OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as Republican lawmakers heralded the 2021 session as one of the most successful in recent history, critics complained that it was one of the most divisive because of what they said were unnecessary battles over social issues.
WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Tom Cole is using more caution on a bill he co-sponsored in March on civics education since the Biden administration announced grant priorities for the bill in late April.
An electric vehicle startup will build its first manufacturing plant in Pryor, Oklahoma, bringing more than 2,000 jobs to the area, state officials announced Thursday.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Lawmakers have agreed to spend $8 million to upgrade state Capitol security after a man drove onto the grassy grounds this spring, stopping just 20 yards from the building.
Wilma Mankiller, the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be honored during the first year of the U.S. Mint’s American Women Quarters Program.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum found himself in an unenviable position as a politician last year as the COVID-19 pandemic was unfolding worldwide and had finally reached Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford has joined four other senators in an effort to request more documents related to the National Institute of Health’s handling of the pandemic.
For more than a year, jail officials in Pottawatomie County have denied The Frontier access to records from one man’s death after a struggle with detention officers.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Deputy Commissioner Keith Reed with the Oklahoma State Department of Health issued a statement after the state reached over three million total doses of the COVID-19 vaccine administered.
In recent years, through citizen-led petitions, the state has expanded Medicaid services, legalized medical marijuana, and reformed the criminal justice system in Oklahoma.
NORMAN -- Both of Oklahoma's senators voted against a bill -- approved with immense bipartisan support Wednesday -- that will allow the United States to bolster its competitiveness with China by investing money into scientific research and development over the next five years.
TULSA, OK – Another 16 coffins have been discovered in a Tulsa cemetery as archeologists resume excavation work on a mass grave believed to hold the remains of unidentified Tulsa Race Massacre victims.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Kris Steele, executive director with Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, released the following statement in response to Senate Bill 334 not advancing:
OKLAHOMA CITY -- As a law allowing for fully virtual public meetings expires, a top Senate Republican continues to press for modernization of the Oklahoma Open Meeting Act.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Bolstered by catchy slogans like “Your Shot to Summer,” “Vax-a-Million,” and “Vax 2 the Max,” nearly 20 states are going all out to woo vaccine-hesitant residents in a bid to boost vaccination rates.
Oklahoma’s lawmakers adjourned from the first regular session of the 58th Legislature last week pleased with how things turned out, given the fact the COVID-19 pandemic cut last year’s session short.
After the current administration released its $6 trillion FY2022 budget proposal last week, Congressman Tom Cole criticized the proposal, calling it “misguided” and “unnecessary.”
OKLAHOMA CITY — The governor’s push to outsource the state’s Medicaid program hit another roadblock this week after the state’s highest court ruled that the Oklahoma Health Care Authority pressed forward without proper legislative authority.
TULSA, Okla. -- President Joe Biden unveiled a series of policies aimed at narrowing the wealth gap between Blacks and whites on the 100th anniversary of one of the nation's worst race massacres, but stopped short of issuing an apology or addressing the controversial topic of reparations for…
A day before his visit to Tulsa’s Greenwood District to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the worst race massacre in U.S. history, President Joe Biden called on all Americans to “reflect on the deep roots of racial terror” and to “recommit to the work of rooting out systemic racism” acros…
TULSA -- As a 10-year-old, Clyde Eddy observed white laborers digging a large trench in Tulsa's Oaklawn Cemetery. Nearby, he said he saw the remains of Black victims of the Tulsa Race Massacre inside wooden crates.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The centerpiece of the Tulsa Race Massacre centennial, the “Remember and Rise” observance on Monday, May 31, was abruptly canceled Thursday night with little explanation, but President Biden is still planning on visiting Tuesday, June 1.
OKLAHOMA CITY — State officials plan to open two driver’s license megacenters this summer in an effort to help resolve a massive backlog of Oklahomans trying to get their licenses updated or renewed.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s governor on Tuesday vowed to sign a measure that he said would “level the playing field” between property-poor rural and property-rich urban and suburban school districts.
It’s been a year since international student Vitalii Mikhailov first tried to take a driving test. Crystal Gaul’s son turned 16 in March but still hasn’t been able to get a learner’s permit. And Annee Doyle waited in line for six hours at an Oklahoma City tag agency in March to renew a licen…
During his first meeting with state audit inspectors in October 2019, Ben Harris, the co-founder of the state’s largest virtual charter school, was determined to reveal as little as possible about the private management company he had created to run the operations of Epic charter school.
Behavioral health providers in Oklahoma are concerned about potential cuts to mental health services for some of the state’s most vulnerable residents under a plan to privatize the state’s Medicaid system.
As Oklahoma lawmakers usher in some of the nation’s most restrictive abortion laws, a case heading to the U.S. Supreme Court could have far-reaching effects in Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Even as Gov. Kevin Stitt inked his name on the state’s $8.8 billion budget Monday, Democratic lawmakers demanded that Republicans ensure future budgeting efforts will be more transparent.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- The last three known survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre testified before Congress this week about the continued push for reparations and their quest for justice.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Despite an influx of hundreds of millions of federal dollars earmarked to help pay for Medicaid expansion, lawmakers are proposing increasing fees paid by hospitals with the money to be used for the same purpose.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The author of a measure aimed at improving pharmacy access and making prescription drug pricing more transparent said he’d love to have the opportunity to attempt to override Gov. Kevin Stitt’s recent veto in the final weeks of session.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma lawmakers want to implement a five-year waiting period before new residents can even sign up for a waiting list for Medicaid programs that provide services to adults and children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The program is designed to help keep d…
OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt was kicked off commission that was set up to commemorate the nation’s worst race massacre after he signed a bill that prohibits the teaching of critical race theory in Oklahoma schools.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Public school proponents and lawmakers are heralding the state’s budget agreement that would see a record high $3.2 billion investment in public schools and ensure class size reductions in kindergarten and first grade.
OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma lawmaker abruptly resigned from the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission after the governor - a fellow commissioner - signed a bill banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools.
Visitors are coming back to state prisons and reuniting with their loved ones, in many cases for the first time in more than a year, as COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma’s corrections system steadily decline. Volunteers who lead religious services and skills-based classes are also set to return later this month.
Tribal Nations are being asked to take on more responsibility when it comes to policing, prosecution and when families experience something tragic like one of their loved ones getting shot by police.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A new sales tax exemption approved by the Oklahoma Legislature will allow one of the state’s largest academic health systems to begin training hundreds of new health care workers, supporters said Tuesday.
Republican Congressman Tom Cole, OK-4, introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday that would authorize the Cherokee Nation, Chickasaw Nation, and state of Oklahoma to enter into agreements and compacts without federal government involvement.
The state’s multicounty grand jury delivered a message to the public this week: demand more transparency and accountability of Epic Charter Schools, the state’s largest online charter school system.
Oklahoma’s purchase of $2.6 million worth of a much-hyped drug to treat COVID-19 will end where it started: back at the California drug wholesaler who sold the shipment a year ago at the outset of the pandemic.
Lobbyists are spending less money wining and dining Oklahoma lawmakers as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change how the public, including paid lobbyists, interacts with their representatives.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Some state senators are questioning whether a highly-touted piece of legislation that seeks to equalize public school funding is the best way to bridge the divide between property-poor rural and property-rich urban and suburban communities.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a murder charge and conviction as a result of the recent McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling against a suspect accused of killing a Velma teenager in 2012.
The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a murder charge and conviction against a suspect accused of killing a Velma teenager in 2012 as a result of the recent McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling.
Lawmakers pushed through two bills as part of Republican backlash to voter mandates on Medicaid expansion, medical marijuana and criminal justice reform.
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- LIVING A DREAM: Sequoyah High School product Ryan Helsley is making the most of his professional baseball career
- SAVING TSA-LA-GI: Movement is growing to restore dilapidated Cherokee Heritage Center amphitheater
- EXCELLENCE: Tahlequah's Elzy Miller has reached the top with HOF induction
- Cherokee Nation passes Anti-Harassment Act; lone dissenter says administration coming for citizens' guns
- CN AG adds five false personation charges against woman in election fraud case
- More local cases dropped by state in McGirt wake
- 'Pseudo' tribes of Cherokees in crosshairs of Tri-Council
- TRIBAL TRADITIONS: Three factions of Cherokees gather for diversions before Tri-Council meeting
- City councilor, others fret over bid validity
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