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A recent Manufacturing Day Block Party organized by Port of Muskogee's Dream It. Do It. program served to enlighten 125 eighth-graders about manufacturing jobs. To highlight local manufacturing jobs, local companies are opening their doors to students, teachers and community leaders.

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Lawmakers filed a number of bills that would rein in virtual charter schools, and others that failed to make progress during the 2019 legislative session after being filed to achieve similar ends could be revived this year. 

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On the holiday set aside in 2020 to honor Martin Luther King, the premier advocate of nonviolent Gandhian civil disobedience, thousands of gun owners gathered in Richmond to petition peacefully for their rights.

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January 2020 ushered in a unique new law in New York state that abolished cash bail for defendants arrested for nonviolent crimes. Activists in the bail reform movement called it landmark legislation that stops judges from locking up the poor while they await trial simply because they can't …

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Monday, we pause as a nation to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of our countryʼs most visionary leaders. All over, parades will be marched, speeches given, and his words quoted as we attempt to honor the man who had a dream of an equal and hate-free America.

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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. It’s a multi-billion-dollar industry affecting nearly 25 million people around the world. Throughout the United States, there were 10,949 cases of human trafficking reported in 2018 to the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH).

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Special counsel Robert Mueller warned last July that the Russians had conducted a "sweeping and systematic" campaign to undermine the last presidential election, and that a new attack was already underway. "They're doing it as we sit here," he told a Congressional committee.

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Sen. Russell Long, the powerful Senate Finance Committee chair from 1966 to 1981 from the great state of Louisiana, liked to recite a little jingle highlighting the thorny political process of tax reform: "Don't tax you. Don't tax me. Tax that man behind the tree."

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Last week’s column on Governor Stitt’s decision to let refugees continue to be resettled in the Sooner state had several readers weighing in. Most agreed with me, but three were adamant that I was either woefully ignorant of the facts, mischaracterizing the refugee resettlement program or a …

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So here's the good news: For all their assiduous efforts, President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have failed to fully weaponize the U.S. criminal justice system. There's never going to be a Russian-style show trial of Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The "…

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The most substantively outrageous presidential campaign in American history has some serious chance of success. 

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The directed killing of Gen. Qassem Soleimani, Iran's blood-soaked field marshal in the "forever war" of the Middle East, has begun to roil the politics of both the region and the USA.

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Sexual assault survivors will be able to keep track of the location and status of their rape kits with the state's new tracking system, but what happens with the more than 7,200 untested kits already sitting in evidence rooms?

Public education dominated much of the discussion inside the Oklahoma Capitol since teachers packed the halls during a statewide walkout during the legislative session in 2018.

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THUMBS UP to the Eastern Oklahoma Development District Area Agency on Aging for their successful food drive to benefit the elderly residents of our community.

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Following President Trump’s decisive action to order a drone strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani, many in the mainstream media are downplaying the fact that he was the architect of Iran’s expanded influence across the Middle East. 

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In 2016, Bernie Sanders waited until July — long after the Democratic nomination had been decided — to endorse Hillary Clinton. Radio host Howard Stern asked Clinton if Sanders could have backed her earlier.

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Oklahoma's state parks are among its sparkling jewels. With poor health, low-paying jobs, and bad records on smoking, teen pregnancy and about every other negative measure, Oklahoma can still claim some of the most beautiful, unspoiled recreational spots in the country. And they belong to th…

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The thing about Joe Biden, as the all-important, ultimately trivial Iowa caucuses loom, is that hardly anybody seriously dislikes him. Not really. Oh, it's possible to find dissenters here and there, mainly people who affix slogans such as "neo-liberal" and who think that people who disagree…

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A sanctuary is a jurisdiction that has an ordinance, law or executive order that interferes with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) ability to enforce United States illegal immigration laws.

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A state representative's proposed legislation involving children's seat belt safety is a good idea, but it lacks the teeth required to make sure violators get the message.

Fifteen years after the U.S. invaded Iraq to turn Saddam Hussein's dictatorship into a beacon of democracy, Iraq's Parliament, amid shouts of "Death to America!" voted to expel all U.S. troops from the country.

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A voter may dislike a black, homosexual or female candidate, but it's not likely that he would openly admit it. However, diversity-crazed leftist/progressive Democrats have openly condemned the physical characteristics of some of their 2020 presidential candidates. Joe Biden and Bernie Sande…

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Recent reports about qualified teachers in Oklahoma who choose to work somewhere other than our public schools prompted a debate about the need to extend the state's reliance on emergency certification — that would be a mistake. 

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As we launch into a new year and a new decade, there’s a lot of chatter about vision and the future. We resolve to eat well, do better, or #BeBest — but will we really use any of our hindsight in 2020 to sharpen our focus individually or as a nation? 

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Obituaries

78, Retired superintendent Empire Roofing, passed away Tuesday 01/21/2020. Services 10AM Today, First Free Will Baptist Church, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

78, Retired superintendent Empire Roofing, died Tuesday. Visitation 5PM-7PM Monday, 01/27/2020 at funeral home. Services 10AM Tuesday, 01/28/2020, First Free Will Baptist Church, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

87, sheet metal contractor, passed Monday, January 20, 2020 Family will receive friends 2-4PM, Sunday, January 26, 2020 @ Cornerstone Funeral Home Service: 10AM, Monday, January 27, 2020 @ Crescent Valley Baptist Church, Tahlequah Cornerstone FH, Muskogee

, 90, Muskogee Public School Secretary. Died Wednesday, January 22, 2020. Funeral Service 10:00 am Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Chandler Road Church of Christ. Mallett Funeral Home and Crematory