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 By Sean Murphy    Regional    August 23, 2019 

Cherokee chief says journey to seat US delegate will be long

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Cherokee Nation's plan to send a delegate to the U.S. House, the first such attempt by a tribal nation, will take time as well as cooperation from Congress, the tribe's newly elected chief said Thursday. Cherokee Nation...

 

Country's largest tribal nation seeks congressional delegate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The newly elected chief of the Oklahoma-based Cherokee Nation plans to appoint the tribe's first-ever delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, which is outlined in a nearly 200-year-old treaty with the federal...

 

Oklahoma latest to grapple with online school problems

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — When two tech-savvy Oklahoma men launched their vision for an innovative charter school in 2011 that students could attend from home, the timing was perfect. Republicans had just extended their majorities in the Legislature,... Full story

 

Oklahoma group seeks vote to reject 'permitless carry' law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from Oklahoma City filed paperwork Monday seeking a public vote on whether to reject a bill that would allow people in the state to openly carry firearms without a background check or training. Rep....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 18, 2019

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers,...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 14, 2019

Oklahoma judge upholds law banning common abortion procedure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 14, 2019

Oklahoma AG calls company 'kingpin' in state's opioid crisis

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson was a "kingpin" company that helped fuel the most devastating public health crisis in Oklahoma history, the state attorney general argued Monday during the close of his case against...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 12, 2019

Oklahoma judge upholds law banning common abortion procedure

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday upheld a ban on a common second-trimester abortion procedure in what abortion rights proponents decried as a "rogue" decision that will threaten the reproductive rights of women throughout the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 11, 2019

Oklahoma governor, tribes clash over casino gaming revenue

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders with Oklahoma's powerful Native American tribes are voicing frustration with the state's Republican governor after they say he caught them off guard with plans to force renegotiations for a bigger piece of the billions...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 7, 2019

Oklahoma judge denies motion to end case against drugmaker

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge decided Monday the state's ongoing opioid drug lawsuit against consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson can move forward, rejecting the company's argument that the state failed to prove its public-nuisance...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 5, 2019

Oklahoma presses opioid case against Johnson & Johnson

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — So far, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has secured about $355 million from two groups of defendant drugmakers in the state's lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, and he's trying to make the case that even more money...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 28, 2019

US government seeks part of Oklahoma's $270M opioid deal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. government wants a portion of Oklahoma's $270 million settlement with Purdue Pharma that stemmed from the state's ongoing lawsuit against opioid makers. The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services wrote to the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 19, 2019

Oklahoma high court rejects challenge on Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's highest court on Tuesday rejected a legal effort to block a plan for a public vote on whether to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of poor residents. Just hours after hearing oral arguments in the case, the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 16, 2019

Legacy of teacher walkouts could be more political activism

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Betty Collins was born and raised in Tulsa, but the eighth grade history teacher hadn't been to the state Capitol in Oklahoma City until last spring, when she educators throughout the state walked off the job to protest for...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 13, 2019

University of Oklahoma: Resignation ends ex-president probe

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents said Wednesday it has ended its investigation into former President David Boren after he chose to terminate his contract and sever ties to the school he led for 24 years. The...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 31, 2019

Former Oklahoma student alleges university misreported data

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma misreported data used to nationally rank the school for nearly 20 years, seriously impacting its prestige and reputation, a former student alleges in a federal lawsuit that seeks class-action status....

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 29, 2019

Oklahoma attorney blames corporate greed for opioid crisis

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Corporate greed is responsible for an opioid crisis that has cost Oklahoma thousands of lives and will take billions of dollars to repair, the state's attorney general told a judge Tuesday at the start of the nation's first...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 26, 2019

Spotlight on Oklahoma for start of trial for opioid makers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma is poised to become the first state to go to trial in a lawsuit against the makers of pharmaceuticals blamed for contributing to the nation's opioid crisis. Although several states have reached settlements with drugmak...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 24, 2019

Oklahoma lawmakers end early, give new governor policy wins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature finished the session early on Thursday, ending its first with new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who checked nearly every item off his to-do list and saw the budget for his office more than double. With t...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 16, 2019

Oklahoma governor, lawmakers reach deal on $8.3B budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Republican legislative leaders reached a deal Wednesday on an $8.3 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year that includes an average $1,200 pay raise for public school teachers and tens of...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 10, 2019

Oklahoma governor, Senate near deal on teacher pay raise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt and Senate Republicans reached a tentative agreement Thursday on a plan to give Oklahoma teachers another $1,200 pay raise next year, resolving a major stumbling block on a budget agreement. Senate President...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 28, 2019

Attorney alleges OU regents violated state open meeting law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents violated state law by allowing its newest appointee to attend a closed-door session before being officially confirmed, according to an attorney for an Oklahoma civil rights activist...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 26, 2019

Oklahoma governor combines Columbus, Native American days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that a broad coalition of Native American groups endorsed to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day was signed into law Thursday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the U.S. to be enrolled...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 24, 2019

Civil rights group drops lawsuit against Oklahoma gun range

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed on behalf of a Muslim U.S. Army reservist asked to leave a gun range in eastern Oklahoma was dropped on Tuesday, with both sides declaring victory in the case. Court records show both sides agreed to the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 18, 2019

Former federal prosecutor to lead state's Boren case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A grand jury will assist state investigators looking into allegations of sexual misconduct by former University of Oklahoma President David Boren, the Oklahoma attorney general's office confirmed on Wednesday. The office said...

 

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