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Week in Washington: Net neutrality, 100 days of Democratic House control and black hole

Abigail Bitterman and Anna Bauman

April 12, 2019

WASHINGTON — Oklahoma’s delegation debated net neutrality this week, as Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) criticized the Democrat-backed plan, while Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.) applauded it. Here’s what the congressional members were up to this week: House passes Save the Internet Act The House of R...

Education needs still exist one year after teacher walkout

Education needs still exist one year after teacher walkout

Emily Kelley

April 1, 2019

Kim Caywood, a high school teacher from Coweta, Oklahoma, did not realize how privileged she was to have lights that worked in her classroom. Talking to other teachers at the Capitol during last April’s teacher walkout opened her eyes to the problems occurring in certain school districts — esp...

House hearing addresses crisis of missing, murdered Indigenous women

Abigail Bitterman

March 14, 2019

WASHINGTON — The issue of violence against Indigenous women is not a new one in the United States, or in Oklahoma, but it has recently started gaining notice at the federal level. At a hearing held by the House Subcommittee of Indigenous Peoples of the United States, members of Congress and witnesses discussed the issues around missing and murdered Indigenous women, the lack of awareness surroundin...

Horn to chair space and aeronautics subcommittee, boosts state’s role in space policy

Abigail Bitterman

March 7, 2019

WASHINGTON — Rep. Kendra Horn was named chair of the subcommittee on space and aeronautics, giving the state’s lone Democrat a chance to use her background in space policy while helping one of Oklahoma’s leading industries. Aerospace and aviation is Oklahoma’s second largest industry, said V...

Oklahoma GOP reps vote ‘no’ on U.S. House bill to overturn national emergency, but measure passes

Anna Bauman

February 26, 2019

WASHINGTON — Despite some reservations, Oklahoma’s Republican representatives backed President Donald Trump on Tuesday by voting against a resolution to overturn the national emergency that would allow him to bypass Congress and fund a border wall.  “I think the president is acting in the natio...

State of Union: President Trump pleased Oklahoma delegation

President Trump in the 2019 State of the Union address (C-Span)

Abigail Bitterman

February 6, 2019

WASHINGTON — Members of the Oklahoma delegation were pleased with President Donald Trump’s message of bipartisanship and unity in the State of the Union address Tuesday night, including on issues that affect Oklahomans. “My guess is, for most Americans and for many people in that room, f...

Farm bill for next 5 years

Emma Keith

November 30, 2018

WASHINGTON -- A 2018 farm bill may be close to completion as the two houses of Congress have mostly resolved their division over work requirements for food benefits and are moving forward with the legislation. The bill, sent in August to a conference committee that included representatives from t...

Supreme Court returns millions of acres land to an Oklahoma tribe?

Emma Keith

November 23, 2018

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments next week that could return millions of acres of land to an Oklahoma tribe while redrawing the boundaries of a 150-year-old reservation. Murphy v. Carpenter, a case centered around a nearly 20-year-old murder involving two Muscogee Creek Nation citize...

Oklahoma shelters open doors for pets stranded by Harvey

Oklahoma shelters open doors for pets stranded by Harvey

Kaelan Deese

September 15, 2017

Amid Harvey's crisis, Oklahoma's own Humane Society steps up to help Houston's displaced pets in their darkest hour. 27 dog from all different breeds were transferred the Friday after the storm from Houston shelters to Oklahoma City.  With the help of ASPCA and the National Humane Society, the dogs...

Race to Refuge: A simulation to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S.

Race to Refuge: A simulation to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S.

Imran Hasnat

May 19, 2017

Play this simulation to learn the arduous process people wanting to flee their countries and become refugees.

Red Dirt Refuge: How refugees are making Oklahoma their home

Red Dirt Refuge: How refugees are making Oklahoma their home

Gaylord Documentary Team

May 18, 2017

When people think about places in the United States that are impacted by refugees, Oklahoma probably doesn’t cross their minds. Oklahoma first saw an influx of refugees during the Vietnam war when thousands of Vietnamese families came to the United States escaping violence. Since the 1970s, Vietnamese r...

Marshallese Islanders: Contributing to Life in Enid

Pastor Alfred Alfred stands with a Marshallese woman during the United Church of Christ Sunday service on April 2, where men and women approach the two with taped dollar bills to place around their necks. The tradition is symbolic for Alfred's reputation within the community.

Bryce McElhaney

May 18, 2017

Cars park along E Cherokee St. outside the Marshallese United Church of Christ in Enid before the 10:30 a.m. Sunday service. Children are playing in front of the white building as three bells ring to signify the service has begun. Inside, dozens of metal folding chairs are lined up behind pews, which...

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