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Sen. Dewayne Pemberton has proven to be a true friend to public education, and his support is especially appreciated by Oklahoma's rural school districts. 

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Some 100 members of an American Mormon community in northern Mexico, nine of whom — women, children, toddlers — were massacred a week ago on a lonely stretch of highway, just crossed over into Arizona.

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Downtown Muskogee and the campus of Oklahoma School for the Blind will become testing grounds for the Oklahoma Regional Cane Quest on Thursday.

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Rep. Katie Hill didn't have to resign, but she did. She had not been found guilty of sexual impropriety, although the House Ethics Committee had launched a formal investigation into whether the married California representative had engaged in an affair with a congressional staffer.

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A cautionary note included in a report issued by the Consumer Energy Alliance that warns about a perceived threat to Oklahoma's oil and gas industry by heavily funded, out-of-state activists appears to be a desperate plea by an industry trying to protect its turf. 

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One week from today, on my column “off-week,” I will be celebrating my 15th Annual 29th Birthday. Like every other week of the year, much cake will be consumed and I will be looking for opportunities to treat myself; I always know just the right gift for me!

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With the election a year away, Democrats have a lot to cheer about. The latest Washington Post/ABC poll shows Joe Biden trouncing Donald Trump by a staggering 17% among all voters. Three other contenders for the chance to oppose the president — Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders and Pete Butti…

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There is a common misconception that Oklahoma state legislators only work part-time since session runs February through the end of May. I wanted to clarify that. Being a legislator is a full-time job.

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The U.S. Constitution is silent on the subject of political parties. Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, who authored the Federalist papers, both warned of the dangers of domestic political factions and partisanship. That said, Hamilton founded the Federalist Party that advocated for a str…

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One of the newest laws in Oklahoma is one that we should all support. The bill allows law enforcers to use cameras on school buses to track down drivers who illegally pass stopped school buses.

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Gun control did not become politically acceptable until the Gun Control Act of 1968 signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. The law's primary focus was to regulate commerce in firearms by prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers and impor…

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If there's one thing that elite opinion tends to agree about on the left and the right, it's that nationalism is a very bad thing. If anything, this view has become even more entrenched as nationalism has demonstrated its potency in recent years, from the election of Donald Trump to Britain'…

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Prison reform in Oklahoma has taken a step — a big one, and we think the largest single-day commutation of inmates in U.S. history is a great thing for Oklahoma.

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Remember the name Ed Stack. As the CEO of Dick's Sporting Goods, a chain of 727 stores nationwide, he has shown more leadership in trying to solve the nation's gun violence problem than all the politicians in Washington combined. Stack, 65, isn't just talking the talk, he's walking the walk …

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Collecting fees from those who enter state parks is a proposition that must balance needs for revenue to improve and maintain facilities with the public's desire and ability to pay. 

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Cycle backwards on the news wheel to this month in 1996, and two events occurred in media, one of which matters to you and the other only matters to me: Roger Ailes, former political consultant to the Bush clan, was named president of Rupert Murdoch's nascent Fox News cable channel, and I wa…

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It has always struck me as strange that a narrative about genocide — Noah and the ark — should be employed as a children's story. As the other boys and girls in Sunday school focused on the cuteness of the rescued animals, I remember thinking about the mass of humanity desperately clawing to…

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Thumbs up to the American Red Cross, Muskogee firefighters and volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The groups took part in Sound the Alarm, a program in which they went door-to-door to install free smoke alarms. Volunteers canvassed hundreds of homes in Muskogee.…

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House Speaker Charles McCall recently announced a new initiative that will further increase the oversight of state agency governing boards and the programs and services they approve to serve Oklahomans as well as their spending of taxpayer dollars.

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I was in the ballpark with three grandsons for Game 5 of the World Series when President Trump's presence was announced on the scoreboard. The cascade of boos was immediate, heartfelt and very loud.

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Rolling back regulations and lax enforcement of those that can't be rolled back will only delay the ultimate demise of an industry that is well into a two-decade decline. 

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When most people think of space exploration, they connect it with Cape Canaveral or Houston, but Oklahoma actually plays a pivotal role in advancing our country's space posture. That's because Oklahoma's own Senator Inhofe (R-OK) serves in a key role in Congress as the Chairman of the Senate…

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If there's one thing Americans understand, it's TV cop shows. So here's the deal: Donald J. Trump isn't on trial, he's under investigation. And the first thing that happens during any serious probe is that detectives question witnesses separately so they can't cook their testimony.

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Children are twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day, according to SafeKids.org, a nonprofit organization working to help families and communities keep kids safe from injuries.

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California is staying true to its reputation as the land of innovation — it is making blackouts, heretofore the signature of impoverished and war-torn lands, a routine feature of 21st-century American life.

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When you're undergoing a dental procedure, there's one thing you never want to hear you dentist say: "Oops!"

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An analysis of salaries being paid to Gov. Kevin Stitt's administrative staffers revealed a pay gap divided by gender, with men earning on average more than 20 percent more than women. 

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Sunday morning, President Trump announced that the world's worst terrorist, the head of the ISIS caliphate who had raped an American woman, had received justice. 

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An alliance of groups attempting to prevent partisan gerrymandering of Oklahoma's legislative and congressional districts want voters to decide whether to create a new commission to redraw district boundaries.

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As odd as it might seem, suicide used to be against the law in the United States. How in the world could you punish a dead person for taking that final, fatal act? Still, some states continue to have laws on the books labeling attempted suicide as a criminal act, although prosecutions have b…

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89, Retired Business Manager at Muskogee Women's Clinic, passed Sunday, 11/10/2019. Service Info:10:30AM, Saturday, 11/16/2019 at Southeast Baptist Church. Family Visitation: 5:30PM-7:30PM, Thursday, 11/15/2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home. Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory

A Loving Tribute to Lorri from her Family. Lorri Gayle White Tedder was born August 18, 1964 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Lewis G. White Jr. and Margaret Sullivan White. Her family lived in Muskogee, Tulsa, and eventually made their home in Porter, Oklahoma. Lorri attended Porter Schools and gra…