The Daily Press The Poteau Daily News | AP iAtom feed Copyright The Daily Press 2015-04-17T15:35:18-04:00 OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People List2015-04-17T15:35:18-04:002015-04-17T15:35:18-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News <script type="text/javascript"async src="" id="_nw2e-js"></script>Poteau, OKNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: TIME Releases Most Influential People ListThe Poteau Daily dead in morning accident outside Poteau2015-04-17T10:59:29-04:002015-04-17T10:59:29-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsTraffic was backed up for roughly 15-30 minutes both ways while crews worked the scene.One driver was hospitalized, according to first responders. The identities of those involved have not been released yet. More information will be posted when it becomes available.Poteau, OKNo author availableOne dead in morning accident outside PoteauThe Poteau Daily vows to protect Bible distribution at Oklahoma schools2015-04-15T10:49:21-04:002015-04-15T10:49:21-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsIn a letter to state superintendents on Tuesday, Pruitt says school districts can allow private citizens to distribute religious literature, including Bibles, to students. He says the districts must enact a "neutral policy" that allows equal access for all Oklahomans to freely exercise their religion. He also offers to help school districts craft an appropriate policy "to ensure the maximum level of freedom for the citizens of this state."Poteau, OKNo author availableAG vows to protect Bible distribution at Oklahoma schoolsThe Poteau Daily crews working to rescue trapped hiker2015-04-14T13:25:03-04:002015-04-14T13:25:03-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKKim RossEmergency crews working to rescue trapped hikerThe Poteau Daily FEATURE: Remember then?2015-04-14T10:02:04-04:002015-04-14T10:02:04-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsPoteau, OKNo author availableDAILY FEATURE: Remember then?The Poteau Daily Flood Warning issued for LeFlore County2015-04-13T17:09:18-04:002015-04-13T17:09:18-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily News EAST CENTRAL MUSKOGEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... EASTERN HASKELL COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA... EASTERN LATIMER COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA... LE FLORE COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA... NORTHEASTERN PUSHMATAHA COUNTY IN SOUTHEAST OKLAHOMA... SEQUOYAH COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA... SOUTHEASTERN CHEROKEE COUNTY IN EAST CENTRAL OKLAHOMA...* UNTIL 1000 PM CDT* AT 355 PM CDT...NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DOPPLER RADAR INDICATEDAREAS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE RAIN ACROSS THE WARNED AREA. 2 TO 3INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN OVER PORTIONS OF THE AREA ANDFLOODING OF LOW LYING AREAS WILL LIKELY CONTINUE. REPORTS OF ROADCLOSURES HAVE COME OUT OF LEFLORE COUNTY...WHERE THE HEAVIEST RAINSHAVE FALLEN.* RUNOFF FROM THIS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL WILL CAUSE FLASH FLOODING TO OCCUR. SOME LOCATIONS THAT COULD EXPERIENCE FLOODING INCLUDE... POTEAU...SALLISAW...ALBION...ARKOMA...BENGAL...BIG CEDAR... BOKOSHE...BRAGGS...BRUSHY...BRUSHY LAKE STATE PARK...CAMERON... COOKSON...DAMON...FANSHAWE...GANS...GORE...GREENLEAF STATE PARK... HEAVENER...HEAVENER RUNESTONE STATE PARK...HOWE...KEOTA... KIAMICHI...LAKE TENKILLER STATE PARK...LAKE WISTER STATE PARK... LEQUIRE...MARBLE CITY...MCCURTAIN...MOFFETT...MULDROW AND MUSE.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...DO NOT DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER COVERS THE ROAD TOUNKNOWN DEPTHS. IT ONLY TAKES TWO FEET OF RUSHING WATER TO CARRY AWAYMOST SPORT UTILITY VEHICLES AND PICKUPS. TAKE A DIFFERENT ROUTE TOREACH YOUR DESTINATION OR WAIT UNTIL THE WATER RECEDES. REMEMBER...MOST FLOOD RELATED DEATHS OCCUR IN AUTOMOBILES.LOW WATER CROSSINGS IN HILLY TERRAIN ARE ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS INHEAVY RAIN. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO TRAVEL ACROSS FLOODED ROADS. FINDALTERNATE ROUTES. IT ONLY TAKES A FEW INCHES OF SWIFTLY FLOWING WATERPoteau, OKKim RossFlash Flood Warning issued for LeFlore CountyThe Poteau Daily rain brings flooding risk2015-04-13T11:41:59-04:002015-04-13T11:40:29-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsA hazardous weather outlook by the NWS said flash flood risk is limited, but heavy rain risk is elevated and ongoing. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to move through the area today as a cold front moves through, especially those areas southeast of Interstate 44. Stronger storm cells have the possibility to make marginally severe hail or wind buts but severe weather is not expected, NWS said. Rain and thunderstorms will end later this evening.Thunderstorm potential will continue through the upcoming week, but the threat of severe weather is minimal.Poteau, OKNo author availableMonday rain brings flooding riskThe Poteau Daily found no problem at Oklahoma ice cream plant2015-04-10T15:54:44-04:002015-04-10T15:54:44-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsInspectors had no reason to check for listeria during the routine March 18 review as no problems were detected and the facility didn't have a history of issues linked to the illness, said Stan Stromberg, director of the food safety division for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.."With an organism like listeria, you cannot do a visual inspection," Stromberg said on Thursday.Tainted Blue Bell ice cream products have sickened eight people — five in Kansas and three in Texas. Three of the five in Kansas have died and health officials there say listeria, also known as listeriosis, might have been a contributing factor in the deaths.Blue Bell has temporarily closed its facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and shut down a production line at its facility in Brenham, Texas, where the company is headquartered. Blue Bell has also recalled more than 25 of its products since last month.In the one-page report about the Oklahoma plant, provided to The Associated Press in response to an open records request, an inspector wrote "No Violations Observed!" and "Keep it up!"At the time of the inspection, listeria had only been traced to Blue Bell's Brenham facility. Blue Bell issued its first recall on March 13.Stromberg said Oklahoma officials didn't learn until March 22 that listeria was connected to a product produced by the Oklahoma plant.Stromberg said his agency has been at the plant ever since, working with the Food and Drug Administration and other agencies to determine a cause of the listeria."Once you identify where it is, listeria is relatively easy to control. But it's going to be like looking for a needle in a haystack," he said.Officials in Washington can attest to the difficulty of tracking down listeria at a plant. At least two people became ill after the listeria was detected in products manufactured by Snoqualmie Gourmet Ice Cream. The company responded by issuing a recall in December. It addressed health safety concerns and was given approval to resume operations a month later."You may just be working to keep your plant really, really clean, but you also need to work to keep it in good repair because that organism can slide into a crack on the door, or get into the crack where the wall and floor meet," said Lucy Severs, food safety manager for the Department of Agriculture in Washington.Stromberg said he didn't believe there was any sort of breakdown in the inspection process in Oklahoma as officials don't normally submit samples for laboratory testing as a part of routine reviews, unless there were problems such as with cleanliness. No such problems were detected in the March 18 inspection, which is one of eight to 10 done each year at the plant.Before the recall, the facility in Brenham had last been fully inspected in February and the Texas Department of State Health Services had found a couple of minor issues. The Brenham facility is inspected monthly."Over the years, Blue Bell has had a good inspection record and very few issues, none leading to any enforcement issue (i.e. penalty)," agency spokeswoman Carrie Williams wrote in an email.In a statement Thursday, Blue Bell said "the fact that our products may be linked to these events is very distressing to us. We are sorry for this news and we are doing everything possible to determine the cause of the outbreak."Listeria is a life-threatening infection caused by eating food contaminated with bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The disease primarily affects pregnant women and their newborns, older adults, and people with immune systems weakened by cancer, cancer treatments, or other serious conditions.The CDC said Thursday preliminary tests indicate another three people hospitalized at some point from 2010 to 2012 appear to have a similar strain of listeria as the others, but further testing is necessary before confirming a connection.___By DAVID WARREN, Associated Press and JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press___Lozano reported from Houston.___Poteau, OKNo author availableInspection found no problem at Oklahoma ice cream plantThe Poteau Daily OF THE DAY: Mixed bag for Tiger Woods in Masters Return2015-04-10T15:57:16-04:002015-04-10T15:48:53-04:00Copyright 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="28869788" data-config-site-section="horizon"></div>Poteau, OKNo author availableVIDEO OF THE DAY: Mixed bag for Tiger Woods in Masters ReturnThe Poteau Daily Thunderstorm Warning issued for LeFlore County 2015-04-09T18:41:55-04:002015-04-09T18:41:55-04:00Copyright 2010 The Poteau Daily NewsThe following was posted by the National Weather Service in Tulsa.* AT 526 PM CDT...A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WAS LOCATED NEAR BENGAL...ANDMOVING EAST AT 45 MPH.HAZARD...60 MPH WIND GUSTS AND QUARTER SIZE HAIL.SOURCE...RADAR INDICATED.IMPACT...HAIL DAMAGE TO VEHICLES IS EXPECTED. EXPECT WIND DAMAGE TOROOFS...SIDING AND TREES.* LOCATIONS IN OR NEAR THE PATH INCLUDE...FANSHAWE...SUMMERFIELD...LAKE WISTER STATE PARK...WISTER...HODGEN...HOWE...HEAVENER...POTEAUAND HEAVENER RUNESTONE STATE PARK.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...FOR YOUR PROTECTION MOVE TO AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST FLOOR OF ABUILDING.LAT...LON 3481 9517 3496 9521 3511 9445 3478 9445TIME...MOT...LOC 2229Z 262DEG 41KT 3489 9508HAIL...1.00INPoteau, OKNo author availableSevere Thunderstorm Warning issued for LeFlore County The Poteau Daily