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Standing before Judge James Long, officers Frank Bruno, Joseph Ortiz and Toby Plucinski swore to defend, enforce and obey the Constitution and the laws of the United States, the state of Oklahoma and the charter and ordinances of the city of Enid as new police officers for Enid Police Department.

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NORMAN — Both of Oklahoma’s senators voted against a bill — approved with immense bipartisan support Wednesday — that will allow the United States to bolster its competitiveness with China by investing money into scientific research and development over the next five years.

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Nearly three years ago, writer was thrilled to have gone to Florida to be able to bird. A couple of the top species on my list were the Limpkin and the infamous Florida Snail Kite, which I feared may soon be a thing of the past. A good friend took me to Joe Overstreet Road to find one of my nemesis birds, but while there, I also discovered a Great Blue Heron dining upon an invasive aquarium catfish. My heart still sunk, because where one finds the Limpkin, the Snail Kite is not far behind.

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On Wednesday, the Oklahoma House advanced a bill to prevent public schools, higher education institutions or vo-tech training centers from mandating COVID-19 inoculations for students. Senate Bill 658 also bars singling out non-vaccinated people to wear masks.

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FORT GIBSON — Alva medical student Aaron Place said two weeks at a Fort Gibson clinic taught him about empathy.

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Next time you are on Gibson Street, you’ll notice a new crosswalk connecting Oklahoma School for the Blind and Civitan Park. Students in Cheryl Daniels’ Service Learning class at Oklahoma School for the Blind repainted the crosswalk on May 13. With the help of Lacey Wallace and Jesse Garcia from Oklahoma State University Extension High Obesity Prevention (HOP) program and Doug Walton from the Muskogee County Health Department, students used yellow spray paint to make the railings leading to the crosswalk more visible and white paint and paint rollers to paint the crosswalk.

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Art lovers and buyers can maintain responsible distancing while browsing Chickasaw and other First American artists’ works online at ArtesianArtsFestival.com. Beginning May 28 and lasting through Aug. 2, art buying has found a home virtually at the Artesian Arts Festival.

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As Americans continue trying to stimulate the economy, many are still burdened with student loans. Although the government placed a pause on student loan payments while Americans were affected by the pandemic, some still feel the financial pain.

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National Women’s Health Week was May 9-15, and it's observed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It serves as a reminder for women and girls – especially during the outbreak of COVID-19 – to prioritize their health.

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Early this season, Kenny Gajewski called three of his senior players in for a meeting, knowing it could get ugly and there was major risk involved.

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In return for sovereign immunity in building the Kaw Lake pipeline project on disputed lands, the city is providing the Osage Nation a one-time payment of $1 million, as well as guaranteed right to use about a third of the pipeline’s total capacity, according to the Nation.

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A gunman killed five children, ages 1 to 9, and his 24-year-old brother in a mass shooting early Tuesday at a home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where they all lived together, along with the mother of the children. 

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MUSKOGEE, Okla. – A gunman killed an adult male and five children Tuesday in this northeast Oklahoma community, police said. A seventh wounded victim, a woman, was hospitalized in stable condition.

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Oklahoma Department of Corrections continues to develop and expand the skills of its staff to professionalize its workplace from prison yards to probation offices.

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TULSA, Okla. — As supporters poured into the BOK Center for President Donald Trump’s campaign rally late Saturday afternoon, a crowd of about 100 people in support of the Black Lives Matter movement gathered a mile away at Franklin Hope Reconciliation Park to peacefully protest the rally’s timing while voicing messages of unity and racial equality.

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TULSA, OKLA. — Ray Reynolds had never voted before President Donald Trump stepped into the political arena.

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NORMAN, Okla. – An assistant principal at Norman High School has been arrested on a sexual assault complaint by a woman who said he drugged and assaulted her at his home two months ago.

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EDMOND, Okla. – Dan O’Neil heaved a sigh of relief Tuesday night. He defeated a popular but dead candidate for mayor of this Oklahoma City suburb.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Tim Tadlock and Chris Beard, two of Texas Tech’s most popular athletic figures, shared an enlightening moment earlier this month when detailing the stark contrast between the draft process in their respective sports.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — As the drugs become increasing difficult to obtain, Oklahoma will stop using lethal injection and plans to become the first to execute inmates using the untried method of inert gases, officials announced Wednesday.

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When he was an 18-year-old freshman pledge at the University of Oklahoma, Blake Novacek said fraternity members blindfolded him and later forced him to watch videos of hogs being slaughtered. They then hit him in the stomach with a baseball bat, causing him to fall, hit his head and lose consciousness, all because the school lost a football game, according to a recent lawsuit.

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Perhaps an unlikely candidate to spur such a momentous movement, Father Stanley Rother, a humble priest from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981, will be one step closer to that status on September 23 during his beatification, a Catholic Church blessing process that recognizes a dead individual's entrance into heaven and lets devotees pray to that person for protection.

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An Oklahoma man is facing felony perjury charges after he testified in court his wife had died in an accident. Investigators say his wife is alive and well, and the man's story was an attempt to garner sympathy and financial gain. 

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In 2015, a jury found former Oklahoma City cop Daniel Holtzclaw guilty of 18 sexual assault counts involving eight women. The now 30-year-old was sentenced to 263 years in prison. As Holtzclaw and his loved ones continue to maintain his innocence, his case has also attracted a cadre of other supporters from law enforcement and exonoree communities.

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At the request of the Humane Society of the United States, country star and Texas native Miranda Lambert deployed her MuttNation team, buses and trucks to gather and evacuate adoptable pets from overcrowded Texas shelters in order to make room for animals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Dogs who were already in shelters before the deadly storm were relocated so that displaced pets in Houston could be housed and more easily reunited with their owners.

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The University of Texas and Texas Christian University are welcoming two Houston-area football programs onto their campuses this week as nearly unprecedented storms continue to pound southeast Texas.

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