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After racial justice protests, Oklahoma lawmakers push pro-police, anti-protest bills

Following the death of George Floyd, thousands of Oklahomans took to the streets last year to advocate for racial justice...

 
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OKC health care workers feel optimistic

Sheila Seat remembers the relentless pace in the intensive care unit. When the pandemic was at its worst, it seemed like “every...

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Documents show Stitt was urged to impose lockdowns

As the coronavirus swept across Oklahoma and the nation last spring, Gov. Kevin Stitt's office was inundated with...

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Alva high school student seeks city council seat

ALVA – Joe Parsons has taken a liking to small-town politics. He’s never run for a publicly elected office before and he’s...

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Vascular surgeon offers outpatient PAD solution

Bill Waken, 88, of Enid, described himself as in “reasonably good health” until about a year ago when he began experiencing...

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$85M grant for criminal justice reform, child welfare initiatives

Children impacted when their families are caught up in the criminal justice system are to benefit from an $85 million...

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State, tribes ask Congress for help with jurisdiction

As eastern Oklahoma’s transformation to Indian reservations took a leap forward last week, some state and tribal leaders...

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‘He was complying,’ mom says

In moments between confusion over why her 15-year-old boy was armed with a gun inside a south Oklahoma City store and anger...

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Rural Oklahoma hit harder by COVID-19

When residents of Greer County started dying of COVID-19, they weren’t strangers to Staci VanZant. She and her husband own...

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Armory development delayed but not dead

OKC Central Live Chat, usually started every Friday at 9:30 a.m., is on hold while The Oklahoman's online site is upgraded....

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Oklahoma offers COVID-19 guidelines before spring break

The Oklahoma State Department of Health issued COVID-19 guidance ahead of spring break, asking people to take precautions...

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Thoughts on civility

In my litigation law life, I found, to my great comfort, that most of the lawyers, business people, witnesses and others...

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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OKC officers charged in Stavian Rodriguez death surrender

The five Oklahoma City police officers charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a 15-year-old suspected robber...

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Oklahoma House passes McCall’s tax measures

The Oklahoma House on Thursday passed two tax reform measures introduced by House Speaker Charles McCall. A proposal to reduce...

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Locals react to announcer’s comments

Racist comments from an Oklahoma high school basketball announcer drew widespread condemnation Friday. The announcer, Matt...

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We’re undergoing some changes here at The Oklahoman. We are in the midst of some software upgrades that may affect the Kindle...

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Human remains may be linked to storm

LAWTON — The death of a person whose remains were found on land owned by Cameron University in southwest Oklahoma may be linked...

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Governor to end few remaining COVID restrictions

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday he will roll back his few remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including limits on public...

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Prater sues Stitt, parole board

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater on Thursday asked a judge to block Gov. Kevin Stitt from granting any...

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Redefining Oklahoma
Court of appeals recognizes two more reservations

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals formally recognized the Cherokee and Chickasaw reservations on Thursday and ruled that...

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Free fair offers OKC homeless youth resources

Sisu Youth Services was at Nappy Roots Books, 3705 Springlake Drive, on Wednesday as part of a special campaign to support and...

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Chicago-based JLL has offices in 80 countries and in addition to design and development, the firm also represents institutional...

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‘Shut your camera off’: OKC police quiet after charges

As authorities stood around the scene of the deadly police shooting of a 15-year-old robbery suspect in November, an officer...

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Okies share Grammys experiences ahead of show

Two Oklahoma natives will be competing for golden gramophones when the 63rd Annual Grammy Awards are finally handed out Sunday...

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Family fun

10 ideas for spring break staycation Spring break is popping up on the calendar for Oklahoma schoolchildren and their...

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Oklahoma delegation votes against gun bills

Oklahoma delegation votes against gun bills

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‘Are we going to let that be OK?’
Community reacts to videos of teen’s shooting by police

In the wake of manslaughter charges filed Wednesday against five Oklahoma City police officers in the fatal shooting of a...

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Cherokee Nation prepares for influx of court cases

TULSA — With a ruling expected as soon as Thursday to affirm a broader jurisdiction for Cherokee Nation courts, the tribe has...

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5 OKC officers charged

Five Oklahoma City police officers were charged Wednesday with first-degree manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a 15-year-old...

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Pioneer Woman’s husband, nephew hurt in crash

PAWHUSKA — The husband and nephew of "Pioneer Woman" Ree Drummond were injured when two fire trucks collided head-on Wednesday...

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MARRIAGES Madison Darshell Weaver and Kevin Scott Harland Hannah Marie Chavis and Robert Wade Cossey Kylie Larea Francis and...

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Spring in your steps

Several years ago, I remember reading a magazine article about how we really are not made to be stuck in living rooms or office...

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House OKs bill on drivers, protesters

In a rare, early-morning vote, Republican lawmakers in the Oklahoma House approved legislation to grant immunity to drivers who...

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Delay possible in federal jobless aid

Oklahomans eligible for federal unemployment benefits may experience a delay next week as the state waits on guidance from the...

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Lawmaker apologizes for 'colored babies' remark

An Oklahoma state lawmaker apologized Tuesday for using the term "colored babies" in a heated debate about an anti-abortion...

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Point of View: Dr. Seuss has not been 'canceled'

Granted, you’d never know it from the ruckus that erupted after Theodor Seuss Geisel’s estate decided to stop publishing six...

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Four days of in-person classes on the table for OKC schools

Oklahoma City Public Schools is mulling a return to four-day-a-week schooling, as COVID-19 rates decrease and surrounding...

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Adopt a pet: Time to get a springtime buddy

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

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Oklahoma City Museum of Art's 37th annual Omelette Party goes virtual

The 37th Annual Omelette Party benefiting the Oklahoma City Museum of Art will look a little different this year. While the...

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Learn about OKC bombing during spring break

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum has planned a week of educational activities during spring break. Daily events...

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Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with The Oklahoman

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Pet adoptions: Here's how you can help save lives at OKC Animal Welfare

Oklahoma City Animal Welfare is coming off its best year in 2020. It was able to save 89% of all the animals entering the...

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What was it like to travel in a covered wagon?

EDMOND — An authentic wagon from the 1889 Land Run will be making a two-day visit to the Edmond Historical Society &...

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'Vast majority' of Oklahomans eligible for COVID vaccine starting Tuesday

The “vast majority” of Oklahomans will be eligible for a vaccine beginning Tuesday, state health officials announced Monday....

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Julius Jones' supporters in Oklahoma celebrate decision to move his commutation request forward

Applause and shouts of joy arose on Monday as people gathered at a prayer vigil learned that Julius Jones' commutation request...

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Julius Jones commutation case moves forward, Pardon and Parole Board votes in favor of further review

The state Pardon and Parole Board on Monday voted to further review the commutation application of Julius Jones, a death row...

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CDC offers new guidance for fully vaccinated people, easing restrictions for small gatherings

Once someone is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, they can gather indoors with other fully vaccinated people without wearing...

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Achievers: OKC teacher recognized as an Elite 100 IXL Learning educator

IXL Learning, the K-12 personalized learning program, recently announced its seventh annual Elite 100 list. The Elite 100...

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Achievers: Former Moore student earns spot on 2021 UW-Whitewater gymnastics team

Emily North, a native of Oklahoma City and graduate of Moore High School, will compete for the University of...

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Apply for an Oklahoma State Fair Scholarship by March 26

Oklahoma students have until March 26 to apply for a 2021 Oklahoma State Fair Scholarship. Graduating seniors attending an...

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Are you qualified to be a special agent for the FBI?

The FBI Oklahoma City Field Office will be hosting a virtual Diversity Agent Recruitment event to attract qualified candidates...

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Oklahoma genealogy group to hear 'Letters from a Farm Boy'

Growing up on a farm in Oklahoma in the 1930s and 1940s was a lot different from farming today. Yet, some might say it also was...

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Arcadia Round Barn continues virtual concert

ARCADIA — Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Rachel Lynch will present a virtual concert at 8 p.m. Thursday to benefit the Arcadia...

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You can learn more about Edmond's economic outlook during an upcoming virtual series

EDMOND — The Edmond Economic Development Authority (EEDA) will host a series of virtual Economic Preview events that will...

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Oklahoma reports 165 additional COVID-19 cases, 17 additional deaths

A resource for information on coronavirus in Oklahoma, including deaths, hospitalizations, vaccinations and new cases.

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Follow live as Julius Jones appears in front of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board.

The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is expected to hear Julius Jones' highly publicized commutation request Monday morning.

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‘Unsexiest big-deal bill of the year’: Overhaul of state workers' HR system in the works

An overhaul of Oklahoma’s human resources system for state employees, a change critics say is years overdue, is in the works at...

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After a decade in exile, will earmarks rise again?

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

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Oklahoma grand jury now involved in Epic Charter Schools investigation

The state's multicounty grand jury has begun hearing testimony about Epic Charter Schools. The grand jury's involvement was...

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Data discrepancy: Oklahoma officials provided out-of-date look at coronavirus deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health for months presented the public with a COVID-19 death toll that had fallen far out of...

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Will Julius Jones move closer to getting off death row?

A death row inmate who says he was framed for murder has formally asked the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to consider new...

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Julius Jones case timeline

July 28, 1999: Edmond insurance executive Paul Scott Howell, 45, is fatally shot outside his parents' home in front of his...

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Nature & You: Listen to the 'heartbeat' of a tree

Who would have guessed the internet is your source for inexpensive, disposable stethoscopes? Not me! At just $2 a pop, they...

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A look at how the state distributes vaccines

As more Oklahomans become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, the state's distribution system attempts to strike a...

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OKC council candidates oppose cuts to police funding

A USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll published Friday shows Americans, by an 18-point margin, say it is more important to ensure law and...

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Being out of power even once in February was unacceptable. But it could have been far, far worse

Grid problems that briefly put hundreds of thousands of Oklahomans in the dark and spurred a humanitarian crisis in Texas...

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Oklahoma commutation process like starting over for victims' families

Amid new controversy over the state's process for releasing prison inmates early, a convicted drunken driver is asking for a...

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Inhofe, Lankford explain ‘no’ votes on relief bill

Oklahoma Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford, both Republicans, voted against the coronavirus relief bill Saturday. Last week,...

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TSET grants fight hunger, improve access to healthier foods

Food insecurity, already a problem in Oklahoma, has worsened since the coronavirus pandemic began. According to Feeding...

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Abysmal voter turnout for school board elections a problem for OKC

Voter turnout in Oklahoma is lower than the national average, even in general elections. Voter turnout for school board...

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TSET grants fighting hunger, improving access to healthier foods

Food insecurity, already a problem in Oklahoma, has worsened since the coronavirus pandemic began.

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Dog the Bounty Hunter thought he'd seen it all until this Oklahoma politician got charged

In a CNN interview airing Sunday, reality TV star Duane Lee "Dog" Chapman talks about being fooled by his friend, Ralph...

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What can today's church learn from Civil Rights Movement? Edmond pastor's class explores that

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series of stories exploring how Oklahoma faith communities have confronted...

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This parole board member retweeted Kim Kardashian. Now DA says he shouldn't vote on death row inmate Julius Jones

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater is asking a member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board not to vote Monday on...

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Oklahoma expands COVID vaccine eligibility to nearly 40,000 more residents

Beginning Monday, roughly 40,000 more Oklahomans will be eligible to sign up for a COVID-19 vaccine. The state will expand...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported Friday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 917 to 427,558....

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Meet the new president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Diana “Diane” Lovell has been named president of Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford and Sayre. Lovell, who...

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Creamery, brewery, bakery, restaurants and shops to anchor downtown Edmond ice house development

A dairy to market creamery, brewery, urban farming and fruit trees will be showcased at the century-old former home of the...

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Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine may pose moral dilemma for Catholic community

Johnson & Johnson's new vaccine has been welcomed as another weapon in the arsenal against COVID, but some members of the...

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6 die in Woodward mobile home fire

WOODWARD — A fire tore through a mobile home early Wednesday, killing six people, among them several children, officials said....

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Oklahoma pays $4.4B in unemployment claims since last March

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has paid out $4.4 billion in unemployment claims since last March — more than $1...

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Norman educator wins Oklahoma Teacher of the Year

NORMAN — A Norman North High School educator described as a “leader of teachers” has been named the 2021 Oklahoma Teacher of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 895 to 426,642....

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#ThrowbackThursday: Eleanor Roosevelt visits Norman in 1958

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

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'Vile racist' taunts incite fight at Oklahoma high school basketball game

After racial abuse of African American student-athletes by the Newcastle High School student section sparked a brawl at a...

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'No mercy' for Julius Jones, Oklahoma County district attorney tells pardon and parole board

Top prosecutors are urging the state Pardon and Parole Board to show “no mercy” when it meets next week to consider the...

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How an OKC trust officer stole client money and paid for cars, vacations and a mortgage

Jordan Glen Young was about a decade into his work helping clients manage their investments and estates when easy access to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 747 to...

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Oklahoma man sent to prison for smuggling guns to Kurdish freedom fighters

An Oklahoma gun smuggler was sentenced Wednesday to federal prison for shipping Glock pistols hidden in tools to Kurdish...

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Biden order leads to surge in Oklahomans buying health insurance

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

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House Republicans push to alter petition process after passage of SQ 802

Legislative Republicans are looking to change Oklahoma’s initiative petition process that allows citizens to push for a...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt praises Texas governor for lifting mask mandate, business restrictions

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday praised Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for lifting the state’s mask mandate, despite health officials...

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DA worries over effects of ruling
100 criminal cases were dismissed based on McGirt ruling

CLAREMORE — The district attorney in Rogers County expressed concern Wednesday regarding a recent court ruling that had the...

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US Poet Laureate, Oklahoma native Joy Harjo releases first album in a decade

Tulsan Joy Harjo – the first Native American named Poet Laureate of the United States – digs deep into the indigenous red earth...

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Need a driver's license or REAL ID? Prepare to wait months.

A major backlog has triggered months-long delays to renew an Oklahoma driver's license and obtain a REAL ID card. The backlog...

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Indian Health Service marks 500,000 COVID dose milestone

The Indian Health Service marked a milestone Tuesday in Oklahoma City, celebrating the administration of more than 500,000...

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Why a cannibalism case led to an investigation of Oklahoma's parole board

State agents have begun an investigation into the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board and whether any wrongdoing there resulted in...

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Yukon residents, what will you do with all those lawn bags?

YUKON — A spring leaf and yard bag collection service is being offered for free to Yukon utility customers through March 19....

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Achievers: Oklahoma students compete in state ethics bowl

Four teams from The Academy of Classical Christian Studies that competed in a recent state High School Ethics Bowl swept the...

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Achievers: Mustang High School DECA recognized

The ‘Stang Station, the school-based enterprise at Mustang High School, was among 246 school-based enterprises achieving GOLD...

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Achievers: Mount St. Mary High School earns diversity award

Mount St. Mary Catholic High School has earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high...

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UCO College of Liberal Arts names new director of leadership minor

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts recently named Alyssa Provencio the new director of the...

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Need help with your kids' virtual education?

With the increase in at-home learning taxing the balance between home and school, the University of Central Oklahoma has...

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Norman contractors can renew their licenses with contactless options

NORMAN — The Norman Planning Department is providing contactless options for the contractor license renewal process. Renewal...

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6 Dr. Seuss books won’t be published for racist images

BOSTON — Six Dr. Seuss books — including “And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street” and “If I Ran the Zoo” — will stop...

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Adopt a pet: Affectionate and friendly are a great combination

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

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Health official: Model predicts herd immunity likely with mask ordinance extension in Oklahoma City

A public health official said predictive modeling shows local herd immunity to COVID-19 could be achieved in June. The...

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When is your high school reunion?

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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Edmond, Putnam City restore classes to four days a week

Two large metro-area school districts will return to face-to-face classes four days a week. After considering declining rates...

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When is your 50th wedding anniversary? Celebrate with The Oklahoman

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Del City can help you get rid of that old mattress and broken tree limbs March 8-12

DEL CITY — The city of Del City will be offering residential bulk waste pickup Monday through March 12. Residents may place...

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Why are COVID death tolls from Oklahoma health department, CDC so different?

Depending on where you look, you can find two vastly different COVID-19 death tolls for Oklahoma. But that is about to change....

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Achievers: Edmond North students receive scholarships to attend aviation university

Four students from the Edmond North High School Air Force Junior ROTC program have received scholarships to attend an...

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How you can help Arcadia Round Barn while enjoying music

ARCADIA — Singer-songwriter Andy Adams will present a live-streamed concert at 8 p.m. Thursday as a benefit for the Arcadia...

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

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

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Former Oklahoma City Thunder worker charged in US Capitol breach

A former Oklahoma City Thunder worker has been accused in a criminal complaint of illegally entering the U.S. Capitol on Jan....

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Oklahoma to receive 31,500 Johnson & Johnson vaccines this week

Oklahoma expects to receive 31,500 doses of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine this week, the state’s Deputy...

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COVID-19 claims life of pioneering downtown OKC developer, civic leader

Mark Ruffin, a pioneering downtown developer and supporter of Catholic Charities, Cristo Rey OKC Catholic High School, the...

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Oklahoma House speaker wants 'In God We Trust' displayed in state buildings

Oklahoma’s House speaker once again is pushing for the national motto, "In God We Trust" to be displayed prominently in state...

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Jeanise Jones, beloved babysitter from "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" shared in the movie's success with Golden Globes cameo

Sacha Baron Cohen's "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm" was one of the Golden Globes' big winners and fans of the film may have...

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Cousin of Bricktown shooting victim arrested in death

An altercation between two cousins early Sunday in Bricktown led to one man dead and another facing a murder complaint, police...

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Police reform: Candidates' views in Oklahoma City Council runoffs

Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 123 planned a forum Monday night carried on Facebook Live with the city council candidates in...

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Oklahoma lawmakers push to curb Gov. Kevin Stitt’s power amid coronavirus pandemic

Less than a year after state lawmakers temporarily granted Gov. Kevin Stitt unprecedented emergency powers, legislators are...

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COVID-19 a challenge to non-medical workers in Oklahoma hospitals

It's not uncommon for Rosa Torres to don personal protective equipment when she walks into a hospital room. She never imagined...

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OKC officials object to measure weakening local health department

Mayor's experience shows Having a mayor with state legislative experience has its advantages. Mayor David Holt, a former state...

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A fair shot: Oklahoma County gets demographic data on vaccines

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department got its first batch of county-level data last week showing a demographic breakdown...

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Local churches boosting access to COVID vaccines

More houses of worship are partnering with health agencies to help broaden accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine. Two Oklahoma...

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Popular skywalk used to go to Thunder games closes, may not reopen

A popular skywalk used by thousands of fans to travel between the Santa Fe garage and the Chesapeake Energy Arena is closed and...

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Nature & You: Just how many birds are flocking to your backyard feeder?

I have seen all of the movies. The Klingon people seem to be a technologically advanced civilization. Their cloaking device...

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Oklahoma to ramp up tracking of COVID-19 variants through new tech capabilities

New technology capabilities soon will give Oklahoma officials more insight into the presence of COVID-19 variants in the state,...

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Oklahoma reports 706 new COVID-19 cases; 49 new deaths

A daily update on Oklahoma's COVID-19 cases, deaths and other coronavirus information.

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When can we expect herd immunity? Maybe summer, Oklahoma health experts say

Winter is so last week. With the rising mercury, birds chirping and sun shining longer every day, blizzards and subzero...

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OKC police surprised by local unrest after George Floyd death

Police were caught off guard when a racial-justice demonstration escalated into an hours-long confrontation in front of police...

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'I believe people have a right to tell their story.' Oklahoma publisher helps tell Black stories.

Nearly 20 years ago, Edmond's Crystal Perkins set out to publish her first novel, but she never sought out an East Coast...

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Mass shootings fall in Oklahoma, but nation faces record high

Mass shootings in Oklahoma fell to two in 2020 from four the year before, while nationally mass shootings jumped nearly 50%...

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Oklahoma lawmakers vote against relief package

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

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Videos show OKC police officer fatally shot fleeing Black man in back

Newly released videos of a deadly police shooting show an Oklahoma City police sergeant firing the fatal shot from a distance...

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State House speaker looks to cut corporate, income taxes

House Speaker Charles McCall is advancing measures to reduce corporate and personal income taxes. “I have introduced these...

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Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a 'big deal' for Oklahoma; 30,000 doses could arrive next week, officials say

Approval of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine would be a “big deal” for Oklahoma, the state’s deputy health...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints new secretary of commerce and workforce development

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a new secretary of commerce and workforce development. Scott Mueller will replace outgoing...

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Stitt administration defends federal coronavirus relief spending

Top state leaders on Thursday defended the Stitt administration’s spending of $1.26 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds...

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Oklahoma attorney general hires outgoing US attorney

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced he's planning to hire outgoing U.S. Attorney Tim Downing for a new position in...

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Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards

Livestock report from the Oklahoma City Stockyards: Oklahoma Weekly Cattle Auction Summary Livestock Weighted Average Report...

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Oklahoma governor thanks Biden for storm aid

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt thanked President Joe Biden's administration Thursday for quickly approving additional disaster...

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Why we don’t know (yet) what your future utility bills will be following winter storm

It will take weeks or maybe even months for customers of Oklahoma’s power providers to find out how their bills over the next...

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Power providers to seek billions from Oklahomans in wake of storm

More regulated utilities kicked off cases seeking to recover billions of dollars of storm-related costs from customers at the...

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Defendant in Oklahoma castration case denies cannibalism talk

POTEAU — From the back of the courtroom, the key witness in an illegal surgery case waited his turn Thursday to testify about...

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Julius Jones' supporters deliver petition signatures to Oklahoma pardon and parole board urging commutation

Supporters of death row inmate Julius Jones marched to the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Thursday, delivering boxes...

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Oklahoma House lawmakers vote to keep 'ghost students' at bay, expand school transfers

House lawmakers voted to expand transfers between public schools and to limit the “ghost students” that could appear as a...

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

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

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OKC police officer charged with manslaughter in shooting death of Black man with history of mental illness

An Oklahoma City police officer has been charged with first-degree manslaughter in the deadly shooting of a 60-year-old...

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Baking part of recipe for diversion program for moms re-enter workforce

Sugar, flour and chocolate morsels came out of the pantry and multiple mixers were plugged into electrical outlets. Numerous...

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Additional federal funding approved for Oklahomans after historic storm

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. has approved additional federal funding for Oklahomans after historic winter storms lingered in...

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Lankford says he won't vote for Haaland for interior secretary

WASHINGTON — Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said Wednesday that he...

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OKC police officer faces prostitution charge

An Oklahoma City police officer was accused Wednesday in a misdemeanor case of soliciting a sex act at a massage studio and...

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Two Oklahoma County jailers arrested in smuggling investigation

Two Oklahoma County detention officers have been arrested and fired after an investigation into the smuggling of drugs,...

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Community leaders highlight racial disparities in Oklahoma’s COVID vaccine distribution

Community leaders, health experts and elected officials gathered at the Oklahoma State Capitol on Wednesday to call attention...

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Oklahoma to pay at least $472,302 for coronavirus vaccine website

The Oklahoma Health Department will pay nearly half a million dollars to Microsoft for the company’s work to build the state’s...

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Pops gets sold, but new owners to continue providing food, fuel, fizz and kicks on Route 66

ARCADIA — Pops, which gave the late Aubrey McClendon — and people the world over — food, fuel, fizz and kicks on Route 66, is...

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#ThrowbackThursday: OKC children practice A-bomb drill in 1951

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

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Gov. Kevin Stitt appoints two new cabinet secretaries

Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed two new cabinet secretaries this week. Stitt appointed Jennifer Grigsby to serve as secretary of...

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Nonprofit notes: Helping homeless women, Oklahoma Hall of Fame, flu vaccinations and blood donations

Fundraiser to help homeless women Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City will host a Facebook Live event March...

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Achievers: Harding Charter Prep senior receives newspaper award

Harding Charter Preparatory High School senior Katie Hillemeyer recently was awarded the Best of School Newspapers Online award...

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Apply by March 5 if you want to attend an OKC Public Schools application school

Students wanting to apply to attend an Oklahoma City Public Schools application school have until March 5 to submit required...

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Do enchiladas and homemade tortillas sound good right now?

ARCADIA — Sylvia Papitos admits she is a bit homesick for her restaurant patrons, but she’s loving her new pandemic-induced...

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Achievers: Rose State College professors recognized

Rose State College professors Chuang Shao and Steven Fowler were announced as one of two winners of the Oklahoma Association of...

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Achievers: Deer Creek High School student receives scholarship

Minke Compton, a senior at Deer Creek High School, has been awarded the Wildcat Scholarship from Culver-Stockton College in...

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Achievers: Patriot award presented to Oklahoma businessman

Eric Magley, vice president at BankOnIT, recently received the Service Member Patriot Award in recognition of his support of a...

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UCO scholarship honors crash victim Marissa Murrow

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation and the College of Education and Professional Studies have created the...

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Cherokee students entering college this fall can apply for this scholarship

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will offer 10 scholarships to graduating seniors for the 2021-22 school year. The club will...

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New owner of former Bricktown Chelinos faces challenges

Marcelino Garcia spent 25 years operating what was the flagship of his Chelino’s chain in Bricktown and has fond memories of...

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Oklahoma bill would undercut independence of OKC, Tulsa Health departments

A state lawmaker wants Oklahoma’s commissioner of health to be able to recommend firing the directors of the Oklahoma...

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Longtime OKC broadcaster dies from COVID-19

Armando Rubio, a fixture on Spanish-language television in Oklahoma and a well-known champion of Hispanic causes in the Sooner...

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Edmond Public Schools selects next superintendent

EDMOND — For the first time in Edmond Public Schools history, a woman will lead the district in a non-interim role. Angela...

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Biden nominee for Interior Secretary faces tough questions on energy views

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

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Prosecutor warned OKC mayor, police chief about terrorism suspect amid summer unrest

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater warned Mayor David Holt against appearing at racial unity events last year with...

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12,500 Oklahomans get their 'ticket to freedom' at mass COVID vaccination events

For many Oklahomans newly eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, the shot was a dose of relief after almost a year living...

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Boeing sends newest passenger jet to rural Oklahoma airport for testing

A Boeing 777-9 landed at a remote Oklahoma airport Tuesday to begin flight tests proposed by the company last year. The 777-9...

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'Oh God,' Chickasha triple murder suspect says at first court appearance

CHICKASHA — Triple murder suspect Lawrence Paul Anderson wept Tuesday at his first court appearance in a case that includes...

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Do you have questions about the Norman transit study?

NORMAN — The city of Norman is inviting the public to weigh in on designs and route options that have been developed during the...

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Adopt a pet: OKC Animal Shelter extends half-price dog and puppy adoptions through Feb. 27

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

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When is your high school reunion?

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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Ditch those winter blues with trip to OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden has ended its seasonal winter schedule early and is now open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m....

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Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with The Oklahoman

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Achievers: OU cancer center researcher named to national organization

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the election of Rajagopal Ramesh, OU Health...

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Apply now if you want to attend the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics

The deadline to apply to attend the Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics is drawing near for the 2021-22 academic year....

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By enjoying a virtual concert, you can help out Arcadia Round Barn

ARCADIA — Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Janice Francis-Smith will present a virtual concert at 8 p.m. Thursday as a benefit...

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Newly extended president believes Oklahoma Christian University's 'best years are ahead'

The Oklahoma Christian University Board of Trustees has extended President John deSteiguer’s contract through May 2026. “The...

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Learn the basics of backyard composting

A free “Backyard Composting” workshop will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Friday at Precure Nursery, 8125 W Reno. Oklahoma County...

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Oklahoma murder suspect confesses to killing neighbor, cooking her heart, investigators say

CHICKASHA — A triple murder suspect has confessed, saying he killed a neighbor first and cut her heart out to eat at home, the...

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National policing leader will join OKC Justice Circle Town Hall

A leader connected to an organization that conducts policing assessments will be one of the speakers at the OKC Justice...

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Cherokees remove all references to 'blood' from tribal laws

Further solidifying citizenship status for the descendants of Cherokee-owned slaves, the tribe's Supreme Court decided...

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Oklahoma City works to stop water leaks, curb demand

Oklahoma City had crews running "every which way" Monday to stop leaks contributing to unrelenting water demand despite the...

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'Who gets to call whom a domestic terrorist?': former FBI agent in OKC to discuss threat

In the aftermath of the Jan. 6 siege on the U.S. Capitol, a former FBI special agent is warning against the rise of domestic...

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Oklahoma's GOP lawmakers aim to invalidate Joe Biden’s executive orders

Republican state legislators have signed onto legislation to challenge President Joe Biden’s authority to impose federal...

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Vaccine race to spring break starts with first day of Oklahoma school staff vaccinations

NORMAN — A push to vaccinate tens of thousands of school teachers and staff by spring break began Monday as state-scheduled...

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Pastor vows OKC church will move forward after building sustains water damage

Members of a northeast Oklahoma City church met at another house of worship Sunday after their church building sustained...

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Texas-size concern: Stitt, regulators work to keep Oklahoma utility bills from spiking

Oklahomans can expect to see bigger utility bills next month as they pay for additional energy used to get through February’s...

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Why would anyone want a less effective vaccine?

Adam’s Journal Here’s a question from a reader: The Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine is reported to have an 85%...

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EPA sides with ethanol industry in Wynnewood refinery's Renewable Fuel Standards case

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Monday emphasized it is taking the side of the ethanol industry in a case that pits...

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US tops 500,000 virus deaths, matching the toll of 3 wars

The U.S. once again crossed a somber COVID threshold much faster than any country in the world.

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Recap: Gov. Stitt addresses Oklahoma winter storm utility bills Monday

Gov. Kevin Stitt and other Oklahoma officials addressed the effect of last week's severe winter storm on utility bills at 11...

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Is climate change to blame for Oklahoma’s severe winter storm? The answer is complicated

Oklahoma saw its worst winter storm in decades last week, but don’t go blaming climate change for the bitter cold and heavy...

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Oklahoma college admissions changed during COVID-19, but how much?

Outside an Oklahoma City public library in the middle of the night, Jesus Orquiz submitted a college application from his...

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'The truth needs to be told' -- Church opens Tulsa Race Massacre Prayer Room

TULSA — The expression on her face said it all. The Rev. Deron Spoo walked with one of the Black members of his predominantly...

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Oklahoma City settles lawsuit over 2014 fatal shooting of Black man

More than six years after Oklahoma City police fatally shot a Black man, his widow and children will split what's left of a...

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With COVID-19 variants confirmed in Oklahoma, we’re in a race against virus mutations, experts say

Health officials are in a race against mutations of the coronavirus. The faster people can get vaccinated, the slower the...

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Nature & You: Do ice-covered ponds pose a threat for snapping turtles?

Death and taxes. There's no escaping either of these. But, then again, maybe a small dose of whimsy and imagination would...

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Oklahomans' utility bills will be higher, but too soon to say how much

Oklahoma Gas & Electric Co. said Sunday it's likely the recent frigid weather will cost customers more in terms of higher...

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The potholes are coming to OKC. Here's what to do about it.

After last week's freezing weather, potholes are inevitable. The city relies on residents' reports to stay ahead of street and...

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Allied Arts: Spread the Hope

After seeing the staggering effect the pandemic has had on Oklahoma’s cultural community, Allied Arts recently put out a call...

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Water woes at courthouse postpone Oklahoma County jury trials

Jury trials at the Oklahoma County courthouse have been called off this week because of elevator issues. "If you've received a...

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With thanks to our delivery contractors

A subscriber on Friday asked if we have a sainthood program. She wanted to nominate the person who delivers her newspaper. “In...

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Movement of Oklahoma's relocated Public Health Lab causes testing delays

Staff shortages and equipment transition for the relocated Public Health Lab in Stillwater have caused state health officials...

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Program aims to boost teacher diversity in OKC classrooms

Data can and should be used to guide decision making and is certainly critical in the realm of public education. The data on...

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Allied Arts: Spread the hope

After seeing the staggering effect the pandemic has had on Oklahoma’s cultural community, Allied Arts recently put out a call...

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'My life could've been completely different'
Revisiting impacts of 1986 IRCA amnesty

Margarita Arvizu knew the pain of family separation long before the Trump administration took the practice to an extreme at the...

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Testing shows Oklahoma City water is safe following winter storm

Oklahoma City's water supply was shown to be safe based on testing from 55 sites in areas affected by water service...

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Do Black Americans attend church and pray more often?

NEW YORK — Black Americans attend church more regularly than Americans overall, and pray more often. Most attend churches that...

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Oklahomans urged to conserve power as state drops below energy emergency status

Oklahoma dropped from energy emergency status Friday as temperatures warmed up to just above the freezing level. The Southwest...

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4.2-magnitude quake rattles Oklahoma, Kansas

Oklahoma took a mighty shiver Friday as the state is set to exit several days of frigid temperatures. The U.S. Geological...

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Oklahoma regulators open flow on wells to help address natural gas shortage

Members of Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission on Monday voted to remove a cap on natural gas production from wells inside the...

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Oklahoma City issues voluntary boil order through weekend

The city of Oklahoma City has issued a voluntary boil advisory, following a statewide Oklahoma DEQ recommendation for municipal...

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Monday was Oklahoma's coldest day in more than a century

Before this week, the coldest day in Oklahoma's recorded history happened in December 1989, when the averaged statewide...

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5 things to know about Oklahoma City's weekend water advisory

A voluntary boil advisory is in effect through the weekend in Oklahoma City based on a recommendation, issued statewide, by the...

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Oklahoma power grid avoids crisis still hitting Texas

The Southwest Power Pool, the electrical grid operator for 14 states including Oklahoma, dropped its energy emergency alert...

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Oklahoma House approves expanding nonresident medical marijuana licenses

The Oklahoma House on Thursday approved extending the length of medical marijuana licenses granted to out-of-state residents....

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Order directs utilities to prioritize natural gas and electric services to preserve the health, safety and welfare of the public

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners were all about addressing natural gas supply issues on the upstream side Monday. Tuesday,...

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Oklahoma City councilman apologizes for 'fried foods' remark

Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell apologized Wednesday for a remark about "fried foods," made during a discussion of taxpayer...

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When Oklahoma’s vaccine eligibility expands to people with comorbidities, what health issues count?

Thousands of Oklahomans with health problems soon will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Beginning Monday, residents...

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OKC firefighters battle house blaze, Fire Department has responded to more than 900 alarm and water calls

An early morning house fire Thursday in northeast Oklahoma City caused $20,000 in damage to the structure and contents,...

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Takeout cocktails could be legalized in Oklahoma during COVID-19 pandemic

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, state lawmakers are looking at easing Oklahoma liquor laws to allow some restaurants and...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests reported Thursday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health increased by 618 to 416,476....

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President Joe Biden approves Oklahoma emergency declaration

President Joe Biden on Tuesday declared a state of emergency exists in Oklahoma as a result of severe winter weather that has...

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WATCH: NASA's Mars rover Perseverance set for dramatic landing. Its mission? Find signs of life.

MELBOURNE, Fla. — Thursday afternoon will mark the moment of truth for Perseverance. After traveling nearly 300 million...

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Why are people seeing so many robins around Oklahoma City? A wildlife biologist has a theory

If you've been seeing a lot of robins in the Oklahoma City area, you are not alone. The influx of robins is the subject of...

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Oklahoma weather closings: Schools, churches, other services

View a list of weather closings in Oklahoma.

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OCU vocal professor Florence Birdwell, who taught Tony winners Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara, dies

Renowned voice professor Florence Birdwell — who mentored Tony Award winners Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O'Hara as well as...

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Film fans mourn longtime 'OETA Movie Club' host B.J. Wexler

The iconic World War II romance "Casablanca" introduced me to Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, the classic screwball comedy...

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Ash Wednesday crowds not deterred by snow, freezing temperatures in Oklahoma City

Ash Wednesday was more than a bit different as the pandemic and a winter storm brought some modifications to the Christian...

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OG&E: All power restored; rolling blackouts still possible

Most or all Oklahoma Gas & Electric customers awoke Wednesday morning to restored power with the utility reporting as of...

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Oklahoma winter weather: OKC water demand nearly double the average

Oklahoma City's water treatment plants are running at typical summer levels — and nearing current capacity — as residents take...

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How winter weather is impacting COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Oklahoma

Winter weather could cause COVID-19 vaccine distribution delays in Oklahoma, but it shouldn’t affect the overall supply of...

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What to know about Oklahoma’s redistricting process as Census delays create complications

One of the most important issues Oklahoma lawmakers face this year is redrawing the state’s congressional and legislative...

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#ThrowbackThursday: 20 years ago ... Ceremony dedicates OKC National Memorial building as place of learning, remembrance

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

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Gov. Kevin Stitt requests Oklahoma emergency declaration from federal government

Gov. Kevin Stitt has requested the federal government declare a state of emergency across Oklahoma due to severe winter...

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Flooding closes Oklahoma County Courthouse

What you need to know about Oklahoma's winter storm and record-setting temperatures.

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Rush Limbaugh, conservative radio titan, has died of lung cancer at age 70

Rush Limbaugh, the talk titan who made right-wing radio financially viable in American media and himself a Republican...

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State lawmakers will have $9.6 billion to spend next year, budget board says

State lawmakers will have roughly $9.6 billion to spend in the upcoming fiscal year. The figures certified by the State Board...

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'Bloody Sunday' civil rights activist is focus of Oklahoma Christian University event

A civil rights activist who marched on the Edmund Pettus Bridge on "Bloody Sunday" will be the featured guest for Oklahoma...

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Are you a kid or teen with a great business idea?

NORMAN — Want to be a young entrepreneur? As the Norman Farm Market prepares for its 31st season opening on April 3, a program...

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Achievers: Friends of the Mansion adds to board of directors

The Friends of the Mansion group has announced the addition of Samonia Byford to its board of directors. Friends of the Mansion...

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Do you have hearing or speech communication needs?

The Oklahoma School for the Deaf’s Equipment Distribution Program is offering telephone and assistive equipment to eligible...

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Friends of the Guthrie Public Library cancels annual book sale

GUTHRIE — The annual used book sale of the Friends of the Guthrie Public Library has been canceled this year due to the ongoing...

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Norman focusing on Black History Month with proclamation, web page

NORMAN — To commemorate Black History Month, the city of Norman has established a Black History Month page on the city website...

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Achievers: University of Central Oklahoma professor selected for committee

LaDonna Atkins, professor in the Department of Human Environmental Sciences at the University of Central Oklahoma, was recently...

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If you are a Canadian County Democrat, precinct officer elections will be held virtually

Registered Democrats may participate in the Canadian County Democrats’ first-ever virtual precinct officer elections at 7 p.m....

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Celebrate your 50th wedding anniversary with The Oklahoman

Go to Oklahoman.com/life/weddings to view Oklahoma couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage. Publication of anniversary...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt, family back in Oklahoma after New Mexico vacation during weather emergency

Gov. Kevin Stitt was on a family vacation in New Mexico after declaring on Friday a state of emergency in Oklahoma due to...

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Oklahomans participate in Gov. Kevin Stitt's virtual prayer event

"United in Prayer," Governor Kevin Stitt's virtual prayer event on Tuesday, was a video montage of Oklahomans in various cities...

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The Chronicles of Oklahoma journals joining the digital age with Inasmuch Foundation grant

Friends of the Oklahoma History Center has received a $35,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation to fund a project to digitize...

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This fashion show highlighted the abilities of Down syndrome models

A fashion show benefiting the Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma recently was held in connection with Edmond North...

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OKC isn't salting roads. Here's why.

While Oklahoma City crews are spending 12-hour shifts plowing snow routes, they're avoiding another common winter road...

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More rolling blackouts possible across Oklahoma

Oklahomans are back to wondering when their power might go off or come back after local utilities including Oklahoma Gas and...

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Cold snap continues across Oklahoma

Oklahoma City officials and regional authorities urged continued patience during what was called “halftime” of the winter storm...

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With bitter cold and threat of power outages, Oklahoma’s hospice patients uniquely at risk

Bitter cold and the threat of power outages are especially troublesome to medically fragile hospice patients in Oklahoma and...

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This Feb. 18 virtual concert with Buffalo Rogers will benefit Arcadia Round Barn

ARCADIA — Oklahoma City singer-songwriter Buffalo Rogers will warm up the winter night on Thursday with a virtual concert to...

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Have you checked the date of your high school reunion?

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: OKC Animal Shelter offers half-price dog and puppy adoptions through Feb. 20

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

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Officials urge caution as dangerously cold temperatures will continue

What you need to know about Oklahoma's winter storm and record-setting temperatures.

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Walmart, Sam's Club to offer COVID-19 vaccines in Oklahoma

Up-to-date information on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines in Oklahoma.

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Nature & You: Here's some snowflake fun

Let me be honest. What you need is an electron microscope. Now, let me be practical. You and I just don't have enough...

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Snow in the forecast clears grocery store shelves of bread. But why?

If you are like many of your fellow Oklahomans, when a winter storm is hours away from freezing your pipes, killing your home...

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It's warmer in Iceland than Oklahoma City today.

How cold is it in Oklahoma City compared to the place we think of as really cold?

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Looking for the nearest snow route? Here's where you can find it.

For those needing to venture out into the cold and snow, here is a quick look at snow routes in and around the Oklahoma City...

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Oklahoma winter weather: A look at the records broken so far

Oklahoma broke a daily record Monday for lowest recorded temperature ever on the date of Feb. 15. The previous daily record of...

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Teams work to help OKC's homeless find shelter from the cold

Street outreach teams have been urging homeless individuals to seek shelter in the wake of winter storms that have brought...

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A conversation with Keith Reed, who is leading Oklahoma's coronavirus vaccine rollout

The Oklahoma State Department of Health’s deputy commissioner of health spent much of his public health career preparing for an...

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Extreme weather conditions slam Oklahoma at some point each year. This weekend was no exception as frigid temperatures with...

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Rolling blackouts ordered, then rescinded across grid that includes Oklahoma as power demand exceeds supply

Oklahomans may be wondering when their power might go off or come back after local utilities including Oklahoma Gas and...