As Oklahoma coronavirus cases surge, officials tout state’s ‘manageable’ hospitalization levels

On Tuesday, the state reported 374 Oklahomans were hospitalized. The number has been trending briskly upward, up nearly 90 percent compared to June 19 when there were 197 hospitalizations.
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Attorney General says Jones and other death row inmates can apply for commutation

The letter comes on the same day The Frontier reported board member Allen McCall sent multiple emails to the board’s executive director, threatening to accuse him of unspecified criminal activities if he didn’t seek an opinion from the attorney general.
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Parole board member threatens director in effort to stop Julius Jones commutation hearing

The executive director of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board requested a leave of absence last week after a board member threatened him with a grand jury investigation if he did not seek to reverse a legal opinion that death row inmates are eligible for commutation hearings.
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Oklahoma has 13,757 known coronavirus cases and 387 reported deaths. We’re tracking it.

The Frontier is tracking confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, in an effort to inform people where the virus is spreading.
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Stitt says closing businesses again ‘not a part of the discussion’ as coronavirus cases rise

“We are so far away from talking about this, again we just have to learn how to live with it,” Stitt said Thursday about implementing new social distancing restrictions amid a rise in coronavirus cases in Oklahoma.
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Oklahoma at ‘critical’ point local leaders say as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations climb

As Oklahoma for several days has recorded highs in new coronavirus cases, local leaders and health experts in the largest cities say it’s a “critical" time for the state as they look to curb cases and preserve hospital capacity.
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Representation, relationships and defining ‘progressive’ at the heart of OKC primary race

“As a black queer Muslim from Oklahoma I think what people have latched on to is the type of inclusiveness I represent,” Mauree Turner said. “We live in one of the most liberal places in Oklahoma and we should be driving conversation (in the Legislature) about what it means to be inclusive.”
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Despite local police making arrests at behest of Trump campaign, city of Tulsa ‘will not bill the campaign’

City of Tulsa Director of Communications Michelle Brooks told The Frontier on Tuesday that the “City did not have a contract with the campaign and will not bill the campaign.”
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City leaders frustrated by ‘inadequate leadership’ from state, county during pandemic

Emails from cities across Oklahoma show fear, confusion, and some defiance and dismissiveness early on as the coronavirus began to take hold in the state.
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Tulsa County cancels Immigration and Customs Enforcement jail contract

Though Monday’s vote means that the contract to hold immigration detainees for ICE at the jail will end in 90 days, it does not end the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office’s contract with the federal agency to hold and turn over to ICE people with suspected immigration violations who are initially booked in to the jail on other complaints, known as the 287(g) program.
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