Oklahoma City

Many of the youngest eligible voters in the U.S. have yet to graduate high school.

Three high school seniors from Putnam City High School in Oklahoma City —17-year-old Nathaniel Black, 17-year-old Jamie King and 18-year-old Jessica Jones — all say they plan to vote in the 2020 presidential election.

This trio isn’t the only group of high schoolers in the country taking their civic duty to vote seriously.

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Oklahoma is home to one of the largest Native American student populations in the country. A new charter school hopes to better serve these kids by promoting Indigenous identities in the classroom. As Caroline Halter of member station KGOU reports, it's part of a growing movement.

Construction at one of Oklahoma’s busiest airports could impact thousands of visitors every day.

Crews at Will Rogers World Airport are working on Terminal Drive – the main roadway in and out of the facility – resulting in lane closures, slowdowns and possible detours.

Spokesperson Karen Carney is urging travelers and workers to be aware of the work from the terminal all the way to Southwest 54th Street in Oklahoma City.

Matt Winkelmeyer

Nick Offerman is a Renaissance man. The actor, writer, woodworker, musician, and comedian is coming to Oklahoma City this Sunday, September 29th at The Criterion with his new live show, All Rise.

Caroline Halter / StateImpact Oklahoma

Sovereign Community School is new charter school in Oklahoma City with a focus on Native American culture and identity. It’s also part of a movement of tribes and tribal citizens using publicly funded, privately run schools to take control over the education of Native children.

Narduli Studio

A world-renowned artist is bringing the Oklahoma sky indoors to Oklahoma City’s future MAPS 3 Convention Center.

Lenora LaVictoire

Oklahoma City’s Day Shelter for people experiencing homelessness recently got an up-do. Rooted Barber + Shop opened a new in-house shop at the shelter on July 22nd.

Bryan Moore has been cutting people’s hair at the shelter for several years, but on July 22nd he gave his first cut in an actual barber’s chair.

OKLAHOMA CITY HOMELESS ALLIANCE

Each year the Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance conducts a point-in-time count of people experiencing homelessness. It’s a census of those in shelters, transitional housing, meal sites and living on the street.

This year volunteers counted 1,273 homeless adults and children in Oklahoma City, an eight percent increase from 2018.

The Oklahoma City Homeless Alliance says the reason for this year's increase could have been cold weather, which caused more people to seek shelter and be counted. The count was conducted on January 24, 2019.

Early-morning commuters in Oklahoma City on Wednesday may have caught a harrowing sight: a window-washing basket swinging wildly at the top of the tallest building in the state.

A video posted by the Oklahoma City Fire Department shows the basket, connected to a crane but suspended some 50 floors up from street level, extending and spinning over the street, then flying back toward the building.

Jury Convicts Varnell In OKC Bomb Plot Trial

Feb 26, 2019

After deliberating for half a day, a jury convicted 24 year-old Jerry Varnell of attempting to use of an explosive device and a weapon of mass destruction on Feb. 25. Varnell could spend the rest of this life in prison.

The trial began Feb. 12. Federal prosecutors called five FBI witnesses and used recordings and electronic messages to show how Varnell participated in their undercover plot to try to blow up the BancFirst building in downtown Oklahoma City.

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