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Shane Josiah Kirk, a man accused of killing his step-father and his wife, could face the death penalty if he is found guilty of the double homicide.

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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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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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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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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. 

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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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.

Veteran Tricia Bear, who served in the Marine Corps and Army National Guard, is no stranger to heartache. However, she credits the VA and Take Courage Coaching in helping her to cope with the many personal challenges and hardships she has faced.

Jonita Mullins is a unique purveyor of Oklahoma history and heritage. Working in the genres of both fiction and nonfiction writing, the field of historic preservation, and as owner of Okie Heritage Tours, she brings the important history of our area and state to life. Her recent nonfiction work, “Oklahoma Originals” (The History Press, 2019), tells the tale of the diverse individuals who confronted the challenge of life in the Twin Territories in its early days.

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin is a stalwart supporter of the president's trade policies despite signs of an economic downturn that some experts believe may be linked to trade tariffs.

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The train derailment at Duncan’s Kiddieland that injured at least 10 was caused by brake failure and the traveling speed, according to an Oklahoma Department of Labor report.

Oklahoma accounting firm Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies recently was named one of the best to work for in the country, in an annual list by the trade publication Accounting Today.

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There have been 34 earthquakes this year measuring at least magnitude 3.0, according to USGS.

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Abe Medaris said he was shocked when his family found his car-top carrier was broken into after staying at a McAlester hotel over the weekend between their trip from Texas to their home in St. Louis.

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In the quest to keep as many dollars in Muskogee that ultimately assist in maintaining our streets and infrastructure, spending your money at locally-owned and operated businesses becomes most vital. In fact, spending money at a locally owned and operated business is three times more financially impactful to your own community than spending at non-locally owned and operated businesses. With that in mind, it is very easy for longtime residents in any community, including ours, to often overlook the hidden and not so hidden gems in our own backyard. 

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A new organization in Hulbert is making its presence felt, with members pitching in to help local teachers at the start of the school year.

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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…