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FILE - In this May 16, 2019, file photo, Joy Hofmeister, Oklahoma's State Superintendent of Public Instruction, speaks during a news conference accompanied by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, left, in Oklahoma City. Some Oklahoma educators oppose Gov. Stitt's waiver of a mandatory quarantine for public school students, teachers and staff who are exposed to the coronavirus in schools that have a mask mandate. A spokesperson for Hofmeister said Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, that Hofmeister did not know about Stitt's plan and was not asked for input. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

Oklahoma educators push back on governor's virus waiver

Jan. 13, 2021 2:22 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state school superintendent is among Oklahoma educators who oppose Gov. Kevin Stitt’s waiver of a mandatory quarantine for public school students, teachers and staff who have been exposed to the coronavirus. Under the waiver Stitt announced Tuesday, if the exposed person...

FILE - In this Monday, Nov. 16, 2020, file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City. A much-anticipated Medicaid expansion is coming to Oklahoma in 2021 after years of resistance from Republicans in the Legislature and the governor's office. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma governor pushes for return to in-person schools

Jan. 12, 2021 5:38 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday announced a new policy that he said will allow more in-person classroom teaching at state schools that implement mask wearing requirements, despite the rising number of coronavirus cases in the state. “Schools that enforce the use of masks...

Oklahoma governor's staffer faces heat for 'body bags' tweet

Jan. 12, 2021 4:33 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A new member of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt’s communications staff faced fierce criticism Tuesday for a tweet last week in which she praised a national Republican group for putting “House Democrats in body bags.” Oklahoma Democratic Party Chair Alicia Andrews called...

Coronavirus cases, hospitalizations keep soaring in Oklahoma

Jan. 12, 2021 11:25 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people infected and hospitalized with the coronavirus in recent days continued to climb Monday to near-record levels in Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 3,885 new coronavirus infections and 14 deaths on Monday, along with 1,926 people...

Curfew reprieve extended for Oklahoma bars, restaurants

Jan. 9, 2021 12:09 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has extended a temporary restraining order allowing bars and restaurants across Oklahoma to stay open past an 11 p.m. curfew issued in November by Gov. Kevin Stitt in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. District Judge Susan Stallings heard arguments in...

This photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Tommy Ward, who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series ‘The Innocent Man'. The Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021 that 60-year-old Tommy Ward remain imprisoned while the state appeals the lower court's ruling. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Court rules 'Innocent Man' defendant to remain imprisoned

Jan. 7, 2021 6:20 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A man who has spent 35 years in prison in a murder case featured in the book and television series “The Innocent Man” must remain incarcerated even after a judge ordered his release, an appeals court ruled Thursday. The Court of Criminal Appeals ordered Tommy Ward, 60, to...

Medical groups criticize proposed Oklahoma vaccine rule

Jan. 7, 2021 6:15 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma State Department of Health proposal that will make it easier for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children is being criticized by several state medical experts. The leaders of the Oklahoma State Medical Association and the Oklahoma Alliance for Health Families, a...

Trump supporters rally at the state Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

One arrested as Trump supporters gather at Oklahoma Capitol

Jan. 6, 2021 7:49 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One person was arrested Wednesday as close to 1,000 supporters of President Donald Trump gathered at the Oklahoma Capitol as a joint session of Congress convened in Washington to confirm the Electoral College vote won by Joe Biden. Protesters held “Trump 2020” flags and...

Coronavirus vaccine preregistration now open in Oklahoma

Jan. 6, 2021 4:23 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Registration began Wednesday in Oklahoma for residents to be notified when they are eligible for a coronavirus vaccination, according to the State Health Department, which later reported a one-day record increase in deaths due to COVID-19. The department's registration portal,...

Oklahoma state Rep. Mauree Turner, D-Oklahoma City, is pictured on the House floor, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma House rejects proposed coronavirus safety measures

Jan. 5, 2021 5:51 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House on Tuesday rejected an attempt by Democrats to require members to wear masks on the House floor and take other steps to minimize the spread of the coronavirus. The House and Senate each convened for a constitutionally mandated organizational day to...