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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt talks with the media as he donates convalescent plasma at the Oklahoma Blood Institute in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020. This is Gov. Stitt's second time donating plasma since he tested positive for the coronavirus in July. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma governor declares day of prayer as virus surges

Dec. 1, 2020 7:03 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the coronavirus surges in Oklahoma, nearing 200,000 total cases on Tuesday, Gov. Kevin Stitt declared Thursday a day of prayer and fasting in the state. “I believe we must continue to ask God to heal those who are sick, comfort those who are hurting and provide renewed...

FILE - In this Nov. 18, 2020, file photo, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey puts his face mask on after addressing the media on COVID-19 during a news conference in Phoenix. Ducey has funneled nearly $400 million of federal coronavirus relief funds to state agencies to help pay for operations, allowing them to return some of their original budget allocations to the state treasury. (Michael Chow/The Arizona Republic via AP, File)

The Latest: Researchers urge Arizona shutdown, mask mandate

Nov. 28, 2020 5:11 PM EST

PHOENIX — University of Arizona researchers say the current surge in the coronavirus outbreak will present the state with a hospital crisis that could become a disaster unless the state takes steps such as ordering a three-week stay-home shutdown and implementing a statewide mask mandate. Members of the...

Posters on precautions against the coronavirus are displayed at a subway station in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. The signs on posters read

Correction: Virus Outbreak-The Latest story

Nov. 27, 2020 7:31 PM EST
In a story Nov. 25, 2020, about a new U.S. estimate of missed coronavirus infections, The Associated Press erroneously reported an earlier calculation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Previously, the CDC estimated nine of every 10 cases were being missed, not one of every 10.
Israeli animal rights activists wearing protective gear demonstrate against the spread of coronavirus among mink in Denmark's fur industry ahead of international Fur Free Friday, in Tel Aviv, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

The Latest: Tennessee won't mandate vaccines in its schools

Nov. 24, 2020 7:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s governor says that once coronavirus vaccines become available, they will be optional in the state’s K-12 public schools. Gov. Bill Lee said Tuesday that vaccines will be very important for Tennessee to “ultimately really be able to handle” the...

Oklahoma quarterback Spencer Rattler (7) carries for a touchdown in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Kansas in Norman, Okla., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Pandemic gives Oklahoma-Oklahoma St. game different vibe

Nov. 20, 2020 6:04 PM EST

Regina Bell still has the napkin Billy Sims signed for her 11th birthday — a souvenir from Oklahoma's 1978 rout of rival Oklahoma State during Sims' Heisman Trophy-winning season. Bell, an Oklahoma graduate, has been to every Bedlam game held in Norman since, but that streak is set to end this Saturday. As...

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference in Oklahoma City, Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. Stitt is imposing new restrictions on bars and restaurants and requiring masks in state buildings as officials attempt to control the surging number of coronavirus infections. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma governor's holiday plans flout CDC, virus surge

Nov. 19, 2020 8:28 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he planned to attend a college football game over the weekend and spend Thanksgiving with his parents, even as coroanvirus cases in the state continued to surge this week and the nation's top public health agency pleaded with...

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020 file photo, House members participate in a ceremonial swearing-in ceremony at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Supreme Court Chief Justice Noma Gurich, bottom, officiates. Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives confirmed they have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in which many lawmakers and their families weren't wearing masks or practicing social distancing. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

2 Oklahoma lawmakers confirm positive tests for coronavirus

Nov. 13, 2020 2:29 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives confirmed Friday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in which many lawmakers and their families weren't wearing masks or practicing social distancing. Republican state...

People wearing face masks to help protect against the spread of the coronavirus feed pigeons on a street in Goyang, South Korea, Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

The Latest: NZealand mulls masks on Auckland public transit

Nov. 12, 2020 11:32 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand’s government could soon make wearing masks mandatory on public transit in Auckland and on planes nationwide as it continues to investigate a new community case of the coronavirus. Virus Response Minister Chris Hipkins says there are no plans at this point to...

FILE - In this Feb. 1, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma state Dem. Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman speaks during her swearing-in ceremony in Oklahoma City. Ikley-Freeman has been charged with first-degree manslaughter after authorities say she was speeding when her vehicle skidded off a rain-slickened interstate and crashed into a man whose vehicle was disabled, killing him. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma state senator charged with manslaughter in crash

Nov. 10, 2020 1:36 PM EST

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator from Tulsa was charged with first-degree manslaughter after authorities say she was speeding and driving recklessly when her vehicle skidded off a rain-slickened road and crashed into a man’s disabled vehicle, killing him. Democratic Sen. Alison...

Ashley Story gives a haircut to client Michael Halstead on Friday, April 24, 2020, at her salon Short Cuts in Homer, Alaska. Story's is one of several Homer businesses to reopen their doors Friday according to relaxed state restrictions, while several others have opted to wait. (Megan Pacer/Homer News via AP)

The Latest: Alaska hits daily new coronavirus case record

Nov. 7, 2020 9:15 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- Alaska on Saturday reported hitting a daily record in new coronavirus cases. The state reported 604 cases, the highest in a single day since Oct. 25, when 526 cases were tallied, the Anchorage Daily News reported. The Department of Health and Social Services says there were no new deaths...