ENID, Okla. — Aaron LeCrone had never been inside a hot air balloon before, but on Monday, he got the opportunity to take a tethered ride in one.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — All members of the Oklahoma National Guard must comply with the Pentagon’s vaccine mandate or face a prohibition on their participation in drills and training, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin told Gov. Kevin Stitt in a letter on Monday.

Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Alva campus is partnering with the Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) to hold a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 1-2, 2021, in the Student Center Ranger Room.

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WAUKOMIS, Okla. -- With help from local and state historians, an Oklahoma state legislator wants to make a new home in Garfield County for statues of historical figures that had been removed over the last year and a half around the United States.

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BRUNSWICK -- After more than 11 hours of deliberation, jurors -- 11 white and one Black --delivered guilty murder verdicts Wednesday on three white men accused of killing a Black man jogging in the street of their Brunswick, Georgia neighborhood.

A line of people lined Sixth Avenue in front of Stillwater Medical Center Friday and Saturday, holding signs protesting COVID-19 vaccine mandates for people who work at the hospital and other medical facilities.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed the state’s new legislative and congressional maps into law, just days after lawmakers wrapped up a five-day special session on the topic.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Two Republican lawmakers want to require employers to pay at least $1 million in punitive damages if they mandate vaccinations and an employee believes they became ill or suffered an injury as a result.

Stone and the other GOP officials and political candidates headlining the event at the Stride Bank Center garnered numerous mid-speech standing applauses, made anti-COVID vaccine jokes and claims about the 2020 election, and repeated the phrase “Let’s Go Brandon,” a newly popular underground saying insulting President Joe Biden.

OKLAHOMA CITY – November is recognized as National Adoption Month. During this time, Oklahoma Human Services (OKDHS) and partner agencies celebrate children leaving foster care to find permanency in their forever homes as well as the families and staff who make that permanency possible.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Supporters of Julius Jones said Tuesday, after meeting with members of Gov. Kevin Stitt’s staff, that they’ve been told the governor is “deep in prayer” about the state’s impending execution of Jones, and whether or not he should commute Jones’ sentence.

ENID, Okla. — COVID-19 vaccines now are available in Enid and surrounding areas for children ages 5 to 11.

Raw milk produced by Swan Bros. Dairy, Inc. of Claremore, Oklahoma is the subject of a statewide recall due to the confirmed detection of Listeria, according to the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry. Anyone who has purchased or received raw milk products from Swan Bros. Dairy, Inc. is strongly urged to dispose of any remaining product.

An Oakwood man was hospitalized Thursday morning, Nov. 11, 2021, after being pinned for approximately 45 minutes in a two-vehicle accident a mile west of this Blaine County town, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — LGBTQ advocates said they were disappointed Wednesday after Gov. Kevin Stitt issued an executive order banning state health officials from issuing gender-neutral birth certificates.

Oklahoma gas prices have risen 0.4 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.02/g Monday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 2,294 stations in Oklahoma. Gas prices in Oklahoma are 10.7 cents per gallon higher than a month ago and stand $1.26/g higher than a year ago.

Those in attendance at Operation Yellow Ribbon's ribbon-tying ceremony were asked — nay, challenged — to show their support for America’s combat veterans, service members and first responders by tying yellow strands of ribbon throughout town — on cars, utility poles, trees, fences, storefronts and the like.

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Oklahoma State University has informed faculty, staff and students on the university payroll that they will have more time to comply with a federal mandate to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The requirement applies to OSU due to the university’s federal contract status. The university will stay in line with the Biden administration’s decision to move the deadline from Dec. 8 to Jan. 4, 2022, university officials announced.

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