Oklahoma governor tests positive for the coronavirus

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, who has championed “business as usual” and “personal responsibility” over a mask mandate amid the coronavirus pandemic, announced on Wednesday he had tested positive for COVID-19.
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Following statewide closure earlier this year, schools now adopting their own plans for navigating COVID-19

Though coronavirus cases in Oklahoma continue to rise, the state's Board of Education is not expected to issue a statewide closure of school buildings like it did four months ago. 
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Parole board becomes focus of state’s criminal justice divide

Two members of the state Pardon and Parole Board have become the focal point for competing visions of criminal justice in Oklahoma, where incarceration rates have long been some of the highest in the nation.
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Public records website has found a new way to monetize access to court documents: Selling ads

ODCR, a privately-operated website that hides public court documents behind a paywall now places ads, is now monetizing records with advertisements
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Oklahoma businesses and organizations receive billions in federal coronavirus aid, new federal data shows

Oklahoma recipients include businesses owned by congressmen, churches, chain restaurants and oil and gas operations, the data released by the U.S. Small Business Administration shows.
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Attorneys file new complaint on behalf of Oklahoma death row inmates hoping to stop resumption of lethal injection

Attorneys for a number of inmates held on Oklahoma’s death row filed an updated complaint in federal court on Monday, the latest step in the saga of the return of the death penalty in the state.
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NAACP calls for resignation of parole board member

“Judge C. Allen McCall’s recent threatening statements and unspecified accusations of criminal activity towards his own colleague, Pardon and Parole Board Executive Director Steve Bickley, are outrageous and should be alarming for all Oklahomans,” the statement said.
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As cases climb, Oklahoma mayors reinstate local restrictions to curb coronavirus spread

Mayors of Tulsa, Norman and Oklahoma City in recent days have issued, or said they will issue, orders reinstating some restrictions, such as requiring employees to wear masks in bars and restaurants and decreasing capacity limits in some facilities.
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With workers facing long lines and waits, state employment agency seeks to increase in-person unemployment claims processing

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission is also planning to host an in-person claims processing event in Tulsa on July 15 and 16, though a location has yet to be determined.
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She needed lifesaving medication, but the only hospital in her Oklahoma town did not have it

Mabel Garcia went to the only emergency room in Texas County, Oklahoma, which didn’t have a drug for heart attacks and strokes. She was airlifted to a larger hospital that gave her the drug she needed, but it was too late. She suffered brain damage.
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