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Oklahoma’s COVID-19 vaccine supply could double in coming weeks

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Federal changes to COVID-19 vaccine distribution could soon boost the amount of doses Oklahoma receives on a weekly basis. Oklahoma is slated to receive 48,475 doses next week, but that number could double as soon as the following week when the federal government starts shipping first and second doses to states simultaneously.
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After judge hobbles Oklahoma’s COVID curfew for bars, Gov. Stitt drops the restriction

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Jan. 14—Gov. Kevin Stitt walked back restrictions on bars and restaurants Wednesday, one day after a judge hammered the state in a written order for a lack of evidence that the restrictions effectively slowed the spread of COVID-19 in the first place.
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COVID-19 may eventually evolve into a seasonal illness — like common colds, study predicts

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A new study predicts that SARS-CoV-2 — the virus that causes COVID-19 — could eventually become no more infectious than the common cold, seasonally reappearing each year alongside other pathogens in the coronavirus family that bring about mild sniffles.
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NTSB to hold Feb. 9 hearing to determine cause of helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, 8 others

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LOS ANGELES — The National Transportation Safety Board will hold a hearing on Feb. 9 to determine the cause of the helicopter crash a year ago that killed Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others when it struck a fog-covered hillside in Calabasas.
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Police Blotter

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Theft— A caller advised Dispatch on Wednesday at 7:19 a.m. that someone had broken into their vehicles a week before Christmas on the 1900 block of north 6th street and they chose to just cancel all their cards and not call the police department at that time. Now that someone had attempted to use a debit card in Tonkawa at the smoke shop they requested an officer. An officer responded and assisted the caller and a report was made.
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Happenings

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MEETING CANCELLED The Ponca City Board of Commissioners Meeting scheduled for 2 pm, Tuesday, January 19th at City Hall has been cancelled. MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY HOLIDAY OBSERVED The City of Ponca City will observe Monday, January 18, as a City Holiday: • Residential Refuse WILL NOT BE PICKED UP Monday, January 18, and RESUME Tuesday, January 19.