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Chip Baker holds a cutting of a marijuana plant at the Baker's marijuana nursery at Bakers Medical, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

Many industries in Oklahoma faced unprecedented challenges in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the state’s medical marijauna industry was an outlier, experiencing increased sales and job growth.

Oklahoma House Approves Bill Allowing Police To Use Telemedicine In The Field

Mar 4, 2021
police sirens
Highway Patrol Images / Flickr

The Oklahoma State House approved a bill Wednesday that attempts to phase police out of some mental health crisis transports and allow officers to use telemedicine in the field.

Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine Could Arrive In Oklahoma During First Week Of March

Feb 26, 2021
A nurse draws Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine into a syringe Monday, Dec. 14, 2020, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma could soon see shipments of the new single-shot coronavirus vaccine from Johnson & Johnson as early as next week.

Oklahoma Begins Vaccinating Most Teachers And School Support Staff

Feb 22, 2021

Monday was the first day most teachers and school support staff in Oklahoma could be vaccinated for COVID-19.

A Northern Cardinal perches on a bird feeder in Norman.
WildCare Foundation

People in Oklahoma weren’t the only ones affected by the recent record cold temperatures. So was the state’s bird population. 

Plows drive down a road during a winter storm Sunday, Feb. 14, 2021, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP Photo

Oklahoma City recently recorded 14-below zero, the coldest temperature for the city since 1899. Meteorologists say there may be a man made reason that contributed to the rare cold.   

The Arbuckle Mountain Wind Farm in southern Oklahoma.
Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

Oklahoma is ranked third in the nation for having the largest increase in renewable energy production over the past decade, according to a recent report. 

Oklahoma Hopes To Start Vaccinating Teachers By The End Of February

Feb 9, 2021

It appears Oklahoma teachers, who were bumped up a priority group in December, may start receiving COVID-19 vaccinations by the end of the month.

Curbside Flowers

Curbside Flowers is preparing for Valentine’s Day at its new shop in Oklahoma City, which helps individuals transition out of homelessness by offering employment and job skills training. 

Rev. Derrick Scobey, Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor, helped to organize the event in an effort to encourage more African Americans in Oklahoma City to receive the vaccine.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

For the first time in months, coronavirus cases are down in Oklahoma and medical experts are cautiously optimistic the trend will continue.

Oklahoma State Capitol Building
Claire Donnelly / KGOU

State voting laws became a hot topic among legislators across the country after November’s election despite there being no evidence of widespread voter fraud. Now Oklahoma state senators have filed contrasting election-related bills ahead of the 2021 legislative session. 

Four-Day Weeks Likely To Continue In Oklahoma During 2021-2022 School Year

Jan 28, 2021
Oklahoma State Board of Education Meets On Jan. 28, 2021
Screenshot / Facebook

The practice of four-day school weeks will likely continue widely during the 2021-22 school year in Oklahoma. The state’s Board of Education approved a waiver to rules that would’ve limited the number of districts who could cut days from their school calendar.

Rev. Derrick Scobey, Ebenezer Baptist Church Senior Pastor, helped to organize the event in an effort to encourage more African Americans in Oklahoma City to receive the vaccine.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Although not confirmed, state health officials suspect the new coronavirus variants have made it to Oklahoma. The new strains are more contagious, but medical experts are hopeful about treatment and vaccines.


As Daily COVID-19 Case Counts Drop In Oklahoma, Daily Death Rates Expectedly Continue To Rise

Jan 25, 2021
Medical staff prepare to swab another patient being tested for COVID-19 at an Oklahoma City site on May 8. Most of staff working at the site were women.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

Oklahoma’s coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations are trending down for the first time in months. Unfortunately, deaths are not.

COVID-19 Continues To Create Challenges For Oklahoma Classrooms

Jan 22, 2021
A display of typical school supplies and electronic devices being distributed to Oklahoma City Public School students is pictured at Eugene Field Elementary School, Monday, Aug. 24, 2020
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Across Oklahoma, many schools are attempting in-person learning despite the continuing challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Oklahoma Health Officials Respond To Depleted Vaccine Stockpile

Jan 15, 2021
A health care worker fills a syringe with the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine.
Whitney Bryen / Oklahoma Watch

As recently as Wednesday, Oklahoma health officials were hopeful that the state’s weekly vaccine supply would double. But that hope disappeared Friday, when news broke that the federal stockpile fueling that supply surge is gone.

Pre-K teacher Elvia Walters heads out the door with a bag with school supplies and an iPad for one of her students Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Eugene Field Elementary School, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Quarantining after a COVID-19 exposure will now be optional in Oklahoma classrooms if students and teachers are wearing a mask.

Oklahoma State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister answers a question at the Central Oklahoma PPE distribution warehouse where supplies for schools are being distributed Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

Oklahoma’s State Board of Education is asking for a funding increase for the state's schools in this year’s legislative session.

It's Best To Wait For A COVID-19 Vaccine If You've Had A Positive Test In The Past 90 Days

Jan 7, 2021
Dr. Richard Heigle, left, watches as he is injected with Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine, becoming one of the first ten people in the state to receive the vaccine, at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

As Oklahoma enters the second phase of its coronavirus vaccination program, most residents are still waiting.

Pre-K teacher Elvia Walters heads out the door with a bag with school supplies and an iPad for one of her students Monday, Aug. 24, 2020, at Eugene Field Elementary School, in Oklahoma City.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

As the fall 2020 semester ends, Oklahoma teachers are burnt out and discouraged by a semester disrupted by COVID-19. That's according to results of an Oklahoma Education Association survey that measured teacher morale during the pandemic.

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