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Okla. election officials warn of texting scam

State election officials are warning the public about a text message scam which has reportedly affected at least one Oklahoman.

Lawton celebrates Labor Day during the pandemic

Local soccer teams qualify for national competition

Garvin knocks out incumbent Scott, moves on to November general election

OU announces plans for tailgating, homecoming during upcoming football season

STATE UPDATE: 10 new deaths bring total over 700 across the state

STATE UPDATE: State cases near 50,000, 700 deaths

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FEMA: Oklahoma approved for $300 unemployment benefit

STATE UPDATE: State officials update COVID alert map, six new deaths reported

STATE UPDATE: SWOK county adds new death, state increases by 11

STATE UPDATE: State cases cross 45,000

STATE UPDATE: Jackson Co. reports two new COVID-19 related deaths

STATE UPDATE: Stephens County reports third death

Oklahoma announces up to $250M for local coronavirus costs

The funding will be distributed based on a city or county’s population based on 2019 U.S. Census Bureau estimates with about $77 earmarked per capita.

STATE UPDATE: Total cases cross over 41,000

The number of active cases dropped by 110 and 10 new deaths were reported.

STATE UPDATE: SWOK adds three COVID deaths

Statewide 17 new deaths were reported on Wednesday but only one happened in the last 24 hours. The total now stands at 583.

STATE UPDATE: Jackson Co. reports new COVID-related death

Jackson County had the only new Southwest Oklahoma death, a man between the ages of 50-64.

Local park opens two new animal exhibits

STATE UPDATE: State adds 377 cases on Monday

Wichita Falls, Lawton ranked among best southern cities to live in post-pandemic

Online school: an alternative option for the fall

Federal judge: Oklahoma tribal gaming accords renewed Jan. 1

  OK State Superintendent speaks to 7 News about upcoming school year

Gov. Stitt announces Chief of Staff transition

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced Thursday that his Chief of Staff will transition out of the Stitt Administration effective July 31.

Oklahoma high school fall sports planned to start on time

Jackson said in a worst-case scenario, all sports would be played in the spring and extend into late June.

Oklahoma high court says governor overstepped his authority

In a 7-1 decision, the high court determined the compacts Stitt signed with the Comanche Nation and Otoe-Missouria Tribes are “invalid under Oklahoma law.”

Oklahoma AG reaches jurisdiction agreement with five tribes

Both sides agree any proposed legislation should recognize tribal sovereignty and the respective tribal boundaries outlined in their treaties with the federal government.

  Local meat processing plants busier than ever during pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has caused struggles for almost every industry. However, there is one industry which hasn't been butchered, local meat processing plants. They've been busier than ever.

After Supreme Court ruling, Oklahoma drops murder charges in vehicle child deaths

An Oklahoma district attorney’s office dismissed two murder charges against a man whose two children died in a hot vehicle after prosecutors determined the children’s tribal history.

El Paso murder suspect arrested in Lawton

U.S. Marshals and Lawton police arrested a murder suspect from El Paso on Thursday.

Justices rule swath of Oklahoma remains tribal reservation

The court's 5-4 decision, written by Justice Neil Gorsuch, means that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against American Indian defendants in parts of Oklahoma that include most of Tulsa.

State Fair of Texas canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

The State Fair of Texas has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

  OHP Troopers injured while leading procession of slain Tulsa officer

OHP said three troopers were on motorcycles and involved in the crash along with an SUV that was not part of the procession.

Oklahoma ends year with $585.5 million budget shortfall

Oklahoma has ended the fiscal year with a $585.5 million budget shortfall amid an economic slowdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Thursday.

  Apache native snags world record paddlefish

A world record spoonbill was snagged this weekend at Keystone Lake near Tulsa. The man who reeled it in is a native of Apache, Oklahoma.

2 Oklahoma police officers shot, suspect taken into custody

Two police officers in Tulsa, Oklahoma, were shot and critically wounded on the city’s east side Monday morning and police arrested the suspected gunman following a more than seven-hour search, authorities said.

  Okla. grant program for small businesses set to begin taking applications

Oklahoma is rolling out a $100-million grant program to help small businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic.

  Reporting a fraudulent unemployment claim with OESC

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission has put a stop on about 64,000 fraudulent unemployment claims.

  ELECTION COVERAGE: SQ 802 to decide on Medicaid expansion

The only statewide decisions to be voted on in the upcoming primary election, will be State Question 802, which would expand Medicaid in Oklahoma.

Oklahoma health department urges virus testing after events

The department did not specify any event in its news release sent late Sunday.

OBN says counterfeit oxycodone has killed eight since May

More overdoses in the state are linked to fake prescription pills, the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control said Wednesday.

Nursing home visits can resume in Oklahoma, with precautions

People may resume visiting patients at nursing homes and other long-term care facilities in Oklahoma starting next week, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday.

Grants available to Oklahoma schools for virus response

Oklahoma received about $1.5 billion in federal funding to support COVID-19-related government expenses.

STATE UPDATE: New death reported in Comanche County, over 200 new cases reported statewide

Officials say the victim was a man 65 years of age or older.

  Cotton farmers feel sting of vacated dicamba regulations

Cotton farmers in Oklahoma are frustrated after a federal court ruling rolled back EPA regulations for use of a herbicide.

Okla. says over $1 billion in unemployment claims filed in April/May

Oklahoma unemployment claims reached over $1 billion between April and May, more than the years of 2018 and 2019 combined.

Accused Muskogee serial rapist from 1990s captured thanks to DNA

A Tulsa man has been arrested after DNA testing linked him to several rapes which happened between 1993 and 1995.

Oklahoma schools reopening plan recommends wearing masks

The department’s Return to Learn Oklahoma framework for reopening schools lists several factors for individual districts to consider as they reopen.

Oklahoma health department to longer release detailed data

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Monday it will no longer release specific information about COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes, cities or by zip code.

Okla. Attorney General says stimulus payment debit card packaging has caused confusion, gives tips to citizens

Hunter says the Visa debit cards are arriving in unmarked envelopes, which is causing confusion for some people who are mistaking them for junk mail or fraudulent activity.

Stitt says Phase III of OURS Plan will begin June 1

State officials are moving ahead with the plan to start the new phase on Monday based on health data, Gov. Kevin Stitt said in a news release.

  Oklahoma Farm Bureau says relief money won’t cover losses

The Agriculture industry is finally getting some financial relief from the government. However, it isn’t helping Oklahoma farmers the way they’d hoped.

Okla. Guard discusses COVID-19 contact tracing mission

Members of the Oklahoma Army and Air National Guard are supporting the Oklahoma State Department of Health in fulfilling Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s continued efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 throughout the State.

Saturday classes for Oklahoma schools in case of 2nd surge

The Oklahoma State Department Department of Education on Thursday approved Saturday classes in case of another surge of coronavirus cases.

Authorities: Oklahoma officer shoots man who stabbed him

A southeastern Oklahoma police officer fatally shot a knife-wielding man who attacked and stabbed him, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Thursday.

Man killed, state senator injured in Oklahoma turnpike crash

A man was killed and a state senator was injured after a two-car crash early Friday on the Turner Turnpike near Stroud, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said.

Gov. Stitt names interim-Commissioner of OSDH

Colonel Lance Frye, M.D., was named to take over leadership of the Oklahoma State Department of Health effective immediately.

Oklahoma governor vetoes bill to fund his Medicaid plan

The bill would have increased a fee that hospitals pay from 2.5% to 4% and was expected to generate about $134 million annually to help fund the state’s portion of Stitt’s proposed Medicaid expansion, dubbed Soonercare 2.0.

Oklahoma teacher walkout leader faces ‘lewd proposals’ count

One of the organizers of Oklahoma’s 2018 teacher walkout faces a charge of making lewd proposals to a minor who was a former student, Stillwater police said Wednesday.

Democrats sue to overturn Oklahoma absentee voting rules

The lawsuit against the state Election Board and Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax comes after a bill signed into law earlier this month imposed the restrictions on absentee ballots.

Oklahoma Baptists cancel 2020 Falls Creek camps

The decision was announced on Monday morning by the Oklahoma Baptists who put on the annual gathering.

Oklahoma House OKs bill to strip power from local officials

The bill would make several changes to the Catastrophic Health Emergency Powers Act, conferring broad authority on the governor and others during health emergencies if the Legislature agrees.

Oklahoma governor vetoes budget bills; Legislature overrides

The Republican-led House and Senate quickly overrode the governor’s veto of all four bills.

  Oklahoma begins issuing REAL IDs in pilot program

Oklahoma will begin issuing REAL ID-compliant drivers licenses at some locations across the state beginning July 1st.

Authorities say 2 Oklahoma deaths tied to counterfeit drugs

A person of interest is being questioned in the case and is cooperating with OBN investigators.

  Local daycares not receiving financial help from CARES Act

The CARES Act, passed by Congress in March, gave $50 million to the state of Oklahoma for child care. However, where that money is going, is a hot topic in the child care industry.

  STATE UPDATE: SWOK reports 15 new cases, mobile testing for anyone happening Saturday

Oklahoma authorities say 66 new cases of COVID-19 and four new deaths were reported on Saturday morning.

STATE UPDATE: Two new deaths in SWOK, Caddo Co. sees 8 case increase

Southwest Oklahoma reports two new deaths.

Oklahoma collections drop $502.5 million due to virus impact

Gross receipts fell $502.5 million to just under $1.1 billion, down 31.8% from April 2019, McDaniel said.

  More Oklahoma beef producers selling straight to consumers

The Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association has compiled a list of ranchers across the state who are selling beef directly to consumers.

Oklahoma’s medical pot industry sees record sales in April

The commission’s figures show that dispensaries paid nearly $9.8 million in taxes last month, surpassing the previous record of $7.8 million set in March

Mount Scott Closed to cars and bikes during maintenance

Mount Scott will be closed to cars and bikes for part of the day, Wednesday

AG Hunter issues opinion against Gov. Stitt’s recent agreements with two tribes to allow sports gambling

The Oklahoma Attorney General says Governor Kevin Stitt does not have the authority to enter into compacts with tribes which authorize gaming prohibited by state law.

  Wheat damaged from mid-April freeze

Wheat farmers across the state are assessing their crops for damages due to a late freeze in April.

Oklahoma House, Senate reach deal on $7.7B spending plan

A crash in oil prices and the economic mayhem caused by the coronavirus resulted in an estimated $1.3 billion reduction in what lawmakers had expected to spend on the budget in February.

  Thousands continue to file for unemployment in Oklahoma

Close to 275-thousand Oklahomans are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  Local dentist ready to open amid pandemic

Governor Stitt plans to reopen the economy in certain phases, which includes dentist offices reopening May 1st. As coronavirus spreads by droplets of saliva, dentists are saying they are ready to reopen

Oklahoma GOP leaders disagree with Stitt over compacts

Oklahoma’s Attorney General Mike Hunter said Tuesday he also believes the compacts are unlawful.

Oklahoma governor announces gambling deal with Comanche Tribe, Otoe-Missouria Tribe

The compacts would authorize both tribes to offer sports gambling.

  Plans for antibody testing in Oklahoma

Antibody testing is the next step in the fight against the coronavirus, according to state health officials.

Oklahoma governor hopes to start reopening economy on May 1

Stitt said churches, retailers and restaurants are all working on plans on how to safely reopen their businesses.