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Oklahoma criminal justice reform task force requests extension

A governor-created task force charged with making criminal justice reform recommendations has asked for a one-year extension to...

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Cost warrants no longer mean a jail stay in Oklahoma County

Individuals who only have cost warrants no longer have to spend any time in a cell at the Oklahoma County jail after a new...

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Task force approves guidelines for collecting, testing sexual assault DNA evidence

A task force that has been working to improve Oklahoma’s response to sexual assaults voted Tuesday to approve guidelines and...

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Census: Oklahoma poverty rates slightly declined in 2018

Poverty rates in Oklahoma saw a very slight decrease during 2018, though the state is still above the national average,...

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New bank account to speed up work of Oklahoma County Jail Trust

After several months of slow progress, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust can finally create its own bank account and take more...

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New Positive Tomorrows school for homeless students opens

When students at Positive Tomorrows were asked what they’d want at their dream school, answers included a tree house, a...

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State continues to address skilled-worker shortage

Today, high-tech thermostats can tell which room someone is in and heat or cool accordingly. Sink faucets can take voice...

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Corrections officials plan to ask lawmakers to fix pay raise issue

Department of Corrections officials plan to seek legislation next session to give raises to 432 employees who didn't receive a...

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Norman's public transit system has $2.2 million budget hole. Voters can decide to fill it with a sales tax Tuesday

NORMAN — To get from Oklahoma City to Norman without a car, Queen Runnels has very early mornings. Runnels takes her first bus...

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County work to reform court system

Billy Madden was dumpster diving in 2017 when a police officer arrested him for possession of meth. It was a small baggy in his...

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Oklahoma mother reunited with family after 15 years in prison

McLOUD — After 15 years, Tondalao Hall walked out of prison and into her children's arms Friday. Gov. Kevin Stitt commuted her...

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Hundreds of inmates released from Oklahoma prisons in largest commutation in U.S. history

Brittany McKay wrapped her grandma in a long, tearful embrace as the gate clanged shut behind her after she stepped out from...

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Campaign honors Oklahoma City bombing victims, survivors, rescue teams for 168 days

Starting Monday, The Oklahoman will run a second-page ad in its print edition as part of a campaign to honor those directly...

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Oklahoma City deploys neighborhood leaders to promote MAPS 4

Ron Brewer, along with his packet of questions and information over MAPS 4, tucked into a booth at the Yale Theater to listen...

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Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to vote on hundreds of cases in what could be largest commutation in U.S. history

The Pardon and Parole Board will vote Friday whether to recommend commutation for hundreds of people through an accelerated,...

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Community leaders discuss criminal justice reform efforts

Public Defender of Oklahoma County Bob Ravitz told community leaders he looks at criminal justice as part of a business model....

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Assistant DA says Oklahoma County sheriff can walk away from jail Jan. 1

For anyone who thought Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor’s declaration that he would stop operating the jail on Jan. 1 was an...

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MAPS 4 project would highlight Oklahoma's civil rights leaders, bring economic growth to NE Oklahoma City

From the outside, Oklahoma City’s Freedom Center doesn’t seem remarkable. The small, rectangular building sits on the...

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Permitless carry law to take effect next week

Many Oklahomans will be able to carry firearms in public without a permit or training beginning next week, unless opponents of...

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Oklahoma census to take place without state funding

Officials say Oklahoma is poised to have a successful 2020 Census count even though state funding has not been put toward...

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Oklahoma interim legislative study examines how to combat contraband cell phones in prisons

Combating the problem of contraband cellphones in prisons will require a multifaceted approach, Department of Corrections...

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Open Streets OKC event engages city's Hispanic community, promotes healthy living

Sunday afternoon, Esmeralda Sigala pushed a stroller down the middle of S Robinson Avenue and watched as her sons ran ahead of...

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Will state expand Medicaid?

Oklahoma is closer than ever to expanding Medicaid. For nearly a decade, one persistent political question in Oklahoma was if...

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First Lady Stitt tours Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center, learns efforts of OKC nonprofit

Oklahoma first lady Sarah Stitt toured the Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center on Tuesday to learn about the legal...

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First lady Sarah Stitt meets with inmates who could soon be released under criminal justice reform

First lady Sarah Stitt wanted to offer a message of hope Monday to a group of inmates who could soon be released from prison...

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Pardon and Parole Board members begin giving reasons for denying parole

As Pardon and Parole Board members voted on parole cases this month, they gave reasons for the cases they denied. The board...

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Resources help inmates prepare for release

TAFT — Rachel White woke Thursday morning not knowing where she would go if she’s released from prison in a few weeks. By...

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Some Oklahoma prisons resume normal operations

Nine prisons and the minimum units of four prisons have returned to normal operations, nearly a month after gang fights at six...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust to discuss jail administrator applications Oct. 18

The application period for the Oklahoma County jail administrator position is now closed. Oklahoma County Jail Trust...

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Prisons, community partners hold transition fairs for inmates who may soon be released

TAFT – Jamie Mayes smiled as she greeted inmates and jotted down names on a yellow notepad Thursday inside the chapel at Eddie...

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ICE, Oklahoma County sheriff's office at odds after inmate released

An unannounced and highly critical news release has stirred frustrations between the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office and the...

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Board recommends commutation for Oklahoma City mother

Ukiah Hall has heard she and her mom act alike. She'd like the opportunity to see for herself. The 15-year-old wants nothing...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust to receive funds from county to prepare for assuming responsibility for the jail

Money was the central theme of Monday’s Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting. Two agreements were approved allowing the trust to...

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Corrections Department to hold transition fairs for inmates who could soon be released under HB 1269

The Department of Corrections plans to start holding transition fairs this week to help provide resources for inmates who could...

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New lawsuit challenges Oklahoma's permitless carry law, due to go in effect Nov. 1

A lawsuit challenging Oklahoma’s "permitless carry" bill was filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. State Rep. Jason...

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Oklahoma County DA opinion: County benefits policy must change to accomodate future jail trust employees

Officials are exploring ways to allow Oklahoma County jail employees to keep their health and retirement benefits after the...

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Federal grant will help state to address rape kit backlog

A nearly $2.4 million federal grant will allow Oklahoma to test hundreds of rape kits that have been sitting in evidence rooms...

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New goal: Reduce the teen birth rate by another 25% in Oklahoma County

Health advocates working to decrease the teen birth rate in Oklahoma County have a new goal — lower the rate by an additional...

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Department of Corrections returns some facilities to normal daytime operations

Nine minimum-security prisons, four minimum-security units and the state's only medium-security women's prison returned to...

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Criminal justice reform task force holds first public meeting

Ebonie Doyle is working hard to break the cycle for her three children. Doyle spent most of her life feeling hopeless and...

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Oklahoma governor's criminal justice task force to hold first public meeting this week

A governor-created criminal justice reform task force that faced early criticism over a lack of transparency will start opening...

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Low-barrier night shelter to fill homeless service gap in Oklahoma City

For the last few years, there has been a gap in how Oklahoma City serves people experiencing homelessness. After a few bouts of...

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At-home rape kit companies respond to cease-and-desist letters from Oklahoma Attorney General

Companies marketing at-home rape kits for self-collection of evidence after a sexual assault have responded to cease-and-desist...

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'A world of difference': Sheriff's office to upgrade computer systems

In March, it was discovered that a man had been "lost" in the Oklahoma County jail for eight months. Some county officials...

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Federal agents raid OKC medical lab

Federal agents raided a medical laboratory in Oklahoma City on Friday morning as part of a nationwide investigation into...

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Art exhibit allows families of cold case victims to share their loved ones

The women greeted each other like old friends as they arrived at Shannon Hazen's house for dinner Saturday night. They sat...

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Lockdown lifted for many state prisons, Department of Corrections reports

The Department of Corrections has lifted a lockdown at many state prisons, officials announced Tuesday. The agency implemented...

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New data: Oklahoma's minority children still more likely to live in concentrated poverty

Oklahoma children who are black, Latino or Native American are significantly more likely to live in high-poverty,...

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Census Bureau struggles to recruit workers due to low unemployment

Because of record low unemployment rates, the U.S. Census Bureau is struggling to find enough workers to fill the ranks for the...

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Advocate for criminal justice reform shares his family's story

LANGSTON — Kalief Browder left home for a birthday party when he was 16. When he came home three years later, he wasn't the...

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In Oklahoma, metal 'detectorists' find treasure and history

FALLIS — On a warm Saturday morning in a rolling field surrounded by woods, a dozen treasure hunters spread out to all four...

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Paradise lost: Meth has saturated communities in southeast Oklahoma

TALIHINA — Amid the rolling hills in this mountain gateway to the Ouachita National Forest, a drug epidemic has shattered...

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White House report differs from local service providers on ways to reduce homelessness

The Trump administration released a report last week detailing ways to potentially lower homelessness in America. Many of the...

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Juvenile arrests in Oklahoma decline

A group of local youth gathered inside a community center Tuesday night in south Oklahoma City, where Oklahoma City police...

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Hundreds in OKC march in international youth climate strike

Standing with her sign raised out in front of her, Maria Wood made her intentions known. "I want you to panic," read the...

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Statewide prison lockdown remains in effect

Prisons across the state remain on lockdown this weekend as officials continue to investigate a series of gang-related fights...

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Grand jury issues indictments in 1983 Tulsa cold case

A day after the 36th anniversary of a beating death at a Tulsa motel, the state's multicounty grand jury has returned murder...

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Board of Juvenile Affairs discusses FY21 budget request

The Office of Juvenile Affairs is seeking an additional $7.35 million in state funding next fiscal year to help fund family...

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Authorities continue investigation into Oklahoma prison violence

Authorities are still investigating coordinated gang violence that erupted last weekend in six Oklahoma state...

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Pardon and Parole Board discusses implementation of new criminal justice reform

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board could potentially consider hundreds of inmates who are eligible for an accelerated...

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Statewide prison lockdown remains following altercations at six facilities

Prisons statewide are on lockdown indefinitely after fights broke out at six facilities over the weekend, resulting in the...

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Applications being accepted for jail administrator position in Oklahoma County

Applications are now being accepted for the jail administrator position at the Oklahoma County jail. The official job...

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Community leaders work to address childhood trauma, psychological distress

Lee Acers had simple instructions for the class of second-graders sitting cross-legged on a rainbow-colored rug at her feet....

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Oklahoma reacts to changing climate

When Altus city leaders spent more than a $1 million in the 1950s to update their water infrastructure, they believed it would...

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Oklahoma Attorney General warns against at-home rape kits

Attorney General Mike Hunter on Thursday sent cease and desist letters to two companies marketing do-it-yourself rape kits and...

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Current jail employees air grievances at Oklahoma County Jail Trust meeting

The future Oklahoma County jail administrator will be paid up to $140,000 a year, according to a job description approved...

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Mistrust still an issue between Oklahoma City police and undocumented community

In July, a man and his children were attacked by three Oklahoma City teenagers with BB guns. But the family didn’t report the...

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"It's a godsend': Veterans receive needed services at Stand Down event

Bob Thompson spent a few minutes Friday morning intently filling out a clipboard of paperwork in the lobby of the Homeless...

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Jail's troubled history leads to its being removed from sheriff's management

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor sat tight-lipped in his seat at the far left end of the Oklahoma County commissioner’s...

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Survivor groups question Oklahoma archdiocese's investigation

Following a renewed focus on rampant sexual abuse by Catholic priests across the country, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City...

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Norman includes LGBTQ community in non-discrimination protections

Last week, Norman became the first city in the state to pass an ordinance specifically extending non-discrimination protections...

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City councilors discuss concerns with MAPS 4 proposal at community event

Three city councilors emphasized one central point at a community event Monday night: The MAPS 4 proposal has its issues....

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Board of Juvenile Affairs to update state plan for juvenile detention

The Office of Juvenile Affairs and members of the agency's governing board are working to update the state plan for juvenile...

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CASA streetcar tour features community partners, stresses need for donations

A few special guests climbed aboard the pink Oklahoma City Streetcar for a ride Thursday as it splashed through downtown during...

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CARE Center adds new bilingual interviewer to better serve abused children

Stuffed animals, Barbies, video games and snacks fill the room of an old house in northeast Oklahoma City, a setting designed...

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Dwindling Oklahoma County jail staff leads to suspension of tours, "non-essential" programming

The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office will suspend facility tours and “nonessential” programming due to a recent surge of jail...

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Survey shows pay raises haven't solved Oklahoma's teacher shortage

Oklahoma’s teacher shortage has improved, but a shortage crisis is still crippling schools, a state survey has shown. An annual...

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Outside jail administrator to operate Oklahoma County jail

In the coming months, the Oklahoma County jail will be operated by an outside jail administrator rather than through the...

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Oklahoma County files petition against opioid manufacturers

Oklahoma County has filed its official petition against opioid manufacturers for allegedly creating a public nuisance in the...

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'They will be our future': New CASA volunteers serve foster-care youth, break growth records

Cristina Pozadas had never worked closely with children, spent time as a welfare case manager or learned about how the foster...

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Department of Corrections hopes to hire hundreds of correctional officers

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is making a push to hire more than 600 entry-level correctional officers to work in...

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Lawmaker seeks statewide vote on permitless carry

Recent mass shootings in Ohio and Texas pushed an Oklahoma lawmaker to announce plans Monday to begin gathering signatures for...

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Change will allow Pardon and Parole Board to waive personal appearances in some cases

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously Monday to approve a policy allowing the board to waive personal...

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YWCA event seeks to engage men in fight against domestic violence

When he was 10 years old, Joshua Safran cowered in fear as his soon-to-be stepfather beat his mother in a drunken rage. The...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust may hire outside jail administrator to run county jail instead of sheriff

Some Oklahoma County Jail Trust members have reached a new but informal consensus: Hiring an outside jail administrator to run...

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Public officials, advocates push to make diaper changing stations more accessible

During the teacher walkout last year, Kelly Albright faced a familiar dilemma for parents with young children. Her daughter...

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Oklahoma City regulates dollar stores in 73111 ZIP code, looks to create better health outcomes

Growing up in the Northeast Oklahoma City community, Nikki Nice saw a tight-knit group of residents who were politically...

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Public continues voicing opinions on ICE presence at Oklahoma County jail

For the second meeting in a row, members of the public addressed the Oklahoma County Jail Trust to voice their opinions on...

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Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy hosts third Heroes Ball

Green wigs, painted faces and Superman T-shirts hidden beneath white, pressed button-downs mixed with suits and sparkling...

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Code School to empower survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking

Oklahoma City’s family justice center is launching a coding academy to empower survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault...

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As county commissioner job evolves, women prove effective

On a rock and shale road in Grant County, Cindy Bobbitt’s four-door truck rolled to a stop. She pulled on her brown work...

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Oklahoma County commissioner releases statement, supports ICE presence at county jail

Oklahoma County District 2 Commissioner Brian Maughan said he is “deeply concerned” with calls to end cooperation between the...

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Hall advances in commutation review

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to advance for further review the commutation application of a woman who is...

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MAPS 4 affordable housing proposal asks for $80 million to rehab old, build new units

Studies say Oklahoma City does not have enough truly affordable housing units for the thousands of residents who struggle to...

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An OKC State of Mind: Local man starts clothing company to promote pride for Oklahoma City

The "I heart New York City" shirt worn by tourists has become an iconic symbol over the years. The shirts are simple but...

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Public libraries help fill social services gap

When Dana Shearer takes her three youngest sons to Oklahoma City’s downtown public library, she can predict exactly what...

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Pardon and Parole Board appoints new executive director

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has appointed Steve Bickley as the agency's new executive director. The five-member board...

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Meet the members of the Oklahoma County Jail Trust

The nine members of the recently created Oklahoma County Jail Trust will determine the future of the struggling county jail,...

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More electronic monitoring means less need for halfway house beds, Department of Corrections says

A halfway house in Enid contracted by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is closing its doors, as agency officials note...

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'We need to know:' Oklahoma County Jail Trust hears report from sheriff's office, asks for continuing updates

Questions over mental health and daily operations filled the third meeting of the recently created Oklahoma County Jail Trust....

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Mental health treatment facility proposed for MAPS 4 would also help the county jail

A mental health treatment facility will be one of many proposals for MAPS 4, meeting the increased desire from residents to...

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Nearly 70 applications received for Oklahoma County Sheriff's Community Advisory Board

Nearly 70 applications were received for the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office Community Advisory Board, and organizers are...

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Gallogly's short tenure judged by budget cuts, reaction to racist incident

After finishing his salad inside the University of Oklahoma student union, Cameron Terry scrolled through the social media feed...

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Half of Oklahoma counties have no OB/GYNs, delivery hospitals

The March of Dimes reports 41 of Oklahoma’s 77 counties are what it calls “maternity deserts,” meaning they lack a hospital...

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Summit focuses on students experiencing trauma

Hundreds of educators gathered Tuesday in Oklahoma City for a summit focusing on childhood trauma and healing.

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Gubernatorial candidates push ads on education

The two leading candidates for governor are airing commercials across the state, each pledging to improve Oklahoma schools and...

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OJA contracts with White Fields group home

The Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs will partner with a Piedmont facility to offer a “home-like setting” for youth in the...

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Should Oklahoma have fewer school districts?

School consolidation pushed by some, but remains tough political sell

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Oklahoma continues to rank high in rate of women killed by men, study shows

After showing improvement last year, Oklahoma's rate of women killed by men took a turn in the wrong direction, according to a...

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Nine being assisted through 'commutation campaign' advance to stage two

Thirty-two individuals who are being assisted through a "commutation campaign" led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform...

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Stakeholders gather to discuss domestic and sexual violence, stalking

Hundreds of victim advocates, law enforcement officers, prosecutors, legal aid attorneys, child welfare workers and other...

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Three Oklahoma women underwent lobotomies. What happened to them?

More than 60 years ago, doctors in Oklahoma City tried out what they thought could be a new standard of care for patients who...

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Oklahoma climbed to third-heaviest state in 2017

The obesity rate jumped to 36.5 percent, making Oklahoma one of seven states where more than 35 percent of adults have obesity....

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One year later, 'Dreamers' still pushing for protection

One year after the Trump administration announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA...

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Downtown charter school continues to expand, leaders eye new building

This year’s addition of sixth grade at John Rex charter school is a product of growing enrollment demands and an indication...

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Oklahoma closer to pinpointing total number of untested rape kits statewide

As Oklahoma slowly moves closer to pinpointing the total number of untested rape kits in the state, some advocates are...

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Effort underway to designate bilingual status on diploma

Thirty-two states include a Seal of Biliteracy on a student’s diploma or transcript, which confirms that the high school...

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Oklahoma follows most states in Rx pot, with some unique aspects

Oklahoma is following 29 other states that have already legalized medical marijuana, many of which faced the same types of...

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Connecting with fellow survivors can help those who have lost loved ones to suicide

Connecting with fellow survivors can help those who have lost loved ones to suicide to feel less isolated as they grieve and...

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State senator awarded Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs contract

In outsourcing its X-ray services for all seven of its centers, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the...

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National group targets teacher candidates, pay raise supporters

A national pro-school choice organization once chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is spending money against Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma Dept of Ed says it didn't ask for review on federal funds to buy guns

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is exploring the idea of letting school districts use federal money to purchase guns,...

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State approves American Indian cultural charter school

Organizers of a proposed charter school with a core mission of serving American Indian students won approval from the state...

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Finding more teachers a focus for Oklahoma schools

Last year's count of education majors at Oklahoma universities was 21 percent lower than just four years earlier.

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After the walkout: Reading, writing and politics

The walkout sent a jolt through Oklahoma politics, which is being felt in elections across the state.

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A new generation enters a changing school system

It was the first day of school for prekindergarten students, the class of 2032, a new generation of Oklahomans embarking on a...

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Lab billing fraud alleged at rural Oklahoma hospital

Just over two years ago, Newman Memorial Hospital was within a week of financial collapse, when outsiders came to town with an...

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Oklahoma goes back to school in the post-walkout world

As teachers prepare for the first new school year since a two-week walkout, educators are faced with the reality of what the...

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Legal wrangling surrounds four rural Oklahoma hospitals

The way the plaintiffs in one lawsuit tell it, Health Acquisition Company promised a flat, well-trod road ahead, but instead...

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U.S. Grant High School celebrates opening of child care center

U.S. Grant High School recently opened a child care center for children of teen parents. Having the child care center at the...

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Nearly two dozen cases involved in 'commutation campaign' advance to second stage of consideration

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted Monday to advance a group of nearly two dozen people who are being assisted by a...

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Coalition leads 'commutation campaign' in effort to reduce 'excessive' sentences

A bipartisan coalition is leading a campaign to try to reduce the sentences of a group of people who are serving time for...

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Four OKC-area hospitals penalized by Medicare

Four Oklahoma City-area hospitals were among 16 statewide that will take a financial penalty from Medicare after too many...

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Oklahoma state-funded program sends out claim donkey milk treats disease

A taxpayer-funded program to promote Oklahoma agriculture publicized claims crediting donkey milk with nearly magical healing...

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Congressman and school official discuss need for immigration fixes

A congressman and an Oklahoma City Public Schools official both took part in a Wednesday forum on immigration, each...

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Comprehensive approach reduces local teen pregnancy rates

Comprehensive approach reduces local teen pregnancy rates

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Oklahoma City teens adjust to new life as parents

As one Oklahoma City couple navigates all of the trials of parenthood, they’re also dealing with the added challenge of being...

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Proposed rules would lift ban on sales of smokable pot; health effects unclear

New proposed rules for medical marijuana in Oklahoma would allow you to buy marijuana leaves and flowers for smoking. Whether...

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Governor thanks sexual assault forensic evidence task force for its efforts

The Oklahoma Task Force on Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence met Monday at the state Capitol for the first time since submitting...

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Several schools plan Election Day holiday

At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in...

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State's use of emergency certified teachers continues to grow

More than 1,200 emergency certified teachers will be used in Oklahoma classrooms with just a few weeks before schools begin a...

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Testing more than 7,000 unsubmitted rape kits in Oklahoma could cost $9.5M+

Testing more than 7,000 untested rape kits that have been identified in Oklahoma could potentially cost anywhere from $9.5...

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Complaints in OKC about homelessness have skyrocketed

The recent building boom in downtown Oklahoma City has exposed those who took shelter in a previously overlooked part of town.

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Schools unsure impact of medical marijuana law

As Oklahoma prepares for a medical marijuana program that is still being developed, school leaders across the state have raised...

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Uncertainty remains on medical marijuana implementation

Two weeks after Oklahoma voters agreed to legalize medical marijuana numerous questions remain over how it will be implemented.

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Lawsuit alleges secret meetings before Board of Health's Rx pot vote

The lawsuit, filed in Oklahoma County by Green the Vote, was one of two against the Oklahoma State Department of Health related...

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Board broke tradition in setting Rx pot rules, author unknown

Two major changes to the state’s medical marijuana framework were authored, voted on and approved with no public knowledge of...

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Sexual assault exams connect victims with medical care, resources

Advocates for victims of sexual assault don’t want the talk surrounding untested rape kits in Oklahoma to deter victims from...

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Oklahoma's school plan receives federal approval

Oklahoma's consolidated public school plan has received final approval from the U.S. Department of Education, a required...

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Oklahoma camp offers help for childhood trauma victims

Camp Hope offers help for childhood trauma victims

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Compared to 2016, even more teachers on the ballot

Nearly 30 teachers won a primary election last week, setting up a November general election when education will remain a...

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Oklahoma VA nursing care facility receives one-star quality rating

When compared to federal VA nursing homes across the country, Oklahoma’s only federally run VA nursing care facility received a...

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Task force works to finalize recommendations for rape kit reform

A task force that has been leading efforts to reform how Oklahoma handles rape kits has nearly finalized its recommendations....

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Teacher hiring struggles remain despite pay raise

Just a few months after state lawmakers approved a pay raise for Oklahoma educators, hiring teachers remains a challenge for...

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Rape kits task force working to finalize recommendations

Now that more than 7,000 untested rape kits have been identified in Oklahoma, a task force that's working to make...

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Republican candidates for state auditor and inspector trade jabs

In the week leading up to the primary election, candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor and inspector...

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Oklahomans turn out on second day of early voting

As of 5 p.m. Friday, at least 34,587 Oklahomans had cast ballots so far during the first two days of early voting. Registered...

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OKC picks up marketing tab for some nonstop flights

In the last five years, Will Rogers has paid out more than $925,000 in marketing incentives to airlines providing nonstop...

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Which Oklahoma health departments have cut back most?

In some county health departments in Oklahoma, staffing is so tight that the regional administrator is manning the front desk...

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Former councilman accused of pressuring businesses

Former OKC councilman John Pettis is alleged to have attempted to extort money or improperly influence development decisions at...

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DACA recipients living through political tug of war

Last week, Democrats and some Republicans in the House had attempted to force a vote on a bill that would provide a path for...

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Tempers flare during heated exchange between rape kit task force members

Tempers flared during a heated exchange Thursday between Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater and a rape survivor,...

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Some of Air Force's grounded B-1B Lancers located at Tinker

Last week, the Air Force grounded its B-1B Lancers due to concerns about the aircraft’s ejection seats. Some of those aircraft...

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Black student suspensions remain high at OKC schools

While Oklahoma City schools have significantly reduced the number of students it suspends each year, the disproportionate...

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Suicide rates show largest increase in rural counties

Certain counties in Oklahoma, including counties in the southeastern corner of the state, stand out from the rest of the state...

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To save Oklahoma babies, start before they're conceived

Women who have decided to get pregnant can take steps to improve their own health, reducing their babies’ risk of being born...

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Free meals during summer are underused by students

Roughly 62 percent of students in Oklahoma qualify for free and reduced price meals during the school year, according to the...

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Got questions about health? Oklahoma officials release new data

Oklahoma has improved on 18 major health measures, ranging from the percentage of adults who smoke to the number of babies who...

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Which Oklahoma law enforcement agencies didn't report their number of untested rape kits?

Here's a look at which law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma failed to report their number of untested rape kits as directed by...

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Agencies express confusion about reporting process for statewide audit of untested rape kits

Close to 125 law enforcement agencies across the state have failed to report their number of untested rape kits as ordered by...

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OU working to diversify state's teaching profession

In a state where over 50 percent of public school students are nonwhite, nearly 86 percent of Oklahoma teachers are white,...

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Uninsured rate grows as clinic funding shrinks

Many of the state’s uninsured rely on community health centers like Variety Care, which are nonprofit organizations providing...

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Thursday is cutoff date for Oklahoma law enforcement agencies to respond to audit of untested rape kits

A task force that is working to make recommendations based on a statewide audit of untested rape kits set Thursday as a cutoff...

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Dozens of schools built safe rooms following Moore tornado

At least 65 school districts across the state have constructed safe rooms since 2013, according to a survey conducted by The...

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Auto thefts decline in Oklahoma City

Auto thefts in Oklahoma City have declined by about 30 percent since 2012. Police said although it's difficult to say why the...

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Oklahoma schools plagued by low funding as student needs increase

Oklahoma schools have struggled through a decade of per-student funding decreases, resulting in larger class sizes and fewer...

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Oklahoma's suicide rate ranks among the worst in the nation

Oklahoma has the eighth-highest suicide rate in the country. Mental health professionals and others discuss prevention efforts...

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Bad news for baby girls in Oklahoma

If nothing changes, baby girls born in Oklahoma in 2016 can expect to live sicker, slightly shorter lives than those born in...

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Native charter school proposal rejected by OKC schools

Supporters of a proposed charter school serving indigenous students plan to take their application to the state Board of...

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Red flags abounded at Oklahoma state Health Department

Three months before the Oklahoma State Department of Health acknowledged it was in a budget crisis, it had $15 in its main...

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More law enforcement agencies respond to audit of untested rape kits

A task force that is working to determine the number of untested rape kits in Oklahoma and make recommendations met Thursday in...

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Oklahoma struggles to reduce domestic violence deaths

From 2012 through 2016, the number of victims killed in domestic homicides in Oklahoma has increased slightly each year, from...

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Dozens of agencies have yet to comply with untested rape kit audit

A task force that is working to determine the number of untested rape kits in Oklahoma plans to make another push to urge law...

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Praise, frustration and resolve follow teacher pay bill

With the passage of around $400 million in tax hikes, the Legislature had funded a $6,000 teacher pay raise and seemingly...

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Teachers prepare for possible school shutdown

At least 172 Oklahoma school districts are prepared to close for at least one day during a strike, impacting nearly 500,000...

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Teachers strike comes after years of funding struggles

If teachers end up walking off the job in two weeks, it will be the culmination of a decade of educator frustration, stemming...

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State of Oklahoma: By too many measures, Oklahoma falls short of the standard

From criminal justice and health to poverty and education, Oklahoma ranks among the worst, — if not the worst in the nation....

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State employees continue to discuss walkout

Days after a state employee association said its members were ready to strike alongside teachers, planning is underway on what...

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Union demands go beyond school, teacher funding

The Oklahoma Education Association has set an April 2 deadline for the state Legislature to act on nearly $812 million in...

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Armed teachers? Okemah sees it as 'better way to protect the kids'

Okemah is one of the few school districts in Oklahoma where teachers and school staff can carry a gun on school property, a...

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Another April walkout looms for Oklahoma teachers

Twenty eight years after a threatened work stoppage, Oklahoma educators again face funding and pay challenges that have pushed...

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State employees will join teachers in possible strike

Following a Saturday morning meeting, the Oklahoma Public Employees Association board of directors voted to move forward on a...

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Teachers union issues demands ahead of April walkout

Oklahoma lawmakers have three weeks to approve over $800 million in new funding, which includes raises for teachers and school...

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Task force examines reasons for untested rape kits

A task force that is charged with determining the number of untested rape kits in Oklahoma will meet Thursday for the first...

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Union targets April 2 for teacher walkout

April 2 has been circled by the state's largest teacher union as the day for a statewide teacher strike.

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Teachers discuss walkout; union to present plan

Oklahoma teachers have been considering an organized walkout in protest of low salaries and school funding cuts. A group of...

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Statewide audit counts nearly 7,000 untested rape kits so far

Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies in Oklahoma have yet to comply with Gov. Mary Fallin's executive order instructing them to...

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Nearly 150 law enforcement agencies fail to submit audit of untested rape kits

A statewide audit of untested rape kits has counted nearly 7,000 kits so far. However, nearly 150 Oklahoma law enforcement...

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School threat arrests, tips spike following Florida shooting

In the weeks since a shooting killed 17 at a Florida high school, over a dozen arrests have been made in Oklahoma following...

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Uncertainty abounds as DACA deadline approaches

With a March 5 deadline looming and a battle over the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program waging in...

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Bilingual funding stays with student even after English proficiency

Nearly $24 million was funneled to Oklahoma public school districts for bilingual students who are likely not receiving any...

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Immigration arrests, holds increase in wake of enforcement priority shift

Last year, federal immigration officials placed a hold on almost seven times as many inmates at the Oklahoma County jail as the...

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Four rural Oklahoma hospitals lose contract with Blue Cross

Patients of four rural Oklahoma hospitals will face an unpleasant choice as of Thursday: prepare to pay more out of pocket, or...

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State relies on a largely low-wage workforce

Without an across-the-board pay raise in 12 years and insurance benefits that have not kept up with rising costs, the state...

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Plot thickens in Oklahoma health department memo war

An agency accused of ignoring financial problems at the Oklahoma State Department of Health said the former official who...

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Here's the latest dispute on what happened at the Oklahoma health department

The state health department’s former chief financial officer leveled accusations that another state agency helped conceal the...

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State health department layoffs hit clinics

Services like family planning could be offered in fewer places, forcing some rural patients to make long drives.