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 By Trevor Brown    Local    August 28, 2020

Oklahoma runoff takeaways: Stephanie Bice wins, incumbents fall

The lineup for November’s general election is set. Tuesday’s runoff election finalized Oklahoma’s high-profile congressional fifth district race. Meanwhile, several incumbent Republicans lost key seats in the Legislature and elsewhere,...

 

Voter registration lags in Oklahoma amid COVID-19

Oklahoma, one of 10 states that doesn’t offer online voter registration, has seen a sharp decline in new voter sign-ups this year as COVID-19 has created new challenges for in-person get-out-the-vote efforts. State election board numbers requested...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    July 12, 2020

The Supreme Court affirmed Native American rights in Oklahoma. Here's what that could mean

In a historic U.S. Supreme Court decision, justices ruled Thursday that much of eastern Oklahoma has been, contrary to the state's long-standing belief, part of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    July 5, 2020

After years of legislative inaction, voters say yes to Medicaid expansion

After years of debate and aborted legislative proposals, voters have done what Oklahoma lawmakers have long resisted. With a razor-thin 50.5% of the vote, Oklahomans approved a state question Tuesday...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    June 19, 2020

Few hearings, fewer votes: Police oversight bills see little attention in Oklahoma's Legislature

Months before the Memorial Day death of George Floyd and the weeks of nationwide protests that followed, Oklahoma's Legislature had a chance to take up issues that today dominate the headlines....

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    June 5, 2020

20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce

As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week. Friday, June 5, will mark the 20...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    June 4, 2020

20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce

As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week. Friday, June 5, will mark the 20...

 

As Oklahoma reopens, cities shy away from enforcing restrictions

Police in some of Oklahoma's largest cities are electing to use a softer touch, rather than aggressive enforcement, with state and local business restrictions as Oklahoma gradually reopens amid the...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    May 8, 2020

Moments of Truth: 4 remaining scenarios for Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion is inching closer to reality in Oklahoma. Legislative leaders announced a budget deal Monday that includes funding to expand the state's Medicaid program and extend health coverage...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    April 24, 2020

Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week. The hospital was emptier...

 

Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week. The hospital was emptier... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    April 19, 2020

Stitt sets vote on Medicaid question; How does it compare with his plan?

After years of debate and political fights, Oklahomans learned Friday when they will get to vote on a proposal to use state and federal funds to extend health-care coverage to 200,000 low-income residents. Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a proclamation Frida...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    March 22, 2020

Amid epidemic, new details on Stitt's health plan are released for public comment

Oklahoma Watch Oklahoma has quietly released details of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s Medicaid expansion plan, with the state’s own report saying the plan “will likely depress enrollment” by thousands of Oklahomans compared to a traditional Medical expa...

 

Will coronavirus cause Oklahoma to expand mail-in voting?

******************* Voting by Mail - Key Dates Election Last Day to Register Deadline to Request Absentee April 7: Board of Education General Elections/Special Elections March 13 5 p.m. April 1 June 30: Primary Election/ Special Elections June 5 5...

 

Exclusive: Stitt's plan would implement full Medicaid expansion as early as July

Oklahoma could implement traditional Medicaid expansion far earlier than expected. Deputy Secretary of Health and Mental Health Carter Kimble told Oklahoma Watch on Friday that Gov. Kevin Stitt is...

 

Highlights of Stitt's State of the State address, annotated

Gov. Kevin Stitt used his second State of the State speech Monday to urge lawmakers to continue his effort to transform state government and turn Oklahoma into a "top ten state." Among the most dramat...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    January 5, 2020

Unfinished business: Stitt, lawmakers face persistent issues in 2020

Oklahoma Watch Gov. Kevin Stitt has some big decisions to make in 2020. The Republican governor is entering his second year in office with his promise from the 2018 political campaign still defining expectations for success – to make Oklahoma a...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    December 6, 2019

With prison staff shortage, Oklahoma looks to hire teenagers as guards

Teenagers, fresh out of high school, could be hired to guard and oversee hardened criminals in Oklahoma’s chronically overcrowded and understaffed prisons. In a little-noticed action, the Oklahoma Board of Corrections passed a set of legislative re...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Local    October 24, 2019

As new gun law approaches, seizures of firearms in largest cities keep rising

The number of illegally used or owned guns taken off the streets in Oklahoma's two most populous cities continues to be on the rise. Data from the Oklahoma City and Tulsa police departments show gun...

 

What comes next after opioid ruling?

-Oklahoma Watch Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said there is no question Monday was a “day of reckoning” for pharmaceutical companies that helped accelerate the spread of dangerous opioids across the country. Minutes after Cleveland County...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    July 5, 2019

Oklahoma air quality dips after years of steady gains

Oklahoma's air may be getting worse. The newest data from the Environmental Protection Agency shows air quality throughout much of the state was down during each of the past two years. That bucked a... Full story

 

Working in background, lawyer reaps fees in opioid case

Attorneys in the state's sprawling opioid lawsuit have bragged that they slept on cots in their offices and went through millions of pages of evidence. But one private attorney in the case, a former... Full story

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    April 4, 2019

Oklahoma prepares to purge thousands of inactive voters

Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls – a controversial practice voting-rights advocates say can lead to disenfranchised voters. Oklahoma is one of seven states that allow...

 

Medicaid work proposal could prove a high hurdle for ex-felons

Like many other Oklahomans who have a criminal conviction, Lena Chatmon has struggled to rebuild her life since pleading guilty to motor vehicle-related and larceny charges in 2017. Chatmon, 21, who lives in Tulsa, is unemployed and said many employe...

 

Outreach could affect rural areas

Oklahoma bucked expectations as enrollment on the federal health-care marketplace climbed to a record level for the upcoming year. Federal data released Wednesday showed about 150,000 Oklahomans signed up for health care coverage during the 45-day Af...

 

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