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Curated coverage from across the state of Oklahoma by our collaborative partners

Feds investigating Stitt, Walters giveaways of millions in relief money

Oklahoma gave a Florida company a no-bid contract to distribute $18 million in pandemic relief money. Now the feds are investigating.

Tourism Dept ends Foggy Bottom contract for ‘suspected fraudulent activity’

Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Dept is ending a contract with Swadley’s Foggy Bottom Kitchen after embarrassing exposures by the press.
Stillwater Health Lab

Fed inspectors clear Oklahoma’s Public Health Lab of major infractions

Federal lab inspectors have resolved their major concerns with Oklahoma’s relocated public health lab in Stillwater after re-inspection.
state questions

End of State Questions? Experts Say Legislation Could Doom Most Efforts

Bills moving through the Legislature could block getting a question on the ballot through Oklahoma’s initiative and referendum process.

A day in Oklahoma County Drug Court, where a judge hopes all rise

The drug court is under-reported but carrying out some crucial work of shepherding residents back into a productive life instead of jail.
open records

Cities and state agencies push back against Oklahoma open records law

Government agencies have argued that large, complicated records requests are disruptive or could impact economic development.
Nursing Homes

At Least 537 COVID-19 Deaths Missing From State Nursing Home Data

Federal data shows that 512 nursing home residents who died from the COVID-19 virus were missing from state counts.
Oklahoma Capitol

At the Oklahoma Legislature, a new flood of bills on school curriculum

OK Legislature proposals range from limits on classroom discussions of current events to requiring schools to teach ‘Victims of Communism Day’
evictions

Why 25,000-plus Oklahomans are still waiting for rental assistance

Oklahoma received $485 million in federal emergency funds to help those at risk of eviction. Yet thousands have been evicted while waiting.
State questions

Republicans in Oklahoma Legislature look to tighten state question laws

Several Oklahoma lawmakers are looking to add hurdles for citizen-led groups to pass the type of state questions.