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UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 11:59 a.m.

4 troopers hurt, suspect dead in Oklahoma shootout

Four Oklahoma troopers were struck by gunfire or shrapnel while serving a warrant early Friday at a man’s home that may have been booby-trapped to spark a large fire, authorities …


Oklahoma passes faith veto on LGBT adoptions; Kansas close

Oklahoma legislators approved a measure Thursday to grant legal protections to faith-based adoption agencies that cite their religious beliefs for not placing children in LGBT homes and lawmakers in Kansas …


Oklahoma hasn’t recorded a tornado this year but may soon

This year’s weather on the Southern Plains has an odd twist: Oklahoma has yet to record its first tornado, the deepest into the year it’s gone without one since 1962.


UPDATED: Mon., April 16, 2018, 10:04 p.m.

Oklahoma wildfires kill 2; threat nears historic level

Wildfires that have killed two people in western Oklahoma are nearing conditions not seen in at least a decade because of the mixture of high temperatures, low humidity and heavy …


More than 2 dozen wildfires burning in Oklahoma, Texas

Strong winds are fueling more than two dozen wildfires burning across Oklahoma and Texas.


Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas facing tornado and wildfire threats

Emergency officials in Oklahoma, Texas and Kansas are bracing for two types of disasters as spring gets into full swing: The start of what’s historically the most active time of …


Some say teachers risk losing support as walkout continues

When Oklahoma Republicans finally passed a massive tax hike for hundreds of millions of new dollars for public schools and teacher pay raises, they thought they would get a thank …


Teacher rebellion puts red-state Republicans on defensive

A teacher rebellion in red states from West Virginia to Arizona has put Republicans on the defensive, forcing them to walk a fine line in the months before midterm elections …


UPDATED: Mon., April 2, 2018, 3:40 p.m.

Kentucky, Oklahoma teachers rally as rebellion grows

Thousands of Kentucky teachers filled the streets near the state Capitol in Frankfort on a cold, overcast Monday to rally for education funding.


Oklahoma teachers who just got raises rally for more funding

Thousands of Oklahoma teachers are expected to descend on the state Capitol Monday to demand lawmakers approve more education funding just days after the Legislature did just that.


Oklahoma officials plan to use nitrogen for executions

Oklahoma officials say they plan to use nitrogen gas to execute inmates once the state resumes using the death penalty, marking the first time a U.S. state would use the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 3, 2018, 5:09 p.m.

Oklahoma considers chemical castration for sex offenders

A Republican lawmaker is pushing to add Oklahoma to the list of states in which so-called chemical castration is an option for certain sex offenders, albeit an option that rarely …


Crime victims’ rights campaign faces fresh local backlash

After his sister was slain and his mother ran into the accused killer, out on bail, in a grocery store a week later, California billionaire Henry Nicholas became a fierce …


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, 2:19 p.m.

Tribes oppose planned bioterror tests near Oklahoma graves

Five Native American tribes that own an Oklahoma site where the U.S. Department of Homeland Security intends to conduct bioterrorism drills next year now oppose the government’s plan, saying the …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 11, 2017, 10:33 a.m.

Oklahoma college board member chided for anti-gay comments

A former Oklahoma City mayor and member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents was rebuked Monday for comparing gay people to pedophiles and politicians who’ve recently resigned amid …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 8:09 p.m.

Magnitude 3.7, 2.9 quakes rattle Oklahoma town early Sunday

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded two earthquakes that struck near a central Oklahoma town.


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 22, 2017, 5:26 p.m.

Officials: EF1 tornado tore part of Oklahoma casino roof off

State emergency managers and the National Weather Service were surveying damage Sunday from severe storms that spawned as many as four tornadoes in southwestern and central Oklahoma.


UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 10:39 p.m.

Likely tornado hits casino where Beach Boys playing

High winds and torrential rains accompanying a likely tornado tore part of the roof off of an Oklahoma casino on Saturday where the Beach Boys were playing a concert attended …


Arkansas church named for martyred Oklahoma priest

A small Arkansas church has been named in honor of a martyred priest from Oklahoma.


Issue of race is again a focus in ex-cop’s 4th murder trial

Three hung juries in the case of a white former Oklahoma police officer charged with fatally shooting his daughter’s black boyfriend had one thing in common besides unwillingness to convict: …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 10, 2017, 12:20 a.m.

Top 25 capsules: Baker Mayfield with 3 TDs as No. 5 Oklahoma tops No. 2 Ohio State 31-16

Baker Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Oklahoma knocked off No. 2 Ohio State 31-16 on Saturday night in Columbus, Ohio, to give first-year head …


Trump nominates Oklahoma politician and climate skeptic to run NASA

President Donald Trump recently announced his pick for administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration: Rep. James Bridenstine, R-Okla., a former pilot whose goals for our solar system include …


Trump to nominate Oklahoma congressman to lead NASA

The White House says President Donald Trump plans to nominate an Oklahoma congressman, Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine, to serve as the next administrator of NASA.


Weather service confirms three tornadoes struck Oklahoma

The National Weather Service says three tornadoes struck northeast Oklahoma, including an EF2 twister that caused heavy damage and injured at least 30 people near midtown Tulsa.


Teacher who cartwheeled without underwear given probation

A former substitute teacher in Oklahoma who exposed herself to students when she did a cartwheel while wearing a long skirt but no underwear has pleaded guilty to a reduced …


Ex-cop to face 4th trial in killing of daughter’s boyfriend

A former Oklahoma police officer is facing a fourth trial in the shooting death of his daughter’s black boyfriend.


UPDATED: Fri., July 14, 2017, 4 p.m.

Earthquakes rumble central Oklahoma but no reports of damage

The U.S. Geological Survey says several earthquakes struck central Oklahoma Friday morning, including one with a preliminary magnitude of 4.2.


Tulsa cop cleared in killing of unarmed black man resigns

A white Oklahoma police officer recently acquitted of fatally shooting an unarmed black man submitted her resignation from the Tulsa police department Friday, saying the desk job where she had …


UPDATED: Wed., July 12, 2017, 3:03 p.m.

Man faces federal charges in pipe bomb blast

A 28-year-old man facing federal charges in a pipe bomb explosion outside an Air Force recruiting center in Oklahoma had been enlisted in that branch of the military and was …


ATF: Explosion was domestic terrorism or a horrible prank

An explosion outside an Oklahoma Air Force recruiting center is being investigated as a possible act of domestic terrorism, but the late-night blast could also have been a horrible prank, …