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July 24th, 2015

VIDEO: At least three dead in Louisiana movie theatre shooting

July 24, 2015

Three people are dead and several others injured after a gunman began shooting inside a movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.

July 23rd

Inmate escapes from correctional center in Hodgen; captured

July 23, 2015

Inmate Bobby Murphy was captured Friday July, 24.

Original story:

According to the sheriff's department, an inmate has escaped from the Oklahoma Department of Correction at Jim Hamilton in Hodgen on July 23, 2015.

The following are details from the Sheriff's Department:

Bobby Murphy Dob 06-08-1984 DOC # 481439
White, Male, 6ft 1in, 150lbs, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes.

Lankford introduces bill to defund Planned Parenthood

July 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood unless the organization stops performing all abortions.

Lankford announced Wednesday he has introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would impose a one-year moratorium on federal funding to the organization unless it stops providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of non-abortion health services, including health screenings, family planning and adoption referrals at several clinics in Oklahoma.

July 22nd

DAILY FEATURE: Today in history

July 22, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2015. There are 162 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On July 22, 1975, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (President Gerald R. Ford signed the measure on August 5.)

On this date:
In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland (correct).

July 21st

BREAKING NEWS: Wreck near Weaver's Meat Market in Poteau

July 21, 2015

July 21 at 12:35 p.m.

Emergency crews are working a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 59 south of Poteau near Weaver's Meat Market.
Injuries have been reported.
No further information is available at this time.

July 20th

Academic seeks death certificate for outlaw Billy the Kid

July 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Arizona State University professor is taking his pursuit of a death certificate for Billy the Kid to New Mexico's highest court.

Historian Robert J. Stahl filed a petition Friday with the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the state's medical examiner to create the document for the legendary outlaw, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (

Stahl says he hopes the court will order the Office of the Medical Investigator to consider the evidence and determine whether William H. Bonney's death can be certified.

Remember then? — a look back at 1956 PDN archives

July 20, 2015

Remember then is an online feature on our website every Monday where we look back into the Poteau Daily News archives.

Today's look back is to Thursday, September 27, 1956 for The Poteau News. Headlines included:

• Parade of pets attracts 270 in annual March
• Three ring rally slated Monday will boost area
• Aged man dies when struck by Frisco special
• Jurors ponder x-ray pictures in trial here

Archives are available in our office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

Further pictures are attached at the bottom of this article.

July 17th

Don't forget this weekends events

July 17, 2015

• July 18 — Free lunch and clothing giveaway, noon to 2 p.m., New Beginning Family Ministry, 305 S. Saddler.
— Concert with Jay Falkner Band and Earl Hearon, 8 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— Maidens of Mayhem roller derby match to benefit Catholic Charities food pantry, 5:30 p.m., Skate-Reation.
— Blood drive, 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Walmart.
— Dance, Libby and the Bandits, 8 p.m. to midnight, Spiro Eagles center. Everyone welcome.
• July 19 — Spaghetti dinner and pie auction to raise funds for a kidney transplant for Blake Johnico, 11 a.m., Talihina Community Center.

VIDEO: 50 Reasons To Get Excited For College Football's Kickoff

July 17, 2015

Campus Insiders presents 50 reasons why we can't wait for College Football’s return, from high-flying QBs to cuddly mascots to coaches getting loose in the locker room.

July 15th

Quinton man injured in Haskell County after motorcycle crash

July 15, 2015

A Quinton man was taken by life flight to the hospital after wrecking his motorcycle in Haskell County.

The accident happened Tuesday, July 14, on State Highway 9, two miles west of Enterprise.

According to an Oklahoma Highway Patrol accident report, Michael W. Scheidt, 57, was headed westbound on his 2003 Honda motorcycle when he failed to negotiate a curve and ran off the north edge of the roadway.

He was taken by life flight to St. Johns Hospital in Tulsa with a head injury. He was admitted in stable condition, according to OHP.


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