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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bishop of the Tulsa Diocese said he withdrew his organization from the Oklahoma Conference of Churches last month because the coalition’s anti-racism and discrimination stance doesn’t include what he called “the most marginalized” and discriminated against group in the nation — the unborn.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus surpassed 1,400 on Wednesday for a new daily record, and a surge in cases is linked to Halloween events, according to a report by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

The state did not restrict trick-or-treating on Halloween and has not limited social gatherings.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday the hiring of Amanda Rodriguez, a longtime accountant for Chesapeake Energy, for the new role of chief financial officer for the state of Oklahoma.

Stitt said in a press release Rodriguez will oversee the development of the executive budget and work with the governor’s cabinet to improve financial reporting.

Rodriguez worked as an accountant for Chesapeake Energy since 2007 and for the last two years as internal audit manager.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — The Big 12 plans to play its football championship game Dec. 19 after previously listing that Saturday and the preceding one as tentative dates.

The conference’s first public acknowledgment of a set date came Monday when it announced that a limited number of tickets will go on sale to the public Friday for the game at AT&T Stadium, the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma legislators are getting a pay raise after for the first time in more than two decades, even as state agencies face budget cuts amid an ongoing pandemic.

Legislators will see their annual salaries jump to $47,500 from $35,021. The 35% pay increase will take effect Wednesday, The Oklahoman reported.

The Legislative Compensation Board, which is made up of non-elected officials, approved the raises last year. The board is appointed by the governor, House speaker and Senate pro tempore and meets in odd-numbered years.

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No. 25 Tulsa is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time in 10 years after a double-digit comeback win against a ranked opponent.

Zach Smith threw for 325 yards and three touchdowns to help Tulsa recover from a 21-point second quarter deficit and beat No. 19 SMU 28-24 on Saturday night.

After throwing an interception and losing a fumble that led to another touchdown on his first two possessions, Smith bounced back. He completed 26 of 38 passes, including a 4-yard touchdown toss to James Palmer with 2:11 remaining.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The coronavirus continued its rampage through Oklahoma on Sunday with state health officials reporting an almost 10% increase in active cases.

That brought the total active cases of the virus that causes COVID-19 to 27,807, the highest since the pandemic first struck the state in early March, the State Department of Health reported.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday requested a federal major disaster declaration from last month’s ice storm that caused an estimated $27 million in damages in 13 central Oklahoma counties.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A grocery store chain filed a second lawsuit in Tulsa federal court asking a judge to determine whether one of its stores should be subject to sales tax for the Oklahoma Tax Commission, while also paying sales tax to the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The White House Coronavirus Task Force is again recommending a mask mandate in Oklahoma amid a surge of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations in the state.

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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Calera, Oklahoma, man has pleaded guilty to illegally possessing a firearm that authorities say was used to kill a Tulsa police officer in June, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said Jakob Gerald Garland, 28, pleaded guilty to one count of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm. Garland admitted to trading the semiautomatic pistol to David Anthony Ware, a convicted felon, in exchange for heroin, Shores said.

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CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator from Tulsa was charged with first-degree manslaughter after authorities say she was speeding and driving recklessly when her vehicle skidded off a rain-slickened road and crashed into a man’s disabled vehicle, killing him.

Democratic Sen. Allison Ikley-Freeman, 29, who was seriously injured in the May crash, was charged Monday in Lincoln County.

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Seminole Nation who was convicted in state court of sexually assaulting a child was found guilty by a federal jury on Friday.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in July that Oklahoma prosecutors lack the authority to pursue criminal cases against Native Americans in parts of the state. The ruling came in a challenge from Jimcy McGirt, 72, to his 500-year prison sentence and conviction in 1997 for molesting a child.

After the Supreme Court decision, a federal grand jury indicted McGirt on three counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Slumping oil and natural gas prices are dragging down overall collections to the state treasury, Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel reported Thursday. 

Gross receipts to the treasury in October were down about $47 million, or 4.1%, compared to October of last year, while individual income tax collections dropped by more than 7%, McDaniel reported.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former Republican state senator, plans to challenge Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt in the 2022 governor’s race, saying he’s disappointed with the governor’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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The American Athletic Conference on Thursday postponed the Tulsa at Navy game scheduled for Saturday because of positive COVID-19 cases and contact tracing at Navy.

This is the fourth time a Tulsa game has been postponed or canceled because of COVID cases.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe both coasted to easy victories Tuesday in deep-red Oklahoma.

Inhofe, 85, a fixture in Oklahoma politics for 50 years, was heavily favored to win his fifth term in office. He defeated Democrat Abby Broyles, 31, an Oklahoma City lawyer and former television reporter, along with a Libertarian and two independents.

Broyles, who was making her first run at political office, painted Inhofe as an out-of-touch Washington insider who is no longer up to the job.

Rep. Kendra Horn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republicans have launched an all-out offensive in deep-red Oklahoma to win back the state’s lone Democrat-held congressional seat, blitzing the airwaves with television and radio ads.

U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, 44, an Oklahoma City lawyer, faces Republican state Sen. Stephanie Bice, 46, for the House seat that includes Oklahoma City, several conservative suburbs and two rural counties.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump will look Tuesday for a repeat of his performance in 2016 in Oklahoma when he won each of the state’s 77 counties en route to a 36 percentage-point victory over Hillary Clinton.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma smashed records for early voting this year and has experienced a surge in voter registration ahead of Tuesday’s election, state officials reported Monday.

More than 437,000 Oklahomans cast ballots early this year, either by mail or in-person, according to Oklahoma Election Board statistics. That dwarfs the 253,379 who voted early in the 2016 presidential election.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Billboards supporting a statewide mask mandate in Oklahoma schools have been erected across the state.

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Billy Tubbs, the colorful coach with the high-octane system known as Billy Ball who brought Oklahoma basketball to prominence in the 1980s, died Sunday. He was 85.

Wednesday's top stories:

  • Saint Francis Health System is warning of a "very, very dark winter" in Oklahoma's battle with COVID-19, pleading with Oklahomans to take more responsibility in reducing the spread of the disease to keep hospitals from collapse.
  • More than a quarter of a million Oklahomans were still without power Wednesday morning across the state following this week's historic ice storms.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More than 300,000 homes and businesses in Oklahoma were without electricity Tuesday evening as an early season ice storm blanketed the state, icing over tree limbs that crashed through power lines and blocked roadways.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal officials plan to send Oklahoma nearly 1.2 million rapid coronavirus tests that can diagnose the infection in as few as 15 minutes, the White House announced on Monday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday he will not appeal a federal court ruling that the state’s tribal gaming compacts had automatically renewed on Jan. 1.

Stitt had argued the compacts — which define how much of their gambling revenue the tribes must pay to the state and which games are allowed — had expired. But U.S. District Court Judge Timothy DeGiusti in July ruled against Stitt.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State health officials reported 1,051 new cases Sunday of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, a day after a one-day record increase was set and two days after Gov. Kevin Stitt extended a state of emergency because of the pandemic.

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MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Authorities found two girls who were abducted from a Kansas home where two boys were discovered dead Saturday, and a suspect is in custody.

The Kansas Amber Alert System said about 7 p.m. on Twitter that the girls were found by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol near Erick, Oklahoma.

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PONCA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A magnitude 3.2 earthquake shook an area on the Kansas-Oklahoma line Thursday night, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

The tremor struck at 8:17 p.m. and was centered in a remote area 22 miles (35 kilometers) northwest of Ponca City, Oklahoma, at a depth of almost 5 miles (8 kilometers).

A Kay County, Oklahoma, sheriff’s dispatcher said there were no reports of damage.

Le Flore County Sheriff Rodney Derryberry

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — Two men in southeast Oklahoma have been charged for allegedly performing an illegal gender reassignment surgery without a license and storing the body parts in a freezer, according to court documents.

Bob Lee Allen, 53, and Thomas Evans Gates, 42, were arrested Tuesday and were still being held Wednesday at the LeFlore County Detention Center on separate $295,000 bonds.

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