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Former AG requests prosecution of alleged Oklahoma exporters of cockfighting birds

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has sent emails to federal and state prosecutors in eastern Oklahoma asking...

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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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Wheatland man arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with a minor

A 45-year-old Wheatland man was arrested this month for allegedly soliciting sex with a minor and dealing drugs. On May 21, the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How much did state pay out in fraudulent unemployment claims?

Oklahoma may have paid out tens in millions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic,...

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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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State Chamber has warning for judge in Epic Charter Schools case

The State Chamber of Oklahoma wants a judge to consider "potential dangers" when making a decision in a legal case involving...

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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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10 dead at Joe Exotic's prison from virus outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak at Joe Exotic's prison in Texas has killed 10 inmates, more than any other facility or halfway house in the...

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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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Judge sentences cardiologist to prison for killing motorcyclist

An Edmond cardiologist convicted of driving while drunk and killing a motorcyclist told a judge Thursday that his sobriety and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: One in two deaths 75 or older

In the two months since the first COVID-19 death in Oklahoma, more than half of those who lost their lives to the virus were 75...

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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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Stitt signs 'anti-red flag' gun bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday to preempt Oklahoma localities from implementing so-called “red flag” policies....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than a third of surveyed Oklahomans report struggling to make housing payments

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the finances of many Oklahoma households, with 36.2 percent of online survey...

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Decision expected soon on whether Sandridge tower will become state office building

The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office are completing a financial analysis and should know in a couple of weeks whether...

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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: Nigerian 'ring' being blamed for unemployment fraud

The U.S. Secret Service is blaming a well-organized Nigerian fraud ring for fake unemployment claims in Oklahoma and other...

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Valley Brook loses court fight over traffic stops

VALLEY BROOK — For years, police officers in this small town best known for its strip clubs have been making traffic stops on...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State PPE czar lashes out at critics

In an email defending his pandemic buying decisions, Oklahoma's PPE czar, Gino DeMarco, wrote he is more worried about people...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How did salesman deep in debt get PPE deals?

Last November, salesman Anthony Todd Catania was in bad financial shape. His Edmond home was being foreclosed on. He hadn't...

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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: McDonald's shooting suspect claimed self-defense

NORMAN — The suspect in a shooting at a McDonald's in south Oklahoma City confessed afterward and claimed self-defense, police...

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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: PPE, other supply orders top $42 million

In a little over a month, the Oklahoma State Department of Health ordered more than $42 million in personal protective...

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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: 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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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Infected jail inmate dies

CHICKASHA — William Dean Brame was awaiting sentencing at the Grady County jail for his role in a major drug ring run from...

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Shooting at OKC McDonald's marks violent swing in pandemic tensions

A shooting Wednesday in a McDonald’s on the south side of Oklahoma City marked a violent rise in tension around the Sooner...

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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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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: Recoveries at Norman nursing home top 40

NORMAN — More than 40 residents have fully recovered from COVID-19 at the first nursing home in the state to have a known...

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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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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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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma traffic counts dropped over 30 percent as COVID-19 caused many residents to stay home

Traffic volumes on some Oklahoma highways dropped by more than 30 percent during April as government officials closed down the...

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Judge rules in favor of Norman salons seeking to reopen

NORMAN — A Cleveland County District judge Monday issued a temporary injunction blocking enforcement of Mayor Breea Clark’s...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Grim milestone reached in nursing home deaths

The COVID-19 death toll associated with Oklahoma nursing homes and long-term care facilities has topped 100. The most — 15 — is...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Paycom suing think tank

In a coronavirus-related lawsuit, Paycom is accusing a conservative think tank in Oklahoma of deliberately spreading lies about...

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Audit questions more than $22 million in expenditures by Oklahoma DHS

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services lacks proper documentation to support more than $22.4 million in federal expenditures...

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Oklahoma AG Mike Hunter refiles lawsuits against 3 opioid distribution companies

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter refiled separate state lawsuits against three opioid distribution companies Friday,...

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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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I-235 closure planned for this weekend; motorists cautioned to avoid area

Oklahoma City motorists wishing to avoid what could be a major traffic headache should avoid traveling on Interstate 235 this...

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Guthrie police apprehend suspect after two people shot at Guthrie Walmart

Two people were shot Thursday in a Walmart parking lot in Guthrie, according to the Guthrie Police Department. The shooting...

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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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Longtime Oklahoma City federal judge dies

For close to 40 years, Judge Lee R. West kept at it, presiding over cases in Oklahoma City federal court with humor and...

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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State cancels PPE buy from company under FBI scrutiny

State health officials had been going ahead with a $9.5 million purchase of personal protective equipment from a new company...

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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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Oklahoma National Guard team set up to assist state nursing homes

A special 10-member Oklahoma National Guard team has been established to help deep clean select Oklahoma nursing homes and...

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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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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Voluntary furlough program offered to employees of Cherokee Nation Businesses

The business arm of the Cherokee Nation is giving employees the option of going on furlough — a move that could enable some...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: PPE hunt goes off beaten path

The Oklahoma Health Department has ordered more than $9 million in masks from a company in Tulsa that didn't exist a month ago,...

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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: Strike teams set up to help nursing homes

The Oklahoma Health Department has created "strike teams" to help nursing homes and long-term care facilities as outbreaks...

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Joe Exotic still in isolation in Texas prison

In a letter mailed Monday, Joe Exotic writes that he is still being isolated at the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth. He...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: PPE orders slow to arrive

Oklahoma is spending millions of dollars on personal protective equipment from as far away as China, but orders — particularly...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt sees light at the end of the tunnel

Amid increasingly vocal demands from the public to loosen pandemic restrictions, Gov. Kevin Stitt urged Oklahomans Wednesday to...

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Oklahoma health commissioner's SUV purchase canceled

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Gary Cox won't be getting a new SUV after all. The Health Department was going to pay $27,239 for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Abortion providers seek further release from restrictions

Abortion providers in Oklahoma are asking a federal judge to further release them from Gov. Kevin Stitt's ban on elective...

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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma businesses join mask manufacturing efforts

From Oklahoma City to Claremore, the nationwide shortage of high quality masks needed to slow the spread of the coronavirus has...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Integris temporarily closing Portland Avenue site; ER to stay open

Integris Baptist Medical Center is temporarily closing most of its Portland Avenue campus and furloughing a number of employees...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman nursing home death count revised

The state Health Department has revised downward to seven its count of the deaths at the state's hardest hit nursing home. The...

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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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New evidence links OKC attorney to triple homicide

An Oklahoma City attorney and her boyfriend have been further connected to a triple homicide by new evidence, federal...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Death toll hits 16 at nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Update: The Health Department Wednesday night revised downward to seven its count of the deaths at Grace Skilled...

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Joe Exotic wants new judge for lawsuit

Joe Exotic doesn't want the same judge who sentenced him to 22 years in prison to be making decisions in his civil case. In a...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 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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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: Death toll at 13 at nursing homes, long-term care facilities

Thirteen residents at Oklahoma nursing homes and long-term care facilities have died after testing positive for COVID-19, the...

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New commissioner made SUV, chairs among his first purchases at Oklahoma Health Department

Weeks before a novel coronavirus began killing people first in China and then around the world, the new health commissioner for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: In pain from COVID-19, attorney was OK with dying

Feverish and in agonizing pain from COVID-19, Oklahoma City attorney Chris Sloan thought three or four times at the hospital...

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

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

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

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

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Oklahomans testing positive for COVID-19 surpasses 1,000

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nine state nursing homes and long-term care facilities have cases

The state Health Department reported Friday 50 residents and employees at nine nursing homes and long-term care facilities have...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State driver's license offices to close

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety is temporarily closing its 33 driver's license offices to further protect the public...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Groups urge Stitt to grant nearly 300 commutations waiting approval

Update: This article was updated to include comments from the governor's office. Several groups are urging Gov. Kevin Stitt to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Joe Exotic not exposed to any known COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma jail, officials say

Oklahoma officials on Thursday disputed widespread reports that Joe Exotic's fellow inmates at the Grady County Jail have...

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

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

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

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

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'Social distancing' is a scammer's dream. Here's how to not be a victim

Think of the situation like an unlocked car with a tank full of gas and the keys left in the ignition. What crook wouldn’t be...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More Norman nursing home residents test positive

NORMAN — More residents of a nursing home here have tested positive for COVID-19 and are being treated — if conditions warrant...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Zoo shown on "Tiger King" must stay closed

WYNNEWOOD — A prosecutor promised Monday to take legal action against a private zoo if it tries to reopen in violation of...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Safety guidelines issued for law enforcement agencies

Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter on Monday released guidelines for law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Death toll at 16

The reported death toll in Oklahoma from COVID-19 grew to 16 Sunday as a leading expert warned as many as 200,000 could die in...

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Netflix star Joe Exotic files longshot lawsuit

With the keen sense of timing that comes from being an experienced showman, Joe Exotic is suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife...

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