• By Adrian O’Hanlon III | CNHI News Oklahoma
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Donors and sponsors began calling recently to inquire about how to spread holiday cheer to United Way of Southeastern Oklahoma, but started to worry when those calls continually went unanswered.

  • By Sidney Lee | CNHI News Oklahoma

NORMAN — Power outages and surges has been a problem from downtown Norman residents and businesses for years, and as the downtown business sector revitalized, issues with electricity only increased.

  • By LeeAnn Barton | CNHI Oklahoma
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We are smack dab in the midst of “tis the season”; season of jolly, holly and oft times folly. I think of folly when it comes to orchids for florists and garden centers offer orchids in abundance when the holiday season rolls around.

  • By Deb Hirt | CNHI Oklahoma
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Now is the time of year that I relish. All those nests that were hidden among the leaves during spring and summer are now visible. Having viewed those areas countless times and observing which birds were heading into the trees, those nests now hold the secret on what birds were nesting. This is a wonderful way to learn nests. We have Bell’s and Warbling Vireos, Green Herons, doves, American Robins, Baltimore and Orchard Orioles, Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, and many more. You can also find nest cavities for woodpeckers, Carolina Chickadees, Tufted Titmice, and others. I’ll bet you even notice manmade objects in the construction.

  • By Mike Elswick | CNHI News Oklahoma
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Devastating was the way Muskogee hotelier Kevin Naik described the potential impact from state transportation plans to reroute U.S. 69 away from millions of dollars of existing business investment along the current route through Muskogee.

  • By Jonita Mullins | CNHI News Oklahoma

The decade following the Civil War in Indian Territory was a time of rebuilding. Nearly every home and institution had been destroyed in the guerrilla warfare of this conflict. For the Five Tribes, rebuilding their schools was a high priority, particularly in the Cherokee Nation.

  • By Mike Elswick | CNHI News Oklahoma

WAGONER — A desperate attempt by the baby's parents to get back into the couple's fiery home was not enough to save the life of a 6-month old girl when the family's home erupted into fire early Friday morning in Toppers.

  • Jacob McGuire | Transcript Staff Writer

Cleveland County Judge Lori Walkley announced today in court that Alton Nolen will be sentenced to death for beheading former Vaughan Foods employee Colleen Hufford, as well assaulting several other coworkers in 2014. 

  • Cass Rains | CNHI News Oklahoma
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Chisholm's four kindergarten classes — 88 students, four teachers and a teacher's aide — worked to collect the stuffed animals donated Thursday, along with a box decorated to look like a police vehicle.

  • James Beaty | CNHI News Oklahoma
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Court records show that a man arrested this week on a manslaughter charge allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine following a fatal two-vehicle accident in June — and that he should have had an ignition interlock device on his vehicle at the time of the collision.

  • Sheri Gourd | CNHI News Oklahoma
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A traditional Native artist is passing on her knowledge and skills to the community, while offering a unique opportunity to create holiday gifts.

This week, a two-night class for the craft of corn husk dolls was taught at the United Keetoowah Band John Hair Cultural Center and Museum.

  • James Neal | CNHI News Oklahoma
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If it takes all week to clean the house for the cousins, what effort must we undertake to clean house for the Messiah? Mary shows us the way.

  • James Neal | CNHI News Oklahoma
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I’m all for being passionate about the political process and doing your best to get your horse across the line first. But, let’s clear up one point: there is no office that is more important than protecting children from sexual predators. 

  • Sheri Gourd | CNHI News Oklahoma

When determining if a cancer cluster is present in a community or region, the Oklahoma Central Cancer Registry uses baseline qualifications, as well as additional analysis, depending on the situation.

  • Grant D. Crawford | CNHI News Oklahoma
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The weeks leading up to Christmas bring with them shopping, festive menus, sparkling lights displays - and for Christian churches, a chance to embrace the "reason for the season."

  • Grant D. Crawford | CNHI News Oklahoma

A burn ban in Cherokee County went into effect Thursday morning, when the Cherokee County Commissioners held a special meeting to enact the resolution.

The burn ban will last for 14 days.

  • Mike Elswick | CNHI News Oklahoma
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There is still time, but not much, to make some year-end changes that could minimize the tax impact when the bill comes due in April.

  • By Tesina Jackson | CNHI News Oklahoma
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Checkpoints are used randomly to check primarily for sobriety and driver's license and insurance verification. Most states, including Oklahoma, allow sobriety checkpoints, during which suspicious drivers are subject to sobriety tests.

  • By Sheri Gourd | CNHI News Oklahoma

At the end of November, State Rep. Matt Meredith, D-Tahlequah, issued a statement indicating the Oklahoma State Department of Health opened an investigation in April "to assess whether the occurrence of pediatric cancer in Cherokee County was statistically higher than the state of Oklahoma as a whole."

  • CNHI News Oklahoma
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A Wagoner man accused of kidnapping his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years was indicted Wednesday by a grand jury in federal court in Muskogee, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

  • By Jessica Miller | CNHI Oklahoma
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Public Arts Commission of Enid is pursuing Oklahoma Department of Transportation dollars for an art project involving the Van Buren overpass or nearby grain elevators.

  • By James Beaty | CNHI News Oklahoma

A Norman man remained in the Pittsburg County Jail on Wednesday on a $100,000 bond following his arrest on a manslaughter charge in connection with a fatal accident which occurred in June.

  • By Mike Elswick | CNHI Oklahoma

School's out Saturday at Muskogee High School, but the school cafeteria will be filled with the sounds of several hundred energetic youngsters.

  • By Eric Morrow | CNHI Oklahoma

In this week’s position white is poised to mate black. To this end, white has sacrificed a rook, given black advanced dangerous passed pawns on the queen-side, and allowed black to wreck white’s pawn structure. It is now time for white to receive dividends on its investment. With this hint in mind, please try to find white’s winning attack.

  • By Joy Hampton | CNHI News Oklahoma
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ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Darkness had already fallen Dec. 7 when the plane descended for a landing in Islamabad, Pakistan.

  • By Sean Rowley | CNHI News Oklahoma

While it is virtually impossible to measure the deterrent effect of checkpoints, studies in 2002 and 2011 indicate decreases in alcohol- or drug-related crashes in areas after checkpoints are applied for a period.

  • Tahlequah Daily Press

It's common in Oklahoma and other states with high populations of religious folks to condemn homosexuality. They say they have a biblical basis for their opinion, and the First Amendment guarantees them the right to voice their beliefs.

  • By Mike Elswick | CNHI News Oklahoma

The deteriorating condition of a low-water crossing in rural Muskogee County had gotten so bad the repairs were deemed an emergency this week, clearing the way for work to start nearly immediately.