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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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Hern speaks with a reporter in his office the day after the State of the Union, Wednesday, Mar. 2, 2022 (Gaylord News/Mikaela DeLeon)

Oklahoma delegation pans Biden’s State of Union speech

Mikaela DeLeon March 2, 2022

WASHINGTON - President Joe Biden drew mixed reviews from both sides of the aisle to his State of the Union speech Tuesday but the Oklahoma delegation made clear its disappointment. Biden's speech focused...

Governor Stitt speaks with reporters at the National Governors Association Winter Meeting, Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022 (Gaylord News/Mikaela DeLeon)

Stitt touts paying Oklahoma teachers $100,000

Mikaela Deleon February 1, 2022

WASHINGTON – Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says computer science education, an increased focus on career tech and higher teacher pay are keys to the future industries of Oklahoma. Stitt said he foresees...

Governor Kevin Stitt (Provided)

Supreme Court denies overturning McGirt 31 times

Nancy Marie Spears January 24, 2022

The Supreme Court on Monday in a sweeping series of rulings denied 31 Oklahoma appeals of multiple McGirt-related decisions, a landmark case that reaffirmed the Muscogee (Creek) reservation in eastern...

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....

This undated photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows John Marion Grant. A federal appeals court has granted a stay of execution for two Oklahoma inmates who were scheduled to receive lethal injections in the coming weeks. A three-member panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit issued the stays Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021, for death row inmates John Marion Grant and Julius Jones. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

National death penalty organization says botched Oklahoma executions grounds for heavy criticism

Zaria Oates October 29, 2021

WASHINGTON -- Was John Grant’s execution botched? Oklahoma officials say it wasn’t, but the executive director of the Death Penalty Information Center in Washington, D.C.,says it was worse than...

Source: Oklahoma Department of Transportation and U.S. Bureau of Land Management

Quapaw Nation’s reservation affirmed as Indian Country under federal law

Nancy Marie Spears, Gaylord News October 21, 2021

WASHINGTON -- The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals ruled unanimously Thursday that Congress never disestablished the Quapaw reservation. The decision by the appeals court follows the U.S. Supreme...

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...

As advocates for legalized recreational marijuana in Oklahoma ramp up their efforts to put the question before Oklahoma voters in 2022, they are gaining insight from a conference of marijuana retailers who are meeting in Washington to share strategies (Gaylord News/Zaria Oates)

Oklahoma cannabis advocates gain perspective in D.C

Zaria Oates October 14, 2021

As advocates for legalized recreational marijuana in Oklahoma ramp up their efforts to put the question before Oklahoma voters in 2022, they are gaining insight from a conference of marijuana retailers...

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...

LoVina Louie, the wife of MMIW Bike Run USA organizer Duane Garvais-Lawrence, adds names to the side of the motor home that carried them on the trip. One goal of the trip was to raise $186,090 - representing the amount of women and children missing - to support an MMIW center in Seattle. (Diannie Chavez/Cronkite News)

Many hopeful that focus on missing indigenous persons may pay off

Diannie Chavez, Cronkite News October 4, 2021

WASHINGTON – Duane Garvais-Lawrence pulled into Washington, D.C., Friday, ending his second annual coast-to-coast trip to bring attention to the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women – a...

Veterans attending Justice for J6 rally at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday, Sept. 18. (Zaria Oates/ Gaylord News)

#JusticeforJ6 Expands Nationwide

Zaria Oates September 26, 2021

Rallies are scheduled across the nation this weekend to support those arrested following the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol insurrection. New York, Texas and other states will have #JusticeforJ6 rallies supporting...

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