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OKLAHOMA CITY — Amid the state’s ongoing health care crisis, an argument is emerging about how a state agency is spending millions in tobacco settlement funds intended to improve health outcomes statewide.

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Oklahoma State University’s online MBA program and other online graduate programs in the Spears School of Business were again recognized among the nation’s best in the 2020 U.S. News and World Report Best Online MBA and Graduate Business Program rankings.

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She was an American socialite and political hostess, known for her lavish parties, bringing together artists and political figures in bipartisan soirées of high-class glamour. Her most memorable party was in London in 1953, which included the royal family, movie stars, diplomats and generals.

The deeper I go into Christian faith, the more I understand it as a series of stark contrasts between what is considered desirable by the world’s standards, versus The Way of Christ. And there is perhaps no starker contrast between these realms than how we understand the concept of surrender.

With the Oklahoma Presidential Primary Election about six weeks away, local voters may be looking for ways to support their candidate of choice. Contacting political organizations and actively sharing candidates' platforms are among the suggestions.

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A second company exposed to legal liability after two barges washed away from the Port of Muskogee by near-historic flooding of the Arkansas River and collided with a downstream dam filed a complaint in federal court in an attempt to limit its damages. 

Salvation Army bell ringers pulled in just over $65,000 for the organization's Muskogee branch over the holiday season, exceeding their goal of $55,000, said Lt. Rev. Charles Smith. 

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City of Enid CFO Erin Crawford also delivered a financial update that shows sales tax revenue is down compared to the previous fiscal year, and hotel and motel tax revenue has been decreasing as well.

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HULBERT – Shirley Teague has served as mayor of Hulbert for 14 years, but she's been on the Town Council since 2003.

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GROVE, Okla. — When most think of vending machines, they envision vessels full of candy, chips and soda. But a new machine in Grove is different.

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The voucher programs offered by LTCA Enid are designed to provide paid care for elderly homebound people and for grandkids being raised by grandparents, so caregivers can get a break to run errands or just decompress.

An Enid High School student brought a BB gun to campus Thursday morning, according Enid Public Schools officials, who promised the incident "will result in both disciplinary and legal consequences."

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Brian West of Rover Taxi says he is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for the death of taxi driver Dustin Parker.

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The YouthBuild program offers education and training to low-income youth, ages 17 1/2 to 24, who need help completing their high school diploma or building job skills.

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Traveling near or far, connecting with nature or people, learning history or discovering a talent are reasons for getting out of the house and exploring this corner of the world.

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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma Brian J. Kuester announced Wednesday that 12 people have been indicted for their alleged roles in distributing methamphetamine and other drugs through the U.S. Postal Service.  

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Representatives from the Muskogee County Assessor’s Office will begin setting up shop Thursday at various locations during the remainder of the month to assist property owners with their annual assessments.

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After the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations sued Gov. Kevin Stitt, asking a federal judge to determine whether the state gaming compact expired Jan.1, the governor filed a response Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — As officials move closer to implementing state park entrance fees, several lawmakers want to exempt certain Oklahomans from paying.

State lawmakers are hoping to ease the health care burden during the legislative session to begin in February, as three representatives have announced their intention to end "surprise billing."

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For over 50 years, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association has had the goals to promote beef and the beef industry and support local area producers. A key program for the association is the theft rewards program. If cattle or equipment is stolen, the Muskogee County Cattlemen’s Association offers a $2,000 reward for information leading to a conviction. The association also supports producers with educational programming to help improve herd health and beef quality. Last year, the group hosted a clinic on how to properly brand animals and read brands. In 2020, a clinic will held on proper vaccinating and vaccination techniques. Efforts are underway to promote beef through creation of a radio advertisement to counter the impossible beef campaign.

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Efforts of a committee formed by local government agencies, nonprofits and businesses to help “meet the long-term and unmet needs” of Muskogee County residents impacted by near-historic flooding in 2019 were bolstered by a $100,000 grant. 

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NORMAN — Cleveland County Assistant District Attorney John Pevehouse, known for his zealous prosecution of defendants and dedication to the legal profession, died last week following triple bypass surgery. He was 52.

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Funeral service will be held at the Laverne Funeral Home Chapel in Laverne, OK, on January 25, 2020 at 2:00 PM. Place of burial, Lipscomb Cemetery in Lipscomb, TX.

75, Coach/Teacher, died Jan. 17. Celebration of life 1 p.m. Saturday, January 25th, Seiling High School Auditorium (Redinger Funeral Home, Seiling).

Shanna Lynn (Fleener) Seyler, 37, passed away unexpectedly Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Alliance Health Woodward. Shanna was born October 9, 1982 in Greensburg, Kansas the daughter of J.Wynn and Diana Lynn (Crawford) Fleener. She was a 2001 graduate of Greensburg High School and attended Ka…

84, Mooreland resident died Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Woodward. Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 24, 2020 in the Mooreland Cemetery. For full obituary see www.billingsfuneralhomewoodward.com