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

Billions in fed funds

Oklahoma Deems Billions In Fed Covid Relief Fund Applications A Secret

Billions in requests for federal money from both state agencies and the private sector are being kept secret by Oklahoma’s purchasing agency.

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.

Ed Sec Walters’ personal salary funded by secret pro-charter donors

Oklahoma's appointed Ed Sec Ryan Walters is paid $120,000 by a nonprofit funded by secret billionaires promoting charter schools.
COVID relief

Gov Stitt admin keeping report secret on questionable relief funds spending

Oklahoma Gov. Stitt's administration officials have repeatedly denied nonprofit newsrooms' requests to release a report on federal funds use.
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.
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’

Okla nonprofit used federal funds for vacations instead of victim services

Oklahoma Watch reporter Whitney Bryen uncovered a pattern of a nonprofit whose leadelrs were using money given for victims for vacations.
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.

Okla Lt. Gov. Pinnell approved millions in Foggy Bottom Kitchen expenses

As Lt. Governor, Matt Pinnell signed off on over $16 million in paid by taxpayers in questionable Foggy Bottom Kitchen expenses.
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.