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Kayla Branch

Kayla Branch covers county government and poverty for The Oklahoman. Branch is a native Oklahoman and graduate of the University of Oklahoma. She joined The Oklahoman staff in April 2019.

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Oklahoma County spent small fraction of CARES Act dollars, officials working on new plans

Oklahoma County has only spent a small fraction of its CARES Act dollars since receiving them in April as officials try to...

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Panel: Trauma, systemic racism cause lower health outcomes for Black community

Health care experts discussed the impact of systemic racism, cultural barriers and generational trauma on health outcomes for...

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Former Oklahoma commissioner of mental health to lead statewide nonprofit

Terri White, former commissioner of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health, will be the new CEO of Mental Health Association...

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Oklahoma County commissioners discuss possible Black Lives Matter mural

Oklahoma County commissioners are mulling over a request to paint a Black Lives Matter mural outside of the county jail. During...

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Oklahoma City's homeless population increases 24%, largest uptick since 2007

Over 1,500 people were experiencing homelessness during Oklahoma City’s yearly count of its homeless population in January, a...

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Republican candidates for Oklahoma County sheriff head to runoff, commissioner wins primary

Current Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor will face Norman police officer Tommie Johnson in a Republican runoff for county...

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"True change": Oklahoma County Jail Trust officially takes over county jail

The last 13 months resembled a marathon to Tricia Everest. But instead of running, the miles were filled with legal contracts,...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust talks contracts, COVID-19 before July 1 takeover

Two days before officially taking over management of the county jail on July 1, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust shored up...

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Timeline: How Medicaid expansion ended up on your June 30 ballot

On Tuesday, Oklahomans will on Medicaid expansion. Click through our timeline to see how Medicaid expansion ended up on your...

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Oklahoma County voters to narrow candidates in two key races June 30

Oklahoma County voters will narrow down candidates in two key races Tuesday during the primary election. Five men filed for...

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In Oklahoma City, new street murals support Black Lives Matter

With several new paintings finished this week, Oklahoma City has joined the national trend of street murals honoring minority...

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Four involved in street murals arrested after trying to make police report

Oklahoma City police arrested four individuals involved with painting street murals near police headquarters on disorderly...

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"Perfectly designed": New location enjoyed by Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office

The Oklahoma County sheriff’s office is fully moved out of the county jail and operating out of its new facility in northeast...

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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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Greenwood District feels far removed from Trump rally

TULSA — Regina Woods spent her Saturday pointing out historic landmarks in Tulsa’s Black Wall Street and selling Black Lives...

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Law enforcement in Tulsa used pepper balls to disperse a crowd after President Trump's rally in Tulsa

Law enforcement used pepper balls to disperse a crowd of protesters Saturday night in Tulsa.

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Rental assistance, small business relief programs announced

Two new grant programs will provide millions for both rental assistance and relief for small businesses across Oklahoma using...

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Ahead of June 30 and amid COVID-19, candidates must campaign creatively

Patty Cohenour was frustrated when she opened her front door and saw Jessica Garvin, a candidate for the Oklahoma Senate....

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Oklahoma cities, counties request $7.5 million in COVID-19 reimbursements

Over $2 million from Oklahoma's portion of the the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act have been distributed to...

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OKC Black Justice Fund to award local grants, address racial equity

A new fund will provide grants to Black-led organizations in the metro area and others that are working for racial equity, the...

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Stitt now recommends Trump not visit Greenwood District

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday he has now recommended President Donald Trump not tour the historic Greenwood District in Tulsa...

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Candidates for Oklahoma County sheriff discuss protests, law enforcement reforms

Amid protests against police brutality and discussions about reforming local law enforcement agencies, candidates for Oklahoma...

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Curbside Chronicle vendors selling Father's Day succulent arrangements

For the first time, The Curbside Chronicle, an organization employing people experiencing homelessness, is selling succulent...

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Flower shop employing those experiencing homelessness to open in August

A flower shop employing people transitioning out of homelessness in Oklahoma City is set to open this August. Thanks to grant...

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"What are you willing to do:" Black Women Voices hosts conversation on race

A group of local, black female leaders hosted a public discussion on race Wednesday evening after being left out of Gov. Kevin...

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"What are you willing to do": Black Women Voices hosts conversation on race

A group of local, black female leaders hosted a public discussion on race Wednesday evening after being left out of Gov. Kevin...

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Oklahoma attorney general to decide if death row inmates can receive commutation hearings

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is looking to Attorney General Mike Hunter for advice on handling commutation requests...

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Before transitioning jail management, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office to be audited

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office will have to go through another audit before giving jail property to the Oklahoma County...

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Youth continue protests, organize against police brutality

On Tuesday evening, several individuals gathered outside of police headquarters near downtown before walking to the...

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Canadian County sheriff creates volunteer 'Sheriff's Posse' to aid law enforcement

EL RENO — Canadian County Sheriff Chris West announced Tuesday his office is accepting applications for a group of local...

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Family of Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones relies on growing advocacy as case develops

It was mid-May, and the family of Oklahoma death row inmate Julius Jones was crowded around a computer in their living room,...

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Nonprofit snow cone stand expands into Bricktown

Sasquatch Shaved Ice, a snow cone stand managed by the Homeless Alliance that employs low-income and transition-age youth, is...

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Bill settles insurance woes threatening the Oklahoma County Jail Trust

Finding insurance coverage for the Oklahoma County Jail Trust has proven near impossible, but a bill recently signed by Gov....

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Supreme Court: State Question 805 signatures must be accepted

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

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New app will help address homelessness in Oklahoma City

This year, people in Oklahoma City will be able to interact with individuals experiencing homelessness in a new, high-tech...

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Diversion Hub to open June 8, help clients navigate criminal justice system

On June 8, Oklahoma City’s Diversion Hub will begin offering services to those navigating the criminal justice system. Located...

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Nearly 200 evictions filed Monday as Oklahoma County courthouse reopens

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

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Stitt vetoes rural broadband bill

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

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

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

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Domestic abuse reclassified as a violent crime in Oklahoma

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

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Protesters express frustrations with unemployment system

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

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Legislators seek to tap opioid settlement funds to plug budget holes

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

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

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

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House Republicans vote to reverse court ruling on absentee ballots

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

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

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

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DA accuses Pardon and Parole Board members of bias

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

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

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

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Oklahoma County sheriff's office moving out of jail

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 found in state prisons as testing increases

Confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been located throughout Oklahoma's prison facilities as the state Department of Corrections...

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Oklahoma County receives $47 million from CARES Act

The federal government deposited $47 million into Oklahoma County’s bank account on Monday to address COVID-19 costs. The...

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Initial weeks of pandemic bring increases in suicides, mental health calls

Some metro-area law enforcement agencies saw an increased number of suicide and mental health calls in the early weeks of...

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Mental health care providers plan for increased need even after Oklahoma's COVID-19 peak

Mental health care services are in high demand in Oklahoma, and providers expect the increased need to continue well into the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Hospitals review policies as elective surgeries resume

In response to Gov. Kevin Stitt allowing some elective surgeries to resume starting April 24, Oklahoma hospitals are reviewing...

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California study co-lead by Oklahoma business man shows COVID-19 infections much more common

Results from a study co-lead by an Oklahoma businessman show that COVID-19 infections are at least 50 times more common than...

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Medicaid expansion proposal set for June 30 ballot

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

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After 25 years, first responder to the Oklahoma City bombing said positivity is what saved him

Gene Brown, eating a red sucker and leaning back in an office chair during an early morning interview this spring, has a casual...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoman behind population testing for COVID-19 antibodies

Jim Tedrow said the way he became the driving force behind the first large-scale testing in the U.S. for the prevalence of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Officials say no COVID-19 cases inside Oklahoma County jail thanks to precautions

The Oklahoma County jail has still seen no cases of COVID-19 during the pandemic, officials told county commissioners on...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Arnall Family Foundation dedicates $200,000 to new grant program amid COVID-19

Oklahoma organizations serving youth and families involved in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems can apply for new...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: New virtual support groups planned April 11 for first responder, the general public

Mental Health Association Oklahoma is launching several new virtual support groups to help first responders and the general...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU Medicine announces partnership with Mayo Clinic to find COVID-19 treatment

OU Medicine announced Thursday it is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to carry out a new clinical trial to assist with treatment...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OU Med partners with Mayo Clinic for new clinical trial for sickest COVID-19 patients

OU Medicine is partnering with the Mayo Clinic to carry out a new clinical trial to assist with treatment of the sickest...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office gets 'OK' to apply for federal funding to fight COVID-19

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is pursuing nearly $60,000 in federal funding to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State-level first responders to get paid time off if they contract COVID-19, Stitt says

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order Wednesday guaranteeing paid time off for first responders working for state agencies...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Inmate, five staff members test positive for COVID-19 at state Department of Corrections

An inmate at the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester tested positive for COVID-19, the state Department of...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust hires a chief financial officer

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Department of Corrections says all inmates now on lockdown to slow spread of COVID-19

All inmates in state facilities are on lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19, the state Department of Corrections announced...

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Outlook 2020: 'Try to make a difference in the lives of those around us,' Sarah Stitt says

Name: Sarah Stitt, 42 Highlights: Stitt helped build the Tulsa-based company Gateway Mortgage for two decades before making...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State faces $416 million revenue failure for end of Fiscal Year 2020

A state revenue failure of roughly $416 million is expected for the rest of Fiscal Year 2020, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: DOC employee tests positive for COVID-19, worked at Joseph Harp Correctional Center

A staff member at the Joseph Harp Correctional Center in Lexington tested positive for COVID-19, the state Department of...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Enforcing closures of nonessential businesses proving difficult as confusion persists

Across Oklahoma, law enforcement officers are struggling to enforce rules about the closure of non-essential businesses as...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Federal inmates on 14-day lockdown, Bureau of Prisons announces

On April 1, all inmates at federal facilities across the county will begin a 14-day lockdown to limit the spread of COVID-19,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than a quarter of Oklahoma residents firmly under shelter-in-place orders

Over a quarter of Oklahoma residents are firmly under shelter-in-place orders after Oklahoma City and Tulsa issued decrees...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: As service, entertainment industries shutter, workers ask 'What next?'

The COVID-19 pandemic is wreaking havoc on Oklahoma City’s large service and entertainment industry. As restaurants, venues...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt updates executive order, eases training requirements for peace officers

Gov. Kevin Stitt updated his executive order Saturday, placing a moratorium on out-of-state travel paid for by the state and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City to implement shelter-in-place order

A shelter-in-place order was issued Saturday for Oklahoma City by Mayor David Holt.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Groups call on Stitt to implement recommendations to keep Oklahoma inmates, correctional staff safe

Nine organizations are calling on Gov. Kevin Stitt to take steps they believe will help protect Oklahoma’s correctional...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State Supreme Court orders closure of county courthouses to the public

All of Oklahoma’s county courthouses will close to the public to help slow the spread of COVID-19 after a Friday order from the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: NorthCare ready to expand mental health services during pandemic

Officials with NorthCare in Oklahoma City say the organization is prepared to ramp up mental health services as more...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Those serving Oklahoma City's homeless must "adapt everything" to deal with virus

Oklahoma City-based providers serving those experiencing homelessness said their work won’t stop despite the COVID-19 pandemic...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Two temporary homeless shelters to open in Oklahoma City, help isolate those at risk

Update: This story was updated March 26 to reflect that the opening date for the shelters was pushed back and organizers are...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Over 200 nonviolent offenders released from Oklahoma County jail to limit COVID-19 spread

Over 200 nonviolent, low-level offenders have been released from the Oklahoma County jail as officials attempt to limit the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Group of Oklahoma County lawyers pushing for closure of courthouse to the public

A group of Oklahoma County lawyers is calling for the full closure of the county’s courthouse to the public amid the COVID-19...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Two House employees test positive for COVID-19

Two employees with the Oklahoma House of Representatives tested positive for COVID-19 this week.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How college professors transition to teach online

For the foreseeable future, the guest-room closet in Kate Brennan’s home will be a recording studio. Brennan teaches voice and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Curbside Chronicle moves online to protect vendors, the public

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, Oklahoma City’s street paper has suspended all hand-to-hand sales of its monthly...

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Former Uptown 23rd District director to run for Oklahoma County clerk

Christina Chicoraske, former director of the Uptown 23rd District Association, is running for Oklahoma County clerk....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Are you high risk? Take advantage of special grocery-store hours

Those who are elderly or have pre-existing medical conditions are most at risk with COVID-19, so battling crowds of shoppers to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma County commissioners vote to limit courthouse access

After a lengthy discussion, Oklahoma County commissioners voted Thursday to limit access to the county courthouse and other...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Integris officials urge public to avoid ER, stay home

Patients flooding the emergency room at Integris Baptist Medical Center have made it difficult to treat those with critical...

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Sheriff: No evictions in Oklahoma County amid health crisis

No evictions in Oklahoma County will happen amid the COVID-19 health crisis, the sheriff’s office has announced. “These...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma County declares state of emergency over coronavirus

Oklahoma County is now under a state of emergency as local coronavirus cases continue to increase. Oklahoma County...

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State lawmakers discuss budget concerns amid economic downturn from coronavirus, oil and gas

With the recent plummet in the oil and gas industry and national coronavirus concerns worsening, Oklahoma’s already tight...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Travelers at Will Rogers airport say 'It smells like Lysol'

Around noon on Thursday, Summer Bowie was sitting on a bench at the Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City waiting for her...

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Senate passes bill targeting parts of SQ 780, increasing penalties for drug possession near schools

On Wednesday, the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill increasing the penalty for possessing or selling drugs near schools. Senate...

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Lawsuit awaits bill prohibiting state contracts with companies boycotting Israel

If a bill preventing the state from contracting with companies boycotting goods or services from Israel passes through the...

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Oklahoma wildlife officials wary of national decline in hunting

It had been the hunt of a lifetime, Blake Stephens said. Last December, Stephens, a school counselor in Locust Grove, hunted...

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Oklahoma County prepares for coronavirus

Personal responsibility is the key message from Oklahoma County officials when it comes to preventing the spread of COVID-19,...

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Another candidate announces for Oklahoma County sheriff

Longtime law enforcement officer Virgil Green announced his candidacy for Oklahoma County sheriff Thursday. Green, 56,...

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Oklahoma County jail focus of new architecture class at OU

A new fall class at the University of Oklahoma will look at future design possibilities to improve the Oklahoma County jail....

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Some state prisons on lockdown after disturbance

A statewide prison lockdown was in effect for the second time in six months after a disturbance at a prison facility in...

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Voters approve Sunday liquor store hours

Several counties in Oklahoma took the next step in modernizing their liquor laws Tuesday. Oklahoma County residents handily...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust hires three longtime DOC employees

The Oklahoma County Jail Trust recently hired three longtime employees of the state Department of Corrections to be the basis...

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'A+ for effort': Confusion, frustration surrounded Oklahoma's new state brand

Nearly three weeks after Oklahoma’s new state brand was unveiled, tens of thousands of Oklahomans have made it known that they...

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Metro liquor store owners want the option of being open on Sundays. But that doesn't mean they'll take advantage of it

For Lena Hernandez, Sunday liquor sales are, at the core, about fairness. Hernandez is the general manager at Shields Liquor...

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Oklahoma County keeping costs low for upcoming vote on Sunday liquor sales

Putting together an election is costly. But Oklahoma County is piggybacking a countywide vote on Sunday liquor sales with the...

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'You'll have a place to go': Man starts fundraiser so he can renovate trailers for those without homes

When a friend of Ryan Laughlin revealed he was living in his car, Laughlin was shocked. “I thought, ‘Man, are you serious?’”...

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Oklahoma's Native American Caucus focuses on bills, building partnerships amid gaming dispute

The Native American Caucus in Oklahoma’s House of Representatives has zeroed in on several notable bills this session while...

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Over 430 DOC employees may see a pay raise they missed out on last year

Over 2,800 Department of Corrections employees received a $2-per-hour pay raise last year, and an agency spokesman said that...

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Bills creating Trump highway, 'America First' license plates pass committee

A bill naming a section of highway in Cimarron County after President Donald Trump passed out of a Senate committee Tuesday.

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Bill would allow snow cone stands to open year round

The bill, authored by Rep. Lonnie Sims, R-Jenks, would allow snow cone stands serving hot beverages to apply for a $200...

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State brand website tweaked over Land Run reference

Oklahoma’s new state branding website was updated over the weekend to better account for the state’s indigenous history after...

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Community gathers at rally to support State Question 805

For Oklahoma Christian University students Elise Miller and Trinity Carpenter, community involvement is a top priority. That’s...

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Work continues to shift management of Oklahoma County jail

The process of transitioning management of the Oklahoma County jail may not be on top of the public’s "most interesting" list,...

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State's developmental disabilities services waiting list a budget priority for Stitt

When Justin Brown told state lawmakers he needed an additional $16 million for his state agency’s next budget, he was met with...

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Anti-abortion, pro-choice rallies at Oklahoma Capitol draw large crowds

A crowd of more than 1,000 gathered at the state Capitol on Tuesday to support a bill abolishing abortion in Oklahoma with no...

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GOP fundraising forms mimic official Census documents

Some Oklahoma residents have received fundraising surveys from the Republican National Committee that look similar to official...

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OU medical students to host benefit run for free Oklahoma City health clinic

An organization of OU medical students is hosting a run to benefit Manos Juntas, a free health clinic in Oklahoma City with an...

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Republican fundraising forms not to be confused with official U.S. Census documents

Some Oklahoma residents have received fundraising surveys from the Republican National Committee that look similar to official...

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25th anniversary marks uncertain 'turning point' for free health care clinic in Oklahoma City

By 8 a.m. on any given Saturday, dozens of individuals have already made their way to the Manos Juntas clinic.The Oklahoma...

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Another petition filed against Oklahoma's permitless carry law

Another effort to repeal permitless carry in Oklahoma is underway. State Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, and other advocacy...

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Stitt asks lawmakers for $100 million to fund education during ongoing gaming dispute

Stitt announced plans Monday to ask the state Legislature to approve using $100 million in state reserves to fund education...

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Six takeaways from Gov. Kevin Stitt’s State of the State speech

Here are the highlights from the governor's State of the State address.

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Another petition filed to repeal Oklahoma's permitless carry law

State Rep. Jason Lowe, D-Oklahoma City, and other advocacy groups filed an initiative petition Monday in hopes of allowing...

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Oklahoma's tribes contribute greatly to small cities, towns, some local leaders say

As Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's tribes clash on how much gaming revenue should go to the state, tribal leaders have defended...

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Oklahoma City police officer announces bid for Oklahoma County sheriff

Wayland Cubit, an Oklahoma City police officer, announced Thursday his campaign for Oklahoma County sheriff. Cubit, 50, has...

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Treatment for problem gambling improved, progress still needed

On a recent Saturday night at the Choctaw Casino and Resort in Durant, thousands of people packed into the building to enjoy a...

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Young professionals help revitalize Oklahoma's small towns

After spending 10 years as a music professor in Oklahoma City, Cami Engles had grown used to spending time at unique local...

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Norman again at odds with state lawmakers after recommendation to become sanctuary city

NORMAN — As Norman residents push for increasingly progressive policies, conservative lawmakers continue attempts to shut down...

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"It's very humbling": Oklahoma City's homeless community surveyed during 2020 Point-In-Time Count

Oklahoma City service providers and volunteers on Thursday administered the 2020 Point-In-Time Count, an annual survey of...

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Lawmaker wants to mandate county jails comply with ICE detainers

An Oklahoma lawmaker filed a bill requiring local jails to comply with detainer requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs...

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Hair braiding regulations up for discussion in Oklahoma Legislature

Soon after Sojourna Worthy moved to Oklahoma from California, she was stopped in the grocery store by a woman admiring her...

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Tablets may soon be available for Oklahoma County jail inmates

Inmates at the Oklahoma County jail may be able to access tablets for communication and entertainment in the near future. The...

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Oklahoma County jail employees to get $3,000 pay raise

All Oklahoma County jail employees will receive a $3,000-a-year pay raise, according to the sheriff's office. Employees were...

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Recent reforms lead over 30% decrease in average inmate population at Oklahoma County jail

The average number of inmates at the Oklahoma County jail has decreased by over 30%, which community leaders attribute to new...

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Bill would require racial impact statements for future criminal justice legislation

To address racial disparities in Oklahoma’s justice system, future criminal justice legislation may have to go through an...

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Bill filed to allow firearms inside state Capitol

Some lawmakers hope 2020 will be the year firearms are finally allowed inside the state Capitol. A newly filed bill from Rep....

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Sheriff's deputy announces campaign for Oklahoma County sheriff

Sheriff’s office deputy Mike McCully announced last week he intends to run for Oklahoma County sheriff. McCully, 63, stationed...

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Metro-area residents needed for Oklahoma City's housing market and affordability survey

Oklahoma City is asking metro residents to fill out a housing market and affordability survey to help city planners identify...

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Efforts underway to reform Oklahoma County drug court

On a recent Monday morning, roughly 30 drug court participants filed into Oklahoma County Judge Kenneth Stoner’s courtroom. To...

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Oklahoma County jail to get extended commissary service, new staff meal plans

Starting in March, inmates at the Oklahoma County jail will see increased days of commissary service, and jail employees will...

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Rally at Oklahoma County jail protests conditions, policies

Demonstrators gathered outside of the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday evening to rally against conditions for inmates, treatment...

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Recap: Why the Oklahoma County Jail Trust didn't take over the jail Jan. 1

For the last few months, Jan. 1 was a date that brought along feelings of stress for some Oklahoma County officials and...

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Robotics, speeches and livestock: State's 4-H program expands offerings while "core values" stay the same

On a recent windy Monday night, tucked into the library of Mayfield Middle School at 1600 N Purdue, Mia Mitchell wore a gray,...

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Former DOC administrator Greg Williams to bring new mindset to Oklahoma County jail

Before Greg Williams became one of Oklahoma’s well-known prison administrators, he was almost a biochemist. Williams moved...

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Christmas in 2019: Is that Santa Claus or just my delivery driver?

Imagine the traditional Santa Claus — red suit and hat, long white beard, bulging belly, sleigh and reindeer. Now forget that....

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Oklahoma food stamp recipients won't be affected by SNAP change

State officials believe upcoming changes to the federal food stamp program, which have attracted national attention in recent...

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Census data shows economic disparities between Oklahoma's metro, rural areas

New data estimates from the Census Bureau continue to paint a picture that Oklahomans living in or near metro areas tend to be...

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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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Oklahoma County voters to decide on Sunday liquor sales

Oklahoma County residents can vote March 3 on whether to allow liquor stores in the county to operate on Sundays. County...

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Community gathers to discuss homelessness as part of strategic planning initiative

Mental health, transitional housing and improved case management dominated conversations Monday night as community members met...

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Records show employee loss exaggerated at Oklahoma County jail

The number of Oklahoma County jail employees who have left their jobs because of management uncertainty seems to have been...

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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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Officials unclear of future cost to run Oklahoma County jail

Oklahoma County Treasurer Butch Freeman recently sat behind his large wooden desk, hands folded on top of each other, and shook...

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MAPS 4: What they're saying about the measure passing

Oklahoma City voters passed the MAPS 4 package by a margin of over 70%. Community leaders gathered at the Yale Theater for the...

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OK County sheriff gives jail trust new deadline to take over county jail

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor announced Tuesday he will extend the deadline to April 15 for the Oklahoma County Jail...

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From burger joints to city-wide internet service, read what Oklahoma City residents asked for in MAPS 4

When Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt last year told the public to “dream big” and submit ideas to the city for MAPS 4 projects,...

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Transparency, community building to be focus of Oklahoma County Sheriff's Community Advisory Board

Since August, nine Oklahoma County residents have served on the sheriff’s first Community Advisory Board to build...

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Oklahoma County jail, ICE policies in the clear for sheriff

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor said he has no plans to change jail policies regarding U.S. Immigration and Customs...

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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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Oklahoma County delays vote on liquor store hours

At their Monday meeting, Oklahoma County commissioners deferred a decision that would let voters choose if liquor stores in the...

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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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Park projects get largest chunk of MAPS 4, worries remain about maintenance costs

At the Belle Isle Park off NW 63 and May Avenue, Lynn Garman spent years investing time and energy into planting new trees,...

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'No room for pride anymore when you are hungry': Food insecurity in Oklahoma on the rise, assistance programs looking to expand

Mohauna Comes' favorite part of the grocery store is the fresh food section. The Monday before Thanksgiving, she browsed the...

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Oklahoma County may let voters decide on expanding hours of operation for liquor stores

Sometime soon, liquor stores in Oklahoma County may be able to change their weekly days of operation from six to seven. After...

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MAPS 4 affordable housing proposal to address homelessness, create opportunities, though some details still vague

When it comes to addressing homelessness, service providers believe Oklahoma City is at a tipping point. Housing costs are...

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Oklahoma County Jail Trust selects DOC administrator Greg Williams to run county jail

In a unanimous vote Monday, the Oklahoma County Jail Trust selected Greg Williams to run the county jail starting next year....

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'We don't have a lot of time': Oklahoma County, jail trust officials begin speeding up transition process

To fully transition management of the Oklahoma County jail by Jan. 1, officials are beginning to address a long list of...

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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 County Sheriff announces reelection campaign

Current Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor announced Friday he will seek a second term in 2020. Taylor, 73, of Oklahoma City,...

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Local businessman, veteran announced campaign for Oklahoma County District 2 commissioner

Jim Fisher, a local businessman and veteran, is running as a Republican for Oklahoma County District 2 commissioner. Fisher,...

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Committee created to help Oklahoma County jail management transition

Despite pushback, Oklahoma County commissioners created a new committee meant to help transition jail management away from the...

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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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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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Remerge to move into new building, serve 50% more women

The Remerge Oklahoma program is two weeks away from moving to its new building west of downtown. Remerge is Oklahoma County’s...

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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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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 County sheriff's announcement brings uncertainty, frustration

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor’s recent declaration that his office will stop managing the jail starting Jan. 1 has...

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Spencer Hicks announces campaign for Oklahoma County District 2 commissioner

Spencer Hicks, a longtime staffer for former Gov. Brad Henry, recently announced his campaign for Oklahoma County District 2...

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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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Some Medicaid costs avoided with Native American population, but that may not be enough to sway stakeholders

For many health advocates, watching states expand Medicaid while Oklahoma forgoes billions in federal funding to do the same...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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'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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Inmate dies at Oklahoma County jail; fifth death so far this year

An inmate at the Oklahoma County jail died early Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office. The cellmate of Dianne Jones, 57,...

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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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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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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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Local homeless artists get real-world experience from art program's new curation process

Clad in a green, paint-splattered Williams-Sonoma apron, Donato spent a recent Wednesday morning with his head bent close to a...

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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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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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Oklahoma City Police shoot suspect after vehicle pursuit

Oklahoma City Police officers shot a man after he led them in a vehicle pursuit and opened fire Monday afternoon.

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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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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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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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Sheriff's office cleared in teen inmate's death, policy changes urged

An investigation and review of the Oklahoma County sheriff’s office after the death of a 16-year-old inmate in May showed no...

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Many OKC residents want MAPS 4 to focus on social services, human needs

Earlier this year, Tena Jefferson received a late-night call from Oklahoma City police while she was out of town. Her house had...

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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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$230 million taken from counties to fill state budget holes spurs county advocacy efforts years later

When Oklahoma lawmakers faced extreme budget holes in the last few years, roughly $230 million was taken from a fund helping...

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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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Free bus routes, extra food offered after Smart Saver closes in northeast Oklahoma City

To help ease the blow of the Smart Saver grocery store in northeast Oklahoma City closing this week, community partners will...

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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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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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Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office says ICE officers staying in county jail

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office has “no plan” to remove ICE officers from the county jail according to a statement...

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Residents hear new details on MAPS 4 mental health proposal at town hall

New details about what a mental health package would look like if included in MAPS 4 were discussed Monday night during...

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How ICE works at the Oklahoma County jail

As part of worldwide protests against poor conditions faced by migrants, Rena Guay organized a demonstration outside of the...

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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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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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Permanent barber shop opens in Homeless Alliance's day shelter

The buzz of a razor, spritz of a water bottle and snip-snip of a pair of scissors filled the Homeless Alliance’s day shelter...

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Public demands jail trust remove ICE officers from Oklahoma County Jail

Conversations about immigration, local law enforcement and the role of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are circulating...

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Oklahoma County seeks to prosecute opioid manufacturers

Oklahoma County has joined over 50 other cities and counties in Oklahoma to prosecute opioid manufacturers for damages caused...

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County Jail Trust to hold planning workshop, decide on end goals and path forward

It’s time for the Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority to create a game plan. At least, that was the call to action by...

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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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Expert: Window washing incident atop Devon Tower in May likely human error

On the morning of May 15, two men swung violently in a window washing basket at the top of the Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma...

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Modern-day Newsies: Curbside Chronicle vendors connect with Broadway musical

The scene is New York City in 1899. Newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer has just raised the price of buying a bundle of papers...

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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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Governor's Interagency Council on Homelessness builds collaboration, releases five-year plan to end homelessness

In Oklahoma, almost 4,000 people were officially counted as experiencing homelessness last year. Service providers ranging from...

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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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'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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Oklahoma County jail trust still gathering information before making decisions

The Oklahoma County Criminal Justice Authority is still in the preliminary stages of gathering information and hearing reports...

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Oklahoma County roads, bridges doing better than most after severe weather

As rain poured down across the state in recent weeks, Oklahoma County Commissioner Carrie Blumert’s road crew was on night...

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Oklahoma ranks 42 in the nation for overall well-being of kids, new data says

Oklahoma ranks in the bottom 10 states in the nation for the overall well-being of its children, according to new data released...

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Teens create basketball camp to provide mentors, friendship to kids with incarcerated parents

It seemed like a regular Wednesday night basketball game — coaches carrying clipboards, stands filled with cheering spectators,...

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Oklahoma County jail trust elects chairwoman, hears report on jail conditions

Members of Oklahoma County’s newly created jail trust elected a chair and vice chair and discussed the most glaring issues at...

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Business owner looks for solutions to waste left behind from homeless community

Even though Oklahoma City’s homeless population has decreased by nearly 40% in the last decade, property owners near the city's...

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Former city councilor pushes for two new sales tax initatives, hopes to fund operations and maintenance

Former Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid wants Oklahoma City voters to consider two sales tax questions to fund city parks and public...

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Homeless population increases by 8 percent in Oklahoma City, survey says

There was an 8% increase in the official number of people experiencing homelessness in Oklahoma City, according to the 2019...

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Oklahoma County trust has three options for managing the county jail

A successful county jail requires transparency, good funding and the right management, according to sheriffs and jail...

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Pharmacy at Homeless Alliance to expand days of operation after funding increase

The Oklahoma County pharmacy plans to expand days of service for one of its two locations in the coming months, benefiting...

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Oklahoma County jail trust created to address issues, questions remain

A jail trust has been created to oversee the financing and operation of the Oklahoma County jail, moving the long-troubled jail...

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Heavy rains bring flooding, tornadoes Monday across Oklahoma

Throughout Monday afternoon, multiple tornadoes touched down and heavy rain flooded areas across Oklahoma in what was expected...

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Flights canceled, covered parking full at Will Rogers World Airport

Flights have been canceled and covered parking is now full at Will Rogers World Airport ahead of severe weather this afternoon.

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Tinker Air Force Base evacuates aircraft ahead of severe weather

Tinker Air Force Base has canceled events, encouraged employees to take a day of leave and evacuated aircraft over the weekend...

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New Norman mayor says state government overreach a problem for cities in Oklahoma

Oklahoma has a long history of conservative politics, but as urban centers have flourished, more city residents are interested...

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Dorman focuses on child advocacy after legislative career

To successfully talk to a legislator, Joe Dorman suggests a friendly interaction with their assistant, a 90-second speech and a...

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Homeless Alliance may see funding boost

Oklahoma City’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget increases funding for the Homeless Alliance by nearly a third, providing a...

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Veto delays action on overtime: Measure would have applied to workers making $31K or less

For many parole officers, case managers, maintenance workers and janitors working for the state of Oklahoma, working more than...

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Follow live coverage from NewsOK.com starting at 9 a.m.

The second meeting of the state's bipartisan medical marijuana working group starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol.

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Can Edmond students survive this?

Beginning this school year, Edmond Public Schools students will no longer be allowed to use cellphones during class time.

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Bipartisan marijuana working group meets today

NewsOK.com will host live coverage of the meeting beginning at 2 p.m.

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OKC hopes new recycling program cuts landfill waste

Oklahoma City is putting its faith in a new, more robust multimillion dollar recycling program they hope will put a...

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Poteau woman found joy in a life filled with heart surgeries

Jaycee Elliott lived with congenital heart disease, undergoing roughly 40 procedures in her 33 years. Despite medical issues,...

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Oklahoma camp offers help for childhood trauma victims

Camp Hope offers help for childhood trauma victims

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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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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...