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Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72

Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful voice in Congress on government spending and waste, died early...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma; As hospitals tend to hundreds of patients, state officials plan for more

As Oklahoma hospitals tended to hundreds of patients confirmed or suspected to have COVID-19, the Stitt administration worked...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tribes battle coronavirus, much like state and federal government

Gov. Kevin Stitt isn't the only head of a government in Oklahoma scrambling to bolster a health care system, rework a...

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

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

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Oklahoma coronavirus updates: Here's what we know

With the coronavirus spreading throughout the country and across the globe, here is what we know about what's going on in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lawmakers unsure when they will return to Capitol, finish session

Members of Oklahoma’s Legislature will not return to the Capitol this week. Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat said he’s not sure when...

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Redistricting, recreational marijuana petitions unlikely to make ballot, organizers say

Call it unintended consequences. But organizers of two initiative petitions say COVID-19 and the ensuing fallout of the...

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Reactions to the passing of former Sen. Tom Coburn

Former colleagues and others commented Saturday on the death of former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. Vice President Mike Pence:...

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

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

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

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

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Stitt says abortions included in suspended elective surgeries

Abortion procedures, unless deemed a medical emergency or “necessary to prevent serious health risks to the unborn child’s...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Early census participation lacking

Daniel Billingsley filled out his 2020 U.S. Census form online around 7 a.m. on March 12. He was undoubtedly one of the first...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City Council to vote on small-business relief proposal

The Oklahoma City Council will consider a $5.5 million relief package for small businesses hardest hit by interruptions due to...

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Live updates: Oklahoma coronavirus cases now 429; 16 dead

Follow along here for up-to-the-minute coverage of the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Gov. Stitt holds press conference

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt addresses the latest developments surrounding coronavirus in Oklahoma. Watch the press...

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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Hern sole member of state delegation to vote on aid package after unanimous Senate passage

Only one of Oklahoma’s five U.S. House members is expected to vote Friday on the estimated $2 trillion package to help...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Curbside pickup, but no delivery for dispensaries

Oklahoma dispensaries will not be allowed to deliver medical marijuana during the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Oklahoma...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lankford talks about stimulus bill

U.S. Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma City, who voted along with 95 other senators late Wednesday for an estimated $2 trillion...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Roughly 200 people at Capitol tested

About 200 people at the Oklahoma state Capitol were tested for COVID-19 on March 17 after a Senate staffer tested positive for...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Camps help city employees stay on the job

Day camps for school-age children are helping city of Oklahoma City employees stay on the job. With schools closed during the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State ramping up to process 2,000 tests per day, Stitt says

A week after declaring Oklahoma critically low on materials to test for COVID-19, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday that the state...

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'Let Hope Rise: Together In Prayer for Oklahoma' to be held Thursday night

The event, hosted by the Rev. Michael Todd, will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Transformation Church in Tulsa, where Todd is pastor.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Listen to The Oklahoman's daily COVID-19 podcast

Welcome to the home of The Oklahoman's daily podcast dedicated to informing readers about the spread of COVID-19 in the state.

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Violations of 'safer-at-home' order can result in misdemeanor, AG says

Hunter urged law enforcement officers to take a gentler approach whenever possible.

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Despite coronavirus, millions of workers can’t stay home. Are they safe?

Whatever the job, there is one thing many of those workers have in common – they don’t feel safe, and they are clashing with...

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Senate leader: Roughly 200 people at Capitol previously tested for coronavirus

A majority of the tests have come back negative, said Senate Pro Tem Greg Treat.

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Oklahoma dispensaries can do curbside pickup, but no delivery amid coronavirus threat

Oklahoma law does not allow for the delivery of medical marijuana, according to the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: What businesses are essential?

Gov. Kevin Stitt has given more details on what businesses in 27 counties must close by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: What businesses are essential?

Dozens of private businesses and public spaces will be able to remain open despite Gov. Kevin Stitt ordering the closure of all...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: OKC issues revised emergency declaration

Oklahoma City on Wednesday issued the latest revision of Mayor David Holt's coronavirus emergency declaration, extending...

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US reaches 1,000 deaths in coronavirus crisis

The death toll in the United States topped 1,000 on Wednesday night as the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the...

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Two Grand Princess cruise passengers with coronavirus die; 103 have tested positive for COVID-19

Two passengers who had been on Princess Cruises' Grand Princess, thesecond Princess Cruises' ship with cases of coronavirus,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt announces 'safer-at-home' policy

The policy will require the state's most vulnerable populations remain at home until April 30.

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The US is confronting coronavirus without the CDC. It’s ‘like fighting with one hand tied behind your back,’ ex-director says

The United States’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic is haphazard, uncoordinated and sorely missing the guidance of the U.S....

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Watch live: White House addresses coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Partial highlights of a roughly $2 trillion package to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: House legislator tests positive

At least five people who work at Oklahoma's state Capitol have tested positive for COVID-19.

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Britain's Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus

LONDON (AP) —Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Department of Labor tells states to limit information provided regarding unemployment

As unemployment insurance claims spike across the nation, the U.S. Department of Labor is instructing state agencies to limit...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt predicts thousands of COVID-19 cases

Under mounting pressure to take bolder action, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday ordered non-essential business closures in counties...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma City mayor commends state order that, while limited, broadens metro-area restrictions

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt on Tuesday commended Gov. Kevin Stitt for an order that closes "non-essential" businesses and...

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

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

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Trump to use wartime act to ease shortage of coronavirus test kits, FEMA says

The Trump administration was expected to start wielding its powers under theDefense Production Act for the first time Tuesday...

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Coronavirus: White House provides latest COVID-19 update

The presser is expected to start at 4:30 p.m.

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Democrats call on Stitt to close businesses, ban gatherings of more than 10 people

Democrats are calling on the governor to take more actions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

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Tokyo Olympics officially postponed until 2021

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympics were postponed until 2021 on Tuesday, ending weeks of speculation that the games could not go...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission closes offices to public until further notice

OCC closes to public The Oklahoma Corporation Commission closed its Oklahoma City headquarters, its regional office in Tulsa...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Utilities and companies that provide Oklahomans with electricity, natural gas and some phone services are suspending disconnects,...

Companies that provide Oklahomans with electrical, natural gas and phone services in some rural areas have been working with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State health department slow to let staff work from home

While urging other Oklahomans to stay at home to fight the spread of coronavirus, the state Health Department was telling its...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: REAL ID deadline to be pushed back

President Donald Trump announced Monday the federal government will push back a federal deadline for states to implement REAL...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma County Court Clerk's Office limiting in-person filings, closing Edmond office

The Oklahoma County Court Clerk’s Office is limiting in-person filings and closing its Edmond office due to COVID-19. Starting...

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Inhofe, Lankford say they would vote for $2 trillion aid bill

Oklahoma Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford said Monday that they support a massive aid package to help Americans...

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Trump says he wants to ease up on coronavirus related shutdowns 'pretty soon' amid concerns about economy

“You’ll see what happens,” Trump said. "It’s not going to be three or four months” before life returns to normal, Trump said....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City warns against flushing wipes

Oklahoma City says all those wipes being used to disinfect surfaces are trouble waiting to happen if they are flushed down the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt forms task force, no plans to close businesses

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Sunday he will expand a gubernatorial task force to enhance the state’s response to the COVID-19...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 23, 2020

Coronavirus: Masks concern firefighters Deputy Chief of Operations Mike Walker of the Oklahoma City Fire Department said over...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State, federal candidates encouraged to file by mail

Candidates vying for state and federal offices this year are encouraged to send in their filing paperwork remotely amid the...

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Tulsa, Trump administration warn of upheaval in Creek case

The city of Tulsa and the Trump administration warned last week of upheaval in eastern Oklahoma if the U.S. Supreme Court rules...

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Watch live: Gov. Stitt gives latest update on COVID-19 in Oklahoma

Watch as Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt provides an update on the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: How to cope with the 'new normal'

"New normal" can be less ominous than it sounds, if we let it be. A week after the novel coronavirus' abrupt intrusion on...

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Vice President Mike Pence, wife test negative for COVID-19

The vice president's press secretary, Katie Miller, tweeted the results of the tests Saturday night.

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Stitt says mobile testing sites coming, as confirmed COVID-19 cases rise by 5

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday that he is working to open mobile testing sites in the next few days as the state’s partnership...

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Inhofe favors direct payments, says he now takes pandemic seriously

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Friday that he would support direct payments to Americans as part of a coronavirus stimulus package,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits won't be left behind by Congress, Lankford says

Sen. James Lankford assured nonprofit leaders Friday that stimulus measures include provisions to keep them afloat through the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Senate to stay closed pending test results

About 30 senators and Senate personnel were tested for COVID-19 earlier this week.

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Watch live: White House addresses coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Trump administration officials descended Friday on Capitol Hill to...

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Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15

WASHINGTON (AP) — Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Trump administration has decided to push the income tax filing...

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Officials in state found to be hostile to records requests

Oklahoma's political and civic leaders like to tout the friendliness of the state's people, but some elected officials are...

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Stitt anticipates tapping Rainy Day Fund as possible revenue shortfall looms

The COVID-19 outbreak could have a profound effect on Oklahoma’s state budget. Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday the state could...

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

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

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U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn, Tom Cole to self-quarantine for two weeks

U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn and Tom Cole announced Thursday that they must self-quarantine until next week because of contact with...

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Oklahoma state epidemiologist reassigned amid COVID-19 turmoil

The Oklahoma State Health Department replaced the state epidemiologist Thursday after a week of rapid developments with the...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma elections secretary: Localities can reschedule April 7 elections

Oklahoma's top elections official declared an election emergency Wednesday, ahead of local elections scheduled to occur in 74...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State faces "critical shortage" of tests as cases mount

Oklahoma faced a critical shortage of coronavirus testing agents on Wednesday as cases continued to mount, including the first...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Guns sales on the rise as anxiety over COVID-19 climbs

Gun and ammo sales are soaring in Oklahoma and around the country amid fears and worry about the COVID-19 pandemic. Guns are...

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Stitt’s Medicaid waiver seeks work requirements, premiums for low-income Oklahomans

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s plan to customize Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma seeks to impose work or community-engagement requirements...

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Inhofe, Lankford oppose funding bill for testing, relief programs and paid leave

Oklahoma’s senators on Wednesday cast two of only eight votes against a bill to add emergency relief money to Medicaid, food...

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Watch live: Gov. Stitt gives update on COVID-19 in Oklahoma

Watch live as Gov. Kevin Stitt provides the latest update on the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The press conference is...

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Oklahoma elections secretary: Localities can reschedule April 7 elections

Oklahoma's top elections official declared an election emergency in light of COVID-19.

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Trump says he will invoke Defense Production Act to marshal private sector in response to coronavirus pandemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he will invoke Defense Production Act to marshal private sector in response to coronavirus pandemic.

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Treasury proposal: Deliver $500B in checks to millions of Americans, first round coming April 6

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department wants to start issuing direct payments to Americans by early next month as the...

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Video at 10:30 a.m.: White House addresses coronavirus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate turned to a House-passed coronavirus response bill on Wednesday, even as lawmakers and the Trump...

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Person connected to Oklahoma Senate tests positive for COVID-19

It's unclear if the person who tested positive is an elected official or Senate personnel.

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt urges Oklahomans to avoid gatherings of 10 or more and eating in restaurants

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday urged Oklahomans to avoid eating in restaurants, discretionary travel, shopping trips and...

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George and Donna Nigh Public Service Scholarships recently were awarded to college students from across Oklahoma. The $1,000...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: United Way establishes reponse fund

United Way of Central Oklahoma has established a COVID-19 response fund to address the needs of individuals and families...

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Trump pushes for economic aid package
Senators say package could approach $1T

WASHINGTON — In a massive federal effort Tuesday, President Donald Trump asked Congress to speed emergency checks to Americans,...

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Watch live: Gov. Stitt gives coronavirus update

Watch live as Gov. Kevin Stitt provides an update at 3 p.m. on the spread of COVID-19 in Oklahoma

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Watch live: OKC Public Schools Emergency Board of Education Meeting

The Oklahoma City Public Schools will hold an emergency board of education meeting at 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 17. Watch live here:

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State Capitol will close to public

The Oklahoma state Capitol will close to the general public amid the COVID-19 outbreak. Legislative leaders from both chambers...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma cruise ship passengers returned to state

All 26 Oklahomans who had been passengers on a cruise ship and dispersed to military bases because of coronavirus concerns are...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nonprofits navigate unknown territory

Needed now more than ever, many Oklahoma City nonprofits are in a bind. Coronavirus has interrupted the spring calendar, a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Horn praises Holt decision on water service

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt’s decision to provide water service to all residents means thousands...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Trump on Stitt tweet: Probably better not to go to restaurants

President Donald Trump on Monday stopped short of criticizing Gov. Kevin Stitt for encouraging people to eat out amid the...

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Watch live: State lawmakers provide coronavirus update

State leaders will hold a 3:15 p.m. press conference to discuss access to the state Capitol and changes to the legislative...

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House legislators to plan next steps in ‘unprecedented’ meeting

State legislators will discuss the COVID-19 outbreak and next steps for the Legislature.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 16, 2020

Water shutoff policies may be adjusted Oklahoma City is working on policy changes to help residential water customers retain...

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Creek reservation case could change Oklahoma forever, Hunter argues

Ruling that a Creek reservation exists in eastern Oklahoma “would plunge the State into uncertainty for decades to come,”...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Count on us to get the facts right

We feel collectively displaced. Kinda lost. Kinda nervous. As the spread of coronavirus dominates our lives, Oklahomans are...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Governor Stitt, Mayor Holt give emergency declarations

Oklahoma is now under a state of emergency after an eighth case of coronavirus was confirmed by the governor and the first case...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt declares state of emergency

The state of emergency will be in place for the next 30 days.

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Gov. Stitt faces backlash over tweet amid virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor faced a backlash on social media after tweeting a picture of himself and his children...

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Could coronavirus result in expanded mail-in balloting?

Thousands of Oklahoma voters are expected to head to the polls in less than a month for school board and special elections in...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Stitt, health officials pushing to get cruise ship passengers back to Oklahoma

Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma Health Department continued to work Saturday to secure the return of 26 Oklahomans who were...

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Doctor says Trump tests negative for coronavirus

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has tested negative for the new coronavirus, according to the president’s personal...

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Bethany council launches probe into mayor's conduct

BETHANY — In a standing-room-only meeting Thursday night, the Bethany City Council voted unanimously to investigate allegations...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Locals question slow pace of testing

The Trump administration’s efforts to speed up testing for the coronavirus came as Oklahomans grew increasingly frustrated with...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Pentagon issues U.S. travel restrictions for military

The Department of Defense said late Friday it will restrict troop movements in the United States until May. The announcement...

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Trump declares national emergency to bolster funding for fighting virus outbreak

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Friday that he is declaring the coronavirus pandemic a national emergency,...

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Video: Trump holds news conference

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will hold a press conference to address the spiraling coronavirus pandemic as he seeks...

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In reversal, House bans marriage for minors younger than 16

The Oklahoma House on Wednesday passed legislation to prohibit minors under 16 years of age from getting married. The House's...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Lankford frustrated with pace of coronavirus testing, while Oklahoma City reacts to Horn's concerns

U.S. Sen James Lankford expressed frustration Thursday with the pace of coronavirus testing in the United States, while Rep....

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: City 'paying close attention' to coronavirus developments

Mayor David Holt on Thursday encouraged Oklahoma City residents to be proactive in adopting habits to limit the spread of...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: State health department put to the test

Oklahoma's coronavirus examination capabilities were put to their own test on Wednesday. After 58 people related to the Utah...

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Stitt taps new secretary of human services

OKDHS director Justin Brown joins the governor's cabinet

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: No plans to close state Capitol

House Speaker Charles McCall is urging Oklahomans not to panic.

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Watch: Gov. Stitt, state health offiicals gives latest coronavirus update

Watch Gov. Kevin Stitt's Thursday press conference, where he announced the latest developments related to COVID-19 in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma County deputy sheriff fired

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor on Wednesday fired a deputy running against him for what was described as a pattern of...

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Oklahoma Department of Securities accused of negligence in class-action lawsuit

A class-action lawsuit has been filed against the Oklahoma Department of Securities over a massive December 2018 data breach...

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

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

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Horn seeks aid to keep residential water flowing to residents so they can wash hands

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn urged congressional leaders on Wednesday to help people maintain water service so they can wash hands...

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Health care agency consolidation moves forward

Oklahoma legislators are moving forward with plans to consolidate two state health care agencies despite opposition from some...

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Lawmakers reverse plans to merge transportation agencies

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority will not merge with the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

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Senate passes bill targeting parts of SQ 780, increasing penalty for drugs around schools

“I don’t think the people of Oklahoma knew they were taking away the 1,000 foot drug-free zones around our schools,” Sen. Casey...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: 9 things you should know

Coronavirus is here and with it comes a lot of questions and concerns. Here are 9 things you should know about COVID-19.

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California animal confinement rule cages OK producers, attorney general asserts

Oklahoma joins fight against California Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter joined counterparts representing 14 other states...

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Rep. Cole criticizes proposed CDC cuts

WASHINGTON — This was the day Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, has been warning about — and essentially predicted. In 2017, when the...

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Amended resolution to alter citizens' petition process clears Oklahoma House

Oklahoma's House passed Tuesday legislation to require citizens' initiative petitions to collect signatures from all of...

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House passes cost-of-living adjustment for state retirees

In a rare unanimous vote, the Oklahoma House on Tuesday passed legislation to grant a cost-of-living adjustment this year to...

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Biden wins Mississippi and Missouri in early blow to Sanders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden delivered decisive wins in Missouri and Mississippi on Tuesday, dealing an early blow to Bernie...

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Sanders, Biden cancel Ohio rallies over coronavirus concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden abruptly canceled scheduled rallies Tuesday...

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Global events affecting Oklahoma oil industry

A steep drop in the price for crude oil can be blamed on many global factors, but the effects will be felt close to home for...

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Oklahoma House rejects bill to restrict marriage involving minors

House rejects bill to restrict marriage involving minors The Oklahoma House on Monday scrapped legislation to limit minors from...

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Ten people under investigation for coronavirus in Oklahoma

After one person was officially confirmed to have COVID-19 in Oklahoma last week, more were under investigation for the disease...

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Senate passes bill altering virtual charter school board

Senate lawmakers passed their own revisions to the Oklahoma Statewide Virtual Charter School Board on Monday, a week after...

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Attorney General: Gov. Stitt cannot put tribal gaming money in escrow

Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration cannot deposit state revenues from tribal gaming exclusivity fees in escrow pending the...

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Lawsuit awaits bill prohibiting state contracts with companies boycotting Israel

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

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Epic Charter Schools' management company won't turn over records, state auditor says

Epic Charter Schools’ management company, run by the school’s co-founders, has been accused of refusing to turn over financial...

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Oklahoma House rejects bill to restrict marriage involving minors

Previous research shows Oklahoma has one of the highest rates of teen marriages.

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House passes bill protecting student loan borrowers

A bill establishing the Oklahoma Student Borrower’s Bill of Rights Act passed through the House Monday afternoon.

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 9, 2020

Q&A: Census OKC begins The 2020 U.S. Census begins contacting Oklahoma City residents this week. Here's what to know: What...

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Oklahoma wildlife officials wary of national decline in hunting

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

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Lawmakers push to revise medical marijuana laws

Home delivery of medical marijuana, a shorter dispensary setback from schools and making the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana...

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Scrap metal items regulated by Oklahoma law

Currently regulated scrap metal materials that can only be sold to Oklahoma recyclers by persons authorized by state law...

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Horn town hall covers coronavirus, health insurance

The spread of the new coronavirus has raised the issue of access to health insurance, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Saturday,...

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Exit polling reveals mind of Democratic voters

Exit polling conducted in Oklahoma on Super Tuesday revealed much about the voters in the Democratic presidential primary and...

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Scrap metal theft can prove dangerous and costly, but legislative action may be on the horizon

Eden Badgett, a musician and the church’s musical director, remembered how she and her colleagues showed up for worship...

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Self-driving cars, aircraft on Oklahoma Capitol minds

Oklahoma lawmakers appear to be considering this year, for the first time, how the state can play a role in a future autonomous...

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Health officials separate fact from fiction regarding coronavirus

As the first case of coronavirus was confirmed in Oklahoma and the disease continues to spread across the United States and the...

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Interactive: Democratic primary voters saw Biden as best shot at Trump

Oklahoma voters in the Democratic primary on Tuesday overwhelmingly considered former Vice President Joe Biden the best option...

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Oklahoma County prepares for coronavirus

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

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Oklahoma health officials begin Medicaid expansion process

The Stitt administration is moving forward with plans to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income Oklahomans on July 1. The...

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Census FAQ: What to know in Oklahoma City as the census begins

The Census Bureau is contacting every Oklahoma City household starting March 12.

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Elizabeth Warren’s dog goes viral after stealing a burrito

WASHINGTON – Sen. Elizabeth Warren dropped out of the presidential race on Thursday. It wasn’t long after that her dog,...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission adopts more restrictive proration order for unallocated natural gas wells

A majority of elected members of Oklahoma’s Corporation Commission voted Thursday to limit how much natural gas is produced by...

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Oklahoma will submit Medicaid expansion request Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt says

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Friday will submit to the federal government a state plan amendment seeking to expand...

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Sales, energy tax revenues slip again

Oklahoma’s economy showed signs of slowing again in February as revenue to the state government dropped 1.5% from the same...

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New petitions seek to decriminalize marijuana, legalize recreational use

Two initiative petitions filed Wednesday seek to legalize recreational marijuana and decriminalize the drug in Oklahoma. The...

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Inhofe, Lankford oppose $1 million cut to rural schools

Oklahoma's two U.S. senators have opposed a U.S. Department of Education decision that could shift more than $1 million away...

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Oklahoma lawmakers support coronavirus bill

All five U.S. House members from Oklahoma voted Wednesday for emergency legislation to combat the coronavirus. The measure was...

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Oklahoma legislators seek changes to citizens' petition process

Some Republican lawmakers are seeking to change the initiative petition process by which Oklahoma voters can try to put issues...

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Warren ends 2020 presidential bid after Super Tuesday rout

WASHINGTON (AP) — Elizabeth Warren, who electrified progressives with her “plan for everything” and strong message of economic...

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New petitions seek to decriminalize marijuana, legalize recreational use

Four initiative petitions relating to marijuana are currently active in Oklahoma.

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Private OK employers can ban political conversations in the workplace

Can a private employer prohibit political speech in the workplace without running afoul of the First Amendment? Yes. While the...

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Inhofe announces re-election bid

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, saying he wanted to continue working with President Donald Trump to rebuild the military, announced...

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Oklahoma County commissioner to run again after not being charged

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan said Wednesday he is running for reelection after being cleared of wrongdoing after...

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Biden gets majority of state Democratic delegates; Trump winning percentage sets record

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders will divide most of Oklahoma's Democratic delegates based on...

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Oklahoma House approves 'In God We Trust' bill

The bill from House Speaker Charles McCall could cost the state an estimated $85,000 to place the national motto in 342 state...

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Bloomberg drops out of presidential race, endorses Biden

Axios is reporting Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg is ending his run for the presidency. Stay close to...

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Medicare now covers outpatient coronary procedure

There is good news for Medicare recipients who are facing the prospect of angioplasty with stent to open up blood vessels in...

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Deputies respond to complaints of electioneering outside precincts

NORMAN — Sheriff's deputies Tuesday responded to multiple reports of electioneering outside polling places by people gathering...

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Oklahoma House passes pro-Israel bill

Oklahoma legislators on Tuesday passed legislation that would result in the state picking a side in the complicated and lengthy...

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Voters approve Sunday liquor store hours

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

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Biden wins Oklahoma Democratic primary

Former Vice President Joe Biden won the Democratic presidential primary in Oklahoma on Tuesday, easily beating Vermont Sen....

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OKC parks tax fails

Oklahoma City voters rejected a citizens' initiative for a dedicated parks sales tax Tuesday, largely on the strength of...

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Recap: Oklahoma Super Tuesday election coverage

It’s Super Tuesday, which means voters around the country will be filling polling places and casting their votes in the...

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State health officials propose new vaccination exemption rules

As a growing number of Oklahoma schoolchildren receive exemptions from state vaccination requirements, the State Department of...

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House passes bill to abolish virtual charter school board

A House Floor vote on Monday signaled support for major restructuring of the state agency overseeing virtual charter schools....

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Voters decide Tuesday on parks initiative

Five times in the past, Oklahoma City voters have approved citizens' initiatives. On Tuesday, voters could approve a sixth....

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Senators seek appeal of 10th Circuit ruling faulting the EPA's renewable fuels blending exemption program

A group of U.S. Senators are upset with a court's decision regarding renewable fuel blending. Refiners across the nation are...

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Voters go to the polls for presidential, local races

Oklahoma voters head to the polls on Tuesday to help further narrow the rapidly shrinking Democratic presidential field, while...

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Oklahoma could honor out-of-state work licenses

A Republican state lawmaker wants Oklahoma to automatically recognize professional licenses and certifications granted by other...

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State lawmakers divided on how to pay for Medicaid expansion

Oklahoma lawmakers appear to be divided on party lines about how to pay for Oklahoma’s share of Medicaid expansion....

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, March 2, 2020

Parks vote Tuesday Advocates say a dedicated sales tax would benefit neighborhood parks throughout Oklahoma City. A citizens'...

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Klobuchar heads to Oklahoma as Super Tuesday nears

Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar headed to Oklahoma on Monday for a pre-election day rally, while Joe Biden’s...

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Super Tuesday: Where the candidates stand on key issues

As Super Tuesday approaches, here's a look at some of the Democratic candidates' stances on several key issues, including...

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Pete Buttigieg ends history-making bid for White House

After rising from relative obscurity to become a viable White House candidate, Pete Buttigieg ends his campaign

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US students lag other countries in math. The reason likely lies in how schools teach it

American students struggle in math. One likely reason: U.S. high schools teach math differently than other countries.

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

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

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Democratic candidates making last-minute pushes for Super Tuesday

Democratic presidential campaigns mobilized their Oklahoma supporters this weekend to get out the vote on Tuesday in a primary...

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Oklahoma City voters to decide parks initiative

Sparrow Park in near-northwest Oklahoma City has a few pieces of playground equipment, a faux Route 66 picnic shelter, a...

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

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

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Epic Charter grads less likely to enroll in college

Like many teenagers, Maggie Waldon caught a sort of senioritis halfway through a traditional high school. She was ready to be...

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Grant program would guarantee airline revenue on some new routes

Oklahoma taxpayers might be asked to subsidize new airline routes through a grant program proposed in the state Senate. Senate...

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Oklahoma lawmakers seek mental health parity

Some Oklahoma lawmakers want health insurance companies to cover mental health and substance use disorders the same way they...

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Billionaire Tom Steyer ends 2020 Democratic presidential bid

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, who poured millions of dollars into his Democratic presidential...

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Biden wins South Carolina, hopes for Super Tuesday momentum

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Joe Biden scored a convincing victory in South Carolina’s Democratic primary on Saturday, riding a wave...

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Trump to discuss coronavirus threat Saturday at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he'll address the nation about the coronavirus threat.Trump tweeted that...

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Redistricting petition faces new legal challenges

Two new legal challenges were filed Friday against an initiative petition seeking to overhaul Oklahoma’s redistricting...

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Oklahoma school standards could add biological evolution, expand on climate change

A proposal for new state academic standards could explicitly include biological evolution for the first time in Oklahoma. The...

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Dozens sworn in as naturalized U.S. Citizens

Rising to her feet, Ana Ortiz placed her right hand over her heart and said the Pledge of Allegiance. For the first time...

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Oklahoma awarded $16 million for emergency road, bridge repairs

Federal money awarded for damaged roads The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Oklahoma just over $16 million in...

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Federal judge rejects requests by two tribes to join lawsuit against Gov. Stitt

An Oklahoma City federal judge has rejected requests by two tribes to join a tribal gaming lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt. It...

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Death row inmates ask to renew legal challenge to execution procedures

As expected, almost two dozen Oklahoma death row inmates took the first step Thursday to renew their legal challenge to the...

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OU students continue sit-in at administration building

NORMAN — Student protesters on Thursday sat for a second consecutive day outside the president’s office at the University of...

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Inhofe, Horn say Pentagon left out key reforms for military housing

Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe and Rep. Kendra Horn say a new tenant bill of rights for military families, a cornerstone of efforts...

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Bloomberg says resume, resources can beat Trump

Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg, campaigning in Oklahoma City on Thursday, accused President Donald Trump of...

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Coliseum could get MAPS 3 boost

The MAPS 4 fairgrounds coliseum is in line to receive $9 million from MAPS 3. The MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board on Tuesday...

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U.S. Department of Transportation giving millions to Oklahoma for road, bridge repairs

The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded Oklahoma just over $16 million in emergency relief funds to "make repairs to...

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Oklahoma City charter review committee studies election requirements, state law

A charter review committee named by Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt has begun its work with a review of qualifications to hold...

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Oklahoma County sheriff calls lawsuit a political stunt

Oklahoma County Sheriff P.D. Taylor is calling a deputy's lawsuit against him a political stunt. "That's all it is," he said...

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Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

Mayor David Holt said Wednesday he would be gathering city, business, educational and philanthropic leaders together with the...

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Letter from Cherokee Nation citizens prompts Elizabeth Warren apology for 'real harm' to tribes

A week before Oklahoma Democrats vote in their presidential primary, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is facing new...

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Legislation introduced to fund Stitt's Medicaid expansion proposal

Oklahoma lawmakers got their first look Tuesday at how the state might pay for Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Medicaid expansion plan....

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Stitt signs private-school scholarship bill despite privacy concerns

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 1230 into law Tuesday, requiring private schools to provide information about recipients of...

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Trump names Pence to lead US response to coronavirus threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that the U.S. is “very, very ready” for whatever the coronavirus...

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Holt focuses 2020 State of the City speech on idea of 'collaborative conversation' to improve public schools

Mayor's annual speech includes remembrance of April 19, 1995, Murrah building bombing as 25th anniversary approaches.

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Lawmakers push back against effort to reduce qualifications for agency heads

Two legislative proposals seeking to reduce the qualifications required to lead specific state agencies were met with...

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Oklahoma court agrees legislator wasted marital assets

The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals has upheld a divorce judge's ruling that state Rep. Kevin McDugle committed "marital...

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House lawmakers vote on virtual charter school transparency

A bill with widespread impact on virtual charter schools received unanimous support Tuesday in the House Common Education...

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Capitol briefs

House OKs measure giving jailers mandatory breaks A bill giving Department of Corrections employees the right to 15-minute...

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Bill lengthening emergency teacher certifications passes committee

A bill that would allow emergency-certified educators to teach longer without full certification has passed the state Senate...

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Oklahoma City charter review committee looks at election requirements, state law

The seven-member panel will meet monthly and spend the year considering changes.

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Lawmakers advance measure to end smoking in Oklahoma bars

The bill passed the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday.

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Inhofe to announce re-election plans next week

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe will formally announce on March 6 whether he will seek re-election to a fifth full term this year, his...

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Bill to prevent ‘red flag’ gun policies advances

The legislation would prevent Oklahoma localities from adopting 'red flag' policies.

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Oklahoma House OK's bill requiring DOC employees receive 15-minute breaks

A bill giving Department of Corrections employees the right to 15-minute breaks during their shifts passed through Oklahoma’s...

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Judge blocks University North Park vote in Norman

NORMAN — A judge Monday blocked a citywide vote on the future of development at University North Park. Cleveland County...

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Klobuchar pitches plans over pipe dreams during OKC stop

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar pitched herself to Oklahoma Democrats on Sunday as the pragmatic presidential candidate who could...

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Killer of three in Owasso loses final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to review the case of Oklahoma death row inmate Clarence Rozell Goode, Jr., who was...

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OU issues statement after another educator uses racial slur in class

The University of Oklahoma released a statement Monday after a history teacher used a racial slur during class.

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How Democratic presidential candidates would regulate the oil and gas industry

As Democratic presidential candidates court Oklahomans for votes, some are calling for measures that would sharply curtail...

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Mayor aims to rally the community around the idea of better schools for Oklahoma City's children

Facilitating an effort to improve public schools was among Mayor David Holt's goals during his campaign two years ago.

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Oklahoma DHS launches child support website

Oklahoma DHS launches child support website As part of the Stitt administration's push to digitally transform state...

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CDC to correct 'early death capital' name given to Stilwell

STILWELL — When a national news report labeled Stilwell the "early death capital" of the United States, Lisa Pivec read it...

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Democrats courting Oklahomans seek limits on oil and gas production

As Democratic presidential candidates court Oklahomans for votes, some are calling for measures that would sharply curtail...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 24, 2020

Parks initiative voting set Early in-person voting at county election boards begins Wednesday for the March 3 election....

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Bernie Sanders holds Democratic fundraising lead in Oklahoma

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has raised the most money in Oklahoma from donors to Democratic presidential candidates, while Pete...

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Initiative would elevate parks, park programs

Pete White says a stream of cash dedicated to parks would assure kids get the greatest possible value from the investments...

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Farmer surprised with rare award at American Farmers & Ranchers convention

It takes overwhelming commitment, loyalty and consistency to receive an Oklahoma Farmers Union meritorious service award....

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Super switch: Looking back on Oklahoma's decision to join Super Tuesday

The first thing U.S. Rep. Tom Cole remembers about Oklahoma’s decision to hold presidential primaries is how relieved he was....

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Gov. Stitt nominates Gary Crawley to serve on conservation commission

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt nominated Gary Crawley, of Savanna, to serve on the Oklahoma Conservation Commission. If Oklahoma’s...

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Stitt appointing 2 to OU, OSU/A&M regents

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced appointments Friday to the governing boards of Oklahoma’s two largest university systems. Stitt will...

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Attorney general dismisses lawsuit against three opioid distributors, but plans to refile later

In what is being described as a "strategic move," Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter dismissed the state's lawsuit against...

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Legal challenge filed against permitless carry repeal petition

Supporters of Oklahoma’s permitless carry law are challenging a petition seeking to repeal the measure that expanded residents’...

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OSBI to investigate Dove Charter Schools

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation will open an investigation into Dove Charter Schools officials, which have been...

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Two Oklahoma tribes face opposition in requests to participate in lawsuit over gaming compacts

Five Oklahoma gaming tribes have asked a federal judge to reject requests by two other tribes to participate in their lawsuit...

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Bloomberg says 3 women can be released from NDAs

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said Friday that he's willing to release at least three...

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Marshall, Johnston Counties join "Second Amendment sanctuary" movement

Logan County became the first Oklahoma county to make a declaration as a “Second Amendment sanctuary” last week, sparking a...

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Opinion sought on Stitt's gaming fee plan

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has been asked for a legal opinion about whether the state can put tribal gaming...

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Billion dollar savings blowing in as Public Service Co. of Oklahoma gets approval to add wind

Oklahomans are projected to save more than $1 billion in electric costs over the next three decades through a plan by Public...

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

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

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Bill to undo permitless carry fails in committee

Another attempt to undo Oklahoma’s permitless carry law failed Thursday. Oklahoma’s House Public Safety Committee quickly...

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Trump loyalist Roger Stone gets 40 months in prison

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump loyalist Roger Stone gets 40 months in prison after Justice Department backs off sentencing...

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Measures would change how TSET money is used

At least two measures moving through the Legislature seek to ask voters to make substantial changes to the state's Tobacco...

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Options for widening I-35 in OKC unveiled

Many residents got their first look at proposed designs for widening Interstate 35 in eastern Oklahoma City Tuesday night...

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

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

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Capitol briefs for Feb. 20, 2020: Bill expanding parental rights around vaccines, post-birth practices fails

Vaccine bill fails in committee Bill expanding parental rights around vaccines, post-birth practices fails A bill expanding...

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Briefs for The Oklahoman's Business cover on Feb. 20, 2020

Devon boosts dividend Devon Energy announced this week its board of directors is boosting the company’s quarterly stock...

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Epic Charter Schools lawsuit against Sharp dismissed

A judge on Wednesday dismissed Epic Charter Schools’ libel and slander lawsuit against a state senator. Epic was seeking at...

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State budgets revenue from tribal gaming operations

Oklahoma state officials continue to include anticipated exclusivity fee revenue from tribal casinos in state budgets, despite...

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Stitt requests reports on state vehicle fleet

The directive stems from an executive order the governor signed on Feb. 11.

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Senate panel scraps effort to bar non-citizens from voting

Oklahoma already disallows non-U.S. citizens from voting.

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Students must apply by May 1 for Canadian County Democrats' scholarship

Students registered as Democrats may apply for the Canadian County Democrats’ Robert "Bob" Burton Democratic Scholarship. The...

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Drink it up: Oklahoma Water Resources Board adopts rules allowing for 'marginal' water production to benefit oil and gas industry now and potentially ease...

Oklahomans are about to gain access to additional groundwater that can be used for industrial, commercial, agricultural and (to...

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As Democratic surrogates pitch presidential candidates, poll shows Bloomberg, Sanders in tight race

EDMOND — Speakers for Democratic presidential hopefuls made the case for their candidates at a forum here Monday night, while a...

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Stitt to have final say on private school voucher transparency

A bill asking for more information on private school voucher recipients is heading to the governor’s desk. On Tuesday, the...

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Stitt warns legislators to be cautious about state's base spending

State lawmakers will have $85.5 million less to spend next year largely due to low oil and natural gas prices and global...

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Video: Kent State ‘gun girl’ who walked campus with AR confronted by protesters at Ohio University

Gun rights activist and Kent State graduate Kaitlin Bennett was greeted by a crowd of screaming protesters when she visited...

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

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

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Bill consolidating transportation agencies passes committee

A bill seeking to consolidate the Oklahoma Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority passed out of the...

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Bill would allow snow cone stands to open year round

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

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Mandatory vasectomy at age 50? Alabama lawmaker proposes response to abortion ban

A proposed Alabama law would require that all men get a vasectomy after they turn 50 or after the birth of their third child,...

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State Senate passes nurse independence compromise

Nurse independence compromise passes The Oklahoma Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday to expand the authority of nurse...

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Oklahoma Senate passes nurse independence compromise

The legislative fight has been ongoing for years.

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Bill to ban abortion if fetal heartbeat or brain waves are detected advances to Senate floor

A bill that seeks to ban abortions when the fetus is about six weeks old is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 1859, by...

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OKC police union leader challenges cutting funds for officers

Oklahoma City's police union president says the optics of cutting funds for five officers "are not good." The Police...

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State brand website tweaked over Land Run reference

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

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Bill increasing penalty for distributing private images without consent for financial gain passes Senate committee

A bill that would make it a felony to distribute private images without approval for financial or personal gain passed the...

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Presidential candidates step up activity in Oklahoma as Super Tuesday approaches

With the Super Tuesday presidential primaries about two weeks away, Democratic presidential candidates have begun focusing on...

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OKC civic life: What do police reports detail about Scissortail Park?

Voters have returned 1,869 absentee ballots for the March 3 election to the Oklahoma County Election Board as of Friday...

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Community gathers at rally to support State Question 805

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

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State legislators look to legalize needle exchanges in Oklahoma

A bipartisan group of state legislators have proposed legalizing needle exchanges in Oklahoma. Legislators in Oklahoma’s House...

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Families of Oklahoma murder victims say justice may be closer

At her murdered parents' graves, Debra Wyatt made a solemn promise to see their killer executed. She has been waiting 16...

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Surviving the presidential election without burning bridges

Editor's note: The following column is related to a Feb. 16 story about coping with polarization during the presidential...

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Bill reminiscent of 'stop and frisk' declared dead

A controversial bill some people feared would have allowed Oklahoma law enforcement to carry out "stop and frisk" type policies...

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Tribes: Stitt unwittingly renewed tribal gaming compacts

Gov. Kevin Stitt unwittingly triggered the automatic renewal of the state's tribal gaming compacts last December — at the same...

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How to stop polarization 'virus' from spreading

Polarization is manifested in several ways, especially when it comes to hot-button issues like politics, religion and...

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Lesser Prairie Chicken program undergoing changes

The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies promotes the region’s outdoorsman lifestyle. It also helps manage various...

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Layn Phillips selected as mediator in gaming compact dispute between governor and tribes

Former U.S. District Judge Layn R. Phillips has been selected to serve as the mediator in a dispute between Oklahoma's gaming...

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Cole bill would equalize hazard duty pay

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, whose Oklahoma district includes two large military bases and several National Guard and Reserve...

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Oklahoma sheriff declares county ‘Second Amendment sanctuary’

GUTHRIE — The sheriff of Logan County on Wednesday professed his support for gun rights by declaring the county a “Second...

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Sovereign immunity cited in appellate court ruling in Kaw tribal dispute

A Kay County judge exceeded his authority when he issued a temporary injunction prohibiting the then-chair and acting police...

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Inhofe, Lankford oppose war powers resolution

The U.S. Senate approved legislation Thursday to require congressional authorization for military action against Iran, with...