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FILE - In this June 9, 2020 file photo, Norman Mayor Breea Clark listens during a city council meeting in Norman, Okla. The Norman City Council has voted to require masks be worn inside personal homes if more than 25 people are present in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The council voted 5-3 Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2020, for the ordinance that takes effect immediately and expires Nov. 30, 2020, despite objections from residents that such a requirement violates their constitutional rights. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

Norman City Council requires masks at indoor house parties

Sep. 23, 2020 4:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Norman City Council voted to require that masks be worn indoors at house parties if more than 25 people are present to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the college town — a step that angry residents said would infringe on their rights. The council voted 5-3 on Tuesday...

Scott Crow, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Crow said difficulty in achieving social distancing within prisons has contributed to the increase in positive cases in recent weeks, in addition to resistance to wearing masks. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Official: At least 4 more Oklahoma inmates die from COVID-19

Sep. 22, 2020 7:07 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported two more inmates have died due to COVID-19, and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Of the department's nearly 25,000 inmates, 3,168 have tested positive for the virus, and...

A Corpus Christi police office places a barricade to close Laguna Shores Boulevard due to flooding on Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Corpus Christi, Texas. Forecasters say Tropical Storm Beta is slowly churning through the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana, stirring worries that it could bring heavy rain, flooding and storm surge to a storm-weary stretch of the Gulf Coast. (Courtney Sacco/Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta churns slowly toward Texas and Louisiana

Sep. 20, 2020 10:06 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Tropical Storm Beta trudged toward the coasts of Texas and Louisiana on Sunday, threatening to bring more rain, wind and stress to a part of the country that has already been drenched and battered during this year's unusually busy hurricane season. While Beta could bring up to 20 inches (51...

This GOES-16 GeoColor satellite image taken Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020, and provided by NOAA, shows Tropical Storm Beta, center,  in the Gulf of Mexico.  A hurricane watch is in effect Saturday for coastal Texas as Tropical Storm Beta gains strength.  A storm surge watch and a tropical storm watch are also in effect for the area during an exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season.  (NOAA via AP)

Tropical Storm Beta spurs hurricane worries for Texas

Sep. 19, 2020 11:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a hurricane before breaching its shores in the week ahead. Both the city of Galveston and Galveston County on Saturday issued...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt answers a question during a news conference at the Central Oklahoma PPE distribution warehouse Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City.  Oklahoma had the fifth highest rate of newly reported coronavirus cases last week, according to a report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force report released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and the task force is again recommending a statewide mandate require masks. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma governor: No mandate masks despite recommendation

Sep. 17, 2020 4:01 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt reiterated Thursday that he will not issue a statewide mask mandate, despite a recommendation from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. “I've been very clear from the beginning that I believe a mask mandate is unenforceable and I'm not going to...

FILE - In this Aug. 18, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt answers a question during a news conference at the Central Oklahoma PPE distribution warehouse Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City.  Oklahoma had the fifth highest rate of newly reported coronavirus cases last week, according to a report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force report released Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020, and the task force is again recommending a statewide mandate require masks. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

White House task force says Oklahoma 5th in new virus cases

Sep. 16, 2020 6:08 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma had the fifth-highest rate of newly reported coronavirus cases in the U.S. last week and the White House Coronavirus Task Force is again recommending a statewide mask mandate, according to a report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The state had...

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister, right, answers a question at the Central Oklahoma PPE distribution warehouse where supplies for schools are being distributed Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Listening at left is Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

White House task force: Statewide mask mandate unnecessary

Sep. 9, 2020 4:43 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The White House task force on the coronavirus is no longer recommending a statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma, according to the report released Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The report, dated Sunday, instead recommends a mask mandate in urban areas and in...

Kellie Dick, left, a University of Oklahoma senior from Shawnee, Okla., and Abhi Nath, a senior from Norman, voice their concerns about OU's handling of the coronavirus pandemic during a student demonstration, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020, in Norman, Okla. (AP Photo/Sean Murphy)

University of Oklahoma students: Virus response inadequate

Sep. 3, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — More than a dozen students gathered outside the University of Oklahoma's administration building Thursday to protest what they say is an inadequate response to the coronavirus pandemic. Students are violating the university and the city of Norman's mask mandates at bars, restaurants...

FILE - In this Friday, May 22, 2020 file photo, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt smiles at a news conference in Oklahoma City. Stitt is requesting an additional $300 in federal unemployment benefits for Oklahomans who have lost their jobs. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Oklahoma governor 'not going to mandate' masks statewide

Sep. 1, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mandate to wear masks to slow the spread of the coronavirus will not be imposed statewide in Oklahoma, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday, despite the White House coronavirus task force's recommendation for such a rule. “We believe that you should wear masks," Stitt said during a...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Tulsa Health Department director Dr. Bruce Dart takes part in a news conference in Tulsa, Okla. The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to revise the state's COVID-19 alert system, which some state health officials have said is not

Oklahoma health department developing new virus alert plan

Aug. 26, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health is working to revise the state’s COVID-19 alert system, which some state health officials have said is not “helpful” for areas at high risk due to the coronavirus pandemic, health department spokesperson Rob Crissinger said...