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'Snow' skiing coming to the Oklahoma River

Alpine skiing and snowboarding is coming to Oklahoma City with plans to open a new indoor slope at Riversport park along the...

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Oklahoma continues to set records for COVID-related hospitalizations

The Oklahoma State Department of Health releases COVID-19 updates each day. We'll keep track of the trends and cases here.

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Samuelson, Richard Lee “Rick”: 84, accounting, died Nov. 24. Graveside services 10 a.m. Dec. 3, North Platte, NE (Redinger,...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Creator God, we invite You to be the architect of our lives and look forward to seeing what You will design and construct. Amen.

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Asymptomatic health care workers with COVID-19 allowed to continue working in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health is allowing health care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, but aren't...

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Octogenarian's faithful commitment leads to her recent OBU graduation

SHAWNEE — When JoAnn Bowler was a young girl she wanted to learn to play the piano, but her mother couldn't afford to pay for...

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Oklahoma locks down prisons after assaults

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Friday locked down all facilities after more than 20 inmates were assaulted at three...

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School districts pleading for Oklahoma to curb COVID-19

As Oklahoma’s rates of COVID-19 skyrocket, school districts are begging the public to help keep their doors open. Many metro...

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Will other holidays be better than Thanksgiving? Fauci doesn’t think so

Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested Thanksgiving may be the beginning of a dark holiday season as the surge in coronavirus cases is...

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Trump pardons Flynn despite guilty plea in Russia probe

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, ending a yearslong prosecution...

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Duchess of Sussex reveals she had miscarriage

LONDON — The Duchess of Sussex has revealed that she had a miscarriage in July, giving a personal account of the traumatic...

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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God of compassion, the best kind of friend is one who speaks the truth with gentleness and kindness. Teach us to be that kind...

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Bartenders, club owners sue OKC, Holt over COVID curfew

Saying their rights have been violated and they’ve lost income, some owners of metro area nightspots along with a group of...

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Congress braces for Biden’s national coronavirus strategy

WASHINGTON — Congress is bracing for President-elect Joe Biden to move beyond the Trump administration’s state-by-state...

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Money promised to combat US overdose crisis sits unused

When it filed for bankruptcy last year, Purdue Pharma agreed to an innovative plan: It would make $200 million available...

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Pandemic politics, mask mandates and Trump's Tulsa rally test Oklahoma's top health official

Dr. Lance Frye never expected his job as the state’s top health official would be so political. As Oklahoma’s Health...

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Murder for hire: Alva man paid $5,000 to have ex-lover's boyfriend killed in OKC

A federal judge has ordered a vape shop owner from Alva to serve more than seven years in federal prison for paying to have a...

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Some California counties winding down hotels for homeless

SAN FRANCISCO — Some California counties are pushing ahead with plans to wind down a program that’s moved homeless people into...

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ESTER Samuelson, Richard Lee “Rick”: 84, accounting, died Nov. 24. Graveside services 10 a.m. Dec. 3, North Platte, NE...

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Will COVID-19 be the Grinch that stole Christmas?

I'm dreaming of a virtual Christmas ... Said nobody, ever. With the COVID-19 health crisis ramping up in March, most churches...

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Almighty God, thank You for this special day when families and friends gather — some in person and others in spirit — to...

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‘An explosion of recalls’: In Oklahoma, local officials can be recalled, but Gov. Kevin Stitt cannot

Some Oklahomans frustrated with Gov. Kevin Stitt’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic have proposed recalling the state’s...

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#ThrowbackThursday: 1966 national congress addresses American Indian concerns

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

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OKC search crew retrieves man's body from Lake Hefner

Authorities have recovered the body of a 19-year-old man who drowned in Lake Hefner. Around 1:11 a.m. Tuesday, the Oklahoma...

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President Donald Trump says he has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he has pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

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Germans from Russia group to explore Christmas traditions over Zoom

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society Of Germans From Russia will discuss Christmas traditions over...

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Aaron Fetrow named new Heritage Hall president

Aaron Fetrow has been appointed president of Heritage Hall, effective July 1, 2021, announced the Heritage Hall Board of...

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Black Oklahomans may apply for entrepreneurship academy in January

Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County (OIC) has been awarded $50,000 from the OKC Black Justice Fund to...

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Are you cut out for a new career? Metro Tech is offering a new barbering program

Metro Tech is launching a new barbering program in a new space and accepting enrollment applications. Students will learn...

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Special election set for Oklahoma Senate seat held by Stephanie Bice

Gov. Kevin Stitt has set dates for special elections to fill the Oklahoma Senate seat that will be vacated by U.S. Rep.-elect...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 2,736 to 180,610 on...

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Church group pays off medical debt for some Oklahomans

More than 3,200 households in Oklahoma and Kansas will have something special to be thankful for this holiday season as they...

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Oklahoma senior citizens find new meal delivery service unappetizing

Many senior citizens in 10 southern Oklahoma counties are miffed over a decision by the Southern Oklahoma Development...

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How 3 Oklahomans pursue their passions during pandemic

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, individuals of all ages faced a challenge: dwell on the change in daily...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, guide parents and caregivers as they seek to raise children to be upright citizens. Amen.

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Reports: Israeli PM flew to Saudi Arabia, met crown prince

JERUSALEM — Israeli media reported Monday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Saudi Arabia for a clandestine meeting...

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Adopt a pet: Here's a double dose of Coco to keep your dog-loving heart warm

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

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An ID tag is your pet's quickest way home

In 2019, about 9,700 stray dogs and nearly 5,800 stray cats entered the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter. Only 2,260 of those were...

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Check our list for your high school reunion

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

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Remains of missing Oklahoma man identified, authorities seeking help in suspicious death

Authorities said Tuesday the remains of an Oklahoman man who went missing more than 12 years ago have been identified. John...

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Teen boy killed by OKC police in suspected armed robbery attempt

Oklahoma City police shot and killed a 15-year-old they say was armed and suspected of trying to rob a gas station Monday...

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Kim Kardashian West visits Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones

Kim Kardashian West visited death row inmate Julius Jones at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester on Tuesday.

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Oklahoma health professionals: Take COVID-19 precautions this Thanksgiving

Local health care professionals encourage Oklahomans to take COVID-19 precautions this Thanksgiving as the state continues to...

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JONES Jones, Donald Lee: 77, electrician, died Nov. 21. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday (Lehman, Wellston). MIDWEST CITY Hinson,...

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Brain cancer survivor marks Thanksgiving milestone

The day before Thanksgiving in 2015, Mike Schuster’s life changed in an instant. Schuster, then 50, blacked out when he...

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College students, Thanksgiving and the pandemic: Here's what to know

Adam’s Journal My sons are scheduled to come home from college for Thanksgiving. (And Christmas, New Year’s and beyond; the...

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Pause to ponder what's right in a year of so much that's gone wrong

This is not the year to get everything you want. This is the year to appreciate everything you have. Those words popped up on...

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Creator God, remind us that the greatest accomplishments come from those who dare to be different while seeking to fulfill Your...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 3,544 to 177,874 on...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints new Cleveland County judge

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday appointed Bethany Stanley as an associate district judge for Cleveland County. Stanley’s career...

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Oklahoma History Center opens new photography exhibit

The Oklahoma History Center will open a new photography exhibit titled “Born Dry: Prohibition in Oklahoma” on Wednesday. The...

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Six tips for Thanksgiving: How to celebrate the holiday safely during the pandemic

The safest way to celebrate is at home with your immediate household.

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$15 million in CARES Act relief on the way to Oklahoma County small businesses, nonprofits

Oklahoma County commissioners voted 2-1 Monday to provide $15 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses...

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Farm-to-front-door options grow as Local Farm OK dials in 405 service

The impact of COVID-19 has been overwhelmingly negative, but delivery options for farm-fresh food is among the few...

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A Shaq video from 2018 has become evidence in the newest "Tiger King" case

MUSKOGEE — The U.S. Justice Department is pointing to a YouTube video of Shaquille O'Neal from 2018 as proof "Tiger King" star...

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EDMOND McDaniel, Oneta May: 78, died Nov. 20. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday (Matthews, Edmond). Miller, David H.: 76, died Nov. 19....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 3,406 to 174,330 on...

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Oklahoma using $15 million in CARES Act funds to update state websites

Some state websites are about to get an upgrade. The state is using $15 million in coronavirus stimulus funds to revamp at...

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CDC recommends Americans don't travel for Thanksgiving

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is recommending against travel for Thanksgiving. During a press briefing...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, strengthen our faith as we continue to struggle with the trials of this world that seem to never end. Amen.

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Stitt's fees in tribal gaming disputes top $2 million

Legal and other fees associated with Gov. Kevin Stitt's disagreement with tribes over gaming compacts have topped $2 million....

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Nature & You: 'It could be worse' doesn't cut it

In anticipation of the upcoming holiday, I’ve been reflecting on the “giving thanks” theme. My first thought was a default to...

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OKC City Council to vote on mask mandate extension

COVID-19: City council to vote on mask mandate extension The Oklahoma City Council will vote Tuesday on a six-week extension of...

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New homeless shelter may provide additional beds during COVID-19 pandemic

Oklahoma City’s homeless shelters collectively cut bed space by roughly a third this year to allow for social distancing during...

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COVID vaccine in Oklahoma: Most residents won't see vaccine for months

While vaccines against COVID-19 have appeared on the horizon, experts warn it will take months for most to receive it....

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Inmate describes COVID-19 outbreak in prison: 'It was hell'

Two weeks into his stay in Lexington A&R, a guard approached Robert Lavern’s cell door and told him to gather his...

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'A sad time.' Central Presbyterian Church, a familiar OKC landmark, expected to be torn down

Bobbie Heimbach knows the landscape at a busy intersection near her home soon will change dramatically. Central Presbyterian...

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EDMOND Bryce, James Dean: 71, minister, died Nov. 20. Memorial services 2 p.m. Monday, Memorial Road Church of Christ...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 3,663 to 170.924 on...

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Food Bank finding middle-age crazy thanks to COVID-19

When 2020 began, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma had a big birthday to celebrate, but all it got was this lousy pandemic....

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Lawmaker defends sharing misinformation

An Oklahoma lawmaker who has been aggressively pushing misinformation about the presidential election said Friday he is just...

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EDMOND Kerlin, John Michael: 31, died Nov. 11. Memorial services noon Tuesday, St. Luke’s United Methodist Church, Oklahoma...

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Nazi-looted painting should return to OU, federal judge rules

An Oklahoma City federal judge has denied a French woman’s attempt to keep a Nazi-stolen painting out of a Norman art museum....

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An OKC trio stole a dead woman's home. Did they try to steal yours?

One man and two women who call Oklahoma City home spent years swindling their Sooner State neighbors out of their houses by...

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Feds want "Tiger King" star Jeff Lowe to turn over big cats

MUSKOGEE — The U.S. Justice Department is going after "Tiger King" star Jeff Lowe's big cats on grounds he and his wife have a...

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Here's what faith leaders say Oklahomans should do to stay safe from COVID

Three faith coalitions are calling on Oklahoma's faith community to consider worshiping virtually, wearing masks and staying...

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Creator God, remind us that while there are many measures of success, the one that matters is how obedient we have been to You....

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

Multiple metro school districts moved to distance learning once cases leapt to Red Level of COVID-19 spread last week.Oklahoma...

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Stitt: Next course of action halting elective surgeries, not mask mandate

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said if COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations continue to climb, his next course of action will...

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Robber gets life for fatally shooting OU student

NORMAN — Over a single ounce of marijuana, a University of Oklahoma student lost his life in 2017. Nathan Ewing died from...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of grace, thank You for meeting us wherever we are and gently nudging us to where we should be. Amen.

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Crowbar murder in Indian Country: Man said it was his 'duty' to execute pair

A federal grand jury this week found a 34-year-old Carnegie man guilty of using a crowbar to murder a homeless man in Indian...

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Mayor asks for 10 days to stem the COVID-19 tide

Mayor David Holt wants you to give him 10 days. Holt said in a news conference Thursday that stepped-up personal precautions...

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'A miracle': Survey shows Oklahoma schools are grateful to be open

More than three months into the school year, Oklahoma school districts say they’re encouraged in-person education has lasted...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

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

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EDMOND Smith, Gertrude Corina: 71, died Nov. 18. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Saturday and 2-4 p.m. Sunday (Matthews, Edmond). MUSTANG...

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OKC mayor asks for 10 days to stem the COVID-19 tide

Mayor is encouraging a 10-day pause in activities contributing to spread of coronavirus.

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COVID-19 vaccines are almost ready to be distributed. Who gets them after health care workers? Here's a list

When a COVID-19 vaccine becomes available, it will be in short supply and rationed by the federal government.

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WATCH: OKC Mayor David Holt, Dr. Patrick McGough to give COVID-19 update

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City County Health...

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OKC mom says ice storm may have saved son's life after 82-year-old neighbor fired gunshots into their home

A south Oklahoma City mother says a freak ice storm in late October may have saved her young son’s life after power went out in...

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US vets, Gold Star families can get into national parks free for life

Beginning on Veterans Day last week, veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces and Gold Star families (next of kin to fallen...

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Needs & Deeds: Fundraiser, awards and pledges

Single parent programs seek donations Since 2012, the Single Parent Support Network has successfully provided hundreds of...

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Health workers ‘tired to the bone’

Overwhelmed hospitals are converting chapels, cafeterias, waiting rooms, hallways, even a parking garage into patient treatment...

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Here's why Tulsa bishop says diocese left church coalition

TULSA — The bishop of the Tulsa Diocese has broken his silence about his decision to withdraw his faith group from an...

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COVID-19 spike sends OKC Fire Department to Level Red, highest alert level

Spiking cases and quarantines are sending the Oklahoma City Fire Department back to Level Red, its highest COVID-19 alert...

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White House report: Halloween to blame as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise 'week over week'

In a 16-hour period, Oklahoma reported COVID-19 daily records for hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths. Additionally, the...

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Oklahoma City hospital capacity: COVID-19 patients from rural counties filling rooms

Oklahoma City area hospitals continue to report record-high numbers of COVID-19 patients and many are coming from outside the...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Oklahoma National Guard takes on land, air maneuvers in 1966

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

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At new OKC Black-owned bookstore, "We just want them to come into a place and see themselves"

Two entrepreneurs are counting their blessings these days. Cousins Kenyetta Richard and Courtney Strickland opened Belle Books...

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DEATHS

EDMOND Bailey, Leon Arthur: 78, plumber, died Nov. 17. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Matthews,...

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Halloween to blame as COVID-19 hospitalizations rise 'week over week,' White House report states

In a 16-hour period, Oklahoma reported COVID-19 daily records for hospitalizations, ICU patients and deaths.

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COVID-19 spike sends OKCFD to Level Red, highest alert level

The department fought off earlier cases but has been unable to withstand the latest surge.

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Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe backs U.S. troop reductions in Afghanistan

Sen. Jim Inhofe on Tuesday backed the new Trump administration policy to leave 2,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, saying the...

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Oklahoma City mayor David Holt says he'll get COVID-19 vaccine, encourages others to do the same

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said Tuesday he would get vaccinated against COVID-19 — while there was some division among...

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Thanks to COVID-19, Oklahoma mice are braver than ever. Here's how to handle them.

It all began with a plumbing issue. I had to get into my crawlspace to fix a pipe leak and that's when I noticed something that...

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EDMOND Mease, Jamie C.: 62, died Nov. 11. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Saturday (Matthews, Edmond). ENID Cohlmia, Cindy Adele:...

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Chisholm Trail Museum's exhibit of historical maps help reveal Oklahoma's past

KINGFISHER — The Chisholm Trail Museum has opened a special temporary exhibit featuring historical maps from the Oklahoma...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall senior receives national honors

Heritage Hall senior John Claybon has been selected for the College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program and the...

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Families can register for critical resource help at Norman HOPE Centers

NORMAN — The city of Norman Parks and Recreation Department has partnered with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to...

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Need extra job training? Metro Tech might have a free course to help

People whose jobs were impacted negatively by COVID-19 might qualify to receive free workforce development training at Metro...

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Achievers: UCO president named to committee

University of Central Oklahoma President Patti Neuhold-Ravikumar has been named to the executive committee of the Coalition of...

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Bicycle ride to highlight historic Route 66, downtown Edmond

EDMOND — The inaugural Cycle 66, an urban and rural bicycling tour and festival along historic Route 66, will be Nov. 7, 2021,...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt hires state's first chief financial officer

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday the hiring of a chief financial officer for the state. Stitt hired Amanda Rodriguez to serve...

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OKC police: 'Get popped' or get out of the vehicle, suspected carjackers tell couple

A victim of a carjacking Sunday used technology to show police where her stolen Jeep was going, assisting them in arresting a...

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Has your high school reunion been rescheduled?

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

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Adopt a pet: Your local animal shelters have sweet, lovable friends

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

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Apply now for Cherokee Nation Foundation scholarships

The Cherokee Nation Foundation is accepting scholarship applications for the 2021-22 academic year. The deadline to apply is...

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Trump ousts Homeland Security cyber chief Chris Krebs, who called election secure

Trump announced the dismissal in a tweet Tuesday night.

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Oklahoma City mayor says he'll get COVID-19 vaccine, encourages others to do the same

Mayor says governor's steps Monday aimed at slowing spread of coronavirus are "welcome."

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Your guide to holiday deals in OKC

Your guide to holiday deals in OKC

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How has COVID affected to your holiday season? Tell us

How has the coronavirus affected your holiday season? We want to hear from you. Fill out the survey below and tell us your...

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Edmond's Luminance event to brighten the holiday season

EDMOND — Beginning Saturday, Edmond Electric’s Luminance holiday displays will brighten Mitch Park. The free walk-through...

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Having a 50th anniversary? Let everyone know

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

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Oklahoma House, Senate to require masks in state Capitol

Leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate said Monday they will require people in the state Capitol to wear masks. After Gov....

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Stitt announces limits on bars, restaurants due to COVID outbreak

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday announced new restrictions on bars and restaurants as the number of COVID-19 cases and...

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EDMOND Davis, John W.: 87, died Nov. 12. Private services (Demuth, Oklahoma City). Hood, Marian Dee: 77, died Nov. 11. Services...

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Cell phone leads to Midwest City murder arrest, police say

Authorities said they used a homicide suspect’s cell phone to make an arrest in a Midwest City fatal shooting. Around 2 p.m. on...

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U.S. Marshals arrest Shawnee man in Midwest City homicide

Federal agents on Monday arrested a longtime criminal accused of a Midwest City homicide earlier this month. Around 8 a.m., the...

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When will my ice storm debris be picked up?

The city won't know with precision when your neighborhood's storm debris will be picked up — but a map at okc.gov/ice will at...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 2,729 to 156,857 on...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, inspire us to always give more than is expected, for You surely have done the same for us. Amen.

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As COVID cases surge, Stitt cracks down on bars, restaurants

The new mandates will take effect this week.

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Watch: Gov. Stitt, health commissioner hold news conference on Oklahoma COVID cases

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Commissioner of Health Lance Frye will hold a COVID-19 update at noon today at the Oklahoma State...

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BOK Financial

Ranked fourth on the 2020 Oklahoma Inc., BOK Financial reported a -20.3% change in earnings share at a time when banks...

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Blueknight Energy Partners lands at No. 8

In a challenging year for energy companies, Blueknight Energy Partners ended the 2020 ranking second on one year return at a...

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Husband of ‘Tiger King’ star Joe Exotic arrested in Travis County on DWI charge

The husband of “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic was arrested on drunken driving charges in Manor over the weekend, according to...

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I volunteered for Moderna's COVID vaccine trial. Here's why I think I got the vaccine, not placebo.

WOODLAND PARK, N.J. – When Pfizer announced last week that its COVID-19 vaccine was testing far better than expected, I had an...

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Moderna's candidate COVID-19 vaccine looks to protect 94.5% of those who get it, trial shows. 'This makes me giddy,' one doctor says.

A second COVID-19 candidate vaccine looks to be even more effective than the first, with both protecting more than 90% of those...

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35% pay raises for Oklahoma legislators take effect Wednesday

For the first time in more than two decades, Oklahoma legislators will see an increase in their pay. Effective Wednesday,...

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BETHANY Coody, Marie G.: 95, homemaker, died Nov. 14. Services 1 p.m. Tuesday, Bethany First Church of the Nazarene Atrium,...

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OKC debris cleanup begins Monday

OKC residents have debris removal options; patience is one Contract crews on Monday begin the months-long task of picking up...

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Roll play: Norman's Blake Baldwin Skate Park officially opens

The newly constructed Blake Baldwin Skate Park at Andrews Park opened with a ceremony Saturday featuring food, music and...

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Nature & You: Folklore, superstition abound in autumn season

Here is a suggestion for some outdoor fun: Embrace the challenge of trying to catch falling leaves. It is a good way for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 3,923 to 154,128 on...

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Another Oklahoma energy company is seeking bankruptcy protection

The number of energy companies either headquartered or operating within Oklahoma filing for bankruptcy continues to climb....

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Lawmakers ponder safety during session

Legislative leaders are working on plans to safely return to session Feb. 1 amid a record spike in COVID-19 cases and...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Holy God, in the midst of turmoil, our thoughts center on You and we find peace. We thank You. Amen.

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Coffee enterprise brews community for veterans

I have written about buying local many times over the years. Although that should be everyone’s mantra year-round, people seem...

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Will Thunder open to an empty house?

Will Thunder fans be allowed in the downtown arena when the NBA returns Dec. 22? With the pandemic unrelenting, the city of...

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Patient praises nonsurgical prostate procedure

Dr. Blake Parsons is the only physician in Oklahoma performing the PAE procedure.

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EDMOND Dahlke, Beverly Taylor Jarolim: 88, homemaker, died Nov. 10. Graveside services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Fort Sill National...

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Trump's Oklahoma County squeaker, Horn's Grady County connection and 3 other things about the election

In a general election that set a new record in Oklahoma for votes cast, President Donald Trump became the first presidential...

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Sen. James Lankford: Efforts continue to restore briefings for Joe Biden

Sen. James Lankford said Saturday he was still working to restore intelligence briefings for Joe Biden, as the Trump...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 2,847 to 150,205 on...

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Oklahoma last in nation in voter participation
State ranking is despite recent registration surge

Despite a record vote total this fall and rising registrations in recent years, Oklahoma had the nation's lowest overall voter...

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How we can help get kids back in the classrooms

Students in Oklahoma City Public Schools went back into school buildings on an A/B schedule last week. As is common with OKCPS,...

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A gunowner posted an anti-Trump meme. Days later, the Secret Service showed up at his door.

Two days before President Donald Trump held his campaign rally in Tulsa, federal agents came to Derek Lamont Alexander Jr.'s...

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Oklahoma National Guard to build new museum

The Oklahoma National Guard this week announced plans to build a new Oklahoma National Guard Museum in Oklahoma City. Funding...

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Man who pleaded guilty to Falls Creek rape now professes innocence

A visually impaired Oklahoma City man whose court sentence created an international furor when he received probation after...

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Patient praises nonsurgical prostate procedure

Kenny Holloway wants every man suffering from an enlarged prostate to know about the procedure performed by Dr. Blake Parsons...

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Regional Food Bank’s Holiday Match kicks off

All donations will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $700,000 from Nov. 15 to Jan. 15.

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DEATHS

DUNCAN Beall, Fallis Arch: 87, died Nov. 9. Memorial services were Friday (Whitt, Duncan). MINCO Crosby, Larry Glenn: 69,...

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Norman mayor calls on Stitt to implement mask mandate

NORMAN — Norman Mayor Breea Clark on Friday urged Gov. Kevin Stitt to implement a statewide mask mandate in response to a...

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Epic Charter School's standing in doubt as new concerns arise

New complaints from state officials could knock Epic Charter Schools’ accreditation status. State schools Superintendent Joy...

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COVID concerns halt Senate ceremonial swearing in

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the Oklahoma Senate has canceled a ceremonial swearing in ceremony set for Monday. New and reelected...

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Grocery fights remitting tax to both state, tribe

OKMULGEE — A grocery store chain has filed a federal lawsuit that asks a judge to determine whether its Okmulgee store should...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 2,667 to 147,358 on...

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Bond denied for father, son charged in Ahmaud Arbery slaying

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia judge denied bond Friday for the father and son charged with murder in the slaying of Ahmaud Arbery,...

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Repudiating Trump, officials say election ‘most secure’

WASHINGTON — It’s hard to put it any more bluntly: “There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed...

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Strong typhoon leaves 42 dead, 20 missing in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines — Thick mud and debris coated many villages around the Philippine capital on Friday after a typhoon killed...

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COVID-19 surge sends OKC schoolkids back home

Days after most students returned to the classroom for the first time since March, Oklahoma City Public Schools is sending them...

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God of grace, may the lives of the righteous constantly be refilled with joy, like a mountain spring whose waters never fail....

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Oklahoma County marriage, divorce records for Nov 14, 2020

MARRIAGES Andrea Renee Beekman and James William Paul Katrina Lavern Hinds and Arlandus Triplett Karina Y. Ortiz Ayala and...

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OKCPHIL postpones November concert

Oklahoma City Philharmonic on Friday announced it has postponed the November classics concert because of the increasing rate of...

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Oklahoma requests disaster designation following ice storm

State leaders have requested a major disaster declaration from the federal government for 13 Oklahoma counties that were hit...

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Citing COVID-19 concerns, Oklahoma Senate cancels ceremonial swearing in 'out of an abundance of caution'

At least two House legislators tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days.

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Word Balloons: Marvel celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Marvel Comics will celebrate November as Native American History month with a new release on Nov. 18, as well as variant covers...

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'Reign of terror': OKC police detail deadly shooting spree that ended when officers killed gunman

In what authorities called “a reign of terror,” in south Oklahoma City this week, a 37-year-old man shot and killed his...

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38-member OSU committee to search for Hargis successor

STILLWATER — A national search for Oklahoma State University’s next president will involve 38 people representing faculty,...

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Muralists Brooke Rowlands and Dylan Bradway have been working on murals at the skate park in Stars and Stripes Park at Lake...

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Oklahoma pursuing health information network to make sharing patient information easier

Oklahoma is making progress on the creation of a statewide health information exchange, a central repository for digital...

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Former OKC day care teacher suspected of molesting child

An ex-day care teacher jailed this week is suspected of molesting a 4-year-old girl in a bathroom stall after the child told...

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DEATHS

CHEYENNE Maddux, James Albert Jr.: 87, postmaster, died Nov. 6. Graveside services 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Cheyenne Cemetery...

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Oklahoma state school board doesn't budge on mask policy

Although campaigns for statewide mask policies have gained steam, state education officials again on Thursday declined to...

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Lankford slammed by Trump loyalists over intelligence briefings

U.S. Sen. James Lankford didn't acknowledge Democrat Joe Biden as the president-elect. He didn't say President Donald Trump...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of wisdom, enhance our powers of discernment. There is always more happening than we know. Amen.

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Driver accused of running over woman is charged with murder

An unlicensed driver accused of running over a woman with his car and then leaving the scene is facing a murder charge,...

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House GOP elects new leadership

Oklahoma House Republicans elected this week new leaders to serve for the next two years. House Speaker Charles McCall,...

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'They think workers are like dogs.' How pork plant execs sacrificed safety for profits

USA TODAY and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting spent five months piecing together the pivotal moments in the...

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"Creen que los trabajadores somos perros." Cómo ejecutivos de una planta de carne ignoraron la seguridad por codicia

USA TODAY y el Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting pasaron cinco meses reconstruyendo los momentos cruciales del brote...

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Ron Klain named Biden's chief of staff, first White House official picked for administration

WASHINGTON — Ron Klain, a senior campaign advisor for Joe Biden and one-time top aide for the former vice president, is set to...

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GOP Sen. Lankford: ‘I will step in’ if Biden doesn’t start receiving briefings

Republican Sen. James Lankford said he’d “step in” if President-elect Joe Biden doesn’t start receiving official government...

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Pandemic fight over Oklahoma abortion clinics could cost taxpayers a lot

The attorneys who fought to keep Oklahoma abortion clinics open at the start of the pandemic want the state to pay them...

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Doctors make impassioned plea for Oklahomans to wear masks

A group of Oklahoma City doctors and hospital leaders are begging Oklahomans to wear masks to reduce the spread of COVID-19. At...

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Oklahoma Gas and Electric's insurance offer jolts customers in the midst of dealing with ice storm damages

Oops. Officials said Thursday a well-intentioned program being introduced by Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co. intended to help...

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Oklahoma House members sworn in, solidifying historic GOP majority

Members of the Oklahoma House were sworn in at the state Capitol on Wednesday, cementing a historic Republican supermajority in...

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Board certifies Trump's win in state

The State Election Board during a special meeting Tuesday unanimously certified President Donald Trump's win in Oklahoma along...

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Stitt, lawmakers call for audit of state Education Department

Gov. Kevin Stitt and nearly two dozen state lawmakers said they support an investigative audit of the Oklahoma State Department...

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Vaccine will be safe and end pandemic, head of Oklahoma research institute says

Americans need to trust the vaccines ultimately approved for use against COVID-19 and ignore “absolutely false” notions that...

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OKC Black Justice Fund awards nearly $300K in grants

The OKC Black Justice Fund announced Wednesday that it has awarded 17 grants totaling $293,000 to Black-led organizations...

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New Oklahoma City memorial honors veterans

Mayor David Holt says a park honoring military veterans deepens the bonds among Oklahoma City residents. Holt was among...

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Police shoot and kill suspect in OKC, sources say man was involved in homicides, Amber Alert

Authorities said Oklahoma City police shot and killed a suspect early Wednesday, and one officer suffered a...

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DEATHS

ARNETT Salisbury, Janet Lynn: 60, certified nursing assistant and healthcare, died Nov. 1. Memorial services 2 p.m. Saturday...

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Doctor delivers moving speech urging Oklahomans to wear a mask to help stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Dr. Julie Watson delivered an passionate plea to Oklahomans to help protect themselves and their communities by wearing a mask.

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Some OKC parents excited about kids' return to classrooms; some teachers, not so much

Although their first day of school was months ago, Tuesday marked a new start for thousands of students in Oklahoma City Public...

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Jim Inhofe: President Donald Trump has uphill battle; Kendra Horn: Joe Biden won

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Tuesday that he was wrong in predicting Republicans would control Congress and the White House next...

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Deaths

ARDMORE Grissom, Anna: 94, died Nov. 9. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Rose Hill Cemetery (Craddock, Ardmore). ARNETT Cann,...

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Aspiring to be an Edmond police officer? Apply for the academy now

EDMOND — The Edmond Police Department is now accepting applications for the 2021 Edmond Police Academy. Applications will be...

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Groundbreaking marks beginning for Norman's Municipal Maintenance Complex construction

NORMAN — A recent groundbreaking signals the beginning of construction for the city's Municipal Maintenance Complex that will...

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Project 'bridging the gap' for Bodine Elementary School students

Bodine Elementary School recently celebrated the gift of a footbridge that now allows students to cross a large ravine to get...

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Public survey lets Norman residents give input on city transit service

NORMAN — The city of Norman is accepting public input on existing transit service through an online survey, as well as virtual...

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Learn how Edmond museum preserves today’s history for the future

EDMOND — An upcoming program will reveal how the Edmond Historical Society & Museum staff work to gather and preserve...

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Know a volunteer worthy of a Norman Human Rights Award?

NORMAN — The Norman Human Rights Commission is seeking nominations for the annual city of Norman Human Rights Award. The award...

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Want to foster a tree in Edmond?

EDMOND — Registration for the Edmond Urban Forestry department’s Foster-A-Tree program is open. Any resident living within...

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Achievers: OKC student selected as national STEM award winner

The National 4-H Council has announced Aidan Spencer, 18, of Oklahoma City, as the winner of the 2021 4-H and HughesNet Youth...

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Learn about 'Using Ancestry' at meeting

The Oklahoma Home and Community Education Genealogy Group will host a discussion this month on how Ancestry is a popular tool...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Merciful God, watch over and protect the veterans who fought to preserve the freedoms that we cherish so dearly. Amen.

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Government bodies to resume in-person meetings, spurring coronavirus concerns

Oklahoma government bodies will return to meeting in person next week after a temporary law that allows for virtual meetings...

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Kelly Dyer Fry to retire as editor, publisher of The Oklahoman

Kelly Dyer Fry will retire as editor and publisher of The Oklahoman at the end of the year. She has been with The Oklahoman for...

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Where is Oklahoma County's share of pandemic relief funds going now?

Oklahoma County's elected officials voted 7-1 Tuesday to use up to $15 million in federal coronavirus relief funds to help...

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Chesapeake could sell its hunk of Oklahoma oil patch to a local company

Another big chunk of the oil patch in Oklahoma is about to change hands. Chesapeake Energy announced Monday it has reached an...

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Man gets prison time after burning Cleveland County courthouse flags, setting fires at gas station

NORMAN — A man who burned the U.S and Oklahoma flags on the steps of Cleveland County Courthouse in January was sentenced this...

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Debris pickup to begin Monday; OKC council members frustrated with power outage response

With debris pickup from an ice storm of historic proportions ready to begin, a city councilman suggested Tuesday that...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,702 to 140,157 on...

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Adopt a pet: Need a playful buddy?

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

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Oklahoma Historical Society names new executive director

The Oklahoma Historical Society Board of Directors has selected Trait Thompson to succeed Bob Blackburn as executive director....

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Update: missing girl found, Amber Alert in Oklahoma canceled

Authorities have located a 14-month-old girl discovered missing Tuesday while Oklahoma City police investigated a homicide....

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Watch: Stitt, health officials give COVID-19 update

Watch live as Gov. Stitt and state health officials provide an update on the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. The event is...

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Watch: Oklahoma Democrats call on Stitt to issue statewide mask mandate

Watch live as House Minority Leader Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, and more Democratic state lawmakers host a press conference...

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Help cover Midwest City in red, white and blue

MIDWEST CITY — The city of Midwest City and the Midwest City Chamber of Commerce is encouraging residents and businesses to fly...

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Help The Oklahoman share your good news with our readers.

Share your good news with us. The Oklahoman wants our readers to know about your upcoming special events. We also want to...

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When is your 50th anniversary? We can share it

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

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When is your high school reunion?

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

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What 401(k) moves should you make now that the Trump vs. Biden election is over?

So here we are. A week after a national election and we still don’t know the final results in a few states. But the market has...

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For Biden, unwinding the Trump presidency could be a full-time job fraught with politics

WASHINGTON – Joe Biden won the election, but Donald Trump's presidency will continue to loom large over the White House for the...

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We asked nine legal experts about Trump's latest lawsuit challenging election results in Pennsylvania. Their verdict: Dead on arrival.

President Donald Trump's campaign launched its broadest challenge yet to the results of the election that appears destined to...

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Why Donald Trump isn't Al Gore: How 2020 legal challenges to the election differ from 2000

WASHINGTON – Around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 8, 2000, Democratic presidential candidate Al Gore called his Republican opponent, George...

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Tinker Credit Union, owner of Texas Rangers part of final financing of First National development

With construction well underway at the historic First National in downtown Oklahoma City, developer Gary Brooks announced...

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Ice storm debris cleanup expected to begin next week, could take four months

Contracts with two disaster-response specialists were to be signed Tuesday.

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Bodywork: Are elections – literally – bad for us?

Adam’s Journal This year’s election really took it out of me. Lost sleep. Stress eating. And — maybe? — additional gray hairs....

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, may Your righteousness become a light to all nations. Amen.

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Museum of the Bible collections comes to Oklahoma Christian University

A collection of Jewish documents and artifacts from the Museum of the Bible will be housed permanently at Oklahoma Christian...

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OG&E: Metro power restoration 99% complete

OG&E reported Monday morning it has restored power to 99 percent of customers who lost power due to recent ice storms and...

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DEATHS

BLANCHARD Blalock, Dortha Jean: 85, died Nov. 7. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). CHOCTAW Crutchfield,...

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Oklahoma health officials balk at mandating masks

As a record surge of new COVID-19 infections continues to spread across Oklahoma, the state’s leading health official said he...

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Bridenstine to step down as head of NASA

Affirming that he plans to step down as head of NASA after President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, former Oklahoma congressman...

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Teachers protest at contentious OKC school board meeting

An agonizing decision to return to in-person learning was at the center of protests and debates during an Oklahoma City School...

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Oklahoma lawmaker charged with manslaughter in fatal turnpike wreck

Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, D-Tulsa, on Monday was charged with manslaughter in Lincoln County.

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Bixby, Broken Arrow districts close additional schools for two weeks amid COVID outbreaks

Broken Arrow and Bixby public school districts are moving additional schools to distance learning for two weeks in response to...

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FDA gives emergency authorization to drug that can keep COVID-19 patients out of the hospital

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration late Monday authorized use of a drug that appears to protect infected people at high risk...

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Joe Biden plans to cut taxes, boost health care and reduce college debt during his first term

Here's what we might expect from Biden over the next four years.

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson positive for virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President-elect Joe Biden (all times local):12:50 p.m.Housing and Urban Development Secretary...

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Oklahoma energy firms' shares surge after optimistic COVID-19 vaccine announcement

Markets soared early Monday after Pfizer said its coronavirus vaccine may be 90% effective in preventing COVID-19. Pfizer...

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Oklahoma officials place responsibility on state residents after huge surge in COVID cases

Another record-setting day of new COVID-19 infections prompted state health officials and Gov. Kevin Stitt to plead for...

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Mayor Holt would welcome statewide mask mandate by Gov. Kevin Stitt

Upward trend in new case counts persisted over the weekend.

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Fact check: States don't have more than 100% voter turnout in an election

Claim: Several key states had more ballots cast than registered votersEven as Joe Biden prepares enter the White House as...

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Downtown Oklahoma City apartments set for replacement

The Oklahoma City Housing Authority is preparing to replace the aging Towers Apartments, the only public housing downtown, as...

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Tulsa Race Massacre victim honored with soil collection ceremony

TULSA — Homage was paid on Saturday to a Black man who lived in Black Wall Street and was lynched during the Tulsa Race...

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Deaths

EDMOND Austin, Joyce Elaine: 90, died Nov. 6. Private services (Matthews, Edmond).

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Nature & You: A better life is possible if you cook with lard

Like many others, I am forced to fight a daily battle with the pernicious malady called diabetes. A lot of that challenge stems...

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Bill would ‘cure’ defective mail-in ballots

Oklahoma lawmakers next session may get a chance to vote on legislation that would allow those who mailed in defective ballots...

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Wind hampers OKC-area power restoration, work continues Monday

Winds topping 20 mph on Sunday hampered efforts by OG&E to finish power restoration for thousands who lost power when the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Oklahoma did not issue new data on Sunday regarding new confirmed cases of COVID-19, or deaths from the virus. The state Health...

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Pandemic deaths at Oklahoma nursing homes and other long-term care facilities hits "painful milestone"

The COVID-19 death toll at Oklahoma nursing homes and other long-term care facilities has surpassed 500 as the second surge of...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, our hope is not in the things we see, but the things we believe. Amen.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Nov. 9, 2020

Ward 6 Councilwoman Jobeth Hamon says constituents are telling her the "huge" number of power outages after the ice storm...

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Bellwether no more? Ohio misses presidential pick for first time since 1960

Democrat Joe Biden will become the first candidate to win the presidency without Ohio since 1960, ending Ohio's long streak of...

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President-elect Joe Biden: What Biden means for workers' wages, child care and diversity training

Joe Biden's election as the 46th president of the United States may reshape the workplace, raising the minimum wage,...

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Biden's approach to tackling COVID-19 will be dramatically different, and quickly apparent

The day President Donald Trump turns the White House over to Joe Biden, COVID-19 will remain just as big a threat to Americans....

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Supreme Court once again to determine future of Obamacare

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Tuesday in a case that may mean the end of the Affordable Care Act,...

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Deaths

ARNETT Willyard, J.C.: 79, died Nov. 5. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, DeBolt Cemetery (Shaw, Arnett). BETHANY Hicks, Joy...

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$13 million OKC land deal aimed at luring business

Milo’s Ice Tea looked at Oklahoma City last year for a site to build a $60 million plant the company ultimately chose to...

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Trump supporters attack usual suspects at state Capitol rally

A large crowd of President Donald J. Trump supporters gathered Saturday at the steps of the state Capitol, holding out hope...

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How a modern-day Cheyenne warrior found peace

To the Cheyenne people, history is circular — the past intersecting with both the present and the future in a never-ending...

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Rural Democrats become extinct species in Oklahoma

For nearly 100 years in Oklahoma, Democrats controlled the Legislature in large part with lawmakers from rural parts of the...

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Last voter: How this Oklahoman cast her first ballot with seconds to spare

NOBLE — The line stretched out the front doors and down the dark driveway at Noble’s Senior Citizens Center when Jessi Marker...

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Oklahoma leaders react to Joe Biden's projected win

Prominent Oklahoma leaders had varying reactions to the projected victory of Democrat Joe Biden over Republican President...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Holy God, encourage us to make giving and forgiving cornerstones of our lives. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

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

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OG&E releases list of areas and timing for weekend power restoration

The latest counts released by OG&E on Saturday show power has been restored for more than 420,000 hit by recent ice storms...