Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

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Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Gaylord News is a reporting project of the University of Oklahoma Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication

Gaylord News

Sandy Harris, left, and Jonnette Paddy, right, with Indigenous Women Rising talk about abortion care and reproductive health with attendees at the “Women Are Sacred” conference on June 27, 2023, in Albuquerque, N.M. (Photo by Noel Lyn Smith/News21)

Indigenous Americans unite to navigate abortion access after Roe

Noel Lyn Smith and Maddy Keyes February 21, 2024

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Rachael Lorenzo calls it their “auntie laugh,” a powerful chuckle that lasts long and fills any space. Aunties are prominent figures in Indigenous culture who offer comfort when...

Chase Griffin shakes hands with representatives and NCAA President Charlie Baker shakes hands with U.S. Rep. Lori Trahan after an NIL hearing in Washington D.C. Lisa Maslovskaya/Gaylord News

Student athletes take issue with NIL regulation during hearing in Washington

Lisa Maslovskaya January 19, 2024

WASHINGTON, D.C. –The FAIR College Sports Act is designed to protect students, its sponsors say. But athletes who testified Thursday on Capitol Hill say the bill imposes burdensome restrictions and...

Republican candidates, Gov. Ron Desantis, left; former President Donald Trump, center; and former Ambassador Nikki Haley make their cases at rallies across Iowa. Katrina Crumbacher and Katie Hallum photos/Gaylord News

News Analysis

Dani Ingram January 14, 2024

Every four years, Iowa becomes the epicenter of American politics and sets the stage for the presidential election as the first stop in the Primary race. The caucus is a complex voting system that involves...

Latino activist Joe Henry holds a copy of Tio Bernie by Chuck Rocha.  Kevin Engleson photo/Gaylord News

Disenfranchised Latino voters feel ignored in the Road to the White House

Kevin Eagleson January 14, 2024

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Latino voters across Iowa and the nation say they are being left out by political campaigns leading up to Monday’s first in the nation Iowa caucuses and the primaries on the Road...

Vian High School’s front entrance is now the primary entrance for students and visitors. All other outside doors are now locked at all times, a change made after the campus lockdown in January. (Gaylord News photo/Kayden Anderson).

Not a drill: gun violence is even affecting rural Oklahoma town

Kayden Anderson December 14, 2023

VIAN – It is becoming increasingly clear that gun violence can come to anywhere, even a small town in eastern Oklahoma with a population of 1,300. Another act of school gun violence occurred earlier...

97-year-old Dewey Parker tells stories of his time in World War II.  Maria Nairn/Gaylord News

‘And they said – ‘It’s over’ – just like that,’ according to 97-year-old World War II vet

Nathaniel Pletcher November 10, 2023

September 2, 2023, marked the 78th Anniversary of the end of World War II. Fewer than 1 percent of the 16.1 million Americans who served in World War II are still alive this Veterans Day. The oral history...

Oklahoma Representative Frank Lucas (R, Cheyenne) is the longest-serving member of the House Committee on Agriculture and has had a hand in writing every Farm Bill since 1996. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Farm bill may not pass by end of year

Maddy Keyes November 8, 2023

WASHINGTON —  With just days until the country faces another potential government shutdown, it appears unlikely that Congress will pass a new Farm Bill before current funding expires at the end of the...

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Oklahoma cannabis businesses ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Senate banking legislation

Maddy Keyes November 6, 2023

WASHINGTON — A long-awaited cannabis banking bill is making its way to the Senate floor after years of being held up in Congress.  But as the government recovers from a weeks-long speaker’s race...

Representative Tom Cole (R, Moore) claps and cheers for Rep. Mike Johnson’s (R, LA) Republican Conferences nomination for Speaker of the House of Representatives Tuesday night. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Repairing the damage is now job one for House Republicans

Maddy Keyes October 27, 2023

WASHINGTON — Twenty-two days after former Speaker Rep. Kevin McCarthy's historic ouster, Republicans unanimously voted Wednesday to elect Rep. Mike Johnson as the 56th speaker of the house, ending the...

U.S. Representative Kevin Hern (R, Tulsa) of Oklahoma talks tactics of winning a majority of votes if his bid for speaker of the house is put to a vote. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Tulsa’s Hern jumps into speaker race after former Freedom Caucus leader Jim Jordan is dropped

Maddy Keyes October 20, 2023

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma Representative Kevin Hern (R, Tulsa) announced Friday that he will once again be reaching for the speaker's gavel after Rep. Jim Jordan (R, Ohio) was removed as the Republican designate. This...

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R, NY) nominated Jordan during a floor vote on Tuesday, Oct. 17. All five members of the Oklahoma delegation voted for Jordan, but with only 200 votes the Ohio representative was 17 votes short of being elected the next Speaker of the House. Of the 20 other Republican votes, Cole received one from John James (R, MI).

Chaos in the U.S. Capitol tunnels

Maddy Keyes and Julia Manipella October 17, 2023

WASHINGTON – The United States Capitol was calm.  Tour groups wound through the ornate building and stopped periodically to gaze at the art decorating the walls. People played frisbee on the vast...

Chad Warmington, president and Chief Executive Officer of the Oklahoma State Chamber, explains the importance of the Chambers annual visit to the nations capital to Gaylord News reporters at the Willard Hotel. Julia Manipella/Gaylord News

Nearly 150 Oklahoma business leaders attend Washington fly-in

Maddy Keyes September 20, 2023

WASHINGTON – The Oklahoma State Chamber returned to the Sooner State Wednesday after concluding its annual Washington fly-in where members heard from delegation members and discussed key issues concerning...

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