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.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Sales taxes on groceries may soon be axed by lawmakers as bipartisan momentum builds behind multiple proposals that would exempt many food items.
ENID, Okla. — Wednesday's snowfall provided some needed moisture for Northwest Oklahoma, but not enough to change the extreme drought conditions affecting the area.
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.
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.
To keep the heat on, the state’s biggest gas company, Oklahoma Natural Gas, made a last-minute decision: It purchased fuel from the wildly expensive spot market at nearly 600 times the usual price.
Local prosecutors have filed motions to vacate cases wherein post-conviction relief was previously granted in light of the Supreme Court of the United States' declining to overturn the McGirt decision.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit ruled Monday to not grant a stay of the upcoming executions for two Oklahoma death-row inmates arguing the state's use of midazolam in its lethal injection protocol is “not appropriate.”
Legislation filed this week by Sen. Dewayne Pemberton, R-Muskogee, would address growing concerns with an economic development tool available to local governments.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A lawmaker wants the state to create a 30-member commission to examine racial inequities that he said continue to plague Oklahoma.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Weeks after he abruptly refused to renew the state’s hunting and fishing compacts with two of its largest tribes, Oklahoma’s governor has now accused the Choctaw and Cherokee nations of costing taxpayers millions of dollars by reneging on past agreements.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY — In a bid to keep schools open, Oklahoma’s governor Tuesday touted an “outside the box” plan that would encourage state employees to spend time each month substitute teaching for no additional compensation.
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.
ENID, Okla. — Downtown Enid’s newest business, Gold Door Night Club, has been open for a week, bringing new music and energy to the downtown scene.
OKLAHOMA CITY — The head of the state’s most powerful gun lobby must be removed from his post after he made incendiary and threatening remarks aimed at politicians who don’t agree with his views, a powerful Republican state senator said.
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.
STILWELL, Okla. – Faith Phillips taught creative writing at a Northeastern Oklahoma high school for the past two years, and now, the attorney and author is a filmmaker, executive producer and publisher.
But December’s closure of AMC Classic Oakwood Mall 8, Steve Harbour said, marks the first time in over 100 years that Enid has had no motion picture theaters.
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 — Some lawmakers Thursday questioned the wisdom of having an educator advocacy day at the Capitol as growing numbers of schools closed because of staffing shortages and COVID-19 case numbers soared.
After an hour-long closed executive session, city commissioners unanimously voted to provide a Tulsa real estate developer with $1.9 million from the city’s Economic Development Authority to help fund construction of a store on the undeveloped 7.4 acres, which would also be transferred.
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s top education appointee is facing backlash after critics said he made a “insulting” and divisive social media post that accused educators of acting out of fear, not necessity, when deciding to close schools.
Visiting Enid on Monday, Oklahoma’s governor contended that the state’s biggest challenge is the U.S. Supreme Court decision that much of the eastern part of the state remains Native American land.
ENID, Okla. — A Vietnam-era Bell UH-1 Iroquois military utility helicopter — nicknamed Huey — arrived at its final resting place at Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park on Monday.
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.
Animal advocates say the time has come to acknowledge that chaining a dog outdoors can be a form of abuse.
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.
Congressman Tom Cole’s objection to the 2020 election results came as a surprise to many in Oklahoma and in Congress.
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.
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.
With Omicron cases rising throughout Oklahoma, the need for COVID-testing has increased in Tahlequah, but it is increasingly difficult to gain access to needed tests.
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.
The U.S. Attorney General tapped Robert J. Troester to be the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma earlier this week.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The adjutant general for the Oklahoma National Guard said Thursday that unvaccinated airmen may not participate in drills after Jan. 1, 2022.
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.
OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma lawmaker wants to give parents the right to compel public school libraries to remove books that contains objectionable content of a sexual nature or addresses sexual preferences or sexual and gender identity.
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Daniel Joseph Walden, 32, died January 12, 2022. A graveside service will be 4:00 p.m. Monday, January 31, 2022 at the Perkins Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family and an online obituary viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.
Jana Petermann, 70, died January 23, 2022. Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. January 27, 2022 at Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward. Memorial service will be held at Bible Baptist Church at a later date. Strode Funeral Home.
Delia Marthell Kinzie, 91, died January 19, 2022. Funeral services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2022 at the Lost Creek United Methodist Church with burial following at Sunset Memorial Gardens. Strode Funeral Home.
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- UPDATE: Collision report released for wreck involving OSU athletes Ferrari, Rodriguez
- Cowboy wrestler AJ Ferrari released from hospital
- Victim in fatal Sunday wreck identified as Stillwater woman
- Cowboy coordinator Kasey Dunn pulls Ferrari from wreck
- City of Stillwater approves service agreement with American Airlines
- Cowboy coaches discuss status of Ferrari, Rodriguez following Monday’s car wreck
- Injured Stillwater officer released from hospital
- Mack leaving CareerTech for management position with MidAmerica Industrial Park
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