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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    January 20, 2021 

Capitol attack stirs memories of Oklahoma bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The attack on the U.S. Capitol by an angry mob of President Donald Trump's supporters shocked many Americans who thought such a violent assault by their fellow countrymen wasn't possible. But for Oklahoma City bombing survivor... Full story

 

Oklahoma House rejects proposed coronavirus safety measures

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House on Tuesday rejected an attempt by Democrats to require members to wear masks on the House floor and take other steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate each convene...

 

Oklahoma moves to vaccine's Phase 2, plans to release app

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans age 65 and older will begin receiving their vaccinations this week, and health officials announced Monday they plan to release a mobile phone application as early as Thursday that will allow residents to schedule an...

 

Curfew reprieve extended for Oklahoma bars, restaurants

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Oklahoma will be able to stay open past Gov. Kevin Stitt's ordered 11 p.m. curfew well into the new year while a lawsuit brought by a group of bar owners is litigated. An Oklahoma County judge was...

 

Health leader expects 175,000 vaccinations by year's end

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials could begin vaccinating people in the second phase of the state's distribution plan as early as next week and expect nearly 175,000 high-risk Oklahomans to be vaccinated by the end of the year, the...

 

Oklahoma official: Second vaccine helps expedite delivery

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The arrival of doses of the newly approved Moderna vaccine in Oklahoma week will expedite the state's effort to quickly deliver vaccinations because it doesn't require the same ultra-cold storage as the Pfizer shot, health...

 

AP: Oklahoma spent $87M on medical gear in early virus wave

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, Oklahoma spent about $87 million on personal protective gear and medical equipment, much of it going to companies that were quickly formed as states scrambled to buy items such...

 

Oklahoma governor's holiday plans flout CDC, virus surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he planned to attend a college football game over the weekend and spend Thanksgiving with his parents, even as coroanvirus cases in the state continued to surge this week and...

 

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...

 

Veterans Day in 2020: quiet parades, somber virtual events

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Celebrations marking Veterans Day gave way to somber virtual gatherings Wednesday, with many of the nation's veterans homes barring visitors to protect their residents from the surging coronavirus that has killed thousands of...

 

Veterans Day in 2020: quiet parades, somber virtual events

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Celebrations marking Veterans Day gave way to somber virtual gatherings Wednesday, with many of the nation's veterans homes barring visitors to protect their residents from the surging coronavirus that has killed thousands of...

 

Confirmed coronavirus cases continue to soar in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus cases are continuing to soar in Oklahoma, with nearly 2,200 new cases and six additional deaths reported on Monday. The 2,197 confirmed new cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health bring t...

 

Republican physician seeks to oust Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former Republican state senator, plans to challenge Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt in the 2022 governor's race, saying he's disappointed with the governor's response to the...

 

Rural Democrats become extinct species in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For nearly 100 years in Oklahoma, Democrats controlled the Legislature in large part with lawmakers from rural parts of the state. But like much of the nation, the number of rural Democrats in Oklahoma has been declining...

 

Trump, Inhofe coast to victory in deep-red Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe both coasted to easy victories Tuesday in deep-red Oklahoma. Inhofe, 85, a fixture in Oklahoma politics for 50 years, was heavily favored to win his fifth term in...

 

Oklahoma smashes early voting record; registration surges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma smashed records for early voting this year and has experienced a surge in voter registration ahead of Tuesday's election, state officials reported Monday. More than 437,000 Oklahomans cast ballots early this year,...

 

Early voting begins across Oklahoma amid record turnout

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early in-person voting began Thursday across Oklahoma for an election that has already seen record turnout throughout the U.S. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. at most of the 77 county election board offices on Thursday...

 

Attorney for Oklahoma death row inmate claims new evidence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for an Oklahoma death row inmate testified Wednesday that he has found new potential witnesses who might be able to help his client's case but who would be prevented from testifying by a state law because his...

 

EPA grants Stitt request for state oversight on tribal lands

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration to allow the state, not tribal nations, to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country, even those lands that...

 

EPA grants Stitt request for state oversight on tribal lands

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has approved a request from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration to allow the state, not tribal nations, to regulate environmental issues in Indian Country, even those lands that...

 

Audit of Oklahoma virtual school reveals numerous problems

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An embattled virtual charter school that has grown to become Oklahoma's largest public school used a "remarkably complex" infrastructure to divert tens of millions of taxpayer dollars into a for-profit business controlled by...

 

Stillwater parents sue school district over remote learning

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Stillwater Public Schools students and their families are suffering personal and financial hardships as a result of the district's distance and remote learning plan enacted because of the coronavirus pandemic, a group of...

 

Oklahoma group drops plan for redistricting state question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma's state and congressional districts are drawn announced Tuesday it is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the issue. People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore...

 

Oklahoma police chiefs express concerns about recruiting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Growing anti-police sentiment around the country could have a profoundly negative impact on the ability to recruit quality officers, police chiefs from two Oklahoma cities told state lawmakers on Thursday. Tulsa Police Chief...

 

Oklahoma's epidemiologist warned of Trump rally deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's former state epidemiologist warned that President Donald Trump's rally in Tulsa in June could lead to as many as nine deaths and 228 new cases of COVID-19, according to documents released Wednesday. The documents...

 

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