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July 1st, 2015

Muskogee man gets life in prison in women's shooting death

July 1, 2015

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Muskogee man convicted of first-degree murder has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The Muskogee Phoenix (http://bit.ly/1dvmR0M ) reports that 20-year-old Jordan Williams was found guilty in early June in the shooting death of 48-year-old Rachelle Louise Hayes of Muskogee.

Williams apologized to Hayes' family at his sentence hearing and asked them for forgiveness in his actions.

VIDEO: Top NBA free agents and where they might end up

July 1, 2015

Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix breaks down where big name NBA free agents like LaMarcus Aldridge, Paul Millsap, Greg Monroe, Danny Green, Tyson Chandler and Rajon Rondo might end up.

June 30th

Lawmakers Call for Impeachment, Judicial Reform

June 30, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY – Several state GOP lawmakers today called for judicial reform and for the impeachment of seven state Supreme Court justices who made a political ruling to ban a Ten Commandments monument from the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol. The lawmakers include state Reps. Kevin Calvey (R-OKC), John Bennett (R-Sallisaw), Casey Murdock (R-Felt), Lewis Moore (R-Edmond), Dan Fisher (R-Yukon), George Faught (R-Muskogee) and Mike Sanders (R-Kingfisher).

Oklahoma court: Ten Commandments monument must come down

June 30, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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."

DAILY FEATURE: Tuesday Tidbits

June 30, 2015

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.

June 29th

Stillwater man killed in head-on collision near Perkins

June 29, 2015

PERKINS, Okla. (AP) — 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.

June 26th

Oklahoma archbishop calls gay marriage ruling 'tragic error'

June 26, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — 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 in History

June 26, 2015

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.

VIDEO: The positives and negatives of the 2015 NBA draft

June 26, 2015

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.

June 24th

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge set to reopen

June 24, 2015

MENA, Ark. (AP) — 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.

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