Local headlines for Thursday, October 22, 2020:


No one 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.

Jackie Fortier / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt’s plan to move the state public health laboratory is getting more criticism. A national lab association is raising concerns about the interim facility and uprooting the lab during a pandemic.

Oklahoma’s coronavirus hospitalizations continue to break records.

As of Tuesday evening, the number of people hospitalized for the virus broke another a record with 870, and those in the intensive care unit remained high with 317.

On Wednesday, Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter released a letter detailing a new plan he negotiated with leaders of some of the Five Tribes that would allow them and the state to compact over matters of criminal jurisdiction. The plan would require federal legislation.


Farmers are looking closely at what they might be able to expect from four more years of Donald Trump versus a Joe Biden administration, but they aren't finding a lot of solid answers. And any difference may not matter, anyway.

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In two weeks, Oklahoma voters will decide whether they want to take annual payments from a public health program and put them toward Medicaid expansion. But, State Question 814 is not the first time Oklahoma has considered taking money out of the state’s tobacco settlement program.

Julia Leiby / Terry Farris

This is No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. On this episode is Bartees Strange.

The Citizen Potawatomi Nation will provide $40 million dollars in assistance to citizens who are financially struggling because of the pandemic.