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FILE - This Aug. 22, 2018 file photo shows Joe Diffie performing at the 12th annual ACM Honors in Nashville, Tenn. A publicist for Diffie says the country singer has tested positive for COVID-19. Diffie is under the care of medical professionals and is receiving treatment. (Photo by Al Wagner/Invision/AP, File)

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

Mar. 29, 2020 5:18 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like “Home” and “Pickup Man,” has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he had contracted the...

Cashier Trent Cagle stand behind a plexiglass shield as he scan items at a Homeland grocery store Friday, March 27, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Homeland and other stores have installed the shields due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma coronavirus cases rise to 429, now 16 deaths

Mar. 29, 2020 2:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health on Sunday reported one additional death due to the coronavirus and 52 new cases statewide. There are now 429 confirmed cases in 44 of the state's 77 counties and 16 deaths in seven separate counties, according to the health department. The...

A group of people help clear debris and salvage items from Pawn Depot after a tornado touched down Saturday, March 28, 2020, in Jonesboro, Ark. (Quentin Winstine/The Jonesboro Sun via AP)

Tornado tears through Arkansas college town, with 6 hurt

Mar. 28, 2020 10:50 PM EDT

JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — A tornado ripped through northeast Arkansas on Saturday, leaving six people hurt after hitting commercial and residential areas in the college town of Jonesboro. The six people reported injured were taken to a local hospital with minor juries, Jonesboro E-911 Director Jeff Presley...

Cashier Baby San wears a face shield and gloves as she scans items at grocery store Super Cao Nguyen, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Oklahoma City, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Tulsa, Oklahoma City order residents to shelter in place

Mar. 28, 2020 6:57 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The mayors of Tulsa and Oklahoma City on Saturday issued shelter-in-place orders for residents amid the coronavirus outbreak. “We want to leave no doubt with our residents that the safest course of action during this public health crisis is to stay home, unless you are engaged...

FILE - In this March 28, 2018 file photo, former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn speaks at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Coburn has died. He was 72. A cousin tells The Associated Press that he died early Saturday, March 28, 2020. Coburn had been diagnosed with prostate cancer years earlier. The Oklahoma Republican railed against federal earmarking and earned a reputation as a political maverick.   (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, dies

Mar. 28, 2020 3:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. But the Oklahoma family doctor, known for railing against federal earmarks, didn’t let political differences dictate whom he called friends — even if it didn’t sit well with some of...

Relative says former US Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick and Oklahoma physician, has died

Mar. 28, 2020 11:21 AM EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Relative says former US Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick and Oklahoma physician, has died.
The Devon Energy Center, the tallest building in Oklahoma, towers over empty parking spaces and a barren Sheridan Avenue where businesses are largely closed in the normally vibrant Bricktown section of Oklahoma City, Friday, March 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Cliff Brunt)

Oklahoma governor halts abortions amid virus outbreak

Mar. 27, 2020 7:27 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Abortions will be prohibited in Oklahoma under the state's ban on elective surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Stitt amended his executive order to specifically prohibit abortions unless necessary to prevent health risks to the mother. The ban...

FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association Chairman Matt Morgan speaks during a news conference outside the state in Oklahoma City. Morgan is rejecting Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Tribal gaming official rejects Oklahoma governor's offer

Mar. 27, 2020 6:58 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's top Native American gaming official rejected Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer on Friday and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic. Matthew Morgan, the chairman of the Oklahoma Indian Gaming...

** HOLD FOR STORY ** In this April 11, 2019, photo, provided by Davis Thompson, University of Georgia student-athletes and roommates from left: Ashley Andersen, Morgan Coppoc, Tyler Armistead and Dalaney Hans pose before attending a concert together in Athens, Georgia. Georgia tennis player Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, back home and hundreds of miles away from campus, lost without her routine and her teammates. Still, she is regularly hearing from her coaches with both updates for the entire team with latest details about the coronavirus and individual check-ins. The UGA counseling also office got in touch with Coppoc immediately and then again to offer sessions by phone that she would have typically attended in person. (Davis Thompson via AP)

Coaches find ways to support young athletes feeling adrift

Mar. 27, 2020 3:45 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Morgan Coppoc finds herself in a situation similar to so many other college athletes across the country, hundreds of miles away from campus and lost without her routine and her tennis teammates at Georgia. Still, she is regularly hearing from her coaches for individual check-ins as...

Officials: Marijuana dispensaries can offer curbside pickup

Mar. 27, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited from delivering during the new coronavirus pandemic, but they can offer curbside pickup with limited contact, state officials decided. Dispensaries are considered “essential” businesses, which are exempt from Gov....