Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma coronavirus cases soar to one-day record increase

Oct. 24, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A one-day record increase of more than 1,800 newly confirmed coronavirus cases was reported Saturday in Oklahoma by the state health department. The Oklahoma State Department of Health report comes one day after Gov. Kevin Stitt extended a state of emergency due to the pandemic. Stitt...

Oklahoma governor says he won't appeal tribal gaming ruling

Oct. 23, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday he will not appeal a federal court ruling that the state’s tribal gaming compacts had automatically renewed on Jan. 1. Stitt had argued the compacts — which define how much of their gambling revenue the tribes must pay to the state...

Toby Gregory's yard that is adorned with 1,006 white crosses to represent Oklahoma deaths due to COVID-19, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Tulsa, Okla. Gregory was able to keep up with the state death toll until last week, and then it became too many. He says he doesn't have the room or supplies to keep up with the current death toll, but will do about 50 more crosses. (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations beat prior day's record high

Oct. 23, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's official count of coronavirus hospitalizations hit a new high Friday, topping 950 people and beating the previous one-day record set a day earlier as COVID-19 continues to surge. At least 956 people were in Oklahoma hospitals with COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus,...

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations surpass 900, 1,628 new cases

Oct. 22, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus is at a new record high and surpassed 900 on Thursday while the number of reported cases increased by 1,628, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There were 910 people hospitalized and 112,483 cases...

Oklahoma governor gets report on McGirt ruling impact

Oct. 22, 2020 2:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A task force appointed by Gov. Kevin Stitt made no specific recommendations Thursday in its report concerning the impact of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared a swath of eastern Oklahoma counties remains an Indian reservation. The report instead calls consistent laws and...

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, file photo, U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Okla., speaks during a news conference in front of a post office in Oklahoma City. Horn pulled off one of the biggest political upsets in 2018 when she ousted a two-term Republican incumbent. But Horn won't have the element of surprise in this year's contest against Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

In deep-red Oklahoma, GOP fights to regain lost seat

Oct. 22, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, a lawyer from Oklahoma City, accomplished the most stunning political upset in the nation two years ago when she ousted a two-term GOP incumbent and captured a seat that had been held by Republicans for four decades. But in this year's election cycle,...

Lawmakers, officials criticize Oklahoma unemployment vendor

Oct. 21, 2020 6:04 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers and other officials criticized the vendor that the state hired to deliver unemployment benefits to claimants, taking issue with how the company has distributed payments during the pandemic. Conduent — the company the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission...

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to climb

Oct. 21, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus jumped by nearly 50 on Wednesday to a one-day record high of 870, up from 821 a day earlier, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported. State officials on Tuesday announced a plan to deal with a surge in the...

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 17, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Stitt said that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma hits record high of 821 virus hospitalizations

Oct. 20, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and state health officials on Tuesday announced a new plan to handle a surge in the number of people hospitalized due to the coronavirus. The plan, announced as the number of hospitalizations in the state reached a record one-day high of 821, includes...

FILE - In this April 14, 2018 file photo, David Boren, president of the University of Oklahoma, speaks during the unveiling of a statue of former head football coach Bob Stoops in Norman, Okla. Special Prosecutor Pat Ryan said in a news release Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, that Boren, and former university Vice President James

No charges against 2 former University of Oklahoma officials

Oct. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former University of Oklahoma President David Boren and Vice President James “Tripp” Hall III will not be charged for alleged sexual misconduct with students, a special prosecutor investigating the allegations said Tuesday. “As the appointed acting AG for this...