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A Cleveland County Health Department employee explains the testing procedure to a driver of a car at a mobile testing site for COVID-19 in Norman, Okla., Thursday, April 9, 2020. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma governor signs two bills for funding during crisis

Apr. 9, 2020 9:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday signed two bills taking funds from Oklahoma's Rainy Day fund to offset a $416 million budget hole blamed largely on an economic downturn due to the coronavirus. The bills will fully fund state government through April, Stitt said, but not through the end of...

This March 6, 2020 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Correction in shows Jeremiah Hobbs. For the second time this week, an inmate has escaped from a minimum security prison in southeast Oklahoma where one inmate, four workers and a probation officer tested positive for the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Thursday, April 9, 2020. Hobbs, 40, walked away Thursday from the Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester where he was serving an eight-year sentence for burglary. (Oklahoma Department of Correction via AP)

Oklahoma minimum-security prison has second escape in a week

Apr. 9, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — For the second time this week, an inmate has escaped from a minimum-security prison in southeast Oklahoma where one inmate, four workers and a probation officer tested positive for the coronavirus, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Thursday. Jeremiah Hobbs, 40, walked away...

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2019 file photo, historic buildings on Greenwood, the Historic Black Wall Street, house new businesses in Tulsa, Oklahoma. A $500,000 grant announced Tuesday, April 8, 2020, from the National Park service will be used to renovate buildings along Tulsa's former Black Wall Street. It comes nearly 100 years after the area was largely destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of racial violence. (John Clanton/Tulsa World via AP File)

Tulsa's former Black Wall Street to be modernized with grant

Apr. 8, 2020 6:49 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A $500,000 grant from the National Park service will be used to renovate buildings along Tulsa's former Black Wall Street, nearly 100 years after the area was largely destroyed and as many as 300 people were killed in one of the nation's deadliest outbreaks of racial violence. The...

Paul Ziriax, right, Secretary of the Oklahoma State Election Board, wears a mask and gloves and practices social distancing due to COVID-19 concerns as people drive-thru a registration area for candidate filing outside the state Capitol Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Oklahoma City. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

9 challengers seek to beat Horn in Oklahoma's 5th District

Apr. 8, 2020 6:40 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The re-election bid of U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, the only Democrat in the state's congressional delegation, drew nine challengers Wednesday as Oklahoma's three-day candidate filing period opened. Eight Republicans and one Democrat filed to take on Horn, who pulled off one of the country's...

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt answers a questions at a news conference at Oklahoma's Strategic National Stockpile warehouse in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, April 7, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Stitt said he is

Oklahoma's COVID-19 death toll climbs to 79; cases top 1,500

Apr. 8, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma surpassed 1,500 on Wednesday and the number of COVID-19 deaths now stands at 79, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported. There are at least 1,524 cases compared to 1,472 reported Tuesday and the number of deaths rose by 12. Ten of...

In this Nov. 30, 2019 file photo Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy walks on the sidelines during an NCAA college football game against Oklahoma in Stillwater, Okla. Gundy said Tuesday, April 7, 2020 he hopes to have his team return to its facilities on May 1, a proposed timetable that would defy federal social-distancing guidelines and was quickly disputed by the university and its athletic director. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Oklahoma State's Gundy targets May 1 return to football

Apr. 7, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy said Tuesday he hopes to have his team return to its facilities on May 1, a proposed timetable that would defy federal social-distancing guidelines and was quickly disputed by the university and its athletic director. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended...

FILE - In this March 17, 2020, file photo, Tulsa Health Department director Dr. Bruce Dart takes part in a news conference about local response to the coronavirus pandemic in Tulsa, Okla. The department said Tuesday, April, 7, 2020, that 67 Oklahomans have now died and 1,472 have tested positive for the virus. Dart said he is

Oklahoma governor again calls for more virus testing

Apr. 7, 2020 7:13 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday again called for more residents to be tested for the coronavirus while saying the state has an ample stockpile of personal protection equipment for medical workers and others who treat infected patients. Speaking at a warehouse that state officials...

Augusta National Golf Club is shown on what would've been the first practice round for the Masters, Monday, April 6, 2020, in Augusta, Ga. They are cities defined by their signature sporting events. When you hear Augusta, you instantly think of the Masters. When Omaha comes up, it’s often in the same breath with the College World Series. For these cities and others, the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic is an especially tough blow.(Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

Iconic sports cities turn eerie during coronavirus shutdown

Apr. 7, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

They are cities defined by iconic sporting events. When Augusta comes up, one instantly thinks of the Masters. If Omaha is mentioned, it’s often in the same breath with the College World Series. It's hard to imagine Louisville without the Kentucky Derby. In the coming weeks, The Associated Press will look...

Spirit AeroSystems announces temporary layoffs

Apr. 7, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of Spirit AeroSystems employees in Wichita and other locations are being furloughed for three weeks without pay amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has paralyzed air travel around the globe. Most managers and hourly employees at Spirit, Wichita’s largest...

Registered nurse Phillip Parker, left, takes the temperature of Oklahoma state Sen. Marty Quinn, right, R-Claremore, as he arrives for a special session at the state Capitol Monday, April 6, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Due to COVID-19 concerns, everyone entering the building had their temperature taken.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

Apr. 6, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastrophic Health Emergency Act, which gives Gov. Kevin Stitt the...