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Oklahoma Supreme Court justice announces retirement

Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice John Reif will retire at the end of April after serving on the state’s highest court for nearly...

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Oklahoma Ethics Commission agrees to increase political donation cap

Political candidates in Oklahoma will be able to accept $2,800 from individuals the next time they run. The Federal Election...

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Proposed Supreme Court district changes could mean more urban justices

The Legislature is poised to redraw Oklahoma Supreme Court districts for the first time in more than 50 years, acknowledging...

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Stitt nominee for Veterans Secretary withdraws

The head of an international consulting firm that is being sued by more than a dozen veterans has withdrawn his nomination from...

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Study compares salaries Salaries for Oklahoma City's mayor and city council are on the low end in a study of 15 "peer" cities...

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Senate to review cost of living hike in state pensions

A bill to grant a 4 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed the...

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Stitt achieves power boost early in his term

Just nine weeks into his first term, Gov. Kevin Stitt achieved his central policy objective, becoming the most powerful...

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As Costs Skyrocket, More U.S. Cities Stop Recycling

Recycling, for decades an almost reflexive effort by American households and businesses to reduce waste and help the...

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Delegate shares reasons for backing Traditional Plan

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

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Bill would give $2,200 tax credit for college grads in IT workforce

Oklahoma lawmakers are considering an attractive tax incentive for new software and cybersecurity employees in a bid to beef up...

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Students gather at Oklahoma State Capitol to plead for action on climate change

Max Salcido stood about 50 yards away from the large oil derrick on the south plaza of the Oklahoma State Capitol on Friday...

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Police supervisors entitled to overtime, but back pay denied

A union contract entitles deputy chiefs and majors in the Oklahoma City Police Department to overtime for hours worked outside...

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Elk City to get state's first diverging diamond interchange

ELK CITY — Construction is expected to begin in late summer or early fall on Oklahoma's first diverging diamond interchange,...

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OKC pastor decrys Methodist anti-gay stance

Editor's note: Delegates at the United Methodist Church's Feb. 23-26 General Conference in St. Louis voted in favor of...

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Oklahoma governor picks 2 more cabinet secretaries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Gov. Kevin Stitt has nearly filled out his cabinet after appointing two more secretaries to...

OU finances 'turning a corner,' Gallogly says

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NORMAN — Eight months into his tenure, University of Oklahoma President Jim Gallogly thinks the university’s finances are turning a corner. Once predicted to lose nearly $15 million this year, Gallogly announced at OU’s board of regents...

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Senate advances anti-abortion bill

Under a bill advanced by Senate Republicans on Thursday, Oklahoma voters would be asked to specify that the state constitution...

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House hearing addresses ‘crisis’ of missing, murdered indigenous women

WASHINGTON — The issue of violence against indigenous women is not a new one, but it has recently started gaining greater...

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Public Service Co. of Oklahoma obtains approval of settlement in rate case before Corporation Commission

Oklahoma’s Corporation Commissioners on Thursday unanimously approved a rate case settlement agreement with Public Service Co....

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Oklahoma House suspends page program

Oklahoma's speaker of the House says he's suspending a high school page program following an incident in which a teenage girl...

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As pay raise proposal dies, outgoing councilman says he is charting a new course

Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid plans a move to outsider populism after eight largely frustrating years trying to effect change...

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Tulsa attorney withdraws from consideration for federal judgeship

Tulsa attorney John O'Connor has withdrawn his name from consideration for a federal judgeship, ending a process that didn’t...

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Stitt signs Unity Bill regulating marijuana industry

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed House Bill 2612 Thursday, a measure commonly referred to as the medical marijuana Unity Bill. The bill...

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Police union wins a victory in overtime dispute but questions remain

The city of Oklahoma City said it had been longstanding practice that high-ranking officers on salary were not among those...

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House suspends page program amid assault investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's speaker of the House says he's suspending a high school page program following an incident in...

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Midwest City police investigating alleged assault of legislative page

MIDWEST CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma are investigating after a teenage girl participating in the Oklahoma House of...

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Saudi official says kingdom pursuing justice in Khashoggi murder

GENEVA (Reuters) - The head of the Saudi human rights commission said on Thursday that the kingdom was bringing those accused...

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Vandalism of Ruth Bader Ginsberg poster being investigated as hate crime

New York Police Department's hate crimes unit is investigating after a poster of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was...

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New transparency reporting requirements for virtual charter schools advance to state Senate

One of the few surviving measures aimed at adding restrictions for virtual charter schools sailed through the Oklahoma House of...

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Oklahoma senators plan to back Trump on border security vote

U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe and James Lankford plan to back President Donald Trump on Thursday and vote against a resolution to...

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Pardon and Parole Board grants swift parole under new law

With a mandate to help reduce the state prison population, the reconfigured Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday...

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What to know about the five bills giving Stitt more power

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed five bills on Wednesday that will give him the authority to hire and fire the heads of some of the...

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Stitt gains hiring power at 5 state agencies

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed legislation on Wednesday giving him the authority to hire and fire directors at five major agencies,...

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City delays vote on granting iconic church historic status

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council has delayed a vote on whether it should grant historic status to an iconic...

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Oklahoma Supreme Court rejects immediate opioid trial delay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected a request by drugmakers to immediately postpone the start...

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House approves measure to protect mineral rights owners from governmental takings, sends to Senate

Oklahoma’s House of Representatives sent along a proposed law to the Senate this week that could allow mineral rights owners to...

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EPA pledges $16M per year for Tar Creek Superfund cleanup

TULSA — The Environmental Protection Agency has pledged more than $16 million annually for the continued cleanup of toxic mine...

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Bills altering state agencies advance

Two bills giving Gov. Kevin Stitt authority to hire and fire the heads of Oklahoma’s Medicaid agency and the Department of...

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Opioid manufacturers turn to state's top court in effort to delay trial

Complaining that they are at risk of "trial by ambush," a group of 13 opioid manufacturers filed documents with the Oklahoma...

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Italy bans unvaccinated children from school

Italian children have been told not to turn up to school unless they can prove they have been properly vaccinated. The deadline...

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Federal court moves to unseal documents in Jeffrey Epstein scandal

A federal court of appeals in New York on Monday took the first step in unsealing documentsthat could reveal evidence of...

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Senate advances bill creating budget office

The Senate approved a bill Monday to create a new state budget office, advancing a central part of the Republican agenda that...

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State briefs for March 12

OKLAHOMA CITY Online career awareness program launches Oklahoma CareerTech will launch a new online career awareness program...

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Unity Bill passes Senate, set to be signed by Stitt

The medical marijuana Unity Bill passed the Oklahoma State Senate on Monday in a final legislative step before crossing the...

City council delays vote on First Christian Church designation

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Representatives of First Christian Church promised Tuesday they have no plans to tear down the architectural landmark and do not have any pending deals with buyers that could lead to demolition in the immediate future. Those promises by church...

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Lankford says Trump has authority to declare emergency on border wall

Lankford says "humanitarian crisis" justifies Trump's emergency declaration.

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Trump proposes record spending, trillion-dollar deficit

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion budget on Monday, pushing the federal deficit past $1...

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Bill would prohibit cities from banning plastic containers, bags

A bill moving through the Legislature would prohibit cities and towns from banning or taxing certain containers, including...

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Unity Bill for medical marijuana regulations expected to clear Senate this week

A bill to regulate much of Oklahoma’s medical marijuana industry is set for a final legislative step before potentially being...

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Council to debate pay raise Outgoing Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid is proposing a public vote on tripling the salaries of...

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University expulsion incident made headlines

It should come as no surprise that news of the student demonstration at (then) Oklahoma Christian College made headlines. The...

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US plans end to wolf protections; critics say it's premature

BILLINGS, Mont. — U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, re-igniting the...

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Wind industry tax protests disrupt school financing

In the halls of the state Capitol, lobbyists for the wind industry have been handing out brochures touting the millions of...

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Horn votes with GOP not a help with either party

In her first two months in Congress, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn has been among a small number of Democrats who have sided with...

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Oklahoma Christian works to right a wrong against black students 50 years ago

"We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord. And we pray that our unity will one day be restored. And they'll know we are...

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Ex-senator pleads guilty to Uber driver assault

A former state senator admitted Friday he made unwanted advances and lewd comments toward a female Uber driver during a ride in...

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House OKs election, ethics overhaul; Senate to slam door

WASHINGTON — House Democrats approved a centerpiece of their agenda Friday, a sweeping plan to reduce the role of big money in...

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Trump pays his respects to 23 killed by Alabama tornado

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — Head bowed, President Donald Trump paid respects Friday to the 23 people killed when a powerful tornado...

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Oklahoma treasurer reports overall collections still strong

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new state treasurer says overall collections to the state treasury are continuing to increase,...

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Finland's government resigns after healthcare reform fails

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Finland’s government resigned on Friday after ditching plans to reform the healthcare system, a key...

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Inhofe says Pentagon leaders lost trust over 'dismal' military housing

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe told top Pentagon leaders Thursday that they must regain the trust of military personnel and families who...

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Positive Tomorrows school officials consider how to expand programs once new school building opens

With work underway on the school's new building, officials at an Oklahoma City elementary school for homeless children are...

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Top state election official raises objections to bill making registration, voting easier

A bill being debated by the U.S. House would force Oklahoma to make extensive changes to its election system that could create...

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Capital City: Party lines drawn on agency proposal

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday accused Democrats of protecting the status quo after the minority party criticized his agency...

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'Police didn't help me': Europe ignoring abuse of trafficked Vietnamese children

Thousands of children trafficked from Vietnam to the UK are being abused and exploited in transit through Europe...

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156 ex-employees sue Oklahoma State Department of Health for wrongful termination after funding woes disproved

More than 150 former and current employees have accused the Oklahoma State Department of Health of wrongful termination in a...

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Stitt assets include commercial real estate, planes, rental homes

Gov. Kevin Stitt ran for office on his business acumen and background in building a national mortgage company. His recently...

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Bill banning red-light cameras passes Oklahoma Senate

A bill prohibiting the use of red-light cameras in the state was approved Tuesday by the Oklahoma Senate. Senate Bill 260,...

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Partisan lines drawn on Oklahoma agency proposal

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday accused Democrats of protecting the status quo after the minority party criticized his agency...

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Oklahoma health department sued by former employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 150 current and former employees of the Oklahoma State Health Department are suing the...

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Border at ‘Breaking Point’ as More than 76,000 Migrants Cross in a Month

The number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has once again broken records, with unauthorized entries nearly...

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Capital City: Republicans strike deal on state boards

Following weeks of closed-door negotiations, Republican leaders have reached agreement over a plan to restructure five state...

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Agreement struck to give governor power to pick more agency heads

Following weeks of closed-door negotiations, Republican leaders have reached agreement over a plan to restructure five state...

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Trump aims to stem vet suicide with outreach, local grants

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday aimed at stemming a persistently high number of...

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Capital City: Stitt seeks boost in closing fund

Gov. Kevin Stitt plans to aggressively use the Quick Action Closing Fund, a Legislature-approved pot of money the governor can...

Senior centers' success has board in a quandary

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The surprising success of Oklahoma City's new senior centers has the voluntary MAPS 3 Citizens Advisory Board grappling with the question of how many centers to build, and where. "I think it's a mistake" not to build all the centers promised to...

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Oklahoma governor welcomes Muslims to 'Day at the Capitol'

Oklahoma Muslims were surprised by an unexpected visitor on Monday at an annual advocacy gathering at the state Capitol. Gov....

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First lady Melania Trump visits Tulsa's Dove School of Discovery

TULSA — Monday was a snow day for most Tulsa-area students, but it was much more memorable for the children who braved the ice...

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Opioid makers seek delay in start of state trial

NORMAN — Pharmaceutical company attorneys are requesting a 100-day delay in the start of a trial in which opioid manufacturing...

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Inhofe says he'd consider voting for resolution blocking emergency declaration

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said early Monday he might vote for a resolution blocking President Donald Trump's emergency declaration.

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Capital City: OU undergoing political transition

It's been a year of change for the University of Oklahoma and it has had political implications.

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Stitt favors state cash account to lure businesses

During his first two months in office, Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call sheet has included dozens of businesses the state Department of...

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Turning up the heat on MAPS 4 After Ward 2 Councilman Ed Shadid asked pointed questions last week about MAPS 4, Mayor David...

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Anti-abortion prayer campaign set

NORMAN — A kick-off rally for the 2019 "40 Days for Life" campaign is set for 6:30 p.m. Monday at St. Mark the Evangelist...

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Tennessee school apologizes for asking students to pretend to own slaves

A Tennessee school district has issued an apology for a social studies assignment that asked students to pretend to be...

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New law considered for e-bike enthusiasts

Even as electric-powered bicycles are picking up market share among riders, Oklahoma remains one of a few states where...

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Methodists aim to promote unity, love after LGBTQ ban upheld

To some people, the results of a recent international Methodist gathering may have been disheartening. To other individuals,...

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Trump taps former state lawmaker for U.S. attorney post

President Donald Trump on Friday nominated Timothy J. Downing, a former state legislator and assistant attorney general, to be...

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Gallogly's short tenure judged by budget cuts, reaction to racist incident

After finishing his salad inside the University of Oklahoma student union, Cameron Terry scrolled through the social media feed...

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Stitt’s veterans secretary pick accused of underpaying veterans

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick to becomes Oklahoma’s next secretary of veterans affairs and the military is facing accusations that...

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Oklahoma Methodist leader helped guide historic gathering

An Oklahoma minister helped guide the legislative portion of the recent historic gathering of United Methodists in St. Louis....

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Part of $80 million bond package would support aerospace training

Many voters in Oklahoma City will have the chance Tuesday to vote on an $80 million bond issue for Metro Tech, the CareerTech...

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Governor chooses OU grad from Ohio as new regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday appointed a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s business school to serve on the OU Board of...

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Seniors face escalating premiums for long-term care insurance

When she recently opened the bill for her long-term care insurance, retired schoolteacher and counselor Suzie Francis of...

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ReMerge graduates eight more women who avoided prison time

Two years ago, Brandi Davis was a judge’s gavel away from trudging into prison, accepting an Oklahoma Department of Corrections...

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Former OU president sought for interview by investigating law firm

The law firm investigating allegations of serious misconduct at the University of Oklahoma on Friday asked for the first time...

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OKC police chief denounces constitutional carry law

The leader of the state’s largest police department on Friday denounced the new "constitutional carry” law as a step in the...

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Rejected by voters as a state question, legislation would let eye doctors practice in big box stores

Senate Majority Floor Leader Kim David said Senate Bill 902 is similar to the narrowly rejected State Question 793, but with...

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Capital City: Stitt to announce regents pick

Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to announce one of his appointments to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents later today....

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Oil, gasoline prices continue rise

Oil prices continued climbing Thursday, backed in part by global production drops and a dip in U.S. storage levels. The price...

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Report: Trump demanded top clearance for Kushner

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump last year ordered officials to grant top-secret security clearance to his son-in-law and...

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Cohen returns to Capitol Hill

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s former lawyer returned to Capitol Hill on Thursday for hours of closed-door questioning...

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First lady to visit Tulsa

TULSA — First lady Melania Trump will visit an elementary school in Tulsa on Monday, according to a White House news release....

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Wheeler, former coal lobbyist, confirmed as new EPA chief

WASHINGTON -- The Senate on Thursday approved former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to head the Environmental Protection Agency...

Others interested in replacement building district offering

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Oklahoma City Public Schools will not renew its lease with Harding Fine Arts Academy, telling school leaders this week they need to decide if they want a building offered by the district as a new home. "OKCPS has been and is continuing to work...

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O’Rourke has made up mind on 2020 elections

Will he or won’t he? It’s been the Texas-sized elephant in the cramped room of Democratic presidential politics. Will Beto...

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Union Station designs stress flexibility

Union Station renovations are intended, in part, to bring a building born in the age of segregation into the era of what the...

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House passage of gun safety bills reflects political shift

WASHINGTON — The House put on a display of Democratic priorities this week with two bills to bolster background checks on...

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US, North Korea offer dueling accounts of talks breakdown

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The U.S. and North Korea offered contradictory accounts Thursday of why the summit between Donald Trump...

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First Lady Melania Trump to visit Oklahoma on Monday

The stop in Tulsa is part of a trip promoting Trump's initiative "Be Best" which includes the well-being of children, online...

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Oklahoma House passes medical marijuana 'Unity Bill'

Lawmakers in the Oklahoma House voted Thursday to pass a bill that would provide an extensive medical marijuana regulatory...

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Capital City: Gun bills advance in OK and DC

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed his first bill on Wednesday: A permitless carry bill that gives Oklahomans the ability to carry a gun...

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Bill sets plate reader limits

A bill under consideration by the Oklahoma Legislature would clarify how some license plate information is kept and...

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Powell says Fed likely to end bond trimming by end of 2019

WASHINGTON — Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday that the Fed is close to announcing a plan to end the...

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House, Senate committees move bills to give governor more power over agencies

One of Gov. Kevin Stitt's top legislative priorities cleared key hurdles Wednesday as House and Senate committees voted to give...

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Stitt signs permitless carry bill

Just hours after final legislative approval was granted, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Wednesday that will allow Oklahoma...

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#ThrowbackThursday: USS Oklahoma flag saved, sent to state

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

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Panel approves 2 percent cost of living hike for pension system participants

A bill to grant a 2 percent cost of living increase to retired participants in six Oklahoma state pension systems passed out of...

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'Constitutional carry' becomes first legislation signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed a measure that would allow individuals to carry firearms without...

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WATCH: Michael Cohen's testimony to House Oversight Committee

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Capital City: OKC approves tax incentives for Amazon

On a vote of 5-2, the Oklahoma City council gave final approval to $1 million in job-creation incentives and agreed to spend up...

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Jet downing raises India-Pakistan tension

Pakistan says it has shot down two Indian military jets and captured two pilots in a major escalation between the nuclear...

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Oklahoma House committee advances bill to make State Question 780 retroactive

A bill that would affect the criminal sentences of hundreds of people convicted of nonviolent offenses in Oklahoma easily...

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State agency shifts focus to rising medical marijuana demand

The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has temporarily closed its customer service center to free up more staff to respond to...

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Stitt appoints reform advocates to parole board

Gov. Kevin Stitt announced three appointments to the state’s Pardon and Parole Board on Tuesday that he said will bring a...

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Oklahoma Methodists discuss St. Louis gathering

The Rev. Scott Spencer said he wasn't surprised when United Methodists ultimately upheld the denomination's ban on full...

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Marijuana dispensary request rejected by council

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday denied a rezoning request for law office and medical marijuana dispensary in northeast...

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Cutoff date for kindergarten to be debated by full Oklahoma Senate

A Senate education committee voted Tuesday to move up Oklahoma’s kindergarten and prekindergarten cutoff date by one month,...

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House OKs Democrats' bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President...

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House committee votes to stop Talihina veterans center closure

An Oklahoma House of Representatives committee threw Talihina and its state veterans center a lifeline Tuesday by voting to...

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Student altercation at Edmond Santa Fe involves Trump hat, banner

EDMOND, Okla. — A Monday altercation between two Edmond Santa Fe students has resulted in a ticket of summons being issued to...

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State agency shifts focus to rising medical marijuana demand

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority is temporarily closing its customer service center to focus on...

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Cole backs Trump in fight over emergency declaration

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole said Tuesday that he would back President Donald Trump and oppose a Democratic resolution seeking to roll...

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Capital City: Abortion opponents clash over bill

On Monday, abortion opponents clashed at the state Capitol over a bill that some said did not do enough to protect the unborn.

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Panel advances abortion bill over objections from both side of the issue

Both abortion rights supporters and opponents decried an abortion “trigger ban” approved by a Senate health committee on Monday...

Mysterious federal response in Lawton sparked by fears a chemical warfare agent had been made

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LAWTON — The massive federal response to a Lawton apartment in late January and early February was triggered by fears a man with a bomb-related conviction in his past had manufactured a chemical warfare agent that causes immediate extreme pain on...

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Oklahoma attorney general urges changes to trooper promotion policies "to avoid any appearance of impropriety"

Attorney General Mike Hunter is calling for policy changes in the promotions process at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol "to avoid...

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Report looks at barriers to employment for those involved in the justice system

People who have been charged with, convicted of or incarcerated for a crime make up 8.2 percent of Oklahoma's population. One...

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Senate committee advances industrial hemp measure as state waits on federal regs

A measure proposing to form a permanent program that regulates industrial hemp in Oklahoma sprouted roots Monday. The Oklahoma...

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Faith leaders who oppose constitutional carry pray outside of Gov. Kevin Stitt's office

OKLAHOMA CITY — Faith leaders and others prayed Monday outside of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office, encouraging him to veto a...

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Capital City: Bill to eliminate pregnancy program won't be heard

A controversial bill that would have eliminated a state pregnancy program that covers undocumented women will not get a hearing

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Coliseum envisioned for State Fair Park

The new Fairgrounds Coliseum will continue "the mission of transforming State Fair Park into a 21st century tourism...

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New Bethany council member "just wanted to work for equality"

From her seat at the far end of the Bethany City Council bench, Amanda Sandoval could see that nearly half of the audience in...

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Stitt gets ideas from other governors at DC conference

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s new governor sat in the ballroom of a Washington hotel Saturday morning listening to experts explain...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

Courts for sports New basketball and futsal courts are expected to open downtown in May. Former OU and NBA basketball player...

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The mythology behind the Trump-Kim summit

Fire, fury, love. Between the two of them, President Donald Trump and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un have created a mythology about...

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White House to select scientists to reassess climate findings

WASHINGTON - The White House plans to create an ad hoc group of select federal scientists to reassess the government’s analysis...

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Anita Hill says nation's divisions today require 'radical commitment to equal protection under the law'

A new university center dedicated to healing social and racial injustices is needed "perhaps now even more than ever,"...

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Horn supports bill requiring expanded background check system for gun sales

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Saturday she supports a bill expected to come up for a vote next week to expand background checks to...

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MAPS generation fulfilling vision

Ann Simank says the generational shift in Oklahoma City’s elected leadership fulfills the vision of leaders who initiated MAPS...

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Data entry error caused $2.1 million shortage at Chickasha Public Schools

It appears a simple data entry error caused Chickasha Public Schools to be shorted more than $2.1 million in property tax...

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Capital City: Teacher pay raise advances

Oklahoma House members approved an increase in teacher pay and more money for a business recruitment fund on Thursday, sending...

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Education data suggests top 10 state is possible

How can Gov. Kevin Stitt’s business approach affect public education? It’s clear Gov. Stitt is intent on data-driven change in...

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House to consider unity bill on marijuana regulations

A bill creating a framework for medical marijuana regulation cleared a key House committee Thursday and could be heard as soon...

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Clergy group denounces 'constitutional carry' bill in Oklahoma Legislature

A group of pastors from across the state denounced a bill on Thursday that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a gun...

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Park ranger furloughed during shutdown wins lottery

TRENTON, N.J. — A park ranger furloughed during the partial federal government shutdown has claimed a $29.5 million lottery...

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Attorney pays it forward with children of incarcerated in mind

In her heart, an Oklahoma City attorney considers children of the incarcerated part of her extended family. Francie Ekwerekwu,...

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Teacher pay raise, business recruitment initiative move to Oklahoma Senate

Oklahoma’s state House approved an increase in the teacher pay scale Thursday, sending the $1,200 raise to the Senate and...

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Baptist leaders oppose bill to criminalize abortion

Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, said he still will not give Senate Bill 13 a hearing.

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Oklahoma GOP leaders to push 'triggered' abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in Oklahoma want to join at least five other states in automatically banning abortions...

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18 members of Oklahoma white supremacist prison gang indicted

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Eighteen members of a white supremacist prison gang have been charged with racketeering, drug conspiracy...

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Oklahoma lawmakers seek to increase state's minimum wage

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in the state House and Senate have proposed legislative measures to raise Oklahoma's...

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Stitt taps two more for cabinet posts

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday announced the appointments of Chip Keating as secretary of public safety and...

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Faith leaders, others voice opposition to constitutional carry bill for Oklahoma

"We still believe we have not only a public safety and common good argument to make, but a moral argument."

Demolition set on former OGE data center

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The former OGE Energy data center downtown is set to be razed within weeks with construction to start this summer on an 1,100-space parking garage that will be wrapped with an eight-story mix of housing and retail. The Oklahoma City Urban...

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Capital City: Governor still wants more for savings

State lawmakers should have about $574.5 million more to appropriate this session than they had last year, according to revenue...

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Border wall funding threatens military construction projects at Oklahoma bases

WASHINGTON — Construction on facilities worth a combined $178 million at Altus and Tinker Air Force bases that would provide...

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Permitless carry gun bill passes Senate panel

A Senate panel on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow people to carry a weapon without a permit or training. House Bill...

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Oklahoma's House sends trains bill down the track to the Senate

A bill that would allow law officers to cite railroads that block track-road intersections for longer than 10 minutes without...

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Will 'Space Force' affect Oklahoma?

President Donald Trump has asked Congress to create the Space Force, a sixth branch of the military that would operate...

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Bill to simplify calculating county elected officials' salaries passes House committee

A bill that would simplify calculating the salaries of county elected officials was approved Wednesday by an Oklahoma House...

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Zuckerberg to meet UK culture secretary

Mark Zuckerberg is to meet with the UK’s culture secretary at the company’s headquarters in California on Thursday. It follows...

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State budget growth nearly $575 million

Bolstered by projected revenues from tax increases, state lawmakers should have about $574.5 million more to appropriate this...

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Constitutional carry bill passes Senate panel. Stitt says he 'looks forward to signing it.'

OKLAHOMA CITY — A Senate panel on Wednesday passed a bill that would allow people to carry a weapon without a permit or...

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$574.5 million certified by panel for Oklahoma state budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will have $37.8 million fewer extra dollars to spend than forecast just two...

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Capital City: From lawmaker to lobbyist

Oklahoma is one of the few states without a mandatory waiting period of any time before lawmakers can become lobbyists.

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Colonial Day transports students back in time at state Capitol

Nearly 500 Oklahoma students recently traveled back in time and met such historical figures as Martha Washington and Benjamin...

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Oklahoma to issue entire month of SNAP benefits

Oklahomans who receive SNAP food benefits will be getting their March disbursements at the beginning of the month. This is the...

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Oklahoma committee advances bill to strip licenses of doctors who perform abortions

A bill that would strip the medical licenses of doctors who perform abortions passed out of a House committee Tuesday. House...

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Senate votes to allow schools to administer opioid overdose drug

The Oklahoma Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved a bill that would authorize school nurses or other designated employees to...

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Oklahoma panel clears bill for return to five-day weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to force more Oklahoma school districts to return to five-day school weeks has cleared a Senate...

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Capital City: 'It's not a Medicaid expansion,' but it's a start

Oklahoma lawmakers took their biggest step to date towards Medicaid expansion with the passage of Senate Bill 605 out of a...

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Medicaid expansion bill advances

A bill that would use federal funds through Medicaid expansion to increase Oklahoma’s private-insurance subsidy program for low...

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Voter participation varied across wards in the Feb. 12 city council elections

Elections were in four wards; results were outright wins and no runoffs will be held.

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Capital City: Abortion bill won't be heard

Senate Bill 13, which would criminalize abortion in Oklahoma, won’t be brought up for a committee vote this year, according to...

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Man accused of pulling gun on couple wearing MAGA hats

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – A Tennessee man is charged with first-degree wanton endangerment after witnesses told police he pulled a...

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Business groups work to strengthen property rights in gun bill

The state’s largest business groups, which opposed so-called constitutional carry legislation in the past, knew they probably...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 18, 2019

Primary decides council races Voters elected two new city council members and returned two incumbents to office in Tuesday's...

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Campaign shop part of Democratic success stories in OKC

After a decade of election losses at almost every level of state government, Democrats have rebuilt a foundation of power in...

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Auditors to prosecutors: Hire collection agency to recover unpaid fees from offenders

Oklahoma district attorneys have more than $56 million in uncollected fees on their books and are being advised they should...

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OKC Senate race most expensive; McCall biggest spender

An open Senate seat race in Oklahoma City was the most expensive legislative contest last year, though House Speaker Charles...

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Russian court orders U.S. investor, Oklahoma native, held for 2 months

A Moscow court has ordered a U.S. investment fund manager to be jailed for two months while facing fraud charges.

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Oklahoma Senate committee leader won't hear bill to criminalize abortion

A bill that would criminalize abortion in Oklahoma won’t be brought up for a committee vote this year, according to the...

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Wildlife Commission opposes bevy of bills

This year's battles over wildlife legislation has begun. The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission, the governing body for...

Attorney: First Christian not under contract with any buyer

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David Box, one of the city’s leading real estate attorneys, is going to fight an effort by Ward 2 City Councilman Ed Shadid to rezone the First Christian Church as a historic landmark by saying such an effort could complicate efforts to sell the...

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Capital City: Governor seeks "quick wins"

Stitt held his third cabinet meeting Thursday and discussed goals he wants to achieve in the next few months at the agencies...

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Oklahoma Senate's Energy Committee sends wind-related bills along

Several wind energy-related bills proposed by lawmakers worked their way through the Oklahoma Senate’s Energy Committee on...

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State of the Union has narrow energy industry focus

During the State of the Union speech last week, President Donald Trump praised the oil and natural gas industry as a key driver...

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Digital licenses, card payments among Stitt's desired 'quick wins'

Digital driver's licenses and debit card payments at state parks are some of the “quick wins” Gov. Kevin Stitt would like to...

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Highway patrol captain indicted in blackmail case

An Oklahoma Highway Patrol captain has been indicted by the multi-county grand jury on a charge of blackmail. Capt. Troy D....

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Unity bill clears medical marijuana working group

A bicameral Medical Marijuana Working Group finished work on a bill Wednesday to regulate various aspects of the cannabis...

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Oklahoma lawmakers react to border security bill

Oklahoma lawmakers respond to the border deal reached by Congress.

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Congress OKs border deal; Trump will sign, declare emergency

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress lopsidedly approved a border security compromise Thursday that would avert a second painful...

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Council edges closer to representing the population as the city grows

Voters first elected Patience Latting, the first woman to serve on the city council and only woman to serve as mayor, in 1967.

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Gen X or millennial, Oklahoma City elected officers have a new look

It began with the election of James Greiner and John Pettis in 2013, and now the 40-and-under cohort will constitute a majority...

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Senate Confirms William Barr as Attorney General

WASHINGTON — The Senate confirmed William P. Barr on Thursday for a second stint as attorney general, handing oversight of the...

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Capital City: Permitless carry bill advances

House Republicans advanced a bill Wednesday that allows Oklahoma citizens to carry a gun without training a proposed expansion...

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Train bill clears committee

A bill that seeks to give law enforcement the ability to cite railroads that block track-road intersections for longer than 10...

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Infowars’ Alex Jones ordered to undergo sworn deposition in Sandy Hook case

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut judge has ruled that Infowars host Alex Jones must undergo a sworn deposition in the...

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California city charging $3,000 deposit to mother seeking records after son killed by police

ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTVU) - Theresa Smith has been trying to unseal all the records into her son's death for the last decade....

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Permitless carry bill passes House

House Republicans advanced a bill Wednesday that allows Oklahoma citizens to carry a gun without training a proposed expansion...

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Oklahoma college students advocate for more higher education funding

Students from campuses across the state rallied for increased funding for their colleges and universities Tuesday during 2019...

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Aggravated assaults on the rise, OKC police chief says

Serious assaults are on the rise, with little prospect for driving them below 2016 levels, Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill...

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Constitutional carry gun bill passes Oklahoma House of Representatives

House Bill 2597, which doesn't change where a gun can be taken, passed 70-30, with all Democrats and a handful of Republicans...

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Capital City: Elections continue generational shift in OKC

Elections were held across the state on Tuesday, including in Oklahoma City where James Cooper and JoBeth Hamon won two open...

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Anti-abortion rally draws hundreds to state Capitol

Several hundred anti-abortion activists gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol to urge Republican lawmakers to criminalize...

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Bill aimed at reforming Oklahoma's parole process approved by House committee

A bill aimed at reforming the state's parole system was approved Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee, as state lawmakers...

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Voters approve school bond issues in Edmond, Norman

Voters in Edmond and Norman on Tuesday approved school bond issues that will pay for new schools, classroom additions, storm...

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Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey terminates lobbyist registration

Oklahoma County Commissioner Kevin Calvey has filed paperwork with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission to terminate his lobbying...

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Cooper, Hamon continue youth movement on Oklahoma City Council

James Cooper will be Oklahoma City’s first openly gay councilman, winning a five-way race in Tuesday’s primary to take...

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Voters keep late Edmond mayor on ballot for general election, select new Norman mayor

A deceased man is headed to the general election for Edmond mayor after voters on Tuesday gave late Mayor Charles Lamb enough...

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Money's influence was insufficient to overcome Hamon's message of a 'city that works for everyone'

Grassroots campaigning and small-money donations translated to votes in Ward 6.

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Newly elected council members will bring their own point of view to governance

40-and-unders will constitute a majority of the city council.

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Newly constituted Oklahoma City Council will be seated in April

Mayor sees the value of new energy and new ideas coming to council with millennials' election.

The OK Photo Issue

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Near as I can tell, photographers from The Oklahoman archived nearly 30,000 photos during the past year. Our photo staff is seasoned, talented and hugely productive. In this issue of The OK, we share their gifts and hard work with you. In these...

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Medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma top $4.3 million in January

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Numbers from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show medical marijuana sales topped $4.3 million in January, a...

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Report: 30,000 Oklahoma teachers have left profession in past 6 years

A new report released by the state shows 30,000 Oklahoma teachers have left the profession in the past six years.

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Former Oklahoma AG candidate sued by federal government

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former candidate for Oklahoma attorney general is being sued by the federal government for the loss of...

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Capital City: Abortion rallies and elections today

An anti abortion rally is slated to take place at the state Capitol today, along with a rally in support of abortion rights.

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Chickasha schools shortchanged $2.1 million by county treasurer

Chickasha Public Schools received a check for $2.1 million Monday after Grady County Treasurer Robin Burton acknowledged that a...

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Doctors' TV ads don't stop bill on nurse anesthetists

Despite a wave of opposition television ads from a state doctors’ association, a bill to allow some nurses to administer...

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University of Central Oklahoma is offering full-time faculty a retirement incentive to bridge budget gap

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma is offering qualified full-time faculty a retirement incentive to help offset a...

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Trump calls for investment in artificial intelligence

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order directing federal agencies to prioritize research and development in...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: City council primaries

Election, city's bond rating lead news summary.

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Transparency, responsiveness are keys for council candidate

Durmus challenges Stonecipher for Ward 8 seat on the Oklahoma City Council.

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Volunteering led to interest in public service for Ward 6 candidate

JoBeth Hamon, Nathaniel Harding and Jim Holman are running for the open Ward 6 seat on the Oklahoma City Council.

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Capital City: Mullin PAC involved in mayoral race

A political action committee affiliated with U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is supporting a candidate in the race for Tahlequah mayor.

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Conversational platform focuses on social justice

One in an occasional series aimed at fostering healthy conversations about race and community relations Civil rights activist...

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Council races, bond issues, voting for a deceased man part of Tuesday election story

Amanda Sandoval wants a career in public service and envisions herself someday seeking office at the state or federal level....

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Supplemental funding requests top $32 million

Six state agencies have submitted requests for supplemental funding totaling more than $32 million to help get through the...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 11, 2019

Primaries set Tuesday Candidates for city council are on Tuesday's ballot in Wards 2, 5, 6 and 8; Wards 2 and 6 are open seats....

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Oklahoma's final education budget could include more classroom spending than Gov. Stitt proposed

Days after Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed no significant increase in classroom funding, legislative leaders said they still expect...

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Coalition wants standard definition of possession with intent to distribute

A bipartisan coalition of community leaders wants lawmakers to specifically define the crime of drug possession with intent to...

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OU Regent Bill Burgess dies

University of Oklahoma Board of Regents member William “Bill” Burgess died Friday. He was 62. Former Gov. Mary Fallin appointed...

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OU Regent member Bill Burgess dies

University of Oklahoma Board of Regents member William "Bill" Burgess died Friday, according to multiple reports.

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Roses for life Faith community distributes flowers symbolizing the sanctity of the unborn

Jen Brickerm, an aerialist-acrobat who was born without legs, shared her faith testimony at the 2019 Rose Day Rally on...

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While Stitt seeks more funding for parole board, his appointments could have more impact

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants more funding for the Pardon and Parole Board to expedite requests from offenders. But a more crucial...

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Capital City: Trump's approval slips in Oklahoma

President Donald Trump remains a popular president in Oklahoma. But not as popular as he once was.

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Legislators seek to tweak liquor laws

Children in liquor stores, golf course and marina provisions to be considered.

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Stitt to look for diversity in next OU regent

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants to add diversity to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, the governor-appointed body that...

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Wyrick nomination heads to Senate floor

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee voted along party lines Thursday to advance the nomination of Oklahoma Supreme Court...

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Speech highlights oil industry

Gov. Kevin Stitt last week highlighted his views of the economy and vision for the state over the next year. The oil and...

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Bezos says Enquirer threatened to publish revealing pics

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said Thursday he was the target of "extortion and blackmail" by the publisher of the...

Wiggle Out Loud school initiative challenges students to be active

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Students at Edwards Elementary School were the first to participate in the Wiggle Out Loud Schools Program, a new physical activity challenge led by The Children's Hospital Volunteers charity and funded by a grant from Kohl's Cares. "I'm glad...

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Trump promised to end HIV transmissions. Is that possible?

“We have made incredible strides, incredible,” Trump said in the annual State of the Union address. “Together, we will defeat...

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Please clap 2.0: Howard Schultz encourages applause at his first policy speech

Howard Schultz on Thursday told an audience listening to his first policy address as a 2020 candidate that it's OK to clap,...

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Permitless carry gun bill sails through Oklahoma committee

At least 14 states have approved some version of permitless carry, most recently South Dakota , according to the National Rifle...

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Capital City: Governor reaffirms anti-abortion stance

Gov. Kevin Stitt reaffirmed his support for anti-abortion legislation at a Capitol rally on Wednesday and said he wanted to see...

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Stitt reaffirms anti-abortion stance

Gov. Kevin Stitt reaffirmed his support for anti-abortion legislation at a Capitol rally on Wednesday and said he wanted to see...

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State lawmaker wants to prevent Calvey from lobbying against abortion

An Oklahoma City lawmaker said he will work to amend state ethics rules after discovering a county commissioner is also a...

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Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY — Leaders in the Oklahoma House ramped up security by erecting guard stations in hallways, banning public access...

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International students at the University of Oklahoma fear deportation

NORMAN — A dozen international students at the University of Oklahoma are worried the inability to pay outstanding fall...

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Would-be hemp growers told to wait

Oklahomans who want to grow industrial hemp this year outside of the state’s existing pilot program might as well nip those...

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Medical marijuana working group to consider several outstanding issues

A meeting of the legislative working group on medical marijuana is scheduled for Wednesday to discuss a “unity proposal” that...

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Gucci pulls item after 'blackface' backlash

Luxury fashion brand Gucci has withdrawn a woollen jumper from sale after the item was criticised for "resembling blackface."...

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Financial watchdog plans to scrap payday lending rules

New York — The nation's federal financial watchdog said Wednesday that it plans to abolish most of its critical consumer...

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Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House are dramatically ramping up security at the state Capitol less than a year...

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Capital City: Response to Trump and OK Dems present agenda

President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union yesterday, Oklahoma Democrats announced their legislative agenda and...

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Canadian County Democrats to hear Chantelle Cory Feb. 11

YUKON — Chantelle Cory will focus on the roles and responsibilities of different government structures at the Canadian County...

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Ward 2 candidates want next MAPS to focus on neighborhoods

James Cooper, one of five candidates seeking Oklahoma City’s open Ward 2 seat, envisions a network of public transportation...

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Democratic agenda includes issues key to red rural Oklahoma

House and Senate Democrats are largely an urban caucus, but they presented an agenda Tuesday that includes some issues most...

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In SOTU address, Trump calls for end of resistance politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump on Tuesday called on Washington to cast aside...

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Oklahoma lawmakers respond to Trump's State of the Union speech

Read responses from Oklahoma's congressional delegation following President Trump's 2019 State of the Union address.

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Capital City: Stitt asks for teacher pay raise

On Monday, Gov. Kevin Stitt said teachers deserve another pay raise and asked state lawmaker for the money to fund it in his...

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Civil rights icon Andrew Young speaks in OKC

Andrew Young reached heights he never imagined. He was one of the civil rights leaders who was closest to Martin Luther King...

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Russia must develop new missiles to counter U.S. before 2021: RIA cites defense minister

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia must develop a new land-based cruise missile and a new land-based hypersonic missile before 2021 to...

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Stitt budget proposes funding boost for common education while keeping most agencies flat

Common education and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority would receive revenue boosts, while funding for higher education and...

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OKC Civic Life Journal: Streetlights out 'throughout the entire city'

Week in review, in civic news in Oklahoma City.

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Video aids recapture of MMA fighter suspected in killings

DALLAS (AP) — An MMA fighter suspected in two killings who escaped from a prison van that stopped at a Texas...

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Woody Guthrie Center honors teachers for demanding change

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Woody Guthrie Center is honoring Oklahoma teachers for demanding improvements to state education...

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Stitt wants teacher pay raise, economy-focused government

Gov. Kevin Stitt said teachers deserve another pay raise and asked state lawmaker for the money to fund it in his first...

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Contributions to candidates in the Feb. 12 city council primary are focused on two races

The final pre-election campaign contribution and spending reports for the council races will be filed Monday.

Metro nonprofit raising funds for shelter to serve sex trafficking victims

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A metro nonprofit that serves victims of human trafficking has launched a fundraising campaign to open a 24-hour shelter for those abused by the sex trade. The state-certified Dragonfly Home is looking to raise $350,000 to purchase a property...

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Recap: Oklahoma State of the State updates

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will deliver the State of the State address at 12:30 p.m. today.

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Capital City: Session gets started

Stitt will call for $400 million in new money on education, criminal justice reform and other priorities, while setting aside...

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#OKC Civic Life for Monday, Feb. 4, 2019

William Crum: #OKC Civic Life is a weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Kendra Horn walks a fine line of political centrism in ruby red Oklahoma

Freshman Democrat from red state watched closely during her first month in Washington.

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Prayer is focus of gathering at Capitol

Members of the State Legislature, the governor and other state leaders were lifted up in prayer on Sunday during a prayer rally...

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Stitt budget would raise teacher pay, set aside one-third of surplus

Gov. Kevin Stitt's first budget would make some investments but spend only about $400 million of the $600 million projected...

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Oklahoma nursing homes push for more funding, promise better quality

Two nearly identical bills in the state Senate seek to increase funding and staffing at nursing homes in Oklahoma.

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Oklahoma tourism agency acquires 77 acres in Grand Lake area

GROVE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's tourism agency says it's acquiring 77 acres of land next to the Honey Creek area of Grand Lake...

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More money more problems for the Legislature?

State lawmakers expect a calmer legislative session this year, though a budget surplus presents its own challenges.

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What to expect from lawmakers during the 2019 session

Legislators have four months to pass a budget and address key issues, and committee chairman have already narrowed their focus.

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Dissension caused by pension maneuver involving state public safety leaders

High-ranking officials within the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety have manipulated a law enforcement pension system,...

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Treat prepared to be 'politely confrontational' as Senate leader

As he entered his first year as leader of the Senate, Senate President Pro Tem Greg Treat narrowed Republicans' focus to a...

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Patrick Wyrick picked again by Trump for OKC federal judgeship but John O'Connor still up in the air

Oklahoma Supreme Court justice appears to be on track for U.S. Senate confirmation as a federal judge.