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As landlords and tenants begin showing up when the small claims dockets are called in courtrooms across Oklahoma, we pray the judges presiding over a backlog of 2,300 eviction cases will be judicious in their decisions. 

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 Nearly every state has a citizen’s arrest law allowing civilians to detain someone if they have witnessed a crime being committed. Some of these laws allow only felony suspects to be held until law enforcement arrives, while others also allow those suspected of “breach of peace” misdemeanor…

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THUMBS UP to the City of Muskogee Foundation board members who approved funding to to help families receive food throughout the summer. The money normally would have gone to summer youth programs, but with those canceled, the Foundation was able to approve up to $84,520. 

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President Trump is conducting a concerted and calculated campaign to undermine every institution in the American political system that can hold him and his political allies accountable for their actions. His list of targets is long: judges and journalists, intelligence analysts and inspector…

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Before the Oklahoma legislature adjourned on Friday, they passed Senate Bill #1081, an anti ‘Red Flag’ bill.  Authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm, (R-Tulsa) and Rep. Jay Steagall, (R-Yukon), the bill was signed into law by Governor Kevin Stitt on Saturday.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt's veto of a measure that would have cut in half the amount available for a tax credit intended to boost development of low-income housing appears to be an apparent reversal of policy. 

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For years, that’s been the great imponderable of American politics, the question the rest of us asked as we watched nominal “conservatives” sink ever deeper into a morass of conspiracy, lies and alternative facts. Were they yanking our collective chain, working some deep strategy, invisible …

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As the state begins reopening, at least two local organizations are preparing to move ahead, and we hope that everyone who plans to attend these functions will realize social distancing is more important than ever.

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The classified ad might read: “Looking for college-educated applicants who can handle serious on-the-job stress, constant public criticism and loss of co-workers by suicide. Must be skilled in handling firearms, life-and-death conflicts, domestic abuse suspects, the mentally ill and drug add…

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Last week, the Oklahoma Legislature approved a balanced budget for the Fiscal Year 2021. The budget preserved education funding while other state agencies received cuts of approximately 4% or less.

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THUMBS UP to local and area libraries who are finding ways to engage children, as well as other patrons while the country is in the midst of a pandemic.

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I always loved grading my own tests in school. It always seemed both Johnny(my seatmate) and I got better grades when we graded our own than when the teacher made us exchange tests for grading. The recent ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court on a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters that re…

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Efforts by state officials to ramp up testing while transitioning toward a new normal must be applauded. But glitches that reduced access and availability emphasize the need for careful consideration of every step before it is taken. 

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Bring on Captain Kirk, Spock and the whole intrepid “Star Trek” cast. And while you’re at it, toss in some “Dr. Strangelove,” for President Donald Trump is on a mission to turn science fiction into official military policy. Or is it the reverse? Either way, he’s casting himself as a cosmic w…

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New York is the greatest city in the world. It also is uniquely suited to the spread of the coronavirus. 

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Under fire for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump, his campaign and his party are moving to lay blame for the 80,000 U.S. dead at the feet of the Communist Party of China and, by extension, its longtime General Secretary, President Xi Jinping.

State officials announced that Oklahomans will be able to become Real ID compliant beginning July 1, and we’re happy to see if finally beginning.

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A person who hacked into Oklahoma City University’s virtual graduation Saturday should be prosecuted for ruining the ceremony by posting a racial slur and a swastika on the screen.

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We made some major headway in session this week. The Senate and House announced a $7.7 billion budget agreement Monday. This has been a difficult process coming to an agreement given the governor wouldn’t provide ample information on the funding Oklahoma is receiving through the federal CARE…

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It is a sure bet that lots of lawyers have not stopped working during the quarantine. Judging from the number of COVID-19-related lawsuits that have been filed, lawyers may be the most fully employed of all the occupations, excluding health care workers.

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There never has been a time when a mother is more needed than right now. 

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At some point during the week prior to this annual Sunday reserved to celebrate motherhood, I am inevitably asked by my husband and daughter, “What do you want for Mother’s Day?” My primary love language is gift-giving, so receiving gifts big and small is particularly delightful to me. My fa…

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The Legislature reconvened this week after nearly a month of recess due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We took up several policy bills and then turned our focus to a number of bills that are necessary to finalize this year’s state budget.

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We will be in a fight against the coronavirus for months, if not years, and yet it is time to declare mission accomplished on one very important goal.

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Lawmakers attempting to fool Oklahoma voters with a little sleight of hand and bill shuffling should think twice about playing politics with the lives of constituents. 

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Monty Bennett was just another faceless right-wing millionaire on the long list of high-dollar donors to Donald Trump — until he suddenly surfaced in April as the nation’s biggest bagger of government cash in the emergency Paycheck Protection Program.

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The resolve of Green Country residents has been tested in the past, and it's being tested again with COVID-19.

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It's bad enough that we are all struggling to get through this pandemic, but there are those who are taking advantage of the situation by perpetrating fraudulent activities.

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I hope everyone is doing well. Our thoughts and prayers are with those of you have been directly impacted by this awful virus whether medically, financially or personally. We grieve for the five families in Muskogee and Cherokee counties who lost their loved ones and hope that the more than …

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65, Auto Parts Salesman, passed away Wednesday, May 19, 2020. Service Info: 11AM, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Greenhill Cemetery Pavilion. Cornerstone Funeral Home & Crematory