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Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for Asian American comment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican Oklahoma state senator is drawing criticism for referring to Asian Americans as "yellow families" during a legislative committee meeting on racial inequity. Sen. Dave Rader of Tulsa made the comment Wednesday to...


Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye abruptly resigns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye unexpectedly resigned from the post on Friday, effective immediately, the state health department said. Department spokesperson Rachel Klein said Frye "felt it was time to move on" fr...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 7, 2021

Prosecutor again asks court to bar duo from death row case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor is again asking the state Supreme Court to remove two members of the Pardon and Parole Board from the case of a high-profile death row inmate. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the moti...


Panel recommends 5 new federal judgeships for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judicial panel has recommended the creation of five additional federal judgeships in Oklahoma because of an increased caseload due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding crimes committed on tribal lands. The Judicial...


Oklahoma court declines to bar duo from death penalty case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court has rejected a request to remove two members of the state's Pardon and Parole Board from a high-profile death penalty case. The court's brief ruling on Friday denied a prosecutor's request to remove A...


Oklahoma school mask mandate ban blocked, exemptions a must

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Wednesday said she will temporarily block a state law banning public school mask mandates, but students or their parents can opt out of the requirement if they choose. Judge Natalie Mai said she will issue...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 29, 2021

Oklahoma City hospitals report no ICU beds available

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The four largest hospitals in Oklahoma City on Monday said they either have no intensive care bed space available or no space for COVID-19 patients as the delta variant-fueled surge in coronavirus cases has increased hospitaliz...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 19, 2021

Few students in 2 Oklahoma districts opt out of mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Just 61 of about 30,000 Oklahoma City public school students have opted out of a newly adopted mask requirement, a district spokeswoman said Wednesday, while Santa Fe South charter school reported no opt-outs among its...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 15, 2021

Order gives Oklahoma hospitals flexibility for COVID-19 care

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An emergency rule by Gov. Kevin Stitt allows Oklahoma hospitals to renovate conference rooms and other areas to care for COVID-19 patients, the state's health commissioner said Friday. The rule is not an emergency declaration,...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 13, 2021

Oklahoma City schools require masks, with opt-out provisions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district will require students and staff to wear masks starting next week, with provisions allowing them to opt out of the requirement, the district's superintendent said Friday. Also, school employees...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    August 11, 2021

Oklahoma school leader, governor to talk emergency order

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's public schools superintendent said Tuesday that she will meet this week with Gov. Kevin Stitt to discuss whether he will issue an emergency order, because of rising coronavirus cases, which would allow school distric...


3 Texas Democrats who fled elections bill vote get COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House's Democratic Caucus director said Saturday....


Afghan vet: 'What have we ended up with at the end of it?'

Images of the World Trade Center towers collapsing in New York were still fresh in the minds of the first American troops arriving in Afghanistan, as the U.S. launched an invasion targeting the Afghanistan-based al-Qaida leaders who plotted the...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 28, 2021

Unearthing history: Tulsa massacre victims search resumes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the U.S. marks 100 years since one of its most shameful historical chapters, researchers, including descendants of Black victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre, are preparing to resume a search for remains believed to have been...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 21, 2021

Oklahoma seeks coordination on Indigenous peoples cold cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed into law a bill intended to coordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts when investigating missing or murdered Indigenous people. The law requires the Oklahoma State Bureau...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 14, 2021

Indian Health Service pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Indian Health Service is pausing its use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma and all other regions at the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration. "Out of an abundance of caution, IHS has paused...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 7, 2021

Cherokee Nation AG: Congress must allow state-tribe compacts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Congress must take action to allow American Indian tribes to compact with state governments to prosecute crimes in Indian Country, Cherokee Nation Attorney General Sara Hill said Tuesday. The tribe has filed charges... Full story

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 2, 2021

City of Tulsa sued for Race Massacre-related documents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney who has sued the city of Tulsa for reparations for victims and descendants of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre has filed a lawsuit for the release of records related to the massacre and the coming centennial of the... Full story

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 24, 2021

Oklahoma opening coronavirus vaccinations to all residents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is joining an increasing number of states that will offer the coronavirus vaccine to all adults, deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed said Tuesday. The health department will begin making appointments Monday... Full story

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 19, 2021

Manslaughter conviction of ex-Oklahoma officer overturned

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court on Thursday overturned the manslaughter conviction and 15-year prison sentence of a former police officer based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that found that much of the eastern part of the state...

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 12, 2021

Oklahoma prep broadcaster denounced for racist comments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An announcer for a live stream of an Oklahoma girls high school basketball game cursed and called one team by a racial epithet as the players kneeled during the national anthem. The incident occurred Thursday before the Norman... Full story

 By KEN MILLER    Regional    March 3, 2021

Oklahoma epidemiologist: State to use CDC COVID death report

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The president of the Oklahoma State Medical Association said Tuesday that he is encouraged and happy that the State Department of Health will begin using U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 death reports,...


Wintry weather closes coronavirus vaccine sites in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wintry weather across Oklahoma that has left roads slick and hazardous statewide on Wednesday has led to the closings of some coronavirus vaccination sites, including the state's two largest. Both the Oklahoma City-County...


Coronavirus hospitalizations fall below 1,000 in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to open federal pods to provide coronavirus vaccinations in Oklahoma are on hold after state health officials learned the government will not be providing vaccine for the pods, deputy state health commissioner Keith Reed...


Oklahoma high school marks anniversary of students' deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A suburban Oklahoma City high school on Tuesday marked the anniversary of the deaths of three members of its cross country team with gatherings of students, while making counselors and therapy dogs available. "This is a somber...


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