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A crowd of more than 300 people gathered in front of the Stillwater Police Department Wednesday morning to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd.

The protest was organized by two community members, with support from several black student associations at Oklahoma State University, and featured speeches by leaders with the Oklahoma City chapter of Black Lives Matter.

One speaker encouraged the crowd to go beyond just posting on social media and work to make race issues better. Another talked about how fed up he was about racial inequities in America.

The New Yorker reports on mask requirements made in Stillwater, Guthrie, Chickasha, Ada and Altus, and how they were quickly rescinded after venomous opposition.

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Independence Day celebrations in Oklahoma will be different this year due to COVID-19.

Stillwater's Boomer Blast has been postponed, with the city exploring options to hold the fireworks show later this year.

“We know it’s a disappointment; however, this decision was made out of concern for our community,” Special Events Coordinator Stephanie Kinder said in a written statement.

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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.

Stillwater Mayor Will Joyce recently appeared on the national talk radio show America Amplified: Life, Community and COVID-19. The show explores local community perspectives and solutions to issues during the coronavirus pandemic.

In the May 16th airing of the show, Mayor Joyce talked about Stillwater's reopening plan, which orginally required customers to wear face masks. The mayor later amended his plan to include a strong recommendation for masks after store employees were threated with violence.

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The mayors of Oklahoma's two largest cities say they will allow their orders to slow the spread of coronavirus to expire on April 30.

More information is emerging about the new patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. Rebecca Faulker, M.D. based in Warr Acres posted the following on Facebook.

"The first patient that I tested on Thursday when I received COVID test kits came back with results today and tested POSITIVE. This patient has asked me to inform the public," she said. "This patient had NO travel and NO sick contacts. This means that the virus has been actively circulating in OKC for at least one week."

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The City of Stillwater is welcoming people from all over to Oklahoma State University's Homecoming week.

Officials are anticipating an economic impact between $4 million and $8 million, as tens of thousands of football fans come to the college town this weekend.

Visit Stillwater President and CEO Cristy Morrison graduated from OSU in 1989, and says she’s proud of the Cowboy faithful who come to celebrate outside of the stadium.

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Special Olympics is celebrating 50 years in Oklahoma with the Summer Games running through Friday in Stillwater.

Organizers expect about 5,500 athletes to take part in the games, which began at the University of Tulsa in 1969 with only track and field events.

Games Director Jim Scott says now in its 36th year in Stillwater, events are spread all over the city with the busiest day coming Thursday.

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On Wednesday afternoon, teachers in Stillwater got an after-school jump on a planned statewide walkout next week.

At one of the city’s busiest intersections, 6th and Western, roughly 40 Stillwater public schools teachers and students waved signs as passing motorists tapped their car and truck horns in seeming approval.

Celeste Fox, a 26-year educator who teaches second grade at nearby Westwood Elementary School, says it’s time to stem the long-rolling tide of education budget cuts in Oklahoma.

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