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June 24th, 2013

State unemployment edging higher in May

June 24, 2013

Unemployment was on the rise across Oklahoma during the month of May, but only by one-tenth of a percentage point, according to statistics released from the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission on Friday.
According to OESC, this it the first time since July 2012, Oklahoma reported an over-the-moth unemployment rate increase.
The national unemployment rate also rose 0.1 percent over a 30-day period closing at 7.6 percent at the end of May. Oklahoma's unemployment rate during the month increased to 5 percent.

Grand opening held at Poteau Vision Source

June 24, 2013

Dr. Tamatha Holt, chamber members, staff, family and friends attended a grand opening, ribbon cutting and blessing service on Friday at the new location of Poteau Vision Source located at 102 Cole St. in Poteau.

Gov. says Okla. execution will go on Tuesday

June 24, 2013

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A man is set to be executed this week for raping and murdering his girlfriend's mother despite a recommendation by Oklahoma's pardon and parole board to commute his death sentence after he apologized.

Brian Darrell Davis is scheduled to die by lethal injection Tuesday evening at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary in McAlester. The 39-year-old will be the third inmate to be executed by Oklahoma this year and the second in as many weeks.

June 21st

Okla. Treas. awards $5,529 to baby's college fund

June 21, 2013

TULSA (AP) — An Oklahoma baby has received a big boost toward her Oklahoma 529 College Savings Plan.
State Treasurer Ken Miller awarded $5,529 Wednesday to the winner of the plan's Newborn Sweepstakes, Hannah Gabel of Jenks.
Hannah is one of more than 51,000 babies born in the state last year. She was entered by her parents, Katherine and Brad Gabel.

Judge hears arguments in Okla. health care case

June 21, 2013

MUSKOGEE (AP) — The federal government says Oklahoma hasn't shown it would suffer harm or damage when provisions of the new health care law take effect next January.
Attorneys for the government made the argument Thursday while asking a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt. U.S. District Judge Ronald White questioned both sides for two hours but did not rule from the bench.

June 20th

American Veteran Traveling Tribute open in Stigler

June 20, 2013

More than 60 motorcycles, including nine from Poteau, met the American Veteran Traveling Tribute in Fort Smith, Ark., Thursday afternoon to escort the wall to Roye Park in Stigler.
The tribute is a veteran-owned project committed to traveling the United State to honor, respect and remember those who served in America’s armed services. It will be at Roye Park until Sunday. The wall will be open to the public 24 hours a day until 4 p.m. Sunday.
The wall is an exact replica of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C., scaled to an 80 percent version, spanning 360 feet.

Kisses for Kenady benefit poker run

June 20, 2013

An area family is turning from sorrow to saving lives as they reach out to others to donate to help a sick child.
Stephanie McCaslin and Cassie Wagley recently lost their daughter, Kenady Charlotte Catherine Wagley, 15-months, to illness. Kenady's mothers were able to see beyond the tragedy of a life lost so early and realize that Kenady was not only a gift to them but also to other ill children in need.

Summer concert series starts Saturday

June 20, 2013

The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center kicks off its Under the Stars summer concert series Saturday with Kalamity Jane.
The concert is the first of five shows planned at the center amphitheater in the coming weeks.
Kalamity Jane is a pop country all-girl group from Oklahoma whose members' experience ranges from singing in front of churches at a very young age to venues across the region.
Concerts start at 8 p.m. and tickets to the shows are $5 at the gate.

June 18th

Fire v. Police in Wister Guns 'N Hoses

June 18, 2013

Wister fire department and law enforcement staffs are asking all area residents to come to the Guns ‘N Hoses blood drive with Oklahoma Blood Institute from 1:30 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, in the high school band room.
To fuel a little healthy competition, donors will choose which department to support by donating on behalf of law enforcement or the fire department.
Donors will receive a voucher, redeemable for two tickets to the Tulsa Zoo and this year’s Guns ‘N Hoses T-shirt. 
Anyone who is healthy and 16 years of age can donate, and donations can be made every 56 days.

Police kill man who took girl at Oklahoma store

June 18, 2013

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a police officer shot and killed a man who'd taken a toddler hostage at a Walmart Market in suburban Oklahoma City.

Midwest City Police Assistant Chief Sid Porter says the child wasn't harmed in the incident Monday afternoon. Police say Sammie Lamont Wallace took the 2-year-old girl out of her mother's shopping cart and held a knife to the child. Porter says the store was evacuated within minutes and police began negotiating with Wallace.

Porter says an officer opened fire after Wallace began "counting down" on the girl's life.

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