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How the FBI, FAA and Oklahoma City federal courthouse are being affected by the shutdown

As impacts from partial federal shutdown continue to be felt across several areas, Oklahoma congressman calls it "a mighty...

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SCOTUS won't hear case on racial bias in Oklahoma's death penalty

Two Death Row inmates claimed that a study of racial bias in Oklahoma's executions should lead to high court review.

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Two students leave OU after blackface video

In a news conference, James Gallogly said the students withdrew voluntarily and issued an apology for viral video.

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'The bill's not going to go anywhere.' Effort to stop a $100 million state project is unlikely to succeed

Legislative effort to save veterans center in Talihina likely doomed from the start.

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Ex-wife wants child support from powerful state lawmaker

Rep. Kevin Wallace has been ordered to appear on the second day of the upcoming legislative session for his arraignment in...

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Fired Norman sewer worker accepts $250,000 settlement

Property owners in Norman will pay more in ad valorem taxes to cover the settlement in the federal age discrimination case.

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Late raises given by some agency heads added over $800,000 to state payroll

A study of nine departments by The Oklahoman found a slew of raises approved in last six months of administrations.

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636 furloughed workers here have filed for unemployment since the shutdown

That figure offers the starkest evidence to date that the shutdown has jeopardized the financial well-being of Oklahoma’s...

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Stitt puts hold on public safety pick

Attorney General Mike Hunter puts his top agent on investigation of corruption allegations at the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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Senate leader files bills to grant governor authority to appoint five agency heads

Senate leader seeks to give Gov. Kevin Stitt one of his top campaign priorities: the authority to pick leaders of some large...

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Suspect in inmate's death identified as triple murderer from Oklahoma City

Suspect identified as Raymond "Mono" Pillado, who fatally shot three people in 2006.

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Furloughed FAA employees picket outside Oklahoma City airport

"On the very day that a new governor is taking the oath of office, wanting to move Oklahoma forward into a new economic era,...

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SCOTUS won't hear Donald Grant's appeal, making him eligible for execution

Grant’s guilt is not in question and his attorney did not dispute that he killed Brenda McElyea, 28, and Felecia Suzette Smith,...

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Death of third-generation publisher prompts sale of three Seminole County newspapers

The Seminole Economic Development Council has reached an agreement in principle to purchase the assets of three Seminole County...

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Lawsuit accuses drug distributors of failing to control flow of opioids into Edmond through illicit channels.

The city of Edmond is accusing opioid manufacturers and distributors of participating in a "civil conspiracy" in the marketing...

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Oklahoma attorney arrested after being accused of solicitation for murder

Winston Connor II, of Jay, Oklahoma, was arrested at an airport in Charlotte, North Carolina, after returning from a vacation...

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Correcting Grady County salary overpayments would be complicated

Untangling the mess created by overpayments to Grady County officials could involve the IRS, state prosecutors and state...

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Oklahoma murderer killed in prison; victim's body was never found

Anthony Josephy Palma was killed in prison. The body of the 8-year-old girl he was convicted of killing was never found.

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Kendra Horn says she won't vote in 'lockstep' with Pelosi, calls on the Senate to reopen the government

"The Senate has bills in front of it they could take up, or propose an alternative to, and I hope we see that very soon."

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Union representing hundreds in Oklahoma City sues Trump over record-long government shutdown

Some furloughed employees have begun driving for Uber and working other jobs to pay bills during the shutdown.

A kush operation: Medical marijuana dispensaries, nurseries open in metro area

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The Okie Kush Club is open for business. Business partners Talor Reazin and Keith Laird recently opened the business' first location at 13801 N Western Ave., and the pair also opened the Okie Hydroponics in the same shopping center. The hope is...

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Former LeFlore County lawmaker Jim Hamilton dies at age 83.

Jim Hamilton, who served in the state House and Senate, was a fiscal conservative who helped create the state's Rainy Day Fund.

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Oklahoma Ethics Commission bans leadership PACs

The ban may never go into effect because legislators can reject it.

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House votes to end furloughs at Monroney Center, but Senate action unlikely

“This is both an economic and domestic national security issue, and I am very concerned that the government shutdown may affect...

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Watchdog agency sues 14 former candidates for public office in Oklahoma

Lawsuits filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

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Oklahoma's U.S. House delegation splits on Affordable Care Act vote

House Democratic leaders hold vote on joining a lawsuit to defend the Affordable Care Act.

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Strong December pushes state's 2018 gross revenues to near $13 billion

Tax hikes and a stronger economy boosted state revenues in the 2018 calendar year to a record, nearly $13 billion.

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Dead Oklahoma County jail inmate identified

Inmate was homeless U.S. Army veteran who had been in jail since October after failing to appear for mental health court.

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Oklahoma senators back Trump after border address, but to differing degrees

Oklahoma’s senators took to Twitter on Tuesday night, responding to President Donald Trump’s remarks on border security with...

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Apartment complex lets furloughed FAA Academy students live rent-free in Oklahoma City

"Everyone who is in the academy, like myself, has left a job, they left home, they left something in order to come here."

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Bitter dispute severs OETA, OETA Foundation

The OETA and the OETA Foundation have been partners for more than 30 years but have been involved in a bitter dispute.

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SCOTUS declines to consider Osage Wind case, child sex convictions of Edmond missionary

U.S. Supreme Court declines to review several Oklahoma-related cases.

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Audit: Grady County overpaid elected officials by $727,343

State audit traces overpayments to Grady County officials back to 2008.

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State delays $137 million in new highway projects

About 45 new Oklahoma highway projects worth $137 million will be delayed because of the ongoing partial federal government...

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Kendra Horn's re-election race began before she was sworn-in to office

The 2020 race for Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district began before U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn took office Thursday.

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Examining salaries of state, local public officials

When Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt takes office in mid-January, he will be the state's chief executive, but many other public...

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Creeks convict non-Indian in tribal court for the first time in decades

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation has prosecuted a non-Indian for the first time since a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prohibited it from...

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Oklahoma's largest tribes weather the federal government shutdown, for now

Shutdown means federal government isn't honoring treaty obligations to tribes, says Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John...

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More than 1,100 Oklahomans to receive student loan debt relief

National settlement will mean $2.2 million in debt relief for Oklahoma students.

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Kendra Horn is sworn-in as Oklahoma City congresswoman and votes for Pelosi

For the first time in 44 years, the vast majority of Oklahoma City is represented by a Democrat in the U.S. House of...

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OU meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier approved to be Trump's science adviser

Kelvin Droegemeier, who has served in Gov. Fallin's cabinet and on the National Science Board, received Senate confirmation to...

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Ex-teaching assistant charged with sex crime

A former teaching assistant at a Putnam City middle school has been accused in a felony charge of sending messages of a sexual...

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Concerns over long-term shutdown effects at Oklahoma City FAA center

"We spend thousands of employee hours stopping work, then they’re furloughed, then they come back and all of those projects...

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Elizabeth Warren touches on her Oklahoma past as she announces possible presidential run

Grainy video clips of a "Welcome to Oklahoma" sign and family memories were featured in a four-minute video the Massachusetts...

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State of Oklahoma, Creeks disagree on criminal jurisdiction at Supreme Court

Lawyers on both sides of a reservation dispute at the U.S. Supreme Court largely agreed Friday that a Native American...

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Oklahoma nurse midwife has license revoked, continues to practice unregulated

An Oklahoma midwife who lost her nursing license in November after back-to-back infant deaths continues to practice, the result...

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Oklahoma legislator accepts settlement in lawsuit against "Dr. Dirt"

Rep. Mark McBride on Dec. 12 dismissed his federal lawsuit against a Texas political consultant.

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Norman attorney disciplined for sex with client

In a departure from the typical discipline, Oklahoma Supreme Court justices only suspended attorney for six months.

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Top NewsOK stories of 2018 reflect reader interest in OU football, crime and pot

The most viewed stories on NewsOK in 2018 were ones about OU football, the vote on medical marijuana and shootings.

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Air traffic control academy closes in Oklahoma City as partial government shutdown drags on

“We don’t care who’s in office and who’s running the administration, we just want this to be done.”

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Oklahoma to receive $2.64 million as its share of Wells Fargo settlement

Oklahoma will receive $2.64 million as its share of a multi-state settlement with Wells Fargo over the corporation's improper...

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Furloughs and uncertainty for federal employees around Oklahoma City as partial government shutdown reaches seventh day

The sixth day of a partial government shutdown came and went, bringing more furloughs and unpaid work for federal employees in...

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For the next penny sales tax, the Oklahoma City mayor is stressing priorities outside of downtown construction projects.

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Randy McDaniel to get early jump on state treasurer's duties

Randy McDaniel will get an early start on his duties as state treasurer. Gov. Mary Fallin announced Thursday that she has...

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The bumpy history of Oklahoma City's congresspeople and its streetcar, and what it means for the future

For decades, Oklahoma City has been represented in Congress by fiscally conservative Republicans, some of whom were skeptical...

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Publisher discusses 'painful decision' with readers

Citing "painful" economic realities, The Oklahoman's new publisher said the newspaper will be reducing its circulation area...

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Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt announces inaugural events schedule

Parties and receptions in Lawton, Tulsa and Jenks are among the events announced for the days surrounding the Jan. 14...

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Affordable Care Act enrollment reaches record in Oklahoma

Growth in Obamacare sign-ups may be uneven as rural areas lacked "navigators" to help people enroll.

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Congress votes to end blood quantum requirement for Five Tribes

Oklahoma tribal leaders and congressmen applauded the swift passage this week of legislation ending blood quantum requirements...

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Markwayne Mullin the lone Oklahoma holdout on Congress' criminal justice bill

Six of Oklahoma’s seven members of Congress voted this week to reform the federal criminal justice system.

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Oklahoma federal court nominees will have to be renominated by Trump

Several vacancies in Oklahoma remain open, with one nominee bogged down by ethical concerns.

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Oklahoma senators say job not finished in Afghanistan

“If we can get a reconciliation of government, that should end the war in Afghanistan but we’re going to need to keep some...

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In northwest Oklahoma City, a church with politically powerful parishioners

The Rev. Joseph Alsay watched and prayed this year as David Holt was elected mayor and Kendra Horn was elected the city’s...

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OETA wants foundation to vacate shared building

The dispute between OETA and the OETA Foundation is worsening.

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Congress authorizes $29.5 million to restart work at Oklahoma City VA after construction boondoggle

The projects have been on hold since they were bungled by a contractor years ago.

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Oklahoma City Boulevard opened between Hudson and Walker Avenues

A new one-block section of Oklahoma City Boulevard between Hudson and Walker avenues is now open to traffic, state...

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Death row inmate loses latest challenge to his conviction for fatally shooting an Oklahoma trooper

Ricky Ray Malone is on death row in Oklahoma for fatally shooting an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper on the day after Christmas...

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Threat of layoffs hits 137th Special Operations Wing unit around the holidays

Some employees of the 137th Special Operations Wing, based at Oklahoma City’s Will Rogers Air National Guard Base, have...

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At least 76,000 Oklahoma Native Americans 'adversely affected' by opposition to Medicaid expansion

A federal report released Thursday found Oklahoma’s Native American population has been “adversely affected” by the state...

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Legislature to have $612 million more to spend

Lawmakers will have about $612 million more to spend next year, but Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders caution that...

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OHP trooper accused of blackmail attempt

Capt. Troy German was put on paid administrative leave Monday.

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The Oklahoman's new publisher invites community involvement

Readers of The Oklahoman talked about their daily newspaper's vital role in shaping Oklahoma and passionate hopes for the...

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Kendra Horn still silent on Pelosi vote

U.S. Rep.-elect Kendra Horn remains mum on whether she will vote for Nancy Pelosi to be the speaker of the House in two weeks.

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Edmond Santa Fe High School teacher arrested on sex complaint

Arrest came after victim attempted suicide, police say

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State commission takes aim at housing tax breaks, incentive for inventors

Affordable housing credit among state tax incentives proposed for elimination.

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DC notes: Tom Cole talks shutdown possibilities, senators oppose Yemen resolution, Steve Russell says so long

"I think this is much more a matter of personalities and political posturing by leadership on both sides and by the president...

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Oklahoma County settles age and race discrimination lawsuit for $175,000

An employee fired by Oklahoma County Clerk David Hooten has settled her age and race discrimination case against the county.

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Saudi Arabian man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to terrorism-related crime

Saudi Arabian man pleads guilty in Oklahoma to terrorism-related crime

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Comanche Nation falls short in effort to block Chickasaw casino near Terral

The Chickasaw Nation's Riverstar Casino near Terral can continue to operate, thanks to a federal appellate court ruling issued...

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Man charged in stabbing death of woman at OKC hotel

Man charged in stabbing death of woman at OKC hotel

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Former OU football player gets 5 years for fraud scheme

Former OU Sooners wide receiver T.J. Hamilton gets five years for financial scams.

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Inhofe purchased Raytheon stock after pushing for increase in defense spending

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe purchased — and quickly sold — tens of thousands of dollars worth of stock in defense contractor Raytheon...

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Oklahoma senators vote against Yemen bill

Oklahoma’s senators voted in opposition Wednesday to a resolution that would end America’s involvement in Yemen’s civil war.

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Executive director of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission resigns after audit discussion

The executive director of the Oklahoma Real Estate Commission abruptly resigned Wednesday following a closed-door meeting...

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Investigation into ethics complaint against Oklahoma City police chief completed

Oklahoma City Police Chief Bill Citty has been accused in an ethics complaint of retaliating against the top four officers...

Oklahoma Centennial High School may be almost out of time

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Oklahoma Centennial High School, whose athletics have always been a bright spot, has been tapped for closure under sweeping OKC consolidation plan.

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Rapid transit bus line to link downtown with northwest OKC

A federal grant will help connect key parts of Oklahoma City with rapid bus transit.

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Ex-jailer charged with sex crimes against inmate

A former Oklahoma County jailer faces four felony counts in connection with sex crimes against inmate.

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Oklahoma police officer accused of using fake master's degree to get pay raise

James W. Bennett, 60, allegedly bought a master's degree from the University of Denton, a diploma mill, and used it to "obtain...

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Rollin' 90s gang case from Oklahoma City won't be heard by U.S. Supreme Court

The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday it will not consider the case of a convicted Oklahoma City drug trafficker who claimed a...

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Five Tribes await, and prepare for, U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Creek reservation case

The other four of the Five Tribes have researched and prepared themselves for a ruling that could ultimately determine whether...

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OETA alleges donations for public television misused

Dispute has alienated donors to public television.

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Trump administration asks Supreme Court to avoid Osage wind farm case

The administration of President Donald Trump is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to not consider the case of a wind farm in...

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Veterans Commission scored cities incorrectly when choosing next center site

Some veterans commission members ignored the scoring system when choosing a site for a new veterans center in Oklahoma.

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Fallin's legacy in the hands of history

When Mary Fallin leaves public office on Jan. 14, the eyes of history will turn to her legacy.

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Steve Russell has nearly $300,000 in campaign coffers after loss to Kendra Horn

U.S. Rep. Steve Russell had nearly $300,000 in his campaign coffers when he surprisingly lost re-election last month by a few...

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Foundation claims major donors are leaving because of OETA power grab

OETA and the foundation that supports it are in a dispute that is now in Oklahoma County District Court.

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State House Democrats lose a seat in party switch.

The number of state House Democrats got even smaller Thursday as Idabel state Rep. Johnny Tadlock announced he was switching to...

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Oklahoma tax revenues hit 12-month high

Oklahoma tax collections hit 12-month record, with contributions from strong economy and higher taxes.

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Hobby Lobby leases campus of St. Gregory's University to Oklahoma Baptist University

Sale of bankrupt St. Gregory's University campus closed Tuesday.by Hobby Lobby.

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Three women accused of helping convicted killer escape

Three women are accused of conspiring with Patrick Walker in his escape plan.

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Largest ODOT contract in history approved for I-235/I-44 work

Transportation Commission approves largest contract in agency's history to reconfigure the interchange between I-235 and I-44.

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Thousands of Oklahoma farmers and ranchers receive Trump trade war payments

More than 2,000 Oklahoma farmers and ranchers received payments totaling nearly $2 million in September and October.

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New lawmakers turn to lobbyists, agencies to learn about government

More than a third of lawmakers next year will serve their first term, and they'll have to look somewhere for information about...

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State accuses drug companies of hiding documents.

NORMAN — Oklahoma's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers has become increasingly bitter, with attorneys for the state accusing...

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Feds in OKC press more gun charges to get 'worst of the worst' off streets

Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City are pressing charges on gun violations to get repeat offenders off the streets.

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Creek reservation arguments make clear where some Supreme Court justices stand, but others are a mystery

Arguments made clear where some justices stand, placed major question marks next to others and left some yearning for the...

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Study shows felony filings decline in wake of criminal justice reforms

Prison population drops below 28,000, while reformers cheer decrease in felony drug charges.

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Frank Lucas nabs Science Committee post, but Tom Cole is passed over for Appropriations promotion

Oklahoma’s longest-serving U.S. House members had mixed success this week as they vied for the top Republican posts on...

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State court ruling could change how drug tests are viewed in workers comp cases

An appellate court approved a workers' compensation claim despite the injured employee's positive drug test.

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Former OKC counselor gets prison for Medicaid fraud

A former behavioral health counselor has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for fraudulently billing Medicaid for...

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Abortion made felony crime in proposed Oklahoma bill

One of the bills would classify abortion as a felony homicide, and then prevent Oklahoma from defending itself when challenged...

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First black federal judge in Oklahoma has heard final case

U.S. District Judge Vicki Miles-LaGrange took senior status in November and gave up her caseload.

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Lankford doesn't doubt Saudi crown prince was involved in Khashoggi's killing

"They were doing to people oversees the type of human rights violations they have in their own country and it’s appalling."

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U.S. Supreme Court justices skeptical of state's claims in Creek reservation case but concerned about outcomes

Justices cast doubt on the state of Oklahoma’s claim that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation no longer has a reservation in eastern...

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Top state senator proposes ending new auto tax

Bills introduced in the Legislature would reverse sales tax on vehicles.

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Creek reservation case will reach U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday

Carpenter v. Murphy pits the state of Oklahoma and the federal government against the Creeks and a confessed killer.

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After four years, Citizen Potawatomi Nation and state reach an alcohol agreement

After four years of litigation, the Citizen Potawatomi Nation and the state of Oklahoma have reached an agreement on alcohol...

Mother of jail inmate who died questions why daughter wasn't in mental health ward

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The mother of a woman who died in the Oklahoma County jail this month says jail officials should have known her daughter was a suicide risk.

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Looks who's going to college now

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Two programs at Oklahoma public universities are preparing students not just for a career, but also to live independently. Each program was developed by a mother who wanted a college option for her son with special needs.

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School districts open to federal workers on furlough

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"We're just trying to help out anybody experiencing a furlough or working and not receiving a paycheck," said Yukon Public Schools Superintendent Jason Simeroth. "Maybe they have a day or two when they can come in and work."

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Oklahoma Regional Food Bank helps furloughed federal workers

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Oklahoma Regional Food Bank volunteers set up at state fairgrounds to distribute staples to federal workers missing paychecks because of government shutdown.

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Domestic violence claims fewer homicide victims in 2017, report shows

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Number of people killed in domestic violence incidents was down in Oklahoma in 2017 but there's no clear reason.

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OKC district to close 12 elementary schools

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Oklahoma City Public Schools would close 12 elementary schools as part of a plan to provide students with more teachers, course offerings and support, documents obtained by The Oklahoman show. Six others will be converted into middle schools and...

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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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