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 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...

 

Dozens line up at Oklahoma City church for COVID vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — People lined up outside a predominantly Black northeast Oklahoma City church prior to 8 a.m. Tuesday in order to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of an outreach to minorities, who may be distrustful of the...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus deaths top 3,000; US toll hits 400,000

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma surpassed 3,000 deaths due to COVID-19 Tuesday as the national death toll topped 400,000, and the rollout of coronavirus vaccines continued at a steady pace. The health department reported an increase of 43 deaths in t... Full story

 

Virus vaccine shipment change frustrates Oklahoma official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's deputy health commissioner said Friday that a change in the shipment of the coronavirus vaccines came unexpectedly and has left him frustrated in how to manage distribution of the vaccines, one from Pfizer and one...

 

Oklahoma governor pushes for return to in-person schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced a new policy that he said will allow more in-person classroom teaching at state schools that implement mask wearing requirements, despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in...

 

Heavy snow expected in Texas; storm could spawn tornadoes

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A winter storm moving across southwestern Texas on Wednesday could dump more than a foot (0.30 meters) of snow before moving eastward and possibly spawning tornadoes in parts of Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi on New Year's Ev...

 

Oklahoma City firefighter dies of COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City firefighter, whose nephew became the first department employee to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, died of the virus after being infected while responding to a call, the fire chief said. Fire Chief Richard Kelley,...

 

Oklahoma puts hold on planned $400 lost wages payments

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Planned payments of $400 to some Oklahoma residents who lost wages amid the coronavirus pandemic are being put on hold due to the potential approval of additional federal unemployment payments, Oklahoma Employment Security...

 

ER nurse is 1st recipient of coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City emergency room nurse on Monday became the first person in the state to receive Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Hannah White, 31, laughed before the vaccination and again afterward as she hugged the person who inj...

 

Some Oklahomans to get $400 for losing wages due to pandemic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some Oklahomans who lost wages due to the coronavirus pandemic will receive a one-time payment of $400 from the state starting next week, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Director Shelley Zumwalt said Thursday. The OESC...

 

Oklahoma revises vaccine plan with more doses expected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma health department has added paramedics, emergency medical technicians and CVS and Walgreens staff who will administer the COVID-19 vaccine in long-term care facilities to those who will receive the vaccine first....

 

Oklahoma governor declares day of prayer as virus surges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the coronavirus surges in Oklahoma, nearing 200,000 total cases on Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared Thursday a day of prayer and fasting in the state. "I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick,...

 

Oklahoma schools may offer in-school quarantine of students

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Wednesday that public schools will be allowed to offer in-school quarantines for students exposed to the virus. Schools in Mustang became the first in the state to adopt the...

 

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations top 1,400, spread unyielding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surpassed 1,400 on Wednesday for a new daily record, and a surge in cases is linked to Halloween events, according to a report by the White House Coronavirus...

 

2 Oklahoma lawmakers confirm positive tests for coronavirus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives confirmed Friday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in which many lawmakers and their families weren't...

 

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