This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about a criminal justice reform group calling on Governor Kevin Stitt and the Department of Corrections to take steps to stem the spread of COVID-19, Tulsa City Council unanimously approved a new Hate Crimes ordinance to include sexual orientation and gender identity and the state Supreme Court denies Stitt's request for a rehearing on its decision over tribal gaming compacts.


This Week in Oklahoma Politics, KOSU's Michael Cross talks with Republican Political Consultant Neva Hill and ACLU Oklahoma Executive Director Ryan Kiesel about State Senator Stephanie Bice defeating Terry Neese in the Republican Primary Runoff for Congressional District moving to the General Election against incumbent Democrat Kendra Horn, while Horn is getting an endorsement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce despite opposition from the State Chamber.

A lawsuit filed by a group of Oklahomans is seeking reparations from the city of Tulsa and other local government entities for the ongoing devastation caused by one of the most heinous race massacres in U.S. history nearly 100 years ago.

North Tulsa Jaywalking Case That Drew Attention To Tulsa Policing Heads To Court

Aug 26, 2020

A Black teenager arrested on June 4th by white police officers in North Tulsa for allegedly jaywalking and assaulting a police officer will appear in court Thursday more than an hour from where the incident occurred.

Since part of North Tulsa lies in Osage County, the boy will go to court in Pawhuska. His mother Tawanna Adkins said it’s just one more thing that makes her son distrust the legal system.

The teen, who had just turned 14, was walking to a store with his cousin when white police officers stopped them for allegedly jaywalking.

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State Senator Stephanie Bice advances to face Congresswoman Kendra Horn, Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum avoids predicted runoff, three incumbent state Senators lose and Oklahoma County will have its first Black sheriff.

Even as giving drops off because of the pandemic, some churches say they are called to the work more than ever.

We talk to David Kinnaman of Barna Group, and Pastor Robert Turner of the Vernon AME Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma, about how the pandemic is affecting church giving.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.


Most of the events at the Tulsa State Fair have been cancelled following a unanimous vote by the Tulsa County Public Facilities Authority, citing COVID-19 concerns.

Tulsa County Commissioner for District 1 Stan Sallee said the board proposed a social distancing plan that would allow the entire event to proceed as normal, but the Tulsa County Health Department denied the request. This led to the authority’s unanimous vote to cancel the majority of the fair during a meeting Tuesday.


Two major marathons in Oklahoma will go virtual this fall.

The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon and The Route 66 Marathon in Tulsa made their announcements on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City marathon normally takes place in April, but was postponed until October due to COVID-19. But now race organizers say with rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in the state, that it would impossible to bring tens of thousands of runners together.

This is episode 11 of No Cover, a production of KOSU and Oklahoma State University and hosted by Matthew Viriyapah. This episode features Oklahoma hip-hop producer Dr. View.

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Former Republican presidential candidate and pizza magnate Herman Cain has died from the coronavirus.

Cain, 74, had been hospitalized since early July after he began having trouble breathing.

"Herman Cain – our boss, our friend, like a father to so many of us – has passed away," aides announced on Cain's website Thursday.