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August 4, 2015

• Aug. 6 — Cavanal Chorale Showcase, 7 p.m. Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
• Aug. 7 — Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday.
— Cavanal Chorale Showcase, 7 p.m. Donald W. Reynolds Community Center.
— Indian Taco lunch to benefit Poteau Choctaw Seniors, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dale Cox Community Center.
— LeFlore County Roundup Club Rodeo, 7:30 p.m., Cecil Leachman Arena in Heavener.
— Concert featuring LuLu Roman of “Hee Haw,” The Texans and JayDee Miller, 8 p.m. Christ’s 40 Acres. Proceeds benefit Christ’s 40 Acres and Honobia Community. Info: (580) 244-3473 or kiamichimission.org.

DAILY FEATURE: Tuesday Tidbits

August 4, 2015

Here are a few strange and useless facts. Find more at freepages.misc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~kelmar/story3.htm‎.

1) Money isn't made out of paper; it's made out of cotton.
2) The 57 on Heinz ketchup bottle represents the number of varieties of pickles the company once had.
3) A rat can last longer without water than a camel.
4) Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks otherwise it will digest itself.
5) The Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper.
6) The dot over the letter 'i' is called a tittle.

Ex-Tulsa sheriff's spokesman says he was wrongfully fired 
JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS, Associated Press

August 4, 2015

TULSA, (AP) — A former spokesman for an Oklahoma sheriff's office said Tuesday he was wrongfully fired following the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by a volunteer deputy and that he is "looking forward" to testifying before a grand jury investigating allegations of wrongdoing in the agency.
Shannon Clark, formerly a major with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, said in a statement that he was a loyal employee who "always encouraged sheriff (Stanley Glanz) to do the right thing."

DAILY FEATURE: Today in history

August 3, 2015

Today is Monday, August 3, the 215th day of 2015. There are 150 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On August 3, 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas.

On this date:
In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Virginia, charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.)
In 1863, the first thoroughbred horse races took place at the Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Average US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years

July 31, 2015

DETROIT (AP) — In the age of Apple's CarPlay, a lot of cars on the road still have tape decks.

The average vehicle in the U.S. is now a record 11.5 years old, according to consulting firm IHS Automotive, a sign of the increased reliability of today's vehicles and the lingering impact of the sharp drop in new car sales during the recession.

VIDEO: Should college football playoffs include 64 teams?

July 31, 2015

Should college football add 64 teams to the playoffs?

Federal disaster assistance denied for 19 Oklahoma counties

July 30, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says the federal government has rejected the state's request for disaster assistance for 19 Oklahoma counties affected by severe weather, flooding and tornadoes in May and June.

Fallin said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance to individuals and businesses in those counties.

Sallisaw man injured in morning wreck

July 30, 2015

A Sallisaw man was injured after his vehicle rolled over trapping him inside.
According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tristean Simmons, 19, was driving a 2011 Chevrolet pickup at about 6 a.m. on U.S. Highway 64 east of Sallisaw when the accident occurred.
The report shows Simmons' truck left the left side of the road, he overcorrected, re-entered the road and the truck rolled one and a quarter times. The truck came to rest on the driver's side, trapping Simmons inside. He was freed by the Sallisaw Fire Department.

Poteau Police seek help identifying woman

July 30, 2015

Poteau Police is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following person. She is a white female driving a gray small car. She is a person of interest in an ongoing investigation

Anyone with information about this person’s identity please contact Detective Vernon Qualls at the Poteau Police Department, 918-647-8620. Callers can remain anonymous.

See file attachment for additional picture.

Fallin: Daughter's trailer at governor's mansion must go

July 29, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin said Tuesday she was trying to be a good mother when she let her daughter park a "nice trailer" on the grounds of the governor's mansion, but that the vehicle runs afoul of an obscure state regulation and Christina Fallin must move the home on wheels.

UPDATE: Poteau Police identify man with publics help

July 29, 2015

UPDATE: Poteau Police were able to identify the man in the picture with the public's help.

Original story:

Poteau Police is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying the following person. He is a white male driving a white Chevrolet pickup truck. He is a person of interest in a ongoing investigation.

Anyone with information about this person’s identity please contact Detective Mark Kannady at the Poteau Police Department, (918) 647-8620. Callers can remain anonymous.

DAILY FEATURE: Today in history

July 27, 2015

By The Associated Press

Today is Monday, July 27, the 208th day of 2015. There are 157 days left in the year.

Today's Highlights in History:
On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his "official" debut in the Warner Bros. animated cartoon "A Wild Hare." Billboard magazine published its first "music popularity chart" listing best-selling retail records (in first place was "I'll Never Smile Again" recorded by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra, with featured vocalist Frank Sinatra).

On this date:

VIDEO: At least three dead in Louisiana movie theatre shooting

July 24, 2015

Three people are dead and several others injured after a gunman began shooting inside a movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Inmate escapes from correctional center in Hodgen; captured

July 23, 2015

Inmate Bobby Murphy was captured Friday July, 24.

Original story:

According to the sheriff's department, an inmate has escaped from the Oklahoma Department of Correction at Jim Hamilton in Hodgen on July 23, 2015.

The following are details from the Sheriff's Department:

Bobby Murphy Dob 06-08-1984 DOC # 481439
White, Male, 6ft 1in, 150lbs, Brown Hair, Blue Eyes.
TAT ABDOM: FLAMES, MURPHY
TAT BACK: TRIBAL
TAT CHEST: HEART, STEVE
TAT L ARM: FACE, CROSS, FENCE, SKULLS SLEEVE
TAT L LEG: TRIBECA
TAT L SHLD: GRYPHON
TAT L WRS: CLOWNS, SWATZTIKA
TAT R ARM: CLOWNS

Lankford introduces bill to defund Planned Parenthood

July 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — U.S. Sen. James Lankford is introducing a bill to end all taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood unless the organization stops performing all abortions.

Lankford announced Wednesday he has introduced the Defund Planned Parenthood Act, which would impose a one-year moratorium on federal funding to the organization unless it stops providing abortions.

Planned Parenthood provides a variety of non-abortion health services, including health screenings, family planning and adoption referrals at several clinics in Oklahoma.

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