Chicken-Fried News: Branding backlash

The discourse in the state to last week’s announcement of Oklahoma’s new logo and branding initiative quickly turned from apathetic to outrage, which prompted change on the state’s branding website.

Chicken-Fried News: Okie gunslinging

Oklahoma Republicans have spent much of the 2020 session pandering to pro-gun groups and idolizing guns almost more than they idolize president Donald Trump.

Chicken-Fried News: The Gambler

On the third of February In his State of the State speech Our business-savvy governor Made a request quite inspired Let’s get money from state reserves To fund public education Instead of from casinos To prove their compacts expired

Chicken-Fried News: The Roomba battle of Yukon

The most commotion to occur in Yukon since native son Garth Brooks performed a benefit concert in town in 1990 happened in early February, and it all started with a Roomba — that’s right, the automated vacuum cleaner.

Chicken-Fried News: Not OK, boomer

Black students, faculty and staff at University of Oklahoma matter.

Chicken-Fried News: Not in Kansas

Remember last week when the president of the United States congratulated Kansas City’s Super Bowl champions for representing “the Great State of Kansas … so very well” in a since-deleted-and-corrected tweet?

Chicken-Fried News: Amazon heist

Forget porch pirates!

Chicken-Fried News: How NOT to fake your death

If you’re going to fake your death, it’s probably not a good strategy to have your family pull up headstone searches when the authorities come to alert you of your death.

Chicken-Fried News: Clean canal

The Bricktown Canal is drained and cleaned every few years, revealing a slew of lost items almost like a slimy, accidental underwater time capsule.

Chicken-Fried News: Golden State ban

With all of the energy of a younger sibling upset that their older brother ate the last pork chop at the dinner table, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt signed an executive order banning all nonessential state travel to California. 

Chicken-Fried News: Not milk?

Oklahoma’s official state beverage and drink is milk — because of course it is — but House Bill 2994, authored by state Rep. Jim Grego (R-Wilburton), would ensure that Oklahomans aren’t officially slaking their thirst with just any old kind of milk.

Chicken-Fried News: Vanity plates

It’s almost time for the legislative session, which can mean only one thing: unconstitutional and/or ridiculous bills that will waste lawmakers’ time and energy and distract from more important matters.

Chicken-Fried News: Taxpayer business

Business ownership while entering political office opens up all sorts of ethical concerns.

Chicken-Fried News: Bad policing

This week’s entry of elected leaders blatantly ignoring constituents features Mayor GT Bynum putting reality television ahead of what local leaders say would be protecting Tulsa’s vulnerable populations.

Chicken-Fried News: Path problems

“Is it worth it?” asked Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Sean McDaniel in a Jan. 13 letter addressed to “families, staff and community.” McDaniel was not quoting Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott  but offering an update on the progress of the Pathway to Greatness plan, which closed 15 public school campuses and required students, teachers and administrators to relocate and consolidate for the 2020 school year.

Chicken-Fried News: The most Oklahoma cat ever

Oklahoma Humane Society has a new resident that can be described in the most scientific-correct nomenclature: an absolute unit.

Chicken-Fried News: Logo no-go

Canada and its people get a reputation for being nice, friendly, well-meaning people, but when you cross them, you better believe they’ll get what they deserve.

Chicken-Fried News: Shake down

According to Oklahoma’s most recent geological survey data — to paraphrase the song made famous by amateur seismologist/underage-cousin-marrier Jerry Lee Lewis — “There’s a whole lotta shakin’ goin’ on, not as much shakin’ as was goin’ on in previous record-setting years, but still, historically speaking, a relatively whole lotta shakin’.”

Chicken-Fried News: F-4 Hognado

A lot of people living in New York and Los Angeles made jokes about the earnest Twitter reply asking how people in rural America are supposed to defend against 30-50 feral hogs running into a yard.

Chicken-Fried News: Ada Baby Yoda

If 2019 had a breakout star, it was almost certainly The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda.

Chicken-Fried News: Guthrie Newseum?

The Newseum — a shrine to the power of the First Amendment and the history of journalism — closed the doors at its seven-story, 250,000 square-foot downtown Washington D.C. building last week, and its future is uncertain.

Chicken-Fried News: Rolling blackout

Paseo Arts District businesses and surrounding residences lost power over the holidays, and disappointingly, not because of some screwball National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-esque Christmas-light mishap either.

Chicken-Fried News: High offerings

Giving season is essentially over, but it seems like some businesses found it hard to participate in holiday philanthropy.

Chicken-Fried News: Helping hand

Businessman-turned-politician Kevin Stitt might have parlayed some of the same energy that elected businessman-turned-politician Donald Trump to the White House to become Oklahoma’s governor, but he’s not exactly falling in lockstep with the president on every decision.

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