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Moore parents create petition addressing concerns with back-to-school plan

Moore parents create petition addressing concerns with back-to-school plan

MOORE, Okla. (KFOR) – In one week, students are expected to head back to class in the Moore Public School District.However, the district’s current back-to-school plan isn’t sitting well with some parents.Moore Public Schools has two options for students enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year. Students can choose whether they want to take part in the ‘Traditional Classroom Setting’ or ‘Virtual/Online Education.’District officials say if they encounter situations where closures are necessary, they will temporarily move to a ‘Distance Learning’ option for the students enrolled in the...

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Rep. Horn teams up with 29 employers to host virtual job fair

Rep. Horn teams up with 29 employers to host virtual job fair

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A congresswoman from Oklahoma says she has teamed up with 29 local employers to host a virtual job fair for Oklahomans in need of work.The fair will include local employers with immediate openings, help with resumes, cover letters and interviews, job search support, and more.“I’ve heard from countless Oklahomans who have lost their job during the pandemic and are struggling to make ends meet,” said Congresswoman Kendra Horn. “My job fair will connect Oklahomans looking for work with local employers and the help they need to be successful in their job search. It’s a...

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Oklahoma attorney general says Supreme Court tribal land ruling has caused “flood” of appeals

Oklahoma attorney general says Supreme Court tribal land ruling has caused “flood” of appeals

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Following a recent decision by the United States Supreme Court regarding tribal land in Oklahoma, state leaders are addressing what is next for some cases that are now under appeal.On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Muscogee (Creek) reservation was never disestablished. It’s a ruling that has a big impact on the state’s criminal justice system.“For anybody that has an Indian card, a CDIB card, a certified degree of Indian blood,” Native American law attorney . “If they are within the Creek Nation, the state of Oklahoma had no jurisdiction over them.”As...

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Edmond City Council extends mask mandate by six weeks; start date remains unchanged

Edmond City Council extends mask mandate by six weeks; start date remains unchanged

EDMOND, Okla. (KFOR) – On Monday, the Edmond City Council updated the end date of its mask mandate set to take effect August 26.  The mandate was , but city council voted 3-2 to extend it to October 12.  “We’re looking at cleaning up the dates so there won’t be as much confusion,” said David Chapman, Edmond City Council Member.  The change sent waves of frustration and confusion into some of the community.“This particular issue is so divisive that you’re not gonna make everyone happy,” said Paul Stansberry, an Edmond resident.  “First off, we were asked to flatten the curve…ok we did that…I...

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Yukon mayor accuses state representative of harassing her over her mask mandate

Yukon mayor accuses state representative of harassing her over her mask mandate

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OSU homecoming events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

OSU homecoming events canceled due to COVID-19 pandemic

STILLWATER, Okla. (KFOR) – Due the coronavirus pandemic, a local university’s popular homecoming events have been canceled.Organizers say that due to the pandemic, the OSU Alumni Association will be unable to host the 2020 edition of“The Alumni Association understands the yearly return to the campus is a highlight for many OSU alumni and fans,” said Tony LoPresto, Alumni Association board chair. “While we understand this decision will disappoint many Cowboys, we want to ensure Homecoming events can be enjoyed in a safe manner and that the centennial celebration is hosted in such a way that...

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Oklahoma Sooner Great Rickey Dixon Dead at 53

Oklahoma Sooner Great Rickey Dixon Dead at 53

Former Oklahoma Sooners star cornerback Rickey Dixon has died at the age of 53. Dixon had been battling ALS (Lou Gherig’s disease) since 2014.His former head coach Barry Switzer made the announcement on Twitter. Switzer said his family was by his side when he passed away. He also called Dixon one of the greatest players to ever play at OU.Dixon was the first Jim Thrope Award winner from OU taking home the honor in 1987. Dixon was also inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.Originally from Dallas, Dixon joined OU in 1984 and was a mainstay in the secondary. Known as a...

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Private school attended by Barron Trump prohibited from in-person learning until October as President pushes openings

Private school attended by Barron Trump prohibited from in-person learning until October as President pushes openings

WASHINGTON (CNN) — As President Donald Trump continues to demand a return to in-person classes for schools around the country despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the school attended by his youngest son has received an order prohibiting on-campus learning for the start of the school year.Montgomery County, Maryland, on Friday issued a directive demanding that private schools not conduct in-person learning until October 1. Barron Trump, who is slated to enter 9th grade in the fall, attends St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, a private school in Potomac, Maryland, part of Montgomery...

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State rep warns OKC Thunder players against kneeling during National Anthem, threatens Thunder tax benefits

State rep warns OKC Thunder players against kneeling during National Anthem, threatens Thunder tax benefits

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – An Oklahoma state representative issued a statement warning Oklahoma City Thunder players against kneeling during the National Anthem, and threatened to reexamine the Thunder’s tax benefits if players kneel.Rep. Sean Roberts (R-Hominy) released the statement on Friday. In the statement, he describes NBA players kneeling during the National Anthem as an “anti-patriotic act” that shows “disrespect to the American flag and all it stands for.”Roberts went on to say that Black Lives Matter has “ties to Marxism” and is trying to “destroy nuclear families.”He then issued a...

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UPDATE: Accused murderer back in custody after escaping from 12th floor of Oklahoma Co. Jail

UPDATE: Accused murderer back in custody after escaping from 12th floor of Oklahoma Co. Jail

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Officials say both inmates, including an accused murderer, are back in custody after escaping from the Oklahoma County Jail on Friday morning.Just before 7 a.m. on Friday, the Oklahoma County Detention Center (OCDC) was notified by the Oklahoma City Police Department that they had detained an individual found injured and walking. The man was identified as Jose Balentin Hernandez, an inmate from the Oklahoma County Detention Center.Officials from OCDC then determined both Hernandez and his cellmate, identified as Pablo Daniel Robledo, were both missing from the...

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Oklahoma, USDA investigating suspicious seeds allegedly from China

Oklahoma, USDA investigating suspicious seeds allegedly from China

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry is investigating several reports of suspicious seeds received in the mail across Oklahoma.  “We started getting reports from Oklahomans from all different corners of the state actually were receiving these unsolicited seeds from China,” said Morgan Vance, the Chief of Communications for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.The department says it seems the seeds are coming from China and those who receive them have not ordered them.  “They didn’t order them, the seeds weren’t labeled, there...

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OESC still fraught with fraud, Oklahomans waiting for answers

OESC still fraught with fraud, Oklahomans waiting for answers

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says at least 100,000 fraudulent claims have been filed and resolved, but many Oklahomans say they’re still waiting.“It’s difficult. It’s frustrating. It makes you mad,” said Brian Bowlan, who is still waiting on the OESC to resolve his claim.Bowlan lost his job in late June and filed for unemployment, only to find out someone else had already beat him to the punch.“I had a claim filed on me nine days prior to being let go. Just nine days,” said Bowlan.He says that fraudulent claim was quickly processed and paid out by the...

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LIST: Oklahoma cities with mask mandates

LIST: Oklahoma cities with mask mandates

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As coronavirus cases continue to rise in Oklahoma, city officials with municipalities across the Sooner State have enacted mask mandates for their towns.Face coverings are required to be worn in all public places.Exceptions:These regulations are in place until another declaration is made to cancel it.The City of Anadarko has enacted a mandatory requirement that any individual residing, visiting, or traveling through Anadarko must wear a mask that covers the mouth and nose in public.Individuals who have been diagnosed with a condition which would be negatively impacted...

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Jul 28
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Voter registration deadline for Oklahoma’s runoff primary quickly approaching

Voter registration deadline for Oklahoma’s runoff primary quickly approaching

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The deadline to register to vote or update your voter registration for Oklahoma’s runoff primary is quickly approaching.The runoff primary is August 25, but the deadline to register or update your information is July 31.Applicants can fill out an application using the OK Voter Portal’s  The registration “wizard” makes it easy for voters to complete the application, then print, sign, and mail it to their .  can also be downloaded from the State Election Board website and are available at all county election boards, most tag agencies, post offices, and libraries.Voter...

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Local researchers considering study of sewage samples to trace COVID-19 infections

Local researchers considering study of sewage samples to trace COVID-19 infections

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Local researchers are considering doing a study that would use sewage samples to possibly trace COVID-19 infections. “It can be an early warning signal that you’re seeing a greater number of infections in that particular building,” Dr. Dale Bratzler at OU said. “It’s just a way to do surveillance to figure out whether or not you’re seeing the disease start to spread in that particular, wherever that sewage is coming from.” The City of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation and OU are in the talks with the START Coalition to do a local study.  The...

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“I think we’re heading in the wrong direction,” Medical experts concerned about Oklahoma’s fight against COVID-19

“I think we’re heading in the wrong direction,” Medical experts concerned about Oklahoma’s fight against COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise across Oklahoma, medical professionals are keeping a close eye on the trend to determine if hospitals are ready for a potential surge in patients.Right now, officials in some parts of the state say finding open hospital beds has become an issue.Dr. George Monks, with the Oklahoma State Medical Association, says hospitals in the Tulsa area are having a difficult time keeping up.“Yesterday, a patient sick with COVID was in an ER at 8:30 a.m. in need of a hospital bed. Unfortunately, the current crisis has brought us...

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State officials overhauling test system to speed up wait times for scheduling, results

State officials overhauling test system to speed up wait times for scheduling, results

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Efforts are underway to speed up COVID-19 testing in Oklahoma, and the state is working to address long waits to get a test and even more frustrating wait times for results.Oklahoma State Department of Health officials are touting the current ability of state testing labs, saying they’re several steps ahead of where they were when the pandemic began, and have better access to resources and capacity than some private labs.“Those labs are having to pool their resources and ship it to larger facilities that might be in Texas or other states, and it’s the transportation...

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Health officials discover 820 unreported positive COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma

Health officials discover 820 unreported positive COVID-19 cases in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – As Oklahomans and health experts have been watching the state’s coronavirus case numbers closely, the Oklahoma State Department of Health says there have been a few discrepancies with the numbers.On Monday, health officials announced that numbers have been lower in Oklahoma for a few days due to a “technical data entry issue.”“Due to technical difficulties related to data automation, case counts for Sunday, July 19 and Monday, July 20 are low and do not reflect real-time data. The same technical glitch occurred on June 5 and June 18 and the issue was resolved on both...

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Federal report recommends roll back on reopening for Oklahoma, 17 other states

Federal report recommends roll back on reopening for Oklahoma, 17 other states

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — An unpublished document prepared for the White House  task force and , recommends that 18 states in the coronavirus “red zone” for cases should roll back reopening measures amid surging cases, including Oklahoma.The “red zone” is defined in the 359-page report curated by the nonprofit newsroom as “those core-based statistical areas (CBSAs) and counties that during the last week reported both new cases above 100 per 100,000 population, and a diagnostic test positivity result above 10%.”The report outlines measures counties in the red zone should take. It encourages...

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‘We’re actually starting to strain hospital capacity’: OKC doctors warning hospital ICUs are running out of room

‘We’re actually starting to strain hospital capacity’: OKC doctors warning hospital ICUs are running out of room

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Doctors are warning Oklahomans that hospitals are reaching capacity, and that empty beds does not necessarily mean the hospital can handle the patients in them.“I would argue that we’re actually starting to strain hospital capacity at this point,” said OU Medicine Chief COVID Officer Dr. Dale Bratzler.This week saw an average of more than 700 confirmed cases each day throughout the state.Hospitalizations hit a high peak since April, with 638 COVID-19 patients suffering so badly from symptoms, they needed hospital care.Dr. Bratzler said he’s watching hospital beds...

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Daycares added to the OCCHD list of COVID-19 hot spots to watch out for

Daycares added to the OCCHD list of COVID-19 hot spots to watch out for

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Daycare centers have been added to the Oklahoma City County Health Department’s list of “serious” hot spots for spreading coronavirus.Since the beginning of the pandemic, what to do about daycares has been at issue.Juggling a full-time job and caring for kids stuck at home can be an impossible task.State Representative Mickey Dollens and his wife are trying to balance their jobs and taking care of their two kids after their daycare shut down following a COVID-19 infection.“We have staggered nap schedules so there’s a few windows throughout the day of about 30 minutes...

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UPDATE: Gov. Kevin Stitt tests positive for COVID-19; recent photo shows him at Walmart without mask on

UPDATE: Gov. Kevin Stitt tests positive for COVID-19; recent photo shows him at Walmart without mask on

UPDATE: KFOR reported earlier today that Gov. Kevin Stitt announced that he tested positive for COVID-19. Since that report, community members have notified KFOR that Stitt was recently seen in public not wearing a face mask or face covering.One viewer sent KFOR a photo of Stitt recently out in public without a mask on.The following photo of Stitt shows him without a mask on while in the Walmart at Memorial and Pennsylvania in Oklahoma City. The photo, which is said to have been taken on Sunday, July 12, was posted on Facebook. The person who sent the photo to KFOR wishes to remain...

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Former OU star arrested at Breonna Taylor protest

Former OU star arrested at Breonna Taylor protest

(CNN) — A “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star and an NFL wide receiver were among 87 protesters arrested outside a home owned by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.Porsha Williams, who has been on ‘Real Housewives’ since 2012, and Kenny Stills, a wide receiver for the NFL’s Houston Texans, joined protesters on Tuesday as they occupied the front yard of the home and chanted support for Breonna Taylor.Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed when she was  by police after officers broke down the door to her Louisville apartment while executing a no-knock warrant in a narcotics investigation...

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Altus mayor mandates that face masks be worn in all public places

Altus mayor mandates that face masks be worn in all public places

ALTUS, Okla. (KFOR) – Altus Mayor Jack Smiley has implemented emergency orders requiring community members to wear face masks or face coverings in all public places.The emergency orders, which go into effect at 2 a.m. on Wednesday, July 15, mandate the following:1. Face coverings are required to be worn in all public places, (examples are: retail stores, restaurants, bars, houses of worship and any other businesses serving the public) including all city facilities within Altus city limits; EXCEPT, for those individuals who cannot wear a mask due to medical need or disability. Face coverings...

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Marijuana grow owner arrested in connection to shooting death of burglary suspect

Marijuana grow owner arrested in connection to shooting death of burglary suspect

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – A man who shot and killed a burglary suspect at his business last month has now been arrested for murder.At 1:15 a.m. on May 26, police were called to a shooting near 1800 S.E. 22nd.Police say 42-year-old Daniel Hardwick was trying to break into a business owned by 33-year-old Larue Bratcher, when Bratcher shot and killed Hardwick.“He was trying to break in when the business owner, who was inside the business at the time, apparently opened fire with a handgun, striking and killing the man who was breaking in,” Msgt. Gary Knight with the Oklahoma City Police Department...

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