One of the most prestigious chess tournaments of the year began this January in the Netherlands: The Tata Steel Chess Tournament. The annual tournament in the city of Wijk aan Zee, Netherlands began in 1938 and has had several names over the years. It is a 14 player round-robin, two-tiered competition with the top division called “The “Masters” and other division called “The Challengers.”

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Jurors heard opening statements and testimony Jan. 16 during the trial of a man accused of a rape that occurred nearly 26 years ago.

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The Peak medical marijuana dispensary, also known as the Wade Watts Dispensary, has opened at 1200 E. Wade Watts Avenue McAlester — even though the dispensary’s request for a use after review permit from the McAlester City Council failed to pass a council vote last week.

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Air Force JROTC at Enid High had fallen apart, and there didn't seem to be any way to put it back together. All that was left to do was shut it down.

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The rollercoaster otherwise known as the stock market did not diverge from its usual operations in 2018, as investors saw an up-and-down year and likely expect the same in 2019.

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In a short regular meeting Tuesday night, Enid City Commission unanimously voted to authorize a $57.7 million loan to pay for a portion of the Kaw Lake water pipeline project.

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The Krebs Board of Education recently approved an agreement between the city and the school district regarding the use of a school resource officer.

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First Assistant District Attorney Joshua C. King was sworn in Monday morning as the new Cherokee County associate district judge.

Advocates for clean water protections plan to gather Tuesday by the scores in Oklahoma City to oppose a proposed rule that would make procedural changes for granting variances to water standards.

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Oklahoma State University is preparing to welcome dockless electric scooters back to its campus beginning on Jan. 22 after banning them in October. OSU Sr. Vice-president for Administration and Finance Joe Weaver cited concerns about safety due to their speed and problems with users parking them in places that blocked crosswalks and buildings and prevented people with disabilities from being able to safely cross the street or use facilities when he booted them from campus.

Payne County Facilities Authority listened to a presentation Monday on the use of excess sales tax funds to pay for medical treatment for Inmate X, and potential repayment by the Hallett fund, a/k/a the Medical Expense Liability Fund. The three county commissioners also serve as the trustees of the authority. Undersheriff Kevin Woodward made a presentation concerning the medical expenses of James Clyde Jenkins III.

Out in the universe, billions of light years beyond our galaxy, astronomers have recently begun detecting quick, powerful blasts of radio waves called fast radio bursts. Nobody knows precisely where they are coming from or why they occur.

OKLAHOMA CITY — County jails in Oklahoma County and Woods County have sent DNA samples from new arrestees to Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the result of a controversial law passed in 2016 that only just got off the ground late last year.

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Oscar Jeffers, Jr. owned a Ford auto dealership in Wagoner during the 1950s, but his passion was racing American Quarter Horses. Known as “June” to friends and family (short for Junior), Jeffers had long sought a mare that could produce a champion. His wife Zelma shared his passion and together they purchased a Texas mare called Mur L. They bred her to an American Quarter Horse Hall of Famer named Three Bars. They named the foal Mr. Bar None.

NORMAN — Shortly after state Sen. Paul Scott, R-Duncan, announced he intended to file legislation that would end Oklahoma's "Soon-To-Be-Sooners" program in December, which provides pregnancy and maternity services to low-income Oklahomans, he received criticism on his political Facebook page.

January’s flower is the carnation. In the cut flower industry, it probably takes a back seat only to the rose. Long-stemmed, cutting carnations are hybrids from Dianthus caryophyllus – an old world flower native to the limestone regions of Southern Europe. The genus’ origin speaks of its Mediterranean heritage. Di and anthos mean Zeus’s flower.

Thinking about quitting tobacco in the new year? The Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, a program of the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust, provides FREE resources to Oklahomans who are thinking about quitting tobacco, currently quitting tobacco, former tobacco users wanting to stay tobacco-free and those who want to support loved ones or patients.

Equine athletes – those beautiful horses who compete in races, rodeos and other events – can suffer any number of medical issues. One common affliction that causes lameness in these animals is bone spavin, or degenerative joint disease. Arising from various factors, bone spavin destroys the joint cartilage in the bottom two joints of the hock.

My son Quinn virtually dragged me to see “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” I went along because, as a father, it is my job to be interested in what he is interested in, but I thought I was over the Spider-Man origin stories. I was tired of the spider bite. Of the “Oh look, I have superpowers” realization and the “you have to learn to embrace who you are” storyline. It had gotten trite.

State transportation officials have yet to schedule a public hearing to get input from Muskogee residents about ideas to address the growth of freight transportation on U.S. 69.    

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PAWNEE – The impact of the federal government’s shutdown, which entered its 21st day on Saturday and is affecting an estimated 800,000 workers, is being felt locally by the people who provide services to Native American tribal members. Many of the affected workers have relationships with the tribes through Indian Health Service, which provides federal health services to Native Americans and Alaskan Natives and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, which is part of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

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State auditors unearthed what they described as a “culture of noncompliance” and “disregard for the law” in the town of Boynton that resulted with the “misuse of public assets ... and material misappropriation of funds.”

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Video games have become a part of modern culture ever since the early days of arcades. There have been movies made that began as video games, and even movies where video games become a way of life for those characters, and in many ways, video games have become a way of life in the real world.

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Join Oklahoma Barbecue Society when it hosts two-time world champion David Bouska and Butcher BBQ for a meat-trimming class 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, prior to the OKBS Annual Cleaver Team of the Year banquet held at the Grand Hotel Casino and Resort in Shawnee.

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