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Industrial hemp bill signed into law by Gov. Stitt: 'Farmers in western Oklahoma are very excited,' legislator says

A bill opening the way for commercial production of industrial hemp was signed Thursday by Gov. Kevin Stitt. Senate Bill 868, by Sen. Lonnie Paxton, R-Tuttle, authorizes the state Department of Agriculture to take develop and administer a production program under the 2018 federal farm bill.


2 Oklahoma hospitals fight off deadly fungal 'superbug'

It wasn’t publicized locally, but within the past few years teams of health officials at two Oklahoma health facilities took rapid actions to contain the spread of a fungal “superbug” that federal officials have declared a serious global health threat.


Man accused of setting Oklahoma school on fire in custody

STROTHER, Okla. — A man is in custody after being accused of setting Strother Elementary School on fire. Surveillance cameras captured the man setting the school on fire. The fire damaged half the building, officials said.


Oklahoma rarely paroles violent offenders

This is the third story in a series about prisoners serving juvenile life without parole in Oklahoma. Convicted of murder at age 15 in 1983, Wayne Thompson has been trying to win parole in Oklahoma for the past 20 years.


24 years later, Oklahoma pauses to remember victims of Murrah Building bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahomans gathered Friday morning to remember those who lost their lives on April 19, 1995 in the Murrah Building bombing. Family members, survivors, first responders and community members attended a remembrance ceremony at the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Memorial st


Higher Speed limit could bring higher risk to Oklahoma roads

Oklahoma City, Okla — Increased speed and increased risk, but Oklahomans still say they want to drive faster on roads. Governor Stitt just signed this speed limit change into law and we have your back this evening with why studies show, the increase could come at a cost.


Oklahoma Newest Cash Crop: Medical Marijuana Prices Falling

Oklahoma implemented medical marijuana faster than any other state. Forty five days after voters said “yes” to State Question 788, a new home-grown industry was born. Those behind the state question purposely crafted the measure with fewer restrictions.


Troubled Oklahoma County Jail Could Be Operated By Private Company Under Plan Being Considered

Control of the state’s largest county jail could be placed under the authority of a public-private trust according to a plan considered Thursday by an Oklahoma County advisory group.


Lawmakers Visiting Stores To Discuss Oklahoma New Liquor Laws

OKLAHOMA COUNTY, Oklahoma - Oklahoma lawmakers took a trip to their local liquor stores to talk about the state's new liquor laws. The new laws allow grocery and convenience stores to sell wine and strong beer. Lawmakers also wanted to get the owners’ opinions on a new bill up for consideration.


California 'house of horrors' parents sentenced to life in prison

The California “house of horrors” parents who abused and tortured 12 of their 13 children were sentenced to life in prison Friday with the possibility of parole after 25 years.


Still Waiting: Oklahoma prosecutors seek life without parole again in most juvenile cases up for review

Editor's Note: This the second story in a series about prisoners serving juvenile life without parole in Oklahoma. The house on a country road in Seminole County where 90-year old Myrtle Ruby McGehee was brutally stabbed to death in 1992 was torn down long ago, but her family still owns the land.


Free senior and caregiver emergency preparedness training planned

There will be a free training for any seniors or caregivers wanting more information on how to prepare for an emergency by making a kit, making a plan, and being informed. Training will take place:


AG appoints prosecutor in Selman probe

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter's office appointed a prosecutor to determine if the results of the McAlester police investigation regarding the removal of two "Police Only" parking signs by District 3 Pittsburg County Commissioner Ross Selman warrants the filing of criminal charges.


Artist Behind ‘Oklahoma Is Black’ Exhibit Discusses Diversity In Art

OKLAHOMA CITY - The artist behind the popular local exhibit "Oklahoma is Black" was in town Thursday night to talk about the impact of her work. Tatyana Fazlalizadeh had the attention of a full house in the atrium of her passion project, as she answered questions posed by the director of Stanford Un


Months after Hughes County man vanished, his family frustrated with investigation

HUGHES CO., Okla. - More than six months after he disappeared, Clinton Thomas' daughter is desperate for answers, and she says she isn't getting enough help from the sheriff's office.


Two locals sentenced to prison

Two local men were sentenced to prison terms after accepting plea agreements. James Maddox, 28, of McAlester, pleaded guilty Monday to harboring a fugitive from justice and received a 10-year sentence in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.


Checotah student serves as page

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sarah Alexander, a senior at Checotah High School, paged for state Rep. Avery Frix, R-Muskogee, the week of April 8-11 at the state Capitol. House pages run messages to legislators while they are in the chamber debating policy and voting on measures. Pages also participate in a mock


HS BASEBALL: McAlester falls twice on first day of shootout

McAlester went winless Thursday on the first day of its own McAlester Shootout. The Buffaloes (14-12) first played Muskogee at Mike Deak Field Thursday, jumping out to a 1-0 lead when Robbie Waldron drove in Alton Jones on a two-out single in the bottom of the first.


Holy Week Breakfast speaker: Embrace your calling

Steve Harrison told those assembled Friday for the Men's Holy Week Breakfast at the First Presbyterian Church in McAlester they had almost reached the 100-person attendance mark.


McAlester police chief named keynote speaker at Eastern commencement

Eastern Oklahoma State College alumnus and McAlester Chief of Police Gary Wansick will deliver the keynote address for the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the C.C. Dunlap Field House in Wilburton.