that it is never to late to begin again, confident that our faith and Your strength can make...

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Today's prayer for Sept. 23, 2019

God of compassion, Your love is ever present, renewing our hope for joy in what is often a deeply troubled world. Amen.

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Today's prayer for Sept. 22, 2019

God of wisdom, as we explore the potential of artificial intelligence, let us remember to continue to use the real intelligence...

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God of love, thank You for putting limits on the knowledge of each of us, ensuring that we have strong incentive to listen...

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Holy God, help us remember that having disagreements with others is no excuse for not being kind. Amen.

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God of salvation, help us sort the important from the unimportant so that our lives will make a difference. Amen.

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God of wisdom, teach us that redemption is possible when we quit letting our past control our future. Amen.

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God of grace, before we insist on having things our way, let us reflect to make sure it is Your way, as well. Amen.

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God of love, thank You for tears that wash away our sorrows so that joy will once again have room to grow. Amen.

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Holy God, even a small seed can produce great fruit when carefully nurtured. Help each of us realize our potential. Amen.

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God of compassion, battling addiction takes tremendous courage. Strengthen the resolve of those engaged in that daily battle....

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Merciful God, be with those whose lives have been shattered by Hurricane Dorian. Help them somehow look beyond the rubble and...

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God of wisdom, remind parents that the most valuable gifts they can give a child are wise counsel, quality time and...

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God of creation, give us the knowledge and skill to nurture Your planet so that it will continue to provide life in abundance...

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God of peace, remind us that displaying tolerance toward others is just the beginning. The goal is to show love. Amen.

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Almighty God, teach us that even a lifetime of mistakes can lead to wisdom if we learn from our experiences. Amen.

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Event judge severely beaten following ranch rodeo competition at Lazy E Arena

GUTHRIE — An investigation is underway into an incident where a ranch rodeo event judge was severely beaten and had three teeth...

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God of compassion, thank You for kind neighbors and loyal friends who share our joys and our sorrows. Amen.

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God of love, You have given each of us special talents so that we can use them to help each other. We thank You. Amen.

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God of salvation, thank You for the days You have given us. Help us use to them to make a difference. Amen.

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Legal strategizing continues following $572 million verdict in state's opioid lawsuit

Oklahoma won a $572 million verdict against opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson Monday, but that money likely won't be...

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$572 million verdict handed down in Oklahoma opioid trial

NORMAN — A judge returned a $572 million verdict against Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries Monday, ruling their...

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Almighty God, solidify our core values so we can stand firm on them when life turns difficult. Don't let them be like shifting...

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Verdict to be announced today in state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

NORMAN — A verdict will be announced 3 p.m. today in Oklahoma's multibillion dollar lawsuit against opioid manufacturer Johnson...

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Contractor to get $500K bonus for Oklahoma City Boulevard

An Oklahoma City contractor is slated to receive a $500,000 bonus for completing pavement work on the Oklahoma City Boulevard...

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God of grace, remind us that asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but an acknowledgement of the strength You make...

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Almighty God, protect those who act with integrity. Don't let those who speak falsehoods damage their reputations. Amen.

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Holy God, let Your will be our will. Make our hands and feet the tools for Your labor. Amen.

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God of salvation, hope is alive for those who place their faith in You. Amen.

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Auditors criticize Hallett Christmas party expenditures

HALLETT — The Town of Hallett improperly used money from its general fund to pay for Hallett Public Works Authority (PWA)...

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Merciful God, soothe the simmering anger that tortures so many souls. Surround us with Your gentle peace. Amen.

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Holy God, the radiance of Your love brings joy to our hearts. Amen.

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God of love, remind us that the greatness of a nation is measured not by its wealth or military might, but by the kindness and...

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God of compassion, help us choose our words carefully, saying nothing about someone in private that we would be ashamed to say...

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God of wisdom, even fine food will make us obese if we eat too much of it. Remind us of the merits of moderation. Amen.

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Oklahoma's opioid trial judge parties with Snoop Dogg

People who think Oklahoma’s opioid trial judge is all business might want to ask him about last Saturday night. Judge Thad...

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$152 million highway upgrade project approved for US-69 in Calera

CALERA — The Oklahoma Transportation Commission has approved a $152 million highway project to upgrade US-69/75 in Calera....

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Oklahoma City Boulevard ribbon cutting slated for Aug. 19

Aug. 19 is expected to be a banner day for downtown Oklahoma City businesses and motorists. That's when officials are slated to...

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Hopes dashed for passenger rail service linking Oklahoma City and Tulsa

Hopes for passenger rail service linking Oklahoma City and Tulsa suffered a major setback Monday. Stillwater Central Railroad...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

O God, assist us as we seek to build our lives on the firmest of foundations — Your everlasting love. Amen.

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Almighty God, thank You for work that inspires us, rest that restores us and friends to share Your creation. Amen.

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God of grace, be with us as we go about our daily lives, inspiring us to bring out the best in others. Amen.

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State and drug makers make final pitches to judge in opioid trial

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries should be ordered to pay the state of Oklahoma more than $17.17 billion to...

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God of salvation, purify our thoughts so that when we put our thoughts into action the results will be pleasing to You. Amen.

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God of wisdom, when we disrespect others, we disrespect a valued part of Your creation. Forgive us. Amen.

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Holy God, thank You for public libraries where the knowledge and aspirations of humankind are available for all who choose to...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, what we can accomplish through our lives is limited only by our faith. Keep us ever faithful. Amen.

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God of wisdom, when we are tempted to boast, remind us that the truly wise are those who are humbled by how little they know....

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God of salvation, You are the flame that lights our lamps and the spirit that frees our souls. Amen.

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CBS News seeks unsealing of documents in Oklahoma's opioid lawsuit

NORMAN — CBS News is asking a judge to unseal documents in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers that relate to Teva...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, protect us from those who flatter us with their words, but carry deception in their hearts. Amen.

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New Purcell-Lexington bridge to open Friday

PURCELL — If Oklahomans hear a bunch of hooting and hollering Friday morning, it's probably coming from residents of Purcell...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, let our lives be extensions of Your will rather than obstacles to Your grace. Amen.

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O God, thank You for those quiet moments when we can relax and enjoy the full splendor of Your creation. Amen.

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God of justice, when others cower, grant us the courage to stand up and do the right thing. Amen.

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Embezzlement charged filed agains clerk/treasurer for two small Oklahoma towns

ENID — A woman who simultaneously served as clerk/treasurer for two small Garfield County towns was charged with felony...

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Attorneys make closing arguments in state case against opioid manufacturer

NORMAN — The state of Oklahoma and Johnson & Johnson agree on one thing: Oklahoma has an opioid crisis. Where they strongly...

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Oklahoma pain management doctor criticizes state workers' compensation law

NORMAN — All the testimony and evidence are now in, and closing arguments are scheduled for Monday in a nationally watched...

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Statistician testifies Johnson & Johnson's branded products had small share of Oklahoma's opioid market

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson's branded opioid products appeared to make up only a small fraction of Oklahoma's opioid market,...

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Utah doctor defends concept of 'pseudoaddiction'

NORMAN — A controversial Utah doctor defended the concept of "pseudoaddiction" Wednesday and blamed insurance companies for...

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Retired Baylor med school professor defends studies that cited low opioid addiction rates

NORMAN — A recently retired Baylor College of Medicine professor defended several controversial studies that reported quality...

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Judge rules opioid case should continue moving forward

NORMAN — Millions of opioid tablets have been stolen or improperly dispensed from Oklahoma pharmacies, a compliance officer for...

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Attorney accuses Johnson & Johnson of providing deceptive information to the court

NORMAN — An attorney for the state accused Johnson & Johnson of providing false and deceptive information to the court...

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Opioid products had extensive testing, review process

NORMAN — All drugs can be abused, but opioids manufactured by Johnson & Johnson and Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. underwent...

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Attorney General Mike Hunter says opioid makers tried to 'brainwash' prescribers

NORMAN — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Wednesday he believes evidence has shown that Johnson & Johnson was a...

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State official: Marketing worsened Oklahoma's opioid crisis

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson "unleashed a series of bombs on the United States of America" that caused the opioid epidemic,...

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State's proposed 30-year plan to abate opioid crisis calls for hiring 1,734 state employees

NORMAN — Oklahoma's proposed $17.5 billion plan to abate the state's opioid crisis calls for hiring 1,734 new employees, an...

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State leaders reach agreement on $85 million opioid case payment

NORMAN — An agreement has been reached between state lawmakers and Oklahoma's attorney general in a dispute over how proceeds...

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Abating Oklahoma's opioid epidemic is projected to cost more than $17.5 billion

NORMAN — The state of Oklahoma unveiled a 30-year plan to abate Oklahoma's opioid epidemic Friday that would carry a hefty...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of mercy, we worry when we think that we are in charge. We find peace when we know that You are in charge. Amen.

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Oklahoma opioid abatement plan's first year cost pegged at over $870 million

NORMAN — Abating Oklahoma's opioid epidemic is projected to be an expensive and lengthy process that would cost more than...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of redemption, the best days are always the ones that begin and end with prayer. Amen.

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God of peace, clear our minds of thoughts that more is always better. In You we have enough. Amen.

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Foster mom describes challenges of caring for baby suffering from opioid withdrawal

NORMAN — Caring for a baby born with opioid withdrawal symptoms is "hell on earth" and "that's being polite about it," an...

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Oklahoma's chief medical examiner discusses opioid-related deaths

NORMAN — Oklahoma's chief medical examiner read out loud the investigatory narratives from about three dozen Oklahoma...

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God of love, when we see injustice, give us the passion to do something about it. Amen.

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Ex-judge to oversee opioid settlement discussion

NORMAN — Steven W. Taylor, a retired Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, has been named a special master to try and...

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Retired chief justice named special master in settlement dispute

Steven W. Taylor, a former Chief Justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court, has been named a special master to try and work out a...

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God of creation, help us see the world that You envision so we can plant the seeds to make it happen. Amen.

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Holy God, little miracles appear when we least expect them, reminding us that you are still at work in this world. Amen.

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Lawmakers file brief in opioid case

NORMAN — A potential showdown is brewing in Cleveland County District Court over who will get to control the spending of...

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Opioid epidemic expert criticizes marketing statements made to doctors by drugmaker's sales reps

NORMAN — A key witnesses for the state ripped into Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, accusing the company of engaging in...

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Opioid epidemic expert testifies drug companies used front groups

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson and other opioid manufacturers used a "web" of front groups and paid physicians to push for more...

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Opioid epidemic expert testifies about how Johnson & Johnson impacted crisis

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson and groups that it funded have “contributed to a public health catastrophe” by repeatedly...

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Opioid epidemic expert discusses Johnson & Johnson's role in causing crisis

NORMAN — Johnson & Johnson and groups that it funded have "contributed to a public health catastrophe" by repeatedly...

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Marketing expert recommends $285 million marketing campaign to help abate Oklahoma's opioid epidemic

NORMAN — It would take a nearly $285 million marketing effort to counteract the impact of a highly sophisticated marketing...

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Pastor puts human face on Oklahoma's opioid epidemic

NORMAN — During one of the darkest hours of his life, Norman youth pastor John McGregor took a syringe intended for horses and...

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Doctor says drug company marketing messages acted like a virus

NORMAN — Pharmaceutical companies have spread their influence like a "virus," infiltrating sources of educational information...

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Coalition considered targeting elementary aged children with pain management message

NORMAN — A coalition that included key opinion leaders paid by Johnson & Johnson considered targeting both elementary-aged...

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Auditors find overpayments in Okmulgee County

OKMULGEE — State auditors have uncovered evidence that Okmulgee County's elected officials have received $382,403 in salary...

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Drug company employee testifies about sales calls, warning labels

NORMAN − As Oklahoma's opioid epidemic grew over the past two decades, people paid by Johnson & Johnson spent a lot of time...

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Opioid manufacturer's sales team targeted high prescribers of opioids for top marketing efforts

NORMAN − Sales representatives for opioid manufacturer Johnson & Johnson targeted doctors who were high prescribers of...

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Drug company reps blanketed Oklahoma doctors with promotional materials later deemed false or misleading

NORMAN − Promotional materials that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would later label "false or misleading" were...

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FDA warned opioid maker

NORMAN − A Johnson & Johnson subsidiary received a stern warning from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2004 for...

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Testimony about death of former OU linebacker kicks off testimony in Day 2 of opioid trial

NORMAN − Enid attorney Craig Box testified about the joyful life and tragic death of his OU linebacker son Wednesday as...

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Attorney general blames corporate greed for opioid crisis as Johnson & Johnson trial begins

NORMAN − Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter blamed Johnson & Johnson and its affiliates for helping cause the "worst...

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Long-awaited opioid trial to begin Tuesday in Norman

NORMAN — Barring another last-minute settlement, the eyes of the national news media will focus on the county courthouse here...

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Teva agrees to $85 million settlement in opioid public nuisance case

Generic opioid manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and a group of affiliated drug companies have agreed to pay $85 million to...

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OU to create National Research Center for Addiction Care

The University of Oklahoma on Sunday announced plans to expand its addiction research, training and treatment programs to...

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Wildlife department audit uncovers suspicious activity

A state performance audit of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has uncovered suspicious bidding activity in...

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Former head of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission had absenteeism issues

The former executive director of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission was paid but failed to show up for work an average of 11...

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In battling PTSD, the strength of the wolf is the pack

Carol Bentzlin had been married 13 months to the day when two Marine casualty officers showed up on her doorstep. The year was...

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Report finds progress by DHS in reducing abuse of children in state care

Oklahoma's Department of Human Services has made significant progress in reducing incidents of abuse of children in state care,...

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Mental health training for police introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers

Two members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have introduced bipartisan, companion bills designed to help law enforcement...

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State tax revenues set monthly record in April

Oklahoma's monthly state tax revenue reached a record $1.6 billion in April as the state's economy continued to expand, State...

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Norman judge rules opioid trial can continue

NORMAN — Oklahoma's multibillion dollar lawsuit against opioid manufacturers remains on track to start May 28. Cleveland County...

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Outside prosecutor appointed to investigate overpayments to Grady County officials

CHICKASHA — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has appointed an outside prosecutor to investigate current and former Grady...

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Edmond, Midwest City trails to grow longer

Midwest City and Edmond each will receive extensions to their trail systems after the Oklahoma Transportation Commission...

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Northwest Expressway resurfacing project expected to start in June

One of Oklahoma City's most congested thoroughfares will undergo a resurfacing project this summer, with crews looking to do...

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Auditors criticize ambulance service in Rogers County

OOLOGAH — Mismanagement of taxpayer dollars by the Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Service District has led to illegal deficit...

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Opioid settlement doesn't include cities, judge says

The state of Oklahoma's $270 million settlement with Purdue's opioid manufacturing companies does not apply to the state's...

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Moonshine operation busted in McCurtain County

EAGLETOWN — City slickers may be drooling over Oklahoma's fancy new liquor laws, but bootleggers and moonshine still have their...

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The Oklahoman wins recognition for reporting

FORT WORTH — The Oklahoman received recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists during the organization’s annual...

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Almighty God, as we reflect on the sacrifices of others that changed our lives, let us contemplate sacrifices we could make to...

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The Oklahoman to provide feed of opioid trial as court sets camera rules

NORMAN — The Oklahoman has been designated to serve as the sole provider of shared courtroom video and audio content for news...

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Auditor criticizes Murray County agency

SULPHUR — Financial oversight of Murray County's 911 emergency call center was so lax that governing board members once issued...

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Non-jury trial to decide Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

NORMAN − A judge ruled Thursday that he, rather than a jury, will decide the outcome of Oklahoma's public nuisance case against...

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Auditors question Oklahoma Department of Human Services' use of $10 million in federal funds

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services improperly used $10 million in federal funds to make adoption assistance payments to...

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State's opioid case transforms in surprising turn of events

In a surprising turn of events, attorneys for the state of Oklahoma on Thursday dismissed everything but a public nuisance...

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Oklahoma City and 4 other cities seek clarification of order approving partial settlement in state's opioid case

Oklahoma City and four other cities have asked to intervene in the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. They want to...

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Officials launch 'Game of Cones' work zone safety campaign

The topic was deadly serious, but the governor and Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials also had some fun Monday as...

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Oklahoma AG pledges to work with lawmakers on future settlements

Oklahoma's $270 million settlement with Purdue drug companies was made under unique circumstances, Oklahoma Attorney General...

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Oklahoma reaches $270 million settlement with opioid maker

TULSA — The state of Oklahoma will receive $270 million as a partial settlement to its lawsuit against opioid manufacturers,...

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Opioid makers lose bid for delaying Oklahoma trial

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday declined to intervene in the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, leaving the...

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'Disruptive' I-235 project to begin in OKC

The honeymoon is about over for Interstate 235 commuters who have been enjoying a five-month respite from construction on the...

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Today's prayer

God of grace, the path of righteousness is seldom easy but it always leads to good things. Help us stay the course. Amen.

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Lawsuit accuses officials of operating debtors' prison

BARTLESVILLE — A national civil rights organization filed a lawsuit Thursday accusing some Washington County judges and the...

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Senate to review cost of living hike in state pensions

A bill to grant a 4 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed the...

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Elk City to get state's first diverging diamond interchange

ELK CITY — Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall on Oklahoma's first diverging diamond interchange,...

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Controlled burn scheduled at Martin Park Nature Center

An 8-acre controlled burn is scheduled to take place beginning about 11 a.m. Friday at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W...

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Opioid manufacturers turn to state's top court in effort to delay trial

Complaining that they are at risk of "trial by ambush," a group of 13 opioid manufacturers filed documents with the Oklahoma...

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Wind industry tax protests disrupt school financing

In the halls of the state Capitol, lobbyists for the wind industry have been handing out brochures touting the millions of...

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Judge keeps opioid trial on track

NORMAN — Oklahoma’s fraud trial against opioid manufacturers remains on track to begin May 28 after a judge on Friday rejected...

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Opioid makers seek delay in start of state trial

NORMAN — Pharmaceutical company attorneys are requesting a 100-day delay in the start of a trial in which opioid manufacturing...

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Governor chooses OU grad from Ohio as new regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday appointed a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s business school to serve on the OU Board of...

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God of grace, forgive us for priding ourselves on being self-reliant when the wiser path is to humble ourselves and rely on...

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Panel approves 2 percent cost of living hike for pension system participants

A bill to grant a 2 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed out of...

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Data entry error caused $2.1 million shortage at Chickasha Public Schools

It appears a simple data entry error caused Chickasha Public Schools to be shorted more than $2.1 million in property tax...

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State budget growth nearly $575 million

Bolstered by projected revenues from tax increases, state lawmakers should have about $574.5 million more to appropriate this...

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Senate votes to allow schools to administer opioid overdose drug

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize school nurses or other designated employees to...

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OSU graduate wins $37.6 verdict in Honda seatbelt case

An Oklahoma State University graduate has been awarded a $37.6 million verdict against American Honda Motor Co. after a Dallas...

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God of Grace, when we are tempted to hide from You in shame, remind us of the depths of Your great mercy. Amen.

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Court hearing in opioids case turns heated

NORMAN — A hearing in Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid manufacturing companies turned heated Thursday with attorneys for the...

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Chickasha schools shortchanged $2.1 million by county treasurer

Chickasha Public Schools received a check for $2.1 million Monday after Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton acknowledged that a...

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Supplemental funding requests top $32 million

Six state agencies have submitted requests for supplemental funding totaling more than $32 million to help get through the...

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Stitt budget proposes funding boost for common education while keeping most agencies flat

Common education and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority would receive revenue boosts, while funding for higher education and...

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Stitt budget would raise teacher pay, set aside one-third of surplus

Gov. Kevin Stitt's first budget would make some investments but spend only about $400 million of the $600 million projected...

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Dissension caused by pension maneuver involving state public safety leaders

High-ranking officials within the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety have manipulated a law enforcement pension system,...