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‘Cautiously optimistic:’ Oklahoma seeing slowdown in COVID-19 delta variant surge, state leaders say

Oklahoma health leaders are "cautiously optimistic" as COVID-19 case counts have steadily declined over the past few weeks, a top Health Department official said this week. Cases climbed rapidly from July into August, reaching levels that neared the winter peak and overwhelming hospitals. Last week, cases declined by about 15% from the week before, according to data from the state Health Department. On Friday, the seven-day average of new cases was about 2,100, down from about 2,600 two weeks earlier.
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Democratic leader holds interim study on ending state grocery tax

OKLAHOMA CITY — House Minority Leader Emily Virgin, D-Norman, hosted an interim study Thursday focused on exploring Oklahoma’s state sales tax on groceries. The study, which included speakers from the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, Oklahoma Policy Institute, National Conference of State Legislatures, TSET, and the Oklahoma Municipal League, looked at how the state tax on groceries affects Oklahomans.
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Oklahoma joins other states in addressing election laws

Earlier this year, Oklahoma became one of the few Republican-led states to expand, rather than restrict, voting access. In a move that will cost the state $40,000 per election, lawmakers passed House Bill 2663 with bipartisan support as they added an extra early-voting day for general elections. The new law...
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Oklahoma COVID-19 Cases Trending Down, Hospitalizations Remain Steady

The Chief COVID Officer for OU Health says Oklahoma's case numbers are trending down. Even though the number of positive COVID cases is decreasing, Dr. Dale Bratzler says 1,400 people are still in the hospital fighting the virus. Bratzler said unvaccinated patients make up the majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations in...
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Bank of America awards $25,000 to Opportunities Industrialization Center

Oklahoma City, OK– Opportunities Industrialization Center of Oklahoma County, Inc. (OIC) is receiving $25,000 from Bank of America to support the recently launched Business Academy, an entrepreneurship-focused workforce development initiative. Dedicated to connecting Black Americans with the resources and capital needed to start a business, many participants in the program...
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Oklahoma County inmate passes away at hospital

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Authorities say an inmate at the Oklahoma County Detention Center has died following health-related issues. Officials say 61-year-old Leo Alexander Destea had been in the hospital since Aug. 30 for health-related issues. Destea passed away at the hospital on Tuesday evening. Officials say Destea was booked...
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Headlines: COVID-19 Claims Another Educator, Education Department Audit & “Reservation Dogs” at the Emmys

Tulsa Public School teacher dies from COVID-19. (Tulsa World) Another Oklahoma County Jail inmate dies from COVID-19. (NewsOK) 42 more COVID-19 fatalities bring Oklahoma's Provisional Death Count to 9,642. (KOSU) Active COVID cases dip, while fatal case average increases. (Tulsa World) Oklahomans call for religious exemption in COVID vaccines. (NewsOK)
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Hamilton: State attempting to restart highly flawed execution process

Although oft-agonizing and painful, Oklahoma’s collective conversation about Julius Jones’ fate is important and valuable. The state has a long and increasingly complicated history with capital punishment, all-too-often disproportionately assessed against people of color and of meager means. It also has demonstrated an appalling ineptitude when it comes to carrying...
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