Latest Oklahoma state government News

7-day average of Oklahoma coronavirus cases again tops 1,000

Dec. 04, 2021 12:08 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The seven-day rolling average number of new coronavirus cases each day in Oklahoma has again topped 1,000, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The average number of new cases daily during the past seven days reached 1,036 on...

Fire official: Gas odor after blast razes Oklahoma City home

Dec. 03, 2021 20:06 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Fire crews on the scene after an explosion leveled a house in Oklahoma City on Friday could smell gas, a fire official said. Neighbors reported the blast about 3:20 p.m. “It felt like a bomb had happened, a big old bomb,”...

Oklahoma governor denies clemency for death row inmate

Dec. 03, 2021 19:03 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt denied clemency on Friday for a death row inmate sentenced to die for the 1985 shooting death of a Putnam City schoolteacher. The Republican governor's decision clears the way for Bigler Stouffer II, 79, to receive a lethal...

Governor, AG sue Defense Department over vaccine requirement

Dec. 03, 2021 00:23 AM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Republican governor and the state attorney general filed a federal lawsuit on Thursday, challenging the Defense Department's COVID-19 vaccination mandate for the Oklahoma National Guard. In a statement, Gov. Kevin Stitt argued that the...

3-day average of Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations tops 500

Dec. 02, 2021 16:21 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling three-day average number of Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations topped 500 on Thursday for the first time since late October, the Oklahoma State Department of Health said. The department reported a three-day average of 515 people...

Oklahoma board denies clemency for man in quadruple killing

Dec. 01, 2021 17:50 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 on Wednesday to reject clemency for a man convicted and sentenced to die for his role in a quadruple slaying in Oklahoma City in 2005. The board's denial of a clemency recommendation for 35-year-old...

Oklahoma board denies clemency for man convicted of slayings

Nov. 30, 2021 16:58 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board voted 4-1 on Tuesday to reject clemency for a man convicted of killing two Del City hotel workers in 2001, with two members noting the particularly heinous nature of the killings. The vote paves the way for the...

Oklahoma bid for Guard exception to vaccine mandate denied

Nov. 29, 2021 17:51 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday rejected a request by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt that his state's National Guard be exempt from a Pentagon requirement that all military members be vaccinated against COVID-19. Stitt, a Republican, had asked...

Judge denies Oklahoma death row inmate's request for stay

Nov. 23, 2021 14:19 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday denied a death row inmate’s request for a stay of execution, paving the way for him to receive a lethal injection next month. Bigler Stouffer II, 79, and his attorneys argued that the state's current three-drug lethal...

Stitt signs new legislative, congressional district maps

Nov. 22, 2021 19:33 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed into law newly drawn maps for the state's five congressional and 149 state House and Senate districts. The bills, approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature during a special session last week,...