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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

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Both anti-abortion and pro-abortion rights protests hold demonstrations outside the U.S. Supreme Court following the reversal of Roe v. Wade.

ROE OVERTURNED

Lauren Green June 24, 2022

WASHINGTON – Tears of joy and defeat flowed freely outside the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday following the reversal of the nearly 50-year-old landmark Roe v. Wade decision that gave women the right to...

Around 45,000 flowers form a sprawling memorial on the National Mall during the March for Our Lives Demonstration on June 11, 2022. The memorial was commissioned by Gabby Giffords and is intended to symbolize the number of Americans who die annually from gun violence. Photo by: Dustan Heistand

It may be time to show what a child looks like after being slaughtered

Dustan Heistand June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON – Showing the body of a child killed in a school massacre like the one in Uvalde, Texas, would have been unthinkable 20 years ago.  But that was then. “Couldn’t have imagined saying...

Hundreds of protesters rally outside the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021, as justices hear arguments in a challenge to a strict Mississippi abortion law that will be decided later this month.  (Cronkite News Photo by Ulysse  Bex)

Oklahoma full abortion ban harkens back over 100 years

Lauren Green June 13, 2022

Oklahoma made history last month as the first state in 50 years to put a full ban on abortions. This stringency has not been seen in most states in more than 100 years. Gov. Kevin Stitt last month signed...

Professional team roper Wyatt Muggli says he looks forward to competing in rodeos that Ward Rodeo Company is in charge of. Photo provided by Wyatt Muggli

Allen bank president does it all for rodeo company

Payton Moody June 6, 2022

ALLEN, Oklahoma -- The aroma of hay, the grunting and shuffling of livestock ... It’s 1 a.m. on a Sunday, and the lights are still shining at the rodeo arena. It’s been a long day for the contestants,...

Highway work such as this last year on State Highway 19 in Ada will be accelerated as a result of new funding obtained by the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.  Photo courtesy Ada News

ODOT receives $41.5 million loan to speed rural highway construction

Dustan Heistand June 6, 2022

WASHINGTON – Narrow state highways in eight Oklahoma counties are to be repaved and widened under a $41.5 million loan of federal funds to the state highway department. The low interest loan to the...

Chilocco Indian School was a federal off-reservation boarding school established to house, civilize, Christianize, educate, and transform American Indian youth. Thousands of Native children and young adults passed under the schools entryway arch. In January 1884, Chilocco opened its doors in 1884 to 150 children from the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Wichita, Comanche, and Pawnee tribes.  It closed in 1980.   Photo courtesy Oklahoma History Center.

Subpoena authority jeopardizes bipartisan support for boarding school Truth and Healing Commission

Dustan Heistand May 28, 2022

Efforts to create a federal commission to explore the legacy of the nation’s Indian Boarding Schools has hit a stumbling block. Subpoena authority is triggering warnings in a key House subcommittee...

The price of regular gas on Friday hit $4.59 per gallon at the Oncue station at East Lindsey St. and Classen Blvd. in Norman. Gaylord News Photo/Katie Hallum

Average gas prices push past $4/gallon in Oklahoma

Lauren Green May 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – As gas prices in Oklahoma soared to record highs this week, Oklahoma’s junior senator joined fellow Republican senators challenging the White House for its response to the energy crisis. Average...

Marijuana growers struggling to navigate changing legal landscape

Pepper Purpura May 9, 2022

WASHINGTON – Medical marijuana is a booming industry in Oklahoma with over 12,000 marijuana business licenses issued. The state was once renowned as a grower’s paradise with few regulations.  But...

Supreme Court now will decide how criminal prosecutions will be handled

Pepper Purpura May 6, 2022

The fate of how criminal prosecutions are handled on native lands is now in the hands of the U.S. Supreme Court.  The high court is considering arguments it heard this week about who should prosecute...

Larry Heikkila campaign sign in a Norman residents front lawn. Photo by: Emily Wilkerson

Are city governments becoming too partisan?

Emily P. Wilkerson May 5, 2022

Mayoral and city council races are non-partisan in Oklahoma, but some candidates have made it clear they embrace party lines on issues such as mask mandates, police department funding and the banning of...

The Kaw Nation’s Sacred Red Rock called “Iⁿ ‘zhúje ‘waxóbe, was a place of cultural ceremony and gathering for the Kaw people prior to removal to Oklahoma in 1872. The stone was moved from the Kaw’s homelands near the Kansas River and Shunganunga Creek, just outside Topeka, to Robinson Park in Lawrence, Kan., as part of Lawrence’s 75th anniversary celebration in 1929, and was fitted with a plaque celebrating the pioneers of Kansas. (Photo provided by James Pepper Henry.)

Oklahoma tribes increasingly reclaim out-of-state ancestral homelands: “We Are Still Here”

Nancy Marie Spears May 2, 2022

Tribes across the nation are increasingly buying back or being gifted back property in their ancestral homelands, either to build economic sustainability or to manage cultural preservation sites. Muscogee...

Attorney General John O’Connor and Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt attend a press conference after the hearing. (Gaylord News/Mikaela DeLeon)

Oklahoma and tribes’ tempers flare as Supreme Court case heats up

Mikaela DeLeon April 27, 2022

WASHINGTON – An attorney arguing for the state of Oklahoma told U.S. Supreme Court justices that “thousands of crimes” have gone unprosecuted since a ruling two years ago removed state jurisdiction...

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