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Coronavirus Updates: Oklahoma National Guard Helping With COVID-19 & Halt To Abortion Ban Stands

The Oklahoma National Guard has called up more members to help with COVID-19 testing.

The Guard now has 175 of its 7,500-member force working with 11 identified COVID-19 regional health administration locations. The members are acting as couriers to the state-run testing sites, but they won't be taking part in the procedures.

Officials say, as fellow Oklahomans, the guard members are dedicated to serving the state and helping its people get through the pandemic.

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The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals won't hear an appeal by the state of Oklahoma after a lower court put a temporary halt to Governor Kevin Stitt's ban on abortions during the COVID-19 crisis. The three judge panel says since it's a temporary ruling, the state can't challenge it.

The issue might be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court, as abortion providers are challenging a Texas ban on most abortions.

Michael Cross is the host of KOSU's Morning Edition.
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