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Oklahoma health officials reported nine new deaths on Friday, bringing the state's total to 939. They are as follows:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Tribal Justice Support awarded the Muscogee (Creek) Nation $547,980 in grant money to provide more staff and services for its tribal court system.

The money will be used to hire four additional prosecutors to handle cases involving domestic violence, protective orders and other cases that relate to the Violence Against Women Act. 

The grant will also be used to update tribal criminal codes and buy more equipment. Tribal codes needing an update include traffic, youthful offenders, criminal offenses and criminal procedures.

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Nobody knows how many cases of the coronavirus are present in Oklahoma schools. But, we do know there are hundreds of cases in every part of the state.

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a criminal justice reform group calling on Governor Kevin Stitt and the Department of Corrections to take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19, Tulsa City Council unanimously approved a new Hate Crimes ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity and the state Supreme Court denies Stitt's request for a rehearing on its decision over tribal gaming compacts.

 

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Oklahoma farmers are close to stripping cotton, but some are losing crops from dry weather in August.

Seth Byrd, an Oklahoma State University Extension cotton specialist, said this year’s crop had a lot of potential. With unexpected dry weather in August, he’s slightly adjusting expectations.

“We kind of realized in the middle of August that, you know, if we don't get a rain pretty quick, we're going to start definitely losing some of that yield potential,” Byrd said. “And that happened, we were pretty hot and basically dry through … almost the whole month.”

Local headlines for Friday, September 18, 2020

In the 1970s, the Red Dirt music scene took root in Stillwater and gave rise to artists like Garth Brooks, the Turnpike Troubadours and Stoney LaRue. The Oklahoma Public Media Exchange's Katelyn Howard spoke with author Josh Crutchmer about his new book that details the scene’s history and how it spread across the country.

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As we learn more about the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, researchers and doctors are finding the virus doesn’t just attack the respiratory system. They say COVID-19 should also be thought of as a circulatory disease.

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The National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado, one of the largest livestock events in the country has been delayed due to COVID-19. The 16-day event, which usually takes place every January, has been pushed to 2022.

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