Despite the inflammatory mixture of fact, fear and lies that has woven its way deeply into America’s body politic, there are few signs of significantly shifting attitudes in the heartland on who should be elected the nation’s president in 2020.

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"This is not what I planned." Her body seems ready to retire, but she isn't, she said, never expected she'd have to. "Nor did I ever think I'd live this long. I never ever thought about it, I just kept on plugging along." — Velda Rivenburg

 

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The chatter of a rise in vagrancy or homelessness in Tahlequah has been happening for a couple of years - or decades, depending on who is asked - and that talk is leading to the beginnings of change.

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The Cherokee Nation Election Commission on Thursday disqualified District 8 Tribal Council candidate Jodie Fishinghawk from the June 1 election.

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With tick season underway, area residents who venture outdoors should be aware of the impact the tiny insects can have on people and pets.

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Flooding in the Arkansas River remained relentless Thursday — but two barges torn loose by the rushing waters concluded their journey by hitting Lock and Dam 16 near Webbers Falls.

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Enid High School Principal Dudley Darrow said 145 students walking the stage were graduating with honors, and as a whole the class had received more than $4 million in scholarship funds.

Some small changes were made to the budget prior to approval, including the removal of a $150,000 landfill project. That project will instead be paid for using funding from the 2018-19 budget.

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 When pulled over for a traffic stop near her home, Shayna Stephens pulled into her driveway which after some questing led to the finding of 20 marijuana plants belonging to her husband Matthew Brett Stephens. Matthew Stephens is now wanted by the Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force (DVCTF) for the cultivation of controlled substance.

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 An undercover agent with the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control (OBN) has filed affidavits and warrants for three persons involved in multiple controlled methamphetamine purchases done in Stephens County.

After a tornado ripped through Peggs late Monday night, Cherokee County residents braced for more bad news, but so far, their neighbors to the southwest are bearing the brunt of the storms.

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Waters continue to rise along the Arkansas River toward a projected peak of 43.5 feet by Friday, according to a hydrograph from the United States Weather Service. 

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The Department of Public Safety has released the identity of the woman who died after her vehicle was caught Tuesday in floodwaters in Perkins. Laura Renee Moorman was a 53-year-old Perkins resident.

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Following a recent spate of storms, the Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has been offering free well water testing for residents in over 60 Oklahoma counties until Friday, May 31.

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Access to free water is one good reason to use rain barrels.

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Northeastern Oklahoma's nickname of "Green Country" is even more apropos these days as the area has sprouted an abundance of new cannabis dispensaries.

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Though the city escaped major tornado damage, some northeast Norman residents found themselves a little close for comfort before sunrise Tuesday.

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A continuous line of storms battered Oklahoma on Monday with high winds, hail, lightning and heavy rains. People around Stillwater estimated the rainfall total at 7-8 inches, based on what they saw in their rain gauges.

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National Weather Service surveyors can’t get an accurate number on tornadoes yet because of a different kind of severe weather: flooding.

Payne County has a confirmed death caused by flooding. One person died Tuesday after being in a car swept off the roadway in Perkins a quarter-mile south of State Highway 33 on South Perkins Road.

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Phillip Germain wasn’t sure if he’d be able to get to work at the Meridian Technology Center. He certainly wasn’t expecting to pull anyone from the floodwaters. That’s where he found himself Tuesday morning.

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Less than an hour after the second tornado warning cleared Claremore Tuesday morning, local business owners were hard at work cleaning and repairing flood damage.

Ruth Reichl was editor of Gourmet magazine from 1999 to 2009. A writer’s writer, Reichl had spent the previous decades as a restaurant critic for the Los Angeles Times and New York Times, keeping her identity undercover. 

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Alice Fink arrived at the Haileyville Civic Center on Tuesday ready to learn if she is qualified for federal disaster assistance in connection with the tornado that destroyed her home last month.

Before noon today, the City of Stillwater released a list of water rescues for people who were trapped in stalled vehicles. The number of water-rescue-related calls numbered 14 before noon and several more have come in since then. Officials say people are continuing to drive into high water, sometimes around barricades, in some of the worst flooding Stillwater has ever seen.

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With the planned "ePREP" program, students can choose to take online classes, receiving as much or as little of their workload off campus as they want, with some exceptions, according to EPS.

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Multiple rounds of storms Monday dropped tornadoes and heavy rain into western and north central Oklahoma. The towns of Mangum and Perry took the brunt of damaging winds. There were multiple reports of damage to homes and property in Perry. One resident told the News Press a roof was ripped off of a home between Perry and Lucien.

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Gov. Kevin Stitt appeared on the GOP Fish Fry stage last year, promising if he won the bid for Governor, he would return to the Fish Fry as a keynote speaker.

He fulfilled that promise on Saturday, May 18 when he headlined the 15th annual GOP Fish Fry, the largest Republican fundraising event for the state of Oklahoma. 

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ADA [ndash] Services for Sharon Marie Sherrell, 75, of Ada are at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Criswell Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Reno Dye will officiate. Burial will follow at Rosedale Cemetery. Ms. Sherrell passed away Sunday, May 19, 2019, at her home.

ADA [ndash] Melvin Dale Haworth, 85, of Ada went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Sunday, May 19, 2019, following a brief illness. A celebration of life service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Ada, with the Rev. Jerry Wells will officiate. Burial …