Oklahoma has a supply of the drugs needed to carry out an execution — it just doesn’t have the drugs themselves

Oklahoma was one of several states asked to turn over lethal injection drugs to hospitals to help with COVID-19 surges. But the state doesn't actually have any of the drugs.
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Advocates say Oklahoma’s critical care guidelines discriminate against those with disabilities for COVID-19 care

The advocates, led by Oklahoma Disability Law Center, argue the state’s plan is riddled with discriminatory protocols and deprioritizes people with disabilities for life-saving COVID-19 treatment and care.
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Coronavirus cases spread in nursing homes as facilities face ‘absolute devastation’

About one in three COVID-related deaths in Oklahoma have been connected to a long-term care facility, according to the state health department.
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Unemployment claims continue record climb, as state weighs rollbacks of COVID-19 measures

Oklahoma Secretary of Commerce and Workforce Development Sean Kouplen said there is currently a "healthy tug-of-war" in Gov. Kevin Stitt's administration between businesspeople, who want the state to reopen immediately, and the health experts who say to wait.
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After lawsuit, Vinita council rescinds emergency COVID-19 curfew, stay-at-home ordinance

Attorney Josh Lee, who filed the suit on Monday and was listed as a plaintiff, argued that the ordinance was a violation of residents’ constitutional rights, was a “24/7 mandatory lock down, subject to criminal penalties, and not merely a curfew,” and that the ordinance was so broad it required subjective interpretation of what activities were allowed by the officers charged with enforcing it.
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With less than a week remaining until deadline, Gov. Kevin Stitt still undecided on which ballot Medicaid expansion will appear

Stitt has until April 20 to make up his mind whether the state question will appear on the ballot on June 30 or the Nov. 3 general election ballot.
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Appeals court upholds ruling allowing abortion in Oklahoma amid coronavirus pandemic

The decision by a three-person panel on Monday evening allows federal Judge Charles Goodwin's order issued on April 6 to stand, which partially and temporarily blocked the state's ban on most abortions in the state during the pandemic.  
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Lawsuit alleges Vinita’s COVID-19 stay-at-home ordinance violates constitutional rights, seeks injunction

The city of Vinita is facing a lawsuit filed Monday seeking an injunction and court ruling against the city’s recently passed emergency ordinance related to the coronavirus pandemic.
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‘We are in good shape’: As Oklahoma prepares for COVID surge, leaders say the state is well-equipped

The state has enough hospital beds, intensive care beds and ventilators to treat the sickest COVID-19 patients, the governor said Friday.
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Home-based school a challenge when a home is hard to come by

At a time when homeless students and those experiencing extreme poverty already face a wide academic gap compared to their peers, the loss of teacher-led instruction could create an even larger gap. 
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