Although many people who come down with COVID-19 get better after a week of illness, some experience what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls “post-COVID syndrome,” or, as it is also known, "long-haul COVID."

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday called for a special session to start Nov. 15 to finish the state’s redistricting process.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The FDA authorized and the CDC approved an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the administration of a single booster dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for certain eligible individuals. Eligible Oklahomans can begin receiving their booster dose as early as Sept. 24.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s Division 2 colleges and universities could save considerable money on transportation costs if forced by lawmakers to compete in an all-Oklahoma conference, but such a move could complicate student-athlete recruiting and football seasons, officials said.

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TULSA - Few may realize how a lack of connection affects daily behaviors, especially for older adults. A survey from Home Instead, Inc. found that older adults who eat most meals alone are more than twice as likely to be lonely, leading to a poorer diet compared to those who enjoy meals in the company of others.

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma State Department of Health will host a virtual career fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29 in an effort to hire approximately 70 nurses statewide.

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U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona recognized 325 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021, including six schools in Oklahoma. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Secretary Cardona made the announcement during his Return to School Road Trip, while visiting an awardee school, Walter R. Sundling Jr. High School, in Palatine, Illinois.The Oklahoma schools named as National Blue Ribbon Schools were:Chickasha – Pioneer School, Pioneer Public School District.Enid – Chisholm Middle School, Chisholm School District.Enid – Hoover Elementary School, Enid School District.Laverne – Laverne Elementary School, Laverne School District.McAlester – Edmond Doyle Elementary School, McAlester Public School District.Oklahoma City – Brink Junior High School, Moore School District.“This year’s cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish,” said Secretary Cardona. “I commend all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better.”The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools.The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon Schools nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be hindered by a mismatch in labor supply and demand along with a shortage of quality, affordable child care options, experts told a state Senate committee Tuesday.

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — With several months to go before state lawmakers return for the 2022 legislative session, Republicans are promising to once again push to require photo identification to vote.

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At least 10 students have been identified in connection with vandalism of three restrooms at the new 8th & 9th Grade Academy at Alice Robertson.

ENID, Okla —Smiling families, community members and Air Force personnel gathered at Enid Woodring Regional Airport on Friday evening to join Vance Air Force Base in celebration of its 80th anniversary.

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WASHINGTON — More than 20 Republican state attorneys general, including Missouri’s Eric Schmitt, are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Disability advocates Thursday celebrated a ruling that bars the state from implementing a new law requiring Oklahomans with intellectual disabilities to wait five years before accessing specialized home and community-based services through the state’s Medicaid program.

GasBuddy, the leading fuel savings platform providing North American drivers with the most ways to save money on gas, released findings of a new study today revealing the most popular times of day drivers in each state fill up. The study analyzed Pay with GasBuddy fuel purchasing data* to determine the most frequent time drivers in all 50 U.S. states bought fuel.

Oklahoma’s biggest party begins Thursday, September 16 and runs through Sunday, September 26. Fairgoers can expect a multitude of new and unique food items, thrills on the midway, free shows and exhibits and much more over the 11-day run.Thursday, September 16 is Opening Day and outside gate admission is $2 for everyone.Gates open daily at 10 a.m. The 2021 Opening Ceremony takes place on the Circle Stage at 5 p.m. Colors will be presented by the Capitol Hill High School Naval Junior ROTC, the National Anthem will be sung by the Capitol Hill High School Honor Choir and signed by the 2021 OKC Indian Princesses. The Capitol Hill High School Drum Line, Dance Diversity Company, and Honors Choir will also perform.Fairgoers are invited to check out the many new exhibits, competitions, and performances offered. These include GASCAR, Kids Can Cook!, the Peruvian Horse Show, Auto Show Ride Along in The Pavilion, the RAM Ride Along at Gate 1, and more. Events that the public can participate in include Board Game Bonanza on September 17, the Oklahoma State Fair Putters Cup on September 24, and the Oklahoma State Fair Cornhole Classic on September 26.Attendees can enjoy a free concert each night of the Fair on the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage. This year’s line-up includes crowd-pleasing classics and new fan-favorites such as The Oak Ridge Boys and Jameson Rodgers. Other acts include R&B star Ginuwine, Hispanic group La Fiera de Ojinaga, and a rock and roll favorite, Jackyl. All shows on the Chickasaw Country Entertainment Stage are free with outside gate admission.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid fears that Oklahomans could be facing a severe winter, regulators called together some of the state’s top utility officials Tuesday to discuss whether the state will have adequate access to natural gas supplies.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Battle lines are being drawn as Republican leaders vow to fight President Biden’s new vaccine mandates, and Oklahoma’s top business advocacy group said it wouldn’t be surprised if the policy faces additional legal challenges from the private sector.

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September has been designated as National Preparedness Month. Oklahoma residents are aware of the importance of being prepared for both natural and manmade disasters. Nationally, the damage from Hurricane Ida, torrential flooding and other weather-related emergencies have recently been front page news. More locally, long-term care facilities in the area also have faced severe challenges in trying to keep long-term care residents safe.

OKLAHOMA CITY - Reps. Danny Williams, R-Seminole, Chris Kannady, R-Oklahoma City, Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, and Bob Ed Culver, R-Tahlequah, held an interim study Tuesday to review funding for the Oklahoma Court System, focusing on district courts.

INDIANAPOLIS — A federal report analyzing the dearth of thorough oversight at nursing homes nationwide during the COVID-19 pandemic found the list of facilities that have operated for more than a year without a recertification inspection continues to grow.

While Southwest Oklahoma isn’t exactly a desert, it is far from the wettest part of the state.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s been 20 years since American Airlines flight 77 was hijacked and crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001 — three Oklahoma service members died during the attack. For their families, the day is still fresh in their minds.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — In a little more than a week, Markwayne Mullin said he went from a little-known Oklahoma Congressman to an international figure after, he said, federal officials leaked information about his team’s attempts to rescue Americans from Afghanistan.

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