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Oklahoma lawmakers seek to ban cannabis billboards

Some GOP state legislators want to ban billboards advertising medical marijuana, prevent future dispensaries from being located...

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4 changes that could affect Social Security in 2020

If you’re one of almost 69 million Americans who receive Social Security or Supplemental Security Income benefits, you’ll...

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The Source: An Oklahoma news podcast

Welcome to The Source, a podcast that takes a look at the current events in Oklahoma, as told by the reporters and editors from...

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Tablets may soon be available for Oklahoma County jail inmates

Inmates at the Oklahoma County jail may be able to access tablets for communication and entertainment in the near future. The...

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Most coffee makers are crawling with germs and growing mold, experts say. Here’s why

Have you ever thought about how dirty your home or office coffee maker can get after all those uses?

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7-Eleven Inc. announces acquisition of 7-Eleven Stores in central Oklahoma

Irving, Texas-based 7-Eleven Inc. announced Friday it is acquiring a chain of more than 100, locally-owned 7‑Eleven Stores in...

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Woman dies after being struck by car in Moore

A Lexington woman died Friday morning in Moore after being struck by a vehicle as she attempted to walk across the southbound...

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EDMOND Lookebill, Gaylene L.: 78, died Jan. 14. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Memorial Park Historic Cemetery Chapel, Oklahoma City...

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Patterson, Baylor president among 4 named to OSU Hall of Fame

STILLWATER — Former regents, a major booster and a university president will join the Oklahoma State University Hall of Fame....

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Norman Chocolate Festival a sweet deal for education

As if you needed any more reason to eat chocolate, this weekend it helps support education in Norman. The 38th annual Norman...

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Martinez-Brooks to seek council seat

Jessica Martinez-Brooks, who serves as a volunteer on several city boards and as interim diversity officer at Oklahoma City...

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OKLAHOMA CITY Member of 'Central Park Five' to speak at OC Raymond Santana, one of the wrongfully convicted "Central Park...

By land and air, weather researchers track tornadic storms

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SALINA, Kan. — For the first time in almost a decade, meteorologists from across the Midwest will track and intercept tornado birthing grounds as part of a large-scale collaborative research project. The TORUS Project, or Targeted Observation...

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected municipal officers invited back to campus

Civics lessons for elected city officers and those thinking about running for office begin Saturday at Oklahoma City University...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of grace, help us persevere when we are confident our actions are consistent with Your will. Amen.

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Capitol briefs: More than 2 million Oklahomans registered to vote

More than 2M Oklahomans registered to vote Going into the 2020 election cycle, just over half of all Oklahomans are registered...

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Heavy rainfall, flooding possible for parts of Oklahoma

Follow current weather conditions from around the state.

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Ardmore woman facing felony drug, child neglect charges after police find nearly 120 pills

An Ardmore woman is facing felony drug and child neglect charges after police allegedly discovered a large amount of...

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Is your eye the next frontier for small screen tech? First look at new smart contact lens

Commercial availability for the Mojo Lens is likely about two years away, with the more immediate use cases in the enterprise...

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Martinez-Brooks to seek Ward 3 city council seat in Oklahoma City

Current Ward 3 Councilman Larry McAtee is retiring when his term ends in 2021.

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Inhofe away on family matter for Trump trial open

The Senate is one man short on the opening day of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial. Republican James Inhofe is back...

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Court papers detail claims in dustup between public relations firms

Social welfare organizations may keep their donors' identities a secret.

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Half of all Oklahomans registered to vote in 2020

The Oklahoma State Election Board shows that more than 2 million individuals are registered.

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Oklahoma members vote along partisan lines on impeachment managers

Oklahomans in the U.S. House voted along partisan lines Wednesday on the resolution appointing members to prosecute the...

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Recent reforms lead over 30% decrease in average inmate population at Oklahoma County jail

The average number of inmates at the Oklahoma County jail has decreased by over 30%, which community leaders attribute to new...

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'No definitive plans' to close any Oklahoma prisons, director says

The Oklahoma Department of Corrections has “no definitive plans” to close any prisons, Director Scott Crow said Wednesday. Sen....

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Capitol briefs: Legislators eye halting Oklahoma's death penalty

Legislators eye halting Oklahoma's death penalty State Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, filed House Bill 2876 to end use...

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Co-defendant testifies at OKC murder trial

A man who admitted pulling the trigger during a fatal drug robbery told a jury Wednesday he didn't mean to kill the son of a...

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Pardon and Parole Board recommends commutation for another 149 people eligible for single-stage docket

The Pardon and Parole Board voted Wednesday to recommend commutation for another 149 nonviolent drug offenders who were...

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OSU receives $50 million to transform agriculture college

STILLWATER — A $50 million gift will rename and rebuild the agricultural college at Oklahoma State University and brings one of...

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Legislator pushes bills to help homeless youth in Oklahoma City

An Oklahoma legislator is working with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to slash red tape that can prevent...

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Avana Apartments sale sets record for downtown OKC

A new record sale price has been set for downtown rental properties with the recent purchase of the Avana Arts Apartments....

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#ThrowbackThursday: MLK birthday observed 50 years ago

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Search warrant executed at Tinker housing office, Inhofe says

The Air Force and Environmental Protection Agency executed a search warrant at the offices of the private contractor...

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OKC mother honored for community work, philanthropy

Judy Love, of Oklahoma City, has been named the 2020 Oklahoma Mother of the Year by the national nonprofit American Mothers...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 16, 2020

God of mercy, during times when our lives feel empty, quietly remind us that only means there is plenty of room for love to...

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Oklahoma could see 'Make America Great Again' license plates

The license plates would allow Oklahomans to show their support for President Donald Trump.

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Kansas man requests ‘trial by combat’ with Japanese swords to settle custody battle with ex-wife

A Kansas man asked an Iowa court to grant his motion for trial by combat, so he can meet his ex-wife and her attorney “on the...

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Raising the civic IQ: Elected city leaders invited back to campus

A partnership of the Oklahoma Municipal League and Oklahoma City University offers a "Learn to Govern" certificate.

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Proposal would end Oklahoma death penalty

Proposal would end Oklahoma death penalty

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Oklahoma lawmakers propose 'MAGA' license plate options

State Sens. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, and Marty Quinn, R-Claremore, have filed legislation to create "Make America Great...

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Military officials: 3 in custody after live mortar round found in their vehicle at gate to Pearl Harbor base

HONOLULU (AP) — Military officials: 3 in custody after live mortar round found in their vehicle at gate to Pearl Harbor base.

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Police-scanner watchdog Robert Moose dies

Robert Moose was a man in the know. Whether that was following news from around the world, relaying information about severe...

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Trial begins about slaying tied to pot sale

The son of a former county sheriff was unaware of the "death trap" that awaited him and his best friend when they drove four...

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Wildlife artist to provide demonstration for Edmond Arts Association

EDMOND — The Edmond Arts Association's January program will include a demonstration by wildlife artist Claire Holloway....

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Norman residents invited to annual Mayor’s Interfaith Breakfast on Jan. 20

NORMAN — Mayor Breea Clark and the Norman Human Rights Commission are inviting the community to the annual Mayor's Interfaith...

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Speaker to discuss organizing genealogy research at Edmond meeting

Family researchers whose genealogy research has become disorganized, haphazard information might benefit from the Edmond...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Anadarko Anadarko High School class of 1960: Looking for classmates for a 60th reunion June 19-20. For more information, email...

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Norman Water Treatment Plant back online after water line repair

Norman’s Water Treatment plant is back online and producing drinking water for residents after water line repairs at the...

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UCO to host events commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy

EDMOND — In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the University of Central Oklahoma will host King Week with events...

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Putnam City School Museum to honor four with Lifetime Service awards

Four longtime volunteers will be honored as the 2020 recipients of Lifetime Service Awards presented by the Putnam City Schools...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month,...

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Yukon district announces partnership with SWOSU

Yukon Public Schools and Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford have entered into a partnership to provide...

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OKC school district reports progress, unease from consolidation plan

Tremors from a massive shake-up in Oklahoma City Public Schools are still rumbling one full semester since district...

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Chisholm Trail Museum to host Depression-era photography exhibit

KINGFISHER — The Chisholm Trail Museum will host the exhibit “Photographing the Plains: Farm Security Administration,...

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Bill would require racial impact statements for future criminal justice legislation

To address racial disparities in Oklahoma’s justice system, future criminal justice legislation may have to go through an...

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Juvenile Affairs board OKs changes to construction project The Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs on Tuesday approved about...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

Almighty God, as we survey the heavens on cold winter nights, we are awed by the vastness of Your creation. Help us find our...

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Brief for Oklahoman Business cover on Jan. 15, 2020

TULSA EDC net income falls Educational Development Corp. reported Tuesday its year-over-year net income fell in the third...

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Former OKC elementary to be converted to a film studio

A former elementary school in far east Oklahoma City may find itself at the center of a pivot in the film and television...

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I-235 closure planned for weekend of Jan. 24

Interstate 235 will be closed to through traffic at the Interstate 44 interchange during the weekend of Jan. 24, state...

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Bill filed to allow firearms inside state Capitol

Some lawmakers hope 2020 will be the year firearms are finally allowed inside the state Capitol. A newly filed bill from Rep....

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OnCue set for site of former Founders Bank in OKC

OnCue is set to build a new station on the block that was once home to the midcentury landmark Founders Bank building. The...

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Horn introduces bill to rename downtown post office for Clara Luper

Led by Rep. Kendra Horn, Oklahoma members of the U.S. House on Tuesday sponsored legislation to rename the downtown Oklahoma...

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BETHANY Houston, Edward Raymond Jr.: 97, Church of the Nazarene pastor, died Dec. 3. Memorial services 10 a.m. Friday, Bethany...

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Stitt signs 774 commutations during first year in office

Gov. Kevin Stitt signed 774 commutations, 290 pardons and 101 paroles during his first year in office, his office announced...

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'They want them gone': Norman parents complain of school devices

NORMAN — Dozens of Norman parents said they were unhappy with technology use in the city's public school district, with fears...

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Student fatally shot at Texas high school; suspect arrested

A student was shot Tuesday at a high school in Texas and a suspect remained at large, local officials said.Emergency crews were...

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OKC police: Customer attacks manicurists for speaking Vietnamese

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An angry Oklahoma City woman is accused of slapping a nail salon worker and punching and threatening...

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Officials: Jet fuel lands on playground near Los Angeles

CUDAHY, Calif. (AP) — Fuel apparently dumped by an aircraft returning to Los Angeles International Airport fell onto an...

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Two injured in school bus accident in SE OKC

Two students suffered minor injuries Tuesday when their school bus got into an accident with a concrete truck in southeast...

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter files lawsuit against opioid distributors

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter filed a state lawsuit against three major opioid distributors Monday, accusing them of...

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OU finishes No. 7 in AP Top 25

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU finished No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the third time in school history, with Clemson No. 2 and Ohio State...

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You can get a free Popeyes chicken sandwich through DoorDash this week

Popeyes and the delivery service are celebrating their new partnership with the deal.

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EDMOND King, Dorothy D.: 97, homemaker, died Jan. 11. No services (Matthews, Edmond). HARRAH Manek, June V.: 95, picture frame...

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Public Service Co. of Oklahoma gets recommended approval of its plan to add wind power

Don’t call Public Service Co. of Oklahoma’s plan to add 675 megawatts of additional wind power to its portfolio "Wind Catcher...

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Downtown to grow out, not up, in next decade

A couple of weeks ago I looked back at the last decade, and it was astounding to put together just a glimpse of all the...

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Harding Charter Prep hosts open house for prospective students

Harding Charter Preparatory High School will host its second Prospective Student/Family Open House at 7 p.m. Jan. 14 in the...

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OKC man who killed nephew in 'heat of passion' gets 7 years

A man who admitted fatally shooting his nephew during an argument pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and was sentenced to seven...

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High court rejects Oklahoma City killer's final appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected the appeal of Oklahoma death row inmate Carlos Cuesta-Rodriguez, who was convicted of...

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Abandoned horses find new life in Edmond

EDMOND — When Ken Friend learned a job transfer meant moving his family to California from the small farm they’d been living on...

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BRICK BY BRICK

A former flooring warehouse in Bricktown is disassembled Monday a crew uses heavy equipment to demolish the structure,...

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This year's flu vaccine is not a good match for the virus hitting the nation

This season's influenza vaccine does not match the unusual viral strain that is dominating flu activity across the United...

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Avoiding the ER
Better care alternatives for children with the flu

Winter is a busy time of year in the emergency room, so if you’re the parent of a child sick with the flu, consider your...

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Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt on quest to read book to every local elementary

Mayor David Holt is on a quest. With a book in hand, he hopes to read to children at every elementary school in Oklahoma City...

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Pot petitions face pushback from medical marijuana advocates

Two initiative petitions to legalize recreational marijuana in Oklahoma have divided the state’s burgeoning medical marijuana...

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Booker ends presidential bid after polling, money struggles

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Democrat Cory Booker dropped out of the presidential race Monday, ending a campaign whose message of...

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Nature & You: Behavior of winter season’s wild birds is odd

As shocking as it is for me to hear, I have discovered that not everybody shares my fascination with the birdwatching hobby. To...

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Sheriff's deputy announces campaign for Oklahoma County sheriff

Sheriff’s office deputy Mike McCully announced last week he intends to run for Oklahoma County sheriff. McCully, 63, stationed...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 13, 2020

They said it "I'll bet you never thought you'd see me humbled enough to cry." — Longtime Oklahoma City Councilwoman and...

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MINCO Charlton, Walter Ray: 94, retired sheet metal mechanic, died Jan. 10. Services 2 p.m. Wednesday, First Baptist Church...

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Statewide rape kit tracking system takes effect

Sexual assault survivors will now be able to monitor the location and status of their rape kit through a statewide electronic...

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Construction to begin on Tulsa's Gilcrease Expressway

After decades of planning and waiting, construction is expected to begin in earnest in February on the west leg of the...

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US to send home some Saudi military students

WASHINGTON — The United States is preparing to remove more than a dozen Saudi military students from a training program and...

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Creative message: Story of slain, beatified priest is told in book and puppet format

Dressed in a white robe and his colorful Guatemalan stole, Blessed Stanley Rother spoke to a group of metro area children....

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Pick 3, Jan. 11: 5-3-1 Cash 5, Jan. 11: 16-21-26-32-33 Lucky for Life, Jan. 9: 01-14-21-28-37, Lucky Ball: 12 Mega Millions,...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 13, 2020

God of wisdom, they say patience is a virtue, but procrastination is a fault. Help us distinguish between the two as we seek to...

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Northwest hospitality: Two faded Northwest Expressway hotels get a fresh start

Two Northwest Expressway hotels, once top destinations for both visitors and locals, are being brought back to life under new...

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Stitt wants state schools superintendent to be appointed, not elected

Gov. Kevin Stitt wants Oklahoma's state schools chief to be appointed, a move that would give the governor more control over...

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At town hall, Horn disputes claims that colleagues sympathized with dead Iranian general

BETHANY — U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn said Saturday that a Democratic resolution to check President Donald Trump’s military actions...

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Monks in the marketplace: Monastery rejects suggestions for cannabis-growing enterprise

SHAWNEE — St. Gregory's Abbey has become known for the honey produced from its bee hives and fresh eggs from a flock of...

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How should we cover Oklahoma’s Legislature? Tell us

It’s a new year, and that means the start of Oklahoma’s 2020 legislative session is right around the corner. The four-month...

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Record numbers sign up for health coverage

A record number of Oklahomans signed up for health coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange for 2020 despite...

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Good results seen from OKCPS commitments

Welcome to the New Year, new decade and continued promise for Oklahoma City Public Schools. A promise is, by definition, the...

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State briefs: Leaders of historically black towns to be honored

OKLAHOMA CITY Leaders of historically black towns to be honored Leaders from historically black towns of Oklahoma will be...

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BETHANY Romano, Vincent A. “Vince”: 86, retired Seagate Technology account manager, died Jan. 9. Wake 7 p.m. Monday. Mass 10...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 12, 2020

God of salvation, help us live our lives in such a way that those who witness our actions will know Your heart. Amen.

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We seek your Women of the Century to commemorate 19th Amendment

Few events in American history transformed our nation as momentously as the ratification of women’s right to vote 100 years...

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Recap: Congresswoman Kendra Horn town hall in Oklahoma City

Follow live updates from Chris Casteel as he covers Congresswoman Kendra Horn's town hall in Oklahoma City.

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A company repossessed and returned a vet's prosthetic legs. He still can't use them

COLLINS, MISSISSIPPI — A man walked into a nursing home for military  veterans two days before Christmas, picked up Jerry...

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House passes bill to curb chemicals found in some Oklahoma water

The U.S. House approved a bill Friday aimed at curbing exposure to chemicals that have contaminated water at military...

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Norman dispute headed to court

NORMAN — Four former mayors on Friday asked a judge to block a citywide vote on the future of development at University North...

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Woman gets 25 years in prison for fatally stabbing neighbor

A woman who admitted to fatally stabbing a neighbor during a fight over strewn mail was sentenced to 25 years in prison Friday...

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Oklahoma criminal justice reform task force requests extension

A governor-created task force charged with making criminal justice reform recommendations has asked for a one-year extension to...

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Opioid manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals reaches $8.75 million settlement with Oklahoma

Drug manufacturer Endo Pharmaceuticals has agreed to pay Oklahoma $8.75 million to resolve potential litigation over the...

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Medicaid expansion qualifies for ballot; Stitt to set election date

Oklahoma voters will get to decide sometime this year whether the state should expand Medicaid. An initiative petition asking...

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Amazon's Ring fires four employees for snooping on customers' doorbell camera video feeds

The Amazon-owned security camera company Ring fired four employees who abused internal access and spied on customers.In...

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Oklahoma faith briefs for Jan. 11, 2020

Program set for older adults The Senior Players group at Mayfair Heights United Methodist Church will meet at 11 a.m. Thursday...

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Corporation Commission details Oklahoma wind growth in report to Legislature

Winds of change were generated over the past decade by Oklahoma’s renewable energy industry. A report generated by the Oklahoma...

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BETHANY Gassett, Donald Ray: 85, Teachers Credit Union chief executive officer and educator, died Jan. 10. Memorial services...

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Boeing plans flight tests for 737 Max, 777X in Oklahoma

The Boeing Co. has plans to perform flight tests at a rural Oklahoma airport on two of its commercial jets, including the 737...

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State briefs: Educator discount takes 25% off at Barnes & Noble

OKLAHOMA CITY Educator discount takes 25% off at Barnes & Noble Barnes & Noble will offer discounts to teachers and...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 11, 2020

God of grace, help us admit when we are wrong, rather than wasting time wallowing in the quicksand of our mistakes. Amen.

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Wintry weather forecast for parts of Oklahoma

All Oklahoma City Public School activities have been cancelled for Saturday, January 11th due to winter weather conditions.

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The United States of Oklahoma podcast: Best of 2019

The United States of Oklahoma podcast host Josh Dulaney looks back at some of 2019’s highlights on the show. Great stories,...

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Medicaid expansion qualifies for ballot; Stitt to set election date

Voters will get to decide State Question 802 this year.

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Four more flu-related deaths reported in Oklahoma

The most recent flu report shows four more Oklahomans have died from flu-related illness and more than 180 others were...

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Drinking tea regularly may help you live longer and healthier, new study finds

Thinking about your heart health? Consider pouring yourself a cup of tea – hold the milk and sugar.

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BETHANY Campbell, Barbara L.: 85, librarian, media specialist and teacher, died Jan. 3. Services 11 a.m. Monday, Western Oaks...

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Area codes: The 405 becoming the 405/572

The 405 soon will be the 405/572. The North American Numbering Plan Administrator, which oversees much of the continent’s...

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Former Oklahoma police chief charged

A former Luther police chief is being accused in a felony charge of keeping a $310 payment from a traffic stop. Tony Shaun...

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Oklahoma lawmakers reject resolution to limit Trump's actions against Iran

All five Oklahoma members of the U.S. House voted Thursday against a resolution to limit President Donald Trump’s authority to...

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Woman pleads guilty to spray-painting racist graffiti

NORMAN — A woman pleaded guilty Thursday to spray-painting racist graffiti, telling a judge her actions were "out of...

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State briefs for Jan. 9, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY MACU eSports team coming this year A video gaming team, supplied with athletic scholarships, will join the MACU...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of compassion, thank You for mental health professionals who have a special gift for healing people’s minds. Amen.

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Stitt aims to slash state regulations by 25%

Impressed by the impact of President Donald Trump’s executive order to reduce federal regulations, Gov. Kevin Stitt plans to...

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Metro-area residents needed for Oklahoma City's housing market and affordability survey

Oklahoma City is asking metro residents to fill out a housing market and affordability survey to help city planners identify...

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Severe storms possible this weekend

A storm system expected to strike southern states from Oklahoma to Georgia this weekend is looking more and more menacing,...

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Man wounded in mall shooting jailed for not completing rehab stay

NORMAN — A man shot twice inside a Penn Square Mall shoe store last month was jailed Wednesday for violating a court order....

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Video: Trapped horse gets help from Oklahoma City firefighters

Oklahoma City firefighters helped rescue a horse that was trapped after falling into an old water well enclosure Thursday...

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Educator discount takes 25% off at Barnes & Noble

Barnes & Noble, the world’s largest retail bookseller, will offer discounts to teachers and school administrators for the...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission authorizes overlay area code to serve new numbers in central Oklahoma

Get ready to limber up those fingers. By this time next year, you will need them to dial the 10 digits to successfully phone...

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Ex-Thunder player Enes Kanter planning charter school in OKC

Former Oklahoma City Thunder player Enes Kanter intends to open a charter school in the metro area. Kanter, who now plays for...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 9, 2020

Almighty God, let our hands be Your hands as we seek to feed the hungry, find homes for the homeless and bring peace to those...

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'Why not us?:' Russell Westbrook was source of hope for Thunder fans

When Russell Westbrook finishes his pregame handshake routine, he’ll walk across the halfcourt line. And that’s when Susan...

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Efforts underway to reform Oklahoma County drug court

On a recent Monday morning, roughly 30 drug court participants filed into Oklahoma County Judge Kenneth Stoner’s courtroom. To...

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Embattled Oklahoma County district judge criticized again

Two appellate judges sharply criticized an Oklahoma County district judge Wednesday for not taking herself off criminal cases...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Children's home showcased

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Downtown Oklahoma City hotel opens, finally

After six years of delays prompted by a change in the location of the city's future convention center, the Fairfield Inn and...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners on Wednesday expressed continued concerns with a fund that helps keep rural telecommunications services affordable

The Public Utility Division of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission is looking at the books of telecommunications service...

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UCO shares plans for church property

EDMOND — The University of Central Oklahoma will house its new School of Design on property it purchased from a local church...

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CHOCTAW Kirksey, Clara Frances: 89, died Jan. 6. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). DURANT Wilson, Ernest:...

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Will there be a draft? How to answer your kids' questions about a military draft

The killing of top Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike  ordered by President Donald Trump last week sparked...

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Cyberwar with Iran: How vulnerable is America?

The U.S. airstrike in Baghdad that killed Iranian General Qassem Soleimani on Friday will likely lead to retaliatory...

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Retailers lost in the last decade: Toys R Us, Sports Authority, Blockbuster, Borders and Payless

A look at some of the biggest stores that shuttered all or nearly all locations in the 2010s, many of which relaunched an...

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Your 2020 checklist: 6 steps to a safer digital life

With 2020 now here, we at USA TODAY have some tips on how to take hold of your digital life.We’ve got six things for you to...

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Oklahoma GOP lawmakers back Trump after Iran launches retaliatory attacks

Members of Oklahoma's congressional delegation reacted Tuesday and Wednesday to Iran firing missiles into bases in Iraq where...

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Oklahoma couple accused in home repair scheme facing 10 felony counts

A husband and wife are accused of cheating 10 people out of more than $300,000 in a home repair fraud and embezzlement scheme....

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Trump: Iran 'appears to be standing down' after strike at military base in Iraq

Trump: Iran 'appears to be standing down' after strike at military base in Iraq.

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Free tai chi course offered for seniors, adults with disabilities

BETHANY — Daily Living Centers of Oklahoma will host a free eight-week tai chi course for adults with disabilities and seniors....

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Achievers

Bret Belindo and Mason Williams, seniors at Edmond Memorial High School, recently received the 15th annual Shelby Hudson...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month,...

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First Round Barn Rendezvous of year set for Jan. 12

ARCADIA — Local musicians are invited to the first Round Barn Rendezvous of the year, set for noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the...

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Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma to host 2020 Self-Advocacy Workshop Series

The Down Syndrome Association of Central Oklahoma will host the upcoming 2020 Self-Advocacy Workshop Series titled #ADULTING....

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Deadline to sponsor 2020 Miss Mustang and Teen Pageant nears

MUSTANG — The deadline to sponsor the 2020 Miss Mustang and Teen Pageant is 6 p.m. Friday. The pageant will be at 6 p.m. Jan....

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Mustang students raise funds for Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Mustang Horizon Intermediate School's HULK (Horizon Ultimate Leaders of Kids) Leadership students recently raised nearly $3,700...

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Reunions: Oklahoma high school reunions

Anadarko Anadarko High School class of 1960: Looking for classmates for a 60th reunion June 19-20. For more information, email...

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Partnerships and collaboration are key to saving animal lives

Looking back on the last decade of animal welfare in Oklahoma City, one thing that clearly stands out is that partnerships and...

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Canadian County Democrats to hear Medicaid expansion update Monday

YUKON — Canadian County Democrats will host a meeting about State Question 802 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the Yukon Police...

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Cleveland County 4-H Trailblazers Horse Club invites 4-H member to annual horse competition

NORMAN — The Cleveland County 4-H Trailblazers Horse Club is inviting fellow Oklahoma 4-H members to compete at the annual...

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Edmond City Council seeks volunteers for Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee

EDMOND — The Edmond City Council is seeking 11 volunteers to serve on the Veterans Memorial Advisory Committee. Committee...

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Holtzclaw asks U.S. Supreme Court to review convictions

Former Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review his state convictions of sex...

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Councilman James Greiner won't seek re-election in 2021

James Greiner says he will not seek election to a third term on the Oklahoma City Council. Greiner, 38, has represented...

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American Petroleum Institute highlights energy benefits ahead of coming elections

The American Petroleum Institute is venturing headlong into the political arena as the presidential election approaches. On...

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OKC family attacked in Mexico identified

A family from Oklahoma City attacked in Mexico, resulting in the death of a 13-year-old boy, was identified Tuesday afternoon....

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Inhofe backs bill that would allow Senate to clear Trump without a trial

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe is cosponsoring Republican legislation that would allow the Senate to dismiss articles of impeachment...

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DHS continues to experience alarming decline in therapeutic foster homes

The Oklahoma Department of Human Services continues to experience an alarming decline in the number of therapeutic foster homes...

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Council OKs zoning to fight 'food desert'

The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday approved "food desert" zoning to combat poor health outcomes in northeast Oklahoma City....

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Third OU student alleges misconduct by Hall

A third University of Oklahoma student has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former university...

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'We had to discuss those things and go deep': Play aims to help Oklahoma children of inmates

NORMAN — The story of a convict and his dog unfolded on a Norman stage Tuesday as playwright and producer Peter Zhmutski...

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Oklahoma Democratic Party hires executive director

OKLAHOMA CITY State Democrats select executive director The Oklahoma Democratic Party announced Tuesday the hiring of Scott...

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OKC man who pleads no contest to rape charges sentenced to 380 years

An Oklahoma City man accused of raping two women and trying to kidnap three others has been sentenced to nearly 400 years in...

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CHOCTAW Kirksey, Clara Frances: 89, died Jan. 6. Services 2 p.m. Thursday (Bill Eisenhour SE, Del City). DURANT Wilson, Ernest:...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 8, 2020

God of love, encourage us to turn our troubles over to You so that we might find peace in our souls. Amen.

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Oklahoma lawmakers respond to Iran strikes

View responses from Oklahoma politicians following the Iran missile attack against an air base housing U.S. troops.

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Trump retreats from threat to attack Iranian cultural sites

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday backed away from his threats to target Iranian cultural sites if Iran...

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The Oklahoman: Contact Us

Looking for a way to contact a specific writer? Or maybe you need to contact customer service. Here's our Contact page, where...

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Third OU student alleges sexual misconduct by ex-official

A third University of Oklahoma student has come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against a former university...

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Google really is listening and recording on apps

Google's connected devices can record every word you say to it – whether you use the wake word or not.

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Oklahoma uses funds derived from gaming to defend against lawsuit brought by tribes

OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Kevin Stitt is using funds generated by tribal fees to pay for a law firm to defend him in a lawsuit...

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'I just get a little chill thinking about it': Thunder uniforms honor bombing victims, educate new generation

Ryan Whicher is ecstatic the Thunder-Rockets game will be nationally televised Thursday night. It’s not because he lives in...

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Oklahoma man sought in child's death found dead in refuge

Man sought in child's death found dead in refuge A 38-year-old man wanted on a murder warrant in the death of a 2-year-old boy...

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CHOCTAW Brazell, Dee: 86, secretary and worked in aviation, died Jan. 1. Services 2 p.m. Friday, First Baptist Church of...

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Weak state, local tax revenue growth continues

Gross receipts to the state treasury finished the year on a slight upturn in December but continue to indicate weak economic...

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Design committee efforts result in history saved, restored

Looking back, Tim Johnson was right. Appearing before an agitated Downtown Design Review Committee a few years back, Johnson...

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Work on system to gather purged saltwater about complete, agency says

OMEGA — Work to build a system to collect saltwater coming from the ground as part of a purge is about done. Meanwhile,...

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Cole says Trump had legal authority to kill Iranian general

U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, who has been a strong advocate for congressional input into U.S. military actions abroad, said Monday that...

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US family attacked on notorious stretch of Mexican highway

MONTERREY, Mexico — Mexican authorities continued searching Monday for the gunmen responsible for an attack on a sparsely...

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Accused mall shooter released from jail after family posts bond

Accused Penn Square Mall shooter Elizha Sanders is out of jail after his family posted bail, Sanders' attorney told The...

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Criminal justice reform task force to recommend chief cultural officer for DOC

A criminal justice reform task force will recommend the Department of Corrections hire a chief cultural officer to help push...

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US braces for Iranian response

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials on Monday braced for Iran to respond to the killing of its most powerful general, noting heightened...

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New OKC turnpike opening Thursday

Commercial warehouses and distribution centers in southwest Oklahoma City are scheduled to get a huge boost Thursday with the...

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New test for Alzheimer's to begin trial

SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. — A comparatively simple eye exam that could detect Alzheimer’s disease many years before severe clinical...

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Oklahoma County jail to get extended commissary service, new staff meal plans

Starting in March, inmates at the Oklahoma County jail will see increased days of commissary service, and jail employees will...

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Pick 3, Jan. 5: 4-1-3 Cash 5, Jan. 5: 3-10-30-31-36 Lucky for Life, Jan. 2: 01-03-18-22-33, Lucky Ball: 07 Mega Millions, Jan....

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Man who blamed wife for military discharge to spend rest of his life in prison for killing

A man who claimed government agents and others were in control of his body when he fatally shot his wife in the head and face...

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Bugs in aisle 5: Bed bugs found crawling around Pennsylvania Walmart; cops are investigating

It's not uncommon to have an occasional influx of bedbugs at a motel. But at a Walmart?

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Greiner to step down from Oklahoma City Council seat in 2021

James Greiner first won election in 2013 and is in his second four-year term.

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Parrot's chilling 'let me out' cries prompt 911 call, police visit to Florida man's house

“Let me out! Let me out! Ohhh! Ohhh! Ohhh!” When a Florida neighbor heard those chilling cries, the logical next step was to...

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Family with Oklahoma license plates attacked on Mexican highway

MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — Mexican authorities continued searching Monday for the gunmen responsible for an attack on a sparsely...

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Police still looking for suspect in OKC child abduction case

A late-Sunday Amber Alert ended with the safe return of a child, but police say the suspect is still at large. An argument...

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Man shot by woman in downtown Oklahoma City domestic incident, police say

A woman shot a man who was a passenger in her car in Downtown on Monday morning. Oklahoma City Police said they got a call of...

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Nature & You: Why do white birds have black feathers?

If you and I want to travel a long distance, we do so by boarding a bus, train or airplane. Pity the poor birds. They have to...

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Public school reopenings vary across Oklahoma City metro area

Winter break is over, or about to be so, for public schools in the Oklahoma City metro area, as students and staff return after...

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OKC civic life for Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Council OKs wage hikes City employees represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees...

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National wheelchair basketball tournament draws big crowds

Ryder Gibson got a hand in front of a pass while playing basketball with his friends and took off toward the basket. The...

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Metro Jewish community looks at security

In the wake of a spate of deadly anti-Semitic attacks across the country, leaders of five metro Jewish organizations recently...

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Foundation offers 7 ways to purge plastics

Earth is quickly becoming a plastic planet, National Geographic said in June. Plastic was invented in 1907 by Leo Hendrik...

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MIDWEST CITY Sandoval, Carol: 73, housekeeper and hospital worker, died Jan. 4. Services pending (Barnes Friederich, Midwest...

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November dip gives way to record December for marijuana industry

There’s a first time for everything, and in November Oklahoma saw its first month without record medical marijuana sales. But...

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Oklahoma still well above earthquake average

Earthquakes magnitude 3.0 and greater have dropped for the fourth straight year in Oklahoma. There were 62 such quakes in...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 6, 2020

God of creation, we humans fight mightily to stop erosion, while You harness its power to create the Grand Canyon. We stand in...

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Pick 3, Jan. 4: 0-8-4 Cash 5, Jan. 4: 3-10-14-15-35 Lucky for Life, Jan. 2: 01-03-18-22-33, Lucky Ball: 07 Mega Millions,...

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Deaths

CHOCTAW Lay, Julie Ann: 50, purchasing agent, died Dec. 29. Services 11 a.m. Wednesday (Bill Eisenhour NE, Oklahoma City)....

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Army town on edge as soldiers head to Iraq region

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — To most Americans, the Iraq War ended nearly a decade ago. In military communities such as Fort Bragg, the...

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Oklahoma Methodist leaders sound off on possible split of church

Several Oklahoma United Methodist leaders shared their views about a plan unveiled on Friday for a new conservative...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 5, 2020

God of mercy, You know the worst about us and still love us. Help us do the same for others. Amen.

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'The reality is it could happen anywhere': Faith leaders discuss safety in houses of worship

A metro area security professional said the odds are good that some Oklahomans are toting firearms along with their holy books...

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Adam Wilmoth: Fed report predicts economic slowdown in Oklahoma in 2020

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2020. Unfortunately, we're starting off the new year with concerns about Oklahoma's economy....

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Pick 3, Jan. 3: 4-7-1 Cash 5, Jan. 3: 6-19-22-23-24 Lucky for Life, Jan. 2: 01-03-18-22-33, Lucky Ball: 07 Mega Millions, Jan....

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Oklahoma legislator files bill to pay college athletes

An Oklahoma legislator wants college athletes to be able to clinch endorsement deals and profit off their name, image and...

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Horn, Trump approval varies by gender, while Sanders has big edge with young voters, poll shows

Support for U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn and her vote to impeach President Donald Trump is much stronger among women, while attitudes...

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State, tribal partnership 'achieve greatest good'

In an era when society seems to be torn into opposing camps, it is heartening to look back in time when the dots of history...

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Firefighters respond to multiple fires across metro area Friday

The Oklahoma City Fire Department responded to multiple fires across the metro area Friday.Around 2:43 p.m. in the 4400 block...

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Poachers killed an elk and dumped it in an Oklahoma parking lot; wardens are asking for help with clues

Oklahoma game wardens are asking for tips on an unusual wanton-waste case. 

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Fire on roof of Oklahoma City mall, no injuries reported

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Saturday morning fire on the roof of a northwest Oklahoma City mall was extinguished with no injuries,...

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Accused Oklahoma County judge reassigned

An Oklahoma County district judge accused of tax evasion will not be presiding over any criminal cases in 2020. Kendra Coleman...

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Oklahoma sees spike in RSV as deadly flu season continues

A spike in a respiratory virus known to harm infants and older adults has Oklahoma health officials urging caution. More than...

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Oklahoma lawmakers back killing of general but caution against war with Iran

Oklahoma lawmakers said Friday that the Trump administration had eliminated a dangerous terrorist in killing a top Iranian...

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Former Oklahoma tag agent repays embezzled funds

A former Calera tag agent pleaded guilty Friday to embezzlement and was put on probation for two years after repaying the...

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Governor selects out-of-state law firm to represent Oklahoma in tribal gaming dispute

Gov. Kevin Stitt has selected Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie to represent the state in its ongoing dispute with Oklahoma...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 4, 2020

God of salvation, You offer each of us an opportunity to make a difference in this world. Let us be prepared to act when our...

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Trauma Center at The Children’s Hospital Re-verified by American College of Surgeons

OKLAHOMA CITY Trauma center at Children's Hospital recognized The trauma center at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medicine has...

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Gov. Stitt approves one-year extension of Seminole Nation's tobacco compact

Gov. Kevin Stitt has approved a one-year extension of the state's tobacco compact with the Seminole Nation. "The Tobacco Tax...

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Shepard receives death penalty

SHAWNEE — A judge on Friday agreed with jurors' death penalty recommendation for a man convicted last month in the 2017 murder...

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LEXINGTON Drain, Lovie: 87, died Dec. 31. Celebration of life 10 a.m. Monday, Assembly of God, Noble (Tribute Memorial Care,...

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A fugitive was on the run for 40 years. Police finally arrested him for public intoxication

For 40 years, South Carolina fugitive Jose Romero successfully evaded capture, having fled the state in 1979 after being...

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Stop abbreviating 2020. Police say it leaves you open to fraud and could cost you big

The new year is giving scammers an easy way to forge documents, but you can protect yourself with an easy New Year's...

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Trump plan to curb teen vaping exempts some flavors

WASHINGTON — U.S. health officials will ban most flavored e-cigarettes popular with underage teenagers, but with major...

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Third suspect in Shawnee home invasion arrested

U.S. Marshals in Oklahoma City arrested the third and final suspect in a string of armed home invasions in Shawnee. Clayton...

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Oklahoma Corporation Commission turns away utility's request to dismiss or pause service dispute case

Elected Oklahoma Corporation Commissioners on Thursday turned away a request to either dismiss or pause a case where an...

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Oklahoma health advocates applaud raising tobacco sales age

Oklahoma health advocates are celebrating the prohibition on sale of tobacco products to people under the age of 21, per a new...

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Paratroopers deploy after embassy attacks

FAYETTEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA — Within 18 hours of receiving a notice to deploy in support of American embassy attacks and a...

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Deaths

CHOCTAW Fields, Phillip Ray: 72, died Dec. 31. Services 2 p.m. Saturday (Bill Eisenhour NE, Oklahoma City). EDMOND Coleman,...

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Moore police officer charged in fatal crash

NORMAN — A Moore police officer was charged Thursday with first-degree manslaughter after an investigation determined he was...

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Rally at Oklahoma County jail protests conditions, policies

Demonstrators gathered outside of the Oklahoma County jail Wednesday evening to rally against conditions for inmates, treatment...

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Woman arrested in deadly trailer home fire

A 19-year-old woman has admitted she set the fire at a trailer home near Harrah that killed her sister and sister's boyfriend...

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TODAY'S PRAYER

God of creation, we offer You our best, because You have never offered us anything less. Amen.

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Pick 3, Jan. 1: 1-8-1 Cash 5, Jan. 1: 3-7-12-13-24 Lucky for Life, Dec. 30: 04-15-34-40-47, Lucky Ball: 16 Mega Millions,...

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State senate bill could block use of state funds for school advertising

An Oklahoma lawmaker seeks to ban school districts and charter schools from using state funds for advertising and marketing....

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OKC firefighter placed on adminstrative leave after arrest

OKLAHOMA CITY OKC firefighter on administrative leave after arrest A veteran Oklahoma City firefighter has been placed on...

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Iran's Gen. Soleimani killed in airstrike at Baghdad airport

Baghdad (AP) — Gen. Qassim Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds Force, was killed in an airstrike at Baghdad’s...

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Body found in Idaho cave more than 40 years ago identified as outlaw who escaped jail in 1916

Idaho officials say a dismembered body found in a cave more than 40 years ago has been identified, thanks to genetic genealogy.

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Your smart TV is spying on you. Here are step-by-step instructions to stop it

Those smart TVs that sold for unheard of low prices over the holidays come with a catch. The price is super low, but the...

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Oklahoma bank robbery suspect found dead

The 23-year-old man, who was not identified, apparently killed himself on New Year's Eve after robbing Arvest Bank, 2029 W....

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Flu-related deaths rise to 8 for the season after two die in Tulsa, Oklahoma counties

The newly confirmed victims were in the 18-49 and 50-64 age brackets, marking the first of the season in the former.

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Wildlife refuge search underway for Oklahoma murder suspect

MEDICINE PARK, Okla. (AP) — Authorities searched an expansive wildlife refuge in southwest Oklahoma on Thursday for a suspect...

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19-year-old killed in Oklahoma crash, toddler pulled from burning car

Sapulpa Police Capt. Glenn Coffey said Paige Cohen, 19, was driving along Oklahoma 66 north of Sapulpa in the 7200 block when...

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2 in custody after teen girl's body found in Oklahoma

The girl's body was found with an apparent gunshot wound south of Locust Grove on New Year's Day, according to a news release.

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Class of West Virginia cadets fired for 'completely unacceptable' Nazi salute photo

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Monday approved the recommended firings of all correctional officer cadets who participated...

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David Dishman: Comparing marijuana industries in Colorado, Oklahoma

Oklahoma has medical marijuana, but everyone knows neighboring Colorado is the real hotbed for cannabis with its nearly...

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Oklahoma population inches toward 4 million

Oklahoma’s population continues to creep toward 4 million, according to new U.S. Census Bureau estimates that show the state...

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Some Methodist churches vow solidarity with gay community

An Oklahoma City congregation has proclaimed the year 2020 as a period of "Holy Resistance" against the Methodist Church's ban...

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Tulsa clinic claims Oklahoma constitution protects abortion rights

The Oklahoma Constitution provides stronger protection for abortion rights than the U.S. Constitution, according to a Tulsa...

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#ThrowbackThursday: Out with the old

We are running a #ThrowbackThursday image each week, showcasing Oklahoma’s history. Be sure to follow us on Twitter...

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Fur flies as foes confront industry inclined to fight

It's fur weather. And fur is under siege like never before. Top designer brands are refusing to use it. The nation's largest...

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Today's prayer for Jan. 2, 2020

God of mercy, when all seems lost, You give us hope. We thank You. Amen.

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Deaths

BETHANY Collins, Mary C.: 70, trucking office manager, died Dec. 31. Services 2 p.m. Saturday, Council Road Baptist Church...

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Buoy 'the size of a truck' washes up on Florida beach after being lost for 2 years

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – A navigational marker “the size of a truck” has been drawing groups of gawkers to an otherwise quiet...

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OKC firefighter arrested on DUI, traffic charges

OKC firefighter arrested on DUI, traffic charges

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Registration open for Edmond 2020 Economic Preview

EDMOND — The Edmond Economic Development Authority will host the 2020 Economic Preview from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6 at the...

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Adopt a pet: Oklahoma City-area pet adoption options

Bethany Animal Control Shelter: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the first Saturday of the month,...

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Forensic anthropologist to discuss 'Lost and Found: Bones in Oklahoma'

Forensic anthropologist Angela Berg will discuss "Lost and Found: Bones in Oklahoma" during the upcoming meeting of the...

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Registration open for UCO’s Multicultural Education Institute

EDMOND — Registration is open for the 37th annual Multicultural Education Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma....

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Speaker to offer insight on difficulties of letting go of alcoholics, addicts

EDMOND — The Edmond chapter of Parents Helping Parents will meet from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at McLaren's Pantry, 3414 S...

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Scouts welcome soldiers home, thank them for their service

Hundreds of soldiers were welcomed home recently as Scouts from the Last Frontier Council thanked them for their service and...