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Horn, Bice battle in a competitive district

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

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

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

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Oklahoma weather closings

Academy of Hair DesignClosed TuesdayAlex Public SchoolsClosed TodayAlva Public SchoolsClosed TodayArapaho-Butler Public...

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A resource for Oklahoma voters heading to the polls on Nov 3. This includes details on how and where to vote, absentee ballots, deadlines, and the candidates...

A resource for Oklahoma voters heading to the polls on Nov. 3 to cast ballots for President, U.S. Senate, Congress, statewide...

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Oklahoma weather: Ice forces closings, causes power outages

A flurry of closings and power outages spread across the metro as icy rain fell across a large swath of the state Monday....

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Going, going, gone: Another public oil and gas operator in Oklahoma announces merger plans

TULSA — Another Oklahoma-based oil and gas company is on its way to being gone. In a move one analyst expects to see more of,...

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P.D. Taylor endorses Wayland Cubit for OK County Sheriff

Outgoing Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor endorsed Wayland Cubit, a Democrat running for sheriff, on Monday ahead of the...

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Oklahoma County courthouse and offices to close at 3 p.m. Monday, through Tuesday

Oklahoma County offices and the courthouse will close at 3 p.m. today and remain closed through Tuesday, officials have...

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Stay up-to-date with the latest information on COVID-19 in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health releases COVID-19 updates each day. We'll keep track of the trends and cases here.

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2020 'Souls to the Polls' voter turnout initiative will go on, despite COVID-19

Organizers of a faith-based voter engagement initiative said the program is needed now more than ever as people face an...

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Mark your calendar: Early in-person voting is Thursday through Saturday

Oklahomans don’t have to wait until Nov. 3 to vote. Statewide early voting, also called in-person absentee voting, will take...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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

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

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Oklahoma County sheriff election: Tommie Johnson highlights new perspective, preparation in bid for sheriff

As a Norman police officer, Tommie Johnson III has filled several roles. In times of crisis, he said he has acted as a...

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ELECTION 2020: OKLAHOMA COUNTY SHERIFF: Wayland Cubit focuses on trust, service in bid for sheriff

Ardis Cubit remembers the moment he believes his son decided to become a law enforcement officer. Wayland Cubit was around 8...

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OKC emergency management: COVID uptick due to community spread, not event

COVID-19: Situation report From Thursday's Oklahoma City emergency management office daily update: "All trend lines are going...

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Fewer Oklahoma educators running for state legislative seats

Two years after Oklahoma educators walked out of their classrooms and stormed the state Capitol, fewer teachers are running for...

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How musicians are silencing the virus, not the music

Trombonist Jerrell Charleston loves the give-and-take of jazz, the creativity of riffing off other musicians. But as he looked...

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Nature & You: Turn your Halloween pumpkin into a bird feeder

At week’s end, we’ll be having our annual bout of Halloween holiday fun. Pumpkin carving goes hand-in-hand with this...

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COVID outbreak at El Reno prison won't alter Canadian County schools' plans

School administrators in El Reno, Mustang and Yukon are sticking to their current schedules for now after learning that a sharp...

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Street dining finds footing in Edmond with city's help

A program that struggled to find its footing in Oklahoma City has fit Edmond like a pair of comfortable socks. The Streatery...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,051 to 116,736 on...

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Jewish center to host Moore food distribution

MOORE — A community wide drive-thru food box distribution is set for 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Platt College's Moore...

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Amber alert ends with two abducted girls found safe

MISSION, Kan. — Authorities found two girls who were abducted from a Kansas home where two boys were discovered dead Saturday,...

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God of wisdom, people who start down a slippery slope can expect to slide into failure. Encourage us to choose a firm...

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Midwest City father wants answers after 12-year-old son killed

A grieving Midwest City father sat on his front porch Thursday and recalled the day one of his sons walked away. In the late...

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Did reward offer stop vandalism in Oklahoma County race?

In an unusual move, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan sent a postcard to every voter in his district last week...

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Norman recall group: 'No more dark-of-night votes'

NORMAN — Russell Smith and Sassan Moghadam don't like Norman City Council meetings that run late — sometimes into the early...

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Oklahoma church coalition condemns racism and discrimination, launches anti-hate campaign

A statewide coalition of faith groups released a theological statement condemning racism and discrimination on Friday,...

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Energy doomsday scenario pushed by industry groups as election approaches

Will the nation’s recently found energy independence evaporate if former Vice President Joe Biden wins November’s election...

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Deaths

EDMOND Bronson, Joe Dee II: 30, died Oct. 21. Services pending (Baggerley, Edmond). Nader, Michael Roger: 65, died Oct. 20....

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Gov. Kevin Stitt says he will not appeal tribal gaming decision

After a series of defeats in his attempts to renegotiate the state's tribal gaming compacts, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday he...

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Two major OKC ad and marketing firms merging

Two advertising and marketing firms, Saxum and VI Marketing, are combining to create the city's largest full-service firm with...

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After murder, morticians dress the dead

For those who work with the dead, murder victims present a unique challenge. Mortuary professionals face grieving families who...

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’Til Death do us Part
Murder and matrimony: How two homicides brought an Oklahoma couple to the altar

They were murdered months apart but both were buried in August of 2006. Brandon Perryman was 20 years old, loved to fish and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,829 to 115,685 on...

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TSET Phase 1 clinical trials bring world-class care close to home

An innovative partnership between the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) and Stephenson Cancer Center is...

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For clergy, funerals of murder victims among toughest

One of the toughest funerals Pastor Ray Douglas conducted was for a mother who was stabbed to death in the middle of a street....

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Oklahoma City philanthropist Mike Samis dies at age 67

Mike Samis, a private investor and philanthropist who played a key role in the creation of OU Medicine Inc., died Thursday...

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OKC hits next stage of hospital surge plan

Almost 1,000 confirmed and suspected COVID-19 patients were in Oklahoma hospitals Friday, and the situation could get a lot...

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

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

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

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

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Teen surrenders in 12-year-olds death

MIDWEST CITY — A 16-year-old boy wanted for manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 12-year-old boy outside a suburban Oklahoma...

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'Time marches on': Hargis to retire as OSU president

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis announced he will retire next year, ending more than a decade of...

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LONE WOLF White, Shellean Jean “Shelley”: 93, teacher, died Oct. 20. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, First Baptist Church (People’s...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of mercy, we all experience broken hearts and broken dreams. Heal us. Amen.

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Norman man found guilty in OU student's death

NORMAN — Calling it a "very heavy burden," a judge found a 20-year-old Norman man guilty Friday of first-degree murder in the...

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Another Bricktown anchor closing for good on Saturday

Is the loss of TapWerks in Bricktown indicative of a downward trend for the entertainment district? Or is this a...

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Guy Fieri lookalikes welcome!

Guyutes will host a party tonight to celebrate its first appearance on Food Network's "Diners, Drive-ins & Dives."

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Freezing rain chances, alerts raised for Oklahoma City metro

Wintry conditions are predicted beginning Sunday night.

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Bice, Horn disavow Biden oil and gas comment

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

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

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

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Room to grow

The MAPS 4 advisory panel toured the new center to check on the progress as it nears completion.

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Oklahoma governor: ‘One set of rules’ needed for tribes, state following McGirt decision

Key tribal leaders strongly opposed recommendations made Thursday by a commission appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt that wants to...

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State Question 805 draws support, opposition from public figures

State Question 805 supporters announced a string of endorsements Thursday morning to combat what they described as...

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Former GOP legislator looks to reclaim OKC seat held by Mickey Dollens

A former Republican legislator is looking to reclaim his old House seat that has since turned blue. Former Republican Rep....

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Holy God, open our hearts and minds. Mold us to be receptive to Your will. Amen.

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$10 million in COVID-19 relief funds allotted by Gov. Stitt for private schools allowable, legal letter says

Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to use $10 million in federal stimulus dollars to help private school students likely satisfies...

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Epic school board approves new financial controls

Following scathing reports of poor financial oversight, the board of education for Epic Charter Schools approved its first...

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Archaeologists uncover 11th coffin

TULSA — An 11th coffin has been found in a trench in Oaklawn Cemetery, researchers looking for unmarked burials from Tulsa's...

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MAPS 3 lower park construction to begin

Aided by MAPS 3’s financial performance, the downtown park will be finished as designers intended. The MAPS 3 Citizens...

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BETHANY Gentry, Linda Louise: 82, land management administrative and legal descriptions, died Oct. 22. Services 11 a.m. Monday,...

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Report: Hargis to retire as OSU president

He is among OSU’s longest-serving presidents with a tenure of 12 ½ years. Hargis, an OSU accounting graduate, took office in 2008.

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Watch: Trump, Biden face off in final 2020 presidential debate

Watch live as President Trump and Joe Biden face off in their final 2020 debate ahead of Election Day. The event is expected to...

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Key takeaways from the Oklahoma County sheriff debate

Candidates for Oklahoma County sheriff sparred over experience levels and debated ways to build trust in police during a debate...

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

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

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What's on my ballot in Oklahoma?

Need to know what will be on your ballot Nov. 3? Not sure of the location of your polling place? The OK Voter Portal has you...

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Oklahoma Catholic leaders: Pope's statement on same-sex civil unions 'confusing'

A statement Pope Francis made about same-sex civil unions seemed confusing to some local Catholic leaders. USA Today and other...

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99 years after Tulsa race massacre, unmarked mass grave found in search for victims, official says

Experts searching for victims of the 1921 Tulsa race massacre have found at least 10 bodies in an unmarked mass grave, an...

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Watch: Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty to present recommendations to Gov. Stitt

The Oklahoma Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty, formed by Governor Kevin Stitt to explore the effects of the U.S. Supreme...

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Downtown OKC studios could provide big boost to local film biz

Kerry Myers got her start in the Oklahoma City film community but is now living in Albuquerque and recently completed a second...

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Five things to know about Oklahoma State Question 805

Oklahomans will decide State Question 805 during the Nov. 3 general election, but many have expressed confusion on what exactly...

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Know someone dedicated to helping animals? Nominate them for Norman award

NORMAN — The Norman Animal Welfare Oversight Committee is now accepting nominations for the Norman Animal Welfare Volunteerism...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Promising peace and prosperity in 1952

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Sheriff: 'Cannibals' lured victim to cabin in Oklahoma woods, performed illegal castration

POTEAU — Two men were accused Wednesday in a criminal charge of performing an illegal gender reassignment surgery on a...

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"Your prayers ... sustained me," David Boren says

Retired OU President David Boren thanked Oklahomans "for their kindness and confidence in me" after a special counsel announced...

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MAPS 3 senior center in southwest Oklahoma City to feature great room, gym, track

A pool, a gym with room for pickleball and basketball courts, and an upstairs walking track overlooking a fitness center will...

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Rose State, Oklahoma lawmakers examine Epic audit

MIDWEST CITY — As two entities overseeing Epic Charter Schools demand millions in repayment and consider breaking ties with the...

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BLANCHARD Gray, Virl Deen “Sam”: 84, warehouse foreman, died Oct. 16. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (John M. Ireland, Moore)....

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DEL CITY Back, Carolin Sue: 72, purchasing agent, died Oct. 20. Wake 9 a.m. Friday. Services 1:30 p.m. Saturday (Sunny Lane,...

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You can help make Norman's drinking water cleaner

NORMAN — The fourth annual Lake Thunderbird Watershed Clean-Up Blitz is underway, with two more weekends available to...

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Norman's new utility portal can make it easier to pay your bill

NORMAN — The city of Norman has launched a new utility billing software to provide more digital access for customers to manage...

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Attention, parents of future Harding Charter Prep freshmen: Apply now for the next school year

Harding Charter Preparatory High School Freshman applications for the 2021-22 school year are now available. Any families...

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Oklahoma student volunteers, apply now for Prudential Spirit scholarships

Student volunteers have through Nov. 10 to apply for scholarships, grants and more through The Prudential Spirit of Community...

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It's your last chance this season to check out Morning Music at Arcadia Round Barn

ARCADIA — Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Janice Francis-Smith will present a Morning Music concert on Saturday at the Arcadia...

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Achievers: Miss Fiestas de las Americas Scholarship Pageant winners announced

Calle Dos Cinco in Historic Capitol Hill has announced the winners of its Miss Fiestas de las Americas Scholarship Pageant held...

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Achievers: OKC youth earns Eagle Scout rank

Kip C. Nichols, 17, of Oklahoma City, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America...

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Achievers: Edmond teen earns Eagle Scout rank

Carson John McCachern, 15, of Edmond, has earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest rank within the Boy Scouts of America...

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Achievers: Heritage Hall nurse recognized by March of Dimes

Heritage Hall school nurse Jenny Campbell has received the March of Dimes Nurse of the Year — Managed Care award. The March of...

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Achievers: UCO students recognized

EDMOND — University of Central Oklahoma students Alaa Baha, Jacob Friesen and Zoie Hing recently received UCO Scholastic Awards...

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Five things to know about State Question 805

Oklahomans will decide State Question 805 during the Nov. 3 general election, but many have expressed confusion on what exactly...

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It's your last chance this season to get out to the outdoor Arcadia Farmers Market

ARCADIA — The final outdoor market of the season is set for Saturday at the Arcadia Farmers Market. Meanwhile, the Arcadia...

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OKC students are returning to school. Do their teachers agree?

Oklahoma City students returned to classrooms on the largest scale since March on Tuesday, but some teachers object to the...

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Does your high school class have a reunion coming up?

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm...

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Looking for a fun buddy for fall?

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Learn about Native American traditions through 'Child's Play'

The American Indian Culture and Preservation Office of the Oklahoma Historical Society has opened a new, educational exhibit,...

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MAPS 3 convention center dedication will be a private affair

Oklahoma City will dedicate the MAPS 3 convention center in a private ceremony, in contrast to the public celebration of the...

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No indictments coming for David Boren, Tripp Hall

Retired OU President David Boren and a former OU vice president, Tripp Hall, will not face any indictments out of an...

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Tap into your giving side with art museum fundraiser

Guests who attend Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s annual ARTonTAP beer-tasting fundraiser will find the surroundings a little...

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Testimony begins in trial of man charged in OU student's death

NORMAN — Nathaniel Ewing didn't fit the profile of a drug dealer. The north Texas native, a sophomore at the University of...

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5 things about 5G: Separating fact from fiction for the blazing fast cell service

You've probably heard about 5G, but how much do you know about the latest generation of cellular technology? Upgrades in cell...

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Bice backed by Oklahoma City police group

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

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Human remains found in Tulsa excavation

TULSA — Human remains found Tuesday morning in a section of Oaklawn Cemetery thought to contain unmarked graves from Tulsa's...

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Complaints aired about state's unemployment vendor

The vendor the state hired to deliver unemployment payments drew criticism Tuesday during a legislative interim study. The...

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

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

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Officials say beds still available as COVID hospitalizations rise to record highs

As the number of people hospitalized due to complications of COVID-19 hit an all-time high Monday, state officials were quick...

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Video: Stitt, health officials share update on COVID-19 hospital surge plan

Watch live as Gov. Stitt and state health officials share an update on Oklahoma's COVID-19 hospital surge plan.

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Holiday snow tubing at OKC's Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

Part of OKC's Downtown in December, the event features different sized snow slides for all ages, and the ballpark is...

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Achievers: Tinker Federal Credit Union awards scholarships

Tinker Federal Credit Union has awarded scholarships to Victor Zamudio-Nunez, a University of Oklahoma student; and Kyle...

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Achievers: Boy Scouts honor Distinguished Citizen

The Last Frontier Council, Boy Scouts of America, recently presented Ed Martin with the 2020 E.C. Joullian Distinguished...

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Zoom in to learn about the history of the Chisholm Trail

A virtual conference exploring the history and heritage of the Chisholm Trail will be from 9:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday via...

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Edmond area drivers, expect closures at Waterloo and Kelly intersection

EDMOND — Contractors will repave the intersection of Waterloo and Kelly beginning Thursday. Logan County and the city of Edmond...

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Get your tickets now for Storybook Forest at Arcadia Lake

EDMOND — Advance tickets will be required as children and their families explore Arcadia Lake's Storybook Forest from Friday to...

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Now's your chance to learn about DNA at OSU Extension office

Have you heard family or friends enthused about DNA testing kits, but don’t know what it’s all about? The Oklahoma County OSU...

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MCLOUD Manning, Caroline (Mindedahl): 76, died Oct. 16. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Liberty Baptist Church, Shawnee (Cooper,...

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Researchers begin digging at Tulsa cemetery
Mass grave sought containing victims of 1921 massacre

TULSA — An archeological team on Monday afternoon began uncovering burial sites in Oaklawn Cemetery in the belief the graves...

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You were counted in the Census, but many Oklahomans didn't help any

Nearly 100% of Oklahomans were counted in the once-every-decade Census, which saw its data-collection period end Thursday. The...

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Don't know any COVID-19 patients who've died or been in the hospital? That may explain a lot

Seven months into the pandemic, it's no secret that plenty of people still downplay the risks of COVID-19, scoffing at...

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Officials warn of fake texts citing polling place changes

State elections officials have notified law enforcement about text messages that are falsely claiming voters' polling place...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 774 to 108,073 on...

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Attempt to ban ICE from Oklahoma County jail fails again

Federal immigration officers are still allowed at the Oklahoma County jail, for now. The trust overseeing operations at the...

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Setting it straight

Saturday An introductory paragraph for Oklahoma Corporation Commission Chairman Todd Hiett was inadvertently left out of a...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, like food nourishes our bodies, Your love nourishes our souls. Amen.

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Sushi and more promised at ambitious new concept

Hal Smith Restaurants will open Jimmy B's Culinary + Krafted in mid-November, serving sushi, craft cocktails and a menu...

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Will a COVID-19 relief deal be struck by Tuesday? What we know about negotiations

The clock is ticking for Democrats and Republicans to reach a COVID-19 relief deal after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi set a...

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Q&A: What to know before voting on Oklahoma City's charter amendments

The proposals update and clarify the charter. Outdated provisions are aligned with state law.

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OKC report on COVID-19: "The averages keep going up"

Situation report: Successive COVID-19 cycles starting from higher base Friday's Oklahoma City Situation Report included this...

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Email predicted taxpayers would pay price for panhandling crackdown, and they have

An email to a city councilman five years ago warned a crackdown on panhandling could end up costing Oklahoma City taxpayers a...

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EDMOND Brown, Carol Lee: 74, receptionist, died Oct. 15. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday (Matthews, Edmond). Weeks, Thomas Hobert:...

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Discover Oklahoma: Animal ambassadors are an attraction at state parks

Animals, nature and education are intertwined not only at zoos, aquariums, educational farms and wildlife parks, but at nature...

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Nature & You: At-home learning provides excellent opportunity for nature education

This patience-testing virus pandemic has us all on edge. In particular, it has brought about the necessity of having many...

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Oklahoma County DA questions legality of new ICE policy at jail

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has issues with a 2-1 vote by county commissioners requiring the jail to fully...

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Law enforcement, policing divides Norman Senate candidates

Two candidates vying for a state Senate seat in Norman are deeply divided on law enforcement and policing issues. In Senate...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of wisdom, protect us from being fooled by false promises. They are like clouds and wind with no rain. Amen.

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Cherokee Nation to assist domestic violence victims

Cherokee women and families in need of rescue from domestic violence soon will need to look no further than their tribe....

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Flurry of construction at Classen Curve to fulfill late energy tycoon's vision

A boutique hotel, ritzy townhouses and 326 upscale apartments are being built on the last undeveloped tracts of Classen Curve,...

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Tulsa digs again for victims of 1921 race massacre

TULSA — A second excavation begins Monday at a cemetery in an effort to find and identify victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race...

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Changing season
Trees and temperatures signal the fledgling fall

Oklahoma's leaves are starting to turn. Although peak fall foliage viewing season typically doesn't arrive in most of Oklahoma...

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No Options: Uncontested races cost thousands of Oklahomans a key vote

There will be something missing on the ballot when thousands of Oklahomans living near the southwestern corner of the state...

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Public Health Lab employees shocked to find out lab is moving to Stillwater

Gathered around a computer during a lunch break, employees of the state’s public health laboratory were some of the last to...

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Corporate, individual donors helping to supply schoolkids with tools for success

Oklahoma City Public Schools is nearly finished with the first two months of school. The realization that this school year is...

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New poll shows a voting divide between white Christians and other people of faith

A new Pew Research Center poll shows a voting divide between white Christians and other people of faith — and it's playing out...

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Deaths

BETHANY Doyle, Betty June: 85, homemaker, died Oct. 16. Services 10 a.m. Tuesday (Bill Merritt, Bethany). Plumbtree, Aleene:...

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Murder Strikes Thrice

BRISTOW — Murders make strange memories. On an early October weekend in 2003, Debra Wyatt sat among cousins and other relatives...

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Lottery

Pick 3, Oct. 16: 5-3-7 Cash 5, Oct. 16: 1-9-22-31-35 Lucky for Life, Oct. 15: 4-14-27-44-47, Lucky Ball: 11 Mega Millions, Oct....

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Horn energy votes help fuel heated congressional race.

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

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Church encourages people to find common ground in polarizing times

Anwar Sadat and Menachem Begin. Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia. George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. These pairings...

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A brief history of executions in Oklahoma

Between 1915 and 2014, the Sooner State executed 192 men and three women, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,195 to 106,503 on...

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TSET helps Oklahoma families, teens fight Big Tobacco

For two decades, Oklahoma and the rest of the nation made great progress in reducing teen smoking and tobacco use. Since 2003,...

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Voter guide: Republican Hiett and Libertarian Hagopian face off in Oklahoma Corporation Commission election

A Libertarian who champions markets free of governmental interference and a Republican, incumbent Oklahoma Corporation...

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5 things to know about OKC's Colcord Hotel (which is for sale)

Devon Energy is seeking a buyer for the historic Colcord Hotel.

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Trump changes course, approves California relief for 6 fires

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — President Donald Trump’s administration abruptly reversed course and approved California’s application for...

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GOP, Dems hope Supreme Court fight bolsters Senate prospects

WASHINGTON — For Republicans, the nomination fight over Amy Coney Barrett is a chance to seal conservative control of the...

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How a felon came to be in Oklahoma County sheriff hopeful's campaign video

The new supporter was so enthusiastic that Tommie Johnson's social media team put him in a campaign video. "He'll bring fresh...

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Broyles outraises Inhofe, while Bice edges Horn in latest quarter

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

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Oklahoma takes first step to outsource care for most Medicaid recipients

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Thursday took initial steps toward privatizing health care for many of the state’s...

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OKC approves more funds for small minority businesses hurt by pandemic

A $2.75 million minority small business assistance program is set to start later this month in response to recent pleas for...

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EDMOND Riggs, Rayna Denise: 36, died Oct. 14. Graveside services 2 p.m. Monday, Pleasant Hill Cemetery (Matthews, Edmond)....

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Devon Energy seeks buyer for Colcord Hotel in downtown OKC

Devon Energy is selling the Colcord nine years after buying the historic property as the company built its adjoining 50-story...

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Judge finds cases against 5 in Whitmer plot can move forward

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Prosecutors provided enough evidence to move toward trial for five Michigan men accused of plotting to...

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Why a team of 70-year-old Oklahomans are heading to Arizona, 'Disneyland for old ball players'

The players trotted onto the Webster Middle School baseball diamond in Oklahoma City on a warm, autumn morning for a day of...

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Four disputes in the second 5th District debate

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

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Deaths

EDMOND Parkhurst, Linda Kay: 78, voice of Sonic, died Oct. 14. Services 10 a.m. Monday (Matthews, Edmond). MOORE Pierce, Glen...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,221 to 103,836 on...

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Attorney for Oklahoma death row inmate claims new evidence

An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who might be able to...

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Catholic archdiocese deacon dies of COVID-19

A member of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City clergy community has died of COVID-19. Clyde Grover, a deacon at St. Andrew...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints 3 to lead health care agencies

Gov. Kevin Stitt has formally appointed three state agency heads to their positions. Stitt on Thursday dropped the "interim"...

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Grobe drug bust yields 231 pounds of meth

GROVE — State agents and Grove police officers confiscated 231 pounds of methamphetamine over the past several days in "one of...

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Guthrie Hospital celebrates release of 102-year-old COVID-19 survivor

GUTHRIE — Mercy Hospital Logan County co-workers lined the halls Wednesday to cheer for a 102-year-old COVID-19 survivor as she...

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Watch: Sen. Jim Inhofe discusses U.S. Senate race

Watch live as The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel meets with U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe ahead of Election Day. The discussion is expected...

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Visa reprieve: Violinist gets to stay in U.S. for 3 years

For Angelica Pereira, home feels like home again. "I can see this house again as my permanent home, as my permanent sanctuary....

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Oklahoma's authority to regulate oil and gas activity is in question after McGirt decision

A question of whether Oklahoma can regulate oil and gas activities inside Indian Country is working its way through the...

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Oklahoma native killed at Pearl Harbor laid to rest in his hometown

BRAMAN — On what would have been his 100th birthday, an Oklahoma-born veteran killed in the Pearl Harbor attack was laid to...

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EDMOND Perakis, Alexander A.: 85, died Oct. 13. Services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. George Greek Orthodox Church...

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More than 30,000 mail-in ballots counted in first few days at Oklahoma County Election Board

More than 33,000 mail-in ballots were counted in the first three days of processing at the Oklahoma County Election Board....

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#ThrowbackThursday: The right to peaceably assemble in 1969

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Tulsa deals with more BLM murals painted on city streets

TULSA — Large yellow block letters referencing the Black Lives Matter movement are being painted on more city streets, even as...

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State ranks top 10 in weekly cases, White House reports

Oklahoma's rankings show improvement in the past two weekly White House Coronavirus Task Force reports, but that isn't...

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Not enough valid signatures for Norman recall election

NORMAN — The city of Norman does not have enough certified signatures to trigger a recall election for Ward 3 city council...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 1,122 to 101,493 on...

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Watch: Candidate Abby Broyles discusses U.S. Senate race

Watch live as The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel meets with U.S. Senate candidate Abby Broyles, who is running against longtime Sen....

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Deaths

CARNEY Potter, Sammy Leroy Sr.: 77, died June 15. Graveside services 2 p.m. Friday, Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City...

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Achievers: OU students earn Love of Learning awards

David Soto Zambrana and Brad Crofford, of the University of Oklahoma, were recently awarded a Love of Learning Award worth $500...

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Booth space available for Oct. 22 'Expo Fiesta'

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce will present “Business After Hours: Expo Fiesta” from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 22 at Hidden...

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Germans from Russia group to meet on Zoom, share research tips

The Central Oklahoma Chapter of the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia will meet at 11 a.m. Saturday on Zoom....

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Dan Siebert to provide Morning Music Oct. 17 at Arcadia Round Barn

ARCADIA — Stillwater singer-songwriter Dan Siebert will provide Morning Music from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Arcadia...

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Even with internet, genealogy requires detective work

The Oklahoma Home and Community Education Genealogy Group will host Sidney Clinton Holt’s presentation of “Searching for a...

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Speaker to share search for Greek family history during Oct. 19 genealogy meeting

"My Big Fat Family Secret — Part 2" will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Monday when Andrea Moon will reveal her own Greek family...

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Norman offers temporary outdoor expansion permits for bars, restaurants

NORMAN — Bar and restaurant owners can now apply for a temporary outdoor expansion permit that would allow them to operate in...

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Edmond Chamber to host 5th District congressional candidate forum

EDMOND — The Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce will host a 5th District Congressional Candidate Forum from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21...

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Cleveland County recycle center moves to Westwood Recreation Complex

NORMAN — The Cleveland County Recycle Drop-off Center has relocated to the Westwood Recreation Complex due to major renovations...

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Science Museum Oklahoma offers adults-only event nights

Science Museum Oklahoma will offer two adults-only events in October: “Cirque du SMO: A Ghoulish Virtual Sideshow” and “SMO 21:...

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Pandemic, staffing shortage shut down local ICU beds

Intensive care unit beds were not available Tuesday morning in Oklahoma City as COVID-19 cases surged, a central Oklahoma...

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Judge finds Chickasaw Nation's reservation still exists

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

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Oklahoma native who died on USS Oklahoma returns home after 80 years

WICHITA, Kan. — Southwest Airlines Flight No. 6590 glistened in the sun as it arrived at the Dwight D. Eisenhower National...

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Loved ones differ on whether to view crime scene

Among the many questions loved ones of murder victims must ask themselves is whether they want to see gruesome images of the...

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Process begins to end Epic charter contract

Fears of an immediate shutdown of the state’s largest virtual school were alleviated Tuesday, but a termination of Epic...

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‘An unbelievable chain of oppression’
America’s history of racism was a preexisting condition for COVID-19

A Louisiana pastor prays as his parishioners die, first from cancer and now from COVID-19. An Indigenous community in New...

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Does your high school class have a reunion coming up?

Editor's note: In an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19, venues and businesses might be temporarily closed. Please confirm...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Editor's note: Please contact area shelters before visiting. Some shelters may be closed, have adjusted hours of operation or...

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Here’s what we know about COVID-19 in Oklahoma City metro area schools

A Mustang elementary school will switch all classes to virtual learning, as multiple students have shown symptoms of...

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Social Security cost-of-living increase to nudge up benefits 1.3% in 2021

Next year will bring another paltry rise in Social Security checks for older Americans already struggling financially with the...

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Oklahoma energy companies take environmental action amid rapidly changing world

President Donald Trump and the Republican Party argue they have done what they could during his administration to make America...

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OG&E is asking its consumers for an extra $14 million; here's why it could save Oklahomans millions more in the long run

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. is seeking approval to invest $14 million of your money over the next two years to improve the...

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Watch: Sen. Stephanie Bice discusses District 5 race

Watch live as state Sen. Stephanie Bice discusses the 5th District Congressional race with The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel. The...

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Cole, Horn back Indigenous People's Day

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

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More than 33,000 ballots counted already in Oklahoma County, here's what that process looks like

More than 33,000 ballots, including 16,000 for the 2020 Presidential election, were counted in the first three days of...

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Your questions about State Question 814 answered

State Question 814 is one of two questions on the statewide ballot in Oklahoma this fall. The complexity of the measure and...

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Deaths

ANADARKO Williams, Walter Edward: 86, died Oct. 10. Private services (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). CHOCTAW Taylor, Paul...

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Oklahoma County marriage, divorce records for Oct. 13, 2020

MARRIAGES Elizabeth Lloyd Cromwell and Justin Joseph Acklin Mallory Elizabeth Wyatt and Guillermo Andres Rivera Velazquez...

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Epic Charter School ordered to pay $11.2 million to the state

Oklahoma’s top school board has demanded Epic Charter Schools repay $11.2 million in state funds that auditors say was...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt announces new secretary of state, resignation of budget secretary

Gov. Kevin Stitt continues to experience turnover within his cabinet. Stitt's office announced Monday the governor has...

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Questions about mail-in voting? Here's how to get free help

Voters can get free assistance with mail-in ballots five days a week until the Nov. 3 election at a pair of retail and...

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Some on Norman council 'surprised' by mayor's pick to fill vacancy

NORMAN — Two members of the Norman City Council said Monday they were not consulted about the upcoming nomination and...

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Special counsel appointed over Epic audit

A former Oklahoma labor commissioner has been appointed special counsel to examine the investigative audit of Epic Charter...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of mercy, when hope seems a distant memory, we turn to You. Renew our faith. Amen.

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Five plead in street mural case

Five defendants pleaded guilty Monday to a reduced charge over their involvement in a confrontation with an Oklahoma City...

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OKC report: Data shows masks work

COVID-19: They said it "At this afternoon’s governor’s briefing one of the graphs they presented showed the difference in new...

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Second Friendship House in Shawnee nearly completed

SHAWNEE — Strategically placed near Boy Scout Park and Horace Mann Elementary and Pleasant Grove Elementary schools, a...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt seeks to privatize Medicaid, faces early opposition

Gov. Kevin Stitt seeks to outsource care for many of Oklahoma’s Medicaid recipients. Still in the early stages of the process,...

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Video: Confirmation hearings begin for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett

WASHINGTON (AP) — Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin as a divided Senate...

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Deaths

CHOCTAW Noakes, Earl Alexander: 77, civil service, died Aug. 10. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Bethel Church of Choctaw (Hibbs,...

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Hispanic/police interactions are main focus at 'Faith & Blue Weekend' event

Maria Milagro said her 6-year-old daughter dreams of being a police officer when she grows up. After watching television news...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of grace, help us understand that we all are broken. That realization promotes tolerance and is the beginning of wisdom....

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Nature & You: Wild grapes are free for the taking ... but beware

Who doesn’t like grapes? Better yet, who doesn’t enjoy getting free food? Right about now, Mother Nature’s kitchen cupboard is...

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

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

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Deaths

BETHANY Chalmers, Billy Ray Sr.: 91, died Oct. 6. Graveside services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Bethany Cemetery (Bill Merritt,...

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Sailor killed at Pearl Harbor to be buried Wednesday

BRAMAN — A World War II Navy veteran will be laid to rest here Wednesday, 79 years and 10 months after he died in service to...

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Oklahoma aviation growth 90 years strong

The aerospace industry is now considered a cornerstone of economic growth in Oklahoma City. Following the dots of history, that...

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Senior adults offer reasons for mid-pandemic moves

Are people really moving during a pandemic? Surprisingly perhaps, the answer is yes. While it may seem like the world, and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by...

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A snapshot of murder in Oklahoma

In 2019, Oklahoma law enforcement agencies reported 249 murders. Domestic murders, when one family member kills another,...

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Poll: Republican leads sheriff race

In a recent poll of 485 registered Oklahoma County voters, 48% said they would vote for Republican sheriff candidate Tommie...

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Pardon and Parole Board hearings trigger continuing trauma for those left behind

After a sentence has been rendered, the convicted murderer has been transported to prison and the headlines have faded away,...

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Coming out and coming home: How Oklahoma City helped a gay couple settle down and find 'home'

Contrary to popular assumption, and despite myriad adventures and epic memories, living in an RV full-time while traveling the...

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Worried about voter intimidation on Nov. 3?

President Donald Trump's admonitions to supporters to watch the polls "very carefully" have intensified concerns about voter...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Holy God, zeal without wisdom will take a person a long way to nowhere. Give us direction and guide our steps. Amen.

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Hot or cold? Will your outlook on climate change influence your vote?

Environmentalists hoped to make this year's presidential election a referendum on climate change and how it should be...

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Years of delays may lead to developer losing rights to The Hill in Deep Deuce

The Hill, once home to NBA star Kevin Durant and holding a prominent spot in Deep Deuce overlooking the downtown skyline, is...

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Core-to-shore within reach with favorable lower park construction bids

Favorable construction bids mean core-to-shore will be a walk in the park. Wynn Construction Co.'s bid to complete the lower...

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Purcell officer arrested after sexual assault accusation

An Oklahoma police officer was arrested and charged Thursday with felony sexual battery after a woman accused him of sexually...

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OKC students' return to school all but confirmed with new COVID-19 data

An Oct. 19 return to in-person learning for Oklahoma City students became far more likely with new COVID-19 data released...

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Bookstore will host 'African American Storytelling Festival'

Nappy Roots Books will host its inaugural "The Griots Speak: African American Storytelling Festival" from noon to 3 p.m....

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Initiative brings faith communities, OKC police together

Fernando Hernandez is a familiar face at his south Oklahoma City church. Some parishioners are puzzled when they learn that he...

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Oklahoma County commissioner asks court to weigh in on new ICE policy

Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey has asked the district court to uphold a new county policy requiring full compliance...

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COVID-19 infections rising in rural counties

COVID-19 infections are increasingly becoming a rural problem in Oklahoma, with infection rates in many rural counties now...

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OKC teacher dies after contracting COVID-19

An Oklahoma City Public Schools teacher, described as selfless and “the hardest working woman,” died Monday after contracting...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of compassion, hear the prayers of the destitute. Inspire those with more than enough to share freely with those who...

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DEATHS

BETHANY Seale, Ruth Victorine: 85, homemaker, died Oct. 7. Graveside services 10 a.m. Monday, Bethany Cemetery (Mercer-Adams,...

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Core-to-shore within reach with favorable lower park construction bids

City council could authorize construction early next month.

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Recap: Rep. Kendra Horn discusses District 5 race ahead of Election Day

Watch as Rep. Kendra Horn is interviewed by The Oklahoman's Chris Casteel ahead of Election Day.

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Food hall works its way back from pandemic

Parlor OKC had just welcomed MOB Grill into the fold when the coronavirus shut down businesses across Oklahoma in March. Now...

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Chelsea gets police help amid quarantine
Police chief tests positive, department closes down as precaution

County, tribal and state law enforcement will respond to calls in Chelsea after the police department went into quarantine...

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EMSA, contractor dispute reason for delays in answering emergency calls

Ambulance response times for the most serious emergencies are below minimum standards and getting worse in Oklahoma City. That...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by...

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Edmond district will need a new superintendent

EDMOND — After 39 years in education including more than two decades with Edmond Public Schools, Superintendent Bret Towne will...

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These fake oxycodone pills are killing Oklahomans

At least 10 Oklahomans have died in the last five months from fake oxycodone pills, and the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is...

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Rabbis, Imam friendship forged on shared goals

Editor's Note: Citizens across America are proving that the country is not as hopelessly divided as the headlines may lead one...

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Setting it straight

Thursday On Page A1, the military rank for Bruce Jahnke was incorrect in a photo caption. Jahnke retired as a Chief Master Sgt....

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U.S. Chamber of Commerce to support Johnson & Johnson in efforts to overturn $465 million judgment in Oklahoma opioid lawsuit

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce heads a long list of pro-business and public policy groups that will join Johnson & Johnson in...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, Your grace is enough. We could not hope for more. Amen.

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Injured candidate: 'Wow, I'm going to die!'

A state House candidate was recovering Thursday after suffering a cut to the back of his head. Ben Janloo was injured Wednesday...

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Deaths

HYDRO Thiessen, Donald G. “Don”: 81, accountant and farmer, died Oct. 6. Graveside services 3 p.m. Friday, Hinton Cemetery...

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Three takeaways from first Horn-Bice debate

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

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Four things to know from the District Two Oklahoma County commissioner debate

Transparency concerns, tension over COVID-19 relief funds and disagreements over immigration policy at the Oklahoma County jail...

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The Oklahoman to hold live conversations with congressional candidates

Congressional candidates representing Oklahoma's 5th District will participate in separate live conversations at The Oklahoman...

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Trump vs. Biden: Energy promises, actions define choice in election

It's presidential election time, and candidates’ energy platforms will be a key yardstick that many voters in Oklahoma will use...

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New state health lab will help during future pandemics

State officials on Wednesday announced the creation of a new and innovative health center that will engage public and private...

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What's next for closed "Tiger King" zoo?

"Tiger King" star Carole Baskin and her husband are putting up for sale the closed Greater Wynnewood Exotic Animal Park after...

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Norman middle school closes after 20 employees ask for sick leave

A Norman middle school unexpectedly closed Monday after at least 20 teachers and staff, who feared exposure to COVID-19,...

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Retired veteran welcomed home by neighbors he's never met

After 36 years and a career spent serving others, Bruce Jahnke was ready to be home. After retiring on Sunday, the former...

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U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren endorses OKC legislative candidate

U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has endorsed an Oklahoma City Democratic running for a state House seat. The one-time presidential...

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Are Oklahoma hospitals nearing ICU capacity due to COVID-19?

State health officials and hospital administrators on Wednesday provided varying reports about patient capacity and ICU bed...

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

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

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#ThrowbackThursday: OU bowls over Texas in 1956

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Deaths

EDMOND Hoefner, Fredrick: 91, died Oct. 7. Services pending (Matthews, Edmond). MOORE Combs, Justin Ray: 45, environmental...

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Watch: Mike Pence, Kamala Harris face off in 2020 VP debate

Watch live as Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden's vice presidential running mate, face off in...

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The Oklahoman's Josh Dulaney hosts reddit AMA on new true crime series

Join The Oklahoman's Josh Dulaney at 11 a.m. on r/truecrime to discuss Life After Death, a new true crime series about...

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Oklahoma's voter registration deadline coming up Friday

Register to vote before it's too late.