Latest Oklahoma state government News

Oklahoma Senate sends 3 anti-abortion bills to governor

Apr. 20, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favor of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures to the governor for his expected approval. ...

Federal virus vaccination center in Tulsa to be open to all

Apr. 20, 2021 15:54 PM EDT

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A coronavirus vaccination site in Tulsa operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with state and local officials and the Oklahoma National Guard will provide vaccinations for all eligible, from any state, a FEMA official said Tuesday. ...

Oklahoma House passes transgender sports ban

Apr. 19, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House passed a bill Monday to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports. The House voted 73-19 for the bill, mostly along party lines. The measure now heads to the GOP-controlled Senate, which failed...

Garland returns to Oklahoma City for bombing memorial

Apr. 19, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Although 26 years have passed since a truck bomb ripped through a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, the same domestic extremism that led to the attack still exists today, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Monday. ...

GOP Oklahoma lawmaker criticized for transgender comments

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma lawmaker who helped revive a bill to ban transgender athletes from participating in women’s sports is coming under fire for saying transgender people “have a mental illness." Rep. Justin Humphrey, a Republican from the southeast...

Indian Health Service pauses Johnson & Johnson vaccine

Apr. 14, 2021 16:12 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Indian Health Service is pausing its use of the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine in Oklahoma and all other regions at the recommendation of the Food and Drug Administration. “Out of an abundance of caution, IHS has paused all Johnson...

Oklahoma jailers under investigation for inmate mistreatment

Apr. 14, 2021 15:50 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several detention officers at the Oklahoma County jail are being investigated by the attorney general due to an increase of inmate mistreatment complaints since a public trust took over operation of the jail. In the latest incident on March 22,...

Oklahoma Legislature OKs bill to crack down on protesters

Apr. 14, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday. The state Senate voted 38-10,...

Stitt names Oklahoma City attorney as state college regent

Apr. 13, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced the appointment Tuesday of an Oklahoma City attorney to the nine-member body that oversees the state’s 25 public colleges and universities. Stitt said he appointed Courtney Warmington to a nine-year term on the...

Court rules Norman violated FOIA when approving budget

Apr. 13, 2021 14:14 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The city of Norman violated the state’s Open Meeting Act when it approved a budget that cut the police budget by $865,000, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Tuesday. The court upheld a circuit judge's December ruling that a required notice for the...