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O'Rourke, Sanders lead Democratic fundraising in Oklahoma

Former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders raised the most money in Oklahoma for their Democratic...

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State education board begins new era with new members

Kurt Bollenbach of Kingfisher had to think twice before agreeing to join the state Board of Education. "Whenever I was asked,...

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Teva agrees to $85 million settlement in opioid public nuisance case

Generic opioid manufacturer Teva Pharmaceuticals USA and a group of affiliated drug companies have agreed to pay $85 million to...

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Blumert sisters active in Oklahoma criminal justice reform

At the Oklahoma County Courthouse, a woman with thick-rimmed glasses and dark, curly hair is often discussing criminal justice...

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Stitt signs budget bill that funds many of his priorities

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed an $8.1 billion budget into law Friday that includes most of the major legislative priorities he sought...

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Farmers seek Congressional approval of the USMCA

Food and crops produced by America’s farmers are affordable, nutritious and safe. And international trade is as much a key...

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Horn introduces legislation to help high school students get airborne

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn has introduced bipartisan legislation that provides some high school students with scholarships to help...

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Wildlife department audit uncovers suspicious activity

A state performance audit of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has uncovered suspicious bidding activity in...

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Attorney general's office says Medicaid expansion petition flawed but fixable

The Oklahoma Supreme Court should reject a proposed initiative petition to expand Medicaid because the summary contradicts the...

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Lawmakers approve retroactivity measure, fail to advance other criminal justice reforms

Lawmakers signed off on a highly touted criminal justice retroactivity bill Thursday, wrapping up what was otherwise a largely...

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Oklahoma Legislature adjourns one week early

Having passed a state budget and debated hundreds of bills over the past three months, the Oklahoma Legislature is done for the...

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Trump tweets about Oklahoma flooding

Oklahoma's floods have captured the attention of President Donald Trump.

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Criminal justice measure adopted by Senate

A bill that would make the provisions of State Question 780 retroactive is headed to the governor’s desk. The state question,...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves previously denied reimbursements

Elected members of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission on Thursday followed direction from Oklahoma’s Supreme Court and...

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Former head of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission had absenteeism issues

The former executive director of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission was paid but failed to show up for work an average of 11...

Oklahoma leading the way in training Native American doctors

NewsApr 28, 2019

TAHLEQUAH — Fewer than one-half percent of U.S. doctors are Native American, but efforts are underway in Oklahoma to enroll more Native Americans in medical school and to bring more physicians to Indian Country. The Oklahoma State University...

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Lawmakers reject ethics rules

For the second year in a row, Oklahoma legislators have told a watchdog agency it can't control what they do once they leave...

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Second of two claims filed against Oklahoma City in fatal canal accident is resolved

The Oklahoma City Council has settled a claim filed on behalf of the estate of Wesley W. Seeley, who died after an accident on...

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Senate sends train-stoppage bill to governor for consideration

A bill that would authorize local law operators to cite train owners or operators for blocking a road-rail intersection for...

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Oklahoma County jail trust created to address issues, questions remain

A jail trust has been created to oversee the financing and operation of the Oklahoma County jail, moving the long-troubled jail...

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Bill to curb 4-day school weeks heads to governor

The Oklahoma House gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill that would make it harder for school districts to...

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Oklahoma Senate approves $8.1B spending plan

The Oklahoma Senate gave final legislative approval Tuesday to an $8.1 billion spending plan that includes teacher pay raises,...

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Governor signs revised pharmacy choice bill

A second pharmacy choice bill was signed into law Tuesday, three weeks after Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed the first one. House Bill...

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Oklahoma abortion rights advocates join National Day of Action

Abortion rights supporters rallied Tuesday at the Oklahoma Capitol in response to Alabama’s passage of a ban on abortion and...

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Coming into focus: Optometrists given right to practice in retail establishments

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a Senate Bill on Tuesday that will allow optometry offices in retail establishments. The bill...

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After opioid settlement, lawmakers seek to clarify AG's power

State lawmakers want any money gained from the attorney general settling state lawsuits to go into the state treasury after a...

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Social media abuzz over Constitutional carry audits

News headlines and social media have been abuzz lately with videos of people performing First Amendment and Second Amendment...

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Oklahoma House OKs alternate bill on trains blocking traffic

A substitute bill that would authorize local law officers to cite train owners or operators for blocking a road-rail...

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OU chief focuses on inclusion

The University of Oklahoma's interim president wants to improve inclusion efforts during his tenure, which follows several...

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Budget has $2M for anti-abortion pregnancy centers

A state budget proposal appropriates $2 million to private entities that encourage women to carry their unborn children to...

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With newfound hiring power, Stitt still interviewing for state agency directors

After the Oklahoma Legislature granted Gov. Kevin Stitt unprecedented oversight of certain state agencies this year, Stitt has...

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Federal jury sides with Oklahoma County Clerk David Hooten in wrongful termination case

A federal jury has rejected claims that Oklahoma County Clerk David Hooten fired employees for political reasons. The court...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 20, 2019

Streetlight deal in the works An agreement with OG&E to facilitate conversion to LED streetlights is estimated eventually...

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'That's nice': Pete Buttigieg dismisses Trump's acceptance of his marriage

"I'm more interested in policies that affect LGBTQ people," the mayor of South Bend, Indiana told NPR.

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Bill of Rights monument slated for Oklahoma capitol

Oklahoma has a storied history of monuments at the Capitol after a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds incited a legal...

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Department of justice continues trend of providing useful guidance

Several times over the past few years, the U.S. Department of Justice has provided guidance to practitioners and entities as to...

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Agreement would limit demolition threat to iconic Oklahoma City church

First Christian Church would get a reprieve from the threat of demolition under terms of an agreement to be considered Tuesday...

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Report finds progress by DHS in reducing abuse of children in state care

Oklahoma's Department of Human Services has made significant progress in reducing incidents of abuse of children in state care,...

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Stitt's office, House, Senate to get funding boosts

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office would receive a $2 million funding boost, more than doubling the budget of the governor’s office,...

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House Republicans, Democrats clash on $200 million budget savings

Republicans and Democrats in the state House clashed Friday on boosting the state’s Rainy Day Fund as a proposed state budget...

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NextEra Energy Resources scraps wind farm plans because of airspace concerns

Plans were dropped Friday to build two west-central Oklahoma wind energy projects, including one that had been paused by...

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Central city church at center of preservation campaign could be protected while sale to northwest-side megachurch is under consideration

The First Christian Church domed sanctuary would be protected from demolition as Crossings Community Church negotiates...

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Interviews and videos: Oklahoma Hall of Fame names 2019 inductees, including Gray Frederickson, John Herrington, Steve Largent, J.C. Watts

A trailblazing astronaut, two football stars who later became Congressmen, and the Choctaw chief who suggested the state’s name...

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Budget bills advance in Oklahoma Legislature

A Republican lawmaker inserted language into the proposed state budget package to scrap an April 1 statutory deadline to fund...

Federal grants are preparing a more diverse student body in Oklahoma

NewsApr 28, 2019

NORMAN — The freshmen who enter Oklahoma colleges in 2025 are likely to be more racially diverse than today’s student body, thanks to three federal grants targeting 12,000 pupils in 48 schools across the state. Last fall, the University of...

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Oklahoma Hall of Fame names 2019 inductees

For Gray Frederickson, the opportunity to join the Oklahoma Hall of Fame is even better than winning an Oscar. “Oscar is an...

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Mental health training for police introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers

Two members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation have introduced bipartisan, companion bills designed to help law enforcement...

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'Retroactivity' criminal justice bill that reclassifies felonies clears Oklahoma House

A "retroactivity" bill considered a key piece of criminal justice reform legislation moved from the House to the Senate on...

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Gray Frederickson, John Herrington, J.C. Watts and Steve Largent among 2019 Oklahoma Hall of Fame class

The 2019 class will be formally inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame on Thursday, Nov. 21 in Oklahoma City.

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Probe faults premium travel by former EPA head, bodyguards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency's internal watchdog urged the agency on Thursday to look into recovering...

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A target of Gov. Stitt's first executive orders, state airplane sells for $1.2 million

One of Gov. Kevin Stitt's first executive orders was to sell the state's airplane.

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Stitt signs bill aimed at improving state's response to sexual assaults

The budget deal Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders announced Wednesday includes $1 million to help address the state's...

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Bill to update HIV/AIDS education vetoed

An effort to update Oklahoma's 1987 law requiring AIDS education in public schools ended with Gov. Kevin Stitt's veto of House...

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Indian land bills clear US House after delay

The U.S. House cleared two Indian land bills on Wednesday that were delayed for a week because of a negative tweet by President...

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Senate confirms education, budget picks

The Oklahoma Senate confirmed a slate of Gov. Kevin Stitt's appointments Wednesday, despite pushback from some lawmakers. The...

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National wheat growers group opposes tariff escalation

Following the ongoing trade talks between China and the U.S. has been about like watching a crop of winter wheat grow in...

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Budget deal includes teacher pay raise

Gov. Kevin Stitt and leaders of the Oklahoma House and Senate announced Wednesday a state budget deal that includes more than...

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Oklahoma governor, legislative leaders reach budget agreement with average $1,220 teacher pay raise

OKLAHOMA CITY — Teachers would receive an average $1,220 pay raise and state employees would received raises up to $1,300 under...

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Despite opposition, ed board appointees advance

A Senate panel on Tuesday advanced Gov. Kevin Stitt’s remaining appointees to the state Board of Education despite opposition...

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Stitt tours Boeing, tests flight simulator

On a blue, sunny day, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt sat in a cockpit and was able to land a Boeing 747-8 aircraft just outside of...

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Alcohol distribution set for another shakeup

Less than eight months after drastic changes to Oklahoma’s system of alcohol distribution, the system is about to undergo more...

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Home invasion killer loses final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review the case of Oklahoma death row inmate Wendell Arden Grissom, who was convicted...

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State tax revenues set monthly record in April

Oklahoma's monthly state tax revenue reached a record $1.6 billion in April as the state's economy continued to expand, State...

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Senate panel advances Stitt's budget secretary

A state Senate panel on Monday approved Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick for budget secretary after tensions flared in a prior...

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Outside prosecutor appointed to investigate overpayments to Grady County officials

CHICKASHA — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has appointed an outside prosecutor to investigate current and former Grady...

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Stitt signs bill on alcohol distribution

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Senate Bill 608 on Monday, which once again changes the distribution process of alcohol in Oklahoma....

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Students asking 'What's Next' after Gallogly retirement announcement

NORMAN — Waiting on a ride home, Jayla Hurd found a shady spot under a tree outside of Price Hall on the University of Oklahoma...

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Oklahoma budget negotiations heat up

The Oklahoma Senate is the odd man out in state budget negotiations. Gov. Kevin Stitt and House Speaker Charles McCall agree on...

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Dreamer's journey: For Rosalinda Espinosa, being an undocumented immigrant made her work harder

NORMAN — When she wasn't studying, Rosalinda Espinosa spent hours at the public library researching college majors and taking...

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Oklahoma City Streetcar ridership improving this spring

Streetcar ridership has improved with the arrival of spring weather. Oklahoma City Streetcar counted 3,943 trips on March 16...

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Stitt working on a health care plan: Study includes agency reform, consolidation and use of federal funds

Gov. Kevin Stitt last week said he expects to roll out a health care plan in the fall. Many of the details are still in the...

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Dorman focuses on child advocacy after legislative career

To successfully talk to a legislator, Joe Dorman suggests a friendly interaction with their assistant, a 90-second speech and a...

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Teachers backing Oklahoma County sheriff deputies in political fight

Oklahoma County sheriff deputies have influential new allies in their ongoing feud with county commissioners — teachers....

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 13, 2019

Councilwoman seeks public forum for police chief candidates Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice is calling for an open forum for...

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University of Oklahoma President James Gallogly to step down

After less than a year in office, University of Oklahoma President James L. Gallogly is stepping down. OU announced Sunday...

Building interest: STEM programs help encourage girls to become engineers

NewsApr 28, 2019

An interest in science, math and how things work comes naturally for some girls. For those who are more hesitant, great role models help. Most of the teachers at Arthur Elementary School in the Oklahoma City school district are women, said...

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NRA CEO billed OKC ad agency for expenses

New documents published online indicate NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre billed more than $542,000 in travel, shopping and rent to the...

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School choice at the heart of state ed board debate

Democrats in the state Senate have revolted against the governor’s picks to the state Board of Education, a product of a mostly...

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Sanders highlights opposition against fracking in push to Oklahoma Democratic voters

A Democratic candidate for president who carried Oklahoma in a primary three years ago is making energy a top issue and...

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Health care debate hobbles stock in drugmakers, insurers

While much of the stock market sprints ahead powered by economic gains and investor confidence, the health care sector is...

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Cole trying to save Indian land bills after Trump tweet

President Donald Trump’s tweet attack on an Indian land bill this week helped derail a related measure by Rep. Tom Cole that...

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American Airlines announces nonstop flights between OKC and Miami

Oklahoma City is getting a new option for air travel to south Florida, connecting to destinations in the Caribbean and Latin...

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Former lawmaker in Oklahoma settles ethics case

Former state Rep. Scott Biggs has turned over the last of his 2016 campaign funds to the state. The Oklahoma Ethics Commission...

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EU 'outright dangerous' in its use of natural resources, says WWF

Europe is using up natural resources so quickly that the planet’s ability to replenish itself over the year would be...

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Downing nomination for U.S. attorney goes to full Senate

A former Oklahoma state legislator moved a step closer on Thursday to confirmation as U.S. attorney for the state's western...

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Oklahoma conservative group challenges Medicaid expansion petition

The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs filed a challenge Thursday against putting the question of Medicaid expansion on the...

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Oklahoma Senate supports $1,200 teacher pay bump; budget compromise appears close

Gov. Kevin Stitt expects teachers and public education advocates will be pleased when they see the finalized state budget for...

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Australia's A$50 note misspells responsibility

Australia's latest A$50 note comes with a big blunder hidden in the small print - a somewhat embarrassing typo. The Reserve...

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Embezzlement counts dropped against former OKC councilman, tax charge remains

A former Oklahoma City councilman is no longer charged with embezzlement, but he still faces a felony tax charge. John Albert...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission approves universal service fund assessment increase on phone bills

Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners on Wednesday voted unanimously to increase by more than 500% a fee charged on phone service...

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Senate confirms Pierson to OU Board of Regents

The state Senate on Wednesday approved the confirmation of a local businessman to the University of Oklahoma’s Board of...

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Behenna says Trump pardoned him because of misconduct by prosecutors

Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna said Wednesday that he received a pardon from President Donald Trump because his 2009...

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Oklahoma attorney general among 33 urging cannabis banking reform

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Attorneys general from 33 states on Wednesday urged Congress to approve a proposal intended to fully open...

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Appeals court allows U.S. to keep sending asylum seekers to Mexico

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court ruled on Tuesday that the Trump administration may continue sending asylum...

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Oklahoma alcohol measure will prove costly, one way or the other

Pens can be mightier than swords, and some are just worth more, too. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt must decide whether to partially...

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OKC council fights 'food desert' in northeast parts of city

The city council voted Tuesday to impose a six-month moratorium on development of discount and convenience stores in northeast...

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Stitt signs autonomous vehicle bill

Cities and counties are banned from regulating autonomous vehicles, according to legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Kevin...

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Stitt signs bill clarifying wind project permit process

Oklahomans are poised to harness the wind’s power to support the military. Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed House Bill 2118,...

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Governor Stitt approves measure to extend CNG tax credit

A measure that redefines and extends tax credits related to compressed natural gas vehicles and to the infrastructure used to...

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Gateway Mortgage-Farmers Exchange Bank merger complete

A mortgage company founded by Gov. Kevin Stitt has finalized a merger to form a new banking corporation. Stitt founded Gateway...

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Fiercely debated liquor bill heads to governor's desk

Gov. Kevin Stitt gets to decide a hotly contested liquor bill that advanced to his desk Monday. Senate Bill 608 would require...

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Two Reuters reporters freed in Myanmar after more than 500 days in jail

YANGON (Reuters) - Two Reuters journalists jailed in Myanmar after they were convicted of breaking the Official Secrets Act...

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Governor tours tornado damage in southern Oklahoma

DURANT — Gov. Kevin Stitt visited an area of southern Oklahoma struck by a tornado last week, when storms killed three people....

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Tinker leaders find numerous problems during survey of base housing

Tinker Air Force Base leaders found a range of problems in about 120 housing units on base and have added a government...

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Northwest Expressway resurfacing project expected to start in June

One of Oklahoma City's most congested thoroughfares will undergo a resurfacing project this summer, with crews looking to do...

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Trump grants pardon to Oklahoman who killed Iraqi prisoner

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump has granted a pardon to a former first lieutenant in the U.S....

Need grows for more work opportunities for those with different abilities in central Oklahoma

HealthApr 21, 2019

For adults who live with different abilities, their needs for a better quality of life continue to grow, especially during their adult years, advocates said. Those who work to help such adults see a growing need in central Oklahoma, not just...

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Fight continues to make public places, workplaces smoke-free

Oklahoma is one of only three states that allow smoking in bars. That won't change any time soon. Legislation addressing the...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, May 6, 2019

Canal claim settled The Oklahoma City Council was to vote Tuesday on a $169,650 settlement with Brandon and Taylor Gann,...

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How much does Oklahoma rely on court collections to fund government?

Onerous court debts can create a vicious cycle, especially for impoverished people trying to orchestrate positive and...

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Criminal justice reform advocates wary of ex-legislator

Gov. Kevin Stitt's announcement last week of a criminal justice reform package left some justice reform advocates with a couple...

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Tinker repairs aircraft on time despite aging facilities, equipment, new report states

A federal review of military repair depots found aging facilities and poor equipment at Tinker Air Force Base, though the...

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Stitt's veto of guide bill pleases most hunters

Most Oklahoma hunters were celebrating Gov. Kevin Stitt’s veto of Senate Bill 566 on Monday, which would have legalized...

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Oklahoma prison system overwhelmed by contraband cellphones

Overwhelmed by a flood of smuggled cellphones used by gangs to commit crimes behind bars and on the streets, the Oklahoma...

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Moments that mattered to Bill Citty

Bill Citty took time to reflect Thursday on his 15 years as Oklahoma City's chief of police. There were low points in those...

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Veto delays action on overtime: Measure would have applied to workers making $31K or less

For many parole officers, case managers, maintenance workers and janitors working for the state of Oklahoma, working more than...

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Supreme Court to decide issues important to LGBT employees

The U.S. Supreme Court on April 22 agreed to decide three cases involving whether federal law protects employees from...

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Oklahoma governor, preacher father participate in annual prayer gathering at Capitol

A popular prayer gathering at the state Capitol became a family affair on Thursday. Both Gov. Kevin Stitt and his father shared...

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OKC's Horn, Republicans split on climate bill

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn voted Thursday to prevent President Donald Trump from withdrawing the United States from an international...

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Competing studies to look at Oklahoma state retirees' pensions

The Oklahoma Legislature will not boost state retirees’ pensions this year, but the House and Senate are already laying the...

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OKC teacher won't carry Stitt's nominations

A Democratic state senator and former teacher has refused to carry two of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointments to the state Board of...

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New Oklahoma law will let kids enter liquor stores accompanied by parents

Oklahomans soon will be able to bring their underage children into liquor stores. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Tuesday that...

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Oklahoma governor vetoes fiercely debated pharmacy choice bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday vetoed a bill intended to give patients the right to choose a pharmacy provider without paying a...

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Oklahoma governor vetoes overtime pay for state workers

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday vetoed a bipartisan bill that would have offered overtime pay to state employees making less than...

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Stitt unveils criminal justice reform wish list

With weeks remaining in the legislative session, Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday rolled out his wish list for the criminal...

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OK ag officials aim to address federal concerns with state industrial hemp pilot program

Oklahoma’s Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry aims to eliminate a dispute involving the state’s pilot industrial hemp...

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Stitt forgoes loan repayments in first quarter

Gov. Kevin Stitt raised more than $105,000 in the first three months of 2019 but didn’t use donor money to repay any of the...

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Wildlife commissioner's appointment rescinded under Senate pressure

Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Danny Robbins was only mildly surprised when Gov. Kevin Stitt rescinded his...

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Stitt signs campus free speech bill

Oklahoma’s public colleges and universities will be prohibited from creating “free-speech zones” under a new law. A bill Gov....

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Oklahoma Supreme Court rules against restriction on medication abortions

The Oklahoma Supreme Court voted overwhelmingly to strike down a 2014 law limiting abortion-inducing medications. In a 7-1...

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Auditors criticize ambulance service in Rogers County

OOLOGAH — Mismanagement of taxpayer dollars by the Oologah-Talala Emergency Medical Service District has led to illegal deficit...

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Anti-abortion measure stalls in Oklahoma House

An anti-abortion bill that would ask Oklahoma voters to specify the state constitution does not protect the right to an...

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Japan's emperor Akihito abdicates with message of love

Emperor Akihito has thanked the people of Japan for their support during his 30-year reign and said he hopes his...

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Neese says she's now a resident of congressional district she seeks to represent

Republican Terry Neese, who announced last week her plans to run for the congressional seat that includes most of Oklahoma...

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Residents of Oklahoma town demand answers in police shooting

Three children were injured by gunfire Friday when police officers opened fire during an arrest of an armed robbery suspect.

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Budget talks to decide if teachers get pay raises

Whether Oklahoma teachers receive pay raises next school year is likely to be dependent on how budget negotiations shake out at...

UCO honors diversity work

NewsApr 28, 2019

The University of Central Oklahoma recently honored three metro-area residents and one organization for contributing to diversity in the Sooner State. On Feb. 22, UCO’s 36th Multicultural Education Institute recognized diversity work in...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 29, 2019

Airport parking to get facelift With parking rates set to rise, Will Rogers World Airport has released improvement plans for...

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Stitt challenges healthier life with Marathon run

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Sunday became the first sitting governor to compete in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and likely the...

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Boost in funding could be coming for Higher Education

After a decade of cuts to higher education funding, all signs from the state Capitol appear that an increase in funding could...

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Horn declines to take position on impeachment

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn declined Saturday to take a position on impeaching President Donald Trump, saying lawmakers shouldn’t...

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Oklahoma drawing more people from other countries than other states

The number of people moving to Oklahoma from other countries has far outpaced residents relocating from other states in the...

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NRA president resigns amid turmoil with OKC agency

The Oklahoma City-based advertising firm Ackerman McQueen lost its top ally in a legal battle with the NRA following the...

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Oklahoma to tackle rape kit backlog with new law

Oklahoma is poised to tackle a backlog of more than 7,200 untested rape kits. Gov. Kevin Stitt last week signed a bill to...

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More covered parking, easier access to cell phone lot planned at airport

Parking at Will Rogers World Airport? Expect more convenience and higher rates as the pace of upgrades and improvements picks...

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NRA chief accuses OKC ad agency of blackmail

Oklahoma City-based Ackerman McQueen is being accused of blackmailing the longtime NRA leader Wayne LaPierre as a fight between...

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Bill affecting medical marijuana tax structure, law enforcement survives House deadline cuts

A key piece of medical marijuana legislation survived the cut Thursday on the final day non-appropriation Senate bills could...

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Organization apologizes to Oklahoma County commissioner for "no confidence" vote

An organization of sheriff deputies and detention officers has apologized to Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan, one...

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Neese becomes second Republican to target OKC district in House

Terry Neese, an Oklahoma City entrepreneur and small business advocate, became the second Republican this week to announce a...

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Majority of Americans say drug companies should be held responsible for opioid crisis

Fifty-seven percent of Americans believe pharmaceutical companies should be held responsible for making the opioid crisis...

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Two Oklahoma County officials trade accusations during meeting over jail trust

A new Oklahoma County commissioner on Wednesday again accused the sheriff of mismanagement, saying at a meeting the jail was...

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Proponents rally, urges lawmakers to expand health coverage now

The time is now to expand health coverage to thousands of uninsured low-income Oklahomans, members of the Coalition to Expand...

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Grievance filed over police pay

Oklahoma City's police union has renewed a grievance seeking back pay for majors and deputy chiefs. The yearlong dispute over...

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Bice to challenge Horn for congressional seat

Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice plans to run against U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn next year with a playbook built on tying the...

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Supporters of Medicaid expansion rally at state Capitol

The Coalition to Expand Coverage is hosting a rally at the Capitol Wednesday in support of Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma.

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Native American Day bill sent to Oklahoma governor

Legislation to move Oklahoma’s Native American Day to coincide with Columbus Day is headed to Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill...

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Oklahoma's Attorney General seeks a reduction in utility's rate hike request

Oklahoma’s attorney general isn’t on board with Oklahoma Gas and Electric Co.’s request to increase customer rates by $77.6...

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Oklahoma voting rose last year among all age groups

Voting in Oklahoma rose dramatically last year compared to the 2014 midterm elections, and the youngest age groups showed up at...

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Oklahoma governor signs bill barring plastic bag tax

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed a bill that preempts Oklahoma municipalities from imposing fees on single-use plastic and...

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State court finds money cap on civil injury lawsuits unconstitutional

The cap on some monetary awards given to injured people is unconstitutional, Oklahoma's high court ruled Tuesday. Oklahoma's...

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Stitt would 'absolutely' oppose Medicaid expansion ballot measure

Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he will actively discourage Oklahomans from voting for Medicaid expansion if the question goes...

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Oklahoma Election Board purges 91,000 from voter rolls

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Election Board has removed more than 91,000 names from the state's list of registered voters....

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Former Mayor Mick Cornett joins Oklahoma City PR firm

Former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett is joining a local public relations firm. Cornett will be working at Oklahoma...

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Inhofe visits active duty troops at southern border

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, visiting the U.S. border with Mexico on Monday, said the role of active duty military personnel at the...

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Stitt hits some goals 100 days in as Oklahoma governor

State agency reform and reducing Oklahoma's nation-leading incarceration rate are some of the campaign pledges Gov. Kevin Stitt...

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Lankford says House can fight it out over Trump statements, impeachment

U.S. Sen. James Lankford said Monday he considers Russian interference in U.S. elections a higher priority than statements made...

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New OKC city manager makes first major personnel decisions

City Manager Craig Freeman named two new assistant city managers Monday, promoting candidates from within to join the next...

Man with disability finds job, works toward independence

HealthApr 21, 2019

Mike Zuech has a developmental disability, but he still wants to work. Despite trouble speaking, he works hard and listens well. Zuech, 24, works part-time at a Pizza Hut, washing dishes and cooking. His days also are spent at Among Friends in...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 22, 2019

First Christian opposes preservation action First Christian Church, through its attorney, is asking the city council to...

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Legislature leans heavily on copy-paste legislation

The Oklahoma Legislature has one of the highest rates of introducing and passing copy-paste bills, largely written by...

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A state bond sale raised dollars the Oklahoma Conservation Commission will use to match other dollars to rehabilitate dams

About $5.1 million raised through a recent bond sale will be used along with federal and previously appropriated state dollars...

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Lawmakers wrestle with expanded health coverage plan

State leaders are meeting daily on a plan to expand health coverage to 100,000 uninsured low-income Oklahomans. "We know how to...

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Curtains of light comprise proposed convention center art installation, "Virtual Sky"

Art could make sunsets an event at the new Oklahoma City convention center. The Arts Commission is recommending a Los...

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'Oh, puuulllllleeeeeaaassse." People respond to Oklahoma lawmakers' comments on Mueller report

Oklahoma Republicans in Congress drew hundreds of responses on Facebook after dismissing Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller’s...

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Petition filed for Oklahoma vote to expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid filed an initiative petition on Friday to let Oklahoma voters decide whether to make more...

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Medicaid expansion may become ballot initiative, according to policy group, lawmaker

Oklahomans likely will get to vote on Medicaid expansion should lawmakers fail to act, a state lawmaker and the head of a...

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Stitt signs bill for commercial hemp production

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed legislation establishing guidelines for producing commercial hemp in...

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Mueller report reactions vary widely

WASHINGTON — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President...

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India voter 'chops off finger' after voting for wrong party

An Indian voter says he chopped off his index finger after realising he had voted for the "wrong" political party. Pawan Kumar...

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OKC's Scissortail Park nears completion

MAPS 3 managers led a tour Thursday of the upper Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City. Construction is nearly done in the...

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Council endorses trust to oversee Oklahoma County jail

A powerful committee of community leaders and government officials on Thursday voted overwhelmingly to endorse the creation of...

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Delegation reacts to Mueller report

Members of the Oklahoma congressional delegation responded Thursday to the release of the redacted report on Russia’s...

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Oklahoma lawmakers respond to Mueller report

Read responses from Oklahoma lawmakers following the redacted release of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation on Thursday.

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Oklahoma Election Board purges 91,000 from voter rolls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board has removed more than 91,000 names from the state's list of registered...

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Oklahoma Legislature approves ban on taxing plastic bags

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a bill to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use...

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Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says

WASHINGTON (AP) — Public at last, special counsel Robert Mueller's report revealed to a waiting nation Thursday that President...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court orders Oklahoma Corporation Commission to honor rural phone companies' past reimbursement requests

The Oklahoma Supreme Court this week sent back to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission seven cases with orders to pay...

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoes first bill

Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed his first bill Tuesday, dismissing a relatively innocuous measure to form a new state task force. Stitt...

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Bombing reminder will occupy a prominent place in the MAPS 3 downtown park

A descendant of the Survivor Tree will live and grow in Oklahoma City's MAPS 3 downtown park. The Survivor Tree is the American...

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Senate approves overhaul of Supreme Court districts

The Oklahoma Senate easily approved legislation Wednesday to overhaul the boundaries used to select state Supreme Court...

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Canadian County leads state in population growth rate

Canadian County led the state in growth last year, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures that show the county’s population...

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Stitt's OU regents nomination faces opposition

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s latest appointment to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents may face a tough confirmation process with...

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Stitt abandons effort to force shift in dollars into classroom

Gov. Kevin Stitt has abandoned a 2017 effort by the state to push schools to funnel more dollars into the classroom or risk...

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Special counsel appointed to oversee David Boren investigation

A former U.S. attorney who prosecuted Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh has been appointed as a special counsel over the...

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Stitt sent bill expanding hunting guides' range

A bill that would direct the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation to create a system for hunting guides to operate in...

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Controversial abortion 'reversal' bill sent to Oklahoma governor

A controversial anti-abortion bill that would require physicians to inform patients that a medically induced abortion may be...

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Governor's Arts Awards honors educators, artists and administrators

When Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis and his wife Ann arrived on the Stillwater campus more than 11 years ago,...

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Freshman Horn leads Oklahoma delegation in early fundraising

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the Oklahoma City Democrat who scored an upset victory in November, collected nearly $378,000 in the...

Oklahoma college grads find jobs in business, health, education fields

NewsApr 28, 2019

Oklahoma’s public and private colleges and universities awarded degrees to more than 193,300 graduates during the past five years. Nearly half of those were bachelor’s degrees. Business, health professions and education were the most popular...

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Lankford says he found the swamp in DC

U.S. Sen. James Lankford has seen the swamp in Washington, D.C. The real one, not the figurative one that some people want...

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State briefs for April 17

OKLAHOMA CITY Official: It's time to prepare for severe weather Preparation and information are key to reducing stress related...

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The Oklahoman to provide feed of opioid trial as court sets camera rules

NORMAN — The Oklahoman has been designated to serve as the sole provider of shared courtroom video and audio content for news...

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Vaping banned: Stitt signs bill expanding tobacco-free schools law

Vaping in Oklahoma schools will soon be illegal. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation Tuesday aimed at preventing teenagers from...

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Oklahoma lawmakers send abortion 'reversal' bill to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Doctors who perform medication abortions could face felony charges for not informing women about the...

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Saudi Crown Prince meets commander of U.S. Central Command: report

CAIRO (Reuters) - Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met U.S. Central Command commander General Kenneth McKenzie in the...

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Read Ackerman McQueen's full statement on NRA lawsuit

During a three-week review, an NRA forensic auditing firm received every single piece of information they (the NRA) requested....

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Horn fields questions about Congress from Girl Scouts

"Do you know how many laws you've made?" "Do you always have to wear a dress like that?" "Have you met Donald Trump?" The Girls...

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Concurrent resolution filed with Legislature asks for information before additional cuts

Cuts announced nearly two years ago by Oklahoma’s Cooperative Extension Service to both its program and the Oklahoma...

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Stitt taps Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Military

Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Monday a U.S. Air Force veteran and president of an aerospace consulting company to serve as his...

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Owners, landlords & managers can control weapons on commercial property

Can commercial property owners or managers restrict, prohibit or control people from coming onto their property with licensed...

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Boeing OKC secures $14.3 billion committment from Air Force

The Department of Defense has approved a $14.3 billion contract to Boeing Co. for work on B-1 Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress...

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NRA sues OKC advertising agency Ackerman McQueen

The National Rifle Association is suing its longtime advertising and marketing representatives at Oklahoma City-based Ackerman...

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Arizona teachers can now discuss LGBTQ issues without worrying about the law

Lawmakers in Arizona have repealed a law that banned teachers from portraying "homosexuality as a positive alternative...

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Oklahoma City welcomes revisions to regulations that could restore beer sales at municipal golf courses

Changes that took effect last year limited options for selling beer at municipal golf course clubhouses for consumption by...

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Getting her kicks: Governor's Arts Awards honoree Jo Rowan relishes helping dancers reach their dreams

Forget the guy on the beer commercials. For thousands of students who have attended Oklahoma City University over the past four...

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Auditor criticizes Murray County agency

SULPHUR — Financial oversight of Murray County's 911 emergency call center was so lax that governing board members once issued...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 15, 2019

Beer sales back on Parks Director Doug Kupper says Oklahoma City golf courses have seen a drop in beer sales since new...

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Stitt yet to issue first bill veto

Gov. Kevin Stitt is making progress on the ever-growing stack of bills on his desk, but has yet to issue his first...

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Ex-senator discusses highly public fall from grace, future

Rick Brinkley’s fall from grace was fast, hard and highly public. “My life literally imploded in a matter of days,” said...

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Residents honor OKC Chief Bill Citty

Residents and community leaders gathered for a Saturday breakfast in northwest Oklahoma City to honor longtime Oklahoma City...

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EU countries back copyright reform targeting Google, Facebook

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union’s bid to overhaul its two-decade old copyright rules cleared its final hurdle on Monday...

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State government revenue depends more on energy than Oklahoma economy

Despite a diversified economy that depends less on the oil and gas industry for personal income, Oklahoma is still very much...

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Alcohol distribution fight overflows into Capitol

A fight between Oklahoma liquor distributors over who has the right to distribute the top liquor brands has spilled over into...

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State GOP platform is not priority for legislative leaders

Priorities for the Oklahoma Republican Party and Republican leaders in the state Legislature don’t always align. The party...

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Working in background, lawyer reaps fees in opioid case

Attorneys in the state’s sprawling opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through...

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Convention center progresses

The MAPS 3 convention center and Scissortail Park are beginning to look like they were made for each other. MAPS 3 project...

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Horn tours Tinker with colleagues on defense committee

After touring Tinker Air Force Base with two key lawmakers, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn on Friday praised the work being done to...

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Truce called in battle over nurse independence

Doctors and nurses called a truce Thursday in their battle over expanding the authority of nurse anesthetists and hope to craft...

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Senate Rules Committee puts trains bill back on track

A bill attempting to address numerous communities’ problems with stopped trains is rolling down the tracks once again. A...

Students' inclusion is 'Cornerstone' of Mount St. Mary program

NewsApr 28, 2019

Kerri Brooks' sons always had attended school together, and she wanted that tradition to continue when they left elementary and middle school. It didn't matter that Jacob had Down syndrome and his brother, Jesse, didn't. "Through elementary...

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Stitt signs bill allowing golf course beer sales

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday that will make beer and wine available for golfers on the go. Golf course clubhouses...

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Non-jury trial to decide Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

NORMAN − A judge ruled Thursday that he, rather than a jury, will decide the outcome of Oklahoma's public nuisance case against...

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Push to give Oklahoma state retirees raise dies

Retired state employees in six state pension systems will not see a boost in their pensions this year. A Senate committee...

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Council gets first of what promises to be many briefings on streetlight repairs

Officials have promised to get streetlights back in service by the end of summer.

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South Korea must end abortion ban by 2020, says court

South Korea's ban on abortion has been ruled unconstitutional in a historic court decision. The country's constitutional court...

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Lawmakers file substitute bill on stopped trains after earlier committee rejection

Speaker of the House Charles McCall is looking for a way to get his stopped trains bill back on track after Senate...

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Lawmakers approve 'benefit corporation' status

A proposed law would let corporations focus less on profits and more on their mission without stirring trouble with...

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Doctors say "backdoor maneuvers" revived bill on nurse anesthetists

The state’s doctors accused a nursing group on Wednesday of using “backdoor maneuvers” to revive legislation granting more...

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Panel sends teacher pay raise to full Oklahoma Senate

A $1,200 teacher pay raise bill is headed for the Senate floor. The Senate Approp- riations Committee on Wednesday passed House...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Crowd fills OKC chambers for 1961 swearing-in ceremony

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

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Oklahoma medical marijuana sales still climbing, top $12M in March

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma tax officials say medical marijuana sales topped $12 million last month, marking the sixth...

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Canadian County students eligible to apply for Democratic scholarship

Canadian County students may apply for the Canadian County Democrats’ Robert "Bob" Burton Democratic Scholarship. The $500...

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Health department transfers last of $30 million back to Legislature

The state Health Department on Tuesday paid back the last of $30 million in emergency funds it got in 2017 after falsely...

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Cooper, Hamon take OKC council seats

Their literary choices tell much about their insurgency. James Cooper and JoBeth Hamon took the oath of office Tuesday,...

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OU regents hear findings of Boren investigation

University of Oklahoma regents spent more than six hours on Tuesday hearing the findings of an investigation into former...

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Senate panel OKs bill to loosen rules on arming teachers

A state Senate panel Tuesday approved a measure to make it easier for teachers and school personnel to carry firearms in...

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Oil, gas rights balanced against local ones in committee debate Tuesday

A proposed law that could allow mineral rights owners to sue municipalities or other local jurisdictions because of overly...

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Auditors question Oklahoma Department of Human Services' use of $10 million in federal funds

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services improperly used $10 million in federal funds to make adoption assistance payments to...

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Senate confirms high court justice to federal judgeship

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Patrick Wyrick to be a federal judge in Oklahoma City,...

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Cabinet secretary rushing to upgrade state government

If it seems like David Ostrowe moves between meetings like he’s running out of time, it’s because he is. As Gov. Kevin Stitt’s...

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Newest faces on the Oklahoma City Council take office

With goals to strengthen neighborhoods, newest council members hear briefings on street resurfacing, sidewalks and trails, and...

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James Cooper backed by community as he prepares to be sworn in as OKC's first openly gay city councilman

Walking through the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, councilman-elect James Cooper had City Hall in front of him and his...

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Feds change Tar Creek status

The Environmental Protection Agency recently heralded removal of the Tar Creek Superfund Site from its Administrators Emphasis...

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Beer bill passes just in time for golf

Separated for months, a round of golf and a beer soon could be reunited on Oklahoma City's municipal golf courses. The...

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Senate confirms Stevenson to OU Board of Regents

University of Oklahoma graduate and Ohio-based businessman Eric Stevenson was confirmed by the state Senate on Monday to serve...

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Stitt addresses his party at state GOP convention

In addressing the state Republican Party on Friday, Gov. Kevin Stitt largely shied away from talking politics, even Republican...

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OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 8, 2019

Canal video court date set A court date is set for Friday in an effort to block the city of Oklahoma City from releasing, under...

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Senate plans more thorough vetting of Stitt's nominees

The Oklahoma Senate has moved at a slow pace in confirming Gov. Kevin Stitt’s appointments to his cabinet, state agencies and...

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Crime victims group to celebrate rights in Oklahoma

This week's observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week is the first since voters last November passed State Question...

More OKC schools adopting newcomer graduation ceremonies

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In 2017 and 2018, graduating English-language learners at U.S. Grant High School in south Oklahoma City received their diplomas during a special ceremony that was translated into Spanish. Of the 53 students recognized, most spoke little or no...

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David Boren answers investigators' questions about allegations

Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren on Friday fully and candidly answered all questions from investigators...

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Commitment to service: OKC's newest council members are breaking barriers

Oklahoma City's newest elected officers break the stranglehold of graying leadership, break the glass ceiling, break the color...

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Holt on diversity

Mayor David Holt says Oklahoma City’s success depends on bringing diverse perspectives to municipal decision-making. Holt, 40,...

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Persistence rewarded

The American Indian Cultural Center and Museum has turned a corner. Construction is resuming this spring and conceptual plans...

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This MAPS will look different

"Transformative" has taken on new meaning with planning for MAPS 4. Where transformative, in the quarter-century since...

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Bills take aim at 'unregulated middleman' in prescription drug costs

Concerns about the business practices of pharmacy benefit managers has reached "the boiling point," said Sen. Greg McCortney,...

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In radical change from Pruitt, Hunter avoids Obamacare case

Three years ago, with Scott Pruitt serving as attorney general, Oklahoma likely would have been a leader in the latest court...

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Joe Exotic to be featured in documentaries, "Dateline" prime time report and magazine articles

Even in disgrace, Joe Exotic remains somewhat of a media darling. Journalists last month came from across the country to...

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Democrats attacking Trump, Republicans over health care case

The latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, and the Trump administration’s support for scrapping the law, has...

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State Republicans pick chairman, adopt platform seeking sanctions for teacher walkouts

MOORE — Oklahoma Republicans on Saturday elected a Tulsa County businessman as their new state chairman and adopted a platform...

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Budtenders in Oklahoma offer guidance, but lack medical training

Bridget Sharp found satisfying work dispensing drugs, but she’s no pharmacist. Sharp is a budtender at Blue Collar Criminals, a...

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OKC loses 'two titans of the council'

As the Oklahoma City Council considered a tax incentive proposal last year for a new Amazon distribution center, Ward 2...

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Neighbors, artist cope with arrest of accused vandal

NORMAN — Robin Hood Lane residents expressed disbelief Friday at the arrest of a neighbor accused by police of spray-painting...

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Lawmakers say state budget is nearly ready

Lawmakers are about 80 percent in agreement on the provisions of a state budget, Sen. Roger Thompson said Wednesday. Thompson,...

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San Francisco: residents of wealthy area shout down mayor over homeless shelter

A meeting to discuss a proposed homeless shelter in San Francisco devolved into chaos on Wednesday night, as...

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Jussie Smollett: actor refuses to reimburse city for investigation costs

The city of Chicago says Jussie Smollett has refused to pay more than $130,000 to reimburse costs of investigating...

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With transportation a major obstacle, grant is aimed at helping families

A Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization has been selected to lead a four-year pilot project geared toward reuniting...

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State's opioid case transforms in surprising turn of events

In a surprising turn of events, attorneys for the state of Oklahoma on Thursday dismissed everything but a public nuisance...

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Legislative pages return to Capitol

Oklahoma legislative pages returned to the state Capitol this week, but male and female pages will not serve together for the...

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Flint residents can sue former Gov. Snyder over water disaster, judge rules

FLINT, Mich. – A judge says former Gov. Rick Snyder can be sued by residents in the Flint water scandal, reversing a decision...

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'Safety-sensitive' medical marijuana changes may be delayed

Gov. Kevin Stitt recently signed the “Unity Bill” into law, but a new lawsuit could delay its effective date. What is the Unity...

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Horn backs resolution condemning Trump position on health care

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn backed a resolution on Wednesday condemning the Trump administration for its support of a ruling to...

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Oklahoma City panel takes step to preserve First Christian Church

Oklahoma City’s Historic Preservation Commission agreed Wednesday to begin a process, known as a proposal for designation, that...

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Oklahoma bill challenges alcohol distribution model

Alcohol distribution is a point of contention — again. Oklahomans voted to change a decades-old distribution model as part of...

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Bill would let some companies keep pollution info secret

Conservation groups are taking aim at the Oklahoma Environmental, Health and Safety Audit Privilege Act as a poison pill that...

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Racist graffiti in Norman similar to OKC incident

NORMAN — Racist graffiti found Wednesday morning at three buildings, including an elementary school and the county's Democratic...

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Oklahoma officials to highlight Route 66 in tourism push

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Route 66 will be the focus of promotions in Oklahoma as officials work to boost the state's tourism...

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Oil, gas industry backs bill to boost Oklahoma Corporation Commission funds

Legislators on Tuesday advanced a measure that would provide the Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Conservation...

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Order sought to block release of canal accident video

An attorney is seeking a court order to block the city of Oklahoma City from releasing video of a fatal accident last fall on...

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Police continue to investigate graffiti hate crimes in Oklahoma City

Police are continuing to investigate racist and homophobic messages that were spray-painted at the Oklahoma Democratic Party...

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 City and 4 other cities seek clarification of order approving partial settlement in state's opioid case

Oklahoma City and four other cities have asked to intervene in the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers. They want to...

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Voters decide mayoral elections in Edmond, Choctaw and Piedmont

A number of important municipal races were decided by voters in and around the Oklahoma City metro area on Tuesday. In Edmond,...

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Torres wins re-election to OKC School Board

Opponent was vying for seat once held by his dad

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High court rejects appeal from Oklahoma death row inmate claiming racial prejudice

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal from Oklahoma death row inmate Julius D. Jones, who was convicted of...

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Oklahoma House, Senate advance industrial hemp measures

Interest in farming industrial hemp in Oklahoma continues to blossom. On Monday, two bills seeking to authorize Oklahoma’s...

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Stitt names Tulsa educator to education board

Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed Tulsa education leader Carlisha Williams Bradley to join the State Board of Education. Bradley...

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Shadid tells council, 'Do better going forward'

Ed Shadid says city government is failing those who need it most. Shadid, in departing remarks before he retires next week from...

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Officials launch 'Game of Cones' work zone safety campaign

The topic was deadly serious, but the governor and Oklahoma Department of Transportation officials also had some fun Monday as...

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Governor's staff to focus on Oklahoma's biggest health challenges first

State officials are close to pinning down which big health issues will be targeted first by the Stitt administration, Jerome...

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France's 'Yellow Vest' Protestors March for 20th Consecutive Weekend Despite Bans and Injuries

(PARIS) — Yellow vest activists protested across France on Saturday to support an activist injured last week in a confrontation...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, April 1, 2019

Streetcar mainline done Doug Smith deserves a medal. Smith was project manager for JACOBS engineering, the lead consultant...

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Oklahoma prepares to purge thousands of inactive voters

Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls — a controversial...

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Governor brings new focus to mental health

Oklahoma’s state agency overseeing mental health and substance abuse could undergo a significant transition under Gov. Kevin...