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  • By The Duncan Banner

DUNCAN — Communities Foundation of Oklahoma is announcing a new program called the “Blue Support Fund for Rural Oklahoma” and is inviting police departments and sheriff’s offices to apply for grants.

A former Fittstown resident was recently charged in Pontotoc County District Court with first-degree murder.

  • By WENDY BURTON CNHI Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE — Muskogee paramedic Jordan Stevens pulled a bullet-proof vest over his head and declared it surprisingly light for a vest that can take a hit from a NATO .308 rifle round.

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The Oklahoma Legislature relied heavily on one-time sources of funding in developing the budget for fiscal year 2018, meaning lawmakers are likely to face another shortfall when they return to the Statehouse in February, Sen. Greg McCortney said Thursday.

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  • By WENDY BURTON CNHI Oklahoma

MUSKOGEE — Editor’s note: This is one in an occasional series about Muskogee’s homeless.

  • By RANDY MITCHELL Managing Editor

Former Ada Police D.A.R.E. Officer Phillip Wood succumbed to cancer Friday.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women will host a Community Conversation on mental health and substance abuse issues at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29, at the Chickasaw Nation Community Center, 700 N. Mississippi Ave. in Ada.

Oklahoma News

  • By Brigette Waltermire | CNHI News Oklahoma

For various amounts donated, a person is able to name a star or name a group of stars and the constellation they form, and will receive a limited-edition star chart that allows them to find the star locations. 

  • By Brigette Waltermire | CNHI News Oklahoma

The meeting started with every attendee texting Oklahoma Center for Poison & Drug Information hotline at 797979 to add poison control as a contact to their phones.

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  • By Brigette Waltermire | Staff Writer

ENID, Okla. — There is a tiny sign as you drive east into Enid along U.S. 412 for the Ames Astrobleme Museum. For any parent with a kid interested in science and/or space, it might be worth a day trip to the small town to learn about this astronomic discovery.

  • Enid News & Eagle Editorial Board

Flying training at Vance Air Force Base recently received a boost when resurfacing of the outside runway at the base was completed and the runway was opened again.

  • By Katherine Farrow | CNHI News Oklahoma

Event organizers for the fifth annual “Run to the Dark” 5k are calling all runners to register for their event. The registration deadline for participants to get their t-shirts is July 11, though runners can sign up to participate all the way up to the morning of the event July 21. 

  • By Adam Troxtell | CNHI News Oklahoma

NORMAN — Earlier this week, an international business deal was brokered in Norman and seemed to fly under the radar.

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  • By Elisabeth J. Giedt | CNHI Oklahoma

Ticks in Oklahoma could be abundant this year due to the mild winter and large numbers of wild animal reservoir hosts. These little creatures are very hearty and can actually survive the winter even if it freezes. Ticks are a year-round problem.

  • By Melinda Caldwell | CNHI Oklahoma

Oklahoma summers allow for variety of outdoor family activities such as fishing, going to the lake, camping, outdoor sports and swimming, just to name a few. Although it is highly encouraged to spend time outdoors being physically active, individuals should also take necessary precautions to protect themselves and their families from dangerous sun exposure.

National News

  • By Robert Barnes | The Washington Post

The Supreme Court agreed Monday to allow a limited version of President Donald Trump's ban on travelers from six mostly Muslim countries to take effect and will consider in the fall the president's broad powers in immigration matters in a case that raises fundamental issues of national security and religious discrimination.

  • By Thomas Lynn | CNHI News

VALDOSTA, Ga. — For the first time since 2010, Georgia will not have a back-to-school sales tax holiday and it has retailers worried.

  • By Mary Connors | Content That Works

Elon Musk, the big-thinking founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, believes establishing a self-sustaining colony on Mars will be the only way humans will survive long-term, and he’s outlined a plan for making his vision a reality.

  • By Robert Barnes | The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday said it will consider next term whether a Denver baker unlawfully discriminated against a gay couple by refusing to sell them a wedding cake.

  • By Megan Durisin | Bloomberg

It's finally starting to look like the world wheat glut has peaked.

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  • by Kay and David Scott | CNHI Travel Writers

We have discovered during decades of travel that nearly every community, however small, has a story worth telling. It may be a tale about an individual who once resided there or a long ago battle fought nearby. Perhaps it is a bridge with a rich history or a house where something of consequence took place. Unique museums, monuments, stores and people offer insight about a community’s character and history. Discovering these stories makes travel more enjoyable.

  • By Randy Griffith | CNHI News

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. –– Parents across the country constantly must decide how old is enough to be a baby sitter. Few states have laws on the issue, and those that do emphasize the importance of parental judgement. 

  • By Christin Coyne | CNHI News

WEATHERFORD, Texas – A Texas woman was arrested after her two children died from heat exposure when she left them inside a vehicle last month to "teach them a lesson," police said. 

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