OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it in the latest example of the GOP's national push to restrict access to what has been…
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Leaders of a Tennessee abortion clinic calculated driving distances and studied passenger rail routes as they scanned the map for another place to offer services if the U.S. Supreme Court lets states restrict or eliminate abortion rights.
Oklahoma City – Activists seeking to end Oklahoma’s 13-year waiting list for developmental disability services agree that the State Legislature is on the verge of taking “historic” steps through a proposed $32.5 million budget increase, but contend more progress is needed. A Senate staff pre…
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In the wake of a recent data breach that exposed personal identifiable information of more than 5,000 Oklahomans on the developmental disabilities waiting list to receive waiver services, SOAR Partners is hosting a virtual event to help families stay protected online. It will be held this Th…
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate on Thursday confirmed Keith Reed as Gov. Kevin Stitt's pick to be the state's next health commissioner, the fourth since Stitt took office in 2019.
NASHVILLE Tennessee (AP) — Ashley Judd encouraged people to seek help for their mental health and talked about her grieving process after the loss of her mother, country star Naomi Judd.
Oklahoma City – Oklahoma’s public safety community will soon have access to better mental health resources and support after the signing of Senate Bill 1613.Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, authored the bill directing the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to establish and maintain a mental wellness…
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Michelle Butler was just over halfway through her pregnancy when her water broke and contractions wracked her body. She couldn't escape a terrifying truth: Her twins were coming much too soon.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed Senate Bill 1464 into law.Authored by Carri Hicks, D-Oklahoma City, and Rep. Judd Strom, R-Copan, the measure requires the Oklahoma State Health Department’s (OSDH) screening list to be updated regularly to match the federal Recommended Uniform Scr…
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma joined Texas this week to form a region that parts of a nation divided over abortion care might look like if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down its landmark Roe v. Wade ruling.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a Texas-style abortion ban on Tuesday that prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, part of a nationwide push in GOP-led states hopeful that the conservative U.S. Supreme Court will uphold new restrictions.
The bombshell leak of a draft opinion suggesting the Supreme Court is poised to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion nationwide has set the country on course for an even more polarized and fluctuating landscape of abortion rights.
People on both sides of the abortion divide have been anticipating that the Supreme Court this summer would reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. On Monday night, a leaked draft opinion that would overturn Roe began ricocheting around the world. Even …
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court keeps secrets. Year after year, in major case after major case, there's little beyond what the justices say during oral arguments that suggests how they will rule until they actually do.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House gave final approval Thursday to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits the procedure after about six weeks of pregnancy, before many women know they are pregnant.
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs President Jonathan Small praised House lawmakers for taking quick action today to prevent female students from having to share bathrooms with male students. “Oklahomans from all walks of life understand that it is insane to put boys and girls in the same ba…
Philadelphia health officials say they're ending the city's indoor mask mandate, abruptly reversing course just days after people in the city had to start wearing masks again amid a sharp increase in infections. The Board of Health voted Thursday to rescind the mandate. That's according to t…
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department is filing an appeal seeking to overturn a judge's order that voided the federal mask mandate on planes and trains and in travel hubs, officials said.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a bill into law on Tuesday that makes it a felony to perform an abortion, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, as part of an aggressive push in Republican-led states across the country to scale back abortion rights.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Each April, LifeShare of Oklahoma celebrates Donate Life Month, an observance to focus attention on the need for and importance of organ, eye and tissue donation. The celebration is about the importance of registering to become a donor and honoring deceased and living donors …
“Ms. Jones, I know you’re tired, frustrated, and wanting to retire. I wish I had an answer for you, but only our legislators and city/county council men and women will be able to make a difference in this crisis.”
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska would immediately ban abortions if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturns its 1973 decision to legalize the procedure under a bill that sharply divided lawmakers on Wednesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY– Calm Waters Center for Children and Families will host their 8th annual carnival-style fundraising event, Under the Big Topon Friday, April 8, at 6 p.m. The event will be held at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market at 311 South Klein.
March was Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. So, as April unfolds it seems like an appropriate time to take a closer look at the crisis within the system of care for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) in Oklahoma and across the country.As the number of peo…
Did you know that substance abuse is among the most significant public health problems in Oklahoma and across the nation? In my time serving in public office and working in the private sector, I have met many individuals whose lives have been affected – either directly or through friends o…
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — COVID-19 hospitalization numbers have plunged to their lowest levels since the early days of the pandemic, offering a much needed break to health care workers and patients alike following the omicron surge.
Many Americans have taken significant steps back from once-routine coronavirus precautions, with less than half now saying they regularly wear face masks, avoid crowds and skip nonessential travel.
OKLAHOMA CITY - OKC Beautiful is now recruiting volunteers for the annual LitterBlitz campaign in April. During the event, volunteer groups across the city team up to pick up litter in the community.
BERLIN (AP) — Lawmakers voted Friday to abolish most of Germany's coronavirus pandemic restrictions despite a surge in cases with almost 300,000 new daily cases.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's health commissioner would no longer need to be a medical doctor or have a background in health administration under legislation the state Senate passed Monday.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The State Senate has advanced to the House a pair of measures from Senator David Bullard, R-Durant.One is designed to help schools better address the needs of students struggling with mental health issues. The other would create a task force to empower officials to creat…
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With COVID-19 case numbers plummeting, Emily Safrin did something she hadn't done since the pandemic began two years ago: She put her fears aside and went to a concert.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. Lance Frye, Oklahoma's former state health commissioner, has been appointed surgeon general of the Muscogee Nation, the tribe announced Tuesday.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two years after officials announced the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Oklahoma, state officials say they are shifting their response efforts to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus.
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) is spreading the message of recovery through the visual impact of art.
OKLAHOMA CITY – The OK Humane Animal Advocacy Program, a collaboration between The Oklahoma Humane Society and the Palomar Family Justice Center, has enhanced its ability to help animals impacted by domestic violence with the addition of Purina’s Animal Care Center, a six-kennel structure th…
OKLAHOMA CITY - Goodwill Industries of Central Oklahoma, in partnership with Pivot, Inc., has launched a new Youth Employment Preparation Program (YEPP) for 2022. The free program’s objective is to serve and support Oklahoma disadvantaged youth ages 16 to 24 in developing valuable life and j…
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma’s People with Disabilities Awareness Day, which brings hundreds of people with disabilities, their families and their supporters together, will return to an in-person event on Tuesday, March 8. The event is open to the public.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration will significantly loosen federal mask-wearing guidelines to protect against COVID-19 transmission on Friday, according to two people familiar with the matter, meaning most Americans will no longer be advised to wear masks in indoor public settings.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Jardiance (empagliflozin) to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death and hospitalization for heart failure in adults.
Oklahoma City -- Governor Kevin Stitt has appointed Dr. Corey D. Finch to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority Board, filling the vacancy created by Stanley Hupfeld’s resignation. “Dr. Corey Finch is a talented physician and a dedicated servant leader,” said Gov. Stitt. “I am glad to appoint h…
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — The post, on China's Weibo social platform, resembled many others posted by official media during these Olympics — an ode to freestyle skier Eileen Gu, known to Chinese as Gu Ailing. "The biggest gold medal in Eileen Gu's heart," it teased.
The nation's leading health officials said Wednesday that the U.S. is moving closer to the point that COVID-19 is no longer a "constant crisis" as more cities, businesses and sports venues began lifting pandemic restrictions around the country.
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois appeals court has dismissed an appeal of a judge's ruling that invalidated Gov. J.B. Pritzker's requirement that masks be worn in schools to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California became the first state to formally shift to an "endemic" approach to the coronavirus with Gov. Gavin Newsom's announcement Thursday of a plan that emphasizes prevention and quick reaction to outbreaks over mandated masking and business shutdowns.
The omicron wave that assaulted the United States this winter also bolstered its defenses, leaving enough protection against the coronavirus that future spikes will likely require much less — if any — dramatic disruption to society.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two abortion providers in Oklahoma said Tuesday that they're still seeing a massive influx of women from Texas who want to terminate their pregnancies after Texas last year passed the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the U.S. in decades.
GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said there were 21 million new coronavirus cases reported globally last week, the highest weekly number of COVID-19 cases recorded since the pandemic began. The number of deaths was largely unchanged, at more than 50,000.
OKLAHOMA CITY - With support from local and national partners, the Autism Foundation of Oklahoma (AFO) now offers sensory kits for first responders, businesses, and community organizations to better serve Oklahomans on the autism spectrum.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor said Tuesday his office has found no legal basis for medical boards to discipline doctors for prescribing ivermectin or hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19.
WASHINGTON, DC- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration took new steps aimed at fostering the development of non-addictive alternatives to opioids to manage acute pain and decreasing exposure to opioids and preventing new addiction. The agency issued draft guidance to provide recommendations t…
As omicron numbers drop at Denver Health, Dr. Anuj Mehta is reminded of the scene in the 1980 comedy "The Blues Brothers" when John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd pile out of a battered car after a police chase.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Studies show that grandparents are raising almost 90,000 children in Oklahoma. That number does not include the many informal kinship arrangements that are unreported, according to Caitlan Redding Taylor, Community Engagement and Relations Coordinator.
VIENNA (AP) — Austria is about to become the first country in Europe to require most adults to get vaccinated against COVID-19, but few other nations appear likely to join it as many turn their attention to loosening restrictions.