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In a vote to close Oklahoma’s schools earlier this month, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister called the decision “historic.”

And it was an unprecedented action. In order to find a time of mass school closures statewide, you’d have to go back more than 100 years. 

Robby Korth / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt took a tougher stance on social distancing amid the spread of COVID-19 in the state during a press conference Tuesday afternoon.

"I cannot emphasize enough the need for us to continue with the social distancing and making sure that we don't get into groups of 10 or more," Stitt said. "We need all Oklahomans to take this really, really seriously."

This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about Senate Bill 661 to temporarily alter the state's Open Meetings laws allowing public bodies to teleconference into meetings during the COVID-19 crisis and state lawmakers worry about the budget with oil prices declining as well as businesses and casinos closing to stem the spread of the corona virus.

 

Oklahoma County has 6 of the 17 confirmed coronavirus cases in the state.

Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt said on Tuesday that the city will close bars, gyms, theaters and limit restaurants to serve only take-out or delivery food until April 12. The decision is to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in the metro area.

Updated at 1:10 p.m. ET Thursday

The NBA suspended its season Wednesday after a player on the Utah Jazz preliminarily tested positive for the coronavirus. The team announced Thursday that after testing the entire traveling team in follow-up, a second player has tested positive.

Oklahoma City voters are deciding on a ballot measure Tuesday to fund parks.

The eighth-cent sales tax created through an initiative petition would raise about $13 million for the city’s 169 municipal parks not privately-funded.

Former Councilman Pete White says unlike past MAPS projects this would be a boost to all the people in Oklahoma City no matter where they live.

It's a couple hours before show time at Oklahoma City's the Blue Door, and owner Greg Johnson is in his living quarters at the back of the venue, remembering musicians who've hung out there after shows.

"Jimmy Webb, John Fullbright, Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie ... ," Johnson rattles off their names.

As travelers may have noticed this holiday season, it’s not easy to eat well on the road or in the air. Think long-haul flights, chronic jet lag and disordered eating. Well, for vegan travelers, it’s even more complicated.

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.

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