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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit early last year, many people were confined to their homes. As a way to reach and keep in touch with 4-H members, the Oklahoma 4-H Youth Development program designed the Food, Fun, 4-H program. This hands-on activity was so popular, it’s back for another run thi…

This information is compiled from incident reports provided by the McAlester Police Department for the week of Feb. 26-March 5, 2021. Data from previous week can be viewed by selecting the menu button in the top left corner and selecting the available layers. Read more

Ray Goforth once said, “There are two types of people who will tell you that you cannot make a difference in this world: those who are afraid to try and those who are afraid you will succeed.” Read more

Frink-Chambers 4-H recently held their local 4-H speech contest in preparation for the Southeast District Speech Contest. They had a record-breaking turnout with 56 entries. Great job to their 4-H members and their 4-H club leader, Donna Curry. Results for their contest were as follows: Read more

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A Latimer County judge who ruled the Choctaw Nation was never disestablished will now decide if the state lacks jurisdiction in a case accusing a Native American man of sex crimes against a child.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 150 active COVID-19 cases in Pittsburg County on March 8. More information from OSDH can be found in the story.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Starting Monday, the state plans to expand COVID-19 vaccine access to the remaining 21,300 Oklahomans in Phase 2 of its distribution plan.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 133 active COVID-19 cases in Pittsburg County on March 5. More information from OSDH can be found in the story.

The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Tulsa is offering annual, free storm spotter classes virtually this year with several dates before the bulk of severe weather begins.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma’s bounty on Bigfoot has grown to nearly $2.1 million mere weeks after a state lawmaker proposed a controversial bill to allow capturing of the mythical creature.

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First-time Illinois Congresswoman Mary Miller could have drawn from the collective wisdom of countless thoughtful Americans as she addressed the group "Moms for America" at President Trump’s rally in Washington on Tuesday.

Molly Ivins, the feisty Texas columnist and author, described herself thusly before succumbing to breast cancer 13 years ago:  “I spent most of my life feeling like I’ve been shot out of a cannon.”

My grandfather, Harry S. Truman, initiated the protocols for the peaceful transfer of presidential power as we know them today. He invited President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower to send over his Cabinet and staff so they could kick the tires, as it were -- be briefed by their predecessors, attend meetings, try out the office chairs.

Following the announcement Saturday that Joe Biden will become the 46th president of the United States, President Donald Trump ought to concede and leave office with more dignity than he has shown as commander-in-chief.

Joe Biden described the agonizing wait for the outcome of the presidential election thusly: “Democracy can sometimes be messy.”

Last week many people noticed a strange, smokey sky over much of the country, not realizing why it was there. The haze was smoke carried across the U.S. by the jet stream from the giant wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington.

NORMAN -- Oklahoma University’s football team canceled practice Friday to march lockstep from the stadium to the campus Unity Garden to protest racial injustice and the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

If you oppose mail-in voting because President Donald Trump calls it a fraud, prepare to stand in long lines to cast your ballot on Nov. 3 Election Day.

Earl D. Lawson's death by COVID-19 was doubly cruel.

TAHLEQUAH, Oklahoma – A U.S. Supreme Court ruling declaring the boundaries of an Oklahoma Native tribe remain intact is narrow in scope and does not affect property ownership, land titles or taxation by a county or the state, according to a former Cherokee Nation Supreme court justice and dean emeritus of the University of Arkansas School of Law.

INDIANAPOLIS – Federal health officials report a disproportionate number of coronavirus deaths occur in the nation’s nursing homes, but the agency tracking their morbidity rates maintains a database riddled with incomplete information and errors.

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