The Daily Press The Poteau Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-07-31T11:26:21-04:00 US vehicle age hits record 11.5 years2015-07-31T11:26:21-04:002015-07-31T11:26:21-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe 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.Drivers behind the wheel of older cars aren't enjoying some of the latest advanced safety features or infotainment systems that effectively turn cars into cellphones on wheels. Then again, they don't have to worry about hackers finding their way in to the car's computer network through the cassette or CD player.IHS said U.S. registrations grew to a record 257.9 million cars and trucks this year, up 2 percent from a year earlier.The average age of vehicles has been climbing steadily since IHS began tracking the number in 2002. As quality and reliability have improved, people have been holding on to their cars and trucks for longer. The average length of ownership for a new vehicle is now almost 6.5 years, IHS said. For a used vehicle, it's five years.Cars and trucks now have the same average age, says Mark Seng, IHS Automotive's global aftermarket practice leader. For many years, cars had shorter lifespans than trucks, but their quality has now caught up.Experts say there's no rule for how long to hold on to an old car or truck. A car with good reliability can go for 200,000 miles or more, which can easily last a decade for some motorists, says Doug Love, a spokesman for Consumer Reports.The magazine doesn't recommend driving older cars without two key safety features introduced more than a decade ago: electronic stability control and side curtain air bags.The aging car population could mean that Americans will be slow to adapt safety and semi-autonomous features that have car company executives and experts heralding a new age of the automobile. Adaptive cruise control arrived in the U.S. market in 2006, for example, but nine years later only 6 percent of all cars have it, according to a recent report from Boston Consulting Group. It will also take longer for much-hyped advances like CarPlay — which gives drivers access to their apps through the dashboard — to become commonplace.But Seng says the auto industry should take heart. Even though the average vehicle age shows no sign of reversing, it is starting to plateau, since buyers have returned to the car market in big numbers. Sales of new cars rose from 12.7 million in 2011 to 16.5 million last year and are expected to reach or exceed 17 million this year. IHS thinks the average vehicle age will hit 11.6 years in 2016 but won't climb to 11.7 years until 2018.Poteau, OKDEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto WriterAverage US vehicle age hits record 11.5 yearsThe Poteau Daily Should college football playoffs include 64 teams?2015-07-31T10:37:31-04:002015-07-31T10:37:31-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script><div class="ndn_embed" data-config-widget-id="2" style="width:390px;height:219px" data-config-type="VideoPlayer/Single" data-config-tracking-group="90711" data-config-playlist-id="13434" data-config-video-id="29464562" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Poteau, OKNo author availableVIDEO: Should college football playoffs include 64 teams?The Poteau Daily disaster assistance denied for 19 Oklahoma counties2015-07-30T14:42:12-04:002015-07-30T14:41:32-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsFallin said Wednesday the Federal Emergency Management Agency denied the state's request for assistance to individuals and businesses in those counties.The 19 counties are Blaine, Craig, Creek, Custer, Dewey, Garfield, Greer, Harmon, Haskell, Jackson, Kay, Major, Muskogee, Osage, Pawnee, Roger Mills, Sequoyah, Washita and Woods. Fallin encouraged individuals in the counties to seek help through organizations like the American Red Cross.Poteau, OKNo author availableFederal disaster assistance denied for 19 Oklahoma countiesThe Poteau Daily man injured in morning wreck2015-07-30T12:11:12-04:002015-07-30T12:11:12-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsAccording 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. Simmons was taken to Sparks Hospital and is listed in critical condition with a head injury. Poteau, OKKim McConnellSallisaw man injured in morning wreckThe Poteau Daily Police seek help identifying woman2015-07-30T11:05:05-04:002015-07-30T11:05:05-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News 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.Poteau, OKKim McConnellPoteau Police seek help identifying womanThe Poteau Daily Daughter's trailer at governor's mansion must go2015-07-29T11:56:52-04:002015-07-29T11:56:52-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsFallin told Oklahoma television station KFOR that her 28-year-old daughter received no special benefit by parking the travel trailer outside the mansion near the state Capitol since April. Any electricity or water she would have used in the trailer would have also been used if she had been living inside the brick-and-mortar home."My Oklahoma values ... is to take care of your family," Fallin, a Republican, told the TV station in a live interview."My daughter a couple of months ago came to me and said she was in between living arrangements," Fallin said. "She does have a very nice trailer that she bought" but didn't have a place to park it. "And so I told her you can park it in the back of this lot, not seen to the public eye, and store it there."The trailer started generating buzz around the Capitol and questions arose about whether it violated any local ordinances. Fallin said no Oklahoma City laws prohibit the trailer but that the administrative rules of the Oklahoma Capitol-Medical Center Improvement and Zoning Commission bars mobile homes in the area."Christina had the travel trailer before she moved it to the mansion and was looking for a permanent place to put it," Fallin spokesman Alex Weintz said Tuesday. "She had one living arrangement that fell through, so the governor said, 'Why don't you come put it on the mansion property?'"Weintz said the trailer will be gone by Sunday — with or without Fallin's daughter."She's been invited to move into the mansion, but that's up to Christina," Weintz said.Poteau, OKSEAN MURPHY, Associated PressFallin: Daughter's trailer at governor's mansion must goThe Poteau Daily Poteau Police identify man with publics help2015-07-30T11:02:48-04:002015-07-29T11:37:18-04:00Original 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. No dateline availableNo author availableUPDATE: Poteau Police identify man with publics helpNo source FEATURE: Today in history2015-07-27T11:11:27-04:002015-07-27T11:11:27-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsToday 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:In 1789, President George Washington signed a measure establishing the Department of Foreign Affairs, forerunner of the Department of State.In 1861, Union Maj. Gen. George B. McClellan took command of the Army of the Potomac during the Civil War.In 1921, Canadian researcher Frederick Banting and his assistant, Charles Best, succeeded in isolating the hormone insulin at the University of Toronto.In 1953, the Korean War armistice was signed at Panmunjom, ending three years of fighting.In 1960, Vice President Richard M. Nixon was nominated for president on the first ballot at the Republican national convention in Chicago.In 1965, Shirley Ann Lawson of Auckland gave birth to four girls and a boy, the first quintuplets born in New Zealand.In 1967, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed the Kerner Commission to assess the causes of urban rioting, the same day black militant H. Rap Brown said in Washington that violence was "as American as cherry pie."In 1974, the House Judiciary Committee voted 27-11 to adopt the first of three articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.In 1980, on day 267 of the Iranian hostage crisis, the deposed Shah of Iran died at a military hospital outside Cairo, Egypt, at age 60.In 1995, the Korean War Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington by President Bill Clinton and South Korean President Kim Young-sam.In 1996, terror struck the Atlanta Olympics as a pipe bomb exploded at Centennial Olym! pic Park, directly killing one person and injuring 111. (Anti-government extremist Eric Rudolph later pleaded guilty to the bombing.)In 2003, comedian Bob Hope died in Toluca Lake, California, at age 100.Ten years ago: NASA said a sizable chunk of foam insulation came flying off the shuttle Discovery's fuel bank during liftoff, prompting the space agency to ground future shuttle flights until the problem could be fixed. Al-Qaida in Iraq said it had killed two kidnapped Algerian diplomats. Ahmed Ressam (AH'-med rehs-AHM'), an Algerian who'd plotted to bomb Los Angeles International Airport on the eve of the millennium, was sentenced to 22 years in prison by a federal judge in Seattle. (However, a three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruled in February 2010 that the 22-year sentence was too lenient; Ressam was later resentenced to 37 years.)Five years ago: BP announced that its much-criticized chief executive, Tony Hayward, would be replaced by Robert Dudley as the company reported a record quarterly loss and set aside $32.2 billion to cover the costs of the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Canadian character actor Maury Chaykin died in Toronto on his 61st birthday.One year ago: Italy's Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France, becoming the first Italian to win cycling's greatest race in 16 years. Bernhard Langer ran away with the Senior British Open for his fourth senior major title, finishing a Champions Tour-record 13 strokes ahead of Scotland's Colin Montgomerie. Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and managers Bobby Cox, Joe Torre and Tony La Russa, were inducted into baseball's Hall of Fame.Today's Birthdays: TV producer Norman Lear is 93. Actor Jerry Van Dyke is 84. Sportscaster Irv Cross is 76. Actor John Pleshette is 73. Singer Bobbie Gentry is 71. Actress-director Betty Thomas is 68. Olympic gold medal figure skater Peggy Fleming is 67. Singer Maureen McGovern is 66. Actress Janet Eilber is 64. Rock musician Tris Imboden (Chicago) is! 64. Actress Roxanne Hart is 61. Country musician Duncan Cameron is 59. Comedian-actress-writer Carol Leifer is 59. Comedian Bill Engvall is 58. Jazz singer Karrin Allyson is 53. Country singer Stacy Dean Campbell is 48. Rock singer Juliana Hatfield is 48. Actor Julian McMahon is 47. Actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (NIH'-koh-lye KAH'-stur WAHL'-dah) is 45. Comedian Maya Rudolph is 43. Rock musician Abe Cunningham is 42. Singer-songwriter Pete Yorn is 41. MLB All-Star Alex Rodriguez is 40. Actor Seamus Dever is 39. Actor Jonathan Rhys (rees) Meyers is 38. Actor Blair Redford is 32. Actress Taylor Schilling is 31. Singer Cheyenne Kimball is 25.Poteau, OKNo author availableDAILY FEATURE: Today in historyThe Poteau Daily At least three dead in Louisiana movie theatre shooting2015-07-24T11:57:04-04:002015-07-24T11:57:04-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThree people are dead and several others injured after a gunman began shooting inside a movie theatre in Lafayette, Louisiana.<script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Poteau, OKNo author availableVIDEO: At least three dead in Louisiana movie theatre shootingThe Poteau Daily escapes from correctional center in Hodgen; captured 2015-07-27T11:08:35-04:002015-07-23T21:09:00-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsOriginal 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 # 481439White, 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 TAT R LEG: FINGER, FACEIf you have any information, please contact:Oklahoma DOC 918-653-7831orPoteau, OKNo author availableInmate escapes from correctional center in Hodgen; captured The Poteau Daily