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

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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...

A campaign photo from Luke Holland’s website, Friday, Feb. 25, 2022(Luke Holland for Oklahoma Campaign)

Inhofe endorses chief of staff to succeed him

Mikaela DeLeon February 25, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma senior Senator Jim Inhofe announced his bombshell resignation on Friday, sparking the start of a heated special election to fill his seat. But Inhofe wasted little time on Friday...

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe tours the rapid field issue facility, where the 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team soldiers are fitted for and issued the gear they will use during deployment. (Provided/ U.S. Army)

Inhofe Slams Biden’s Federal Vaccine Mandate

Robert Viamontes November 4, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma’s senior senator on Thursday called on President Biden to roll back his mandate requiring federal employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated by the new deadline of Jan....

Oklahoma faces backlash over botched executions, history of lethal injection

Zaria Oates November 4, 2021

Oklahoma was the first U.S. state to legalize lethal injection for executions as an alternative to electrocution, hanging and the firing squad, but lethal injections are now being referred to as just as...

Indigenous environmental activists and allies protest in front of the White House at the People Vs. Fossil Fuels rally. (Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Oklahoma Indigenous activists urge Biden to declare climate emergency during D.C. rallies

Robert Viamontes October 14, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Oklahoma Indigenous activists came to the nation’s capital this week to urge President Biden to stop all fossil fuel projects and declare a climate emergency. Casey Camp-Horinek, councilwoman...

Mining debris is all that remains more than a decade after Picher, Oklahoma, was declared unlivable and evacuated by the U.S. EPA.  (Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality)

Quapaw Tribe awaits action on bill to settle environmental damages

Nancy Marie Spears October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Members of the Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma are awaiting action on legislation that would authorize $137.5 million in payments to conclude a 17-year dispute over the federal government’s mismanagement...

This image represents the unity of Oklahoma and Afghanistan, as the state prepares to welcome 1,800 refugees from that country. (PHOTO BY: Robert Viamontes/Gaylord News)

Groups racing to welcome arriving Afghan refugees to state

Robert Viamontes October 6, 2021

WASHINGTON - Catholic Charities of Oklahoma City and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) Oklahoma chapter have joined forces to assist the 1,800 Afghan refugees expected to arrive in the state...

Volunteers organizing baskets from the Shia Student Association at the University of Oklahoma. (Provided/ OU Shia Student Association)

OU student group collects donations for arriving Afghan refugees

Zaria Oates October 4, 2021

About 1,800 Afghan refugees are expected to arrive in Oklahoma in the coming weeks, but they’ve left their homes with nearly nothing. The donation drive by the Shia Student Association at the University...

- A child holds United States flag while attending the Justice for J6 rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

Supporters of arrested January 6 attackers rally at the U.S. Capitol

Zaria Oates September 18, 2021

A few hundred people in support of those arrested for the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol rallied at the Capitol building on Saturday, Sept. 18. U.S. Capitol police, metropolitan police and...

The Federal Emergency Response Agency is part of the United States Department of Homeland Security. (Gaylord News/ Zaria Oates)

Former FEMA director reflects on 9/11 as 20th anniversary approaches

Zaria Oates and Nancy Marie Spears September 10, 2021

On Sept. 10, 2001, Oklahoman Joe Allbaugh was attending the National Emergency Managers Association’s conference in Bozeman, Montana. As director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) ...

Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was named chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For the first time in history, an indigenous woman is overseeing agriculture law in the United States. (Provided/ Janie Simms Hipp)

Chickasaw woman, Oklahoma native named to key USDA post

Nancy Marie Spears September 2, 2021

It makes sense that Janie Simms Hipp, a Chickasaw woman from Idabel, was tapped earlier this year to become chief law officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  After all, Native Americans...

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin reported he is safe and headed home after reports that he made a second attempt to gain entry to Afghanistan.

Oklahoma congressman headed home after attempting to enter Afghanistan

Nancy Marie Spears and Zaria Oates August 31, 2021

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin reported he is safe and headed home after reports that he made a second attempt to gain entry to Afghanistan. In an Instagram post, Mullin said he was never...

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