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OSBI gets report on former OU President David Boren

The University of Oklahoma has turned over a law firm's secret report on former President David Boren to the OSBI, The...

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

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

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Wildlife department audit uncovers suspicious activity

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

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Former head of Oklahoma Real Estate Commission had absenteeism issues

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

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Lawmakers reject ethics rules

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

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19-year-old sentenced to 40 years in prison for murder of his stepmother

Two years after his stepmother was beaten and shot to death, an Edmond man pleaded guilty to committing the murder when he was...

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ConocoPhillips settles contamination lawsuit with OKC homeowners

A lawsuit alleging water contamination in northwest Oklahoma City has reached a settlement between a neighborhood of homeowners...

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Woman facing manslaughter charge in fatal airborne crash

A Midwest City woman has been charged with causing an airborne car crash that killed a woman. Cassandra Michelle Nail, 33, is...

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

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

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Edmond man pleads guilty to murder from 140 mph crash

An Edmond man pleaded guilty to killing a woman in a collision while driving drunk at 140 mph on the Kilpatrick Turnpike....

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

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

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Mental health training for police introduced by Oklahoma lawmakers

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

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Shooting spree accomplice sentenced to 30 years

The final defendant charged with assisting a fugitive’s shooting rampage in 2016 was sentenced to decades behind bars Wednesday...

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Former CASA volunteer suspected of child sexual abuse

A former Court Appointed Special Advocates volunteer has been accused of sexually abusing children he was tasked to help in the...

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Defendants plead guilty in OKC shooting, stabbing cases

An Oklahoma City man suspected of a fatal shooting agreed to spend 15 years in prison for a lesser charge of manslaughter....

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State tax revenues set monthly record in April

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

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Norman judge rules opioid trial can continue

NORMAN — Oklahoma's multibillion dollar lawsuit against opioid manufacturers remains on track to start May 28. Cleveland County...

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Outside prosecutor appointed to investigate overpayments to Grady County officials

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

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Oklahoma budget negotiations heat up

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

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Teachers backing Oklahoma County sheriff deputies in political fight

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

Building interest: STEM programs help encourage girls to become engineers

NewsApr 28, 2019

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

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Former lawmaker in Oklahoma settles ethics case

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

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Two defendants convicted of fatal stabbings

An Oklahoma County jury recommended a defendant never be released from prison after convicting him of stabbing a man to death....

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University of Oklahoma regents will not meet with Boren this week

University of Oklahoma regents will not meet with former President David Boren this week but they could consider doing so in...

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Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren asks for meeting with regents

In an extraordinary move, former University of Oklahoma President David Boren asked in writing Tuesday to meet with regents...

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Northwest Expressway resurfacing project expected to start in June

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

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OU pays more than $500K for Boren, financial data investigations

NORMAN — The University of Oklahoma has paid $561,493 to the law firm that investigated both former OU President David Boren...

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Oklahoma prison system overwhelmed by contraband cellphones

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

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Three men sentenced to 10 years for OKC gunfight

A fatal Oklahoma City gunfight resulted in 10-year prison sentences for three men. Martaveous Dwayne Gillioms, 21, and William...

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Man charged in fatal collision with Edmond scooter driver

A man was charged Thursday with causing a collision that killed a 61-year-old scooter driver in Edmond. Juan Cruces-Landeros,...

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Air conditioning at the Oklahoma County jail will be turned back on May 13 despite risk of damage to system

Oklahoma County commissioners voted Thursday to go ahead and turn back on the air conditioning at the jail even though pipe...

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Oklahoma County jail has second death of 2019

A 16-year-old rape defendant died Wednesday, a week after he was found hanging in his cell at the Oklahoma County jail. John...

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Competing studies to look at Oklahoma state retirees' pensions

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

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OKC teacher won't carry Stitt's nominations

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

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

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

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Oklahoma governor vetoes fiercely debated pharmacy choice bill

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

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Oklahoma governor vetoes overtime pay for state workers

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

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Stitt unveils criminal justice reform wish list

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

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Oklahoma County jail getting hotter as pipe repairs knock out air conditioning

The aging, troubled Oklahoma County jail has a dangerous new problem — no air conditioning and hot days ahead. "This is an...

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New witness comes forward in 1984 "Dreams of Ada" case

In the latest twist in the complex "Dreams of Ada" murder case, a new witness has come forward with incriminating information...

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Auditors criticize ambulance service in Rogers County

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

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Opioid settlement doesn't include cities, judge says

The state of Oklahoma's $270 million settlement with Purdue's opioid manufacturing companies does not apply to the state's...

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

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

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Two Oklahoma County officials trade accusations during meeting over jail trust

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

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Moonshine operation busted in McCurtain County

EAGLETOWN — City slickers may be drooling over Oklahoma's fancy new liquor laws, but bootleggers and moonshine still have their...

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Four suspects charged in multiple criminal operations

Four suspects were charged Monday after a search of their residence reportedly uncovered stolen machinery, marijuana, dozens of...

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Lawton woman pleads guilty to fraud in multi-millions

A Lawton woman pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding millions from a bank. Lori Christine Woodson, 62, could have to forfeit more...

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Grandma indicted after 5-year-old boy dies

Last summer, after her 5-year-old grandson died suddenly, Alanna Jean Orr mourned on Facebook. "So many happy memories of our...

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Lawsuit claims Oklahoma FSA director threatened farmers

A state Farm Service Agency director has been accused of unlawfully threatening farmers and blocking a billion-dollar industry...

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Oklahoma County commissioner criticized over stance

Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan is being harshly criticized for voting against having sheriff deputies at schools....

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Council endorses trust to oversee Oklahoma County jail

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

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Oklahoma County judge remembered for impact on juvenile system

An Oklahoma County district judge is being remembered for changing the lives of innumerable children in the juvenile justice...

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

NewsApr 28, 2019

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

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Special counsel appointed to oversee David Boren investigation

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

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

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

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OKC man charged in fatal apartment stabbing

More than nine months after an apartment maintenance worker was killed in a stabbing, a suspect has been charged in his death....

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Auditor criticizes Murray County agency

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

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Oklahoma County Sheriff's office arrests former employee on assault complaint

A former Oklahoma County jail supervisor has been arrested after reportedly shooting an inmate in the face with a projectile...

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

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

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Prosecutors say Oklahoma justice reform talks overlook victims

At a ceremony Wednesday, prosecutors complained legislators are forgetting crime victims in their efforts to address prison...

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OETA Foundation to dissolve, transfer funds to new nonprofit

To settle a legal dispute, the nonprofit foundation that supported public television in Oklahoma for more than three decades is...

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Family suing Harrah School District over abuse by former principal

After pleading guilty to child abuse and agreeing to never teach again, a former Harrah principal is facing a lawsuit from the...

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

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

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OKC man gets 30-year prison sentence for shooting death

An Oklahoma City man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a guilty plea to first-degree murder. Robert A. Carmack, 29,...

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Remains of Oklahoma man killed in WWII returned to Sooner State

Marine Cpl. Claire Goldtrap is coming home for his birthday. It’s been more than 75 years. In November 1943, “Goldy,” a...

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Crime victims group to celebrate rights in Oklahoma

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

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Immigrant makes positive difference to architectural environment

Soon after Anthony McDermid graduated from architecture school in England, he hopped a plane to America. It didn't matter that...

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Immigrant champions inclusiveness, diversity

It’d be easy to start this story with a violent metaphor; American journalists often do. I could say, “Tahira Taqi is fighting...

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Refugee admissions declined significantly in 2018

A few years ago, Catholic Charities of Eastern Oklahoma helped resettle an average of more than two dozen refugees a month....

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Accelerating others' success
Immigrant leads launch of OKC program as 'way of giving back'

Piyush Patel was 4 years old when his parents, immigrants from England, moved the family to El Reno. They were “pretty poor,”...

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

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

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State's opioid case transforms in surprising turn of events

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

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Joe Exotic found guilty in murder-for-hire case

In his 56 years of life, Joe Exotic has gone by a lot of different names and done a lot of different things. The Tiger King has...

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Local storm chaser charged with child molestation

An Oklahoma storm chaser and photographer has been charged with inappropriately touching a 15-year-old boy. Lawrence Robert...

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Oklahoma pharmacist indicted on 40 counts of health care fraud

A pharmacist has been indicted in a $1 million false prescription scheme in Oklahoma City federal court. Jeffrey Scott Terry,...

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Officials launch 'Game of Cones' work zone safety campaign

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

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Man convicted of fatal stabbing

A jury has found Johnathan Skytonas Knight, 28, guilty of first-degree manslaughter in the stabbing death of Bruce Edward...

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Joe Exotic testifies in his own defense at murder-for-hire trial

In testimony at times tearful and at times defiant, Joe Exotic told his jurors Monday he never hired anyone to kill his chief...

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Jury acquits defendant of double shooting

An Oklahoma City man was acquitted in a double shooting trial last week. A jury found Gerald L. Taylor, 27, not guilty of...

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Boren accuser praised him to investigators hired by OU

The OU graduate now accusing retired President David Boren of sexual battery told investigators in February "that never...

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PETA lawyer testifies as defense witness in murder-for-hire trial for Joe Exotic

The first defense witness in a murder-for-hire trial testified Friday that big cat breeder Joe Exotic talked in late 2017 of...

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OSBI investigating former OU President David Boren

The OSBI on Thursday began investigating former University of Oklahoma President David Boren after a former teaching assistant...

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Joe Exotic talked of using gubernatorial campaign as murder alibi

In a recording played for jurors Thursday, zookeeper Joe Exotic agreed to pay an undercover FBI agent to kill a Florida woman...

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Oklahoma AG pledges to work with lawmakers on future settlements

Oklahoma's $270 million settlement with Purdue drug companies was made under unique circumstances, Oklahoma Attorney General...

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Stitt requests OMES audit after agency says it needs $16M

Gov. Kevin Stitt has requested an audit of the Office of Management and Enterprise Services, the agency that recently told...

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Joe Exotic paid $3,000 cash to have woman killed, ex-convict testifies

The key prosecution witness in a murder-for-hire trial testified Wednesday that zookeeper Joe Exotic paid him $3,000 in cash in...

Sisu Youth Services offers shelter, services to homeless young people

NewsApr 21, 2019

In 2010, Penny Reynolds was running a gay-straight alliance at Rose State College when a student there asked her where LGBT teenagers who'd been kicked out of their homes could go. Reynolds told the student she didn't know, but she'd do some...

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Bilingual paraprofessionals, those of color, return to college

NewsApr 28, 2019

Glorene Stewart wanted to do more than help teachers. She wanted to be one. But the longtime classroom assistant at North Highland Elementary in the Oklahoma City school district couldn't afford to make her dream come true. Until now....

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

NewsApr 28, 2019

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

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'It’s about identity': How Children's Hospital is leading in care for gender diverse teens

HealthApr 21, 2019

You won’t find a sign on the door for the Roy G. Biv program at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center, and if you weren’t looking for messages, you might assume whoever picked out the decorations had a soft spot for rainbows. That’s part...

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More OKC schools adopting newcomer graduation ceremonies

NewsApr 28, 2019

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

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New Norman mayor says state government overreach a problem for cities in Oklahoma

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Oklahoma has a long history of conservative politics, but as urban centers have flourished, more city residents are interested in progressive policies. This is especially true for the City of Norman, which is considered one of the most...

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Oklahoma districts seek to bring teacher diversity in line with student body

NewsApr 28, 2019

Oklahoma City Public Schools, the state's largest school district with 45,000 students, is also among the most diverse. They speak more than 78 languages, including Arabic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Russian and Vietnamese, data provided by the...

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UCO honors diversity work

NewsApr 28, 2019

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

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