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The PBS animated series “Arthur and His Friends” was based on the best-selling children’s books by Marc Brown. The series revolved around an 8-year-old aardvark and his friends. It was a show about being a kid, exploring the world, and finding your place in it. It is about kids finding inner strengths, learning to make choices for themselves, taking responsibility for them, and, of course, having fun.

At its heart, the series is a space western. Gun slingin’ cowboy rides into town on his horse — or, in this case, a spaceship — and it just so happens that there are plenty of bad guys that need to be given the boot.

Since he took office a little over 100 days ago, Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. has rolled out several initiatives, advanced projects of the former administration, and clashed with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt over the state’s tribal gaming compact.

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"Youth and Family Services of North Central Oklahoma wishes to thank Golden Chick for their generous contribution to Youth and Family Services through the 'Rolls for Dough' campaign."

NORMAN — A homeless man charged with first-degree murder Wednesday admitted he hit the victim with a billy club and then shot the man once in the head before fleeing a Norman apartment complex, Cleveland County court records show.

A Muskogee man whose fascination with creating knives using a railroad spike won $10,000 on the History Channel’s “Forged With Fire.”

Lt. Teri Smith of the Salvation Army isn’t panicking about the few returned angels for the organization’s Angel Tree program this year.

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For those feeling festive this time of year, the average cocktail or between-meal snack just won't cut it.

Tahlequah locals are in luck, though, as a variety of holiday beverages and treats are available in the city - or can be whipped up at home.

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The board returned from executive session at 1:31 a.m. Wednesday at the Administrative Services Center and voted unanimously to adopt findings of fact presented in the termination hearing before voting to fire Mike Dods, the former campus police chief.

In theory, Oklahomans vote for politicians whom they can count on to represent their interests at the statehouse. In practice, though, many lawmakers have been inclined to represent their own best interests, and those of their key donors.

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The Muskogee County Board of Commissioners heard from a local liquor store owner Monday morning on the topic of opening such stores on Sundays. 

EDMOND, Okla. — Gov. Kevin Stitt said research tells him that Oklahomans want more federal dollars in the state’s health care system. The governor would also like more federal dollars, but wants to avoid a constitutional state question.

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Last summer, Gov. Kevin Stitt made clear his intent to renegotiate gaming compacts that have defined how tribal casinos operate in Oklahoma. The tribes have signaled a willingness to discuss changes, but have been taken aback by the governor’s insistence that the compacts expire at the end of this year.

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For more than a week starting in mid-September, Oklahoma’s prisons were locked down. Routines were interrupted as visitation was canceled, classes were put on hold and inmates were allowed to shower only three times per week. They were largely confined to their cells or bunks.

Editor’s note: Leanne Ho is non-binary, and uses they/them pronouns. Non-binary or non-conforming gender is a gender identity that is not exclusively male or female. Many (but not all) non-binary people use they/them pronouns instead of pronouns such as he or she.

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Deputies with the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office have been given a new less-lethal weapon for their arsenal when fighting crime in the streets.

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There’s something about rekindling your younger days by having a plush Baby Yoda. And now some are putting a tractor beam on the elusive bounty hunter, It makes you feel like a kid again. It allows you to relive your childhood.

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A Kay County investigator is coming to Enid High School on Monday to interview staff members about allegations leveled against administrators by the Oklahoma Education Association and former Enid Public Schools campus police chief Mike Dods, according to Heath Merchen, the attorney representing Dods.

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The city of Enid is closing in on several critical hurdles for the Kaw Lake Water Pipeline Project, some high, some low, each capable of hindering the $315 million effort, or worse.

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While the years have clouded their memories, this day remains vivid for Don Hamilton of Muskogee, Jason Todd of Fort Gibson and Charles McCollough of Porter.

 The Norman Police Department responded to a residence in the 3000 block of Pheasant Run just after 10 a.m. Thursday in reference to a welfare check. Officers found a deceased adult male inside the home, according to a new release.

A battle between state officials and Native American tribes over a hotly debated gaming compact could spill into federal court if the two sides can't reach an agreement by Jan. 1, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday.

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Former City Administrator Ed Carr announced his intention to sue the city of Tahlequah for several purported violations.

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Obituaries

Memorial service will be 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 13, 2019 at First Baptist Church, Pocasset, OK. Arrangements are under the direction of Sevier Funeral Home. Gordon Ray Howard, 82, of Chickasha, Oklahoma, passed away on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at his home of Chickasha. He was born Apr…

Funeral services are pending with Sevier Funeral Home. Jerry Donald Hill, 74, of Blanchard, OK, passed away on Sunday, December 8, 2019 at his home. He was born November 2, 1945 in Chickasha. OK.