Oklahoma news deserts: Data shows voting sagged in 'orphan counties'

Tucked away in the southeast corner of the state, McCurtain County residents receive television news from Shreveport, Louisiana.

Shreveport is a slightly closer drive than Oklahoma City or Tulsa, and its stations rarely delve into Oklahoma politics. With statewide newspaper circulation a thing of the past, state Rep. Eddy Dempsey said his constituents mostly rely on spotty broadband service to keep up with developments at the state Capitol.

“The sad part is, if I lived another mile west I’d be able to get them [Oklahoma news channels],” said Dempsey, a Republican from Valliant whose district c...


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