June 30th, 2015
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” Oklahoma's Supreme Court says the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol must be removed because it indirectly benefits the Jewish and Christian faiths in violation of the state's constitution.
The court ruled Tuesday that the Oklahoma Constitution bans using public property to benefit a religion, and said the Ten Commandments are "obviously religious in nature."
Strange and Useless Facts
1) Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.
2) The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
3) A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
4) Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
5) The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
6) The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.
7) A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continually from the bottom of the glass to the top.
PERKINS, Okla. (AP) â€” The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says an 18-year-old Stillwater man has died of injuries suffered in a head-on collision on State Highway 33 near Perkins.
The OHP says Keshon Coleman-Ector died at an Oklahoma City hospital Sunday night following the crash.
Two LeFlore County baseball players, Poteauâ€™s Ben Klutts and Wisterâ€™s Scotty Gibson, will get to be a part of history as they will get to play in the first-ever Oklahoma State Games next week at Oklahoma State Universityâ€™s Allie P. Reynolds Stadium in Stillwater. They will be joined by Red Oakâ€™s Lane Grogan and Cody Muncy.
The four local players will be part of the Southeast team that will play three games over two days. The Southeast team will play the Oklahoma City team at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, then play twice on Wednesday â€” vs. the Tulsa team at 11:30 a.m. and the Southwest team at 7:15 p.m.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) â€” The archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to allow gay marriage is "a tragic error."
The Most Rev. Paul Coakley said Friday's ruling "will have devastating consequences" for children and marriage by its nature is between one man and one woman. He said children need to be connected to their mothers and fathers and that only marriage can accomplish that.
Coakley said the Catholic church will defend marriage and called for prayers for the nation, families, children and those who disagree with the church.
Today is Friday, June 26, the 177th day of 2015. There are 188 days left in the year.
Today's Highlight in History:
On June 26, 1945, the charter of the United Nations was signed by 50 countries in San Francisco.
On this date:
In 1483, Richard III began his reign as King of England (he was crowned the following month at Westminster Abbey).
In 1870, the first section of Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk was opened to the public.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix and Luke Winn explain which moves they liked following the 2015 NBA draft, and which moves left them scratching their heads.
MENA, Ark. (AP) â€” The lodge at Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena is scheduled to reopen July 1 following a $9.6 million renovation and expansion project.
The lodge is on the Talimena National Scenic Byway that extends from Mena, Arkansas, to Talihina, Oklahoma. It's located on Rich Mountain in western Arkansas.
The renovation and expansion includes increasing the lodge's size from just less than 26,000-square-feet to just more than 37,000 square feet. An elevator was also added and more stairwells in addition to energy efficient heating, cooling and lighting.