Oklahoma looking to implement ongoing coronavirus testing in nursing homes

So far, the state has tested more than 34,000 residents and staff members at 257 nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in the state.
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Senator says he was asked to delete Epic emails

The information provided by Wilkinson and the virtual charter school board to Sharp is a central part of a libel lawsuit Epic filed against Sharp last year. 
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Unemployment agency head resigns, commission votes to move agency IT and ‘business practices’ under OMES

About an hour after the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission meeting ended, the agency's executive director Robin Roberson submitted her resignation.
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For first time in nearly three years, Oklahoma’s Commissioner of Health meets statutory requirements

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday named Col. Lance Frye as the Oklahoma State Department of Health’s interim commissioner, replacing Gary Cox who announced his resignation earlier this month.
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At least one in four Epic students transfer out

Epic virtual charter school has grown into one of the largest school systems in the state but it has also become one of the largest producers of transfers, sending thousands of students in and out of schools across Oklahoma throughout the academic year. 
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House speaker and governor at odds over communication with Legislature

“It is unclear to me why Speaker McCall would try to censor my communication with my friends and colleagues in the House,” Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a statement to The Frontier.
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In Stitt’s government, officials keep one foot in the business world

In a review of hires and appointments by Stitt, The Frontier found at least half of his cabinet secretaries continue to manage a private business, while some agency directors have also pursued additional private sector opportunities.
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Florida company allegedly involved in drug trafficking among businesses Oklahoma made coronavirus purchases from

The state sought to obtain millions of dollars in equipment from dozens of businesses, including one Florida company that federal investigators said was involved in international drug trafficking, records show.
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Bill could hide donor and lobbyist info from the public

House Bill 3613 is now awaiting action by the governor, but if approved it could result in the state’s electronic campaign reporting system being taken offline, according to Ashley Kemp, executive director of the state Ethics Commission. 
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Senator: Bill to allow use of campaign funds for personal expenses was offered to ‘prove a point,’ now withdrawn

“We were talking about budget, we were talking about ethics and campaigns or whatever, and I said ‘if you want to talk transparency, let’s talk transparency,’” Sen. Roger Thompson said.
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