PRESS RELEASE Oklahoma Blood Institute faces its most critical challenge

Facing the single greatest challenge to the blood supply it’s ever seen, the Oklahoma Blood Institute is urging all Oklahomans to donate blood immediately.

PRESS RELEASE Capitol access to be partially restored Monday when Legislature returns

Access restrictions to the State Capitol will be partially loosened Monday to restore public access, with requirements such as entry point screenings, masks, appointment only office visits, social distancing, disinfection and more remaining in place for health and safety.

PRESS RELEASE Attorney General Hunter clarifies governor's executive order regarding law enforcement action for non-compliance

Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following information regarding law enforcement action relating to individuals or business owners that do not comply with the governor’s March 24 executive order.

Gov. Stitt issues Safer at Home order for 19 Oklahoma counties

Today, Gov. Kevin Stitt issued a Safer at Home order saying all vulnerable Oklahomans should avoid leaving home except to get essentials like groceries and medicine through April 30.

PRESS RELEASE Experts warn Oklahomans to prevent community spread of virus

With Gov. Kevin Stitt announcing this week that Oklahoma is “critically low” on COVID-19 tests, state health experts say we need to presume that anyone could have the virus – and behave accordingly.

PRESS RELEASE Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma continues its response to COVID-19

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is using innovative methods to meet all food assistance needs while also adhering to safe social distancing practices.

PRESS RELEASE Integris medical director of infection prevention makes public plea

With community spread of COVID-19 now in Oklahoma, David Chansolme, M.D., the Medical Director of Infection Prevention at INTEGRIS Health, is making a plea to the public to take the threat seriously. Instead of reacting in fear and panic, he is encouraging Oklahomans to exercise caution and common sense by following these steps:

Gov. Kevin Stitt declares Oklahoma is in a state of emergency

March 15, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt issued executive order 2020-07 declaring Oklahoma in a state of emergency. In a video posted on Facebook, Gov. Stitt explained that the emergency declaration "ensures our state has all the resources available to manage the effects of COVID-19."

Conversion ban

A bill that would ban conversion therapy for minors passed out of committee this year after not receiving a hearing last session.
For the first time ever, Freedom Oklahoma lobbied at the capitol in support of a bill with momentum that would protect LGBTQ+ individuals.

Alcoholmanac Sunday spirits

Many liquor stores were open for the first time this past Sunday after seven counties across the state voted to approve Sunday liquor sales.
Oklahoma’s liquor laws have come a long way in a matter of years.

Serious challenger

A former journalist presents the biggest challenge to Sen. Jim Inhofe’s seat in over a decade.
Abby Broyles has spent most of her life either wanting to be a journalist or being one.

Black state

Oklahoma has a long, rich history of successful black communities, but much of its black history has been hidden and left out of textbooks.
Before statehood, Oklahoma was seen nationally as a promised land for black people.

Animal companions

More than 20 organizations are working on a statewide initiative to increase Oklahoma’s animal shelter save rate significantly over the next five years.
Common Bonds is made up of about 25 organizations with the shared goal of increasing the state’s animal save rate to 90 percent.

Oklahoma justice

Following major moves to reduce the state’s prison population, Oklahomans continue pushing to further reform the state’s criminal justice system.
Oklahomans continue pushing for legislation to lower the state’s prison population and prevent people from entering into the criminal system in the first place.

Cities’ equality

Oklahoma’s average Municipal Equality Index ranking is 32, about half of the national average.
Norman earned Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s distinction as an “All Star” city for advancing LGBTQ+ equality without relying on state law.

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