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Although the landscape may be bleak in the winter, now is the time for gardeners — those with established green thumbs and those who are just starting out — to get started on their gardening plans for the upcoming growing season.

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DRH Health, the leading healthcare provider in Stephens County, reported Friday that an incident affected one of their servers this week, but at this time there’s no evidence that any patient related information has been compromised.

Oklahoma tribal leaders celebrated Friday when the Supreme Court of the U.S. declined to overturn the McGirt decision — while state leaders said the top court agreeing to hear argument to limit its scope is a step in the right direction.

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Sen. Jessica Garvin, R-Duncan, has filed Senate Bill 1314, which would require the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) to provide Medicaid reimbursement for providers who screen children and adults for adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) as funds are available.

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Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor said certain inmates released from state prison on McGirt claims should be rearrested following the U.S. Supreme Court’s denial to hear the issue of retroactivity.

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Downtown shops, eateries and businesses will see a new interim director for Main Street at the end of January.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s top health official said Wednesday the state is struggling to get access to monoclonal antibody and anti-viral treatments that are considered the most effective at preventing COVID-19 hospitalization and death against the raging omicron variant.

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The Heart of Oklahoma Youth Rodeo Association (HOYRA) set up at the Stephens County Fair and Expo Center on Jan. 14-16 for an event full of riding, roping, barrels and more. Youth competed in different categories including six and under, seven to nine, 10-13 and 14-19.

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Desperate and pleading for help, administrators of the four main health systems in the Oklahoma City metro urged Oklahomans Tuesday to practice mitigation efforts against COVID-19 as their hospitals are “at a breaking point.”

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AARP Oklahoma is accepting nominations for the 14th annual AARP Oklahoma Native American Elder Honors which celebrates 50 Native American elders who have positively impacted our country, state, communities and Indian Country. 

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Haven’t settled on resolutions for 2022? Experts at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation have a few suggestions for healthy commitments you can still check off the list this year.

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Chickasaw Country will launch their 10th annual “Best of Chickasaw Country” awards, where the community recognizes their favorite local businesses in south-central Oklahoma. Residents and visitors can nominate their most-loved shops, attractions, restaurants and more from Jan. 6-20, 2022, wh…

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District Attorney Jason Hicks, following a drug round up in Stephens County on Thursday that sent more than 20 to jail on charges from warrants related to trafficking and distributing methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin, has released a list of names and associated charges of the alleged suspects.

A state lawmaker wants to allow tribes to offer sports betting for the first time in casinos in a bid to bolster public school funding and legalize a multi-million dollar underground industry.

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District Attorney Jason Hicks has confirmed a drug round up in Stephens County on Thursday that sent more than 20 to jail on charges from warrants related to trafficking and distributing methamphetamine, fentanyl and heroin.

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A local state legislator received an opportunity to shadow Direct Support Professionals (DSP) this week, embracing the opportunity to speak one on one with Oklahomans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has stopped the Biden administration from enforcing a requirement that employees at large businesses be vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing and wear a mask on the job.

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Following a recent announcement from Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan, Duncan Public Schools (DPS) will close for Thursday, Jan. 13 and Friday, Jan. 14.

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The recent surge in COVID-19 cases contributed to unprecedented numbers at Chickasaw Nation testing sites. Preliminary reports indicate approximately 2,000 test swabs were collected Monday, Jan. 10, from various testing sites across the Chickasaw Nation.

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County Commissioners met Monday, Jan. 10, for a routine business meeting during which they decided to continue the burn ban for Stephens County and once again tabled the county’s COVID-19 policy.

The nation’s highest court Monday declined to hear the appeal of a convicted murderer — leaving intact an Oklahoma ruling that appeals related to a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision cannot be applied retroactively to undo a final conviction.

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bob Saget, a comedian and actor known for his role as a widower raising a trio of daughters in the sitcom "Full House," has died, according to authorities in Florida. He was 65.

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The Oklahoma State School Boards Association Foundation will present the inaugural Dr. Bob Mooneyham Memorial Scholarship this spring to a high school senior attending an Oklahoma public school.  

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The Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS) has received a three-year federal grant to provide safe housing assistance and mental health support for young victims of human sex trafficking.

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As COVID-19 numbers increase and demand for testing goes up after the holidays, Oklahoma State Department of Health announced this week local county health departments will extend testing availability and hours.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Concerns are mounting over legislation that would require the Oklahoma Health Department to create a government database with identifying information for all women seeking abortions.

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Following a recent announcement from Superintendent Dr. Tom Deighan, Duncan Public Schools (DPS) released its newest Flu and COVID-19 update recommending anyone with symptoms to stay home if sick.

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Months before attackers supporting then-President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol last Jan. 6, social media sites were flooded with angry postings claiming the presidential election had been rigged and calling for violence.

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The City of Duncan Outdoor Warning Siren System is now modified and configured for automatic activation in the event a Tornado Warning is issued by the National Weather Service. 

 

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A state lawmaker wants to require every public school library to purchase a King James Bible, and mandate that educators use it as the primary text when teaching elective courses on the Old and New Testaments.

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