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Oklahoma Virus Hospitalizations Top 700, 225 in ICU

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized with the coronavirus in Oklahoma has topped 700 for the first time since mid-February, according to reports from the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department on Friday reported 720 people hospitalized with COVID, 225 in intensive care. State health officials...
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'Ridiculous': Oklahoma cannabis patients, workers rally at state Capitol

Medical marijuana patients and people who work in the fledgling industry rallied at the Oklahoma state Capitol on Friday to show support for the state's marijuana laws and to call for increased transparency from the state entity that regulates cannabis. Despite intense summer heat, rallygoers vented about the Oklahoma Medical...
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Oklahoma GOP likens vaccine mandates to persecution of Jews

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party faced fierce criticism Friday for a Facebook post likening COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany. The post on the party’s official Facebook page urged people to call the lieutenant governor and ask him to call a...
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Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning returns

The Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning will be held at Hatbox Field, Aug. 27-29. This is the third year for Muskogee to host this event, after taking a year off for the COVID-19 pandemic. The event is expected to bring dozens of hot air balloons to town and is sure to wow spectators.
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Kansas school systems rank better than Missouri, Oklahoma

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - While Kansas schools rank in the bottom half of the best school systems in the nation, it has ranked higher than neighboring states Missouri and Oklahoma. As schools head back into the school year after many were forced to learn virtually for much of 2020 due...
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Oklahoma GOP short on funds, internally divided, inside sources say

Editor’s note: The following story uses anonymous sources with direct knowledge of the state Republican Party’s dynamics and conversations. The Transcript has granted anonymity to these sources given the sensitivity of the information they shared, but knows the identity of and has vetted each source. The Official Oklahoma Republican Party...
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Oklahoma students attend Summer STEM Academy at Southeastern

A group of eighth-and-ninth-grade students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summer Academy last week at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. A group of eighth-and-ninth-grade students participated in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Summer Academy last week at Southeastern Oklahoma State University. The Oklahoma State Regents...
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Republican Leaders Denounce Oklahoma GOP for ‘Unvaccinated Yellow Star’

Oklahoma’s Republican leaders on Friday denounced a Facebook post by the state GOP depicting a yellow star “assigned” to the unvaccinated, suggesting people who do not receive the Covid-19 vaccine in America are persecuted the way Jews were during the Holocaust, the Oklahoman reported (Top Republicans denounce Oklahoma GOP for comparing vaccine mandates to Jewish persecution).
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Stitt, other Oklahoma officials urge Supreme Court to overturn Roe v Wade

Gov. Kevin Stitt and several other Oklahoma elected officials urged the U.S. Supreme Court last week to overturn its longstanding protections for abortion, as a recent poll showed a narrow majority of Oklahomans favor state restrictions. “Rather than creating a federal constitutional right, the Court should leave regulating abortion to...
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'It's a crisis': COVID-19 hospitalizations soaring at record pace as virus spreads faster than ever in Oklahoma

COVID-19 hospitalizations have skyrocketed at record rates to reach levels now that Oklahoma endured in fall 2020 as the virus spreads more efficiently than ever in the state. In only a month, COVID hospitalizations have gone from lows similar to June 2020 after quarantine to then what took four months to hit October 2020 levels — when then-president Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force advised Gov. Kevin Stitt that “many preventable deaths” were happening in Oklahoma.
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Most of opioid settlement money Oklahoma received remains unspent

Oklahoma has secured more than $372.6 million in settlements from drug manufacturers and distributors, but only about 15 of the money so far has gone to pay for opioid addiction research and treatment. Millions more dollars have gone to pay for outside attorneys fees. And Oklahoma State University has yet...