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It can be unnerving when top executives express "substantial doubt" about the ability of their startup company "to continue as a going concern." 

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Oklahoma lawmakers hedged their bets and folded on a measure that would have allowed wagers to be placed on the outcome of sporting events. 

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A report released Wednesday by the Department of the Interior reveals some ugly facts about former Native American boarding schools, but we must not hide it away. The truth must be told.

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A recent Oklahoma Supreme Court decision stands out — not because it provides a level of relief for ratepayers who saw heating bills soar after an extreme winter storm caused temperatures to tumble, but because it shines a spotlight on Attorney General John O'Connor's failure to represent co…

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THUMBS UP to Creek Elementary Principal Andrea Sagely and her students at Creek Elementary School. Sagely challenged students to meet their reading goals for the year. She told them she would read to them from the school's roof if they succeeded.

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Thank you to all the great people in Eastern Oklahoma. You have spoken concerning the Jack C. Montgomery Veterans Affairs Hospital in Muskogee. I have over 11,500 signatures opposing the closing of the hospital. These signatures were gathered from Westville to Sallisaw, from Stigler to Wilbu…

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Gov. Kevin Stitt's veto of a bill that aims to provide greater transparency in government was bad enough, but failing to override that veto after it passed unanimously in both legislative chambers would be shameful. 

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Rural Oklahoma is a special place that has powered Oklahoma’s future since 1907. As you travel our state you feel the sense of community and responsibility for nurturing the next generation of Oklahomans. It’s here that store fronts and main streets still generate the next big idea for our e…

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Mother’s Day means different things to different people. There are traditional moms, step-moms, grandmothers and a host of women who serve as mother figures to others.

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The Department of Veterans Affairs’ move to close the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center in Muskogee is an unacceptable blow to our veterans who risked their lives to defend our freedoms. It’s a dereliction of duty for this administration to leave our rural veterans behind.

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THUMBS UP to all of the first responders who worked throughout the night Wednesday and all day Thursday to make sure people affected by flooding were safe.

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An assessment of waterfront infrastructure of the Port of Muskogee reveals a need for improvement, and we would like to see those improvements come to fruition.

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Requiring bonds be posted by commercial growers of medical cannabis to cover the costs of cleaning up grow sites seems to be a reasonable solution to a growing problem.

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Legislators should vote down House Bill 3824 and continue to allow the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to continue oversight of permit variances to keep our waters clean.

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State lawmakers moved at a lightning pace to craft a measure intended to lure "large-scale economic activity and development" with the hope of landing a Fortune 500 manufacturer.

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Muskogee Public School administrators have asked for help in determining how to spend $1 million for improvements to Irving Elementary School. The community should step up and do what it takes to make sure Irving students are getting the most for the money.

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Los administradores de las Escuelas Públicas de Muskogee han pedido ayuda para determinar cómo gastar $1 millón para mejoras en la Escuela Primaria Irving. La comunidad debe dar un paso al frente y hacer lo que sea necesario para asegurarse de que los estudiantes de Irving obtengan el máximo…

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Oklahomans have the right to know how much the state is paying individual landowners impacted by planned turnpike expansion projects , and our legislators should write laws to provide transparency and oversight. 

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This week's Muskogee Phoenix Your Take: How do you celebrate Easter? Email your answer along with a head and shoulders photo of yourself, your name and city of residence to news@muskogeephoenix.com. Let's hear from everyone. Put Your Take in the subject line of the email. Deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday

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I am pleased to let House District 13 residents know that work is now complete on Elm Grove Road between U.S. 64 and the public lake access at the Spaniard Creek Recreation Area on the Webbers Falls Reservoir in Muskogee County.

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Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt continues to attack Native Americans because of the McGirt decision that puts prosecution of Native-related criminal cases in the hands of the federal government.

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A legislative oversight committee tasked with examining the Tourism and Recreation Department revealed problems many predicted when lawmakers gave Gov. Kevin Stitt unprecedented authority to overhaul state agencies. 

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We’ve completed the second week of committee work on House bills, and I’m pleased that several of the measures I’m carrying in the Senate have cleared this hurdle. We have until April 14 to get House bills out of Senate committees for them to move forward.

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Feathers began flying at the Oklahoma Capitol again this week after a lawmaker renewed his efforts to reduce criminal penalties for cockfighting. 

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. It is such a shame that this is an annual event, but child abuse is not going away any time soon, so events like this draw attention to a horrible problem.

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We’re halfway to the finish line for this session. Floor work on our Senate bills wrapped up on March 24, and now we’re focusing on the House bills in our Senate committees. We’ve cut down the number of Senate bills from the original 1,500 that were carried over from last session or newly fi…

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THUMBS UP to the Ark of Faith Foundation Board Vice President William Troup for stepping in to help the Ark help others.

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I learned last week that the Muskogee Veterans Affairs Medical Center has been targeted for closure by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA). This was a surprise to me and other lawmakers, including those in Oklahoman's congressional delegation.

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On March 12 I received a call from the Muskogee Phoenix advising me that the Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center could be closed. The reporter asked me what I thought about the closing. I told him I was very much opposed to the closing of the VA Hospital. 

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Oklahoma lawmakers have been known to conduct themselves in curious ways, but a bill passed by the Oklahoma House of Representatives left us scratching our heads. 

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