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May 14th, 2015

Kill the Hill rescheduled

May 14, 2015

The Kill the Hill bicycle challenge set for this Saturday in Poteau has been rescheduled due to flooding.

The ride will instead be held on June 6th, three weeks from now.

The challenge will feature three events - 25 mile, 41 mile and 50 mile rides. It is part of Poteau going "bike friendly," with new bike routes and share-the-road signs already posted around the city.

May 13th

Oklahoma gasoline prices jump 19 cents in just 28 days

May 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gasoline prices are rising again in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the price of regular self-serve gasoline averages $2.41 per gallon, 19 cents more than the average price just 28 days ago.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says crude oil prices have been trending higher since mid-March. Slowing U.S. oil production, a weakening U.S. dollar and the expected increase in demand in China are also affecting local gas prices.

But Mai says plentiful supplies of oil and high OPEC output should help limit how high crude oil prices will go.

Further flooding possible as rain returns to the area

May 13, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has released a hazardous weather outlook for the week, with more chances of rain for the already flood-devastated LeFlore County.

The NWS said the flash flood risk for this evening and tonight is limited, although thunderstorms with dangerous lightning will be onset mid-afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, with an elevated risk for these storms.

Missing Spiro farmer's body recovered from flood waters

May 13, 2015

The body of 60-year-old Dennis Donaho, of Spiro was recovered this morning [May 13] by Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Sheriff Rob Seale said Donaho had been missing since about 3 a.m. Monday morning after trying to remove cattle from a flooded area.
A three-day search by multiple agencies, family and friends began but high flood waters complicated the search.

May 12th

Oklahoma governor vetoes firearms legislation

May 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation opposed by the Oklahoma City Chamber that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds.

Fallin vetoed the bill Monday after chamber officials expressed concern that it could threaten dozens of Oklahoma City events, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women's College World Series.

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May 11th

UPDATE: Flooded highway near Poteau reopened

May 11, 2015

The old Oklahoma Highway 112 in Poteau has been reopened [May 12] after flood waters from the Poteau River receded.

Posted May 11

Crews are closing old Oklahoma Highway 112 west of the Poteau River Bridge in Poteau [May 11 at 8:45 a.m.]
due to flood waters. The river has covered the road and still has not crested to its highest level.

May 8th

3-car accident; some trapped

May 8, 2015

Emergency crews are responding to a three-car accident [May 8 3:15 p.m.] at the James Fork Creek bridge on Oklahoma Highway 112 north of Cameron.
One vehicle has rolled over and some victims are trapped, according to dispatch information.

Oklahoma governor signs 72-hour abortion wait time measure

May 8, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation making Oklahoma the fourth state in the nation to require women to wait at least 72 hours before receiving an abortion has been signed into law.

The measure was signed Wednesday by Republican Gov. Mary Fallin. It increases from 24 to 72 hours the amount of time a woman must wait after a doctor provides her with details about an abortion, including the age of the fetus, risks involved and that ultrasound and heart monitoring are available.

Severe weather possible across the area

May 8, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has released a hazardous weather outlook for the area.

The NWS said thunderstorms could develop late this afternoon or into the early evening hours. The tornado risk is limited in eastern Oklahoma but elevated for severe thunderstorms, flash floods and heavy rain.

Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop across southwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle early in the afternoon, storms expected to organize into a large complex and move east into our area by late afternoon or evening.

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