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June 7th, 2013

Choctaw election meetings scheduled

June 7, 2013

Delton Cox, District 4 Choctaw council member, has scheduled four public meetings in advance of the July 13 tribal election.
Information on voting and election procedures will be available at the meetings, along with free food and drinks, Cox said.
The meetings will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the following locations: Today at the Spiro school cafeteria, June 15 at the county barn at the fairgrounds in Poteau and July 6 at the Summerfield Community Center.
Cox, of Pocola, is opposed for ther seat by Richard Box of Leflore

June 6th

Attorney General denounces clemency

June 6, 2013

On Thursday, Attorney General Scott Pruitt denounced clemency for a convicted rapist and murderer.
“This convicted murderer lured his estranged girlfriend’s mother to his apartment and then brutally raped her, broke her jaw, stabbed her six times, puncturing her abdomen, and left her for dead while he drove off in her van. He does not deserve our pity or clemency, and it is incomprehensible that four members of the pardon and parole board would usurp the judgment of a jury and deny this family justice,” Attorney General Scott Pruitt said.

Benefit for homeless animals held in Shady Point

June 6, 2013

Poteau Pound Pups will hold a fundraiser on June 15;.
The pancake breakfast and bake sale will be from 6:30-11:30 a.m. at the Shady Point Community Center. Cost is $5.
The organization rescues stray and abandoned dogs and cats and seeks foster and adoptive homes for them.

Oklahoma attorney general warns of lottery scam

June 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is issuing a warning about a lottery scam that he says cost one couple $20,000.

Pruitt says the couple reported that a man told them they had won the lottery and a new car — but had to first pay taxes and fees up front. The couple also said the man told them he knew Pruitt and that the transactions were approved by the attorney general's office.

Pruitt says legitimate lottery and sweepstakes organizations do not ask for money up front.

Attorney: Man arrested in Okla. cold case innocent

June 6, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The attorney for an Oklahoma man arrested in the 1992 disappearance and deaths of two women and a girl says his client is innocent and that charges against him are part of the state's ploy to get other family members to talk.

Bristow resident Grover Prewitt Jr. is charged with being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the deaths of Wendy Camp, her 6-year-old daughter, Cynthia Britto, and Camp's sister-in-law, Lisa Kregear. Prewitt has pleaded not guilty.

Clemency recommended for Okla. death row inmate

June 6, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board has voted 4-1 to grant clemency to a death row inmate who's to be executed this month for the rape and murder of his girlfriend's mother.

The board voted Thursday to recommend that the death sentence of 39-year-old Brian Darrell Davis be commuted to life in prison without parole.

The recommendation now goes to Gov. Mary Fallin for approval or rejection.

June 5th

Soaking up some rays

June 5, 2013

Easton Ray, 6 months, enjoys his pool for the first time on a recent hot afternoon. Easton is the son of Cory and Nikki Ray.

Mississippians taking supplies to Okla.

June 5, 2013

SMITHVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A group of volunteers from a Mississippi town that was hit hard by a tornado in 2011 will travel this week to help victims of a deadly twister that hit Oklahoma.

The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal says volunteers from Smithville Baptist Church will leave Wednesday to take a trailer full of supplies to Moore, Okla.

A deadly EF5 tornado hit devastated Smithville in April 2011. Sixteen people were killed and 153 homes, four churches, the Town Hall, the police headquarters and 14 of the 15 businesses in the one-square-mile town were destroyed.

Marshals Museum plans 2016 opening in Fort Smith

June 5, 2013

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — A fall 2016 opening is planned for the $50 million U.S. Marshals Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River in Fort Smith, organizers announced Tuesday.

The museum's board of directors said the groundbreaking for the museum will be held Sept. 24, 2014. The Southwest Times Record reported Wednesday that the groundbreaking will coincide with the release of a commemorative coin marking the 225th anniversary of the Marshals Service.

June 4th

Okla. Supreme Court invalidates civil justice law

June 4, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A civil justice reform measure hailed in 2009 as the most comprehensive bill to ever affect Oklahoma's legal system was declared unconstitutional Tuesday by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

In a 7-2 decision, the state's highest court declared that the law, known as the Comprehensive Lawsuit Reform Act of 2009, violated the single-subject rule in the Oklahoma Constitution and amounted to unconstitutional logrolling, or the passing of legislation that contains multiple subjects.

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