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As the Senate begins confirmation hearings on President-elect Joe Biden's nominees, more than two dozen Oklahoma tribal leaders are supporting Rep. Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior.

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As the 2021 tax season looms, Oklahomans are waiting for another round of COVID-19 relief payments. State prisoners are also waiting to get their stimulus checks, despite objections from the Internal Revenue Service.

Oklahoma country music star Garth Brooks will perform at the swearing-in ceremony Wednesday for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will also perform at the ceremony.

Brooks, who identifies as a Republican, said in a Monday press conference that it's an honor to serve the country in his own way.

"This is a great day in our household," said Brooks. "This is not a political statement - this is a statement of unity."

Here's the newest music being played on The Spy for January 19th. This week includes Duran Duran's cover of "Five Years" originally by David Bowie, a taste of UK punk band shame's second studio album, The Avalanches newest project full of features from artists like MGMT and Johnny Marr.

Oklahoma health officials reported 43 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Tuesday, for a total of 3,037 deaths since March. They are as follows:

Listen To The First Episode Of Focus: Black Oklahoma

Jan 19, 2021
Jamie Glisson

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 the first episode now.

Under the right conditions, medical experts say schools can and should stay open despite the COVID-19 pandemic. But with thousands of new cases reported daily across Oklahoma, some school districts continue to use caution despite political pressure from Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt.

On Friday, Stitt blasted Tulsa Public Schools Board for delaying reopening for in person classes until March 22nd in a statement sent to reporters. But local public health officials had pushed for the delay, citing a growing number of COVID-19 cases in the Tulsa area.

Oklahoma health officials reported seven new deaths due to the coronavirus on Monday, for a total of 2,994 deaths since March. They are as follows:

Through the ups and downs of life, many of us turn to music to escape. That's what we hope to provide with the Oklahoma Music Minute.

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