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The Salvation Army’s overarching mission is to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet the human needs in His name without discrimination. To Capt. David Brittle, the commanding officer for the Salvation Army of Enid, that means meeting physical needs before the spiritual ones, such as food, clothing and shelter, per Matthew 25:35-40:

Muskogee County commissioners eased some of the restrictions imposed to mitigate the impact of the novel coronavirus as more people take advantage of COVID-19 vaccine availability.

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — George Floyd died of a sudden heart rhythm disturbance as a result of his heart disease, a forensic pathologist testified for the defense Wednesday at former Officer Derek Chauvin's murder trial, contradicting prosecution experts who said Floyd succumbed to a lack of oxyge…

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Big business has ratcheted up its objections to proposals that would make it harder to vote, with several hundred companies and executives signing a new statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation."

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Wednesday he will withdraw remaining U.S. troops from the "forever war” in Afghanistan, declaring that the Sept. 11 terror attacks of 20 years ago cannot justify American forces still dying in the nation's longest war.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said Wednesday.

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OKLAHOMA CITY — Citizen advocates Wednesday said they’re alarmed that a legislative plan that proposes securitizing nearly $4.5 billion in debt from February’s winter storm comes without a thorough, transparent investigation into why the state’s energy supply system failed.

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More than half of the nation’s 94,000 estimated Compact of Free Association (COFA) citizens are not born in the U.S., or naturalized citizens, but still pay income taxes and other fees in exchange for residence in states including Oklahoma.

 

 

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran's supreme leader on Wednesday dismissed initial offers at talks in Vienna to save Tehran's tattered nuclear deal as “not worth looking at,” attempting to pressure world powers after an attack on the country's main nuclear enrichment site.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Several detention officers at the Oklahoma County jail are being investigated by the attorney general due to an increase of inmate mistreatment complaints since a public trust took over operation of the jail.

A McAlester woman was charged this week in tribal court after being accused in 2019 of abusing and neglecting a 5-year-old boy investigators said looked like "a 75-year-old man" when examined at the hospital.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican-backed bill aimed at cracking down on protests by increasing penalties for blocking roadways and granting immunity to motorists who kill or injure rioters received final legislative approval on Wednesday.

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A Mooreland juvenile was killed when a car was struck by a semi approximately one mile west of Mooreland in Woodward County Tuesday night, April 13, 2021, according to Oklahoma Highway Patrol.

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Bernie Madoff, the financier who pleaded guilty to orchestrating a massive Ponzi scheme, died in a federal prison early Wednesday, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

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LONDON (AP) — When Prince Philip’s funeral takes place on Saturday, it will be more than a focal point for national mourning. Many will also be watching for any signs of reconciliation between Prince Harry and the royal family, especially with his elder brother Prince William.

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BROOKLYN CENTER, Minn. (AP) — A white police officer who fatally shot a Black man during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb resigned Tuesday, as did the city's police chief — moves that the mayor said he hoped would help heal the community and lead to reconciliation after two nights of p…

JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (AFNS) — A contingent of Air National Guard and active-duty Airmen based out of Hawaii were deployed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan to conduct Dynamic Force Employment operations, March 12 – April 5.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will withdraw all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, the 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America that were coordinated from that country, several U.S. officials said Tuesday.

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Those ducks (and a trip to my brother’s house over Easter) got me to thinking if I have all of my ducks in a row. Have I taken care of my affairs that are necessary when one gets older? I am no spring chicken, so I had better get some organization going and plans made.

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sixteen other states are backing Alabama's challenge to a statistical method the U.S. Census Bureau is using for the first time to protect the privacy of people who participated in the 2020 census, the nation's once-a-decade head count that determines political power and…

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State health officials Tuesday stopped administering Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine “out of the abundance of caution” as federal regulators revealed rare blood clotting responses in six Americans.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said Tuesday that “never has there been more strain” on the U.S. Capitol Police as he honored Officer William “Billy” Evans, the second officer on the force to die in the line of duty this year.

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March saw the highest distribution of certain blood products in the 44-year history of Oklahoma Blood Institute. Donors can make appointments to donate at obi.org or walk in to any mobile blood drive or donation center to give. Enid's OBI is at 301 E Cherokee Ave.
 

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BRUSSELS (AP) — President Joe Biden urged Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to “de-escalate tensions" following a Russian military buildup on Ukraine's border in their second tense call of Biden's young presidency.

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Iran will begin enriching uranium up to 60% purity after an attack on its Natanz nuclear facility, a negotiator said Tuesday, pushing its program to higher levels than ever before though still remaining short of weapons-grade.

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MECCA, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Muslims in many parts of the world marked the start of Ramadan on Tuesday, but a spike in coronavirus cases in several countries has once again put curbs on the holy month's signature feasts and lengthy prayers in mosques.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 300 businesses and investors, including such giants as Apple, Google, Microsoft and Coca-Cola, are calling on the Biden administration to set an ambitious climate change goal that would cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% below 2005 levels by 2030.

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The renamed Bacon Bash is one of several competitions or events that coordinators are adding to this year’s Red Dirt BBQ, which comes as the pandemic appears to be on a downswing of new cases in Oklahoma.

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