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Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have

WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content. Claiming he can “override" governors who dare to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes awarded federal grants to combat COVID-19

Four Oklahoma tribes have been awarded federal grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to help combat COVID-19 in rural tribal...

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Rebuilding America: How will life in Oklahoma look after COVID-19?

As states across the U.S. begin to reopen, what will the "new normal" be like for Oklahoma? Here's a look.

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OKC Foundation to fund nonprofits that help youth

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation announced Thursday that it is awarding $127,500 to eight central Oklahoma nonprofits...

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Rebuilding America: What will health care look like after COVID-19?

What will the future of medicine look like as the U.S. adapts to the new pandemic landscape? Expect more remote doctor visits,...

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Play the long game: Fans better off not predicting when they can return to sports

Sports for the most part have gone ghost. For those hoping to will them back into existence as they were with raucous crowds,...

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What’s the future for Disney, Universal and other theme parks around the US?

Just about any theme park visit will prove to be a different experience for those who visit.

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COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how

The exhausting and enigmatic car-buying process at bricks-and-mortar stores will be a relic of the past in the aftermath of the...

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'Rebuilding America' chronicles the reopening of the US after coronavirus pandemic closures

The reopening of America is a story of businesses adapting to a new normal, one where customers are at least 6 feet apart, and...

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Shopping reinvented: America's stores, malls reopen with masks, curbside pickup and closed fitting rooms

As malls across the nation get back to business, here's how the retail landscape has changed and how people will shop.

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Medicaid expansion campaign kicks off with ads, tour

The drive to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma kicked off this week with a major television advertising campaign and a tour of...

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Oklahoma AG paid D.C. firm $200,000 for help on Creek case

Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office spent just over $200,000 for outside legal help this year on a high-stakes case before...

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Shining Cities 2020 shows Oklahoma City solar deployment grew in 2019

Count Oklahoma City as a “solar builder.” Shining Cities 2020, an annual report released by Environment America and the...

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Supreme Court: State Question 805 signatures must be accepted

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in favor of an appeal from the State Question 805 campaign, requiring the Secretary of...

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Inhofe says Justice Department has cleared him in stock sale inquiry

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of wrongdoing in the sale of stocks in five companies after a...

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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Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts

Oklahoma City will try to minimize layoffs while cutting jobs in the upcoming fiscal year to make up for the COVID-19...

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States are reopening. But many still require travelers to self-quarantine. Here’s where

See which states have lifted quarantine orders and which still require or recommend them.

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Has your polling place changed? What to know

Some in-person voters in Oklahoma's June 30 election may discover their usual polling place has changed because of the COVID-19...

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Masks spark public judgment, ridicule among customers as businesses reopen

It’s not just the mask avoiders facing public scrutiny. People who wear masks in locales where businesses are reopening say...

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Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts

Larry McAtee says budget-cutting comes down to needs and wants. Prioritize needs, says the Ward 3 councilman and public safety...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020

Quote of the week "Since the south side has historically had so little representation, I was interested in recommending...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual, small-business relief proposed

City Manager Craig Freeman will propose Tuesday that the city council add $5 million to the small-business COVID-19 relief...

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Coronavirus, budget woes impede Stitt's priorities

Gov. Kevin Stitt accomplished few of the goals he set for himself at the start of this year’s legislative session. Unlike his...

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'People are tired of staying in': Opinions run hot in COVID-19 hot spot

GUYMON — Over the sound of pop music, under a wide-screen TV featuring sports pundits debating when games will return, and...

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Gov. Stitt, tribes submit legal arguments in dispute over state gaming compacts

An Oklahoma City federal court lawsuit between Oklahoma gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt moved one step closer to a potential...

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Can Oklahoma's economy recover from the pandemic?

Oklahoma is a state that has learned how to live through boom and bust. While we are constantly working to diversify our...

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Stitt names new health commissioner

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday announced Col. Lance Frye will serve as the state's interim health commissioner and lead the state's...

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Two tribes defend new gaming compacts

Two tribes that broke away from other Oklahoma tribes to sign gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt say the amount of annual...

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Stitt's Medicaid expansion plan appears dead

Gov. Kevin Stitt's plan to expand Medicaid on July 1 appears dead. Oklahoma's Legislature on Friday declined to override the...

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Stitt names new health commissioner

Col. Lance Frye will serve as the state's interim health commissioner.

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Alcohol delivery, curbside pickup becomes Oklahoma law

Some Oklahoma businesses will be allowed to continue delivering beer, wine and spirits under a new law. State legislators and...

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Watch: Gov. Stitt to name Interim Commissioner of Health

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will name an Interim Commissioner of Health at 9 a.m. today. You can watch the announcement live on...

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How Memorial Day will affect your unemployment

Monday's Memorial Day holiday will affect when Oklahomans will get their unemployment checks. The Oklahoma Employment Security...

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Tulsa attorney confirmed as federal district judge

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily confirmed the nomination of Tulsa attorney John F. Heil III to serve as a...

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Stitt vetoes $1.2 million for private prison employee raises

Gov. Kevin has scrapped pay raises for private prison employees while preserving $2-per-hour salary increases for hundreds of...

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Oklahoma City now nation's 25th largest city

Oklahoma City is now the 25th largest city in the United States, according to the latest annual population estimates released...

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Stitt approves cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees

For the first time in 12 years, most state retirees will see a boost in their pension checks. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday...

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MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named

Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens...

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Stitt vetoes key bill to fund Medicaid expansion plan

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have funded a large chunk of his plan to expand Medicaid on July 1....

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Man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged in his slaying

The man who filmed of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested on felony murder charges, according to the Georgia...

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From The Newsroom: Listen to The Oklahoman's daily podcast

Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the latest headlines, including the...

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US pledges up to $1.2 billion to access 300 million doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccine

The United States has pledged to pay as much as $1.2 billion to get early access to 300 million doses of an experimental...

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OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve

Once proposed for cuts, the aquatics centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers parks could still open this summer but not before...

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Oklahoma to begin sharing coronavirus aid with cities, counties in June

Oklahoma municipalities can begin applying for federal aid to cover COVID-19 expenses. The state has launched an online portal,...

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Nearly 200 evictions filed Monday as Oklahoma County courthouse reopens

When the Oklahoma County courthouse reopened Monday, almost 200 new eviction cases were filed.With 191 cases filed Monday and...

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Democratic groups challenge Oklahoma's absentee voting laws

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is suing the state Election Board over several voting procedures they say "severely burden" the...

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Stitt vetoes rural broadband bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed a bill Tuesday that would have created a Rural Broadband Expansion Council and given the Legislature...

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Stitt: Wearing a face mask a ‘personal preference’

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday said he’s going to let Oklahomans decide whether they should wear a face mask in public during...

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Hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus: Everything to know about the drug Trump says he’s taking

What have we learned about hydroxychloroquine since it was first mentioned during the pandemic weeks ago? Here’s everything you...

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Stitt vetoes rural broadband bill allegedly at heart of earlier budget feud

On Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed a bill that would have created a Rural Broadband Expansion Council and given the...

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Domestic abuse reclassified as a violent crime in Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Monday reclassifying several domestic abuse charges as violent crimes. This includes domestic...

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New Oklahoma law will require mental health parity in health insurance

Health insurance companies will be required to cover mental health and substance use disorders the same way they cover physical...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: DOC staff called on to help following outbreak at Comanche County jail

The state Department of Corrections is helping stabilize the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton after an outbreak of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City offices remain mostly closed to public

City government's downtown buildings, including City Hall, will remain mostly closed to the public as executives institute a...

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Oklahoma to increase oversight of midwives under new law

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation requiring state regulation of non-nurse midwives. The governor signed Shepherd’s...

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'This will kill you': People are warning others following Trump’s apparent use of hydroxychloroquine

Many doctors, journalists and politicians issued stern warnings after the president’s revelation.

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Protesters express frustrations with unemployment system

Amanda Williams likes to follow the rules. When the state required nonessential businesses to close, Williams, a hair stylist,...

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Stitt vetoes bill to cut affordable housing tax credit

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday vetoed legislation that would cut in half an affordable housing tax credit offered to developers....

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Cash held by Oklahoma City police is missing, audit finds

An Oklahoma City Police Department office that handles millions of dollars in cash lacked adequate controls to prevent theft,...

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COVID-19 Q&A: As businesses reopen amid coronavirus, what are workers' rights?

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed more than 85,000 lives so far in the U.S. with no vaccine or cure in sight. Nevertheless,...

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Trump says he's taking malaria drug in case he gets virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he is taking a malaria drug to lessen symptoms should he get the new...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 18, 2020

'Billion-dollar stimulus' MAPS 4 generated an estimated $3.3 million in revenue in the first two weeks after the 1-cent sales...

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Oklahoma may launch marijuana breathalyzer pilot program

Oklahoma could launch a pilot program to conduct marijuana breathalyzer tests to determine if people are driving under the...

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Oklahoma lawmakers unite against relief package, split on proxy voting

Oklahoma lawmakers united against a $3 trillion relief package on Friday night, but U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn sided with her party...

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Legislature approves reduction in charter school fees

A bill headed to the governor’s desk would reduce how much public school districts get to charge charter schools in fees. The...

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Olympic trials will be back in OKC in 2021

Olympic competition is returning to Oklahoma City in 2021, and 2020 MAPS 3 whitewater park activities are shifting into high...

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Republican legislators vote to fund Stitt’s Medicaid expansion

With the vote on a state question to expand Medicaid looming, Oklahoma’s GOP-controlled Legislature passed legislation to fund...

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Oklahoma Senate passes cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees

Oklahoma legislators are asking Gov. Kevin Stitt to approve legislation to give most state retirees a cost-of-living...

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Horn opposes her party's $3 trillion coronavirus relief package

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn came out Thursday against her Democratic leaders’ latest coronavirus relief package, saying the $3...

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Donation use stays restricted in Oklahoma

A Senate leader said Thursday that state law will not be changed to allow candidates to use donations for personal expenses....

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Stitt says state in 'great shape' for more activity, urges Oklahomans to look at facts

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that the state was in “great shape” to allow more business and social activity, and he urged...

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Stitt on veto overrides: 'I've moved on'

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said he has “moved on” after Oklahoma’s Republican-controlled Legislature overturned his veto of...

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Former state Sen. Brooks Douglass dies at age 56

In a life marked at a young age by a tragedy that shook the state, Brooks Douglass forgave but never forgot. "Ultimately, we...

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OK to return to bars, playgrounds, mayor says

Mayor David Holt has released Oklahoma City's latest COVID-19 emergency order, allowing bars to reopen and lifting the...

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Outgoing health commissioner says "many lives saved"

In a farewell letter, outgoing Health Commissioner Gary Cox wrote that he is leaving the state Health Department in a better...

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'There is no I in team': Oklahoma's Legislature overturns Stitt's budget vetoes

What a difference a year makes. This time last year, Gov. Kevin Stitt was standing between the leaders of Oklahoma's House and...

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Oklahoma Republicans in U.S. House oppose new $3 trillion relief bill

Oklahoma Republicans in the U.S. House have come out strongly against the latest financial relief bill, saying Democratic...

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OKC official stresses COVID-19 testing and tracing

Testing and contact tracing will be essential in managing COVID-19 as the pandemic unfolds, Oklahoma City's emergency...

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Oil waste decisions left to operators, for now

Elected members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission decided to leave in place an emergency order allowing operators to...

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Alcohol delivery, curbside pickup could be permanent in Oklahoma

State legislators are moving to make permanent new rules that allow some businesses to deliver alcohol, beer and wine directly...

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Virtual charter school bill passes Senate, nears the finish line

A bill lawmakers say will bring greater transparency to virtual charter schools now awaits the governor’s signature. On Monday,...

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Terry Neese begins television ad campaign with focus on Trump

Oklahoma City Republican Terry Neese launched the first television ads of her congressional campaign on Tuesday, targeting GOP...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Outgoing health commissioner thanks Stitt

In a farewell letter, outgoing Oklahoma Health Commissioner Gary Cox thanked Gov. Kevin Stitt for "your faith in me, my...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State officials stepping in to help Oklahoma meat processing plants in COVID-19 fight

State officials are now stepping in to help meat processing plants in Oklahoma, some of which have become hot spots for...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt coming down to the wire on budget decision

Gov. Kevin Stitt is coming down to the wire on whether he will sign or veto the state budget for the upcoming fiscal year. But...

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OU's Evelyn Aswad will help shape Facebook content around the world

A University of Oklahoma law professor is one of 20 people picked to decide what does and doesn't belong on Facebook. Evelyn...

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Supreme Court justices wrestle with Creek reservation case

U.S. Supreme Court justices on Monday looked for clear answers — and maybe even a compromise — on whether Congress officially...

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Stitt, legislators clash over budget bills

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday announced he will veto two bills that decrease direct contributions to state retirement systems to...

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Corrections employee pay raises, protective gear for poll workers and more state budget highlights

Some Oklahoma Department of Corrections employees who were accidentally left out of pay raises last year are likely to receive...

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

Watch live as the White House delivers an update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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U.S. Supreme Court to hear arguments in case that could redefine eastern Oklahoma

The U.S. Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Monday in a case that could determine whether the Five Tribes still have...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 11, 2020

Sales tax falls Sales tax results document the beating retail took as COVID-19 emergency orders took effect in mid-March....

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Gov. Kevin Stitt’s political honeymoon appears over

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s political honeymoon has come to an abrupt end. It’s unclear specifically when the honeymoon ended, but...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: At health chief's last job, auditors found problems

The last time state auditors looked at an agency run by Gary Cox, now Oklahoma's health commissioner, they found "blatant...

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Corporation Commission adopts oil, utility measures to address pandemic concerns

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday adopted an emergency rule that aims to regulate how and where crude is stored...

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Status of school reopenings still unclear in Oklahoma

COVID-19 has thrown Oklahoma school districts and state leaders into a whirlpool of contingency plans, as a model of the...

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Former lobbyist, ex-lawmaker hired to lead transparency office

A legislative committee on Friday hired a former lobbyist and legislator to run a new state entity devoted to creating more...

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Horn knocks Legislature on voting bill, while GOP hopefuls back ballot requirements

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Friday that absentee ballot requirements approved by the Oklahoma Legislature this week “will only...

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Multiple tribes urge rejection of controversial gaming compacts

The gaming compact Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed with the Comanche Nation is a "provocative attack on Chickasaw Nation...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Another record number of unemployment claims were filed by Oklahomans last week, data shows

Yet another record number of people filed initial claims for unemployment insurance compensation last week, the Oklahoma...

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Norman mayor amends city plan to allow places of worship to reopen

Norman Mayor Breea Clark amended her city’s reopening plan on Friday to allow churches to open immediately. The change came...

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Americans more worried about reopening too quickly than not opening quickly enough, survey says

The data suggests that Americans will likely not engage in many activities, like going to restaurants, even if they reopen...

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Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association suspends membership of two state tribes

The governing board of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association has voted to suspend the memberships of two tribes that recently...

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Oklahoma to start issuing REAL IDs July 1

Oklahoma will begin issuing REAL ID-compliant driver’s licenses at select locations on July 1. The state was originally...

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Hunter tweets to Norman mayor: Cities can't discriminate against churches

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter admonished the mayor of Norman on Thursday to treat churches equally in the city’s...

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Legislators seek to tap opioid settlement funds to plug budget holes

To plug budget holes next year, Oklahoma legislators plan to use nearly half the money in a special fund devoted to holding...

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Oklahoma House approves budget bills, awaits action from Stitt

Oklahoma's House of Representatives approved multiple Fiscal Year 2021 budget bills on Thursday, and lawmakers now wait for...

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Stitt signs nurse independence compromise

A compromise years in the making. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed legislation to expand the authority of nurse...

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State Question 805 campaign asks Supreme Court to require signatures be accepted

Leaders of the State Question 805 campaign want the Oklahoma Supreme Court to settle a dispute between the group and the...

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Stitt signs bill to reinstate notary requirement for absentee voting

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed legislation to reinstate the requirement that absentee ballots be notarized. The...

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House Republicans vote to reverse court ruling on absentee ballots

Mere days after the Oklahoma Supreme Court struck down a requirement that absentee ballots be notarized, House Republicans...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Bill granting immunity for medical providers heads to governor's desk

A bill shielding medical providers and facilities from lawsuits over COVID-19 treatment is now headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s...

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Manufacturers line up for state 'Reboot' funds

Some Oklahoma manufacturers are getting a taxpayer-funded boost to help expand and retain employees during the COVID-19...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt says he's still reviewing state budget proposal

More than 48 hours after state lawmakers unveiled their proposed state budget for fiscal year 2021, Gov. Kevin Stitt said he is...

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Lankford questions Oklahoma tax policy, while Cole laments Fauci absence

Oklahoma should reevaluate its prohibition on cities and towns raising money from property taxes to fund municipal services,...

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Many coronavirus mutations are circling the globe, but we don’t know if any are more dangerous

Several recent studies have identified mutations of the original SARS-CoV-2 virus that emerged in China and causes COVID-19....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: As contact tracing ramps up, Oklahoma official worries about cooperation

As the state Health Department ramps up a program to identify people potentially exposed to COVID-19, a key official is hoping...

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Oklahoma House Republicans move to counter court ruling on absentee ballots

OKLAHOMA CITY — Looks like Oklahoma absentee voters are going to need a notary after all. Moving swiftly to negate a...

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DA accuses Pardon and Parole Board members of bias

Citing bias, an Oklahoma district attorney has requested two members of the state’s Pardon and Parole Board no longer be...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State residents have claimed hundreds of millions in unemployment cash assistance

More than 75,000 suspicious submissions involving unemployment insurance compensation requests made to the Oklahoma Employment...

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Executions in Oklahoma to remain on hold

Death row inmates in Oklahoma have been given until July 6 to raise their concerns about the state's new execution procedures....

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Legislature extends Stitt's emergency powers to respond to pandemic

Legislators on Tuesday approved extending for 30 days Gov. Kevin Stitt's emergency powers for responding to the COVID-19...

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Tribal relief money now going out, Trump administration says.

The Trump administration on Tuesday began distributing relief money to Indian tribes, after weeks of delays and a lawsuit by...

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AG opinion: Governor's recent tribal gaming compacts prohibited by state law

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority by entering into gaming compacts with two tribes that would permit sports...

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Trump may wind down work of coronavirus task force as early as this month, Pence says

President Donald Trump's administration is considering plans to wind down its coronavirus task force as early as this month, a...

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#GivingNewsDay: Local journalism needs your support now more than ever. Here's how to help.

This Giving Tuesday, The Oklahoman is offering discounted digital subscriptions as we work to keep our community informed...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Up to 14 state inmates could be released on medical parole

The state’s Pardon and Parole Board will hear an emergency medical parole docket May 13 to expedite the release of up to 14...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court strikes notary requirement for absentee ballots

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Monday struck down a requirement that absentee ballots must be notarized to be valid. An order...

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Legislative leaders unveil budget proposal that includes 4% cuts to most state agencies

Leaders of Oklahoma’s Legislature have agreed to a $7.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes cuts of 4%...

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Federal aid targets rural hospitals in Oklahoma

Oklahoma hospitals will receive another $355 million in federal aid, with about $282 million going to rural hospitals and...

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Are you wearing a face mask in public? Why or why not?

Are you choosing to wear a mask in public? If not, tell us why.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 4, 2020

Convention center delay Coronavirus-related issues have added 14 days to the MAPS 3 convention center construction schedule, as...

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Economic freefall from COVID-19 pandemic will hurt Oklahoma wildlife conservation efforts

The economic shutdown from COVID-19 is hurting fundraising efforts by wildlife conservation organizations in Oklahoma, money...

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When Legislature reconvenes, Capitol will be open to public ... sort of

When Oklahoma legislators return to the state Capitol on Monday, the building will be open to the public, with some...

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Stitt says he was first person told about Jazz player testing positive for COVID-19

On March 11, Gov. Kevin Stitt was the first person in the Chesapeake Energy Arena to know a member of the Utah Jazz had tested...

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Mayor urges caution as emergency orders are relaxed

Mayor David Holt urged caution Friday as Oklahoma City began relaxing COVID-19 emergency orders. "Today is the start of a new...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Holt cautious as 'reboot' begins, his complete remarks

Mayor David Holt says creating a sense of safety is necessary for an economic recovery.

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Oklahoma seeks to test 90,000 people, use 1,000 contact tracers to limit coronavirus spread

With Oklahoma set to begin its phased reopening Friday, the state aims to beef up COVID-19 testing and contact tracing...

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Joe Biden denies former staffer's sexual assault allegation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden denied a former Senate staffer's allegation of sexual assault on Friday, saying “this never...

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OKC Central: OKC Mayor David Holt answers questions about COVID-19, roads and more

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt was our special host for this week's live chat and, if you missed it, you can catch all the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Operators, others hope to develop proposed remote oil storage rule

Oklahoma’s oil and gas operators asked the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday to spend additional time developing an...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: PPE middleman didn't deliver, still got "finder's fee"

The state Health Department paid a $56,000 "finder's fee" last week to a middleman for 2.8 million gloves even though he was...

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Hofmeister offers recommendation for federal emergency education funding

State schools Superintendent Joy Hofmeister personally delivered a recommendation that envisions internet access for all...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt to provide update

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will address the state's response to the ongoing outbreak of coronavirus at 3 p.m. Thursday. View the...

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Some Oklahoma driver's license offices to reopen Friday

Visitors are required to make an appointment in advance.

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Child care provider organization "disappointed" in DHS plan for $50 million in CARES Act funds

The Licensed Child Care Association of Oklahoma has released a statement calling on the Oklahoma Department of Human Services...

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Election 2020: State responds to lawsuit over absentee voting

A lawsuit against the Oklahoma State Election Board seeking changes to the state’s absentee voting process in light of the...

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Mayor revises OKC emergency orders effective Friday

Social gatherings of 10 or more people are still prohibited in Oklahoma City under revised COVID-19 emergency orders taking...

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Oklahoma County sheriff's office moving out of jail

Over the next month, the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office will take a historic step as it moves out of the county jail and into...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Overdue utility bills stacking up in OKC

The good news is Oklahoma City has abundant water this spring. The bad news is an alarming and growing number of residents...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: All nursing home residents, staffers to be tested

Over the next month, the state is planning to test all residents and staffers in Oklahoma nursing homes and long-term care...

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White House roundtable on 'Opening Up America Again'

Watch live as the White House discusses plans to reopen parts of U.S. The event is expected to start at 4 p.m.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt defends $2 million purchase of malaria drug touted by Trump

"That money will not have gone to waste in any respect," said Oklahoma's secretary of health.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: $20M sought from small-business relief fund

Applications for Oklahoma City's small-business relief fund show there is "obviously … a need out there," an economic...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Health Department to be audited

The state auditor agreed Tuesday to conduct an investigative audit of the Oklahoma Health Department after the attorney general...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Four tribes announce extension of casino closures

Oklahoma tribal casinos operated by the Chickasaw, Cherokee, Choctaw and Muscogee (Creek) nations will remain closed at least...

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Stitt: Oklahoma still on track to begin phased reopening Friday

Stitt also left the door open for Oklahoma mayors to implement more restrictive policies.

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Watch: Gov. Stitt addresses COVID-19 situation at 11 a.m.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. to address Oklahoma's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Regulators allow voluntary well shut-ins

To prevent waste, oil and gas regulators in various oil-producing states have been asked to consider orders requiring operators...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Edmond will allow some businesses, churches to open Friday

EDMOND — The Edmond City Council on Monday adopted a resolution to allow some businesses to reopen as soon as Friday. The...

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City government gets CARES Act funds, review of small-business relief applications has begun

Applications for the city's small-business relief program are being reviewed.

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Plastic shields, capes: How salons, gyms plan to re-open after coronavirus closures

When restrictions are lifted and you can finally venture outside to cut those overgrown bangs, don't expect business as usual...

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Is quarantine fatigue here? Americans are leaving their homes more and more, cell data shows

Researchers have found Americans are venturing out of their homes more for the first time since social distancing guidelines...

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USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Six months out, Biden jumps to lead over Trump amid coronavirus concerns

Six months before Election Day, the coronavirus pandemic has done what impeachment did not: Cost President Donald Trump his...

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How has COVID-19 affected you? Tell us your story

Help journalists at The Oklahoman cover the COVID-19 pandemic by sharing your story.

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Coronavirus pandemic complicates Medicaid expansion efforts in Oklahoma

Oklahoma is on track to expand Medicaid on July 1, but legislators still don’t know how to pay for the state’s share of the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 27, 2020

They said it "We definitely need money." — Dr. Patrick McGough, executive director of the Oklahoma City-County Health...

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In national television appearances, Stitt, Holt talk about reopening businesses

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt made separate appearances on national television Sunday to talk...

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Week's events make future of Oklahoma tribal gaming murkier

The already cloudy future of Indian gaming in Oklahoma got a whole lot murkier last week with Gov. Kevin Stitt's signing of...

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Outlook 2020: 'I hope my journey helps your journey,' Martinez-Brooks says

Name: Jessica Martinez-Brooks, 43, interim Diversity and Inclusion Advocate, Oklahoma City University. Career Highlights: "At...

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Oklahoma lawmakers say public trust hospitals now eligible for paycheck program

Oklahoma’s congressional delegation applauded a decision by the Small Business Administration to make publicly owned hospitals...

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Tulsa World: Gov. Stitt to President Trump: declare COVID-19 pandemic an 'Act of God' amid oil industry struggles

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Saturday that he wrote a letter to President Donald Trump asking for his administration to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to ease 'shelter-in-place' starting May 1

Mayor David Holt's intent is to let Oklahoma City's shelter-in-place emergency order expire May 1 but conditions for reopening...

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On video town hall, viewer wants to know: Where did Lankford and Stitt get their 'hairs cut?'

It was after 8 p.m. Thursday and “okcgary” on Twitter wanted to know why U.S. Sen James Lankford was getting paid when Congress...

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Watch live: OKC Mayor David Holt gives coronavirus update

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt plans to give an update on the city's response to the coronavirus pandemic at 1 p.m. You can...

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House sends small businesses relief funding to Trump, with all five Oklahomans in favor

The U.S. House approved another $484 billion of coronavirus relief on Thursday, with the biggest chunk of the money targeted...

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Johnson to postpone retirement 9 months from Oklahoma higher education

Chancellor Glen D. Johnson will remain nine months longer than expected as the head of the Oklahoma State System of Higher...

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Oklahoma education funding 'hard to envision' avoiding cuts next year, officials say

Oklahoma education officials expect to tighten their belts next year, even while state lawmakers hope to protect school funding...

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League of Women Voters asks Oklahoma Supreme Court for absentee ballot changes

Ahead of Oklahoma’s June 30 primary election, the League of Women voters is asking the state Supreme Court to intervene in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Air travel near standstill

If you were anticipating the shiny new signs to go with the shiny new roadway at Will Rogers World Airport, you'll have to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Child care providers feel financial impact of coronavirus pandemic

Child care providers across the state of Oklahoma are struggling. From home day cares to childcare centers, providers have been...

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Oldest brother of Elizabeth Warren dies from COVID-19 complications in Norman

The oldest brother of Massachusets Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Donald Reed Herring, died Tuesday night in his hometown of Norman due...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Some elective surgeries may resume Friday

Hospitals and surgery centers will be asked to take additional precautions due to COVID-19 when some elective surgeries resume...

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

The press conference is expected to start at 4 p.m.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Riversport gets stimulus funds

The Riversport Foundation, Oklahoma City's operating partner for the MAPS 3 whitewater park, has received $750,000 in federal...

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Many shuttered Oklahoma businesses can reopen May 1, Gov. Kevin Stitt says

Following some guidelines from the White House, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt outlined a vision Wednesday for reopening some...

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Agree or disagree? Businesses offer wide range of reactions to Stitt's three-phase plan

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced a three-part plan to begin reopening businesses across the state, with some restrictions...

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House and Senate leaders write letter criticizing gaming compacts negotiated by governor

Leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate delivered a strongly worded letter to Gov. Kevin Stitt Wednesday questioning his legal...

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Stitt: Some Oklahoma businesses can reopen starting Friday

Business and conservative leaders have been pressuring the governor to "reopen" the state.

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

Watch live as the White House gives the latest update on the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fact Check: Trump claims coronavirus tests are widely available. They are not

resident Donald Trump says there are plenty of coronavirus tests available, while many governors raise alarms, saying they...

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Watch live: Gov. Stitt press conference at 2 p.m.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is holding a press conference at 2 p.m. Watch it live here.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: All Oklahoma abortions can resume Friday, judge orders

Abortions in Oklahoma can resume fully starting Friday, a federal judge ordered Monday. U.S. District Judge Charles Goodwin...

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Governor settles with two of 12 tribes involved in federal lawsuit over gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday that he has reached deals with two of the 12 Oklahoma tribes that filed a federal lawsuit...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: House Democrats urge Stitt to aid public schools

Oklahoma House Democrats have urged Gov. Kevin Stitt to support public schools with a $40 million federal education grant,...

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Agency submits Medicaid waiver to impose work requirements, charge premiums

The Stitt administration is moving forward with plans to charge Medicaid premiums and impose work requirements on Medicaid...

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How would you like to see the economy opened back up? Tell us

As U.S. leaders make plans to reopen the country, what would you like to see happen in Oklahoma before things return to normal?...

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Horn wants $3 billion for Strategic Petroleum Reserve

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn signed on to cosponsor a proposed $3 billion oil purchase for the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The bill...

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

Watch live as the White House delivers the latest COVID-19 update beginning at 4:30 p.m.

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Bigger checks? Relief for states? What could be in the next coronavirus bill

The White House and congressional leaders are nearing a deal to pump an additional $300 billion into a new program to keep...

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White House, congressional leaders reach deal to replenish halted coronavirus small business loan program

The White House and congressional leaders reached a deal Tuesday to revive a stimulus program geared to keep small businesses...

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Watch: Gov. Stitt provides update on tribal gaming compact negotiations

Watch live at 12:30 p.m. as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt provides an update on the tribal gaming compact negotiations.

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Local energy stocks fall as market shudders on low oil prices

As the price of May oil futures contracts crashed Monday, local energy sector stocks also fell. West Texas Intermediate Crude...

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Tulsa tea party leader organizes back-to-work rallies

A group created by a longtime Tulsa tea party leader organized back-to-work rallies at city halls in Oklahoma City and Tulsa on...

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Auditors say a southwestern Oklahoma circuit engineering district violated several state laws

A circuit engineering district that provides shared services to 11 southwestern Oklahoma counties violated several state laws...

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State revenue shortfall declared; $1.3 billion shortfall forecast for next year

Bowing to pressure from state lawmakers, the Board of Equalization, led by Gov. Kevin Stitt, on Monday formally certified a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hofmeister, OEA 'do not support' federal aid to private schools

A suggestion from Gov. Kevin Stitt to use federal education aid for private-school scholarships sparked opposition from...

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OKC to reduce spending against revenue shortfall

Oklahoma City is reducing general fund spending for fiscal 2021, with police and fire ordered to cut 3.3% from their adjusted...

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Anticipating revenue shortfall, Oklahoma City will reduce spending

Sales tax is expected to lag for some time as the economy works its way back to pre-pandemic levels of activity.

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

Watch live as the White House COVID-19 task force delivers the latest update on the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

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Here’s why you’re not able to track your stimulus money

About 80 million taxpayers were on course to receive their stimulus payments this week, according to the IRS. But millions of...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 20, 2020

Court upholds zoning The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals affirmed the Oklahoma City Council’s decision to rezone property at...

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Outlook 2020: For Susan Chambers, success took hard work, taking risks

Name: Dr. Susan Louise Chambers, 63, co-founder of Lakeside Women's Hospital and chair of the World Neighbors Board of...

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Outlook 2020: 'Take up your God-given space,' Rachel Freeman says

Name: Rachel Freeman, 40, chief operations officer of City Care. Career highlights: "In 2002, Jeffri-Lynn Dyer took a chance on...

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Outlook 2020: Julie Bisbee seeks to improve health of Oklahomans

Julie Bisbee, 41, says she is excited about her job as executive director of Oklahoma's Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman seeks input on plan to reopen

The city of Norman is inviting residents to weigh in on a plan to reopen businesses and public facilities by filling out an...

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After 44 years, nation's longest-serving wildlife commissioner is stepping down in July

For nearly 44 years, the chairman of the board of Groendyke Transport has been a member of the Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation...

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Watch recap: White House coronavirus press briefing

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — In a symbolic nod to normalcy, Vice President Mike Pence delivered a commencement address to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt says some businesses may open in early May

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday that restaurants and some other businesses currently deemed nonessential may begin opening in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 'Our job is to serve those who serve Oklahomans'

Technological and human resources matter when it involves a government’s ability to respond to a crisis situation. Nowhere is...

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Medicaid expansion proposal set for June 30 ballot

Oklahomans will decide if they want to expand Medicaid through State Question 802 on June 30. In a long-awaited decision, Gov....

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Public education advocates rip Gov. Stitt over comments about how to spend emergency money

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Watch replay: Gov. Stitt press conference

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt held a press conference on the current situation of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supreme Court to review ACA for third time

The Supreme Court is set to review the Affordable Care Act for the third time. How did this lawsuit arise? In 2012, the Supreme...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court orders Board of Equalization to respond to lawsuit by April 20

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday laid out the next steps in a lawsuit aimed at forcing a resolution on the state budget...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Recovered legislator donates plasma

A state lawmaker who beat COVID-19 is helping others still battling the virus. On Thursday, Sen. Paul Rosino, R-Oklahoma City,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Agency that handles unemployment insurance updates efforts

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is ramping up efforts to add customer service assistants who can handle...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt joins other governors seeking waiver of renewable fuel blending requirements

Governors from five states including Oklahoma are asking Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler to issue...

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Record 22 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

WASHINGTON (AP) — The wave of layoffs that has engulfed the U.S. economy since the coronavirus struck forced 5.2 million more...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Roughly 130,000 Oklahomans who owe child support may not see their federal stimulus checks

As many as 130,000 Oklahomans who owe past due child support may not receive their stimulus check from the federal government,...

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Error from Stitt's office leads to inaccurate count of prisoners to be released

An error in a news release from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office said over 400 incarcerated individuals would be released from state...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma's tax officials projected the state's budget woes, but only as the "worst-case scenario"

Oklahoma is experiencing the “worst-case scenario” projected by tax officials, according to the director of the state’s Tax...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt holds press conference

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt held a press conference concerning coronavirus in Oklahoma at 3 p.m. Wednesday.  Watch the event...

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House, Senate leadership file petition asking Oklahoma Supreme Court to call Board of Equalization meeting

Oklahoma House and Senate leaders filed a petition Tuesday asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to direct the state Board of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State health agencies no longer need approval before hiring additional employees

The state’s health agencies no longer need approval before hiring additional employees after Gov. Kevin Stitt updated his...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt receives $40 million federal grant for education

Oklahoma’s governor will receive nearly $40 million to support education from a federal emergency block grant. Gov. Kevin...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tulsa bank offers customers overdraft protection while they wait for stimulus payments

An Oklahoma banker who also is the state’s secretary of commerce and workforce development unveiled a program to help his...

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Watch live: White House addresses coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump insists there are “numerous provisions” in the Constitution to support his view that...

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Q&A with Jon M. Miles: CARES Act provides employee retention credit

What is the employee retention credit? The employee retention credit was created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic...

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Chesapeake Energy approves one-for-hundreds reverse stock split

Chesapeake Energy Corp. shareholders voted Monday to approve the company’s plan to execute a one-for-hundreds reverse stock...

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Oklahoma shifting position in Creek Nation reservation case, prison inmate says

The state of Oklahoma has created a “brand new argument” to contend the Muscogee (Creek) Nation doesn’t have a reservation, but...

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Watch live: White House addresses coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump asserted Monday that he is the ultimate decision-maker for determining how and when to...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 13, 2020

Hiring freeze ordered The COVID-19 pandemic "will have a significant negative impact on city revenues in the months ahead."...

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Tribes push for census completion during pandemic

Oklahoma’s tribes have spent the last decade to ensure their members are better counted by the U.S. census. But the coronavirus...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Virus changes political campaigning

In a typical election year, candidates would be knocking on doors, shaking hands and kissing babies — whatever it takes to get...

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Horn, Holt to hold virtual town hall meeting

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn is planning to host a virtual town hall meeting on Tuesday with Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt to answer...

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Outlook 2020: Bice played a key role in bringing Oklahoma into the modern liquor era

Name: Stephanie Bice, Oklahoma state senator, District 22. Highlights: Bice was elected to the state Senate in 2014 and has...

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Outlook 2020: Corporation Commission discusses importance of actions to make an impact

Name: Dana Murphy, 60, Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner. Career highlights: Dana Murphy says leaving a mark in what...

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Outlook 2020: 'Invest in people who will help others,' Teresa Moisant says

Name: Teresa Moisant, 70, co-founder Moisant Promotional Products. Career highlights and community impact: Moisant Promotional...

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'Always find ways to refine your skills, improve your game,' Elaine Lyons says

Name: Elaine Lyons, 55, president, South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. Career highlights/community impact: Eighteen years...

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Five file for Oklahoma County sheriff

As expected, Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor has filed for reelection. "With ... this crisis situation, I think stability...

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Budget feud caused by anger over bill to create rural broadband council, sources say

Oklahoma House Republican leaders cut funding for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s program to upgrade state government’s digital operations...

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Who is and isn’t running for Oklahoma’s Legislature - what you should know

The unofficial kickoff to election season occurred last week when candidates filed to run for state and federal offices. All...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoman: Tribal leaders urge Gov. Kevin Stitt to issue shelter-in-place order

Leaders of 26 Oklahoma tribes sent Gov. Kevin Stitt a letter Friday urging him to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order to...

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IRS says first economic support payments stemming from outbreak have been deposited

WASHINGTON -- The IRS says the first economic support payments stemming from the coronavirus outbreak have been deposited in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State hospitals to receive nearly $500 million in federal aid

Oklahoma hospitals will receive nearly $500 million from funding approved by Congress to help health care providers make up for...

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Four candidates vie for Oklahoma City House seat

Three Democrats and one Republican are vying for the nomination to represent House District 89 — a heavily Hispanic area that...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Availability of tests improving

Prospects are improving for testing individuals who think they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, Oklahoma County's top...

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Filing ends with crowded fields for Inhofe, Horn

The race for the U.S. Senate and some congressional races got a bit more crowded as candidate filing ended Friday with all...

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Three candidates file to replace longtime state Rep. David Perryman in House District 56

Three candidates filed to replace longtime state Rep. David Perryman from southwest Oklahoma after he decided not to seek...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma Energy Producers Alliance asks Corporation Commission for oil production cuts

The Oklahoma Corporation Commission was asked Friday to require operators curtail oil production in the state until markets...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt signs over 450 commutations, reduces prison overcrowding during COVID-19 pandemic

On Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he signed over 450 commutations to help reduce prison overcrowding during the COVID-19...

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Stitt: Oklahoma hospitals prepared to handle coronavirus peak

There are plans for two surge hospitals in Oklahoma City, out of an abundance of caution.

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Trump campaign takes heat for ad suggesting former Wash. governor is a Chinese official

President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign took heat for a new campaign advertisement about former Vice President Joe Biden...

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Budget battle: Stitt, legislators spar over digital transformation fund

Gov. Kevin Stitt and state legislators continue to clash over a revolving fund dedicated to digital transformation...

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Former TV reporter files to run against Jim Inhofe

Attorney and former Oklahoma City news reporter Abby Broyles filed Thursday as a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, as...

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Watch live: White House gives COVID-19 update

Watch live as President Trump's coronavirus task force holds a press conference.

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

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

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Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter appeals abortion order

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter on Tuesday appealed a federal judge’s ruling allowing some abortions to continue in...

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Trump on Joe Exotic pardon: "I'll take a look"

During a press briefing about the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump was asked Wednesday if he had any thoughts about...

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5th District race draws a crowd as candidate filing begins

All six members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation who are up for reelection this year filed as candidates on Wednesday,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt says state agencies may face budget cuts. State lawmakers don't plan to let that happen

Both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers fired back at Gov. Kevin Stitt after he said Tuesday he believes 1-2% budget...

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Americans could start receiving stimulus checks starting on April 9

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

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Federal, state candidates begin election filing in Oklahoma

Candidates can file through 5 p.m. Friday.

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Coronavirus: White House task force gives COVID-19 update

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a first, small step toward reopening the country, the Trump administration could relax coronavirus...

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Sanders drops 2020 bid, leaving Biden as likely nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — Sanders ends presidential campaign after disappointing primary results, leaving Biden as likely Democratic...

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Stitt says his safer-at-home order is the same as a shelter in place, is it?

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday his safer-at-home order is essentially the same as shelter-in-place orders issued by the governors...

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OKC committee dismisses city election changes

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt says state's hospitalization rate is flattening

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he is "cautiously optimistic" the rate of people being hospitalized from COVID-19 is starting to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hospital challenges include equipment, cash flow

Oklahoma hospitals are struggling to keep critical equipment in stock and some are having cash flow problems because elective...

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

Three council members arrange the virtual community meeting.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt says state agencies may face budget cuts. State lawmakers don't plan to let that happen

Both Republican and Democratic state lawmakers fired back at Gov. Kevin Stitt after he said Tuesday he believes 1-2% budget...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt is 'cautiously optimistic' the state's hospitalization rate is flattening

Gov. Kevin Stitt said he is "cautiously optimistic" that the rate of people being hospitalized from COVID-19 symptoms is...

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Acting Navy secretary is out after bungled firing of USS Theodore Roosevelt's captain

Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly was forced to resign after he mishandled the firing of the captain of the COVID-19-stricken...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Canadian County Democrats to host first Facebook Live meeting April 13

YUKON — In recognition of the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Canadian County Democrats’ Vice Chair Dennis...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Legislature approves emergency declaration, gives Stitt unprecedented power

Oklahoma’s Legislature on Monday nearly unanimously approved giving Gov. Kevin Stitt sweeping powers to respond to the COVID-19...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Deaths triple in one week, but mortality rate shows little change

The number of deaths in Oklahoma from COVID-19 tripled in a week, but the mortality rate from confirmed cases of the disease...

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Oklahoma judge partially strikes down Stitt's abortion ban

An Oklahoma judge on Monday struck down part of Gov. Kevin Stitt's temporary, coronavirus-related abortion ban. In an order,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State lawmakers, Stitt at odds over bills to address revenue shortfall

On Monday, lawmakers donning masks and gloves in groups smaller than 10 worked in the state Capitol to address the state’s $416...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Landmark day in state

In a landmark day for the state, the death toll from the pandemic climbed Monday above 50, Gov. Kevin Stitt was granted...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust hires a chief financial officer

The Oklahoma County Jail Trust hired a chief financial officer during its first teleconference meeting amid the COVID-19...

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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: EPA to donate excess PPE to state and local agencies across country

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it has identified about 225,000 pieces of personal protective...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Guthrie mandates face coverings for essential activities

The Guthrie City Council on Monday voted unanimously to impose shelter-in-place restrictions through May 5, and also mandated...