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 By Paul Monies    Local    May 24, 2020

Why more women than men contract the coronavirus

Women account for about three-fourths of all COVID-19 infections among health-care workers and in nursing homes in Oklahoma, resulting in a higher proportion of women than men overall infected across...


What medical groups say about reopening Oklahoma's economy

In the wake of Gov. Kevin Stitt's decision to start reopening Oklahoma's economy, Oklahoma Watch reached out for reaction from top medical groups and checked the remarks from Oklahoma City and Tulsa...


After resisting, state decides to release number of COVID-19 cases, deaths for all cities

Weeks after mayors and other local officials asked the Oklahoma State Department of Health to release COVID-19 infections and deaths by city, the state began publishing some of that information this week. The catch? The city breakdown excluded...

 By Paul Monies    Local    April 12, 2020

Beds: Questions of supply for all patients

When a patient with COVID-19 is brought to a hospital, they are triaged, isolated and put in a negative pressure room (if it's available), where air blows in but can't escape. Depending on the...

 By Paul Monies    Local    April 10, 2020

Health workers: Risks of shortages and exposure

If a large COVID-19 surge comes, Oklahoma officials want to be sure there are enough doctors, nurses, aides and other health-care workers to treat the infected. That involves a lot more than... Full story

 By Paul Monies    Local    April 3, 2020

Oklahoma ranks 18th in nation in rate of coronavirus deaths

(March 30, 2020) – With a surge in COVID-19 deaths since last week, Oklahoma now ranks 18th highest in the nation in the rate of coronavirus deaths. Taking population into account, deaths were highe...

 By Paul Monies    Local    March 20, 2020

Coronavirus tests remain limited, raising questions about haves and have-nots

Call it test anxiety, but not the kind you might remember from school. With a shortage of COVID-19 testing kits available at Oklahoma's state lab, public health officials are prioritizing who can get...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 8, 2020

Lawmakers push to revise laws for medical marijuana industry

Home delivery of medical marijuana, a shorter dispensary setback from schools and making the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority its own agency are among the proposals that survived last week’s first legislative deadline. But a bill banning...


Highlights of Stitt's State of the State address, annotated

Gov. Kevin Stitt used his second State of the State speech Monday to urge lawmakers to continue his effort to transform state government and turn Oklahoma into a "top ten state." Among the most dramat...

 By Paul Monies    Local    January 24, 2020

How recreational Is Oklahoma's medical marijuana market?

Welcome to the wild west of weed. Eighteen months after Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana, the state is awash in cannabis retail shops. One in 13 adult Oklahomans has a patient card. With no...


How recreational Is Oklahoma's medical marijuana market?

Welcome to the wild west of weed. Eighteen months after Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana, the state is awash in cannabis retail shops. One in 13 adult Oklahomans has a patient card. With no... Full story

 By Paul Monies    Local    December 1, 2019

Does investigative tool cloaked in secrecy give prosecutors too much power?

In the multicounty grand jury system, Oklahoma prosecutors have a powerful tool to investigate allegations of crimes and public corruption across counties. But their power is not unlimited. A...


Stitt's pick for land office lacks required degree, faced lawsuits

Gov. Kevin Stitt’s pick to head the Commissioners of the Land Office lacks the advanced degree needed to become permanent secretary and has owned a company involved in legal disputes over oil and gas leases. The Legislature would have to change...

 By Paul Monies    Local    September 1, 2019

Second Amendment backers plan tests of permitless carry law

Oklahoma Watch Backers of an approaching law allowing Oklahomans to carry a gun without training or a permit say they’re willing to test compliance with the law by showing up in certain places carrying a firearm. These so-called Second Amendment...


Gun deaths in Oklahoma: Trends, laws and survival

Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend have put gun deaths and firearm laws back in the spotlight. Oklahoma's last major mass shooting event was in 1986, when 14 people were killed at an...

 By Paul Monies    Local    July 14, 2019

District attorneys use twin groups to push criminal justice policies

The meeting room is like so many others in Oklahoma, with a standard conference table, overhead projector and wall map. Attendees exchange small talk and grab coffee from the back of the room. There's... Full story


Working in background, lawyer reaps fees in opioid case

Attorneys in the state's sprawling opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence. But one private attorney in the case, a former... Full story

 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 24, 2019

Tribes shut out of 'opportunity zone' deals

Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas. The...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 10, 2019

Stitt financial disclosure shows wide-ranging investments

Gov. Kevin Stitt ran for office on his business acumen and background in building a national mortgage company. His recently filed financial disclosure forms provide a glimpse at how Stitt has...


Auditors to prosecutors: Hire collection agency to recover unpaid fees from offenders

Oklahoma district attorneys have more than $56 million in uncollected fees on their books and are being advised they should hire collection agencies to go after offenders to recover more of the debt. But district attorneys are balking at the...


Hospitals post prices for first time, but patients are unlikely to gain insight

As of Jan. 1, hospitals have been required to post their prices. But the information is often difficult to understand, and hospitals say it doesn't reflect what patients pay. For the first time ever,...


A checklist of campaign promises: Can Stitt fulfill them?

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt ran on a platform of bringing an outsider’s perspective to Oklahoma government and said he will draw on his business background to push the state into top 10 rankings for education, job growth and other areas. But Stitt will...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    August 9, 2018

Medical marijuana will be a cash-only market, with hassles for all

Oklahoma’s adoption of medical marijuana will be green in more ways than one: Retail dispensaries, processors, growing operations and tax agencies will have to work within a cash-only industry. With marijuana still illegal at the federal level,...

 By Paul Monies    Regional    July 27, 2018

Child care becoming scarcer as costs, closures take toll

Master teacher Carolyn Wood applies glue to an art project with student Brendan Compton, 4, at Children’s Discovery Center in Norman on July 24. The childcare facility, which takes children up to 5 years old, is currently full with a waitlist of...


Q&A: 'Corporate prairie fire' led to plan for fixing state budget

A broad-based coalition of Oklahoma business and civic leaders are the latest group to offer a specific plan to end the state’s ongoing budget impasse. The proposal is sweeping and dramatic, and is backed by some of the most prominent and powerful...


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