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Oklahoma coronavirus case number averages are declining

Apr. 17, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is declining, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the rolling average of new cases had fallen by 27.4 during the past two weeks, from 321.4 daily on April 1 to...

Pistons hand Thunder 9th straight loss with 110-104 victory

Apr. 16, 2021 22:23 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 29 points, and the Detroit Pistons overcame several key absences to beat Oklahoma City 110-104 on Friday night, handing the Thunder their ninth straight loss. Oklahoma City cut an 11-point, fourth-quarter lead to one, but Detroit held...

Virus-related unemployment claims rise in Oklahoma

Apr. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Virus-related claims for unemployment benefits, including initial and continuing claims and the four-week moving average, have increased in Oklahoma according to the state Employment Security Commission. Commission director Shelley Zumwalt said the...

Oklahoma coach Moser adds assistants, support staff

Apr. 16, 2021 15:58 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma men’s basketball coach Porter Moser has hired K.T. Turner as associate head coach and Emanuel Dildy as an assistant coach. They are among six members he has added to his coaching and support staffs. The school made the announcements in a...

GOP Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for transgender comments

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports is coming under fire for saying transgender people “have a mental illness." Rep. Justin Humphrey, a Republican from the southeast...

Oklahoma court stays ruling, killer remains in state custody

Apr. 16, 2021 12:30 PM EDT

The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has stayed its ruling that overturns a man’s conviction and death sentence while the state asks the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on its claim of concurrent jurisdiction in the case. The state court on Thursday agreed to a 45-day...

Tulsa police officer pleads guilty over illegal gun purchase

Apr. 15, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer pleaded guilty in federal court over the straw purchase of a firearm for her boyfriend, federal prosecutors said Thursday. Latoya Lisa Dythe, 26, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to make a false statement to a firearms...

Inhofe, Lankford urge Biden to keep Hinton prison open

Apr. 15, 2021 17:34 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation are urging President Joe Biden to suspend his executive order shutting down private federal prisons, saying they expect the move to mean a privately operated prison in Hinton would close. U.S....

Tulsa to drop mask mandate, cites declining hospital numbers

Apr. 15, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials announced plans Thursday to drop the city's mask mandate at the end of the month, citing a rapid decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19. Mayor G.T. Bynum said more than 450 people were hospitalized in Tulsa in...

Oklahoma guards Harmon, Williams enter transfer portal

Apr. 15, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma guards De’Vion Harmon and Alondes Williams entered the transfer portal on Thursday. The moves come shortly after the Sooners named Porter Moser the new coach, replacing the retired Lon Kruger. Harmon was Oklahoma’s...