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Another record month for medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma

Oklahoma's medical marijuana industry continues to break sales records. Dispensaries remitted nearly $5.1 million via the...

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Judge gives control of Joe Exotic's zoo to Carole Baskin

A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King” docuseries to Joe Exotic's...

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AIDS fund to transition The Oklahoma AIDS Care Fund will transition to a donor-advised fund on July 1. The OACF, which was a...

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Oklahoma tornado number is nearly half the May average

The number of tornadoes this May in Oklahoma was nearly half the average for the month and just one-eighth of last year's...

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State question 805 campaign turns in over 260,000 signatures

A state question campaign seeking criminal justice reforms in Oklahoma turned in more than 260,000 signatures Monday to try and...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, encourage us to not only be people who care, but also people who take action. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Inmate at Oklahoma County jail tests positive

The first Oklahoma County jail inmate to test positive for coronavirus was being kept in isolation Monday. "He's a new intake,"...

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Black Lives Matter demand for new grocery store could take more time than desired

During a press conference Monday afternoon, T. Sheri Dickerson, head of the local chapter of Black Lives Matter, listed demands...

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Costco buys Hertz building for new operations center

The Hertz administrative building is set to become home for the new Costco operations center. The four-story office building...

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Using wearable technology to track the coronavirus

Adam’s Journal Early in the pandemic, I remember reading about how data gathered from digital thermometers was helping track...

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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Petroleum Alliance of Oklahoma's Brook Simmons is excited about the energy industry's future

Optimism and a stoic ability to plan for the future are key attributes of oil and gas executives. Brook A. Simmons, who became...

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OESC Interim director claims progress on unemployment claims, but won't clarify how much

The interim director of the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Monday the agency is making progress on clearing a...

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Curfew limits access to neighborhood around downtown OKC police headquarters

Mayor David Holt ordered a dark to dawn curfew in the neighborhood around downtown Oklahoma City's public safety campus after...

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Oklahoma Transportation Commission approves two major OKC interstate projects

Drivers in the Oklahoma City metro area might want to brace themselves for more traffic delays. The Oklahoma Transportation...

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Black Lives Matter seeks OKC police chief's resignation

The leader of Black Lives Matter in Oklahoma City on Monday called for the resignation of Police Chief Wade Gourley and an...

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Churches will host discussions on the Christian response to racism

Several churches are hosting discussions about race relations in the coming days. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond will host...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Former health commissioner kept on as special adviser

Forced out of the top job at the Oklahoma Health Department, former Commissioner Gary Cox remains on the state payroll as a...

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Rebuilding America: How will life in Oklahoma look after COVID-19?

As states across the U.S. begin to reopen, what will the "new normal" be like for Oklahoma? Here's a look.

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Pickup drives through Tulsa protesters, several injured

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Several people were injured after a pickup truck drove through a crowd gathered on a Tulsa interstate...

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Churches will host discussions on the Christian response to racism, race relations

Several churches are hosting discussions about race relations in the coming days. First Presbyterian Church of Edmond will...

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5 school districts sue Oklahoma State Department of Education over alleged underpayments

Five school districts have alleged in a lawsuit the Oklahoma State Department of Education shortchanged their state funding by...

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Watch: Unemployment commission to host 3 p.m. press conference

Watch live as officials with the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission discuss unemployment benefits and more during a 3 p.m....

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Medical examiner and family-commissioned autopsy agree: George Floyd's death was a homicide

The attorney for George Floyd's family, Benjamin Crump, said Monday that an independent autopsy "determined that asphyxiation...

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Latino homes report serious COVID-19 symptoms nearly twice as often, survey of 1.6 million shows

Across the nation, Hispanic households said yes to symptoms of COVID-19 – the lung disease caused by the virus – nearly a third...

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CVS closes stores across 20 states. Call ahead, if you’re planning on visiting one.

The chain drug store announced the closures in the wake of protests that began last week following the killing of George Floyd...

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Demonstration on George Floyd death planned for 2 p.m. in Norman

View live reports from the event in Norman this afternoon.

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Video: George Floyd's family to release results of own autopsy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The attorney for George Floyd's family planned to announce the findings Monday of an independent autopsy...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,573 in Oklahoma; deaths remain at 334

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday there have been 6,573 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Nature & You: Dinosaurs are extinct, but this wild plant didn't get the memo

Imagine, if you will, what it would be like to live the life of a wild plant. When danger approaches, you have not the option...

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Police make 11 arrests in second night of George Floyd protests in Oklahoma City

Police arrested at least 11 people overnight during a protest that started Sunday afternoon and led demonstrators to the state...

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Oklahoma City police, protesters clash for second night

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

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Oklahoman staffers on furlough this week

The coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses hard, including media companies. The parent company of The Oklahoman has...

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EDMOND Baily, Phillip Wayne: 73, electrician and OG&E public works, died May 23. Memorial services 2 p.m. Tuesday (Barnes...

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First-year Norman mayor endures death threats

NORMAN — Breea Clark has always had thick skin. But it grew thicker during the 10 years she worked in the office of academic...

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Thousands voice their concerns at weekend protests

A day after protests marred by vandalism and tear gas, demonstrators on Sunday marched to the Oklahoma City Police headquarters...

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Protesters at OKC rally say it's time for change

Protesters at Sunday’s rally in northeast Oklahoma City had different ideas about why they were there. But they all agreed on...

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Pick 3, May 30: 6-0-6 Cash 5, May 30: 3-9-13-23-36 Lucky for Life, May 28: 01-13-36-41-44, Lucky Ball: 01 Mega Millions, May...

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OU employees accused of misspending grant money

A married couple working for the University of Oklahoma are accused in a federal charge of misspending $2.1 million in grant...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of wisdom, help us set aside distractions so we can focus on what You have in mind for our lives. Amen.

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Police make 27 arrests in protests overnight

Police arrested at least 27 people overnight during a protest that started Saturday evening at NW 23 and N Classen Boulevard...

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Coronavirus lockdown leads to bicycle boom

Sales are rolling along at a record clip at Wheeler Dealer Bicycle Shop, as metro-area residents forced to stay home during the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, June 1, 2020

Thunder getting new floor The Oklahoma City Council agreed to pay an estimated $143,700 for a new wooden basketball floor for...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 88 to 6,506 on Sunday, while the number of deaths remained at...

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Peaceful daytime protest turns violent after dark

Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Oklahoma City Sunday to loudly voice their frustration with acts of police...

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Recap: Live coverage of the May 31 George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City

View a recap of live coverage from the George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City May 31.

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84 Hospitality supports cause

Damage was left in the wake of Saturday night's Black Lives Matter protests, but at least one business still supports the cause.

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,506 in Oklahoma; deaths remain at 334

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Sunday there have been 6,506 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Local sports leaders are game to play, safely

David Jackson has spent sleepless nights thinking about the possibility of no high school football this fall. He shudders even...

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Sports' return will be a big boost of normalcy

Do we miss sports? My pal Jeff Lewis is ready for football to return. He said the other day he and his parents were watching...

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Banking slows overall, but more are going mobile

COVID-19 has pushed more people online in their everyday transactions, including those with banks. While mobile banking was...

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OKC minister: George Floyd death another 'brutal, heartbreaking reminder'

Some in the local African American community plan to demonstrate Sunday in northeast Oklahoma City as protests and riots...

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'It is the national softball mecca': Women's College World Series' return to OKC will be bigger than ever

COVID-19 closed the road to Oklahoma City for the 2020 Women's College World Series but, with stadium improvements done, next...

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Catholic, Methodist leaders denounce racism

Two clerical leaders in Oklahoma City released statements Friday denouncing racism in the wake of the death of a Minneapolis...

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Rebuilding America: Coronavirus causes health officials to open a new playbook

Higher prices for services, more restrictive access for visitors, virtual appointments by video and care from health...

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Auto dealers look to rebound from effects of COVID-19

NORMAN — Things don't look quite the same at Fowler Toyota of Norman, where service worker Dirk Ness sprays an incoming...

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Rebuilding America: Retailers, big and small, adapting to challenges of pandemic

Retail is reopening across the country, though stores are not quite back to business as normal and others are learning from the...

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Rebuilding America: Some pandemic changes at grocery stores seen as permanent

An uncertain new normal is being looked at by businesses throughout Oklahoma, including those largely spared the loss of...

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Rebuilding America: Oklahoma City history filled with triumphs over adversity

At first glance, the economic forecasts and an energy industry in crisis seem to paint a dismal picture for Oklahoma City’s...

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Oklahoma schools 'likely' to have disruptions this fall, officials say

The 2020-21 school year is “likely to include short-term disruptions” because of the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Education...

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Future remains at arm's length for hospitality industry

Hal Smith Restaurant Group, with 80 properties across seven states, was one of the first affected by the coronavirus pandemic...

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Local support will drive effort to rebuild Oklahoma

There’s a school for girls in Uganda where young victims fled the clutches of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. They...

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Venerable Bricktown Events Center closes in coronavirus fallout

The Bricktown Events Center is closing indefinitely in the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The venerable venue has hosted...

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GOP congressional hopefuls: Tough conversations needed on race

Republicans vying to run for the Oklahoma City-area congressional seat said Americans need to have “tough conversations” about...

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Back from 'death's door'
Pauls Valley man battles COVID-19 for 30 days

A nurse walked into Jed Jarvis’ room at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center on March 20. She wanted Jed to do a video...

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'Fighting for our lives': Hundreds protest in Oklahoma City against police killings

Tear gas billowed into the air, and crowds began to flee. People of all ages, but many of them younger adults, ran from a...

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Reopening plans: Oklahoma museum and attractions start resuming public hours after coronavirus closures.

It's been a long, lonely spring at Oklahoma's museums, attractions and historical sites. Most have been shuttered since...

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Pedestrian hit at Tulsa protest

TULSA — Hundreds of protesters filled the Brookside neighborhood Saturday afternoon for a demonstration organized by concerned...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 80 to 6,418 on Saturday, while the number of deaths related to...

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DEL CITY Beavers, George Kenneth “Pappy”: 88, died May 28. Services pending (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). EDMOND Garvin, Peggy...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of love, encourage us to do what we can now, knowing that You will take care of the rest. Amen.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes to receive $68 million to combat COVID-19

More than $68.7 million in federal funding is being sent to Oklahoma tribal hospitals, clinics and urban health centers to...

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Recap: Live coverage of the May 30-31 George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City

View a recap of live coverage from the George Floyd protest in Oklahoma City May 30-31.

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,418 in Oklahoma; 334 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Saturday there have been 6,418 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Norman to observe moment of silence, prayer for COVID-19 victims

NORMAN — A citywide moment of silence and prayer will be held at noon Monday in Norman to lament and mourn the 100,000...

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Governor asks judge to suspend tribal gaming mediation efforts

Gov. Kevin Stitt has asked an Oklahoma City federal judge to suspend mediation negotiations between Stitt and Oklahoma gaming...

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Lankford: Republicans not discussing another major relief package

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Red Cross has urgent need for blood donations

The American Red Cross is seeking blood donations to prevent another shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and...

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Oklahoma municipalities and counties offered grants to combat opioid addiction

Nearly $23 million in grant money is being offered to Oklahoma municipalities and counties to help combat opioid addiction,...

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End in sight for OKC's pandemic emergency orders

Oklahoma City is on a path to emerging from beneath the COVID-19 state of emergency in mid June, three months after it began....

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Harrah woman arrested in connection with 'chop shop'

Deputies with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Harrah woman May 20 who is accused of chopping and selling parts...

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State and two largest cities moving to final reopening phase

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

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Integris Health joins patient information network

Integris Health has agreed to join the health information network known as MyHealth, a non-profit that allows members to share...

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Airport expects sharp revenue dropoff

Federal pandemic-relief funds will offset airport revenue shortfalls in fiscal 2021 but aviation is expected to take time to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

Coronavirus in Oklahoma The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 68 to 6,338 on Friday, while the number...

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'It's saddening:' Bodies found in water ID'd as missing toddlers Tony and Miracle Crook, Tulsa Police chief says

The two bodies recovered this week from area waterways have been identified as the two toddlers missing from Tulsa since last...

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ANADARKO Gardner, Robert Lynn: 78, died May 16. Private services (Ray & Martha’s, Anadarko). Jessepe, Randy Flores: 43,...

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Bodies found in water ID'd as missing toddlers Tony and Miracle Crook, Tulsa Police chief says

Miracle Crook, 3, was last seen alive with her younger brother, Tony Crook, 2, walking down an embankment toward a creek in...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,338 in Oklahoma; 329 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Friday there have been 6,338 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Federal facility reports increase in COVID-19 cases

The Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City reported a significant increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past week....

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ADA Vice, Roger D.: 70, U.S. Navy and counselor for Department of Human Services, died May 26. Graveside services 2 p.m....

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Life changes: Norman singer-songwriter Kat Lock turns personal turmoil into 'an existence'

Kat Lock already was grappling with a series of personal upheavals — a major breakup, a life-changing diagnosis, the grounding...

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WEEK AHEAD

BLUE BY YOU Comedian Josh Blue will perform at 7:30 and 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Bricktown Comedy Club, 409 E...

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CORONAVIRUS IN OKLAHOMA

CORONAVIRUS IN OKLAHOMA The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 41 to 6,270 on Thursday, while the...

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Saturday school days approved for next school year in Oklahoma

Previously banned under state law, school days on Saturday are now a viable option for Oklahoma school districts because of...

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Pick 3, May 27: 7-8-3 Cash 5, May 27: 6-8-9-11-20 Lucky for Life, May 25: 04-28-31-32-41, Lucky Ball: 02 Mega Millions, May 26:...

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Department of Human Services to close facilities

The Department of Human Services plans to close half of its brick-and-mortar facilities, but will not cut employees or...

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State officials make case for Tesla over dinner

TULSA — Some state and local officials, including Gov. Kevin Stitt, got a chance to make their case for Tesla in Tulsa at a...

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OKC business owner arrested with illegal pot plants after fatal shooting

An Oklahoma City business owner was arrested on a complaint of illegal possession of $1.5 million worth of marijuana after...

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OKC Municipal Court to start phased reopening

Beginning June 1, the Oklahoma City Municipal Court will start a phased reopening unless public health conditions...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Initiative petition on redistricting clears one hurdle, but faces unclear future

The wording of an initiative petition calling for a public vote on the creation of a Citizens' Independent Redistricting...

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

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

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Nonprofit snow cone stand expands into Bricktown

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

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Bill settles insurance woes threatening the Oklahoma County Jail Trust

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes receive federal aid to fight COVID-19

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that it awarded about $1.2 million to four tribes in...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Making waves on Memorial Day 1951

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: CVS to open new testing sites

CVS Health will open 11 new COVID-19 test sites Friday at select pharmacy drive-thru locations in Oklahoma, including Edmond,...

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Friday is the first day for dine-in options

As the governor moves closer to lifting restrictions on local business caused by the COVID-19 crisis, restaurants begin to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes awarded federal grants to combat COVID-19

Four Oklahoma tribes have been awarded federal grants totaling nearly $1.2 million to help combat COVID-19 in rural tribal...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Federal Transfer Center reports COVID-19 outbreak

The Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City reported a significant increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases over the past week.The...

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Nic's Place reopens as diningscape continues to re-emerge

The Oklahoman's Food Dude Dave Cathey ventures into the 405 diningscape to visit with Nic Nicholas about reopening Nic's and...

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OKC Foundation to fund nonprofits that help youth

The Oklahoma City Community Foundation announced Thursday that it is awarding $127,500 to eight central Oklahoma nonprofits...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,270 in Oklahoma; 326 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Thursday there have been 6,270 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Body found in Oklahoma creek believed to be 2nd missing child

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A body found in an east Tulsa creek is believed to be that of a second missing toddler who disappeared with...

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Rebuilding America: Will grocery shopping ever be the same after the pandemic?

The grocery industry isn't talking about normal for the rest of 2020. It's talking about the "new normal" and what lies beyond.

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Will we ever go to movie theaters again? And are the Oscars even happening? We have answers

When can fans expect to see their favorites in theaters again? Experts answer a few burning questions about the uncertain...

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What schools will look like when they reopen: Scheduled days home, more online learning, lots of hand-washing

Bringing kids back to school presents major worries about health, not so much for children – who seem to be less at risk for...

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A New America: Coronavirus demands new approaches, products and hopes

America will rebuild. But much like shop owners removing boards off windows in the wake of a natural disaster, Americans aren't...

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Video tours? Suburbs vs cities? Buying, selling a home to look different after COVID-19

Applications to buy a home are again on the rise as states lift orders to stay inside. But the pandemic has altered how...

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What a surge in decks and paint sales in the midst of a pandemics says about economic recovery

Stuck at home in a paralyzing health crisis, people across America finally tackled long-delayed, home-improvement projects that...

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Masks, temperature checks, empty rows: Post-coronavirus concerts could look very different

Artists are starting to test the waters of live music in a coronavirus world. But already, fallout from the pandemic is making...

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Rebuilding America: What will health care look like after COVID-19?

What will the future of medicine look like as the U.S. adapts to the new pandemic landscape? Expect more remote doctor visits,...

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'Rebuilding America' chronicles the reopening of the US after coronavirus pandemic closures

The reopening of America is a story of businesses adapting to a new normal, one where customers are at least 6 feet apart, and...

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Rebuilding America: 'Life-changing event' of COVID-19 could alter how we work, spend and retire

Many Americans are grappling with a future that may mean fewer jobs at stores and restaurants and more technology positions.

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What’s the future for Disney, Universal and other theme parks around the US?

Just about any theme park visit will prove to be a different experience for those who visit.

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COVID-19 will change the way we buy cars forever. Here's how

The exhausting and enigmatic car-buying process at bricks-and-mortar stores will be a relic of the past in the aftermath of the...

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Junior League Leadership Institute graduates 25 The Junior League of Oklahoma City has recognized 25 members for completing its...

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Bodies found may be missing Tulsa children

TULSA — Authorities are working to determine whether bodies recovered in a Tulsa Creek and the Verdigris River are those of two...

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ACTS OF KINDNESS

Restaurant and rapper partner for TEEM effort A metro-based rapper and a local restaurant recently joined forced to show...

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CANTON Martin, Wilma N.: 83, retired schoolteacher, died May 26. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Canton United Methodist Church...

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OU parent sues for fee refund

The father of a University of Oklahoma student has sued the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education to recoup fees for...

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Edmond North cross country coach runs across Oklahoma while 'living on gas station food'

James Strahorn is running across the state. The new Edmond North cross country coach will be the first person to run from the...

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Shelley Zumwalt tapped to lead state employment office

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has named Shelley Zumwalt as the agency's interim director. Zumwalt will lead the...

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Medicaid expansion campaign kicks off with ads, tour

The drive to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma kicked off this week with a major television advertising campaign and a tour of...

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Oklahoma AG paid D.C. firm $200,000 for help on Creek case

Attorney General Mike Hunter’s office spent just over $200,000 for outside legal help this year on a high-stakes case before...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Food bank assisting those who test for COVID-19

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma announced Wednesday that it has partnered with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide...

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On executive pay questions, Devon fights back

A proxy advisor recommends Devon Energy shareholders vote against a non-binding question at this year’s annual meeting that...

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Shining Cities 2020 shows Oklahoma City solar deployment grew in 2019

Count Oklahoma City as a “solar builder.” Shining Cities 2020, an annual report released by Environment America and the...

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Norman officer disciplined for sending inappropriate images

NORMAN — A Norman police officer who violated department policy by emailing inappropriate images to co-workers will get to keep...

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Police: Norman officer's email violated department policy

NORMAN — A Norman police officer violated department policy when he sent photos during an email discussion about the wear and...

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Body found in river may be that of missing Oklahoma child

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa said Wednesday that a body found in a river in eastern Oklahoma is believed to be that of a...

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,229 in Oklahoma; 322 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday there have been 6,229 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Video: SpaceX on cusp of launching astronauts, back on home turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) — SpaceX was on the cusp of launching NASA astronauts into orbit Wednesday, a first for a private...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

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

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Couples celebrating 50 years or more of marriage

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

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Grandparents raising grandchildren may apply for fall school supply assistance

Sunbeam Family Services is accepting fall school supply assistance applications for grandparents who are raising their own...

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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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Mustang Schools transitions into summer meals

Mustang Public Schools has announced its summer meal service plan. Beginning this week, meals will be available at the...

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John Rex Charter School names lead administrator

Dean Ketchum, a teacher and administrator with nearly 30 years’ experience, has been named the next head of school at John Rex...

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces exhibit extensions

Now that the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum has reopened to the public, many of the current exhibitions have...

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ARDMORE Brunk, Nicholas Joe: 77, retired from Michelin Tire Plant, died May 23. Services were Monday (Craddock, Ardmore)....

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Wheatland man arrested on suspicion of soliciting sex with a minor

A 45-year-old Wheatland man was arrested this month for allegedly soliciting sex with a minor and dealing drugs. On May 21, the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 47 to 6,137 on Tuesday, while the number of deaths related to...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Integris updates hospital visitation policy

Integris Health of Oklahoma City announced Tuesday that it will update its visitation policy without jeopardizing the safety of...

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OU football: FAQ for plan to re-open facilities July 1

Who has been involved in creating the plan for return? This plan has been developed by our medical staff, which has been...

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Supreme Court: State Question 805 signatures must be accepted

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

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Massive mural to help tell OKC's 'beautiful story'

A five-story mural is set to add some color to an 1,100-space garage being built in connection with the Oklahoma City...

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Former AG requests prosecution of alleged Oklahoma exporters of cockfighting birds

Former Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has sent emails to federal and state prosecutors in eastern Oklahoma asking...

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Inhofe says Justice Department has cleared him in stock sale inquiry

The U.S. Justice Department has cleared U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe of wrongdoing in the sale of stocks in five companies after a...

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Pandemic behind proposed city budget cuts

Oklahoma City will try to minimize layoffs while cutting jobs in the upcoming fiscal year to make up for the COVID-19...

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Oklahoman staffers on furlough this week

The coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses hard, including media companies. The parent company of The Oklahoman has...

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States are reopening. But many still require travelers to self-quarantine. Here’s where

See which states have lifted quarantine orders and which still require or recommend them.

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,137 in Oklahoma; 318 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Tuesday there have been 6,137 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Museum of Osteology in OKC announces reopening

The 7,000-square-foot Oklahoma City museum, which features more than 800 animal skeletons, announced in mid-March that it was...

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Masks spark public judgment, ridicule among customers as businesses reopen

It’s not just the mask avoiders facing public scrutiny. People who wear masks in locales where businesses are reopening say...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Frontier City announces reopening date, safety protocols

Six Flags General Manager Trevor Leonard spoke exclusively to "Good Morning America" Tuesday morning from Frontier City to...

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Oklahoma deputies on leave after incident at day care; drunken driver was able to endanger kids, director says

Two Tulsa County deputies are on paid administrative leave during an investigation into a disturbing scene involving an...

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Homicide suspected in death of woman found in OKC home

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A homicide investigation was underway after a woman was found dead inside a burning home in southeastern...

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Restoration work on legislative chambers begins

Now that the state Legislature has vacated the building, restoration work on both the House and Senate chambers will get...

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Creating buzz: St. Gregory's Abbey finds homes for bee hives in expanded honey operation

SHAWNEE — Wanted: homes for hives. The unusual appeal from the monks at St. Gregory's Abbey generated a surprising response....

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MOORE McConnell, Joni: 37, elementary schoolteacher, died May 23. Services 2 p.m. Tuesday, Shady Grove Church, Foster (Wooster,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Private school commencement comes under fire

NORMAN — A recent private school graduation ceremony attended by hundreds who sat shoulder to shoulder despite direction from...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Veteran banker, 91, fought COVID-19 and won

The voice on the other end of the cell phone captured Gene Rainbolt's attention as he lay in a hospital room struggling with...

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Oklahoma City Council considers police, fire cuts

Larry McAtee says budget-cutting comes down to needs and wants. Prioritize needs, says the Ward 3 councilman and public safety...

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Inmate found dead at Oklahoma County jail

On Saturday, an inmate at the Oklahoma County jail was found dead inside his cell. The sheriff’s office said Matthew Mason, 35,...

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New app will help address homelessness in Oklahoma City

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: A timeline of events

View a timeline of events related to the coronavirus outbreak in Oklahoma.

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Missing Oklahoma 9-year-old boy found dead

ATOKA, Oklahoma (AP) — Authorities said Monday that a 9-year-old Oklahoma boy was found dead after having gone missing...

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McKedys to present outdoor concert at Arcadia Round Barn

ARCADIA — The McKedys will bring a live session of Morning Music to the Arcadia Round Barn from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m....

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Confirmed total COVID-19 cases up to 6,090 in Oklahoma; 313 deaths

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday there have been 6,090 total coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.

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Local dining bobs and weaves for survival

The Food Dude updates the latest news from around the 405 diningscape.

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Stillwater woman killed in southwest Oklahoma highway crash

A Stillwater woman died in a southwest Oklahoma crash on Saturday, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reported.

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Oklahoma farmer leaves surprising gift to research

He was still driving the Ford truck he’d bought in 1986 when he died last summer in an accident on his Waynoka farm at the age...

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Mother arrested; Police seek public's help in search for toddlers missing since Friday

Although their biological mother is in custody, two toddlers missing from an east Tulsa apartment complex remained unaccounted...

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Honoring America’s veterans on Memorial Day

Despite limitations imposed by the coronavirus pandemic, many Oklahomans still managed to mark Memorial Day over the weekend....

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Deaths

EDMOND Altes, Lillian D.: 98, died May 23. Graveside services 2 p.m. Thursday, Bethany Cemetery; services will also be live...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OCCHD is moving drive-thru testing site

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department (OCCHD) announced Sunday that it will move its drive-thru testing operation from the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 25, 2020

Quote of the week "Since the south side has historically had so little representation, I was interested in recommending...

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Oklahoman staffers on furlough this week

The coronavirus pandemic has hit many businesses hard, including media companies. The parent company of The Oklahoman has...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How much did state pay out in fraudulent unemployment claims?

Oklahoma may have paid out tens in millions of dollars in fraudulent unemployment claims since the start of the pandemic,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Individual, small-business relief proposed

City Manager Craig Freeman will propose Tuesday that the city council add $5 million to the small-business COVID-19 relief...

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Coronavirus, budget woes impede Stitt's priorities

Gov. Kevin Stitt accomplished few of the goals he set for himself at the start of this year’s legislative session. Unlike his...

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Nature & You: A fruitful protein dinner for hummingbirds

I always get a chuckle out of Anthony Oettinger's famous jingle: "Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana." What is...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma daily update: 77 new cases; no new deaths

Oklahoma's number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 6,037, according to the Oklahoma State Department of...

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'People are tired of staying in': Opinions run hot in COVID-19 hot spot

GUYMON — Over the sound of pop music, under a wide-screen TV featuring sports pundits debating when games will return, and...

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Families return to sports fields looking for slice of normalcy

Madelyn Card was tired of playing with a net. The 10-year-old from Norman was crushed when she was forced to stay at home,...

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TSET invests in research to improve state health

Oklahoma is a great state, yet when it comes to the state of its health, there is work to do. We know Oklahomans are concerned...

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Medical director of infection prevention speaks on the future of COVID-19 precautions

Dr. David Chansolme, the medical director of infection prevention at INTEGRIS Health, warns that COVID-19 has not been...

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Analysis: Who is getting the better deal in $35.5 million SandRidge transaction?

While it’s not clear whether the ultimate sale of SandRidge Energy’s headquarters will be to a private buyer or state agencies,...

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Deaths

CHOCTAW Tinkham, Ralph Edward: 87, retired aircraft electrician, died May 21. Graveside services 2 p.m. Wednesday, Resthaven...

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Gov. Stitt, tribes submit legal arguments in dispute over state gaming compacts

An Oklahoma City federal court lawsuit between Oklahoma gaming tribes and Gov. Kevin Stitt moved one step closer to a potential...

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CDC warns not to delay children's vaccinations

While the world awaits a vaccine for COVID-19, health officials are encouraging parents not to wait on their children's routine...

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Falls Creek youth camp cancellation draws reactions

DAVIS — A metro-area preacher said he knew the decision to cancel the 2020 Falls Creek youth camp would sadden many...

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

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

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'Covid Romance': OKC Philharmonic violinist Marat Gabdullin forms global ensemble to remotely record an original work

When the coronavirus pandemic temporarily shuttered the Civic Center and put the Oklahoma City Philharmonic on hiatus,...

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Oklahoma jobless rate soars to record high

Oklahoma's unemployment rate skyrocketed more than 10 percentage points from March to April to land at 13.7%, reflecting the...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Holy God, thank You for clearing a path for us through the wilderness and providing the light that guides our way. Amen.

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State Chamber has warning for judge in Epic Charter Schools case

The State Chamber of Oklahoma wants a judge to consider "potential dangers" when making a decision in a legal case involving...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: System to recycle N95 masks on the way

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week that hospitals, health care workers and first responders can...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 5,960 confirmed cases; 311 deaths

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma grew by 111 to total 5,960, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported...

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Deaths

EDMOND Hurt, Ellen Orlena: 90, sales, died May 21. Private services (Matthews, Edmond). OKLAHOMA CITY Adams, Elizabeth Edwine:...

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Development killed by school district halting property sale

The Oklahoman's Steve Lackmeyer fielded reader questions Friday during his weekly OKC Central Live Chat. You can join Steve...

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Prosecutor suspected of assaulting estranged wife resigns

An Oklahoma County prosecutor suspected of assaulting his estranged wife in front of their daughter resigned after a district...

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Mosquito with West Nile found in Tulsa County

TULSA — Health officials have trapped a mosquito that tested positive for the West Nile virus. As of Thursday afternoon, there...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Regional food bank distributes record amount

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma distributed a record 6.2 million pounds of food in April in response to the COVID-19...

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Stitt names new health commissioner

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday announced Col. Lance Frye will serve as the state's interim health commissioner and lead the state's...

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Two tribes defend new gaming compacts

Two tribes that broke away from other Oklahoma tribes to sign gaming compacts with Gov. Kevin Stitt say the amount of annual...

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Lawmakers override six Stitt vetoes

Oklahoma's Republican-controlled Legislature resoundingly overrode six of partymate Gov. Kevin Stitt's vetoes on Friday. All...

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Stitt's Medicaid expansion plan appears dead

Gov. Kevin Stitt's plan to expand Medicaid on July 1 appears dead. Oklahoma's Legislature on Friday declined to override the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Chickasaw Nation to open all casinos next week

WinStar World Casino and Resort, Riverstar Casino and all other gaming facilities owned by the Chickasaw Nation will open at...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of creation, because of Your love, we can act with confidence when times are difficult. We have learned to live by faith....

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Stitt names new health commissioner

Col. Lance Frye will serve as the state's interim health commissioner.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma daily update: 169 new cases; three new deaths

Oklahoma's number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 5,849, according to the Oklahoma State Department of...

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Free milk to be distributed at Crossroads Church

Free gallons of milk will be distributed beginning at 2 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Church, 8901 S Shields. The church has...

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Alcohol delivery, curbside pickup becomes Oklahoma law

Some Oklahoma businesses will be allowed to continue delivering beer, wine and spirits under a new law. State legislators and...

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Watch: Gov. Stitt to name Interim Commissioner of Health

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will name an Interim Commissioner of Health at 9 a.m. today. You can watch the announcement live on...

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Severe weather updates

Follow along with our live updates on today's severe weather chances.

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Week Ahead

HIP TO BE SQUARE: Carpenter Square Theatre will present the first edition of "CST LiveOnline!" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday at...

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10 dead at Joe Exotic's prison from virus outbreak

A COVID-19 outbreak at Joe Exotic's prison in Texas has killed 10 inmates, more than any other facility or halfway house in the...

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Tulsa attorney confirmed as federal district judge

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday easily confirmed the nomination of Tulsa attorney John F. Heil III to serve as a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Catholic Charities raises $300,000 for assistance

Catholic Charities raises $300K for assistance Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced Thursday that...

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The Nixons drop 'Sonic Boom' EP, featuring first new music in 20 years

Three years after The Nixons first reassembled for an Oklahoma City show, the rock band's reunion continues to reverberate. Not...

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Non-infected inmates removed from Comanche County

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is moving more than 140 healthy inmates from the Comanche County jail that reported it...

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Bark park

Recent pleasant weather and the reopening of Scissortail Park's dog park has attracted some folks to downtown Oklahoma City's...

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Deaths

COWDEN Nabors, Herbert Gerald: 90, farmer and rancher, died May 19. Graveside services 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sappington Chapel...

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Stitt vetoes $1.2 million for private prison employee raises

Gov. Kevin has scrapped pay raises for private prison employees while preserving $2-per-hour salary increases for hundreds of...

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Oklahoma City now nation's 25th largest city

Oklahoma City is now the 25th largest city in the United States, according to the latest annual population estimates released...

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Thousands of unemployment claims remain 'pending' or denied entirely

Oklahoma's unemployment agency has a backlog of more than 45,000 unfinished or unpaid claims in its system, and those are just...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of salvation, You have given each of us gifts and talents. Guide us as we seek to recognize and explore them. Amen.

Life

Stitt approves cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees

For the first time in 12 years, most state retirees will see a boost in their pension checks. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday...

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David Griffin elected to Inasmuch Foundation Board

Inasmuch Foundation has elected David Griffin, president and CEO of Griffin Communications LLC, to the foundation’s Board of...

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MAPS 4 citizens advisory board named

Teresa Rose Crook, executive director of the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma, will lead the volunteer MAPS 4 Citizens...

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Judge sentences cardiologist to prison for killing motorcyclist

An Edmond cardiologist convicted of driving while drunk and killing a motorcyclist told a judge Thursday that his sobriety and...

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Stitt vetoes key bill to fund Medicaid expansion plan

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday vetoed legislation that would have funded a large chunk of his plan to expand Medicaid on July 1....

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Man who filmed Arbery shooting video charged in his slaying

The man who filmed of the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery has been arrested on felony murder charges, according to the Georgia...

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From The Newsroom: Listen to The Oklahoman's daily podcast

Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the latest headlines, including the...

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Swimming during the pandemic: What the CDC wants you to know before you hit the pool

Looking forward to hitting the local public swimming pool for the first time this summer? Prepare to put a face mask in your...

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US pledges up to $1.2 billion to access 300 million doses of experimental COVID-19 vaccine

The United States has pledged to pay as much as $1.2 billion to get early access to 300 million doses of an experimental...

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NFL player sues United Airlines, alleging he was sexually assaulted during flight

An unidentified NFL player filed a lawsuit against United Airlines, saying another passenger sexually assaulted and harassed...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma daily update: 148 new cases; five new deaths

Oklahoma's number of positive COVID-19 cases now stands at 5,680, according to the Oklahoma State Department of...

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Lincoln Plaza renewal continues

Crews have removed graffiti, brush, debris and broken windows at Lincoln Plaza as construction continues to convert the former...

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Deaths for May 21, 2020

EDMOND Friesen, Alma S.: 84, Edmond Public Schools cook, died May 17. Private services (Matthews, Edmond). MIDWEST CITY Sims,...

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Feds grant $2.5 million for tribal economic development

The federal government awarded a $2.5 million grant to the Citizen Potawatomi Nation for critical infrastructure improvements....

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'Dr. Bob' Blackburn to retire from Oklahoma Historical Society

After 41 years of public service collecting, preserving and sharing history, Bob Blackburn will retire from the Oklahoma...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Rural heath clinics get $4.5 million for testing

Rural heath clinics get $4.5 million for testing The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Wednesday that it...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Sidewalk stage for 1946 classical performance

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: One in two deaths 75 or older

In the two months since the first COVID-19 death in Oklahoma, more than half of those who lost their lives to the virus were 75...

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OKC municipal pools could get budget reprieve

Once proposed for cuts, the aquatics centers at Earlywine and Will Rogers parks could still open this summer but not before...

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Oklahoma to begin sharing coronavirus aid with cities, counties in June

Oklahoma municipalities can begin applying for federal aid to cover COVID-19 expenses. The state has launched an online portal,...

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Nearly 200 evictions filed Monday as Oklahoma County courthouse reopens

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

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Democratic groups challenge Oklahoma's absentee voting laws

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is suing the state Election Board over several voting procedures they say "severely burden" the...

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Stitt signs 'anti-red flag' gun bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday to preempt Oklahoma localities from implementing so-called “red flag” policies....

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Stitt vetoes rural broadband bill

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

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Stillwater teacher accused of making lewd proposals to former student

Stillwater police arrested a teacher Tuesday on accusations he made lewd proposals to a former student. Officers arrested...

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Stitt: Wearing a face mask a ‘personal preference’

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday said he’s going to let Oklahomans decide whether they should wear a face mask in public during...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: More than a third of surveyed Oklahomans report struggling to make housing payments

COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the finances of many Oklahoma households, with 36.2 percent of online survey...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Local entrepreneur strikes a clean blow at COVID-19

After the coronavirus tragically struck the family of Joe Barnes, the local entrepreneur wasted little time striking back. "My...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma

The number of positive COVID-19 tests in Oklahoma increased by 43 to 5,532 on Wednesday while the number of deaths related to...

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Gov. Stitt delivers update on COVID-19, CARES Act funding

Watch the governor's press conference here.

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Hydroxychloroquine and coronavirus: Everything to know about the drug Trump says he’s taking

What have we learned about hydroxychloroquine since it was first mentioned during the pandemic weeks ago? Here’s everything you...