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.

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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 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.

OKLAHOMA CITY – As influenza rates tick upward, medical professionals are urging Oklahomans to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible.

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.


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.


OKLAHOMA CITY – Despite long lines at the polls, Oklahomans cast a record-setting 1.56 million votes for U.S. president.

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.

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.

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 — The election will go on Tuesday even if electricity still hasn’t been restored to all Oklahoma voting locations, election officials said.

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 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.

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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