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35.5 million Americans to travel Labor Day weekend – the most since 2008

September 1, 2015

About 3,000 more Oklahomans will travel over the upcoming Labor day holiday weekend this year, AAA predicts, a 0.7 percent jump over last year. The number of Oklahomans expected to travel by motor vehicle, 348,000, and those predicted to fly to holiday destinations, 32,600, are both 0.9 percent increases over Labor Day, 2014. 
 

Check out area events for today [Sept. 2]

September 1, 2015

Today [Sept. 2]— Junior Friends of the Library monthly organizational meeting, 3:30 p.m., Patrick Lynch Public Library.
— Poteau Valley Improvement Authority meeting, 7 p.m., PVIA, 25768 U.S. Highway 270, Wister.
— Awana program for children pre-K through sixth grade, 6:30-8:10 p.m., Southside Baptist Church, 508 Conser Ave.
• Sept. 3 — Annual Fall Dinner and Auction, dinner 5 p.m., auction 7 p.m., Bokoshe Public Schools cafetorium.
— Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival Princess Pageant, 7 p.m., Tuskahoma.

September is National Preparedness Month

September 1, 2015

Tips to Prepare Your Family for a Disaster
 
In the blink of an eye, disasters can alter a family’s normal routine. Neighborhood streets can be closed because of large debris or downed power lines. Suddenly, an area that is a familiar part of a normal daily routine is now unrecognizable. In times like this, it is crucial for a family to have a plan to reunite and meet at a safe location.
 

August 28th

Oklahoma school ordered to repay about $1M in student aid

August 28, 2015

MCALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Eastern Oklahoma State College has been ordered to repay the federal government more than $1 million after some students received student aid when they were not eligible.

The school said Thursday that it will appeal some of findings in the U.S. Department of Education's March 2014 review of its student aid program, the McAlester News-Capital (http://bit.ly/1UgGgBm ) reported.

August 27th

Upcoming area events

August 27, 2015

Don't miss out on these area events

• Today — Legal Aid Services community education seminar: “Transfer-on-Death Deed,” “Paid Upon Death” and “Beneficiary,” 6-7 p.m., Patrick Lynch Library.
• Aug. 28 — “Country Roads” by Good Times Community Theatre League, 7 p.m., Donald W. Reynolds Community Center Black Box Theater.
• Aug. 29 — Fundraiser for the families of five teenage crash victims, noon-5 p.m., Panama Elementary School, Info: Nikki Gregory, (479) 226 0091 or visit Le Flore County Five #5 on Facebook.

August 25th

U.S. Marshals Museum to Host ‘Meet the Marshals’ Lunch & Learn

August 25, 2015

FORT SMITH, Ark. (Aug. 25, 2015) – Join the U.S. Marshals Museum this Friday, Aug. 28 at noon for a Lunch & Learn and hear from representatives of the local U.S. Marshals office. The event, which will be held at the museum’s office at 14 North 3rd Street in Fort Smith, is free and open to the public. 

“Bring your lunch, and come learn about the great work the U.S. Marshals Service is doing right here in Fort Smith,” said Leslie Higgins, director of education for the U.S. Marshals Museum. “We look forward to seeing you at the Lunch & Learn on Friday.”

August 24th

Ex-wife of Continental Resources CEO sues over investment

August 24, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The former wife of billionaire Oklahoma energy tycoon Harold Hamm, who was awarded nearly $1 billion in a divorce settlement, is now suing Hamm over the sale of a company the two co-owned.

The lawsuit by Sue Ann Arnall alleges the $4.5 million sale in 2005 of the parent company and sole shareholder of Jolette Oil LLC to Continental Resources was below market value. It asks for damages in excess of $10,000.

Today in History

August 24, 2015

Today is Monday, August 24, the 236th day of 2015. There are 129 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On August 24, A.D. 79, long-dormant Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in volcanic ash; an estimated 20,000 people died.

On this date:

In 1572, the St. Bartholomew's Day massacre of French Protestants at the hands of Catholics began in Paris.

August 19th

New law bans tobacco use at public, private schools

August 19, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state law taking effect this week bans tobacco on school property and at events, though most districts already have policies that do so.

According to the state Health Department, an estimated 85 percent of schools already have a policy banning tobacco, the Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/1NCFvRf ) reported. A spokesman for Gov. Mary Fallin said the law ensures that "100 percent of our schools have tobacco bans."

August 17th

DAILY FEATURE: Today in History

August 17, 2015

Today is Monday, August 17, the 229th day of 2015. There are 136 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On August 17, 1915, a mob in Cobb County, Georgia, lynched Jewish businessman Leo Frank, 31, whose death sentence for the murder of 13-year-old Mary Phagan had been commuted to life imprisonment. (Frank, who'd maintained his innocence, was pardoned by the state of Georgia in 1986.)

On this date:
In 1807, Robert Fulton's North River Steamboat began heading up the Hudson River on its successful round trip between New York and Albany.

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