OKLAHOMA CITY — The Choctaw Nation has suspended non-emergent dental procedures as COVID-19 cases continue to impact its southeastern Oklahoma region, the system’s chief medical officer said Tuesday.
After the COVID-19 pandemic stalled efforts at the state capitol building to pass various legislation, Oklahoma lawmakers will be working to reintroduce bills that were filed last year along with new bills to address issues that have risen in 2020.
Oklahoma public school districts are bracing for additional funding cuts this school year and next, even as they currently struggle to teach students during a pandemic with fewer state dollars.
The governor’s office has hired an outside consultant to help find ways to address a likely budget shortfall in the coming fiscal year.
OKLAHOMA CITY – For the rest of the semester, Oklahoma school districts will have the option of implementing in-school quarantine for students potentially exposed to COVID-19, state health officials announced Wednesday.
President Donald Trump offered a warning to Oklahoma and other energy-rich states during the final months of his unsuccessful re-election bid.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Health care workers with active cases of COVID-19 can continue to work in short-staffed hospitals and long-term care facilities as long as they're not showing any symptoms, state health officials said Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY – About two dozen parents and students gathered at the Capitol Monday to protest the decision by school districts to shift from in-person to virtual learning as the state’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to worsen.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Even as Oklahoma's governor continues to resist calls to implement a statewide mask mandate, Oklahoma's lead disease expert said an intensive study of the state's mask-mandated communities found face covering usage significantly slows the spread of COVID-19.
Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced new restrictions Monday for restaurants, bars and state employees in the midst of a continued late-year coronavirus surge.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Thursday upheld the conviction and life sentence of a former University of Tulsa running back convicted of abusing and killing his 6-week-old daughter.
LOS ANGELES - The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network announced recently the launch of Precision PromiseSM, the first of its kind adaptive clinical trial platform for pancreatic cancer patients.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Blake “Cowboy” Stephens is now officially the state senator for District 3 after taking the oath of office on Nov. 16 at the State Capitol.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Stopping short of a statewide mask mandate Monday, Oklahoma's governor announced requiring face coverings on state property and said bar and restaurant hours will temporarily be limited in an attempt to slow the surging number of COVID-19 cases.
Despite netting almost 250,000 more votes in the state than he did in 2016, President Donald Trump saw only a slight uptick in his share of Oklahoma’s votes this year (see interactive map).
While all the current members of Congress have commented on the election results, the Westville Republican has been Trump’s loudest defender.
A Tulsa-based grocery store chain is asking a federal judge to declare that the state cannot collect sales tax from its Okmulgee grocery store because it is situated on restricted Indian land.
Oklahoma communities may see financial benefit from a package of bills passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee, according to a press release provided by the office of Sen. James Lankford (R-OK).
OKLAHOMA CITY - Pressure to implement a statewide mask mandate for public schools is growing on the state Board of Education as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen.
Oklahoma’s quick vote count due to technology and special permissions given to county election boards.
Efforts to shorten prison sentences and roll back the use of sentence enhancements have so far been blocked by state district attorneys.
In addition to the GOP taking back a hard-fought congressional seat, the party extended its supermajorities in the state Legislature, enjoyed a symbolic victory of Trump once again winning all of Oklahoma’s 77 counties and saw the defeat of a state question opposed by many leaders in the party.
As Vice President Joe Biden inched closer to an election victory Friday, Oklahoma Republicans pushed a baseless narrative accusing Democrats, the media and others of attempting to “steal” the election.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma House of Representatives and the Oklahoma Senate announced dates for a series of redistricting town hall meetings to be held across the state in the coming weeks.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Hospitals are poised to bear the brunt of the state’s newly revised medical surge plan if Oklahoma can’t figure out how to slow its growing COVID-19 hospitalization numbers.
Rodger House voted straight Republican on his ballot Tuesday, rebuking what he saw as an attempted communist takeover of the federal government by Democrats.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Voters decided Tuesday that they don't want lawmakers to pay for Medicaid expansion by tapping the state's constitutionally protected tobacco settlement funds.
The race for the District 2 U.S. Congress seat – among Republican incumbent Markwayne Mullin, Democrat Danyell Lanier, and Richie Castaldo – started out close with absentee balloting in Cherokee County, after Lanier received 1,309 mail-in votes to Mullin’s 975.
Republicans took in far more money from political action committees than Democrats in Oklahoma’s legislative races this year, a review of campaign finance data finds.
The Oklahoma Election Board released its final pre-election voter statistics Monday, which showed that Republicans account for just over 50% of the state’s nearly 2.3 million registered voters.
Increased demand on area hospitals that reportedly face staffing pressures along with an uptick in new COVID-19 cases prompted local officials to revisit the prospect of imposing mandates to curb community transmission of the novel coronavirus.
OKLAHOMA CITY - More than 100,000 Oklahomans remained without power Monday - nearly a week after an ice storm wreaked historic havoc on the power grid.
United States Attorney Brian Kuester announced Friday the efforts of his office in connection with the Justice Department’s nationwide Election Day Program for the upcoming Nov. 3, general election. Assistant United States Attorney Nalani Ching will serve as the District Election Officer (DEO) for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, and in that capacity is responsible for overseeing the district’s handling of complaints of election fraud and voting rights concerns in consultation with Justice Department Headquarters in Washington.
State politicians and political parties have shared at least 85 posts this year flagged as false or misleading information. The vast majority came from Republican voices.
In the early morning hours of Jan. 10, 2016, 6-week-old Raylie Dickerson was rushed to Saint Francis Children’s Hospital in Tulsa by ambulance after she stopped breathing.
OKLAHOMA CITY — OG&E crews will be working through this week to restore power to Oklahomans following one of the most severe storms to hit its electricity system, the company’s president said Thursday.
OKLAHOMA CITY - State lawmakers will require all government bodies to start meeting again in person starting Nov. 16 even as health officials are urging Oklahomans to social distance to slow the spread of COVID-19.
OKLAHOMA CITY --The Department of Corrections' strategy seems to be slowing the spread of the COVID-19 inside state prisons, an advocate said Tuesday.
New data showing the percentage of Oklahoma kindergarteners who are up to date on all required vaccines is missing about 7,870 students because their schools did not submit the information.
Oklahoma spends less than a dollar per meal on average feeding prisoners in the state correctional system. While Department of Corrections spokesman Justin Wolf says prison food provides adequate nutrition and menus are approved by a dietician, meals are frequently stacked with starches like bread, oats, beans and rice as filler, according to interviews with former and current prisoners and family members.
Schools’ large-scale shift to virtual education amid COVID-19 is challenging the system of determining what students actually know and limiting educators’ ability to ensure academic integrity.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State education advocates suspect Oklahoma’s largest school district can continue teaching children through the end of the academic year – even if state leaders ultimately decide to terminate their contract.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Standing at “a major crossroads,” tribes and legislative leaders must decide if Oklahoma can continue to function as one state and share paying for roads, bridges and schools or create parallel societies, the Commission on Cooperative Sovereignty announced Thursday.
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TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 67. Customer Service Representative. Died November 25th in Fayetteville, AR. Memorial Services December 1st at 2:00pm at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 64. Insulator. Died November 19th in Tahlequah, OK. Graveside Services December 3rd at 2:00pm at Fort Gibson National Cemetery.
TULSA [mdash] age 63 of Tulsa, OK. Truck Driver. Died Tuesday, November 24th, 2020 in Tulsa, OK. Graveside Services Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 at 1:00pm at Rose Cemetery.
TAHLEQUAH [mdash] age 3 months. Infant daughter of Angel and Sammy Duvall. Died November 23rd. Services December 1st 10:00am at Reed-Culver Chapel. Burial at Barber Cemetery. Visitation November 30th 1:00pm until 7:00pm at Reed-Culver Funeral Home.
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