Have you noticed something new and bright downtown? There are several new things, but this one has bright yellow framing its front door. The Muskogee Art Guild has dressed up their front and it looks great. The colors pop as you travel past 211 W. Broadway in downtown Muskogee. It was accomplished with the help of City of Muskogee Foundation and Main Street Muskogee.

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An alert from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections led to officers intercepting an alleged planned drop of narcotics on prison grounds in McAlester.

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After recently being diagnosed with cancer, Jim Wilson, a former Democratic state senator and veteran of the Vietnam War, died Sunday on Veterans Day. He was 71.

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JUST BEFORE the annual Tahlequah Veterans Day Parade took to the streets Saturday, a wreath-laying ceremony downtown at Cherokee Square brought members of local organizations together to pay solemn tribute to service members.

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Muskogee police shot and killed a Ponca City man Monday after he allegedly pulled a gun while officers attempted to arrest him, according to a news release from Muskogee Police Department Public Information Officer Lincoln Anderson.

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Early Learning Center first-graders have spent the past several weeks getting their hands and voices ready for Fort Gibson's annual Veterans Day program.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The latest pregame reporting before the Thunder's 118-101 victory over the Phoenix Suns Monday inside Chesapeake Energy Arena was that former Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony was unlikely to return to the Houston Rockets after missing time with an “illness” and that Anthony’s representatives “spent Monday gathering information from NBA front offices about a potential landing spot for the 10-time All-Star forward,” wrote ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing league sources.

One person was injured Sunday when a Chinook helicopter, operated by the Oklahoma National Guard, landed during the Veterans Day Memorial Parade and Ceremony at Reaves Park, city of Norman officials said.

A need to help disadvantaged children have a better life motivated Edmond resident Thomas Guild to write his newly released autobiography, “Abandonment, Adoption, and the Search for Identity.”

HARTSHORNE — Warren Puckett can still fit into his U.S. Navy uniform — and the science teacher put it on again Monday to participate in Veterans Day activities at Hartshorne Public Schools.

Woodring Wall of Honor and Veterans Park is scanning those letters for a public collection and will honor Utsler in a Legacy Award presentation during the "Celebrate America" concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Central National Bank Center.

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 NORMAN — Oklahoma’s 2018 offense added another talking point in a debate whether it’s the best in school history — at least balance wise.

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There’s going to be a big learning curve at the state Capitol when new legislators and other state officials are sworn into office.

Oklahoma smokers are encouraged to quit tobacco for a day, or a lifetime, during the Great American Smokeout on Nov. 15. Since 1970, the annual event has represented a new start for tobacco users around the country.

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Oklahoma’s defensive players and staff have taken comfort in important stops, such as thwarting critical two-point conversions the past two games and forcing a fumble with Oklahoma State driving in Saturday’s fourth quarter.

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All the banks and most businesses remained closed on Nov. 11, 1918, but it was not due to a financial crisis in Muskogee. In the early hours of the morning, the Monday edition of the Muskogee Daily Phoenix hit the streets. Its banner headlines announced the signing of an armistice signaling the end of the world war. 

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Gardeners often overlook using dwarf conifers in a landscape. They look for bright color in blooming perennials or shrubs, yet color, texture and form are a conifer’s middle name. Equally important, conifers provide a sense of framework and structure to a garden plan.

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Although I attended a black church my entire life, I was ordained into the Southern Baptist Convention, an organization complicit in the rise of the alt-right and whose troubling racial history and contemporaneous actions revealed a deep commitment to ignoring the influence of white supremacy. Last year, I wrote a piece for the New York Times about why I left, and as a result, I got death threats, called a racist, and, surprisingly, quite a few invitations to lunch with white pastors.

"The timeline, the adjustments that have had to been made, they're not easy. They're disappointing every time. I'm doing the absolute most due diligence that I can to keep moving forward ... I know that it will be (over soon) and I'm still optimistic it will be beautiful and an asset." — Romy Owens, artist 

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Once again America has awakened to the news of a terrible mass shooting, this one occurring at a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where college students gathered to drink beer and do some line dancing.

A Stillwater mother found herself not knowing where to go or what to do when her daughter, a student at a local elementary school, came home on Halloween and reported being in pain when she used the bathroom. The mother says she found what appeared to be injuries to the child’s private area, including redness and a scratch.