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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.

FELONIES CHARGED

  • By WENDY BURTON CNHI Oklahoma

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

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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.

  • 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 Wendy Burton | CNHI News Oklahoma

Teens representing two sides of a heated national debate met in front of the Muskogee Civic Center, and after quiet discussion about the Confederate flag and the Civil War, they ultimately agreed to disagree.

  • By D.E. Smoot | CNHI News Oklahoma

 City of Muskogee Foundation directors awarded a $1 million grant that will be available in equal shares during each of the next three years as incentives to spur development within the central business district. 

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  • By Travis Sloat | CNHI News Oklahoma

Muskogee has a new member of the centenarian club, and she’s got a sweet tooth. 

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  • By Cathy Spaulding | CNHI News Oklahoma

Fort Gibson is showing signs of its EPIC economic development program.

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  • By Mike Elswick | CNHI Oklahoma

For Muskogee native Kym Turner, heading to the city operated water park for a low-impact workout when the park is closed to most of the public is a great way to spend a summer evening.

  • Muskogee Phoenix Editorial Board

Citizens, particularly seniors, should be vigilant when it comes to protecting their money.

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  • By Ryan Miller | CNHI News Oklahoma

Enid resident Paul Allen and his family worked with Bold Rock founders John Washburn and Brian Shanks to bring the award-winning drinks out west, making Oklahoma the first state away from the East Coast to sell the cider. 

  • By Tim Ahrens | CNHI News Oklahoma

Arrest warrants were issued Friday for Terry Lynn Sneed and Lisa Marie Shannon, two officers who worked at the Cimarron Correctional Facility and are accused of having sexual relationships with inmates in separate incidents.

National News

  • By Sean Sullivan, Kelsey Snell, Juliet Eilperin, Amy Goldstein | The Washington Post

WASHINGTON - Senate Republican leaders scrambled Tuesday to keep alive their plans to overhaul the 2010 Affordable Care Act as a growing number of senators expressed doubts about the measure following the release of a fresh budget analysis.

  • By Kery Murakami | CNHI Washington

WASHINGTON – Senate Republicans, intent on revoking much of the nation’s first universal health care law, learned Monday their replacement legislation will leave 15 million more Americans uninsured next year.

  • 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.

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