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Responding to complaints from Oklahomans across the state who say they're struggling to receive unemployment benefits during the coronavirus pandemic, a state cabinet secretary said Tuesday that many issues and delays are being caused by the applicants themselves.

"The biggest issue that we've seen that's causing people to get - either they get paid one week and then it stalls, or they stall completely, are inconsistencies or incomplete information," said David Ostrowe, Governor Kevin Stitt's Secretary of Digital Transformation and Administration. 

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law on Tuesday legislation to prevent local municipalities from implementing so-called red flag laws.

Such laws allow judges to order the confiscation of firearms when a person may be a danger to themselves or others.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State corrections officials are helping a southern Oklahoma county battle an outbreak of COVID-19 in the county’s jail, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections said Tuesday.

In a statement, department officials said 12 of their security experts have been dispatched to the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton to help the county grapple with its outbreak of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.

Monday's top stories:

  • Oklahoma is one of the states the U.S. Secret Service says has been targeted by an international criminal ring targeting state unemployment systems.
  • The state legislature adjourned on Friday, but stands ready to be summoned back to override any vetoes by Governor Kevin Stitt.
  • Oklahoma has now surpassed 5,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Though the reopening of Tulsa County and the City of Tulsa came sooner than Mayor G.T. Bynum and Tulsa Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart would have liked, both men announced Thursday that the current data concerning COVID-19 support moving into the next stage of reopening.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt paid visits to an Oklahoma City fitness center and a department store, both of which were allowed to open last week under the governor’s reopening plan.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say four more people in Oklahoma have died  from the coronavirus, bringing the total of deaths to 270.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health says that the number of confirmed positive cases in the state increased by 66, for a total of 4,490.

The number of actual infections is thought to be far higher because many people haven’t been tested and studies suggest people can be infected without showing symptoms.

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The Oklahoma chapter of the American Civil Liberties Association has alleged that Governor Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma Department of Corrections Director Scott Crow are knowingly downplaying the risk of the coronavirus to both staff and people in custody at the state's correctional facilities.

Dr. Bruce Dart, director of the Tulsa Health Department, told the Tulsa World on Monday that each patient in Tulsa County who tests positive for COVID-19 provides an average of 36 potentially exposed persons for the department to trace.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 123 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the state's total number of cases to 3,017.

The increase in cases was 41% higher than the day before, when 87 new infections were reported.

The health department also reported nine new deaths, with six in the past day. Eight people were 65 or older, and the ninth was in the 50- to 64-year-old age group.

Tulsa and Cleveland county both have 26 COVID-19 deaths. Oklahoma County has 25.

Wednesday's top stories:

  • Oklahoma is one of the worst states in the nation in COVID-19 testing capacity, according to the White House coronavirus task force.
  • Oklahoma is up to 2,807 confirmed cases of COVID-19, with 164 confirmed deaths.
  • Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced agreements with some Indian tribes regarding gaming compacts, but Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter said the governor doesn't have the legal authority.

Tuesday's top stories:

  • Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board looks for ways to speed up commutation process during pandemic.
  • A federal appeals court upholds a lower court ruling to overturn Gov. Kevin Stitt's ban on abortions during the COVID-19 emergency.
  • Stitt defends his decision not to issue a statewide shelter-in-place order on Fox News.

Updated March 28, 1:05 p.m.

Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum issued a "shelter in place" order Saturday to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The City of Tulsa is referring to it as a "safer at home" order that follows one issued by Gov. Kevin Stitt earlier this week but applies to all Tulsans, not just those 65 and older or with a serious medical condition.

The order takes effect Saturday at 11:59 p.m. and will be in effect through April 16.

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With the assistance of the US Marshals, Deputies arrested Jerry “One Eye” Williamson on Thursday.

Deputies from TCSO’s THA Community Enhancement Unit received information that a wanted subject was possibly in an apartment located at 1504 West 59th Place.  Williamson was wanted for Murder 1st Degree, Gang Related Offense and Conspiracy to Commit a Felony. The subject was located at the apartment and taken into custody without incident.

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McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The wrongful death trial against a oilfield equipment contractor in connection with a January 2018 explosion and fire that killed five men in southeastern Oklahoma is underway.

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Fire danger is high until a front moves into the area Thursday. Safety officials urge caution. With dry vegetation and high winds predicted, Tulsa Area Emergency Manager Joe Kralichek says it’s prudent to be careful. He says don’t throw cigarettes out the window, monitor any outdoor fires, and put off large scale outdoor burning until the high winds ease. Wednesday and Thursday have the most potential for wildfire danger.

Rain and then snow are possible late in the week and this weekend.

CIUDAD VICTORIA, Tamaulipas (AP) — An American family returning to the U.S. after a holiday visit to Mexico came under attack just south of Texas on Saturday night, with armed gunmen killing a 13-year-old and wounding three other people.

The attorney general’s office in the state of Tamaulipas said the child was a U.S. citizen and that the parents were permanent residents of the U.S. They did not release the victims’ names.

The family was traveling in a Chevrolet SUV with Oklahoma state plates, returning from a holiday visit to relatives in the state of San Luis Potosi.

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Proponents of an initiative petition to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma have withdrawn the proposed state question less than two weeks after filing it.

The Oklahoma Secretary of State received notice to withdraw State Question 806 on Dec. 23. Two Oklahoma City women filed the petition Dec. 12.

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No. 6 Oklahoma has done all it can, winning a fifth Big 12 title in a row with another close win over No. 8 Baylor.

Now the Sooners wait to see if they are going to get in back in the College Football Playoff. That is up to the selection committee, though it will be virtually impossible to keep Oklahoma from being one of those four teams.

Oklahoma Public School Enrollment Tops 700K

Dec 7, 2019
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For the first time in history, Oklahoma public school enrollment exceeds 700,000 students. The state’s annual student count shows 703,650 students enrolled in Pre-K through 12th grade for the 2019-20 school year, an increase of 5,064 over last year’s total. The figures were collected Oct. 1, and released today by the Oklahoma State Department of Education.

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The veteran-owned Coffee Bunker provides more than hot coffee to Tulsa area veterans. It provides services to help vets make the transition from military to civilian life with comfort and comradery. It has been around for a decade.

The outside of the building, on 41st west of Sheridan, is adorned with military flags. Someone stole two of the flags over the holiday weekend. On social media, the Bunker provided a statement and a video of the thief.

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Military officials say two airmen have been killed in a “mishap” involving two jets at an Air Force base in northwestern Oklahoma.

Vance Air Force Base said in a news release that two T-38 Talons with two people aboard each aircraft were taking part in a training mission when the mishap occurred shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday.

The military hasn’t released the conditions of the others involved or any names.

TV footage from the scene shows one aircraft upside down on grass near a runway and the second aircraft upright on the runway.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter says he plans to appeal a judge’s order directing consumer products giant Johnson & Johnson to pay the state $465 million to help address the state’s opioid crisis.

Hunter said Thursday the judge’s final order only covers one year of the state’s proposed abatement plan and that the actual costs to clean up the damage from the opioid crisis are much higher.

Attorneys for the company also say they plan to appeal.

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The U.S. House of Representatives is holding open hearings in its impeachment inquiry into President Trump November 13, 2019. All hearings will be streamed through this video player as they are live.

Family of Bob Gregory

Bob Gregory died earlier this week of natural causes. He was 88. A longtime presence on Tulsa radio and television, Gregory started at KTUL Radio in 1960, after working at stations in Arkansas and Colorado. His pioneering career in broadcasting began in his late teens, in the early 1950s, immediately after service in the Army.

4 Minute Chase Proves Deadly

Oct 19, 2019
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It was tragically over in a matter of minutes. One person is dead in a high speed car crash in east Tulsa. The Tulsa Sheriff’s office was attempting to pull over a driver in a stolen pick-up truck last night when that driver sped away.

The deputy gave chase. The pick-up truck ran a stop light at 11th and 129th East Avenue. It slammed into a passenger car. The driver of that car was killed.

This all happened about 9:15 on Friday evening.  Three people in the pick-up were taken to the hospital. There is no word, as of this writing, on their conditions.

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