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Oklahoma geology group links earthquakes to oil waste wells

April 21, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Geological Society said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations.
Geologists have been studying the cause of hundreds of earthquakes that have shaken the homes and the nerves of residents in central and north-central Oklahoma, where the pace of oil and gas drilling has accelerated in recent years.

DAILY FEATURE: Tuesday Tidbits

April 21, 2015

Here are a few fun facts provided by the Able2know website.

A snail can sleep for three years. 

Ninety percent of New York City cabbies are recently arrived immigrants. 

In 10 minutes, a hurricane releases more energy than all of the world's nuclear weapons combined. 

Walt Disney was afraid of mice. 

You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching television. 

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane crashes. 

Most lipstick contains fish scales. 

Close to 80 percent of people who watch the Super Bowl on television, only do so to view the commercials. 


Spiro shooting suspect found

April 20, 2015

The suspect in a Saturday shooting in Spiro that sent one man to the hospital has been jailed, according to LeFlore County Sheriff Rob Seale.

Felisha Louann Carshall, 23, is accused of shooting Tyler Dunnigan in the head. He survived and was treated, released, and now is in custody for warrants.

Seale said Carshall was found Monday and jailed in Fort Smith, Ark.

Charges were not filed against Carshall in LeFlore County as of Monday afternoon.

AP Was There: Original AP report of Oklahoma bombing

April 20, 2015

EDITOR'S NOTE: On April 19, 1995, a former U.S. Army soldier parked a rented Ryder truck packed with explosives outside a federal building in Oklahoma City. The blast killed 168 people and injured more than 500 others, and the attack is the worst homegrown terror attack on American soil.

The bombing came only two years after the first attack on the World Trade Center.

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

April 20, 2015

Here's a look back into the Poteau Daily News archives. Today's look-back is into the month of November from year 2000.

Headlines include:

• Neighbors' call leads police to man's body
• Howe school wins grants
• Local man hospitalized, arrested after collision
• Cheyenne warrior reaches final resting place
• Commissioners consider bids for E911 facility
• New after-school program debuts in Poteau
• DHS air quality problems examined
• Meeting to decide fate of Pocola officer postponed

Check out attachments for additional pictures.

Spiro man injured in shooting

April 20, 2015

A Spiro man is recovering after being shot Saturday [April 18].
The LeFlore County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.
The man was reportedly shot in the head.
According to the Sheriff's Office, a woman known by the victim is believed to be the shooter.
The man was taken by LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith, Ark. He since has been treated and released. Names of the two have not yet been released.
No arrests have been made in connection to the shooting.

Severe weather chance Sunday

April 19, 2015

According to the National Weather Service in Tulsa, thunderstorms are set to increase over eastern Oklahoma this afternoon, strongest storms developing southeast of Interstate 44.

The strongest storms are expected to have large hail (around 2 inches).

There is also a limited tornado risk, NWS said,, into this afternoon in both southeastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The risk will end as the cold front goes through the area.

Severe changes for hail are between 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. and limited tornado risk from 2 p.m. - 8 p.m.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List

April 17, 2015

TIME Magazine has revealed the 2015 TIME 100, its annual list of what it considers the 100 most influential people in the world.

One dead in morning accident outside Poteau

April 17, 2015

One person has died following a head-on collision on Oklahoma Highway 112 outside Poteau. The accident occurred around 8:45 a.m. Friday morning.

Traffic was backed up for roughly 15-30 minutes both ways while crews worked the scene.

One driver was hospitalized, according to first responders. The identities of those involved have not been released yet. More information will be posted when it becomes available.

AG vows to protect Bible distribution at Oklahoma schools

April 15, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt says religious freedoms are under attack in Oklahoma and he's telling public school districts across the state he's ready to protect them for allowing citizens to distribute Bibles in schools.

Emergency crews working to rescue trapped hiker

April 14, 2015

Emergency crews are working [April 14 12:20 p.m.] to rescue a hiker trapped by rising waters overnight in the Big Cedar area.
No other information is available at this time.

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

April 14, 2015

Here's a look back at the LeFlore County Sun in 1990.
See attachments for additional pictures.

Flash Flood Warning issued for LeFlore County

April 13, 2015

* FLASH FLOOD WARNING FOR...
EAST CENTRAL MUSKOGEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN HASKELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
EASTERN LATIMER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
NORTHEASTERN PUSHMATAHA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA...
SEQUOYAH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...
SOUTHEASTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...

* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT

* AT 355 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATED
AREAS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. 2 TO 3

Monday rain brings flooding risk

April 13, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has issued an urban and small stream flood advisory for northern LeFlore County, as well as several other counties in southeastern Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. The advisory lasts until 3:30 p.m. Monday.

A hazardous weather outlook by the NWS said flash flood risk is limited, but heavy rain risk is elevated and ongoing.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the area today as a cold front moves through, especially those areas southeast of Interstate 44.

Inspection found no problem at Oklahoma ice cream plant

April 10, 2015

DALLAS (AP) — Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a "great job," according to a copy of the inspection report.

Inspectors had no reason to check for listeria during the routine March 18 review as no problems were detected and the facility didn't have a history of issues linked to the illness, said Stan Stromberg, director of the food safety division for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry..

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