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May 20th, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Floods cause LeFlore County travel issues

May 20, 2015

Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.

U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.

According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.

Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.

It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."

May 18th

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

May 18, 2015

Here is a look back into the Poteau Daily News archive.

Today's look-back is for Thursday, July 19, 1951.

Headlines include:
• New Fire Station Urged for Poteau; Firemen Praised
• Architect Coming To Draw Up Plans For Auditorium
• Divorces Lead Marriages Here Almost 4 to 1
• Repairs on Two State Highways Near Completion
• Two Men Killed on Highway 271 During Weekend

Review the attachments for photos.

May 15th

Cherokee language now available on Google Android devices

May 15, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

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May 15, 2015

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May 14th

Kill the Hill rescheduled

May 14, 2015

The Kill the Hill bicycle challenge set for this Saturday in Poteau has been rescheduled due to flooding.

The ride will instead be held on June 6th, three weeks from now.

The challenge will feature three events - 25 mile, 41 mile and 50 mile rides. It is part of Poteau going "bike friendly," with new bike routes and share-the-road signs already posted around the city.

May 13th

Oklahoma gasoline prices jump 19 cents in just 28 days

May 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gasoline prices are rising again in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the price of regular self-serve gasoline averages $2.41 per gallon, 19 cents more than the average price just 28 days ago.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says crude oil prices have been trending higher since mid-March. Slowing U.S. oil production, a weakening U.S. dollar and the expected increase in demand in China are also affecting local gas prices.

But Mai says plentiful supplies of oil and high OPEC output should help limit how high crude oil prices will go.

Further flooding possible as rain returns to the area

May 13, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has released a hazardous weather outlook for the week, with more chances of rain for the already flood-devastated LeFlore County.

The NWS said the flash flood risk for this evening and tonight is limited, although thunderstorms with dangerous lightning will be onset mid-afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, with an elevated risk for these storms.

Missing Spiro farmer's body recovered from flood waters

May 13, 2015

The body of 60-year-old Dennis Donaho, of Spiro was recovered this morning [May 13] by Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Sheriff Rob Seale said Donaho had been missing since about 3 a.m. Monday morning after trying to remove cattle from a flooded area.
A three-day search by multiple agencies, family and friends began but high flood waters complicated the search.

May 12th

Oklahoma governor vetoes firearms legislation

May 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation opposed by the Oklahoma City Chamber that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds.

Fallin vetoed the bill Monday after chamber officials expressed concern that it could threaten dozens of Oklahoma City events, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women's College World Series.

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May 12, 2015

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