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Your trip to Dallas is getting shorter: Speed limit to increase to 75 mph on rural sections of I-35 and I-40

Road trips to Dallas will soon take a little less time. The Oklahoma Transportation Commission voted Monday to raise the speed...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: COVID-19 cases on the rise in Cherokee Nation

TAHLEQUAH — Positive COVID-19 cases recorded by the Cherokee Nation's health care system have increased more than 200 percent...

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Day care operators react to release of $9.6 million in COVID-19 relief funds

Gov. Kevin Stitt and the head of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services have announced plans to release $9.6 million in...

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Murder defendant captured after escaping Oklahoma County jail

Two cellmates fashioned bedsheets into a rope more than 100 feet long and made a daring escape Friday morning from the 12th...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court chief justice blocks contempt hearing for OKC police chief

The chief justice of the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Thursday blocked judges in two counties from telling Oklahoma City police...

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McClain County sheriff's new device seeks contraband

The McClain County Sheriff's Office has new technology to use in its war on drugs and other crime — a hand-held X-ray device....

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Gov. Kevin Stitt reacts to federal judge's ruling in tribal gaming lawsuit

Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a statement Tuesday expressing disappointment in a federal judge's ruling that the state's 15-year...

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OKC activist charged with three misdemeanors

Oklahoma City activist Jess Eddy is facing three misdemeanor counts over a protest May 30 and a sit-in last week. He was...

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Gov. Kevin Stitt loses another tribal gaming lawsuit

An Oklahoma City federal judge Tuesday handed Gov. Kevin Stitt another defeat in his effort to restructure Oklahoma's nearly...

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Claremore veterans center experiencing 'alarming rise' of COVID-19 cases

Dozens of residents at a state veterans center in Claremore have contracted COVID-19 and 10 have died this month after testing...

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OKC police in feud with judges in two counties

Judges in two counties say Oklahoma City police officers take dozens of arrested suspects every year to the wrong jail. In...

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Despite few COVID-19 cases reported in state prisons, many have concerns

Despite a low number of reported positive COVID-19 cases inside state prison facilities, families and friends of those...

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COVID-19 outbreak hits Oklahoma County jail

As new COVID-19 cases surge to record highs in the state, the Oklahoma County jail has become the latest facility for inmates...

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Murder charge filed in 1985 cold case

CHANDLER — Nearly 35 years ago, Oklahoma City florist Paul Douglas Aikman died violently in a lonely spot, along the Turner...

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Security guard charged with assault

A Walmart security guard has been charged with assault and battery with a deadly weapon for shooting a fleeing shoplifting...

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'I'm not going back,' gunman said

Though only 30, Kyle A. Elrod already had been in and out of prison twice for sex offenses, a credit card crime and drugs. So,...

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Oklahoma prosecutor says Indian Health Service shortcomings leave children vulnerable

Red tape, a lack of leadership and problems attracting quality medical professionals have made Native American children...

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Oklahoma Corrections reports COVID-19 outbreak at Lexington Correctional Center

Ninety-six people in connection with the Lexington Correctional Center have tested positive for COVID-19, the Oklahoma...

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Surge pushes Epic Charter Schools to highest enrollment in state

Epic Charter Schools has grown into the largest school system in Oklahoma amid pandemic demands and increasing interest. The...

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Protesters arrested Monday identified

The seven protesters arrested in Oklahoma City on trespassing complaints have been identified. The seven staged a sit-in in the...

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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Oklahoma updates hospital surge plan as coronavirus hospitalizations grow

As the number of people hospitalized due to complications from COVID-19 increases, the Oklahoma State Department of Health...

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State Supreme Court rejects gaming compacts negotiated by Gov. Kevin Stitt

Gov. Kevin Stitt exceeded his authority when he signed gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe that...

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Osage Nation to build new casinos in Bartlesville, Pawhuska

After years of waiting, the Osage Nation has finally received federal approval to put land into trust that will enable it to...

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DEQ decides not to move into SandRidge Tower

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is no longer interested in moving into the SandRidge Tower in downtown...

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Cherokee Nation chief says leaders still working toward agreement on jurisdiction

Leaders of the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations said Monday they need more time to discuss with their citizens how to...

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Employers not required to notify staff, patrons of positive COVID cases, but it is encouraged

When an employee tests positive for COVID-19, what are businesses required to report, if anything? As it turns out, the law...

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Ackerman McQueen CEO sued by ex-employee

A former employee at advertising agency Ackerman McQueen is accusing the CEO of hostile and abusive behavior toward her because...

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OKC police earned nearly $900,000 in overtime during George Floyd protests

Overtime paid to Oklahoma City law enforcement ballooned in late May and early June when thousands of people took to the...

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Leadership change follows employee turmoil at The Children's Center

A new chief executive officer has begun work at The Children's Center Rehabilitation Hospital in Bethany following months of...

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OKDHS denies accusations of neglect in alleged El Reno child sex abuse case

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services on Thursday denied accusations the agency was negligent in an alleged child sex abuse...

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Record COVID-19 hospitalizations taxing hospital system

The number of Oklahomans hospitalized with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 soared to a record 638 this week, putting...

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Norman police chief responds to face mask complaints

NORMAN — Police Chief Kevin Foster said Thursday his officers are committed to wearing face coverings required by a new city...

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Epic's Learning Fund should face public audit, virtual school board says

A board overseeing Epic Charter Schools said a bank account paying out student activity and educational funds should be open...

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Cherokees offer technology, clothing funding

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation has established a new online site where Cherokee parents can apply for clothing and technology...

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Legislative leaders file new lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt

Leaders of the Oklahoma Legislature filed a new lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt Tuesday, again accusing him of exceeding his...

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Oklahoma City recently adopted six police-focused reforms. Here's what is next

A soon-to-be-announced study group will spend the next year examining six police reforms approved by the Oklahoma City City...

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Elliot Chambers appointed to head Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office

The Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office voted Tuesday to appoint former White Star Chief Executive Officer Elliot...

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New cases set another record, while hospitalizations fall just short of previous high

Oklahoma set a record on Tuesday for new COVID-19 cases reported, while hospitalizations nearly matched the high set in March,...

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State receives $51.4 million to help transit agencies cope with COVID-19

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation has been awarded a $51.4 million grant from the Federal Transit Administration to...

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Norman police investigate suspicious death

The Norman Police Department is investigating a suspicious death after a dead man was found Monday in a residential driveway....

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State renegotiates hospital surge contracts as COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations spike

Oklahoma public health officials are finalizing new contracts for hospital surge plans as the number of positive cases and...

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Internet romance fraudster sentenced to federal prison

A 36-year-old Chicago man has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for his role in a fraudulent internet...

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Emails show police on high alert before Oklahoma City's May protests

It was after 11 p.m. Friday, May 29, when Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley emailed his staff, preparing them for a...

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Stitt recommends energy firm CEO to head Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office

The CEO of an oil and gas company that allegedly shorted the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office on royalty payments is...

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Two more charged with terrorism

Two more protesters Friday were charged with terrorism after a further investigation into the damage to an Oklahoma City bail...

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Weatherford man sentenced in molestation case

A 64-year-old Weatherford man was ordered to serve 78 months in prison for abusive sexual contact of a child in Indian Country,...

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Recall petititions circulating against leaders of two Oklahoma tribes

Members of the Comanche Nation and Kiowa Tribe have launched recall petitions against tribal leaders amid growing controversies...

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More Black Lives Matter protesters released after $1.4 million bond paid

Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City posted $1.4 million more in cash bonds Thursday to get four more protesters out of jail while...

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OKC hospital, others to pay $72.3M over alleged kickback scheme

An Oklahoma City hospital, physician group and management company have reached a $72.3 million settlement over allegations of a...

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Millions raised to bail out Black Lives Matter protesters

Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City has posted $2.1 million in cash bonds to get eight protesters out of jail while their criminal...

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Integris seeks additional bed capacity as Oklahoma shatters record for COVID cases

As Oklahoma reported its largest single-day increase of new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, a metro hospital announced it is reopening...

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Armed robbery suspect in custody after OKC pursuit

A 20-year-old man is in custody, accused of robbing a convenience store and leading Oklahoma County Sheriff’s deputies on a...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: New York adds Oklahomans to quarantine list

Oklahomans traveling to New York now will have to quarantine for 14 days under a new order issued by New York Gov. Andrew M....

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AG criticizes death row inmate's advocates

Attorney General Mike Hunter on Monday complained advocates for convicted murderer Julius Jones have manipulated the facts of...

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New I-40 interchange to be built west of Yukon

The Oklahoma Transportation Commission awarded a $14 million contract Monday to create a new Interstate 40 interchange at...

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Norman mom indicted in son's death

A Norman woman has been charged in the New Year's Day death of her 2-year-old son. The state's multi-county grand jury on...

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‘Abolitionist’ candidates largely unsuccessful in legislative races

Most legislative candidates who sought to criminalize abortion were unsuccessful last week in their election bids. At least...

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With Medicaid expansion approved, what happens next?

Oklahoma voters on Tuesday approved a state question to expand Medicaid, but legislators won’t decide until next year how to...

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Lawsuit against former OU Vice President Tripp Hall settled

NORMAN — A former University of Oklahoma student who accused a vice president of sexual assault and battery has accepted a...

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Terrorism defendant charged again

A protester was charged Thursday for a second time with terrorism based on statements he allegedly made on Facebook Live on May...

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Governor signs gaming compacts with two more tribes

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that he signed new gaming compacts with the Kialegee Tribal Town and Keetoowah...

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Governor's attorney: Oklahoma Supreme Court lacks authority to invalidate gaming compacts

The Oklahoma Supreme Court has no authority to void state gaming compacts that were approved under federal law, an attorney for...

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Black Lives Matter protest over criminal charges planned in OKC

Hundreds are expected Thursday morning at a protest in Oklahoma City over the filing of terrorism and other felony charges...

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

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

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Oklahoma County district judge seeks delay in disciplinary proceedings

Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman is asking a special court to put off disciplinary proceedings against her while...

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More OKC protesters charged with rioting

Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed two more rioting cases Tuesday, despite complaints he has excessively...

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Black Lives Matter OKC leader criticizes DA for protest charges

The executive director of Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City on Monday called the filing of criminal charges against protesters...

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

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

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Two new gaming compacts take effect, but for how long?

Gov. Kevin Stitt's new gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe officially took effect Monday, but...

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ACLU slams DA over protest charges

The ACLU of Oklahoma is accusing Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater of overcharging protesters to silence those...

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Oklahoma County commissioner raises more than $120,000 in less than four months

In the months a criminal investigation was hanging over his head, Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan put off raising...

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Some OKC protesters charged with terrorism, rioting, assault

Protesters blamed for the violence that broke out in Oklahoma City the last weekend in May were charged Friday with terrorism,...

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McLoud man pleads guilty to federal weapons violation

A military veteran who had vowed armed resistance to laws against personal freedom pleaded guilty Friday to a federal weapons...

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Bomb threat over "injustice in the world" leads to felony charge

A man with a history of mental illness is accused in a felony charge of threatening to blow up an Oklahoma City business and...

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

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

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Accused judge takes paid suspension

An accused Oklahoma County district judge accepted a paid suspension Tuesday. Kendra Coleman, 44, faces trial before a special...

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Norman councilwoman defends Tulsa arrest

NORMAN — A councilwoman and candidate for state Senate arrested over the weekend in Tulsa on a complaint of obstructing police...

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Special court asked to discipline Oklahoma County judge

Embattled Oklahoma County District Judge Kendra Coleman faces possible removal from office after being accused of further...

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United Keetoowah Band wins high court victory

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand a ruling allowing the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians to establish tribal...

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OKC doctor accused of illegally prescribing opioids

A federal grand jury is blaming an Oklahoma City pain doctor for illegally prescribing opioids and and other controlled...

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Black gun owners plan pro-Second Amendment walk

They will be arriving in peace, and hoping to carry a message. Omar Chatman, 41, is one of the organizers for 1,000 brothers...

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Six Oklahoma deaths tied to counterfeit Oxycodone pills

An investigation is underway into fake Oxycodone pills circulating in the state that have been linked to six Oklahoma deaths,...

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

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

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Oklahoma sets new daily record for COVID-19 infections

Oklahoma confirmed 228 new COVID-19 infections Tuesday — setting a new state record and continuing a recent trend that has...

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Federal judge rejects Gov. Stitt's request that he clarify governor's authority in tribal compact negotiations

An Oklahoma City federal judge on Monday rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt's request that he clarify the governor's authority to enter...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Leniency shown tax cheat

A compulsive gambler who cheated on his taxes was sentenced to home confinement because of the pandemic. Mickey Alvin Young, a...

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Oklahoma veterans homes have avoided major COVID-19 outbreaks

Although COVID-19 has ravaged some Oklahoma nursing homes, Oklahoma's seven state veterans centers have so far avoided major...

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Retired Oklahoma judge Arlene (Joplin) Johnson dies

A former prosecutor who played a pivotal role in the early stages of the Oklahoma City bombing case has died. Arlene Johnson...

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Court filings clear way for possible decision in lawsuit over tribal gaming compacts

Attorneys for Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma gaming tribes submitted additional legal arguments to an Oklahoma City federal...

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Commissioners of the Land Office approves purchase of SandRidge building

The governing board of the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office voted Thursday to approve the $35.5 million purchase of...

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Oklahoma Tax Commission asks judge to shut down Joe Exotic's former zoo

PAULS VALLEY — A judge is being asked to shut down Joe Exotic's former zoo because of delinquent sales taxes. The Oklahoma Tax...

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Company leases land southeast of Lawton for construction of a solar energy facility

The governing board of the Commissioners of the Land Office voted Thursday to lease nearly 4,350 acres of property southeast of...

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Tribes urge federal judge to let Oklahoma Supreme Court decide limits on governor's authority

An Oklahoma City federal judge should let the Oklahoma Supreme Court decide whether there are limits on Gov. Kevin Stitt's...

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McLoud man to stay locked up

A judge Wednesday ruled a McLoud man will stay jailed until trial because he is a potential danger to the community....

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State GOP calls flyer misleading

The Oklahoma Republican Party on Tuesday asked a state House candidate in a cease-and-desist letter to stop misleading voters....

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Video: Derrick Scott pleaded 'I can't breathe' during physical arrest last year by OKCPD

Black Oklahoma City resident Derrick Elliott Olie Scott pleaded "I can't breathe! Please! Help me! I can't breathe," as three...

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Comanche Nation, Otoe-Missouria Tribe gaming compacts gain federal approval

Gov. Kevin Stitt's gaming compacts with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribe were granted federal approval Monday,...

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Nursing homes may reopen soon

Health officials are developing a plan to reopen state nursing homes and long-term care facilities in weeks even as the number...

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McLoud man in dispute with police faces weapons charge

A McLoud man wrote that a future civil war will be a "blast" and did shooting training with a silhouette marked POLICE, the FBI...

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Group demands removal of Christian-themed messages for Fort Sill Facebook page

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has sent an email to the garrison commander at Fort Sill demanding that he have...

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Legislative leaders want Oklahoma Supreme Court to rule on limits to governor's authority

Leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate on Thursday asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court to step in and rule on whether Gov. Kevin...

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