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Jim Couch, OKC's longest city manager, to retire in January

Jim Couch will retire in January after 18 years as city manager of Oklahoma City, saying Monday the time is right to open...

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Nine being assisted through 'commutation campaign' advance to stage two

Thirty-two individuals who are being assisted through a "commutation campaign" led by Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform...

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Former Oklahoma senator sentenced to prison for child sex trafficking

Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison for child sex trafficking.

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Jim Couch to retire in January after 18 years as Oklahoma City's city manager

Couch was instrumental in negotiating the 2016 water settlement among tribes, the city and state that governs management of...

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Billboard dispute roils Hefner Parkway neighbors

Hearts for Hearing filed papers Sept. 4 in Oklahoma County District Court to block its neighbor, Our Lord's Community Church,...

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Poll: Oklahomans don't like Trump as much as they used to

President Donald Trump’s popularity in Oklahoma may be waning.

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Fight over State Question 793 turns to wordplay

Both sides of State Question 793 argue about where Oklahoma stands among other states that allow eye doctors at places like...

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How long will former state senator spend in federal prison for sexual encounter with teenager at Moore hotel?

Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey will be sentenced Monday in Oklahoma City federal court for child sex trafficking.

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State moves to authorize bonds for new public health lab

The Oklahoma Board of Health passed a resolution to facilitate the issuance of nearly $60 million in bonds to build a new...

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Oklahoma Ethics Commission adopts rule barring legislators from becoming paid lobbyists for two years

Legislators have already rejected the new restrictions once but will have to again next year if they want to block the changes...

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Ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort agrees to plead guilty in deal with Robert Mueller

Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to resolve charges filed by special...

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Special session or not? Medical cannabis might not need lawmakers back at the Capitol

Oklahoma House Democrats urge majority leadership to call a special session to address medical marijuana issues, but...

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After years of pay cuts, Medicaid providers will see reimbursement boost

For the first time in almost a decade, Oklahoma will pay medical professionals who treat Medicaid patients more.

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Edmondson discusses guns and taxes.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Drew Edmondson spoke to Oklahoma municipal leaders about ways to grow revenue.

Oklahoma's electric utilities prepare for emerging technology

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Oklahoma's electric utilities must be flexible as they work with changing consumer and industry behaviors, industry leaders said this week at the 2018 Emerging Technology Conference.

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Facebook 'better prepared' to fight election interference, Zuckerberg says

On Wednesday, Mr. Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, published a roughly 3,300-word blog post cataloging all the steps the...

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Trump claims without evidence that Democrats inflated Puerto Rico's hurricane death toll

President Donald Trump on Thursday rejected the official death toll from hurricanes that struck Puerto Rico last fall...

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Stitt backs city option to levy property tax for public safety in Oklahoma

Republican gubernatorial candidate says he would back bill allowing cities to levy property tax for public safety if farm land...

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Steve Russell nabs national security oversight chairmanship in Congress

A congressional retirement has handed U.S. Rep. Steve Russell his first chairmanship and better positioned him to take over a...

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Oscar De La Hoya says he will run for United States president

LAS VEGAS — Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya said on Tuesday that he plans to launch an unexpected bid for the United States...

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Oklahoma Veterans Commission keeps executive director, endorses status quo after audit of Veterans Affairs

Faced with a highly critical state audit, low morale and calls for it to fire top officials at the Oklahoma Department of...

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Oklahoma Senate candidate flipped party affiliation during campaign

The Republican nominee for Oklahoma's Senate District 16 temporarily changed her voter registration to the Democratic Party

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The Oklahoman to host forum featuring Edmondson, Stitt

The Oklahoman is hosting a conversation with gubernatorial candidates Drew Edmondson and Kevin Stitt, 6-7:30 p.m. Sept. 24 at...

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OKC permits a hindrance, scooter companies say

Set scooters free. That was the message company representatives carried to the Oklahoma City Council in a public hearing...

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Heartland headquarters incentives deal advances in Oklahoma City Council

The Oklahoma City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to allow city staff to finalize incentive agreements that would provide $1...

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Oklahoma investors await marijuana industry regulations

Oklahoma residents looking to invest in the state's upcoming medical marijuana industry are anxiously awaiting the passage of...

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Eagle lands on 9/11 flag display in MN

COON RAPIDS, Minn. - A tribute to memorialize the events that took place 17 years ago on Sept. 11 became a truly awe-inspiring...

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State board will consider employment of Veterans Affairs director after audit

The Oklahoma Veterans Commission has called a special meeting for Tuesday morning to address fallout from a state audit.

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OKC sales tax revenue tops projections

July, August, September. The months keep adding up as Oklahoma City sales tax collections outperform projections. The primary...

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ODOT installs two new electric vehicle charging stations

The Oklahoma Department of Transportation on Monday became the first state agency to offer free electric vehicle charging...

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Traffic disruptions expected as I-35 bridge work starts Monday

Interstate 35 motorists should expect traffic disruptions beginning Monday as work begins on a $31 million project to...

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Five state questions will be on Oklahoma's Nov. 6 ballot

One measure would make the governor and lieutenant governor run together on the same ticket, while another seeks approval from...

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One year later, 'Dreamers' still pushing for protection

One year after the Trump administration announced it was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, DACA...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, Sept. 10, 2018.

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U.S. President Trump facing a 'coup': Bannon

U.S. President Donald Trump is facing a "coup", former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon told Reuters, pointing to an...

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What do you do when prompt isn't fast enough?

Sometimes "prompt" isn't fast enough. Reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect is one of those situations, says state...

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Capitol building's roof needs to be replaced

The Oklahoma Capitol restoration project hit a $9.3 million snag when workers discovered the copper roof was in worse shape...

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018

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Oklahoma closer to pinpointing total number of untested rape kits statewide

As Oklahoma slowly moves closer to pinpointing the total number of untested rape kits in the state, some advocates are...

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Futures File: Disease concerns push prices high on the hogs

Futures File: Disease concerns push prices high on the hogs

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Parkland shooting survivor gives powerful testimony at Kavanaugh hearings

Speaking calmly, Eastmond described her experience during the shooting at her school.

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Political State: Freshmen power

Dale, Justin and Ben welcome Nicole Miller, Republican nominee in House District 82, to discuss the last year of politics, the...

The OK -- The Health Issue

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I turned seven in 1968, the youngest of four, but old enough to remember the dinner table disagreements that sometimes grew heated. My dad, a combat veteran of World War II, at that point, still supported America's involvement in Vietnam. My...

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Cuomo Often Takes Taxpayer-Funded Planes and Helicopters, Far More Than Other Big State Governors

On a hot July day in 2017, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo visited a country club on Long Island to address business leaders about the...

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'It's bigger than a mistake.' Oklahoma congressman verbally spars with Twitter CEO

Two Oklahoma Republicans waded into the rocky and ever-shifting waters of social media politics as they quizzed Twitter and...

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Oklahoma teacher to testify in Kavanaugh hearing

An Oklahoma City high school teacher will testify before the Senate judiciary committee on Friday in the ongoing hearing to...

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To raise education funding, Edmondson would consider statewide vote on GPT

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Drew Edmondson said he would consider asking voters to approve raising the gross production...

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Atlanta Mayor orders city to end relationship with ICE, remove all detainees from city jail

ATLANTA – Atlanta is preparing to permanently end its relationship with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in regards to...

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Testing, labeling, recalls not included in medical marijuana state question

Oklahoma's legislative working group on medical marijuana held its seventh meeting Wednesday to discuss testing, recalls and...

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Jury Fines Man $1 For Punching Charlottesville Rally Organizer

For the crime of striking "Unite the Right" organizer Jason Kessler, a Charlottesville, Va., jury says Jeffrey Winder must pay...

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Putin 'responsible for Novichok attack'

Vladimir Putin must take responsibility for the Salisbury Novichok attack, UK security minister Ben Wallace has said. Mr...

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Rural advocates see void of representation at Capitol

Oklahoma Rural Association will develop a legislative agenda by November.

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Inhofe first Oklahoman to chair Senate Armed Services Committee

Sen. Jim Inhofe became the first Oklahoman to chair the Senate Armed Services Committee Wednesday when Senate Majority Leader...

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Roy Moore suing Sacha Baron Cohen for defamation over TV sketch mocking him

Roy Moore, the former U.S. Senate candidate from Alabama, filed a $95 million US lawsuit Wednesday, accusing Sacha Baron Cohen...

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Runoff election totals are certified: Read the results

Final results from last week's elections have been certified by the Oklahoma State Election Board

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Optometric association director to speak Sept. 10 on ballot measure changes to vision care

Joel Robison, executive director of the Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians, will speak to the Canadian County...

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Q&A: Cannabis dispensaries a ways off, attorney says

Q&A with Elizabeth L. Dalton: Medical marijuana dispensaries a ways off

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Change voter information online, coming Monday

A new service offered by the Oklahoma State Election Board will allow current voters to change some parts of their registration...

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Quarreling, chaos mark Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing

Quarreling, chaos mark Kavanaugh's Supreme Court hearing

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OK Innovation: Final salute to a personal hero

OK Innovation: Final salute to a personal hero

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Inside Facebook's 'arms race' to protect users ahead of midterm elections

"We know we have to be ready for anything that happens, and that's why we've been building a physical war room," said...

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'Unqualified' rating for two Oklahoma judge candidates is not the barrier it once was

Over the past year, two Oklahomans, Charles Goodwin and John O’Connor, have been told by the American Bar Association that...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Latest medical marijuana proposal would protect welfare recipients

The most recent version of a 'unity' bill being proposed to regulate the medical marijuana industry includes a specific...

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Oklahoma follows most states in Rx pot, with some unique aspects

Oklahoma is following 29 other states that have already legalized medical marijuana, many of which faced the same types of...

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Report finds DHS falling short in protecting children from abuse

Oklahoma children in DHS care continue to be abused and neglected at an "alarmingly high rate," even though the state is six...

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, JSept. 2, 2018

Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018

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'The landscape is changing' at Tinker AFB as it continues to expand

Work ensures the continued growth of the state’s largest employer, a complex so massive that if it was an incorporated city, it...

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Independent candidates are coordinating campaigns for state office, pledge open government

The statewide candidates for office who are not part of a political party will coordinate their campaigns.

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Future Files: Trade negotiations produce market uncertainty

Future Files: Trade negotiations produce market uncertainty

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How close was Oklahoma AG race in the end?

Election boards in all 77 counties go over provisional ballots Friday, rejecting about half.

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Political State: Attentions turn to general election

The Political State crew welcomes Carrie Blumert, who won the runoff for the Democratic nomination for District 1 Oklahoma...

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Auditing firms picked to examine Oklahoma agencies

Four auditing firms were selected to conduct performance audits of Oklahoma's six biggest state agencies.

Executive Q&A with Timothy Pehrson: Integris Health welcomes new president, chief

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Executive Q&A with Timothy Pehrson: Integris Health welcomes new president, chief

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Judge rejects request to split trial in state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.

NORMAN — A judge Thursday rejected a request to use two jury trials instead of one to decide Oklahoma's claims against opioid...

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Jeff Sessions won't quit, Jim Inhofe says

"Knowing him as I do, I don't think he'll quit," Inhofe said Tuesday by telephone from Washington. "A lot of men, when they get...

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Trump endorses Kevin Stitt for Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing in on Oklahoma's governor's race, giving his "complete and total...

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Schoolgirl arrested in Trump hat fracas

A California high school student has been arrested after allegedly throwing a classmate's Make America Great Again hat to the...

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U.N. fears chemical weapons in Syria battle with '10,000 terrorists'

The United Nations called on Russia, Iran and Turkey on Thursday to forestall a battle in Syria's Idlib province which would...

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Credible reports of past child sexual abuse by local priests to be made public by Oklahoma City archdiocese.

The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City plans to publicly release two reports in the near future that will disclose all credible...

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Stitt wants face time with Cornett, while dark money group attacks Edmondson

GOP gubernatorial nominee Kevin Stitt wants to meet in person with vanquished opponent Mick Cornett, while a dark money group...

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Warning from docs about medical marijuana criticized

Medical professionals were given another chance to downplay benefits of marijuana Wednesday, leaving advocates and some...

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Russia warns U.S. against 'illegal aggression against Syria'

Russia's Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov said he had told U.S. officials earlier this week that Moscow is...

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Oklahoma AG looks ahead after runoff opponent Gentner Drummond concedes

Challenger Gentner Drummond had considered asking for recount of Tuesday's runoff vote.

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Dozens at Facebook Unite to Challenge Its ‘Intolerant’ Liberal Culture

SAN FRANCISCO — The post went up quietly on Facebook’s internal message board last week. Titled “We Have a Problem With...

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Young Turks Slashes Staff, Drops Entertainment Programming

The Young Turks slashed more staff this week and ended a number of their non-political programs, a person with knowledge of the...

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Oklahoma elections recap: The winners and losers from Tuesday night

Tuesday night's elections have come and gone, and here are all of the big stories you need to know about.

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Voters 'embracing the American experience' in runoff elections

On Tuesday, voters across Oklahoma cast ballots in a variety of runoff elections.

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Home-sharing rules to get closer look

Airbnb hosts found themselves on the defensive Tuesday as the Oklahoma City Council began an in-depth review of regulations for...

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Razor-thin margin decides Republican nominee for state auditor

Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd won a razor-thin 951-vote victory over Edmond certified public accountant Charlie Prater on...

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Midwest City voters approve $50 million in city improvements

Midwest City voters approve $50 million in city improvements

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The race for a seat on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is far from being over.

Bob Anthony will see his name on the general election ballot for Oklahoma Corporation Commission for a record sixth time,...

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Oklahoma lawmakers booted from office

With a second chance to depose incumbent GOP lawmakers from office, their fellow Republicans booted six of them in the primary...

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter wins, barely

Challenger Gentner Drummond actually had more votes on election day, but Attorney General Mike Hunter's big lead in absentee...

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Stitt to face Edmondson in governor's race

Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt dispatched former Oklahoma City mayor Mick Cornett in the GOP runoff and will face Democrat Drew...

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Pinnell wins GOP nomination for lieutenant governor

Longtime Republican activist Matt Pinnell won the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor over Corporation Commissioner...

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Runoff is set for Nov. 6 for Oklahoma City Ward 7 seat.

Radio personality Nikki Nice and former Church of the Harvest senior pastor Kirk Pankratz will meet in a runoff Nov. 6 as...

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Schools chief wins GOP runoff election

State schools chief Joy Hofmeister wins GOP runoff and thanks Oklahoma voters for their support, and promised to work...

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Osborn wins labor commissioner runoff

Osborn wins labor commissioner runoff

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Kendra Horn cruises past Tom Guild in congressional runoff, will face Steve Russell

Kendra Horn cruised to victory Tuesday night in a Democratic congressional runoff as she attempts to turn the Oklahoma City...

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Blumert wins Democratic nomination for Oklahoma County District 1 commissioner

Blumert wins Democratic nomination for Oklahoma County District 1 commissioner

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Charles Goodwin confirmed for OKC judgeship, despite 'unqualified' rating

The U.S. Senate voted Tuesday to make Charles Goodwin a federal judge in Oklahoma City, doing so over the objections of the...

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View Tuesday's Election Results

Below are the updated results for some of the key elections on Tuesday. For complete list of all the statewide results, visit...

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Trump-Russia: FBI agent says bureau leaked stories, then used them to get FISA warrants

A top FBI special agent admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the...

U.S. becomes world's largest oil producer

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The United States likely has become the world's largest crude oil producer, earlier this year outpacing Russia and Saudi Arabia, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said this week.

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Voters 'embracing the American experience' in runoff elections

On Tuesday, voters across Oklahoma were casting ballots in a variety of runoff elections.

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Oklahoma's votes secure, election chief says

Election officials say Oklahoma's system of paper ballots and isolated vote-counting systems is one of the best.

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Runoff elections across the state

All three of the state’s recognized parties have at least one statewide runoff. Registered Republicans, Democrats and...

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Jim Inhofe: 'John McCain is partially to blame' for White House flag controversy

One of the late Sen. John McCain's colleagues in the Senate apportioned some of the blame for Monday's White House flag...

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Oklahoma voters to determine nominees for governor, Congress and dozens of other positions

The high number of candidates in Oklahoma this year led to the high number of runoffs to determine nominees for major offices,...

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Former OU researcher defends scientific freedom while facing climate change questions

Calling himself a scientist, stormchaser and educator, former University of Oklahoma Vice President Kelvin Droegemeier...

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Oklahoma political ad sparks outrage for reference to slaying of Iowa college student

U.S. Sen. James Lankford and Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt speak out over latest ad attacking Attorney General Mike Hunter,

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Voters to select among Ward 7 candidates

Only two of eight candidates for the Ward 7 Oklahoma City Council seat met the last pre-election deadline for filing campaign...

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, Aug. 27, 2018

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

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Local Black Lives Leader says movement has evolved

Black Lives Matter marks five years, OKC group remains active

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He was arrested, accused of writing a fake prescription. Then Veterans Affairs hired him

On July 21, 2017, Casey Branscum drove his black truck to a Walgreens drive-thru in Oklahoma City and handed the pharmacy...

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Midwest City voters to decide on more than $50 million in city improvements

Midwest City voters will decide Tuesday on four bond issues totaling $50.65 million for city improvements.

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South Korea says Pompeo's canceled visit impacts North Korea...

South Korea said on Monday the abrupt cancellation of United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's trip to North Korea is...

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Volunteers found Iran's propaganda effort on Reddit — but their warnings were ignored

More than a year before Facebook and Twitter announced that they had discovered a new foreign influence campaign tied to...

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Oklahoma elections: 11 things to know before you vote

Tuesday's arrived, which means voting day is here. Before you head to the polls, here are 11 things you should know about...

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Oklahomans react to Sen. John McCain's death

Oklahomans respond to John McCain's death on social media.

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Murphy, Pinnell seek lieutenant governor job

Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy squares off with former state Republican Party chairman Matt Pinnell in runoff for No. 2 job.

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State senator awarded Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs contract

In outsourcing its X-ray services for all seven of its centers, the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs awarded the...

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Two different paths to success converge in Republican runoff for governor

Two Oklahoma success stories, Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt, took different paths to the Republican runoff for governor.

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Tuesday could be the last chance for lawmakers to keep their jobs

Voters will decide who gets to appear on the November ballot.

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These corporation commission runoffs will set the stage for November's general election.

Voters will go to the polls on Aug. 28 to select a Democrat and a Republican to participate in November's general election for...

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The public is clamoring for more state audits, but who will lead the office?

Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd is touting her vast experience in state auditing while opponent Charlie Prater is campaigning...

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Candidates meet in only forums before superintendent runoff

Just a few days before the Aug. 28 runoff, both Joy Hofmeister and Linda Murphy appeared in two forums on Friday afternoon,...

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Runoff set to decide Republican Labor Commissioner candidate

A Republican candidate for Oklahoma Labor Commissioner should emerge following Tuesday's runoff election. Cathy Costello and...

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Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018.

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In Oklahoma AG race, it's movie buff versus character from Tom Clancy book

Runoff election is Tuesday in what already is the most expensive AG race in state history.

OKC City Manager Jim Couch's retirement coincides with start of new era

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The announcement by Jim Couch on Monday that he is set to retire doesn't just mark the end of a record stint as city manager, nor is it notable only for how it was a time of growth and innovation for Oklahoma City.

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Thirty-three legislative runoff races on Tuesday

There are 33 state House and Senate runoff elections across the state on Aug. 28, including 10 races with incumbents fighting...

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Democrats Kendra Horn and Tom Guild facing off Tuesday in congressional race

After more than a year of campaigning, Horn and Guild will determine which of the two will face off against Republican Rep....

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Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate John McCain has died.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aide says senator, war hero and GOP presidential candidate John McCain has died.

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Gubernatorial candidates promise to press for more school funding

At a meeting of state school board members, Democratic and Republican gubernatorial candidates said the teacher raise was just...

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National group targets teacher candidates, pay raise supporters

A national pro-school choice organization once chaired by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is spending money against Oklahoma...

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Recap: GOP state superintendent debate

Follow live coverage from the GOP state superintendent debate.

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Political State: Those are fightin’ words

Ben and Justin discuss the Republican gubernatorial campaign as it enters its final days, plus the criticism each candidate has...

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Former head of CDC Tom Frieden arrested and charged with forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment 

Tom Frieden, former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has been arrested amid allegations of forcible...

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Vietnam jails two Americans for 14 years for trying to 'overthrow state'

A court in Vietnam has sentenced two Americans to 14 years in jail for to “attempting to overthrow the state”, state...

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Gubernatorial debate frames contrast in Cornett, Stitt experience

Some sparks fly during second GOP gubernatorial debate as MIck Cornett and Kevin Stitt argue over negative ads, professional...

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State approves American Indian cultural charter school

Organizers of a proposed charter school with a core mission of serving American Indian students won approval from the state...

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Ward 7 candidate sued by consultant, sanctioned by state Funeral Board

A consultant has sued Chris Harrison, a candidate for Oklahoma City's Ward 7 council seat, for breach of contract, alleging...

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AG candidate responds to father of Austin Box

The runoff election is Tuesday.

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Sanctions being sought against Opioid manufacturers

NORMAN — The State of Oklahoma has accused attorneys for Purdue opioid manufacturing companies of blatantly defying multiple...

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This county had about 1,000 early voters Thursday

Tulsa and Oklahoma Counties saw about 2,000 voters on the first day of the primary runoff election.

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After 'unqualified' rating, Tulsa mayor backs judicial nominee John O'Connor and Senate committee delays vote

Two days after the American Bar Association announced Tulsa attorney John O’Connor is not qualified to be a federal judge, the...

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Judge hopes cameras in courtroom for opioid trial will bolster public confidence in judicial system.

NORMAN — News cameras will be permitted in the courtroom to cover a trial in which the State of Oklahoma has accused more than...

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Doctors, public disagree on medical marijuana at committee hearing

The legislative working group examining marijuana policy heard from two doctors who expressed caution about the use of the drug...

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Cornett, Stitt put positive ads in the mix

After nearly two weeks of airing mostly attack ads, Republican gubernatorial candidates add some spots that don't mention their...

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Cornett, Stitt clash over negative ads

In a televised debate, GOP gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt exchanged angry words over their negative ads.

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Oklahoma judicial nominee John O'Connor is unqualified, Bar Association says

For the second time in 10 months, the American Bar Association has determined one of President Donald Trump’s choices for a...

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Recap: Meeting to study medical marijuana policy

Get live updates from today's meeting to study the medical marijuana policy, which will allow members of the public to comment.

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Scooter service receives OKC permits

Scooter service Bird Ride received permits from the city of Oklahoma City on Monday for 15 rental locations, clustered mostly...

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Doctor at Norman Veterans Center arrested, accused of assaulting officer

A doctor at the Norman Veterans Center was arrested on a complaint of assault and battery of a police officer.

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Cornett, Stitt report fundraising as governor's race spending nears $16 million

GOP gubernatorial rivals Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt raised over $1 million each from people and special interest groups in...

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Republicans to choose between Stitt and Cornett as early voting begins Thursday in runoff primary elections

Voters can cast their ballots in the primary runoff election starting Thursday

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Medical marijuana meeting at Capitol opens public comments

For the first time, lawmakers studying the issue will hear from the public about medical marijuana.

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OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

OKC Catholic archbishop, priests respond to pope's letter regarding clergy sex abuse and cover-up

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Councilman questions transparency of meetings with staff

A councilman who contends City Hall practices subvert the state Open Meetings Act could get a vote on a transparency measure as...

Healthy Schools Oklahoma seeks to improve results in classroom

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"We have a lot of teachers that will schedule a lab session and then go take their spelling tests," said Dana Chambers, ABL coordinator for Healthy Schools Oklahoma. "So not only are the kids in there moving and have their brain nice and worked up...

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Trump nominee leaves OU post

Kelvin Droegemeier has stepped down as vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma to prepare for his...

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Casino visitors can now shoot dice, spin roulette

Oklahoma legalized the use of traditional roulette and craps tables, and the federal government gave the OK last week.

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After the walkout: Reading, writing and politics

The walkout sent a jolt through Oklahoma politics, which is being felt in elections across the state.

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Once confirmed by the U.S. Senate, Oklahoman Kelvin Droegemeier will be filling a position that has been vacant for almost 20 months, the longest ever since...

Kelvin Droegemeier, vice president for research at the University of Oklahoma and regents’ professor of meteorology, can have a...

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Oklahoma judge accused of misconduct resigning

Oklahoma Court on the Judiciary had scheduled an ouster trial for October.

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UNC students knock down Silent Sam Confederate statue

Protesters on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, knocked over the controversial Silent Sam...

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Asia Argento, a #MeToo leader, made a deal with her own accuser

Argento quietly arranged to pay $380,000 to her own accuser: a young actor and rock musician who said she had sexually...

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Recreational marijuana petition falls short

The petition to allow recreational marijuana in Oklahoma fell short by a few thousand signatures.

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#OKC Boxscore for Monday, Aug. 20, 2018

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

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Cornett, Stitt stick to script at Enid forum

At their first joint public appearance since sponsoring negative ads, gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt...

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Want to be a medical marijuana entrepreneur or patient? Bring cash

Credit cards and checks are expected to be of little use when it comes to financial transactions associated with Oklahoma's new...

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Embattled Green the Vote president resigns

The leader of a Tulsa activist group seeking to make medical and recreational marijuana a constitutional state question on the...

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CEO Jack Dorsey admits Twitter hasn’t ‘figured out’ approach to fake news

In an interview with CNN’s Brian Stelter, the beard-rocking CEO said Twitter is reluctant to commit to a timetable for enacting...

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Will Edmondson benefit from Cornett-Stitt fight?

The negative turn in the Republican gubernatorial race means the GOP will have to unite quickly for the general election campaign.

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Oklahoma goes back to school in the post-walkout world

As teachers prepare for the first new school year since a two-week walkout, educators are faced with the reality of what the...

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After SQ 788, teamwork makes the green work

After working separately to draft a bill for lawmakers to consider, major medical marijuana advocates have signed off on a...

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug.19, 2018

Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018

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What seven Oklahoma death row inmates think of nitrogen gas

"I am not afraid of the gas! That would only be three or four minutes of suffering. I have suffered untold torments from this...

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A look at Cornett's past comments about Trump and Stitt's mortgage company violations

A look at the claims made in the negative ads in the Republican gubernatorial race.

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Futures File: Refineries pumping out gasoline sends prices lower

Futures File: Refineries pumping out gasoline sends prices lower

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Medical marijuana follow-up petition falls short

State Question 796, which would put medical marijuana in the Oklahoma Constitution, did not receive enough signatures to appear...

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Stitt adds $500,000 more to his campaign

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt loaned his campaign another $500,000, while rival Mick Cornett reports $28,000 in...

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Political State: Wheel of Fortune politics

The Political State crew discusses the final weeks before state runoff elections, including the Republican nominee for governor...

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Father of deceased OU star criticizes Drummond in ads

Latest negative ads focus on the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers.

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A $400 fine or jail time: Officials differ on how to punish illegal pot possession

State troopers still following standard set in 2016, while others argue officers should look to State Question 788 for illegal...

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State legislators back Veterans Affairs, demand documents from auditor's office

Some of the top legislators overseeing the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs sided with the agency Wednesday, criticizing...

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Should state auditors have detected Grady County payroll mistakes?

The Republican runoff race for state auditor and inspector heated up this week with candidate Charlie Prater criticizing his...

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July state revenue below estimate

Oklahoma's General Revenue Fund got slightly less than expected in July.

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Scooter service gets reprieve

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to give a one-week reprieve to a rental scooter service that dropped scooters on street...

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DNA matching of suspects could shift from state to county lockup

Tulsa state Rep. Carol Bush is studying how Oklahoma could implement "Rapid DNA" collection and analysis on the county level.

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Cornett ad calls 'Bull Stitt' on rival

In a new ad, GOP gubernatorial candidate Mick Cornett rebuts allegations that he supports sanctuary cities and takes a shot at...

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‘People are terrified’: Trump staffers live in fear of Omarosa’s next tape

“People are terrified,” one former Trump aide said of the tapes. “Absolutely terrified.”

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Permit requirement for rental scooters to take effect Monday in Oklahoma City

Rental scooters quickly proved popular after Bird.co dropped its app-activated, electric models in Midtown, the central...

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Aerospace company plans to bring operations, jobs to Oklahoma City area

The state of Oklahoma is entering into a partnership with Valkyrie Systems Aerospace, with plans for manufacturing facilities,...

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Public asked to comment on Medicaid work requirement rules

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will hold several public meetings hoping to hear from people who might be affected by a...

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Economy hums; Oklahoma City sets sales tax record

The city of Oklahoma City is benefiting from the upswing in the local economy. Oklahoma City received a record $40.2 million in...

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Cornett hones education message while campaigns bicker about negative ads

In stops in Duncan and Lawton on Saturday, Republican Mick Cornett said Oklahoma needs a new mindset on education, while...

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Talihina Veterans Center relocation draws interest from at least three towns

Three eastern Oklahoma cities could compete to be the home of a relocated state veterans center.

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Coalition leads 'commutation campaign' in effort to reduce 'excessive' sentences

A bipartisan coalition is leading a campaign to try to reduce the sentences of a group of people who are serving time for...

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White House looking to stop Omarosa Manigault Newman from releasing more tapes

The former "Apprentice" star secretly taped Chief of Staff John Kelly.

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Elected city officials often take office without a basic understanding of local government.

Oklahoma City University has created a certificate program for prospective city council candidates — and anyone else interested...

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New super PAC targeted Oklahoma County district judge for defeat

Only donor to super PAC gave $100,000 in June.

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How will Oklahoma regulate automated vehicles?

The technology is coming, so what will Oklahoma do to prepare for it?

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How tough-on-crime Texas lowered its prison population and what Oklahoma can learn from it

Eight prison facilities have been closed in the past seven years. Crime rates have dropped to a 50-year low. Criminal justice...

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This attorney general's opinion indicates rooftop solar system lease to own deals are OK, in some areas

An attorney general's opinion has cast some light on the opportunity solar companies have to offer power purchase agreements...

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Cornett, Stitt visit foundation started by Lamb; GOP rivals avoid criticizing Fallin

Republican gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt pay visit to policy foundation created by their vanquished...

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In a new television ad, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt's campaign calls Cornett a "Never Trumper" who opposed the president's immigration policies

In a new television ad, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt's campaign calls Cornett a "Never Trumper" who opposed the...

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Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin can no longer appear in ads for his plumbing company, House ethics committee rules.

Oklahoma Congressman Markwayne Mullin can no longer appear in ads for his plumbing company, House ethics committee rules.

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Steve Russell, a critic of tariffs on Canada, tours Oklahoma City plant nervous about them

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell, a Republican critic of President Donald Trump’s trade policies, toured an Oklahoma City aluminum plant...

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Pro-Cornett group attacks Stitt's mortgage company

A group backing Mick Cornett for governor airs ad attacking Kevin Stitt's mortgage company.

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City proposes impounding rental scooters left in the public right of way

Bird.co is part of a "ride-share" trend that is accelerating thanks to the convenience of smartphone apps.

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Sales tax for August extends trend of monthly increases

Sales tax results show underlying growth in metro-area economic activity remains strong.

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Ethics committee says Mullin can't promote his plumbing company

A five-year review by the House Ethics Committee absolves the Oklahoma Republican congressman of most issues raised about his...

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Pro-Cornett group backs ad attacking Stitt's mortgage company

A group called Oklahoma Values, which financed ads early this year in Tulsa backing Mick Cornett for governor,is behind a new...

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Sheriff says it's not the $20,000 cut in pay that has him most upset.

Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir is one of eight Grady County elected officials who were notified this week that their salaries...

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Report: First lady Melania Trump sponsored parents' green card application

"Citizenship was just awarded," the Slovenian couple's immigration lawyer Michael Wildes said after accompanying First Lady...

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State investigation finds Veterans Affairs didn't violate medical privacy laws

A state investigation has concluded the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs did not violate privacy laws when it allowed...

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Medical pot banned at OU, OSU

Oklahoma's two largest universities are banning medical marijuana on campus.

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Canadian County Democrats to hear update on marijuana ballot measures

Russell Moore will update the Canadian County Democrats on ballot measures related to the legal use of marijuana at 7 p.m. on...

Oklahoma State Fair offers wild encounters

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Clad in scuba gear, a man swims closer and closer to a live shark. Hundreds of feet away, a woman cracks a whip as a horse gallops around an arena. In the distance a chainsaw’s engine revs as sawdust flies in the air. Visitors to the Oklahoma...

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Signature-gathering work done, counting begins

The group fighting for recreational marijuana is done with this phase of work, yet questions remain about what happens next.

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Congressman and school official discuss need for immigration fixes

A congressman and an Oklahoma City Public Schools official both took part in a Wednesday forum on immigration, each...

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Health Department worried about tainted marijuana

Commissioner of Health Tom Bates told lawmakers he's worried about consumers buying tainted marijuana because there are no...

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Cornett, Stitt flesh out agendas day after debate

After responding during a debate with only generalities about their plans after they first take office, the two GOP...

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Pharmacy board gets new interim executive director

The Oklahoma Board of Pharmacy has hired Dorothy Gourley of Ardmore to serve as the agency's interim executive director....

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Were these elected officials overpaid?

A special state investigative audit has been requested into allegations that Grady County elected officials have been overpaid...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Bud Wilkinson and Gov. Dewey Bartlett 1968 GOP delegates

Former OU football coach Bud Wilkinson, left, communicates something to Oklahoma Gov. Dewey Bartlett. Both were delegates to...

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State lawmakers allege Veterans Affairs committed a HIPAA violation. Its director calls that 'unfathomable'

Three state legislators have called for the firing of two Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs leaders, alleging they...

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Recap: Medical cannabis policy group meets for third week

Read a recap of live updates from the Legislature's third medical marijuana policy group meeting Wednesday. The Oklahoman's...

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Oklahoma GOP rents Paul George's former home in OKC but it's 'absolutely not' a political statement by George

An upcoming Oklahoma Republican Party fundraiser will be at the former Oklahoma City home of Thunder star Paul George, but...

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Veterans Affairs secretary on audit: 'It’s a big political deal and it makes me sick'

“It’s a big political deal and it makes me sick but, you know, I have to do my job, regardless."

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Recreational pot campaign lied about its success, former board member says

Isaac Caviness reported he had more than 130,000 signatures. In a video Tuesday, he admitted the group only has 78,000 in the...

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State to hold driver license vendor 'accountable'

Public safety commissioner says he will hold vendor accountable for driver license system outages.

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Cornett, Stitt square off in televised debate

GOP gubernatorial candidates Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt agreed on most issues in a televised debate but claimed their job...

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Corrections chief disputes report on savings at jails

A report recently released by the Office of Management and Enterprise Services said cost savings from SQ 780 were more than $60...

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Oklahomans react to SQ 797 turmoil

Oklahomans took to social media following news that Green the Vote inflated signature counts for its recreational marijuana...

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West Hollywood City Council to vote on removing Trump's Walk of Fame star

The West Hollywood City Council is voting on whether to seek the removal of President Trump's star on the Hollywood Walk...

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Gov. Mary Fallin signs new marijuana rules; questions remain

Gov. Mary Fallin signed new marijuana rules Monday that leave some important questions unanswered, such as where growers are to...

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Brazil briefly shuts border with Venezuela

Brazil has re-opened its northern border with Venezuela to those fleeing economic and political turmoil there, after briefly...

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Broke down, stranded in the I-235 work zone? ODOT comes to the rescue.

Two fully-outfitted pickups will be rolled out along the I-235 corridor.

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Lankford's former chief of staff sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy

Oklahoma City native Greg Slavonic was sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy at the Pentagon on Thursday. About 50 family...

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First lady Melania Trump shows independence from president at key moments

Trump's differing take on LeBron James is the latest instance of her quiet distance from her husband's policies

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As deadline approaches, agency audit firm still unknown

The Agency Performance and Accountability Commission is about to pick the firm that will analyze six of the largest state...

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Troops at Arizona border ports boost inspections, help fight drug trafficking

National Guard troops deployed to Arizona's border ports of entry have increased inspections and freed customs officers to...

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CBS' '60 Minutes' executive producer Jeff Fager extends vacation amid harassment scandal

The "60 Minutes" executive producer has come under sharp criticism for allegedly allowing a workplace that is hostile to women,...

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Edmondson says GOP candidates no different from Fallin

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Drew Edmondson said he has a game plan for either Mick Cornett or Kevin Stitt when the general...

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Stitt wants voters to ask him about the negative things they've heard

GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt solicits questions about the bad things people have heard about him. Also, the...

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State revenue beats expectations to refill rainy day fund

With Oklahoma's revenue beating expectations, the Constitutional Reserve Fund now sits at more than $400 million.

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Veterans Affairs sheds state employees but leader calls audit a 'political hit-job'

The Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs has shed 481 state employees in the past two years but agency leaders say that...

Oklahoma River to get a tree makeover

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A mostly barren 3.5-mile stretch of the Oklahoma River south of downtown is set to get an influx of 1,000 trees, patches of wildflowers and natural grasses, and about 50 natural stone benches as part of a 50th anniversary celebration next year by...

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Choctaw and Chickasaw Nations sue opioid manufacturers; State lawsuit against opioid manufacturers sent back to Cleveland County District Court.

The Chickasaw and Choctaw nations have each filed lawsuits against 19 opioid manufacturers — joining a long list of tribes,...

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Political State: Glimpses of the general

Justin and Ben discuss what type of strategy the winner of the Republican nomination for governor might take in the general...

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Iraq War veteran's wife deported to Mexico after wanting Trump to intervene

Alejandra Juarez "is alone today as she has no home yet" in Mexico, her attorney said after she was taken to an airport to...

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70 water leaks in MAPS 3 expo center roof, city says

More than 70 "active leaks" have been documented in the roof of the Bennett Event Center, the massive new expo building at...

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New state question would expand school funding options

State Question 801 would let Oklahoma public schools use building funds for operational expenses.

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Inhofe: 'I’m not going to second-guess' Jeff Sessions on Mueller investigation

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe said Thursday he will not second-guess Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who faced further pressure this...

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Here's what to do to vote in the runoff primaries

More than 2 million Oklahomans are registered to vote, but those who are not can still vote in the Aug. 28 runoff primaries if...

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Pastor praises Trump as 'pro-black' at prison reform event

President Donald Trump was lauded by inner-city pastors, including one who said he may go down as the "most pro-black...

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Oklahoma coalition spent more than $ 1.1 million trying to defeat state question on medical marijuana

Group known as SQ 788 is NOT Medical reported raising more than $1.2 million and spending more than $1.1 million on losing effort.

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Oklahoma Board of Health amends Rx pot rules

The Oklahoma Board of Health voted Wednesday to repeal some of the regulations it passed three weeks ago and replace them with...

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Stitt, Edmondson engage in brief partisan skirmish

In a possible preview of the fall gubernatorial race, Drew Edmondson tells Kevin Stitt that it wasn't Democrats who "got us...

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Doctors share opioid concerns, association says

Responding to news Oklahoma City might sue doctors over the opioid epidemic, the leading organization for Oklahoma physicians...

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Oklahoma's Corporation Commission does more than most similar agencies in other states, research shows.

The National Academy of Public Administration on Wednesday presented general observations it has made during so far as it...

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Google plans censored version of search engine in China: sources

Alphabet Inc's Google plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that will block some websites and search terms,...

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Spotify removes episodes of podcast hosted by Alex Jones

Spotify has deleted several episodes of the podcast hosted by Alex Jones, an Austin, Texas-based right-wing conspiracy theorist...

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Medical marijuana becomes hot issue in Oklahoma AG race

Televised debate Tuesday night dominated by questions about marijuana.

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ODVA employees say leadership 'manages by fear' with 'lies, deceit and secrets'

The leadership at Oklahoma’s Department of Veterans Affairs “manages by fear” and is comparable to “a puppet regime,” its...

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Trump chooses OU meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to be his science adviser

University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier has been chosen to be the president's top science adviser.

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PSO customers getting a refund

Public Service Co. of Oklahoma took its latest calculations on savings from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 before the...

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Recap: Medical marijuana working group holds second meeting

Recap coverage from the Legislature's second medical marijuana policy meeting. Reporter Kayla Branch tweeted for The Oklahoman.

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Follow live coverage from NewsOK.com starting at 9 a.m.

The second meeting of the state's bipartisan medical marijuana working group starts at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Capitol.

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Tommy Robinson freed on bail as court orders retrial

Tommy Robinson, the founder of the English Defence League, is to be freed from prison after the court of appeal ordered that he...

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Judicial nominee faced further questions on abortion, Tulsa men's club

John O’Connor, who was nominated by Trump to be a federal judge in Oklahoma, faced further questions this week about his views...

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Oklahoma City Council moves ahead with opioid litigation

The Oklahoma City Council joined the opioid fight Tuesday, hiring an outside legal team to sue pharmaceutical manufacturers,...

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Stitt calls for governor to have more authority over executive branch

In campaign stops in southwest Oklahoma, GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Stitt says he would ask the Legislature for more...

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State Question 780 saved tens of millions of dollars, study shows

A new report shows Oklahoma saved more than $60 million last year after voters reformed criminal justice and sentencing laws.

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Oklahoma driver's license, ID card system down for days

Oklahoma drivers and ID cardholders wanting to renew will have to wait until the system is back online.

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Should a recreational marijuana vote be on the November ballot?

Poll: Should a recreational marijuana vote be on the November ballot?

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Proposed rules would lift ban on sales of smokable pot; health effects unclear

New proposed rules for medical marijuana in Oklahoma would allow you to buy marijuana leaves and flowers for smoking. Whether...

The OK -- The Travel Issue

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As probably too many of my co-workers here at The Oklahoman can tell you, I bleed purple. In a newsroom and state where the favored college colors tend to crimson and cream or orange and black, that can make a fella feel, well, let's just say...

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Petition for recreational cannabis nears its goal

Supporters of recreational marijuana say they are within striking range of their 150,000-signature goal.

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North Korea working on new missiles, US officials say, despite thaw

North Korea appears to be building new ballistic missiles despite recent warming ties with the Trump administration and pledges...

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Obama and Biden reunite at Washington bakery that supports veterans

The pair, whose close-knit relationship during their White House tenure sparked numerous internet memes, praised the bakery for...

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Hazardous materials team called to identify white substance mailed to state health department

The Oklahoma City Fire Department's hazardous materials team was called to identify a white substance found in a letter mailed...

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Tariffs will cost Caterpillar $200 million, so it's going to raise its prices

Big exporter Caterpillar gave a figure on how much tariffs will affect its bottom line. In its second-quarter...

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Health Department making progress after scandal, officials say

Less than a year the Oklahoma State Department of Health appeared to be on the edge of financial collapse, its interim head...

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Several schools plan Election Day holiday

At least seven Oklahoma public school districts, including the state's two largest, have scheduled an off day for Nov. 6 in...

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William Crum: #OKC Boxscore is weekly summary of Oklahoma City civic news.

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Tulsa judge beats complaint over her statement to media

Opponent wanted judge to apologize and retract statement made to newspaper.

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Mike Pence on White House banning CNN reporter: We are 'maintaining decorum that is due'

Vice President Mike Pence on Sunday defended the White House’s decision to ban CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins from an event last...

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Recreational marijuana petition surpasses signature requirement, organizers say

An activist group that had sought to get a constitutional state question regarding recreational marijuana placed on the...

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State of Oklahoma warns U.S. Supreme Court of 'civil, criminal and regulatory turmoil' from Patrick Murphy case

In a 74-page court filing that touched on Oklahoma’s history, the American government’s deceit and Congress’s intent, the state...

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Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 29, 2018

Dale Denwalt: Oklahoma Capitol Boxscore for Sunday, July 29, 2018

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Edmond native Rick Dearborn faces Russia questions at Senate hearing

Former deputy White House chief of staff Rick Dearborn, an Edmond native, faced questions about special counsel Robert...