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OKLAHOMA CITY — Jared Garrett used to have aides coming several days a week into his home to help him with everyday tasks. But then the support dropped to trickle. It stopped altogether when COVID-19 hit.

TAHLEQUAH — The Cherokee Nation Attorney General’s Office has filed both a felony count of cruelty to animals and more than 60 misdemeanor counts against two Cherokee Nation citizens accused of multiple wildlife crimes, including illegally hunting and killing 18 whitetail deer in Adair County and dumping the carcasses in Cherokee County. Adair and Cherokee counties both fall within the Cherokee Nation Reservation.

ENID, Okla. — Wednesday's snowfall provided some needed moisture for Northwest Oklahoma, but not enough to change the extreme drought conditions affecting the area.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Frustrated Oklahoma residents on Wednesday pressed state Supreme Court justices to declare a plan to recover $800 million in costs stemming from last February’s extreme cold weather unconstitutional, sending utilities back to the drawing board.

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TULSA – The Cherokee Nation Film Office has announced it will soon offer a groundbreaking film incentive program, becoming the first tribal film office in the U.S. to do so. The Cherokee Nation Film Incentive will provide up to $1 million in annual funding for productions filmed within the Cherokee Nation’s 14-county reservation.

Legislation filed this week by Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, would address growing concerns with an economic development tool available to local governments. 

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When Gov. Kevin Stitt announced in October 2020 that his administration would relocate the state’s Public Health Laboratory from Oklahoma City to Stillwater, lawmakers and health care groups raised concerns the move would compromise testing capabilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

Local politicians are responding to a report by CNHI Oklahoma Bureau Chief Janelle Stecklein that Gov. Kevin Stitt is devising an “outside the box” plan to urge state employees to substitute teach in elementary and secondary school classrooms for no additional pay.

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Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said certain inmates released from state prison on McGirt claims should be rearrested following the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial to hear the issue of retroactivity.

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Some people are drawn to the outdoors, blazing trails for the rest of the world to follow in their footsteps. And while the comfort of home has never been so plush, the earth’s scenic landscape is attracting more and more nature buffs to get outside and experience the countryside around them.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s top health official said Wednesday the state is struggling to get access to monoclonal antibody and anti-viral treatments that are considered the most effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalization and death against the raging omicron variant.

A Wagoner County man is dead and a sheriff's deputy is on paid leave after a fatal shooting in the Toppers area, according to a news release from the Wagoner County Sheriff's Department.

Reasor’s Foods, which started in Tahlequah, is on the cusp of undergoing changes announced in November 2021, as it transitions from an independent grocery chain to part of Texas-based Brookshire Grocery Co.

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NORTHWEST ARKANSAS – Federal regulators pulled the plug on permits issued for two wastewater treatment facilities in northwestern Arkansas that discharge into streams within the Illinois River watershed, heart of a federally designated scenic river in Northeastern Oklahoma.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Concerns are mounting over legislation that would require the Oklahoma Health Department to create a government database with identifying information for all women seeking abortions.

OKLAHOMA – Over the past few decades, waves of news coverage have moved from print to online. The trimming of newsroom staffs has necessitated collaboration among for profit and nonprofit entities because smaller organizations do not have the resources to cover stories around the state.

McALESTER — An Oklahoma death row inmate’s competency trial has been delayed after the attorney general asked appellate judges to overturn an order to hold it before the execution.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDC have cleared the way to expand booster doses of the Pfizer vaccine for kids ages 12 to 15. This decision was made following the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s authorization to expand booster doses to this age group, earlier this week.

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A new year ushered in the revival of a program that incentivizes the transfer of poultry litter from environmentally sensitive watersheds to areas where the nutrient-rich waste can be applied as fertilizer without threatening water quality.

OKLAHOMA CITY – As school districts around the state continue struggling to fill teaching positions, Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, has filed legislation to help adjunct and highly-qualified substitute teachers fill the void. Senate Bill 1119 would remove the 270-hour limitation adjunct teachers may teach per semester in a classroom. SB 1144 would allow substitute teachers with a valid, lapsed, or expired certificate or a bachelor’s degree to work as many days as needed.   

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Health officials warned Tuesday that Oklahoma is in the midst of a spike of COVID-19 cases that is straining the state’s health care system and has led to a shortage of monoclonal antibody treatments.

A 4.8-mile stretch of U.S. 64 between Keefeton and Warner commemorates the legacy of the late Roy "Clabe" Rains, who served 14 years as Muskogee County commissioner after he was elected in 1982. 

Landowners in almost every county in Oklahoma face a growing problem with feral swine, which can spread diseases, threaten native wildlife and cause major damage to property.

Choctaw Nation leaders said they will continue to fight for tribal sovereignty following the passage of a bill that will allow tribal members to hunt without a state license within tribal boundaries. 

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