Two of Oklahoma’s country music stars were honored this week.

Garth Brooks is one of five people in the 2021 class of Kennedy Center Honorees, which celebrates artists who have left an indelible mark on American culture.

In a statement, the country star from Yukon called President John F. Kennedy a childhood hero and said he hopes “to have contributed to humanity like my heroes have.”

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A new set of quarantine guidelines allow children exposed to COVID-19 to stay in school, but there is mounting criticism for the plan.

Evan Jarvicks of Oklahoma music website Make Oklahoma Weirder shares his 10 favorite music videos by Oklahomans in 2020.

Oklahoma health officials reported 34 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Thursday, for a total of 2,882 deaths since March. They are as follows:

Immersion learning works like this: students come to school and they learn in two languages, usually English and something else. But COVID-19 has made teaching at these schools difficult.

Oklahoma health officials reported 44 new deaths due to the coronavirus on Wednesday, for a total of 2,848 deaths since March. They are as follows:

Provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Health

When the federal government kicked off Operation Warp Speed, the program to administer vaccines, it allowed states to build their own plans. These plans created priority groups, and then sorted those into phases. For example, Oklahoma’s frontline health care workers who treat COVID-19 patients became the first priority group, and composed Phase one. Phase two includes several groups, such as Oklahomans over the age of 65 and health workers not treating COVID-19.

Some states created hard lines between phases. Not Oklahoma.

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The Choctaw Nation is partnering with the Oklahoma State Health Department to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.


The most recent Farm Bill legalized hemp production nationwide, but left individual states in charge of the oversight. As the crop continues to roll out across the Midwest, some states are seeing more success than others. But farmers generally remain optimistic about hemp’s future.