The debate over a proposal to standardize Oklahoma's complex criminal code is heating up, with justice reform advocates arguing it would cause the state prison population to creep up over the next decade.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmaker pay will remain the 15th highest in the nation, an eight-member legislative compensation board decided Tuesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — After being ravaged by COVID-19, the state’s Native American-run gaming industry is on track to have one of its most profitable years in history.

Despite noise from his challengers, a new poll shows Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford, R., is still mostly popular in the state compared to his primary opponents.

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WATTS, Okla. — Oklahoma’s governor has invested $500,000 from a discretionary business recruitment account to help a fledgling manufacturing facility bolster production and increase employment opportunities for residents living in one of the state’s poorest counties.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma counties and municipalities have begun entering into new intergovernmental agreements and working with their tribal neighbors following last year’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling, and tribal leaders said they’re hopeful state officials will soon be willing to do …

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials with the Legislature’s fiscal watchdog division clashed Tuesday with executives from the Department of Human Services during a “very contentious” hearing over how to clear a 13-year wait list to provide services to developmentally disabled Oklahomans.

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- When a wind farm decided to set up shop, Minco Public Schools saw its assessed tax base increase nearly $50 million in about a decade.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma students’ proficiency in math, English and language arts and science has dropped dramatically since COVID-19 upended school years and pushed hundreds of thousands of children into remote learning, according to state assessment data made public Thursday.

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A group of landowners and residents who have opposed nearby aggregate mines in south central Oklahoma are asking the state Department of Mines to redo several permits where the agency didn't disclose a hearing officer and an attorney for the mining companies used to be married.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Under pressure from local and tribal leaders to modernize Oklahoma’s rural turnpikes, transportation officials said they’re examining the entire turnpike network to consider where to add interchanges so motorists can better access underserved locations and increase use of tol…

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Access to voting remains at the forefront of many lawmakers’ conversations, as some states have implemented stricter voting rules while legislation to open up access is being considered.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Division 2 colleges and universities could save considerable money on transportation costs if forced by lawmakers to compete in an all-Oklahoma conference, but such a move could complicate student-athlete recruiting and football seasons, officials said.

A Norman City Councilor has asked Mayor Breea Clark to disband a committee entrusted with redrawing ward boundaries after a disparaging comment raised concerns about partisan bias.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be hindered by a mismatch in labor supply and demand along with a shortage of quality, affordable child care options, experts told a state Senate committee Tuesday.

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The Oklahoma Department of Human Services said it plans to drop a five-year residency requirement for people seeking to sign up for intellectual or developmental disability waiver services after a letter from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services stated the requirement was unconst…

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- Disability advocates Thursday celebrated a ruling that bars the state from implementing a new law requiring Oklahomans with intellectual disabilities to wait five years before accessing specialized home and community-based services through the state's Medicaid program.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid fears that Oklahomans could be facing a severe winter, regulators called together some of the state’s top utility officials Tuesday to discuss whether the state will have adequate access to natural gas supplies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Battle lines are being drawn as Republican leaders vow to fight President Biden’s new vaccine mandates, and Oklahoma’s top business advocacy group said it wouldn’t be surprised if the policy faces additional legal challenges from the private sector.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — In a little more than a week, Markwayne Mullin said he went from a little-known Oklahoma Congressman to an international figure after, he said, federal officials leaked information about his team’s attempts to rescue Americans from Afghanistan.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers are funding some executive branch functions on the backs of Oklahoma’s criminal defendants by allowing judges to tack on additional fees, criminal justice advocates told lawmakers this week.

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On Aug. 7, the City of Tahlequah, the Tahlequah Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Cherokee Nation announced an initiative to attract, develop, and retain a professional health care manufacturing presence between Northeast Oklahoma and Northwest Arkansas.

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There are more than 2,600 emergency certified teachers approved to work in Oklahoma public school classrooms across the state, according to state data. The state Board of Education has approved 2,673 emergency teaching certificates for the current school year — 390 in June and 2,283 since July 1.

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Nurse practitioner Janey Hammons’ office on Main Street in the town of Seiling is one of the few places where residents can get the COVID-19 vaccine in Dewey County. The farming community of about 800 people hugs U.S. Route 270 between Watonga and Woodward in western Oklahoma.

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