FILE - In this July 20, 2017, file photo, Carole Baskin, founder of Big Cat Rescue, walks the property near Tampa, Fla. A federal judge in Oklahoma has awarded ownership of the zoo made famous in Netflix's “Tiger King†docuseries to Joe Exotic's rival, Carole Baskin. In a ruling Monday, J…

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A protester caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to the exterior of the newly refurbished state Capitol by spray-painting an obscenity on the historic building Sunday, May 31.

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On Saturday, in Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Greenwood District, the site of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre that left as many as 300 dead and the city’s thriving black district in ruins, protesters blocked intersections and chanted the name of Terence Crutcher, a black man killed by a police officer in 2016.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — As the state prepares to enter the next reopening phase, Oklahoma’s governor won’t ask lawmakers to extend his unprecedented powers for another month.

As Oklahoma approaches the third phase of the governor’s plan to reopen the state, it’s unclear how long the novel coronavirus will linger in the state and how many lives the disease will take. But many people want information about a less-cited statistic: How many people are recovering?

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In the coming weeks, Oklahoma plans to train hundreds of workers in so-called “shoe-leather epidemiology” — the practice of calling people who have been in contact with someone infected with the coronavirus in an effort to stop the spread of the deadly disease.

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State Health Department officials are encouraging Oklahomans to get tested for COVID-19, saying Thursday, May 28, 2020, that due to adequate supplies, residents no longer need to exhibit symptoms or report exposure to someone with the virus to get in line for testing.

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On one side of the chamber, Democrats stood out — their mouths and noses covered by a wide variety of masks meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19. In stark contrast, many of their Republican counterparts chose to adopt the Legislature’s pre-pandemic style — no face coverings.

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Some lawmakers said Stitt’s last-minute refusal to fund Medicaid expansion could spell victory for a popular citizen-led ballot initiative, constitutionally forcing legislators to increase health care access to the state’s working poor.

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By a 7-6 vote, the board rejected a three-phase plan to restart prep sports that would have kept organized athletics sidelined until at least Aug. 1 and banned organized practices until the end of June.

The Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town has its roots in Alabama. In the 1830s and 1840s, the tribe was forcibly relocated to Oklahoma under the Indian Removal Act and now is headquartered in Wetumka with a tribal enrollment of about 400.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — An air surgeon and medical professor will serve as the next interim commissioner of health, Oklahoma’s governor announced Friday.

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Women account for about three-fourths of all COVID-19 infections among health care workers and in nursing homes in Oklahoma, resulting in a higher proportion of women than men overall infected across the state.

Legislation granting cost-of-living adjustments for retirees in six Oklahoma pension plans, including teachers, firefighters, police, public employees and justices and judges, was signed into law Thursday by Gov. Kevin Stitt.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill Monday to protect children 12 years of age or younger from being placed in a state juvenile detention facility unless all alternatives have been exhausted and the child is charged with an offense that would be classified as a felony if committed by an adult.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Thousands of Oklahomans face eviction in the coming days as courts statewide begin to sort through a backlogged docket filled with people who have fallen behind on their rent payments.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Democratic Party and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee have sued to overturn the state’s absentee voting rules in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak, state party Chair Alicia Andrews said Wednesday.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt said cities and counties can apply for relief for any unexpected costs related to their pandemic response, but will not be eligible for reimbursement for lost local revenues related to the deadly virus.


OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s governor has signed a controversial measure that attempts to pre-empt officials from enacting so-called “red flag laws.”

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Gov. Kevin Stitt believes the speaker of the state House is attempting to “censor” his communication with members of the Legislature a week after the two sides battled over a budget that was passed with a veto override.

When a coronavirus vaccine becomes available in the United States, the federal government and states will face a crucial choice: Should all or most residents be required to get the novel coronavirus vaccine?

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A Republican lawmaker said he’s furious after legislators approved raises for private prison employees, but then said they can’t afford increases for workers already on state payrolls.

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A day after releasing redacted documents that kept hidden the identity of suppliers of personal protective equipment and other materials, the state has reversed course and released the information to The Frontier.


Police in some of Oklahoma’s largest cities are electing to use a softer touch, rather than aggressive enforcement, with state and local business restrictions as Oklahoma reopens amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ENID - Funeral 1 p.m. Friday, June 5, Orion Baptist Church, Pastor Mickey Flynn officiating. Burial in Orion Cemetery under guidance of Amy Stittsworth Funeral Service. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Stittsworth's.