Oklahoma tops list of illegal shipping of fighting chickens, says animal welfare group

“We are basically making the argument, and we have the facts to support it, that there is a brisk trade in illegal fighting animals coming from Oklahoma,” said Wayne Pacelle, founder and president of Animal Wellness Action.
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An already hungry state sees its food crisis deepen

This is what it looks like when one of the hungriest states in the nation experiences an economic crisis of historic proportions, when more than 154,000 Oklahomans have filed unemployment claims and thousands of jobs seemed to vanish overnight at hotels, restaurants and in the oil fields. 
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Federal lawsuit asks judge to strike down Guthrie’s COVID-19 ‘shelter-in-place’ ordinance

The ordinance infringes on the residents’ First Amendment right to assembly, the Fourteenth Amendment’s equal protection and due process clauses, the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution, as well as state laws and constitutional protections, the lawsuit alleges.
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American Sign Language interpreters shine during COVID-19 press conferences

“This is potentially life or death,” Jimmy Mitchell said. “For me, it’s really important because it’s my community ... This is one of the most important things we’ve been trying to do."
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After initial defiance, some cities and towns issue proclamations to temporarily close businesses to stop spread of virus

On Thursday, Broken Arrow, Bixby, Sand Springs and others issued mayoral proclamations that required some businesses to close to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
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As pandemic spreads, ‘life continues as normal’ in many rural communities

As the spread of coronavirus has major cities across the country taking significant measures to reduce crowds of even a few people, Newkirk residents lined up out the door Tuesday for the new restaurant serving sandwiches with mobster-themed names. 
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Former Thunder player seeks to open charter school in Oklahoma City

Kanter said he anticipates his school will “serve primarily minority students who come from low-income families, many of whom are first generation immigrant families with low English language skills.”
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In compact dispute, Stitt hires law firm with a history of taking on tribes

“If a jurisdiction wants to fight an Indian Tribe, they hire Perkins Coie, LLC,” Washington State Sen. John McCoy, a citizen of the Tulalip Tribes, told Indian Country Today in 2018.
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Tribes prepare for sports betting, but compact debate with governor continues

While each side is preparing for a likely showdown in federal court, both sides have hinted that an expansion of gambling, including sports betting, could be part of any new agreement. 
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Promised land: Oklahoma has few restrictions on religious property tax exemptions

A review of property records by The Frontier found mansions and luxury homes, cattle ranches, airplane hangars, radio broadcast towers and hundreds of acres of land were fully or partially exempted from property taxes under religious exemptions.
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