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The Apache Casino Hotel in Lawton will open its doors Thursday at 10 a.m., with some modifications.

  • Guests and employees must wear masks and get their temperatures taken.
  • Food and drink service will be limited, as well as some games.
  • The casino layout will change to allow for social distancing.
  • The property will be 100 percent smoke free-including vaping.

More guidelines can be found here.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt laid out a timeline for local governments to start getting payments from the federal CARES Act at a press conference Wednesday afternoon.

CARES Act funds totalling $1.2 billion will be dispersed to local governments throughout Oklahoma.

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Updated May 20

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed House Bill 4018 on Tuesday, writing that the Secretary of Digital Transformation David Ostrowe has already created a broadband task force and creating a Rural Broadband Expansion Council would be unneccesary and redundant.

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Alberto Morejon, a leader of the 2018 state teacher walkout, was arrested Tuesday for making lewd proposals to a minor.

The social studies teacher from Stillwater was arrested for sending sexual messages to a former student. No other details have been released.

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Five more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 299. The deaths occurred between April 22 and May 18. The deaths reported Wednesday include:

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The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office is going to start handing out eviction notices this week after a two-month hiatus.

According to statements on the office’s social media accounts, deputies will begin enforcing evictions again next Tuesday.

It's Episode 208 of the Okie Geek Podcast, and we are talking with Alyx Picard Davis with the deadCENTER Film Festival.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, venues across Oklahoma and the U.S. have been forced to cancel or postpone. However, deadCENTER is still planning to celebrate its 20th year, but this time it will be a virtual experience lasting twice as long, but at half the price.

deadCENTER begins June 6 and lasts all the way until June 21 with All Access passes costing just $100. This year, participants can watch any of the 140 films picked for the festival.  

Local headlines for Wednesday, May 20, 2020:

Health officials confirm 91 new COVID-19 cases and six deaths. (Tulsa World)

Woman shares experience with COVID-19. (NewsOK)

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Like many small business owners, Amy Manganelli has taken a financial hit since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. So, a few weeks ago, she decided to apply for a small business loan from the federal government.

She was turned down.

Manganelli is the co-owner of Mapleglen Care Center, a cannabis dispensary in Rockford, Ill.

“We're a legitimate business in every sense of the word, until it comes to some kind of government program that might assist,” she says.

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Six more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 294. The deaths occurred between May 4 and May 17. The deaths reported Tuesday include:

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