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Blues singer Bebo McDaniel had never faced a crowd quite like this — an auditorium filled with elementary school students.

McAlester-area homes are eligible to receive new smoke alarms and have them installed – for free – through a program recently revived by the McAlester Fire Department. Through a partnership with Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma Assistive Technology Foundation, and Fire Protection Publications, t… Read more

A member of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's Tactical Team received a new bulletproof vest Thursday after the one he wore during a felony warrant service in May was damaged during a shootout in Talihina. Read more

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OKLAHOMA CITY — A federal judge ruled Monday that Oklahoma’s governor exceeded his public health emergency authority and ran afoul of the U.S. Constitution by trying to use the COVID-19 crisis to ban abortions in the state.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Legislature granted the governor unprecedented powers Monday allowing him to suspend any rules and laws necessary during the state’s COVID-19 outbreak for the next 30 days.

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More than 50 deaths, including 5 reported Monday, have been linked to the coronavirus COVID-19 in Oklahoma as the number of cases continued to rise, but at a reduced rate, according to the latest numbers from the Oklahoma State Department of Health.

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Wearing a surgical or dust mask in public has been more common in east Asian countries, mainly due to concerns about air pollution according to Oklahoma State University professor Marten Brienen, but it might soon become a familiar sight in the U.S. amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Like hospitals across the state, Stillwater Medical Center is following government direction to prepare for an increase in patients as COVID-19 infection rates reach their expected peak in late April.

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Tahlequah Fire Chief Ray Hammons said his department is responding to every call it receives, and the firefighters were prepared for the COVID-19 outbreak.

National News

Health care dominated political dialogue leading up to the coronavirus crisis this month and if voters in the nation’s heartland are an accurate yardstick, the struggle over the best way to provide it will escalate on the road to November's election.

General Motors announced Friday it is bringing back 1,000 workers at two plants in Indiana to begin making ventilators for critical-care COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe and stay alive.

GLASGOW, Ky. – Ronnie Ellis, an accomplished Kentucky political reporter, died Monday at a hospital in his hometown, two weeks before his scheduled induction into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. He was 68.

Did the U.S. Supreme Court go too far in its rationale for free speech and press when ruling for the New York Times in a landmark libel case brought by a public official 56 years ago?

FRANKFORT – A backdoor addition to a revenue bill that changes the way legal notices for local government audits and bids are brought to the public’s attention has caught Kentucky newspapers off guard.

ALBANY, N.Y.  -- Human remains in New York could be legally turned into compost as an alternative to burial or cremation under legislation introduced in the state legislature.

On learning Russia had staged a massive disinformation campaign in the 2016 presidential election, schools across the country began adding digital literacy classes to their course offerings.

LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- It happened again this morning. Just after dawn my youngest daughter was whisked away in a yellow bus to spend the day at one of the most socialist institutions on our city: Lockport High School. 

For decades, the nation's media have covered, and amplified, the controversies of rap music, from the hype of the East Coast-West Coast rivalry that framed the murders of rappers Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. in the 1990s, to last year's murder of Los Angeles rapper and activist Nipsey Hussle.

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Frank D. Autrey, 75, of McAl-ester and currently Durant, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, March 4, 2020. Frank is survived by his wife, Ann; sons, Clint and wife, Alana, and Chris, and grandson, Cash. Viewing will be today until 5 p.m. Due to the current health issues, a celebration …

James L. McCurry, 88, of McAlester, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020, at Walnut Grove Living Center. Arrangements are pending with Brumley-Mills Funeral Home of McAlester.

Laura Ruth Dodson, 64, passed away at her home in Red Oak, on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. The family has asked for no services at this time. Services under the direction of Waldrop Funeral Home of Wilburton.