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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.

DAILY FEATURE: Today in history

July 22, 2015

Today is Wednesday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2015. There are 162 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:
On July 22, 1975, the U.S. House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. (President Gerald R. Ford signed the measure on August 5.)

On this date:
In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina.
In 1796, Cleveland, Ohio, was founded by General Moses Cleaveland (correct).

BREAKING NEWS: Wreck near Weaver's Meat Market in Poteau

July 21, 2015

July 21 at 12:35 p.m.

Emergency crews are working a two-car accident on U.S. Highway 59 south of Poteau near Weaver's Meat Market.
Injuries have been reported.
No further information is available at this time.

Academic seeks death certificate for outlaw Billy the Kid

July 20, 2015

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A retired Arizona State University professor is taking his pursuit of a death certificate for Billy the Kid to New Mexico's highest court.

Historian Robert J. Stahl filed a petition Friday with the New Mexico Supreme Court to order the state's medical examiner to create the document for the legendary outlaw, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported (http://bit.ly/1CIJ73M).

Stahl says he hopes the court will order the Office of the Medical Investigator to consider the evidence and determine whether William H. Bonney's death can be certified.

Remember then? — a look back at 1956 PDN archives

July 20, 2015

Remember then is an online feature on our website every Monday where we look back into the Poteau Daily News archives.

Today's look back is to Thursday, September 27, 1956 for The Poteau News. Headlines included:

• Parade of pets attracts 270 in annual March
• Three ring rally slated Monday will boost area
• Aged man dies when struck by Frisco special
• Jurors ponder x-ray pictures in trial here

Archives are available in our office during regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. — 5 p.m.

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