Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye abruptly resigns

Oct. 22, 2021 18:51 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye unexpectedly resigned from the post on Friday, effective immediately, the state health department said. Department spokesperson Rachel Klein said Frye “felt it was time to move on" from leading the...

Oklahoma GOP leaders upset over nonbinary birth certificate

Oct. 21, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and other Republican leaders expressed outrage Thursday after learning the State Department of Health issued a birth certificate this year with a nonbinary gender designation. The agency issued the birth certificate in May...

Lawsuit challenges Oklahoma ban on teaching race theory

Oct. 19, 2021 19:29 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group of Oklahoma students and educators on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law that bans the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism. The law, HB 1775, also prevents colleges and universities from...

Ex-GOP senator leaving party, challenging Oklahoma governor

Oct. 19, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first GOP candidate to challenge Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he’s leaving the party and will run against Stitt as an independent, making him the second elected Oklahoma Republican in recent weeks to leave the party in part because of the governor's...

Oklahoma health update to add more than 1,000 COVID deaths

Oct. 15, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it would reconcile its reported COVID-19 deaths with those reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulting in more than 1,000 additional deaths. “This is part of our annual...

Abortion supporters ask Oklahoma court to put 3 laws on hold

Oct. 14, 2021 17:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Reproductive rights supporters have filed an appeal asking the Oklahoma Supreme Court to put three anti-abortion laws on hold, including restrictions on medication-induced abortions. The appeal Wednesday comes after District Judge Cindy Truong said...

Oklahoma governor, attorney general blast vaccine mandate

Oct. 14, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General John O'Connor on Thursday blasted President Joe Biden’s pending vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. “This action is not just federal overreach; it’s unconstitutional,”...

Man sues Oklahoma for records as state resumes executions

Oct. 13, 2021 15:17 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A retired New York attorney is suing the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, saying its claim to have no records pertaining to the drugs it plans to use in upcoming executions “defies belief.” Fred Hodara, who filed the lawsuit on Tuesday in...

Oklahoma schools leader switches parties to run for governor

Oct. 07, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state's response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat against him next year. ...

Prosecutor again asks court to bar duo from death row case

Oct. 06, 2021 12:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor is again asking the state Supreme Court to remove two members of the Pardon and Parole Board from the case of a high-profile death row inmate. Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the motion Monday to remove...