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Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastro...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 3, 2020

Oklahoma governor says state budget shortfall is $416M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Battered oil prices and the state's economic shutdown in response to the coronavirus is expected to punch a $416 million hole in this year's state budget, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. A panel led by Stitt will meet on...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 1, 2020

Oklahoma panel expected to declare revenue failure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A panel led by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt is expected to declare a revenue failure for the current fiscal year as plummeting oil prices and dwindling tax collections batter the state budget. The Board of Equalization will meet...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor halts abortions amid virus outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Abortions will be prohibited in Oklahoma under the state's ban on elective surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Stitt amended his executive order to specifically prohibit abortions...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 27, 2020

Tribal gaming official rejects Oklahoma governor's offer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's top Native American gaming official rejected Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer on Friday and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 22, 2020

Stitt says not yet time for statewide shelter in place order

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Now is not the time for a statewide shelter in place order in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus, Gov. Kevin Stitt said as the number of people in the state confirmed with the virus now stands at 81. "We're hearing of stuff happen...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 20, 2020

Oklahoma has 1st coronavirus death; test shortage persists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man in his 50s died after testing positive for the coronavirus, marking the state's first death linked to the pandemic, health officials announced Thursday. The Tulsa County man tested positive for COVID-19 on...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 19, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 18, 2020

Schools, casinos shut down in Oklahoma amid virus fears

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public schools in Oklahoma will be closed through at least April 6 as the state scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Monday. The State Board of Education met in a special...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 18, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 15, 2020

Oklahoma governor declares emergency after tweet backlash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's governor declared a statewide emergency Sunday evening, less than 24 hours after facing backlash for tweeting a picture of himself and two of his children at a crowded restaurant as health officials urged social...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 15, 2020

Schools, casinos shut down in Oklahoma amid virus fears

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Public schools in Oklahoma will be closed through at least April 6 as the state scrambles to contain the spread of the coronavirus, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister said Monday. The State Board of Education met in a special...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 6, 2020

Oklahoma governor pushes Medicaid expansion to skeptical GOP

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration submitted a proposal Friday to the federal government to expand Medicaid to Oklahoma's poorest residents, but Republican lawmakers are balking at a plan to pay for the state's share. The...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 4, 2020

Biden harnesses momentum, wins Oklahoma's Democratic primary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Vice President Joe Biden won Oklahoma's Democratic presidential primary on Super Tuesday, easily outpacing Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who was hoping to repeat his primary victory here four years ago. Biden harnessed...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 1, 2020

Oklahoma governor's tribal fight raises ancestry questions

When Republican Kevin Stitt was elected Oklahoma governor in 2018, many Cherokee Nation members felt proud that one of their own had accomplished such a feat, even if their politics didn't necessarily align with his. But in less than a year in...

 

'He's one of us': Sanders energizing red-state progressives

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — It isn't easy being a Bernie Sanders supporter in a conservative state like Oklahoma. Travis Wyman, a 40-year-old construction worker and online "social justice warrior," says he and other Sanders fans can hear "fear-mongeri...

 

Attorney general says Oklahoma to resume executions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma plans to resume executing death-row inmates, five years after lethal injections were put on hold following a series of death-chamber mishaps, state officials announced Thursday. Gov. Kevin Stitt, Attorney General Mike...

 

Oklahoma Senate approves bill to allow more armed teachers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School teachers in Oklahoma with a gun license would be able to carry firearms into their classrooms with district approval under a bill approved in the state Senate. The bill, approved on a 37-7 vote mostly along party lines,...

 

Oklahoma House OKs bill to suspend abortion doctor licenses

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House approved a bill on Thursday to suspend the medical license of doctors who perform abortions, setting up a likely court challenge if the measure is signed into law. The House voted 71-21 for the bill, almost e...

 

Oklahoma high court rejects redistricting state question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposed state question that would change how Oklahoma's congressional and legislative district lines are drawn was stricken from the ballot on Tuesday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The court determined that a shorthand...

 

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders embrace Medicaid expansion

After a decade of opposition, Oklahoma's Republican leaders signaled a willingness to expand Medicaid to cover more low-income adults, although Oklahoma voters will have the final say on exactly what that expansion looks like. Just days before the...

 

More executive power on wish list for Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the former CEO who broadly expanded executive powers in his first term last year, asked the Legislature to extend those even further and made a case for setting aside more money into savings during...

 

Bloomberg offers plan to tackle racial economic inequality

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a pitch to African American voters the day before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visiting a black church in Tulsa, the site of a race massacre nearl...

 

Third OU student alleges sexual misconduct by ex-official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A third University of Oklahoma student has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former university administrator. The 21-year-old student claims in a lawsuit filed Monday that former OU Vice President Jim...

 

3 tribes in Oklahoma sue governor over casino gambling

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against the state's governor on Tuesday, asking the court to help resolve a dispute over gambling at tribal casinos. The Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw...

 

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