OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma is expected to receive a 16 percent increase in its COVID-19 vaccine supply starting next week, but much of that will go toward administering the necessary second doses, health officials said.

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In 1782, when the bald eagle was placed on the Great Seal of the U.S., the majestic raptor also became the national bird. By 1963, the DTD poisoning and other factors had brought the bird to the brink of extinction. But stringent regulations gave it a chance at a comeback – and now, many nesting pairs can be seen in Northeast Oklahoma.

Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Department of Corrections (DOC) is lifting a statewide facility lockdown at a majority of prisons. Multiple altercations late last year at several correctional centers prompted a system-wide lockdown.

Recovering from near-record flooding could be delayed at the War Memorial Park, which is located at a place that may have historical significance beyond the World War II-era submarine docked there.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Concerns are mounting that Oklahoma’s state Capitol could become a COVID-19 superspreader site as the Legislature prepares to convene with no apparent mask enforcement for visitors or legislators.

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In a small, rocky hollow on Poteau Mountain near Heavener is a mystery etched into the face of a large slab of rock standing 12 feet tall, 10 feet wide, and 16 inches thick. In 1832, a Choctaw hunting party discovered the rock engraved with mystical symbols. White hunting parties dismissed it as an “Indian Rock.” The earliest authenticated, eyewitness account came from Luther Capps in 1898.

The rise of the cannabis industry in the U.S. has provided benefits for people's health and the economy, but it has also created a waste problem, as most products come in plastic containers.

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The first barge entered the Tulsa Port of Catoosa carrying 650 tons of newsprint on January 21, 1971. Fifty years later the Port continues to grow.

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma reported 2,686 new COVID-19 cases and 55 additional deaths, including a Hennessey woman, on Thursday, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s attorney general damaged relations with the state’s Black community when he challenged the results of the 2020 presidential election, the head of the state’s NAACP said.

Big Business is retaliating against members of Congress who voted against certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory by pledging to suspend some or all political donations. But whether the movement among the country’s largest companies to reevaluate political spending is a sign of change or simply a way for corporations to avoid public scrutiny is yet to be seen.

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Inspector General of Social Security Gail S. Ennis is warning the public about fraudulent letters threatening suspension of Social Security benefits due to COVID-19-related office closures. The Social Security Administration will not suspend or discontinue benefits because their offices are closed to walk-in visitors. 

The Tinker 2021 Air Show has been cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of the Air Force announced this week.

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NORMAN, Okla. — On his final day in office, President Donald Trump did not pardon Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage — better known as Joe Exotic, or “The Tiger King.” Passage, who operated an animal park in Wynnewood, south of Oklahoma City, was convicted of murder for hire and animal abuse in 2018.

WASHINGTON — Hundreds of Oklahomans did not expect to witness history at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday, but the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol shifted their plans. 

Libraries haven’t been quite the same since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but Hulbert Community Library has continued to connect virtually with its patrons.

ENID, Okla. — Oklahoma gained 1,837 new COVID-19 cases and seven additional deaths, according to Oklahoma State Department of Health on Monday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Cindy and David Badger hosted a small prayer gathering Saturday in front of their pickup in the far back corner of the state Capitol parking lot, but they were among the few who showed up, despite rumors of protests.

In the fallout of the U.S. Supreme Court's McGirt vs. Oklahoma ruling, in which the court held the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's reservation was never disestablished, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt quickly tried to wrest jurisdiction over environmental issues in Indian Country. Recently, he got approval from the U.S Environmental Protection Agency, but the tribes plan to fight back.

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