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Carmen Forman

Carmen Forman

Carmen covers state government, politics and health care from Oklahoma City. A Norman native, she previously worked in Arizona and Virginia before she began reporting on the Oklahoma Capitol.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt visits Israel ‘in a show of solidarity’ amid war with Hamas

By: - November 2, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt traveled to Israel on Thursday to show support for the Jewish people amid the country’s war against Hamas militants. Stitt and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials and planned to visit a hospital in Tel Aviv to meet with families […]

Stitt Cabinet official’s concerns over Oklahoma education agency finances prompted resignation

By: and - November 2, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governor’s former education secretary said she resigned from her position after three months because the state superintendent’s administration limited her oversight of his agency. Katherine Curry said she repeatedly asked for financial documents showing how the agency budgeted and spent money, but the Oklahoma State Department of Education never provided them. […]

OU Health begins construction on behavioral health center for children

By: - November 1, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Officials broke ground Wednesday on a new pediatric behavioral health center at OU Health that will be the first of its kind in the state. Once complete, the Oklahoma Children’s Hospital OU Behavioral Health Center will have 72 beds for children to receive short-term and long-term mental health care. The three-story, 172,755-square-foot […]

More than 215 new Oklahoma laws take effect Wednesday

By: - November 1, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — More than 215 new state laws take effect Wednesday that impact everything from state employee benefits and jury pay to oversight of medical marijuana grows and missing persons. The Oklahoma Legislature passed a slew of new laws this year. Here’s a look at some of the highlights. State employees will now be […]

Lawmakers probe Oklahoma’s business retention efforts as Ardmore tire plant to close

By: - November 1, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — State senators on Tuesday explored the conditions that led a global tire company to decide to close its Ardmore factory and probed economic development officials on solutions to retain businesses in Oklahoma. The Senate Select Committee on Business Retention and Economic Development delved into Michelin’s announcement last week that it will close […]

Talihina veterans home closes this week, future of 600-acre property remains unclear

By: - October 31, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — A state-run veterans home in Talihina will close this week, roughly one year before construction of a new facility in Sallisaw will be complete. Although the Talihina facility wasn’t originally slated to close until the Sallisaw home opened, construction cost overruns and delays in building the new veterans home led the Oklahoma […]

Culture change at Oklahoma corrections department aims to give inmates a voice

By: - October 30, 2023

LEXINGTON — At the end of a recent inmate council meeting at a state prison, Jacob Watson was eager to talk about how encouraged he felt after seeing the Department of Corrections director on local TV news the night before. Director Steven Harpe was on screen defending his decision to fire some prison leaders and […]

‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ puts Oklahoma’s dark history of Osage murders on display

By: - October 19, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Although many Oklahomans were long ignorant about how white settlers systematically murdered members of the Osage Nation for their oil wealth in the 1920s, “Killers of the Flower Moon” will mark a milestone in how the state addresses its complex and painful history. The Friday release of the film that shines a […]

Oklahoma legislative leaders to get pay increases. Most lawmakers will not.

By: - October 17, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Legislative leaders will receive a pay increase next year, but most legislators will not, a state compensation board decided Tuesday. The Legislative Compensation Board voted unanimously to increase by 5% the stipends legislative leaders receive on top of their annual salaries. House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Senate President Pro Tem Greg […]

Oklahoma official renews call to boost film rebate in light of ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

By: - October 17, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor hopes a blockbuster movie filmed in Oklahoma will reignite a legislative conversation about increasing the cap on the state’s film incentive. Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell hopes when lawmakers watch Martin Scorsese’s “Killers of the Flower Moon” in theaters, they think about the economic impact that production and others have […]

Oklahoma providers, advocates worry as trans youth face gender care restrictions

By: - October 13, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Transgender youth who receive hormone medications as part of their gender-affirming care will have their access cut off next month. Advocates and providers are worried about what full implementation of a new state law that bans gender-affirming care for minors could mean for transgender youth who will soon be prohibited from accessing […]

Dusty Deevers, Larry Bush advance in special election for Lawton Senate seat

By: - October 11, 2023

OKLAHOMA CITY — Comanche County voters on Tuesday selected their party nominees to face off in a special election to fill a vacant state Senate seat in Lawton.  Republican Dusty Deevers and Democrat Larry Bush won their respective primary elections Tuesday to fill the Senate seat vacated by John Michael Montgomery, a Republican who resigned […]