Latest Oklahoma state government News

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...

Oklahoma parole board rejects clemency for death row inmate

Oct. 05, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma’s Pardon and Parole Board narrowly rejected clemency Tuesday for a death row inmate convicted of killing a prison cafeteria worker in 1998, paving the way for the state's first execution in more than six years. The five-member board voted...

Oklahoma judge blocks 2 abortion laws, allows 3 others

Oct. 04, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect next month, including a measure similar to a Texas abortion ban that effectively bans the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy. District Judge...

Oklahoma student test scores down at end of pandemic year

Oct. 01, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma school students scored lower on standardized tests in 2021 following a year of disruptions due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Education. The department reported 22.1% scored proficient in math,...

Judge OKs grand jury probe of parole board, county jail

Sep. 30, 2021 16:54 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County judge has agreed to convene a grand jury to investigate potential wrongdoing by the state's Pardon and Parole Board and conditions at the Oklahoma County jail. Presiding Judge Ray Elliott agreed Wednesday to the request by...