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Chris Casteel
Chris Casteel

Chris Casteel began working for The Oklahoman's Norman bureau in 1982 while a student at the University of Oklahoma. Casteel covered the police beat, federal courts and the state Legislature in Oklahoma City. From 1990 through 2016, he was the Washington bureau reporter for The Oklahoman. He returned to Oklahoma City this year to cover political campaigns.

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After a decade in exile, will earmarks rise again?

After 10 years in exile, congressional earmarks are poised for a comeback, as Democrats prepare to make home state projects a...

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Biden order leads to surge in Oklahomans buying health insurance

Nearly 3,800 Oklahomans purchased health insurance on the federal exchange after the Biden administration opened enrollment in...

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Oklahoma elections threatened by U.S. House bill, state's top election official warns

A U.S. House bill to make voting easier would amount to a federal takeover of state elections and deprive Oklahoma of ways to...

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Oklahoma lawmakers vote against relief package

Oklahoma's five U.S. House members joined all other Republicans early Saturday in voting against the $1.9 trillion spending...

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Oklahoma lawmakers to oppose $1.9 trillion bill, while Holt urges passage

As the House prepares to consider a $1.9 trillion spending package that includes more direct payments and unemployment...

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Biden nominee for Interior Secretary faces tough questions on energy views

Rep. Debra Haaland, President Joe Biden’s nominee to be Interior Secretary, faced tough questions Tuesday from Republicans...

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Inhofe meets with Biden at White House about transportation package

Sen. Jim Inhofe met at the White House on Thursday with President Joe Biden and others about improving the nation’s roads and...

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U.S. attorneys in Oklahoma resign as Biden moves to shape Justice Department

All three U.S. attorneys in Oklahoma plan to leave office at the end of February, as the Biden administration moves to put its...

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As Democrats take control, Sen. Jim Inhofe relinquishes gavel of Armed Services Committee

Sen. Jim Inhofe officially turned over the reins of the Armed Services Committee last week, and Sen. James Lankford...

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Oklahomans in Congress oppose budget bill

Oklahoma lawmakers voted against a budget blueprint on Friday that included provisions they favored and even authored, as they...

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Rep. Tom Cole argues against legislation to strip Greene of committees

Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday that he was deeply offended by remarks made by Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene but that the...

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Rep. Stephanie Bice criticizes President Joe Biden's energy policies

Freshman Rep. Stephanie Bice traveled to Houston on Tuesday to blast the Biden administration’s energy policies, saying they...

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Oklahoma senators split on Buttigieg confirmation

Oklahoma’s senators split their votes on Tuesday on confirming Pete Buttigieg for transportation secretary, while both opposed...

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More than 1 million Oklahomans likely have COVID-19 antibodies, blood tests show

As Oklahoma nears 400,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the true number of people in the state whose immune systems have...

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Oklahoma Senators James Lankford, Jim Inhofe oppose Trump impeachment trial

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford on Tuesday slammed the upcoming impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump as "political...

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Rep. Stephanie Bice lands seat on Armed Services Committee

Freshman Rep. Stephanie Bice scored a seat on the House Armed Services Committee, ensuring continuity for Oklahoma on the panel...

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In blow to Gov. Kevin Stitt, Oklahoma Supreme Court tosses two more Indian gaming compacts

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Tuesday tossed out two more tribal gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Kevin Stitt, ruling again...

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt seeks role in talks about jurisdiction on Indian reservations

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday urged leaders of the Five Tribes to “begin negotiations” on criminal and civil jurisdiction in...

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Seminole Tribe clarifies position on taxing oil and gas production

The Seminole Nation on Wednesday clarified its position on taxing oil and gas production on reservation land, saying that it...

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Oklahoma leaders from both parties hail peaceful inauguration, urge cooperation

Oklahoma members of Congress congratulated President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Wednesday and hailed the...

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Democratic Party chief hopes Biden lays out plan to represent all Americans

Oklahoma Democratic Party chair Alicia Andrews said Tuesday that she’s hoping President-elect Joe Biden lays out a plan in his...

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Oklahoma tribal leaders urge confirmation of Interior nominee Deb Haaland

Leaders of 26 Oklahoma Indian tribes are urging confirmation of Rep. Deb Haaland as Secretary of Interior, saying...

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Rep. Stephanie Bice on US Capitol riot: 'There's a lot of blame to go around'

Last weekend, home in Oklahoma after her first week in Congress, Republican Rep. Stephanie Bice heard from one of her...

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Tribal leaders want to work with state on how to prosecute crime on reservations

Leaders of the Cherokee and Chickasaw Nations said Thursday that Congress should allow tribes to make agreements with the state...

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Oklahoma lawmakers could lose campaign cash because of Capitol riot

Oklahoma members of Congress received tens of thousands of dollars in the last two years from corporate political committees...

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Inhofe withholds comment on House impeachment case, cites upcoming trial

Oklahoma’s five members of the U.S. House voted Wednesday against impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting insurrection,...

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Rep. Tom Cole opposes impeachment of Trump, calls for healing

Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday that House Democrats should be “seeking a path toward healing” instead of moving quickly toward...

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Cole speaks against resolution urging Pence to invoke 25th Amendment

Rep. Tom Cole came out against legislation on Tuesday calling on Vice President Mike Pence to take steps to remove President...

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Futile effort to help Trump may help shape some lawmakers' legacies

Speaking to thousands of supporters who traveled to Washington, D.C., from all over the country, President Donald Trump thanked...

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Trump bears some responsibility for encouraging mob, Oklahoma lawmakers say

Oklahoma’s senators and Rep. Tom Cole say President Donald Trump played at least some part in encouraging the mobs who started...

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Rep. Tom Cole: Impeachment of Trump would mean more national trauma

As House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sought to prevent an “unhinged” President Donald Trump from having access to nuclear codes, Rep....

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Amid recriminations, Lankford, Bice say they weren't trying to overturn Biden's election

Amid recriminations about Republican election challenges fueling the riot at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, two Oklahoma...

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Sen. Jim Inhofe says Mike Pence told him he was hurt that Trump turned on him

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that Vice President Mike Pence expressed his frustration to him that President Donald...

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After riot, most Oklahoma lawmakers still vote to reject two states' electoral votes

Oklahoma’s senators voted against an attempt to reject electoral votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania, while all five Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma members head to safety as Capitol is mobbed

Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation sheltered in the Capitol complex and other locations while mobs of people...

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Trump signs Clara Luper post office bill

President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed legislation to name the downtown Oklahoma City post office after civil rights icon...

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Siding with Trump, Bice and Cole will challenge Electoral College votes

Freshman Rep. Stephanie Bice and Rep. Tom Cole said Wednesday they will vote to challenge the results of some states’ Electoral...

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In big break with Trump, Inhofe rejects Electoral College challenge

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, breaking with his home state colleague and President Donald Trump, said Tuesday he will not join a...

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Bice takes seat in U.S. House as new Congress begins

Republican Rep. Stephanie Bice became the newest member of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation on Sunday, as the 117th Congress...

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Stephanie Bice to take office as new Congress begins

Two years ago, a new Congress began amid a government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s demands for money to build a...

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Senate completes resounding defeat of Trump on defense bill

The Senate completed the override of President Donald Trump’s veto of the annual defense bill on Friday, delivering the first...

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Lankford won't support Electoral College vote without new election probe

U.S. Sen. James Lankford announced Saturday that he will oppose the Electoral College vote this week making Joe Biden the next...

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Tucked into the defense bill, a long-owed debt to the OKC Memorial

It’s just $1 million in a $740 billion bill. But it’s big, in principal and in principle, to the Oklahoma City National...

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Cole, Horn, Lucas vote for additional stimulus aid, veto override

Sen. Jim Inhofe urged his colleagues on Tuesday to override President Donald Trump’s veto of the annual defense bill, saying...

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House overrides Trump veto of defense bill

The House voted overwhelmingly Monday to override President Donald J. Trump’s veto of the defense bill, setting up a final...

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Poll: 40% of Oklahoma voters want Stitt to run for reelection

Nearly 53% of Oklahoma voters approve of the job Gov. Kevin Stitt is doing, but only 40% want him to seek a second term in two...

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Trump election claims, challenges backed by slim majority of Oklahoma voters

Slim majorities of Oklahoma voters believe there was widespread fraud in the presidential election and that President Donald...

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Lawmakers to attempt override of Trump veto of defense bill

The House and Senate are expected to return to Washington next week to vote on overriding President Donald Trump’s veto of the...

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Poll shows majority support Oklahoma mask mandate, vaccinations

A majority of Oklahoma voters want Gov. Kevin Stitt to impose a statewide mask mandate, according to a new poll that also shows...

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Mayor David Holt urges holiday caution, says vaccine is months away for most people

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt urged people on Wednesday not to “bring death or illness upon yourself or those you love” during...

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Trump vetoes defense bill co-authored by Sen. Jim Inhofe

President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the $740 billion defense bill co-authored by Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and supported...

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Massive spending, relief bill includes Oklahoma provisions

The massive bill approved by Congress on Monday to keep the government running and provide more pandemic relief includes...

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Most Oklahoma lawmakers vote for coronavirus relief package

Most members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation voted Monday for the $900 billion coronavirus relief package and the...

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Trump approves Oklahoma ice storm disaster declaration

President Donald Trump on Monday approved a major disaster declaration for 13 Oklahoma counties affected by the ice storm in...

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Congress approves Clara Luper name for OKC post office

The U.S. Senate has sent the White House a bill to rename the downtown Oklahoma City post office after civil rights pioneer...

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Rep.-elect Stephanie Bice hires chief of staff, awaits committee assignments

U.S. Rep.-elect Stephanie Bice has tapped her campaign finance consultant as her chief of staff and is seeking a spot on either...

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Oklahoma expected to make teachers higher priority for vaccine

Oklahoma has received nearly 40,000 doses of the first vaccine approved for COVID-19, state officials announced Wednesday, as...

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Seminole Nation's attempt to tax oil companies prompts swift response from Hunter, Stitt

The Seminole Nation recently began telling oil and gas companies that they are subject to taxes in the tribe’s “jurisdictional...

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5 Oklahoma things about the $740 billion defense bill

The $740 billion defense bill approved this week by the House and Senate has several provisions requested by Oklahoma...

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Senate sends Jim Inhofe's defense bill to Trump with another veto-proof margin

The U.S. Senate passed the $740 billion defense bill by an overwhelming margin on Friday, daring President Donald Trump to...

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States fire back at Texas over case backed by Oklahoma attorney general

Two dozen states pushed back hard on Thursday against a lawsuit filed by Texas and supported by Oklahoma aimed at overturning...

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Mike Hunter joins new effort to help Trump in four states won by Biden

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined 16 other states on Wednesday in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas’...

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House defense bill passes easily, despite Trump veto threat

The House overwhelmingly approved a $740 billion defense bill Tuesday, defying a veto threat from President Donald Trump and...

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Horn campaign spending nearly double that of Bice

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn’s campaign spent nearly $6 million on her unsuccessful reelection effort, about twice as much as the...

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Despite years of unwavering loyalty, Inhofe now a target of Trump's wrath on defense bill

Sen. Jim Inhofe, who spent the last four years praising President Donald Trump and his commitment to boosting the Pentagon’s...

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Final Kendra Horn town hall focuses on COVID relief

Rep. Kendra Horn, who has held dozens of town halls since taking office in early 2019, held her final one on Friday, at least...

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Rep. Kendra Horn sole Oklahoma vote to decriminalize marijuana at federal level

The U.S. House passed a bill on Friday that would decriminalize marijuana in federal law, a historic step that the Senate is...

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Inhofe pushes forward with defense bill that ignores Trump demands

Sen. Jim Inhofe pushed forward with the annual defense bill on Thursday, despite a second veto threat and a suggestion from...

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Oklahoma nurses ask Stitt administration for recruiting help amid shortage

Facing a nursing shortage even before the pandemic, nurses and educators said Thursday they met with Stitt administration...

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COVID-19 vaccine doses to arrive in Oklahoma next week

Oklahoma surpassed 200,000 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the state reported 54 more deaths, as the Stitt administration’s...

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Inhofe rejects Trump demand on defense bill

Responding to a veto threat from President Donald Trump, Sen. Jim Inhofe said Wednesday that using the defense bill to seek...

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Oklahoma reports 54 new COVID-19 deaths; health commissioner calls infection rate alarming

Oklahoma surpassed 200,000 cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, and the state reported 54 more deaths, as the Stitt administration’s...

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Former Del City cop convicted of manslaughter entitled to pension, high court rules

A former Del City police officer who served time for killing an unarmed teenager is entitled to pension benefits, the Oklahoma...

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State Supreme Court gives local judges discretion, though two justices would close all courts

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has given state district courts the authority to determine their own coronavirus safety measures...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Lankford slammed by Trump loyalists over intelligence briefings

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

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

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

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

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

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Supreme Court once again to determine future of Obamacare

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

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Lucas, Cole urge faith in elections, while Lankford and Mullin raise partisan concerns

U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, the senior member of Oklahoma’s delegation in the House, said Friday that Americans “must respect the...

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Oklahoma City physician files for governor, calls for mask mandate

Former state Sen. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City Republican, became the first official candidate for governor this week when he...

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Stephanie Bice: Kendra Horn "incredibly gracious" after defeat

U.S. Rep.-elect Stephanie Bice said Wednesday she was hoping for bipartisan cooperation on a new coronavirus relief package now...

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Oklahoma voters set record as Trump logged another GOP sweep

President Donald J. Trump won all 77 counties in Oklahoma for the second time on Tuesday as state voters set a record for...

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Oklahoma District 5 election results: Stephanie Bice beats Kendra Horn for House seat

State Sen. Stephanie Bice reclaimed the 5th Congressional District for Republicans on Tuesday, beating freshman Democratic Rep....

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Oklahoma presidential election results: President Donald Trump sweeps all 77 counties

President Donald J. Trump won all 77 counties in Oklahoma for the second time on Tuesday, extending a streak of Republican...

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Oklahoma voters head to the polls amid pandemic to pick leaders, resolve state questions

Oklahoma voters head to the polls Tuesday to voice their preferences for president and Congress, while also deciding whether to...

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Lankford seeks answers regarding insurance coverage for COVID-19 tests

U.S. Sen. James Lankford joined an effort Monday to make sure health insurance companies cover the costs of COVID-19 tests,...

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Can Democrat Joe Biden win a county in Oklahoma? Eyes are on the most populous one

In a state that hasn’t voted for a Democratic presidential candidate since 1964, the biggest question in Oklahoma on Tuesday...

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Horn, Bice work on ground games, closing arguments

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and state Sen. Stephanie Bice met with supporters around the 5th Congressional District on Friday as they...

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Where Kendra Horn, Stephanie Bice stand on key issues from abortion to mask mandates

Oklahoma Election 2020: A look at where 5th Congressional Candidates Kendra Horn, Stephanie Bice stand on key issues

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Stephanie Bice leads Kendra Horn in 5th District race, new poll shows

Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice leads U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn by 4.5 percentage points in the hotly contested 5th District...

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Inhofe, Lankford vote to confirm Barrett to Supreme Court

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford voted Monday to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, joining 50...

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Despite backing tax hikes to fund teacher pay raises, 5th District candidate Stephanie Bice attacked on education

Despite her support for a massive tax bill to fund teacher pay hikes, Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice has been under...

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Horn, Bice battle in a competitive district

U.S. Rep. Kendra’s Horn upset victory over incumbent Republican Steve Russell in 2018 prompted numerous assertions that she was...

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Horn campaign reports $1 million for final push, while Bice funds top $332,000

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn had $1 million in her campaign account on Oct. 14, while state Sen. Stephanie Bice had $332,000 left to...

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Horn disavows Biden comment on oil industry, while Bice slams her energy votes

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, already under fire in her reelection campaign for a series of energy votes she cast last year, distanced...

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Bice, Horn disavow Biden oil and gas comment

Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice, who is challenging U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn in the 5th Congressional District, called on...

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Lightning round for Horn and Bice: What's the one show you would binge watch?

EDMOND — After fielding questions on health care, taxes and other topics, Rep. Kendra Horn and state Sen. Stephanie Bice...

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Oklahoma AG wants role on Indian land clarified by Congress. Tribes have mixed opinions about that.

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said Wednesday he wants Congress to take a first step toward allowing the state to resume...

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Bice backed by Oklahoma City police group

Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice won the backing Tuesday of an Oklahoma City police organization in her congressional race,...

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Three things about the final debate in the Horn, Bice congressional race

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and state Sen. Stephanie Bice covered several familiar topics Tuesday in a debate that offered few new...

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Horn energy votes help fuel heated congressional race.

Facing a barrage of ads accusing her of betraying Oklahoma’s oil and gas industry, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn has worked to counter...

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Broyles outraises Inhofe, while Bice edges Horn in latest quarter

Democratic Senate candidate Abby Broyles outraised Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe in the third quarter, while Republican state Sen....

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Four disputes in the second 5th District debate

The second debate between Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice produced some verbal...

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Judge finds Chickasaw Nation's reservation still exists

A McClain County district judge ruled Tuesday that death row inmate Shaun Michael Bosse was wrongly tried in state court...

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Cole, Horn back Indigenous People's Day

U.S. Reps. Tom Cole and Kendra Horn have co-sponsored a resolution that supports establishing Indigenous People's Day on the...

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Horn battles Pelosi ads, while Bice shifts her emphasis away from Trump support

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn has cast more than 900 votes in her first term, but her re-election chances could hinge partly on the...

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Three takeaways from first Horn-Bice debate

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and state Sen. Stephanie Bice squared off Thursday night in the first of three planned televised debates...

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Horn plan would raise tax on high earners to boost benefit for low-income workers

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn proposed a tax package this week that would raise income taxes on high earners to fund an increase in the...

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Three death row inmates lose final appeals in Oklahoma City murder cases

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeals of three Oklahoma death row inmates and a federal death row inmate whose...

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Poll shows Bice with narrow lead over Horn

Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice has a four-point lead over Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn in the closely watched race in...

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Movie moguls, billionaires helping finance partisan war over Oklahoma congressional seat

Political groups backed by hedge fund billionaires, movie directors, energy companies and more have poured millions of dollars...

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Lankford tests negative, will continue quarantine

U.S. Sen. James Lankford announced Saturday that he tested negative for COVID-19 but would remain quarantined because he had...

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Broyles makes direct appeal for debate, while state GOP alleges TV station showed favoritism in ad rates

As Democratic Senate nominee Abby Broyles launched a new appeal for a debate with Sen. Jim Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican...

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Prosecutor says murder victim's family wants state to retain jurisdiction

PURCELL — With members of a murdered woman’s family watching, McClain County Judge Leah Edwards held a hearing on Wednesday...

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Lankford decries religous bias toward nominee

Sen. James Lankford expressed dismay on Wednesday that the faith of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett was “front and...

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Federal grant to fund veterans cemetery in Ardmore

The state of Oklahoma has won a $7.3 million grant to build a veterans cemetery in Ardmore that can provide service for about...

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Poll shows opposition to cutting police budget, athletes kneeling

As state and local officials examine potential solutions to racial inequity, a new poll shows nearly half of likely Oklahoma...

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Formal recognition of four other tribal reservations could come by year's end

When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in July that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation had never been terminated, it was...

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Poll: Trump, Inhofe hold double-digit leads among likely Oklahoma voters

President Donald Trump has an approval rating of 58% among likely voters in Oklahoma, unchanged from June, according to a new...

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Lankford defends Trump comments on transfer of power

U.S. Sen. James Lankford on Thursday defended President Donald Trump’s comments about the potential transfer of power next...

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Poll: One in five likely Oklahoma voters say they'll cast ballot by mail

One in five likely voters in Oklahoma plans to vote by mail in the general election, according to a poll that shows independent...

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Lankford says Democrats would fill high court vacancy under similar circumstances

Sen. James Lankford predicted on Tuesday the Senate would likely vote on a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth...

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Lankford, Inhofe say they favor replacing Ginsburg this year

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford on Monday came out in favor of replacing late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader...

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House passes bills to stem violence against Native American women

The House on Monday sent President Donald Trump two bills to address violence against Native American women. “The silent crisis...

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Horn, Bice stake out opposition positions on health insurance

In the state with the 2nd highest rate of uninsured people, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and her Republican challenger, state Sen....

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Oklahoma senators note Ginsburg passing, mum on voting for replacement

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford issued statements on the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on...

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Oklahoma lawmakers back bill to protect pregnant women in workplace

Four of Oklahoma’s five members of the U.S. House backed legislation approved on Thursday aimed at preventing employers from...

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House advances Lucas bill to improve STEM education in rural areas

The House passed legislation by Rep. Frank Lucas on Wednesday that would enlist various federal agencies in the effort to...

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House approves bill to rename OKC post office for civil rights pioneer Clara Luper

The U.S. House approved legislation Monday to rename the downtown post office in Oklahoma City after civil rights pioneer Clara...

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Oklahoma maintains second-highest rate of residents without health insurance

Oklahoma’s rate of residents with no health insurance remained the second-highest in the nation in 2019, according to U.S....

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Horn pushes compromise relief package

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn helped launch a bipartisan proposal Tuesday to provide more direct assistance, unemployment aid and other...

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Six months after first confirmed case, state nears 1 million specimens tested

As Oklahoma reached the six-month mark on Sunday since its first confirmed case of COVID-19, the state approached another...

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Kendra Horn opposes congressional term limits; Stephanie Bice backs constitutional amendment

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said this week she opposes term limits for members of Congress, putting her at odds with Republican...

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorses Kendra Horn for re-election

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Rep. Kendra Horn on Tuesday, giving the Oklahoma City Democrat a boost from a...

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As Oklahoma's deadliest month ends, congressional panel calls out state for lack of mask mandate

As Oklahoma concluded its deadliest month of the pandemic, a U.S. House subcommittee on Monday called out the state and others...

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Cole bill aims to improve mental health care for Native American vets

Native American and Alaska Native veterans would receive mental health care that’s appropriate to their cultures under...

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State Chamber president protests potential endorsement of Horn by national group

The head of the State Chamber of Oklahoma pushed back this week against the potential endorsement of Rep. Kendra Horn by the...

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Oklahoma Republican convention vets miss live event

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole has been to every national Republican convention since 1976, attending in various roles in cities all over...

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With Bice nomination, Republicans get their much-anticipated shot at Horn

Rep. Kendra Horn had been in office less than four months last year when Republicans started announcing their plans to run...

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Bice wins Republican nod to challenge Horn in 5th District

State Sen. Stephanie Bice got the Republican nod on Tuesday to challenge Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn this fall in what is...

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Oklahoma election: Voters in 50 counties head to polls for runoffs and other elections

Voters in 50 counties head to the polls on Tuesday to cast ballots in congressional, state and local races, and Oklahoma’s top...

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State delegation splits along party lines on postal vote

Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City, voted for the bill that would reverse some changes made at the U.S. Postal service and...

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Tax vote looms in Republican campaign mostly devoid of issues

After voting two years ago for a $474 million tax package to fund a raise for Oklahoma teachers, state Sen. Stephanie Bice got...

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Horn endorses postal bill as White House issues veto threat

Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn said she expects to support a bill on Saturday rolling back recent operational changes at the U.S....

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Neese, Bice clash over taxes but praise Trump in 5th District debate

Terry Neese and state Sen. Stephanie Bice clashed Tuesday over education funding and taxes but praised President Donald Trump’s...

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From Greenwood, Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews calls for end to violence

TULSA — Standing at the site of possibly the worst race massacre in the nation’s history, Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair...

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Outside group blasting Bice has had mixed success in Oklahoma races

Club for Growth Action, a Washington, D.C., group spending heavily to influence the Republican congressional race in the...

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

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

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Postal Service says Oklahoma deadlines pose risk for counting mail-in ballots

The U.S. Postal Service warned Oklahoma election officials last month that deadlines regarding mail-in ballots may not allow...

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Jimcy McGirt, subject of Creek reservation ruling, now in federal custody

The federal government on Wednesday took custody of Jimcy McGirt, whose successful appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court has begun...

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Bice defends tax vote as way to help teachers, schools

Under fire in her congressional race for voting to raise taxes, state Sen. Stephanie Bice launched a new ad on Wednesday...

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Court hearing could set procedures for criminal appeals resulting from Creek reservation case

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Wednesday ordered a new hearing in district court for a death row inmate whose case...

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State Dem chair 'thrilled' for Kamala; Horn calls pick 'historic'

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews said Tuesday she was thrilled that presumptive Democratic presidential nominee...

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In wake of Trump orders, Oklahoma lawmakers say congressional aid package talks should resume

Rep. Tom Cole on Monday questioned the constitutionality and wisdom of President Donald Trump’s executive orders to provide...

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Neese loans campaign another $250,000

Republican Terry Neese loaned her congressional campaign another $250,000 last week as she faces state Sen. Stephanie Bice in a...

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Hundreds staff state call center tracing spreading of coronavirus

In a cubicle farm in nondescript office space about four miles from the state Capitol, the Oklahoma State Health Department...

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Stitt says he got COVID-19 from Tulsa friends

Gov. Kevin Stitt contracted COVID-19 after hugging some friends from Tulsa who were visiting him, the governor said Thursday....

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Outside group plans new attack on Sen. Stephanie Bice

A Washington, D.C group that spent heavily against state Sen. Stephanie Bice in the 5th Congressional District Republican...

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Bice campaign offers help with mail-in ballots

State Sen. Stephanie Bice has offered to help Republican voters use the mail-in ballot option in her congressional runoff...

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Trump: Birx to visit Oklahoma with targeted guidance

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

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Hunter argues state, feds can have jurisdiction in some crimes involving Indians

Laying out an approach to counter hundreds of anticipated criminal appeals stemming from a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision,...

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Hunter vows to fight inmate challenges stemming from Creek reservation case

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter vowed Monday to fight attempts by “a flood” of prison inmates to win their release...

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Advances in treatments reducing COVID-19 deaths, doctors say

Though confirmed cases of coronavirus in Oklahoma rose by more than 22,000 in July, there were fewer deaths last month from...

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Successful Medicaid expansion campaign cost nearly $5.5 million

The campaign to expand Medicaid through a statewide ballot question spent nearly $5.5 million on the successful effort, dating...

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Local hospitals stressed by rising coronavirus cases, medical experts say

Hospitals and health care workers are under increasing stress as coronavirus cases rise in Oklahoma, underscoring the need for...

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Inhofe cancels hearing for nominee that called Obama a terrorist leader

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe on Thursday called off a hearing on the nomination of retired Army general and Fox News commentator...

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Oklahoma lawmakers still mulling coronavirus relief needs, including unemployment

As congressional leaders struggle to find common ground on the next coronavirus aid package, Oklahoma lawmakers also seem...

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Bice ad knocks Neese on gun rights

State Sen. Stephanie Bice launched a television ad Wednesday for her congressional campaign accusing Republican runoff rival...

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U.S. House panel says Stitt ignored White House guidance to stop coronavirus spread

The leader of a U.S. House subcommittee said Wednesday that Gov. Kevin Stitt ignored recommendations from the White House...

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Pence committee sends check to Neese after Bice claimed vice president was on team

Republican congressional candidate Terry Neese received a campaign check from the political committee associated with Vice...

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Getting the last $1 million for Oklahoma City bombing memorial proves a challenge

Buried in the massive defense bills approved last week by the House and Senate were very short provisions aimed at getting the...

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State Medicaid enrollment reaches new monthly highs amid pandemic

Medicaid enrollment in Oklahoma reached new highs in May and June, driven by widespread job losses and federal action meant to...

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Cole: Congress should pass another major pandemic aid package

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Thursday that Congress should pass “another major piece of legislation” to address pandemic-related...

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Oklahoma prosecutor says Indian Health Service shortcomings leave children vulnerable

Red tape, a lack of leadership and problems attracting quality medical professionals have made Native American children...

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Senate clears defense bill: Inhofe predicts removal of base renaming provision

The Senate approved a $740 billion defense bill on Thursday that includes a 3% pay raise for U.S. service members and supports...

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Senate defeats Sanders' attempt to cut defense spending

The Senate on Wednesday easily defeated an attempt by Sen. Bernie Sanders to cut 10% from the spending authorized in the annual...

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House defense bill includes pay raise, more money to improve housing

The U.S. House overwhelmingly passed a $741 billion defense bill on Tuesday, despite a veto threat from the White House whose...

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Cherokee Nation chief says leaders still working toward agreement on jurisdiction

Leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations said Monday they need more time to discuss with their citizens how to...

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Horn not ready to back extension of $600 unemployment payment

Rep. Kendra Horn expressed reservations on Monday about extending the $600-per-week federal unemployment benefit set to expire...

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Oklahoma lawmakers mourn passing of Rep. John Lewis

Members of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation responded to the death of Georgia Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis....

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Creek, Seminole Nations disavow agreement on jurisdiction

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation and Seminole Nation said Friday they were not party to an agreement in principle aimed at...

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Neese, Bice each spent nearly $1 million to make GOP runoff in 5th District

Terry Neese and state Sen. Stephanie Bice each spent nearly $1 million to earn a spot in the Republican runoff election for the...

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Tribes, state reach agreement on criminal, civil procedures on reservations

The Five Tribes and state leaders have reached an agreement aimed at clarifying jurisdiction on criminal and civil matters in...

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New cases set another record, while hospitalizations fall just short of previous high

Oklahoma set a record on Tuesday for new COVID-19 cases reported, while hospitalizations nearly matched the high set in March,...

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State officials moving quickly to clarify criminal, civil rules on Creek reservation

Oklahoma leaders have been moving quickly to help police and prosecutors understand the new rules for law enforcement on land...

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Tyson poultry plant didn't cause McCurtain County outbreak, health department says

The outbreak of COVID-19 that has driven cases in McCurtain County from 200 to 606 in three weeks includes a Tyson Foods...

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Judgment overturned for second convicted killer in wake of Creek reservation case

An Oklahoma prison inmate convicted of first-degree murder and another who pleaded guilty to manslaughter have had their...

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US Supreme Court rules against Oklahoma in Creek Nation case

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation was not officially terminated at Oklahoma...

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Tribes, lawmakers, oil industry respond to Creek Nation ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court decision that the Muscogee (Creek ) Nation reservation was never terminated will have far-reaching...

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Hospitalizations, active cases of COVID-19 continue surge

Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 jumped to 426 on Monday in Oklahoma, as the metric most watched by Gov. Kevin Stitt and...

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Hern, Mullin companies among loan program recipients

Two Oklahoma members of Congress were among those whose businesses received aid under the federal loan-to-grant program created...

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Lankford explains abandoned Juneteenth amendment

Responding to an onslaught of criticism, Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford said he had proposed to replace Columbus Day with...

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Inhofe 'still up in the air' about whether Russia paid bounties, Horn calls for hearings

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe said Thursday that he is “still up in the air” on whether Russia put bounties on the heads of U.S....

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Supreme Court lets stand decision overturning death sentences

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday declined to review an appeals court decision that overturned the death sentences of an...

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Lankford proposes to replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth

Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford is cosponsoring an amendment that would replace Columbus Day with Juneteenth, though the sponsors...

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Horn launches first ad; Broyles seeks debates

Rep. Kendra Horn launched her first campaign ad on Wednesday, a day after easily winning the Democratic nomination in the 5th...

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Inhofe echoes White House message on Russian bounties

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe took the side of President Donald Trump on Tuesday and said he was convinced the president had not...

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High court ruling protects Oklahoma scholarship program aiding religious schools

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in a Montana case on Tuesday effectively protected a scholarship program in Oklahoma that...

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Neese, Bice head to Republican runoff; Broyles to face Inhofe

State Sen. Stephanie Bice and longtime Oklahoma City businesswoman Terry Neese headed for a runoff Tuesday in the race for the...

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Oklahoma lawmakers seek information about reported Russian bounties on US troops

Oklahoma lawmakers on Monday expressed deep concern about reports that Russia placed bounties on U.S. service members and...

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Ads in Oklahoma City congressional district feature more rural than urban scenes

They are running to represent the nation’s 25th largest city, but three of the Republicans vying in the 5th Congressional...

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Bice defends herself against Fiorina ad

State Sen. Stephanie Bice defended herself on Saturday against a new attack by a Washington-based group, this one casting doubt...

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Oklahoma members split on police reform, D.C. statehood bills

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn joined other Democrats in approving legislation this week to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants by...

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Stitt dismisses idea of closing down economy as cases continue to surge

Despite a relentless surge in COVID-19 cases and rising hospitalizations, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday dismissed the...

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Bice continues air wars with conservative group

State Sen. Stephanie Bice and a conservative group opposing her bid for Congress have launched new ads attacking each other...

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Health Commissioner: Surge in cases "kind of unknown territory"

As Oklahoma's surge in COVID-19 cases continued with 295 more on Tuesday, the state’s new Health Commissioner said “this is...

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McCurtain County sees outbreaks of COVID-19, with some cases at Tyson plant

The Oklahoma State Health Department is trying to contain an outbreak of COVID-19 cases in McCurtain County that has vaulted...

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Bice says ad linking her to Harvey Weinstein an insult to Oklahoma women

State Sen. Stephanie Bice, a Republican candidate for Congress, said Monday she was offended by an attack ad from a national...

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Stitt mum on rally attendance, while White House says Trump pleased with event

Gov. Kevin Stitt declined Monday to comment on the lower than expected turnout at the rally in Tulsa for President Donald Trump...

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United Keetoowah Band wins high court victory

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling allowing the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to establish tribal...

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President Donald Trump takes aim at Joe Biden, 'unhinged left' at Tulsa rally

TULSA — President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the “radical left” would take over the country if Democrat Joe Biden wins...

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Vice President Mike Pence: Tulsa can provide backdrop for healing nation

TULSA — Vice President Mike Pence met with Black faith leaders here Saturday about race and the needs of their communities and...

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5th District GOP hopefuls say more money needed for police

Three Republicans running for the congressional seat held by Democratic Rep. Kendra Horn said Thursday that police need more...

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Trump heads to Tulsa for campaign rally amid pandemic, racial reckoning

President Donald Trump is heading to Tulsa on Saturday to relaunch his reelection campaign amid a pandemic and a national...

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New COVID-19 cases blow past previous record, hospitalizations rise

Oklahoma cases of COVID-19 rose by 450 on Thursday, blowing past the record 259 daily cases reported on Wednesday, as the surge...

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Anti-abortion group claims mail pieces misleading in 5th District primary

The head of Oklahomans for Life said Wednesday that the anti-abortion group had not endorsed a candidate in the 5th...

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Stitt: People concerned about COVID-19 at Trump rally should stay home

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday that people concerned about the spread of COVID-19 at the rally in Tulsa for President Donald...

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Stitt to discuss economy at White House this week

Gov. Kevin Stitt is scheduled to visit with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday, two days before the...

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State health commissioner issues advisory on Trump rally as cases continue to surge

Oklahoma’s top health official on Tuesday warned people planning to attend President Donald Trump’s rally in Tulsa that they...

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Trump rally spills over into second Tulsa venue, and Pence announces he will also attend

President Donald Trump said Monday that his rally in Tulsa on Saturday will spill over into a second venue as his campaign...

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High court agrees Oklahoma death row inmate entitled to new hearing

The U.S. Supreme Court confirmed on Monday that Oklahoma death row inmate Jimmy Dean Harris should get a hearing before a...

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GOP candidates tie fortunes to Trump in congressional primary

Republicans hoping to challenge Rep. Kendra Horn this fall have tied their fortunes to President Donald Trump in a...

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Inhofe, Horn split on military bases bearing names of Confederate generals

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe, who leads the Senate committee that oversees Defense Department policy, said this week that he wants...

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New cases surge above 200 as COVID-19 trend continues to rise

New cases of COVID-19 jumped by 222 on Friday, the highest single day increase reported by the Oklahoma State Health...

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Oklahoma Democratic Party chair: Trump visit on Juneteenth a deliberate insult

President Donald Trump’s decision to visit Tulsa on a date celebrated in the black community feels like “a deliberate insult,”...

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President Donald Trump to hold campaign rally in Tulsa

President Donald Trump is planning to hold a rally in Tulsa on June 19, according to multiple sources. The president told...

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Medicaid savings would not have helped fund expansion, Stitt's office says

Medicaid programs in Oklahoma paid out $211 million less in May than in April, at least partly because people avoided the...

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In new poll, Oklahoma voters say racial discrimination a problem, protester anger justified

About 60% of likely voters in Oklahoma believe racial discrimination is a big problem in the United States, according to a new...

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Poll shows partisan split in Oklahoma on COVID-19 vaccine, masks

Less than half of likely Republican voters in Oklahoma would get vaccinated against COVID-19, while more than 70% of likely...

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Oklahoma City police, protesters clash for second night

Oklahoma City police clashed with protesters for a second night on Sunday, and Mayor David Holt imposed a curfew to disperse a...

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Stitt says state supports both right to protest, local law enforcement

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Sunday urged Oklahomans to protest peacefully about the killing of a black Minnesota man and said the state...

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Lankford: Republicans not discussing another major relief package

Senate Republicans are more focused on tweaking aid programs already approved than passing another “big, giant spending...

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State and two largest cities moving to final reopening phase

Oklahoma businesses and other organizations can take the next steps toward resuming normal activity on Monday as the state...

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Health department: State quadruples testing in May, positive results drop below 4%

The Oklahoma State Department of Health more than quadrupled its COVID-19 testing in May, delivering results on over 90,000...

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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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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...

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Coronavirus fears causing some people to avoid needed medical care, hospital leaders say

Oklahomans worried about coming in contact with the coronavirus have been avoiding hospital emergency rooms and other health...

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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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Antibody testing in Oklahoma shows 3% have encountered COVID-19

Expanded testing in Oklahoma for antibodies to COVID-19 has shown about 3% of those tested have been exposed to the virus,...

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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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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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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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Hospitalizations related to COVID-19 down dramatically in Oklahoma since March

The number of Oklahomans hospitalized with COVID-19 related illnesses plummeted in the last six weeks even as hundreds more...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Oklahoma rural broadband projects approved

Two Oklahoma lawmakers announced $71 million worth of broadband projects for the state through a U.S. Department of Agriculture...

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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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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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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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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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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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Oklahoma seniors account for 8 of 10 deaths related to COVID-19

The update Saturday of deaths related to COVID-19 in Oklahoma had a familiar characteristic: Nearly all of them — five of six —...

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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt plan focuses mainly on manageable hospitalizations

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s rationale for reopening businesses appears to be based primarily on the state’s ability to handle...

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As Stitt eyes reopening businesses, new cases and deaths spike higher

As Gov. Kevin Stitt continued to plan for a phased reopening of Oklahoma businesses early next month, cases of COVID-19 and...

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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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'Champion nothing short of excellence,' Terri White says

For nearly 13 years, Terri White ran Oklahoma’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, one of the most...

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'Practice the discipline of gratitude,' Linda Edmondson says

Name: Linda Edmondson, 72. Highlights: Social worker for 45 years, with emphasis on end-of-life care. First director of social...

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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: First tests show few with antibodies, but officials say progress being made

The first round of antibody testing overseen by the Oklahoma State Health Department found few people in the state’s general...

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Medical groups express strong reservations about elective surgeries

The Oklahoma Hospital Association on Thursday came out against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s goal of resuming elective surgeries next...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Deaths, hospitalizations tracking lower than predicted a week before peak

A week before Oklahoma is expected to hit the peak of new hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19, some numbers are...

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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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COVID-19 claims two more Oklahomans, as Horn urges hazard pay for front line workers

Oklahoma’s confirmed cases of COVID-19 neared 2,000 on Sunday, and the disease claimed two middle-aged men, according to the...

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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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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Steep drop in deaths not a trend, health commissioner says

NORMAN — A steep drop in reported deaths in Oklahoma on Thursday doesn’t represent the trend public health officials are...

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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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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: 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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Six COVID-19 cases linked to Oklahoma County party

Two weeks before Oklahoma County reported its first case of COVID-19, the coronavirus circulated at a party in the county...

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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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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State test count rises by 11,000 as negative results received

After receiving thousands of reports from private labs of negative COVID-19 results, the Oklahoma State Department of Health...

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Stitt, Trump get majority approval on coronavirus response, though partisan divide is deep

A majority of likely Oklahoma voters approve of the way President Donald Trump and Gov. Kevin Stitt have handled the...

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Outlook 2020: Former Gov. Mary Fallin broke major barriers for women

From the first time she ran for office to her second term as governor, Mary Fallin faced down men who tried to belittle her....

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Outlook 2020: 'Figure out how you can personally help so you can guide others,' Cathy Keating says

Cathy Keating, 69, Oklahoma first lady, 1995-2003; founded Annie Oakley Society to raise money for children and family...

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Outlook 2020: Meet the woman behind Fallin's wins

Denise Northrup would probably laugh at being described as someone who worked “quietly behind the scenes.” Northrup may not...

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Outlook 2020: 'Stand for something, know the line you will not cross,' Jari Askins

Name: Jari Askins, 66, Oklahoma lieutenant governor (first Democratic woman), 2007-2011; member, Oklahoma House of...

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Too soon for another coronavirus relief bill?

With federal agencies still scrambling to process checks for individuals and make loans to small businesses, some members of...

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Poll: Vast majority of Oklahomans sheltering in place, say normal life is months away

A large majority of Oklahomans in all age groups are sheltering in place, according to a new poll that shows many residents of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Information gaps create confusion

Public health officials have struggled to keep pace with demands for information about the fast-moving coronavirus, creating...

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Stitt urges more Oklahomans to get tested as more mobile sites spring up

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday urged more Oklahomans to get tested for COVID-19, saying hospitals and county health departments...

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Dr. Larry Bookman: COVID-19 deaths also underreported

For the last few weeks, Dr. Larry Bookman, an Oklahoma City physician and president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association,...

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Details for small business Paycheck Protection Program coming soon, Lankford says

Details of a newly created program to help small businesses retain their workers should be available late this week, and...

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Oklahoma candidates urged to file by overnight delivery service

Oklahoma election officials are encouraging people who intend to file as candidates next week to do so by overnight delivery...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn concerned about hospital finances, medical supplies

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Monday she was frustrated that huge funding packages haven’t resolved shortages of critical medical...

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Stitt orders flags at half-staff to honor Coburn, as family recalls his life

Tom Coburn felt privileged to deliver babies in his medical practice and grew to realize while serving in Washington that...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma; As hospitals tend to hundreds of patients, state officials plan for more

As Oklahoma hospitals tended to hundreds of patients confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, the Stitt administration worked...

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Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful voice in Congress on government spending and waste, died early...

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Oklahomans in U.S. House praise $2 trillion relief bill

All five Oklahomans in the U.S. House praised the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill after its passage on Friday, saying it...

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Hern sole member of state delegation to vote on aid package after unanimous Senate passage

Only one of Oklahoma’s five U.S. House members is expected to vote Friday on the estimated $2 trillion package to help...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lankford talks about stimulus bill

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, who voted along with 95 other senators late Wednesday for an estimated $2 trillion...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State ramping up to process 2,000 tests per day, Stitt says

A week after declaring Oklahoma critically low on materials to test for COVID-19, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that the state...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Doctors, nurses may have to use expired equipment

The head of the Oklahoma medical association expressed frustration Wednesday that physicians might have to use expired...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt predicts thousands of COVID-19 cases

Under mounting pressure to take bolder action, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday ordered non-essential business closures in counties...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Doctors, nurses, hospitals, dentists say Stitt efforts fall short

Oklahoma’s doctors, dentists, nurses, hospitals and other health care providers said Gov. Kevin Stitt should have gone further...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More testing will show dramatic increase in COVID19 cases, experts say

The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma will rise dramatically as testing increases, adding to pressures on a...

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Inhofe, Lankford say they would vote for $2 trillion aid bill

Oklahoma Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford said Monday that they support a massive aid package to help Americans...

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Tulsa, Trump administration warn of upheaval in Creek case

The city of Tulsa and the Trump administration warned last week of upheaval in eastern Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court rules...

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Stitt says mobile testing sites coming, as confirmed COVID-19 cases rise by 5

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday that he is working to open mobile testing sites in the next few days as the state’s partnership...

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Inhofe favors direct payments, says he now takes pandemic seriously

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Friday that he would support direct payments to Americans as part of a coronavirus stimulus package,...

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U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn, Tom Cole to self-quarantine for two weeks

U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn and Tom Cole announced Thursday that they must self-quarantine until next week because of contact with...

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Tulsa County man first Oklahoma death from COVID-19

A 55-year-old church employee in Tulsa and father of two was the first Oklahoman to die from complications caused by COVID-19,...

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Oklahoma state epidemiologist reassigned amid COVID-19 turmoil

The Oklahoma State Health Department replaced the state epidemiologist Thursday after a week of rapid developments with the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State faces "critical shortage" of tests as cases mount

Oklahoma faced a critical shortage of coronavirus testing agents on Wednesday as cases continued to mount, including the first...

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Inhofe, Lankford oppose funding bill for testing, relief programs and paid leave

Oklahoma’s senators on Wednesday cast two of only eight votes against a bill to add emergency relief money to Medicaid, food...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt urges Oklahomans to avoid gatherings of 10 or more and eating in restaurants

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday urged Oklahomans to avoid eating in restaurants, discretionary travel, shopping trips and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma doctors recommend broad testing, restaurant restrictions

The Oklahoma State Medical Association recommended on Monday that the state expand testing for COVID-19 as broadly as possible...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma cruise ship passengers returned to state

All 26 Oklahomans who had been passengers on a cruise ship and dispersed to military bases because of coronavirus concerns are...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Horn praises Holt decision on water service

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt’s decision to provide water service to all residents means thousands...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Trump on Stitt tweet: Probably better not to go to restaurants

President Donald Trump on Monday stopped short of criticizing Gov. Kevin Stitt for encouraging people to eat out amid the...

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Creek reservation case could change Oklahoma forever, Hunter argues

Ruling that a Creek reservation exists in eastern Oklahoma “would plunge the State into uncertainty for decades to come,”...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt, health officials pushing to get cruise ship passengers back to Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Health Department continued to work Saturday to secure the return of 26 Oklahomans who were...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Locals question slow pace of testing

The Trump administration’s efforts to speed up testing for the coronavirus came as Oklahomans grew increasingly frustrated with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lankford frustrated with pace of coronavirus testing, while Oklahoma City reacts to Horn's concerns

U.S. Sen James Lankford expressed frustration Thursday with the pace of coronavirus testing in the United States, while Rep....

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Horn seeks aid to keep residential water flowing to residents so they can wash hands

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn urged congressional leaders on Wednesday to help people maintain water service so they can wash hands...

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Coronavirus: Oklahomans quarantined on cruise ship may get to head home soon

An El Reno couple whose cruise to Hawaii concluded with a quarantine because of the coronavirus are among 26 Oklahomans on the...

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Horn town hall covers coronavirus, health insurance

The spread of the new coronavirus has raised the issue of access to health insurance, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Saturday,...

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Exit polling reveals mind of Democratic voters

Exit polling conducted in Oklahoma on Super Tuesday revealed much about the voters in the Democratic presidential primary and...

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Interactive: Democratic primary voters saw Biden as best shot at Trump

Oklahoma voters in the Democratic primary on Tuesday overwhelmingly considered former Vice President Joe Biden the best option...

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'We’ll live through it': El Reno couple in limbo aboard cruise ship

An El Reno couple that went on a trip to Hawaii were among the people confined to their cabins on the Grand Princess cruise...

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Governor Kevin Stitt says state is prepared for coronavirus

As coronavirus angst grips the nation, state officials gathered at the Capitol on Thursday to ensure Oklahomans they are...

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Sales, energy tax revenues slip again

Oklahoma’s economy showed signs of slowing again in February as revenue to the state government dropped 1.5% from the same...

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Oklahoma lawmakers support coronavirus bill

All five U.S. House members from Oklahoma voted Wednesday for emergency legislation to combat the coronavirus. The measure was...

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Inhofe announces re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, saying he wanted to continue working with President Donald Trump to rebuild the military, announced...

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Biden gets majority of state Democratic delegates; Trump winning percentage sets record

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will divide most of Oklahoma's Democratic delegates based on...

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Biden wins Oklahoma Democratic primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential primary in Oklahoma on Tuesday, easily beating Vermont Sen....

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Voters go to the polls for presidential, local races

Oklahoma voters head to the polls on Tuesday to help further narrow the rapidly shrinking Democratic presidential field, while...

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Klobuchar heads to Oklahoma as Super Tuesday nears

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar headed to Oklahoma on Monday for a pre-election day rally, while Joe Biden’s...

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Democratic candidates making last-minute pushes for Super Tuesday

Democratic presidential campaigns mobilized their Oklahoma supporters this weekend to get out the vote on Tuesday in a primary...

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Inhofe, Horn say Pentagon left out key reforms for military housing

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Kendra Horn say a new tenant bill of rights for military families, a cornerstone of efforts...

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Bloomberg says resume, resources can beat Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, campaigning in Oklahoma City on Thursday, accused President Donald Trump of...

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Letter from Cherokee Nation citizens prompts Elizabeth Warren apology for 'real harm' to tribes

A week before Oklahoma Democrats vote in their presidential primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is facing new...

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Klobuchar pitches plans over pipe dreams during OKC stop

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar pitched herself to Oklahoma Democrats on Sunday as the pragmatic presidential candidate who could...

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Killer of three in Owasso loses final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the case of Oklahoma death row inmate Clarence Rozell Goode, Jr., who was...

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Democrats courting Oklahomans seek limits on oil and gas production

As Democratic presidential candidates court Oklahomans for votes, some are calling for measures that would sharply curtail...

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Bernie Sanders holds Democratic fundraising lead in Oklahoma

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised the most money in Oklahoma from donors to Democratic presidential candidates, while Pete...

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Super switch: Looking back on Oklahoma's decision to join Super Tuesday

The first thing U.S. Rep. Tom Cole remembers about Oklahoma’s decision to hold presidential primaries is how relieved he was....

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As Democratic surrogates pitch presidential candidates, poll shows Bloomberg, Sanders in tight race

EDMOND — Speakers for Democratic presidential hopefuls made the case for their candidates at a forum here Monday night, while a...

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Signs installed for I-44 exits in Oklahoma City work zone

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has installed signs for I-44 exit ramps on northbound I-235 in Oklahoma City to...

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Presidential candidates step up activity in Oklahoma as Super Tuesday approaches

With the Super Tuesday presidential primaries about two weeks away, Democratic presidential candidates have begun focusing on...