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June 26th, 2015

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.

June 23rd

Trendy Tuesday: What's trending across the web?

June 23, 2015

The following list was compiled from several sources across the Internet, featuring trending topics worldwide.

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At KFC, DNA tests reportedly prove that a customer's claim that he was served a fried rat was false, according to the chain.

James Horner, an Oscar-winning composer for several movies, is feared dead after his plane crashed.

A volunteer firefighter was fired after a Facebook post showed him praising the alleged Charleston, SC, shooter.

A timelapse video of two golden retrievers growing up over a nine month period has gone viral.

June 19th

Pennsylvania man on the run for 20 years caught in Oklahoma

June 19, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A man convicted nearly 20 years ago of molesting three children in western Pennsylvania has been arrested as a fugitive in Oklahoma, where he was working at a Wal-Mart under an assumed name, authorities said.

Lynn Owen Cozart, 63, was arrested by Muskogee, Oklahoma, police on Thursday. The U.S. Marshal's Western District of Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force had an arrest warrant for Cozart, who skipped out on bail before he could be sentenced in April 1996, Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh said Friday.

Officials seeking help in case of missing 16-year-old girl

June 19, 2015

Cherokee County Law Enforcement, We Help The Missing and the family of Promise Nicole Raines, a 16-year-old girl who went missing from Tahlequah, are asking for the public’s assistance in locating her.

Promise Raines is reported to have left her home in the early morning hours of June 8, 2015 and has not been in contact with her mother. Some reports said she may have left with a boyfriend but he has denied seeing Promise.

VIDEO: 'Frozen' softball team will melt your heart

June 19, 2015

The Freeze, an Oklahoma softball team composed of 4 and 5-year-olds, is gaining national attention for playing ball in their Elsa gowns.

June 17th

Oklahoma human services agency to cut 200 positions

June 17, 2015

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services will cut 200 positions while adding 300 child welfare workers to help address the high number of children in state custody, director Ed Lake said Tuesday.

Spokeswoman Sheree Powell estimated that up to 60 of the 200 positions are currently filled by employees. The agency is offering a voluntary severance package that includes longevity and service payments to the workers, but if not enough people accept the buyout offer, a reduction in force might be implemented.

June 16th

GED graduation Tuesday night

June 16, 2015

The Adult Learning Center GED graduation ceremonies will be tonight, June 16 at the Donald W. Reynolds Community Center in Poteau. Around 36-37 graduates are expected to receive their GED.

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