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Duncan Area Economic Development Foundation President and CEO Lyle Roggow took home accolades earlier this week when he was named Oklahoma’s Economic Development Professional of the Year for 2019.

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Americans play and listen to music in great concert halls and muddy cow pastures, libraries and nightclubs, churches and homes, offices and automobiles, elevators and airplanes. They listen to love songs, tragic songs, work songs, war songs, religious songs, folk songs, and nonsense songs. They pay millions of dollars a year to hear their favorite music.

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After the defensive line — which ranked in the top 10 of sacks in Division I football last year — lost nearly the entire two-deep roster, the new wave of players has been an enigma for Cowboy fans.

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Both the president’s new mandate and Ken Cuccinelli’s “send us your wealthy white people” revision of Lazarus’ sonnet are a betrayal not only of the poem and its long-standing homage to the Statue of Liberty, but of the labors and history of all whose forbears were not exclusively Native American.

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WEBBERS FALLS — Surprise lights up Dr. Dixie Swearingen's face as Clorox representatives unfold A massive ceremonial check. Cheers go up as the Webbers Falls Schools Superintendent clasps her hands to her mouth for a moment, then starts clapping along with everyone else.

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Muskogee Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall gave sixth-graders a first-day pep talk as they sat in a pod at their new school Thursday morning.

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Supporters for Medicaid expansion in Oklahoma have until Oct. 28 to collect 178,000 signatures if the measure is to be put to a vote of the people in 2020 - and locals have already begun pitching in to acquire names.

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The state's only traveling exhibit of exclusively Oklahoma artists is free and open to the public at the Changing Gallery in Cort Mall, 215 S. Muskogee Ave.

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A number of parents were upset starting last week when they packed their children off to school in the Tahlequah district, only to learn their kids were handed a cheese sandwich instead of a hot lunch. Those kids didn't have money in their accounts to pay for the food.

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The woman admitted to being the driver, according to the police affidavit filed in the case. She told police after the accident her mother told her to run and go home. She said she had three beers prior to the crash.

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Chisholm Public Schools recently was awarded a $25,000 grant to invest in its science, technology, engineering and math curriculum, by America's Farmers Grow Rural Education, a release from the program said.

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The Second Amendment states that "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." The subject of the sole verb is, "A well regulated militia, being necessary for the security of a free state." "Militia" is explained: "the right of the people to keep and bear arms." The "people" is not a second verb subject, as if joined to "militia" by an "and." Thus, the "militia" alone embodies "the right of the people to keep and bear arms."

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Saiane Studie, the Tahlequah teenager who allegedly stabbed her stepfather to death on June 25, said she drove to her boyfriend's apartment after "everything went bad."

State Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, said he’s planning to hold a interim study at the Capitol about the issue. A constituent complained that he had to change his number because he was receiving so many robocalls.

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TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Principal Chief Bryan Warner and eight councilors of the Council of the Cherokee Nation pledged Wednesday to preserve, protect and defend the Cherokee Nation Constitution as part of their official oaths of office. They also promised to promote the culture, heritage and traditions of the Cherokee Nation.

In Britain, the Royal Protection Squad protects its royalty for the good of the country, like the Knights of the Round Table were obligated to protect the innocent. But what if knight is torn between his queen and country? With this hint in mind, please try to find black’s best move and winning tactics.

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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began lowering the pool upstream from Webbers Falls Lock & Dam 16 on Wednesday after clearing that part of the inland navigation channel of barges. 

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We hear Bernie Sanders decry the cost of prescriptions in the U.S. compared to Canada, but he fails to mention beyond prescriptions and hospital stays that not much else is covered. He also ignores a significant part of the cost of drugs in the U.S. lies within liability created by lawsuit-happy attorneys.

NORMAN — Epic Charter Schools will open a meeting space on Main Street in Norman for its teachers, students and their parents to interact throughout the school year.

Two Tahlequah city officials have been placed on administrative leave, one for contract review and the other pending an investigation.

Charges have been filed in Muskogee County District Court in the case of a woman arrested in connection with abuse at a Muskogee day care facility.

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When Deondrick Glass made his commitment to Oklahoma State on ESPN at the Blue-Gray Football Classic, he proclaimed he wanted to win the Heisman Trophy as a true freshman.

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A 26-year-old man who led law enforcement on a high-speed chase across the state line remained in custody at the Cooke County Jail on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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A new Oklahoma law which will take effect Nov. 1 is set to help women in the state become better informed on a condition which could make breast cancer difficult to detect.

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The Oklahoma economy is slowing, according to sales tax indicators. TV pundits reaffirm: “The national economy is doing great.” But there are two dark facets to this good news. The first is that we’re eventually paying for this opulence on a credit card that will come due in the future. And second, the economic winners have changed.

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STONEWALL [ndash] Memorial services for Royal David Hodge, 68, of Stonewall are at 10 a.m. Friday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. John Stephenson will officiate. Mr. Hodge passed away Monday, Aug. 12, 2019, at an Oklahoma City hospice house. He was born Dec. 12, 1950, in Ada to…