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VIDEO: David Letterman Says Goodbye to the "Late Show"

May 21, 2015

Letterman has a star-studded finale.

Oklahoma governor requests federal disaster assistance

May 20, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has requested federal disaster assistance for Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties following tornadoes, severe storms and flooding in recent weeks.

Fallin sent a letter to President Barack Obama Tuesday that says Oklahoma's latest round of severe storms began May 5. Since then, the state has experienced widespread flash flooding, damaging winds, baseball-size hail and at least 25 tornadoes.

Flooding causes business closures

May 20, 2015

Talihina Schools is closed today due to flooding inside one of the schools buildings, according to emergency management.
Also closed is the Choctaw Nation Health Services in Talihina.
According to the National Weather Service, rainfall totals from 2-6 inches fell overnight. Davidson said Talihina received six inches in about four hours.

BREAKING NEWS: Floods cause LeFlore County travel issues

May 20, 2015

Overnight flooding has caused travel issues in LeFlore County.

U.S. Highway 270 is closed just south of the U.S. 270/271 intersection between Heavener and Wister. Oklahoma Highway 82 is closed between Bengal and Talihina.

According to LeFlore County Emergency Management Director Michael Davidson, the roads in the Haw Creek Community also are covered by water.

Most low water crossings in the southern end of the county will be impassable due to rising waters.

It only takes a few inches of moving water to sweep a vehicle from a bridge. "Turn around, don't drown."

DAILY FEATURE: Remember then?

May 18, 2015

Here is a look back into the Poteau Daily News archive.

Today's look-back is for Thursday, July 19, 1951.

Headlines include:
• New Fire Station Urged for Poteau; Firemen Praised
• Architect Coming To Draw Up Plans For Auditorium
• Divorces Lead Marriages Here Almost 4 to 1
• Repairs on Two State Highways Near Completion
• Two Men Killed on Highway 271 During Weekend

Review the attachments for photos.

Cherokee language now available on Google Android devices

May 15, 2015

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee language has gone digital.

The language of the Oklahoma-based tribe is now available for download on more than 20 Android devices, making the language more accessible to millions of Google smartphone and tablet users. The Cherokee language is also available on Apple and Microsoft products.

VIDEO: 6 Microwave Hacks To Make Your Life Easier

May 15, 2015

VIDEO: 6 Microwave Hacks To Make Your Life Easier.

Kill the Hill rescheduled

May 14, 2015

The Kill the Hill bicycle challenge set for this Saturday in Poteau has been rescheduled due to flooding.

The ride will instead be held on June 6th, three weeks from now.

The challenge will feature three events - 25 mile, 41 mile and 50 mile rides. It is part of Poteau going "bike friendly," with new bike routes and share-the-road signs already posted around the city.

Oklahoma gasoline prices jump 19 cents in just 28 days

May 13, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gasoline prices are rising again in Oklahoma.

AAA Oklahoma said Tuesday that the price of regular self-serve gasoline averages $2.41 per gallon, 19 cents more than the average price just 28 days ago.

AAA spokesman Chuck Mai says crude oil prices have been trending higher since mid-March. Slowing U.S. oil production, a weakening U.S. dollar and the expected increase in demand in China are also affecting local gas prices.

But Mai says plentiful supplies of oil and high OPEC output should help limit how high crude oil prices will go.

Further flooding possible as rain returns to the area

May 13, 2015

The National Weather Service in Tulsa has released a hazardous weather outlook for the week, with more chances of rain for the already flood-devastated LeFlore County.

The NWS said the flash flood risk for this evening and tonight is limited, although thunderstorms with dangerous lightning will be onset mid-afternoon across eastern Oklahoma and western Arkansas, with an elevated risk for these storms.

Missing Spiro farmer's body recovered from flood waters

May 13, 2015

The body of 60-year-old Dennis Donaho, of Spiro was recovered this morning [May 13] by Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Sheriff Rob Seale said Donaho had been missing since about 3 a.m. Monday morning after trying to remove cattle from a flooded area.
A three-day search by multiple agencies, family and friends began but high flood waters complicated the search.

Oklahoma governor vetoes firearms legislation

May 12, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed legislation opposed by the Oklahoma City Chamber that would prohibit private entities from banning firearms in parks, recreational areas or fairgrounds.

Fallin vetoed the bill Monday after chamber officials expressed concern that it could threaten dozens of Oklahoma City events, including horse shows, basketball tournaments and the Women's College World Series.

VIDEO: NFL Suspends Tom Brady 4 Games Over Deflategate

May 12, 2015

UPDATE: Flooded highway near Poteau reopened

May 11, 2015

The old Oklahoma Highway 112 in Poteau has been reopened [May 12] after flood waters from the Poteau River receded.

Posted May 11

Crews are closing old Oklahoma Highway 112 west of the Poteau River Bridge in Poteau [May 11 at 8:45 a.m.]
due to flood waters. The river has covered the road and still has not crested to its highest level.

3-car accident; some trapped

May 8, 2015

Emergency crews are responding to a three-car accident [May 8 3:15 p.m.] at the James Fork Creek bridge on Oklahoma Highway 112 north of Cameron.
One vehicle has rolled over and some victims are trapped, according to dispatch information.

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