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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 24, 2020

Oklahoma education board OKs safety plan, makes it optional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education approved a COVID-19 response plan on Thursday for actions local districts should take to slow the spread of coronavirus, but narrowly voted to make the plan optional instead of mandatory....

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 22, 2020

Oklahoma high court: Governor overstepped with tribal deal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt overstepped his authority when he reached a casino gambling agreement with two Native American tribes, the state Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. In a 7-1 decision, the high court determined the compacts...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 19, 2020

Education group pans Stitt's private school funding plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt faced criticism Monday for his decision to spend $10 million in discretionary public funds to pay Oklahoma families to send their children to private schools. Stitt outlined his plan late last week to...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 17, 2020

Oklahoma moving inmates from private prison in Cushing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has announced plans to move about 1,400 inmates out of a medium-security private prison in Cushing that has been the site of some of the state's worst prison violence in recent years. The...

 

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a large chunk of eastern Oklahoma remains an American Indian reservation, a decision that state and federal officials have warned could throw Oklahoma into chaos. The court's 5-4 decision,...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 10, 2020

Pro-police group seeks to oust Oklahoma mayor, council

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A group of citizens in Oklahoma's third-largest city has launched a petition drive seeking to oust half of the City Council and the mayor for cutting police funding, building on resentment over the mayor's order requiring...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 10, 2020

Tulsa mayor prepares mask order as coronavirus cases surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa's mayor said Friday he's preparing a local order to require masks be worn in public as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases continues to surge. Mayor G.T. Bynum said in a Facebook post that he expects the ordinance...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 8, 2020

Oklahoma reports a new daily record of confirmed COVID cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma hit a new daily record high of confirmed coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with 858 reported in the last 24 hours, health officials said. The Oklahoma State Department of Health also reported five additional deaths from...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 8, 2020

Health official: Trump rally 'likely' source of virus surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests "likely contributed" to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 5, 2020

Businesses tied to Oklahoma congressmen enjoy federal loans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Family businesses of two Oklahoma congressmen received at least $1.8 million from a federal rescue program meant to keep small businesses afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, according to data released Monday by the U.S....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 1, 2020

Oklahoma City voters to pare down crowded 5th District field

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in central Oklahoma on Tuesday will pare down a crowded field of congressional hopefuls seeking to represent the 5th District in Washington. Nine Republicans are vying for the seat held by first-term U.S. Rep. Kendra...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 1, 2020

Oklahoma voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters narrowly decided on Tuesday to expand Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands low-income residents, becoming the first state to amend its Constitution to do so. With 100% of precincts reporting...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 28, 2020

Medicaid, GOP congressional primary top Oklahoma ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A question on whether to expand Medicaid in Oklahoma and a crowded Republican field vying to challenge the state's lone congressional Democrat are drawing the most attention ahead of Tuesday's primary election. State Question...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 24, 2020

Oklahoma City mayor reports 'tsunami of cases' among young

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's metro area is witnessing an alarming spike in COVID-19 infections among young people that is being driven largely by "super spreader" indoor events like church activities, fitness classes, weddings, funerals...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 21, 2020

Protests begin peacefully at Trump campaign rally in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Black Lives Matter protests against President Donald Trump began peacefully Saturday as the president held his first campaign rally in months in Tulsa, despite warnings from public health officials about the coronavirus....

 

Court says Trump rally attendees don't have to wear masks

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday rejected a request to require everyone attending President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa this weekend to wear a face mask and maintain social distancing inside the arena to guard against the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 17, 2020

Don't ask Tulsa's mayor about Trump rally plans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For most mayors in deep-red states like Oklahoma, the prospect of hosting the first rally for President Donald Trump in months would be a delight. It would showcase the city on an international stage and draw revenue for local...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 10, 2020

Oklahoma man's dying words in cop custody: 'I can't breathe'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City police have released body-camera videos of an armed black man who died in police custody last year after telling arresting officers 'I can't breathe.' The footage of the May 2019 arrest released late Monday was...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 4, 2020

Oklahoma schools reopening plan recommends wearing masks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Education released guidance Wednesday for how public schools could reopen in the fall that includes recommending the use of masks for staff and students to help prevent the spread of the coronav...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 31, 2020

Oklahoma health department to no longer release detailed data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday it will no longer release specific information about COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes, cities or by zip code. Agency spokeswoman Donelle Harder said...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 29, 2020

Oklahoma scraps plan to expand Medicaid on July 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration is scrapping a plan to expand Medicaid on July 1, citing a lack of state funding. The state's Medicaid Director Melody Anthony notified the U.S. Department of Health and Human...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 22, 2020

Legislature OKs letting governor's emergency powers expire

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up its 2020 session on Friday after approving a resolution that calls for sweeping powers granted to the governor under a health emergency to expire at the end of the month. The resolution calls...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 15, 2020

Legislature passes bills to boost Medicaid funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-controlled Oklahoma Legislature gave final approval Friday to two separate measures designed to boost funding for the state's Medicaid program. The House narrowly approved a bill that will increase a fee that...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 15, 2020

Oklahoma reopens bars, weddings, funerals in next phase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma reopened bars on Friday and allowed weddings, funerals and organized sports to resume under the next phase of Gov. Kevin Stitt's statewide reopening plan. Stitt said earlier this week that data supports moving...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 10, 2020

Governor's pick to lead health agency lacks Senate support

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt's pick to lead the Oklahoma State Department of Health doesn't have enough support in the state Senate to secure the job, a key senator said Monday. Sen. Greg McCortney, chairman of the Senate Health and Human...

 

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