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DAILY FEATURE: Today in history

May 4, 2015

By The Associated Press: Today is Monday, May 4, the 124th day of 2015. There are 241 days left in the year.

Today's Highlight in History:

On May 4, 1925, an international conference opened in Geneva to forge an agreement against the use of chemical and biological weapons in war; the Geneva Protocol was signed on June 17, 1925 and went into force in 1928.

On this date:

In 1776, Rhode Island declared its freedom from England, two months before the Declaration of Independence was adopted.

BREAKING NEWS: Poteau traffic blocked by 3-car wreck

May 4, 2015

Poteau Police, Fire and LeFlore County Emergency Medical Services are on scene [May 4 11:45 a.m.] at the intersection of Wilson and Smith in Poteau for a three-car accident.
Northbound traffic outside lane is blocked. Expect delays.

VIDEO: 7 Facts You Didn't Know About The Kentucky Derby

May 1, 2015

With the 141st annual Kentucky Derby right around the bend, we're bringing you a list of things you might not have known about the iconic horse race.

Poteau traffic jam

April 29, 2015

Traffic is blocked [April 29 @ 12:10 p.m. ] on north Saddler and the Pansy Kidd Middle School in Poteau due to a semi-trailer that failed to make a turn, getting stuck in the ditch.

DAILY FEATURE: Tuesday Tidbits

April 28, 2015

Here are 10 interesting presidential facts provided by RandomFacts.com

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) is the only U.S. president who was also a licensed bartender. He was co-owner of Berry and Lincoln, a saloon in Springfield, Illinois.

The only president to be unanimously elected was George Washington (1732-1799). He also refused to accept his presidential salary, which was $25,000 a year.

VIDEO OF THE DAY: 5 worst #1 picks in NFL draft history

April 24, 2015

Patrick Jones has the 5 worst number one overall draft picks in NFL history. Who were they? Check out the video!

Oklahoma House, Senate pass religious freedom legislation

April 23, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that protects members of the clergy who refuse to perform a same-sex marriage ceremony has been approved by the Oklahoma House and Senate.

The House voted 87-8 for the bill Wednesday while a nearly identical bill passed the Senate on a 38-5 vote. All opposing votes came from Democrats.

The bills protect clergy members and others authorized to perform weddings from being required to perform them if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. They also shield churches from being required to participate in the ceremonies.

Crime Victims Rights Week ceremony at noon today

April 23, 2015

Victims advocates are preparing for the National Crime Victims Rights Week ceremony to be held at the LeFlore County Courthouse starting at noon today [April 23].
Public is invited.

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.

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