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Muskogee Public Schools hasn't constructed any new schools in years — and it shows.

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The decision by The New York Times to remove a key exculpatory fact from its recent article on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is such an incredible editing error that it raises the prospect that it might have been an ideological intervention.

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As parents to six kids, my wife Christie and I want all our children to be good people, accomplish their goals and live long, healthy lives. I think that’s what all parents want for their kids. No parent wants their worst nightmare to come true when they hear “your child has cancer” and hear…

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The city of Wagoner is making headway in returning an old railroad depot building to its city.

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I’ve been called many things in my life, some with a germ of truth and some with a full-blown head cold. But my favorite occurred in 2003, when the late New York Post editor and MSNBC editor-in-chief, Jerry Nachman, welcomed me on his show as “the so-called father of reality TV.”

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For the second consecutive year, only one state – Texas – has a higher rate of uninsured residents than Oklahoma.Oklahoma is one of 14 states that has steadfastly refused to accept available federal funding to provide Medicaid coverage for working-age people living in poverty.As a result, 14…

On Saturday, oil production facilities in Saudi Arabia were bombed using drones, cutting the kingdom’s oil production in half. Houthi rebels, who are battling Saudi from Yemen, claimed responsibility, but US officials believe Iran was behind the attack. Satellite photos show at least ninetee…

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One big problem with the early Democratic primaries, I told somebody the other day, isn't so much that Iowa and New Hampshire are virtually all white. It's that New Hampshire's right next door to Massachusetts — land of brainy Democratic losers.

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The public is invited to attend a POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center, and we would encourage you to attend.

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The campaign against Brett Kavanaugh hasn't required the formation of any super PACs. It hasn't required the hiring of any dumpster-diving private detectives (so far as we know). It hasn't even really required any elected Democratic officials.

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For millions of people around the globe — especially young people — the pressing issue of our time is this: The world is on fire! On fire with climate change, creating a new and intensifying norm of deadly weather extremes that make a dystopian future a distinct possibility — constant wildfi…

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Oklahoma has the distinction of being the state with the highest incarceration rate in the United States. But, a law that takes effect Nov. 1 will reduce some of the number of inmates. But will it be enough? 

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"Iran has launched an unprecedented attack on the world's energy supply," declared Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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The woman's Facebook page reveals she is a high school graduate, fit and trim-looking and nicely dressed. She lives in small town in the southern U.S. and is a devoted Christian who loves animals. Each photograph shows her with a beaming, trusting smile. She is almost always seen standing al…

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Are portions of our nation’s history flawed? Absolutely! Are there challenges for each new generation? Certainly! However, our Constitution provides a governing structure that makes it possible to address those challenges in an orderly, systematic, and peaceful manner. The Bill of Rights put…

Who in the world is the "Freedom from Religion Foundation?" What business is it of theirs what our governor does. I found it offensive that they would tell our Governor "to get off his knees and get to work." Maybe that's what the state of Oklahoma needs is a Governor that puts God first.

Of all the tasks I’ve had to do as an adult, I think trying to figure out how to transfer all my worldly goods from one property to the next is the most stressful. Each time I do it, I basically have an existential crisis and put my otherwise strong marriage to the test. But of course that h…

A recent "informational meeting" about adverse reactions to vaccines appears likely to have been held to set the stage for an upcoming battle during the next legislative session about mandatory vaccinations of students. 

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It seems like just yesterday school was starting and now it’s mid-September. As legislators, our work is divided between time in our districts and work at the Capitol. Those who aren’t retired also have to squeeze in their other job when possible.

Thank you from the Hershel McBride family, and from the Boger and Davis families. Thanks to all who helped my wife, mother, grandmother and friend to all in times of Carole's illness. 

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An Oklahoma family learned Thursday that their 19-year-old family member died after failing to stop for an oncoming train. We don't know the specifics about why this person would do that. Were they trying to beat the train? Did they not see the train coming? We don't know if there were cross…

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I’ve been called many things in my life, some with a germ of truth and some with a full-blown head cold. But my favorite occurred in 2003, when the late New York Post editor and MSNBC editor-in-chief, Jerry Nachman, welcomed me on his show as “the so-called father of reality TV.”

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One reason I failed to see Donald Trump coming is that I never saw even a single episode of "The Apprentice." Indeed, I'd be hard put to name a single "reality TV" program I've watched from beginning to end. The hallmark of the genre, of course, being its sheer artificiality.

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Drew Brees is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He has played 18 years in the NFL and won the Super Bowl in 2010. Brees is a committed Christian. 

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It was heartening to read about a community coming together to comfort those continuing to deal with the fear and uncertainty that has lingered nearly a week since Homeland Security Investigations agents raided two popular restaurants in Stillwater.

When the planes crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 18 years ago, our world was thrown into chaos.

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September 11 started out as an ordinary day. My wife had a busy schedule and planned to attend a meeting at the Pentagon that morning. She worked in a budget position at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). I was retired at home with our three young children.

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Not only are area libraries keeping people connected to the internet, Oklahoma State University and AARP Oklahoma are helping library patrons in Hulbert, as well as other communities.

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Nothing is perfect. Can we all agree on that? Especially when we're talking about all the digital technology that surrounds us these days. But when deciding whether a technological advancement is worthwhile, shouldn't more weight be given to the amount of good it can do, not to the (SET ITAL…

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CAMDEN, S.C. -- For the Eastern Seaboard, Dorian has become the Godot of hurricanes.

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There are alarming consequences for the survival of human beings and the success of the society they inhabit when the brain suffers without treatment. And it has become frighteningly common for Americans to find their way into despair and self-murder.

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The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right.

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When former President Obama and Speaker Nancy Pelosi were selling Obamacare to the American people, they promised that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep your health care plan.” They broke that promise, and families across the country had their insurance premiums skyrocket for …

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Obituaries

Funeral Service 1:00pm Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at New Hope Assembly of God Church in Muskogee. Viewing Tuesday 11am-12:30pm at New Hope Assembly of God Church.

71, Truck Driver for ODOT, Died September 16, 2019. Funeral Service Monday, September 23 at 1:00 pm at Mount Bethel Baptist Church, Porter, OK. Visitation Sunday from 3:00-5:00 pm at Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory, Wagoner.

60, Supervisor, passed Thursday, September 17, 2019. Service is 11:00am Monday, September 23, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Cornerstone Funeral Home 1830 N York St., Muskogee, OK 74403.