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The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Friday reported 920 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. The Health Department on Friday reported 33 new coronavirus-related deaths. The cumulative number of provisional deaths, as tracked by
Oklahoma's two largest universities announced Friday they will require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to comply with a Biden administration mandate. The University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University said all employees mu
It's hard to imagine a more ideal spot to make a tornado movie than central Oklahoma. But the independent film "13 Minutes" wants to talk about more than just the weather. The twister drama spins through a veritable tsunami of hot-button social
Witness accounts of Thursday's execution, in which reporters on site reported seeing the inmate convulse two dozen times before vomiting on himself, were "embellished," the head of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said. In a Friday news c
The Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation has adopted a new mission statement, and a new logo to represent the group. The foundation's new mission statement reads: "To advance excellence, advocate for equity, and build strong support for Okla
With declining COVID-19 cases and the resignation of its commissioner, the Oklahoma Health Department is facing a transition. Oklahoma — and the rest of the country — could be entering into a new stage of the pandemic. Health experts have said
Change is underway at the Oklahoma City Zoo as one new habitat opens and another is under construction. A new home for African painted dogs and cheetah, Predator Pass, opened Friday, allowing the zoo to have cheetahs for the first time since 20
The Oklahoma high school cross country state championship races are set for Saturday at Edmond Santa Fe High School. The Class 6A girls race will begin at 8:30 a.m. The other races will follow throughout the day. The 4A boys run will be the las
Columnist Berry Tramel notes that Bob Bowlsby keeps using the word “betrayal” when discussing the announced departure of OU and Texas to the Southeastern Conference. Betrayal is a powerful word. But you certainly can understand the Big 12 commi
Oklahoma continues to be one of the nation's leaders in adding renewable energy, but it's getting tougher to get that power on the grid. The state was in the top-five for its additions of wind, solar and storage resources to power transmission
A state suspension of Ninnekah's [NINN eh KAW] high school principal has been lifted, but a teaching license revocation is still possible for the school administrator, who was accused in an explosive federal lawsuit of failing to protect studen
An Oklahoma federal judge has temporarily blocked parts of a new state law that could limit protests. The judge granted a preliminary injunction to prevent two parts of House Bill 1674, commonly known as the law that grants immunity to drivers
Being just a 2.5-square-mile suburb, surrounded on three sides by Oklahoma City, the mere existence of The Village as its own city might just escape those who don’t live here. As mayor, Sonny Wilkinson is overseeing an effort to change the city
The sixth Black Male Summit will be from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 17 in the Nigh University Center Ballrooms at the University of Central Oklahoma. UCO's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host the annual event, which encourages youth to pu
Following the extended COVID-19 intermission, there's still a sort of euphoria to seeing a fully staged musical at the Civic Center Music Hall. After the pandemic sidelined it for more than a year, the national tour of the musical "Charlie and
An Oklahoma City Firefighter was fired this week after refusing to submit to COVID-19 testing protocols, according to a release from the department. Corporal Jerimiah Hoffstatter, a nine-year veteran of the department, was terminated Wednesday
Tuesday night, new Laker Westbrook was at the zenith of the his new team's 125-121 overtime win in San Antonio. Wednesday night, Westbrook was the reason the Lakers lost 123-115 to the previously-winless Thunder. Westbrook posted a triple-doubl
The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Thursday reported 696 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state. The Health Department on Thursday reported 34 new coronavirus-related deaths. The cumulative number of provisional deaths, as tracked
Convicted murderer John Marion Grant, 60, was executed by lethal injection at 4:21 p.m. Thursday inside the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. He was the first Oklahoma inmate to be executed since the practice was halted in 2015 after botched lethal
The University of Oklahoma made official Thursday what has been known behind the scenes for a few months — Love’s Travel Stops is making a donation that could be as large as $12 million for the building of a new softball stadium. It’s the large
A federal appeals court on Wednesday granted execution stays to death row inmates Julius Jones and John Marion Grant. Jones was set for execution Nov. 18 and Grant was set for execution Thursday [Oct. 28]. Three other inmates had asked the 10th
Did Texas Tech fire its football coach because they were worried he might upset the undefeated Sooners? That's a question raised by columnist Berry Tramel, who notes that Matt Wells lost his job just after the Kansas Jayhawks put a scare in OU.
The Oklahoma City Zoo recently vaccinated 40 animals against COVID-19 using a vaccine made for animals. The first of two doses of the vaccine, authorized for experimental use by the United States Department of Agriculture this summer, was admin
Netflix released the trailer Wednesday for the second season of its popular docuseries "Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness," announcing a premiere date of Nov. 17. The first season of the controversial, Emmy-nominated series followed the st
A line of severe storms brought heavy rain, high winds and at least one tornado into the Oklahoma City metro area early Wednesday. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado touched down in Norman near 24th Avenue Northeast and Tecumseh 
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