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The holidays can be stressful for anyone, and being a millennial already comes with its own stressful baggage like expensive student loan payments and lower paying jobs. Holidays can be a little tricky with these constraints. Gift exchanges, a tradition for a lot of people, may be nearly imp… Read more

The city of McAlester is embarking on a 24-day period where the city's mandate requiring individuals to wear a mask or other protective face covering in public settings will not be in effect. Read more

Oklahoma News

The Oklahoma State Department of Health reported 210 active cases of COVID-19 in Pittsburg County Nov. 30. More information from OSDH can be found in the story.

A Poteau man was arrested in McAlester after a state law enforcement agency received a tip that he engaged in online chats with a girl in Idaho over the summer.

OKLAHOMA CITY — For the rest of the semester, Oklahoma school districts will have the option of implementing in-school quarantine for students potentially exposed to COVID-19, state health officials announced Wednesday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — As influenza rates tick upward, medical professionals are urging Oklahomans to get a flu vaccination as soon as possible.

Krebs city councilors voted to extend an ordinance requiring protective face coverings — with the city's mayor saying he believes it was best for the citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic.

National News

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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