Tag: Oklahoma

2 Officers Face Murder Charges After Using Taser on Man More Than 50 Times, Officials Say

Two Oklahoma police officers have been charged with second-degree murder after they used Tasers more than 50 times on a man who later died, according to court records. The officers, Joshua Taylor, 25, and Brandon Dingman, 34, of the Wilson Police Department, were charged in connection with the death last year of the man, Jared […]

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Republican Leaders Want to End Obamacare. Their Voters Are Expanding It.

ImageAmber England, who led the campaign to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot in Oklahoma, talking to supporters online on Tuesday.Credit…Sue Ogrocki/Associated Press Deeply conservative Oklahoma narrowly approved a ballot initiative Tuesday to expand Medicaid to nearly 200,000 low-income adults, the first state to do so in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. The vote […]

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Tulsa Police Sergeant, One of Two Officers Shot During Traffic Stop, Dies

A police sergeant who was shot during a traffic stop in Tulsa, Okla., early Monday morning died of his injuries on Tuesday, and another officer who was critically wounded remained hospitalized, the authorities said. The sergeant, Craig Johnson, a 15-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, underwent emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds but did […]

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What to Watch in Kentucky Election Results and Colorado Senate Race

The Democratic presidential primary may be effectively decided, but there are still elections left on the calendar. And Tuesday brings a handful of new contests, as well as some long-awaited results. There are competitive Democratic Senate primary races in Kentucky and Colorado. A governor’s race in Utah. And House Republican primaries in Utah and Colorado […]

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Public Health Experts Reject President’s View of Fading Pandemic

Public health experts warned on Sunday that the coronavirus pandemic is not going away anytime soon. They directly contradicted President Trump’s promise that the disease that has infected more than two million Americans would “fade away” and his remarks that disparaged the value of evidence from coronavirus tests. A day after President Trump told a […]

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Seven Things To Know About Juneteenth

UPDATED: 3:03 a.m. ET, June 19, 2020 — Black Independence Day, otherwise known as Juneteenth, has arrived. It is one of the most important days in Black History, representing freedom and liberation. We’ve compiled a few facts that you may not have known about the celebration of the emancipation of the last slaves in the […]

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Russell Westbrook, Stanley Nelson Jr. To Create Docuseries About Black Wall Street

NBA star Russell Westbrook is adding Executive Producer to his repertoire. According to Variety, the Houston Rockets point guard is teaming up with award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson Jr. for the creation of a docuseries about the Tulsa race massacre that happened in 1921. Russell Westbrook is teaming with celebrated documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson for a […]

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Oklahoma Police Officer Tells Black Man ‘I Don’t Care’ After He Says ‘I Can’t Breathe.’ Man Later Dies

Photo: Shutterstock Every week, it seems a new video emerges showing the police blatantly disregarding the pleas of people in their custody. In Oklahoma City, body camera footage has been released from a May 2019 incident where 42-year-old Derrick Scott can be seen telling police “I can’t breathe,” as he’s being held in police custody. […]

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Trump Will Return to Campaign Trail With Rally in Tulsa

WASHINGTON — President Trump will return to the campaign trail on June 19 with a rally in Tulsa, Okla., for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak forced most of the country into quarantine three months ago, a campaign official said Wednesday, as polls show former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. establishing a significant […]

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Justice Dept. Ends Inquiries Into 3 Senators’ Stock Trades

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department notified three senators on Tuesday that it will not pursue insider trading charges against them after an investigation into stock transactions from the early days of the coronavirus pandemic did not find sufficient evidence they had broken the law, according to a person briefed on the investigations. The department contacted […]

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Black Deliveryman Says He Was Blocked and Interrogated by White Driver

Travis Miller Sr., an appliance and furniture deliveryman, had just completed his eighth and last delivery of the day last Monday and was attempting to leave a gated community with a co-worker when a white car blocked his path to the neighborhood’s only exit. “I think things would have gone differently if I was white,” […]

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Coronavirus Looms as Businesses Reopen in Some States

ATLANTA — Weeks after a deadly virus reordered daily life in America, shuttering most businesses and forcing most people indoors, three states on Friday took tentative steps toward something resembling normalcy. But across Georgia, Alaska and Oklahoma, it was anything but business as usual. A barber giving a trim in Atlanta, with a face mask […]

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Tornado Kills One in Southern Oklahoma

A powerful tornado struck southern Oklahoma on Wednesday evening, damaging two factories, flipping cars and killing at least one person, according to the authorities. The tornado cut through Marshall County, Okla., around 5 p.m., striking the factories, J & I Manufacturing, which makes truck beds and bodies, and Oklahoma Steel & Wire, according to Robert […]

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Holdout States Resist Calls for Stay-at-Home Orders: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’

A surge in coronavirus deaths in the United States has prompted the vast majority of governors to order their residents to stay home, but a small number of states are resisting increasingly urgent calls to shut down their states. The pressure on the holdouts in the Midwest and the South has mounted in recent days […]

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What Happened After ‘Tiger King’

Traveling the country in 1866, the showman P.T. Barnum sparred with the founder of the A.S.P.C.A. Having learned of a mauling at a Long Island zoo in 1933, one woman wrote to her newspaper, “it makes one wonder why these roadside ‘zoos’ are allowed.” Watching Netflix in 2020, a lot of people are wondering the […]

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Tom Coburn, the ‘Dr. No’ of Congress, Is Dead at 72

Tom Coburn, an ultraconservative Oklahoma Republican and family physician who in 16 years in Congress crusaded for limited government, using a rule-book technicality to block so many bills that frustrated legislators called him “Dr. No,” died on Saturday. He was 72. His death was announced on Twitter by his former communications director, John Hart. He […]

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We’re Finally Winning the Fight Against Conversion Therapy

As a national advocate for a nonprofit organization working to protect the rights of L.G.B.T.Q. youth in America, I spend a lot of time looking down on wheat fields from tens of thousands of feet in the air. The constant flights from coast to coast and state capital to state capital give me plenty of […]

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Oklahoma College Recruiter Lined Up High School Students by Skin Color and Hair Type

A college recruiter from Oklahoma Christian University is no longer working for the school after he told a group of high school students to line up organized by their skin color and hair texture, officials said on Tuesday. The recruiter, Cedric Sunray, visited Harding Charter Preparatory High School in Oklahoma City on Feb. 24, and […]

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Oklahoma School District Apologizes for High School Basketball Announcer Who Called Players’ Names ‘Pretty Disgusting’

Screenshot: Facebook It took a moment to register just what, exactly, the announcer had said. At a girls’ basketball district championship game at Newkirk High School in Oklahoma last Friday, the visiting players from Crooked Oaks High School were getting ready to come onto the court. Before announcing the lineup, however, Newkirk’s announcer had a […]

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Oklahoma’s Tribes Unite Against a Common Foe: Their Cherokee Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY — When Kevin Stitt campaigned for governor of Oklahoma, he said his identity as a citizen of Cherokee Nation gave him “firsthand” knowledge of the clout Native American tribes wield in the state. But since his victory in November 2018, the tribal nations have been teaching Mr. Stitt lessons in the politics of […]

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Oklahoma to Resume Executions by Lethal Injection

NORMAN, Okla. — Oklahoma plans to resume putting inmates to death using lethal injection drugs, five years after officials halted all executions in the wake of a series of botched procedures that drew national attention to the state’s death penalty protocol. Officials in Oklahoma, one of the country’s most prolific death penalty states, said on […]

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University Condemns Comparison of ‘OK, Boomer’ to Racial Slur by Professor

The president of the University of Oklahoma on Tuesday condemned the remarks of a professor who told his class that the phrase “OK, boomer” was comparable to a racial slur against black people, provoking outrage from students in the class and around campus. Peter Gade, the director of graduate studies at the university’s journalism school, […]

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Former Pro Football Player and Republican Congressman J.C. Watts Spearheads First Black News Channel, Launching Nationally This Week

Former football player and Republican congressman J.C. Watts (in a 2006 file photo) has reportedly worked for more than a decade to get Black News Channel to launch.Photo: Getty Images Did it really take a former Republican congressman to finally launch the first black news network? Apparently so. He’s a former professional football player, too. […]

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Man goes into ‘dad mode’ to help 6-year-old attacked by dog at Oklahoma golf course

Please enable Javascript to watch this video YUKON, Okla. (KFOR) – A good Samaritan went into “dad mode” after he saw a Rottweiler mauling a a 6-year-old girl at Surrey Hills Golf Course in Yukon, Oklahoma Monday. “It was horrific. She was completely covered in blood,” said David Harris, who was nearby when the attack […]

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‘Most Wanted Fugitive’ who faked death to avoid child sex charges arrested in Oklahoma

Please enable Javascript to watch this video ANTLERS, Okla. (KFOR) – Authorities say a fugitive who faked his own death to avoid child sex charges has been arrested in an Oklahoma town. Officials say accusations arose against Jacob Blair Scott after his stepdaughter became pregnant. Scott was facing a 14-court indictment charging him with sexual […]

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Former Zookeeper Sentenced to 22 Years in Murder-for-Hire Plot

An Oklahoma man who once ran a tiger petting zoo was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in a federal prison for trying to hire a hit man to kill an animal-rights activist who had criticized the zoo’s treatment of animals and for killing five tiger cubs. The man, Joseph Maldonado-Passage, 56, was convicted last April […]

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