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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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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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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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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The Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET) Board of Directors passed two resolutions on Thursday in support of policies to curb childhood obesity.

If you've seen people picking up trash on Main Street or other areas around town this week, give them a honk, a wave and a smile.

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Two important constituency groups recognized state Sen. Dewayne Pemberton as Legislator of the Year, an honor we believe is well-deserved for the work he has done on behalf of public employees and public schools. 

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Gov. Kevin Stitt's administrative overhaul of state government has resulted with the appointment of more than a dozen new agency heads during the first eight months of his first year in office. 

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This weekend, the Cherokee Nation pulls out all the stops and has a celebration like no other. This is the weekend of the 67th Cherokee National Holiday in Tahlequah.

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The Muskogee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol held an event recently at Hatbox Field to allow the public to see demonstrations of their training.

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Three Oklahoma lawmakers will play host to an interim study that will examine how other tax credits have been used in other states as an enticement for employers who use apprenticeship programs.

CASA has very busy offices. More than 200 local and area children were removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect in 2018. CASAs, or Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who donate their time helping those children, many of whom are in foster care, by maneuvering their way…

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A new law that went into effect last month changes the child abuse reporting requirements for public school employees, and maybe this will encourage people to report suspected child abuse and possibly save a life.

A new law that went into effect last month changes the child abuse reporting requirements for public school employees, and maybe this will encourage people to report suspected child abuse and possibly save a life.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office wants to hire a full-time person for a Washington D.C., gig to act as a liaison for the state. Nondoc.com’s Tres Savage reported that the administration would begin the hiring process in September.

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We want to join Muskogee County Election Board Secretary Kelly Beach in reminding residents that if they want absentee ballots mailed to them in time to vote on the Muskogee Public Schools Special Bond Proposition on Oct. 8, they should apply now.

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Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner Bob Anthony’s criticism of the state’s mandatory Universal Service Fund is symptomatic of the classism that often splits urban and rural lines at the state capital.

Floodwaters from late-May flooding have receded. Cleaning up has been a nightmare. Many people in Webbers Falls and Fort Gibson continue rebuilding. Webbers Falls school has delayed the start of school because of the massive cleanup they have undertaken. The Webbers Falls Assembly of God als…

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Lawmakers who assembled this past week during the inaugural meeting of the bipartisan, bicameral Healthcare Working Group formed with the stated goal to develop ways to increase access to health care in Oklahoma revealed why that probably won't happen. 

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A man arrested at a Missouri Walmart said in a probable cause statement that he was testing whether Walmart would protect his right to openly carry weapons when he walked through a store wearing body armor and carrying loaded weapons.

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If you are looking for something to do this weekend, you have some pretty good choices, and they all involve music.

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The ceremonial signing this past week of bill that will require that state agencies post annual reports identifying the federal funds received by each and the extent to which they are relied upon served as a reminder of the importance of government transparency. 

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Oklahoma schools have not been able to overcome the lack of teachers willing to work in our public schools, and the bandage they are using is not an effective answer to the problem. 

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Muskogee residents turned out Tuesday evening at two local parks for National Night Out, an event designed to enhance "the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community," according to the National Night Out website.

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Claims peddled by those who back the constitutional carry law that will take effect later this year amount to nothing more than pure speculation with regard to deterring gun violence and public safety.

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Oklahoma has found itself near the bottom of a list of health care rankings that was released Monday.

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Local residents have the perfect opportunity on Saturday to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of old medications safely at the Prescription Drug Take Back and Sharps Collection Event.

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A report that revealed payments to a company founded by an Edmond legislator for its role related to the planning of this year's Oklahoma Speaker's Ball illustrates the need to beef up ethics laws for lobbyists and public officials. 

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The Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce is offering a new program that could benefit students and the business community.

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The Trump Administration is trying administratively what Congress was unable to do: push up to 3 million people out of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more popularly known as food stamps. 

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As many as 134,000 registered voters in Oklahoma could be at risk of being purged from voter rolls if they fail to take the steps necessary to avoid that before Saturday.

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Oklahoma's increased reliance on emergency certification to fill its classrooms with teachers is a troubling trend that must be reversed sooner rather than later. 

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Oklahoma's U.S. House members voted Thursday against the Raise the Wage Act of 2019, which is supposed to gradually raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 today to $15 by 2025. Minimum wage has not been raised since July 2009, when it rose to $7.25 an hour. It's still $7.25 an hour, 10 ye…

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Obituaries

87, retired educator/veteran, died Sunday, Services noon today at First United Methodist Church, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

87, retired educator/veteran, died Sunday, Visitation Wednesday from 5PM-7PM at funeral home. Services noon Thursday, September 19, 2019 at First United Methodist Church, Fort Gibson. Clifford D Garrett Family Funeral Home, Fort Gibson. Online condolences clifforddgarrettfamilyfh.com

87, Sales Representative @ Guy's Foods, passed Friday, September 13, 2019 Memorial service: 10AM, Thursday, September 19, 2019 @ Fort Gibson National Cemetery, Fort Gibson, OK Cornerstone Funeral Home, 1830 N York St, Muskogee OK

75, Auto/RV Sales, passed Thursday, September 12, 2019. Service is 2:00pm Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at Cornerstone Funeral Home Chapel. Cornerstone Funeral Home - 1830 N York St., Muskogee, OK 74403