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.


Gun and ammunition sales often spike during a crisis. That's exactly what's been happening now with the cornonavirus threat. Many gun buyers say they want to be ready with protection if there's panic.

Just a few miles from the Los Angles Airport, a group of people, including families with children playing video games, lined up outside LAX Ammo in Inglewood. A store employee checks IDs and tells potential customers what caliber ammunition is in stock. Answering questions, he tells the crowd he has .45 caliber and .38 Special.

Tulsa is calling on establishments to close.

The sweeping executive order from Mayor G.T. Bynum was given yesterday afternoon calling on bars, restaurants and entertainment venues to close.

Restaurants and bars with takeout and curbside food service can continue to offer those services.

Entertainment venues affected by the executive order include gyms, movie theaters, bowling alleys and bingo halls.


The Oklahoma State Capitol is closing to the public.

The Oklahoman reports only elected officials, essential Capitol staff, credentialed reporters and state employees who are invited into the building are welcome at the Capitol.

All tours, field trips, rallies and receptions at the Capitol are getting suspended along with page programs in the House and Senate.

The House and Senate are going into session today, but out for the rest of the week, and legislative leaders say they still don’t know what next week will look like.


Oklahoma students will continue receive meals from their schools during mass closures. The State of Oklahoma applied for and received two waivers from the US Department of Agriculture to distribute lunches to children living in low-income households.

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Oklahoma announces the state will incorporate the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre into the statewide school curriculum. We'll learn why.

Olivia Hooker was a 6-year-old in Tulsa, Okla., when a race riot destroyed her community as well as her own home.

In less than 24 hours, mobs of white men destroyed more than 1,000 homes and businesses in the Greenwood District, an affluent African American neighborhood of Tulsa. It's estimated as many as 300 people were killed.

As they wrecked her own home, she and her three siblings quietly hid under a dining room table, careful not to make a sound.

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, scientists recently announced evidence that two sites in the city could be mass graves. The community has long suspected there were mass graves of victims of the 1921 brutal race massacre in Tulsa’s African American Greenwood section.

Here & Now’s Robin Young speaks with Phil Armstrong, project director at the Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission.

For decades, historians poring over photographs, written records and oral interviews have suspected where victims may have been buried after the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921. And on Monday night, researchers announced there is new evidence that supports those suspicions.

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