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Can you smell that? There’s just a hint optimism in the air— the mornings are cooler, the atmosphere isn’t as humid, and I don’t have to hose off every time I come in from being outside. 

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THUMBS UP to the Springfield and Muskogee Youth Volunteer Corps for all the work they performed in Muskogee during their Regional Projects summit here.

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Muskogee's Board of Education should be applauded for the latest attempt to keep students safe and ensure their success.

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Saint Francis Hospital System officials said it is safe to get a flu vaccine and a COVID-19 vaccine at the same time, and we're glad that question has been answered in time for everyone to get both before flu season.

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Federal officials wasted no time determining a state law violates the constitution by prioritizing "organic Oklahoma families" over others when providing services for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

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The interim is an important time for the Legislature. This is when we meet with constituents to gather bill requests and learn about issues important to families, local communities, groups, and businesses. During the four-month session, we don’t have time to research issues. It’s difficult e…

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We applaud the Oklahoma Corporation Commission for taking steps now to avoid the costly mistakes that cost Oklahomans millions of dollars to heat their homes during a severe winter storm this past February. 

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“I don’t think we are out of the woods yet.” That's what Dr. Cliff Robertson, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Health System, said about the ongoing battle against COVID-19.

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It's disappointing to see our governor axe political appointees who fail to follow through on a plan likely to collapse under the scrutiny of the courts. 

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THUMBS UP to Leah Spradlin of Porum and the Make-A-Wish Foundation for helping make a 5-year-old's dream come true.

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Oklahomans learned this week that expanding Medicaid through the Affordable Care Act was not the budget-busting exercise its critics made it out to be.

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Laura Ingraham recently asked on Fox: "Is it really our responsibility to welcome thousands of potentially unvetted refugees from Afghanistan?"

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Oklahoma City will have to pay nearly $1 million to five lawyers whose clients challenged a panhandling ordinance that violated their First Amendment rights of free speech.

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THUMBS UP to Neighbors Building Neighborhoods, Fort Gibson Police Department, the Gospel Rescue Mission and Green Country Behavioral Health for helping others combat opioid abuse and other forms of substance abuse using a grant totaling $1 million.

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A new law that requires school districts to ask students about tribal affiliations puts in place procedures that have proven to be an effective way to improve services to students and accountability to the state's 39 sovereign nations. 

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Muskogee Public Schools' students have headed back to class, and some will celebrate new surroundings with the construction of new buildings.

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Oklahoma Festival of Ballooning will take place beginning Friday, and we hope the event is successful and leads to additional events coming to Muskogee.

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Any hopes for striking a bipartisan deal for federal reforms of policing practices all but evaporated when the issue of qualified immunity was taken off the table. 

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THUMBS UP to the Oklahoma State Department of Education for giving high school students in 10th through 12th grades the opportunity to take an additional college entrance exam for free if their school opts in. 

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Experts are discussing the possibility of getting a booster following the two COVID-19 vaccines many have had, and if the medical profession says we need boosters, then we should get them.

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An examination of a decision rendered this week by the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals evokes an image of jurists attempting to split the baby to achieve an outcome that satisfies multiple interests. 

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For the last few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of enjoying a little slice of normalcy and joy. In a twist that everyone else saw coming, my vocal and dance audition for Muskogee Little Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz” landed me square in the orchestra pit playing my flute. I hope y…

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A facade erected by climate-change deniers and science skeptics continues to crack and crumble under the weight of mounting evidence that erodes decades of deceptive claims to the contrary. 

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