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Oklahoma State basketball fans are mourning the loss of a legend.

Longtime men’s basketball coach Eddie Sutton died over the weekend from natural causes at the age of 84, surrounded by his three sons and their families.

"Dad and Mom treated their players like family and always shared the belief that his teachings went beyond the basketball court," the family said in a statement. "He cherished the time he spent at every school and appreciated the support of their loyal fans. He believed they deserved so much credit in the success of his programs."

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Even though President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act last week to keep meat processing facilities open, the backlog of animals created by temporary shutdowns may affect the industry and the country’s food supply for months to come.

A study released in early April by Oklahoma State University estimates the U.S. beef cattle industry has lost $13.6 billion so far due to COVID-19.

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As meatpacking plants across the country have temporarily closed due to COVID-19 outbreaks, consumers might be seeing less meat on the shelves at the grocery, but farmers are dealing with animals they can’t sell.

Meatpacking plants slaughter livestock and send packaged meat into wholesale and retail channels. Companies spent the better part of the 20th century mechanizing every possible aspect of the process, to maximize efficiency.

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Students may be back on the campuses of the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University this fall.

In a Friday afternoon letter to the university community, Interim President Joseph Harroz announced that it is OU's intention to be back in session — in-person — by fall 2020.

Harroz wrote that life on campus will likely be different than in the past, but OU will be releasing details on changes to instruction models and housing to ensure students, faculty and staff can stay healthy in the coming months.

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Many of the public health labs determining whether people have COVID-19 have become at least overworked or, at worst, overwhelmed. Some of the country’s animal disease labs have stepped in to help.

Rodger Main, director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Lab at Iowa State University, says early in the COVID-19 outbreak, he and leaders from the University of Iowa’s State Hygienic Lab got on the phone to discuss how they could collaborate.

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Three more Oklahomans have died due to COVID-19, increasing the state's death toll to 143. The deaths reported Monday include:

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In a Friday press conference, Governor Kevin Stitt said he will soon lay out his plan for getting Oklahoma back to normal following the Coronavirus pandemic.

If all goes according to plan, Oklahoma will begin re-opening next month.

Oklahoma’s education system will receive $332 million from the recently passed federal stimulus bill in response to COVID-19.

The state’s K-12 schools are slated to receive $156.9 million while higher education institutions will receive $137.2 million. The remaining $37 million will go into an emergency grant fund.

Where money will go for common education schools has not been released. However, the U.S. Department of Education announced how the higher ed stimulus would be allocated on Thursday.

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Oklahoma State University football Coach Mike Gundy says his goal is to have football players return on May 1.

During a one-hour teleconference with reporters on Tuesday, Gundy said the Cowboys are going to play a game on September 3, so his job is to get players ready.

Oklahoma State University in Stillwater is working with OSU Medicine in Tulsa to fight COVID-19.

OSU's certified diagnostic laboratory was already set up to identify diseases and detect outbreaks in animals, but now conducts human testing thanks to a partnership with OSU Medicine.

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