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Trent Shores Reflects On His Time As U.S. Attorney, Remains Committed To Justice For Indian Country

This is a bittersweet week for U.S. Attorney Trent Shores. He tendered his resignation effective February 28th to make way for President Joe Biden's new head prosecutor for the Northern District of Oklahoma. Over the last four years, he's worked closely with tribal and state leaders, as both adjust to last summer's landmark McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling.

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What We Know About Oklahoma's Vaccination Plan

Last Updated on February 17th, 2021 3:14 p.m . The coronavirus vaccine has made it to Oklahoma. Federal regulators signed off on emergency approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on December 11th and the Moderna vaccine on December 18th. Now, the state will carry out the plan officials have been drafting for months.

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Cherokee Nation Supreme Court Rules Citizenship Not Determined 'By Blood'

In an historic ruling on Monday, the Cherokee Nation Supreme Court struck the term "by blood" from its constitution and laws. The decision effectively ends a decades-long debate over citizenship status in the largest tribe in the country.

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A pair of bills that change the way schools are funded and open up transfers for K-12 students, passed through the Oklahoma State House of Representatives Wednesday.

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This week, we're remembering some of the more than 500,000 people in the U.S. who have died from COVID-19 through the music that gave their lives meaning. We're calling our tribute songs of remembrance. Today, Lionel Mares shares stories about his mother, Maria Angelica Mares, of Sun Valley, Calif. He says the song his mom loved was "I Walk The Line" by Johnny Cash.

(SOUNDBITE OF JOHNNY CASH SONG, "I WALK THE LINE")

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's draft proposal for a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, calling it "partisan by design."

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Focus: Black Oklahoma is a one-hour news and public affairs program on various topics relevant to Oklahomans across the Black diaspora that airs on KOSU monthly. Listen to February's episode now.

The cost of repairing damages from the attack on the U.S. Capitol and related security expenses have already topped $30 million and will keep rising, Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton told lawmakers on Wednesday.

The events of Jan. 6, he said, were "difficult for the American people and extremely hard for all of us on campus to witness."

Blanton said that congressional appropriations committees have already approved a transfer request of $30 million to pay for expenses and extend a temporary perimeter fencing contract through March 31.

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Oklahoma health officials reported 37 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Wednesday, for a total of 4,264 deaths since March 2020. They are as follows:

The Food and Drug Administration released an analysis of Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday morning that supports its authorization for emergency use.

On Friday, a panel of advisers to the agency will meet to evaluate the vaccine and make a recommendation about whether it should be given the OK. If the agency goes on to authorize the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, it would be the third, after those made by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, to become available in the U.S.

As COVID cases began to rise a year ago, a Chinese company contacted several U.S. states and offered to set up testing labs. As a byproduct, the Chinese firm, Beijing Genomics Institute, would likely gain access to the DNA of those tested.

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