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June 26th, 2013

Court case stirs debate over Indian child welfare

June 26, 2013

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to leave the ultimate placement of a 3-year-old girl in an American Indian child welfare case to a state court extends the custody dispute and the anguish for both her biological father and the couple who raised her for the first two years of her life.

Area students attend Oklahoma Girls State

June 26, 2013

High school senior girls from LeFlore County joined 416 young women from across the state selected to attend the 72nd annual session of Oklahoma Girls State, hosted at the University of Oklahoma from May 26 through June 1.

Cusick charged with murder in the first degree

June 26, 2013

Spiro man suspected of beating and burning his girlfriend to death has been charged with first-degree murder.
Elec E. Cusick, 39, of Spiro has been incarcerated since he was arrested Jan. 24 after being released from a Tulsa hospital for injuries he received during a fire at his home. His girlfriend, Myrtle Cooper, 47, of Spiro, was injured in the incident and later died on March 14 in a Tulsa hospital.

June 25th

Three-day Red Oak Celebration set to start July 3

June 25, 2013

The Red Oak Committee for Continued Growth (ROCCG) has finalized the plans for the 14th Annual Red Oak Independence Day Celebration.
The theme for the three days of activities is Saluting our Heroes.
Activities will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Red Oak Baseball Field with a community worship service. A patriotic program will follow, which will include a variety of talent.

Benefit dinner for Radley O'Neal

June 25, 2013

Radley is a six year old boy from Hartford, Ark., who has a rare form of cancer. He is being treated in Little Rock. In addition to the medical expenses, travel expenses just add to the heavy burden the family is facing at this time. Please open your hearts to them and help us make this benefit a big success. Please call if you would like to help with donations or serve on a work detail.
Follow the signs to the Cameron Community Center.  Serving from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, July 21.  

June 24th

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.

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