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OKLAHOMA CITY — Some state senators are questioning whether a highly-touted piece of legislation that seeks to equalize public school funding is the best way to bridge the divide between property-poor rural and property-rich urban and suburban communities.

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A Stephens County jury returned a guilty verdict and fixed punishment for a man from Mexico at life without parole after less than an hour of deliberation Friday following a week-long trial in a case dating back to 2016 in which Linda Salazar was murdered.

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District Attorney Jason Hicks, flanked by Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney and Henry’s parents, Renee Hinson and Billy Henry, hosted a press conference just after 3:30 p.m. Thursday to address the reversal and what happens next in the Miles Bench case.

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A new Mayor and a new Vice Mayor will take the helm of Duncan City Council after Robert Armstrong officially swore into the Duncan mayoral position on the evening of Monday, May 3.

 

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four members of the Oklahoma Legislature — two state senators and two state representatives — announced Wednesday the creation of a new bipartisan Legislative Latino Caucus.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt lifted the state's COVID-19 emergency declaration, effective Tuesday, citing data that shows declining new cases and hospitalizations.

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A Stephens County jury found a local man guilty of shooting with intent to kill last week in a case dating back to 2019 in which a law enforcement officer was lured with a fake domestic call to an area of Duncan and had shots fired at them.

 

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Kylie Weast doesn’t compete at many ProRodeos these days. Life in nearby Comanche, Oklahoma, with her husband and two children keeps her plenty busy.

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The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is offering help to Oklahomans who are affected by Wednesday night’s severe weather. The OID is dedicated to help those with damage have their insurance claims handled promptly and fairly.

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Law enforcement has apprehended a man they say is accused of raping a minor.

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The State of Oklahoma has filed charges for the suspect in a local convenience store shooting that left one dead this week in Duncan.

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Oklahoma’s current trend with new positive cases continues to reflect community transmission, which can be reduced by keeping 6 feet of physical distance from others, wearing face coverings when around individuals from outside the household, avoiding touching your face, and regular hand-washing.

An overnight tornado that seemed to literally come out of nowhere put a scare into a whole lot of folks as it touched down not once but twice early Wednesday near Pauls Valley.

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OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC) is encouraging employers and individuals to register to attend the upcoming career fairs the agency is hosting in May. Throughout the state, many employers are safely conducting business, and they are looking to fill open positions.

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden named Kamala Harris as his running mate, there were whispers about her ambition — would a former rival be a loyal soldier to a president she so sharply criticized on the campaign trail?

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Marking his first 100 days in office, President Joe Biden will use his first joint address to Congress to pitch a $1.8 trillion investment in children, families and education that would fundamentally transform the role government plays in American life.

Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation aimed at making it easier to hire, retain and fire state employees by overhauling the state’s civil service reform system.

In the Disney movie "Anastasia," Bartok, the bat, tells his master and friend “Stress — it’s a killer, sir.” His friend was upset over his failed plan. 

TAHLEQUAH — Cherokee Nation leaders joined county commissioners from Muskogee and Cherokee counties to cut the ribbon on a $6.3 million road and bridge project Friday near Fort Gibson.

We’re into the 13th week of session and are nearing the end with at most five weeks left. We started the session with over 3,000 bills filed Senate and House. We’ve spent the last three months carefully considering these measures in committee and on the floor, and now we have decreased that …

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed three anti-abortion bills into law on Monday, including ones to criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials announced Monday plans to resume distribution of the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine following rare cases of blood clots potentially linked to the vaccine.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday signed legislation aimed at making it easier to hire, retain and fire state employees by overhauling the state’s civil service reform system.

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The Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation has selected Duncan student Vanessa Moore as one of 12 Sir Alexander Fleming Scholars for 2021.

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As a resident of Tulsa for the past 25 years, it was devastating to watch our neighbors’ homes destroyed in May 2019. It was emotional because it was not just the building itself they lost, but also the contents. When my boys and I went out to help clean the waterlogged neighborhoods, we fou…

Here we are in the middle of spring already, with a cold front facing us as we speak on Tuesday. Some people are not aware of this, though migration actually begins in February with waterfowl, swallows, and Sandhill Cranes just to name a few. We’ll see more activity with the shorebirds that have been visiting for the past month with some early birds, including several that we don’t normally catch in these parts like Tuesday’s Piping Plover. Neotropic migrants are pushing down on the gas pedal and there have been several first of the year aficionados posted in the usual spots.

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The Oklahoma Insurance Department (OID) is partnering with the Oklahoma Social Security Administration, the Oklahoma Department of Securities, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, the Oklahoma Banker’s Association and AARP Oklahoma to host the Annual Hoodwinked Fraud Conference.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The governor’s plan to outsource the state’s Medicaid program hit a roadblock this week after the Republican-controlled House refused to rubberstamp it, instead passing its own alternative with bipartisan support.

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