Local headlines for Friday, May 22, 2020:

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Oklahoma will now screen for dyslexia, the most common learning disability.

House Bill 2804 was signed by Governor Kevin Stitt on Tuesday. The measure will require dyslexia screening for students reading below grade level in kindergarten through third grade.

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This post was updated on May 22, 2020 at 9:56 a.m.

KOSU has been asking our listening community and texting club members to tell us how they feel about wearing masks in public.

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There are signs COVID-19 is spreading in Oklahoma's county jails. Over 100 prisoners have tested positive in Comanche County and one state prisoner sent to Grady County died from the disease. But, it’s still unclear how far the illness has spread in jails, because testing is limited.

Five more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 304. One of the deaths occured in the past 24 hours, while the others occurred between May 14 and May 19. The deaths reported Thursday include:


The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is taking in an unspecified number of prisoners from the Comanche County Detention Center in Lawton. The prison system is trying to separate the county jail’s healthy prisoners from those who have tested positive for COVID-19.

Cherokee Nation Businesses has announced their plan to reopen some businesses under their new "responsible hospitality" plan.

The plan includes guidelines for the nation's casinos, golf courses, restaurants and live entertainment. Guests and employees will be required to wear masks and undergo a quote "noninvasive" temperature check. There will be fewer hours and a plan to allow for physical distancing.

Local headlines for Thursday, May 21, 2020:

A new survey shows how big of an impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on people’s lives.

More than 47% of Oklahomans who participated in an online survey say someone in their household has lost income since March 13.

The survey from the U.S. Census Bureau also finds more than 36% missed last month’s housing payment or have little confidence in making the next month’s payment.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation employees returning to work will have a new tool to monitor their health.

Tribal health officials are partnering with RespirCare and HGE Health to provide employees with an app called HGE COVID Care. It will allow them to type in any symptoms they are experiencing. The results will be sent offsite to RespirCare in Tulsa, who will follow up if necessary.

Shawn Terry, the tribe's Secretary of Health, said this app is essential to getting the nation's 900 people to return to work safely.