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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Stitt, Hofmeister hold funding edge in Oklahoma governor bid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Democratic challenger Joy Hofmeister both took massive fundraising advantages over their opponents into Tuesday's primary election in a state where hot-button issues like abortion, fir...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Oklahoma voters to cast ballots for 2 US Senate seats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the announcement earlier this year that longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to step down from office early, Oklahoma voters have the rare opportunity to cast ballots on Tuesday for candidates for both of the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Oklahoma voters to cast ballots for 2 US Senate seats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the announcement earlier this year that longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to step down from office early, Oklahoma voters have the rare opportunity to cast ballots on Tuesday for candidates for both of the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 17, 2022

Oklahoma House, Senate fail to reach deal on tax cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House and Senate failed to reach a deal on cutting the sales tax on groceries and the individual income tax that Gov. Kevin Stitt was urging them to pass. The House adjourned a special session on Wednesday after...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull tax cuts during special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will return to the Capitol for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. After the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 8, 2022

District attorney confirms investigation into governor's ad

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's top prosecutor confirmed Thursday he's investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Gov. Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater said he launched an investigation after a bipartisan grou...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 5, 2022

Federal judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection method

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma on Monday ruled the state's three-drug lethal injection method is constitutional, paving the way for the state to request execution dates for more than two dozen death row inmates who were plaintiffs...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 27, 2022

Oklahoma governor vetoes key parts of legislative budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he vetoed several key pieces of a legislative budget deal, setting up a showdown with fellow Republicans in the Legislature who are expected to try and override him. Stitt told reporters...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 27, 2022

Oklahoma Legislature overrides some vetoes, plans return

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature spent the final day of the regular session on Friday overriding several of Gov. Kevin Stitt's vetoes, but opted not to override his veto of several key budget provisions. Instead, lawmakers plan to...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 25, 2022

Oklahoma governor signs the nation's strictest abortion ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Wednesday signed into law the nation's strictest abortion ban, making the state the first in the nation to effectively end availability of the procedure. State lawmakers approved the ban enforced...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 20, 2022

Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it in the latest example of the GOP's natio...

 

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Oklahoma only days away from enacting the toughest state ban on abortion in the U.S., providers were preparing to stop terminating pregnancies as questions remained Friday about enforcing the law's limited exceptions. The...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 18, 2022

EXPLAINER: GOP leaders announce deal on $9.8B spending plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican leaders in the Oklahoma House and Senate announced an agreement Tuesday on a $9.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, the largest in state history. Unlike previous years, Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 29, 2022

Oklahoma House sends Texas-style abortion ban to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed Thursday by the GOP-led House now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. He's...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 29, 2022

EXPLAINER: What is happening with abortion in Oklahoma?

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican-led state Legislature passed several anti-abortion restrictions in recent weeks, part of a movement in conservative states to curtail women's reproductive rights. Anti-abortion lawmakers are hopeful the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 24, 2022

Pro-gun group grows into potent political force in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Wayne Shaw seemed to have all the conservative credentials needed to win reelection to his state Senate seat in Oklahoma two years ago. The mild-mannered pastor with deep ties to the community had a solidly conservative voting...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 24, 2022

Oklahoma tourism agency ends contract with BBQ restaurant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lucrative deal that allowed an Oklahoma barbecue restaurateur to have the state subsidize more than $2 million in operational losses at new state park restaurants is being terminated due to "suspected fraudulent activity,"...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 20, 2022

Oklahoma marijuana legalization questions heading to ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to fully legalize marijuana can proceed to the signature-gathering stage, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled, paving the way for two more cannabis plans seeking voter approval. The high court's ruling late Tuesday comes...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 17, 2022

Ex-EPA head Scott Pruitt to run for US Senate in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The scandal-ridden former head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has filed to run for an open U.S. Senate seat in Oklahoma. Pruitt filed paperwork on Friday to seek the seat being vacated by longtime...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 17, 2022

Oklahoma governor seeks massive incentives to lure company

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday asked state lawmakers to approve a massive package of financial incentives, including tapping into the state's reserve funds, to help lure an unnamed company to the state. The first-term Repu...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 13, 2022

Oklahoma governor signs bill to make abortion illegal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to... Full story

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 6, 2022

Oklahoma state House approves bill to make abortion illegal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House gave final legislative approval on Tuesday to a bill that would make performing an abortion a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. With little discussion and no debate, the Republican-controlled...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 1, 2022

Anti-death penalty advocate weds man on Oklahoma death row

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Anti-death penalty advocate Lea Rodger says she is keenly aware of the realities facing her and Richard Glossip, who she married this week inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary where he sits on death row. Glossip, 59, alrea...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 1, 2022

Oklahoma, Arizona governors sign transgender sports bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican governors in Oklahoma and Arizona both signed bills into law on Wednesday that prevent transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams, joining more than a dozen other states with similar laws....

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    March 30, 2022

Oklahoma, Arizona governors sign transgender sports bans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican governors in Oklahoma and Arizona both signed bills into law on Wednesday that prevent transgender girls and women from competing on female sports teams, joining more than a dozen other states with similar laws....

 

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