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Tribes, Oklahoma Committed To Working Together On Matters Of Jurisdiction And Public Safety

The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a huge area of eastern Oklahoma is a Native American reservation was applauded by tribes.

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Coronavirus In Oklahoma: The Latest

KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

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Oklahoma Gov. Stitt Not Overly Concerned Despite Surging COVID-19 Cases

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt addressed the media Thursday afternoon to talk about how the state was dealing with record increases. But, his administration isn't overly concerned with the levels.

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a huge area of eastern Oklahoma is a Native American reservation was applauded by tribes.

Ryan LaCroix / KOSU

KOSU is continuing to cover the developing story around coronavirus in Oklahoma. Bookmark this page for the latest updates.

Oklahoma health officials report new cases of COVID-19 increased by 596 on Friday. That's more than a three percent increase in total reported cases, with the state's total now at 19,092.

Six new deaths were reported, bringing the state's death toll to 416. They are as follows:

Capital punishment is on the decline in the United States, with only 13 new death sentences and seven executions so far this year.

But the U.S. Justice Department is moving in the other direction. Authorities are preparing the death chamber in Terre Haute, Ind., for the first federal executions in 17 years, starting Monday.

Death row inmates, their spiritual advisers and even one set of victims' relatives are moving to the courts to try to stop or delay the process. They're using a novel argument: the coronavirus pandemic.

Updated July 10, 2020. 

KOSU has heard reports of frustrating experiences when people try to get tested for COVID-19 - so we want to hear from you about your experience.  We want to answer questions and provide a simplified guide to the COVID-19 testing process in Oklahoma, but to do so we need your input. 

Oklahoma City Archbishop Paul Coakley announced on Thursday that masks, shields or face coverings are required to be worn at all public Masses and church gatherings in the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

In a letter to parishioners, Coakley said all priests, deacons, parishioners, church staff and volunteers must wear face coverings beginning this Saturday. He cautioned that it was a temporary and he will continue to monitor the crisis and adjust restrictions when necessary.

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With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt addressed the media Thursday afternoon to talk about how the state was dealing with record increases. But, his administration isn't overly concerned with the levels.

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Starting this Saturday, face masks must be worn in the City of Stillwater.

On Thursday evening, Stillwater City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that requires the use of face coverings in an effort to control the spread of COVID-19. It's similar to one passed by Norman City Council on Tuesday.

The ordinance requires face coverings to be worn in:

Updated at 6:11 p.m. ET

President Trump's former personal attorney and fixer, Michael Cohen, has been taken back to prison less than two months after being released early to home confinement over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons said in an email to NPR that Cohen "refused the conditions of his home confinement and as a result, has been returned to a BOP facility." The agency did not provide any further details.

The World Health Organization has issued a new scientific brief that summarizes what's known about the different ways the coronavirus can transmit.

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