Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Mon, 20 Oct 2014 20:09:27 EST 1800 GOP expected to hold Oklahoma legislative majority http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150234806/GOP-expected-to-hold-Oklahoma-legislative-majority OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Republicans holding huge majorities in the Oklahoma House and Senate, Democrats are content to target what they say are vulnerable GOP-controlled seats in the Nov. 4 general election. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:45:10 EST Escapee from Vinita captured Monday in Durant, other escapee still at large http://durantdemocrat.com/news/breaking_news/150228647/Escapee-from-Vinita-captured-Monday-in-Durant-other-escapee-still-at-large The Durant Police Department apprehended a Department of Correction Escapee, Edward Stair, late this morning, Durant/Bryan County Emergency Management said. Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:10 EST Former Choctaw Chief receives Inaugural Leadership Award http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150181348/Former-Choctaw-Chief-receives-Inaugural-Leadership-Award Native veterans, language preservationists, artists, a renowned female ceremonial dancer and a former Chief of the Choctaw Nation were among those recognized at the sixth annual AARP Oklahoma Indian Elder Honors recently held in Oklahoma... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 15:37:16 EST Doctor who performs abortions unable to meet law http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150209852/Doctor-who-performs-abortions-unable-to-meet-law OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma abortion provider who performs 44 percent of all abortions in the state has tried without success to comply with a new state law requiring abortion clinics to have a physician with admitting privileges at a... Sun, 19 Oct 2014 14:13:16 EST Who’s afraid of the hunger monster? http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150164885/Whos-afraid-of-the-hunger-monster One member of the Bryan County Coalition Against Hunger passed on to other members a story a friend tells about his wife, who is a Durant second-grade teacher. Sun, 19 Oct 2014 13:31:09 EST Factors that affect the percentage of cows cycling http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150209582/Factors-that-affect-the-percentage-of-cows-cycling The breeding season is only weeks away for those herds that have a fall calving program. The most important factors that determine if, and when, a cow returns to cycling activity were analyzed by Kansas State University physiologists. Over a period of... Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:37:13 EST Man injured in rollover crash http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150210928/Man-injured-in-rollover-crash A Hendrix man was injured Friday after he rolled his car, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol said. Sat, 18 Oct 2014 14:41:06 EST Police investigate drug and property crimes http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150205189/Police-investigate-drug-and-property-crimes Several people have been charged with drug and property crimes this week. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 14:09:10 EST Man retires after 32 years of service in law enforcement http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150205402/Man-retires-after-32-years-of-service-in-law-enforcement After a combined 32 years of service to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, local OHP Communications Lt. Tom Garner has retired from service. Fri, 17 Oct 2014 10:10:10 EST Locals graduate from drug court program http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150190757/Locals-graduate-from-drug-court-program Durant Mayor Jerry Tomlinson joined the Bryan County Drug Court graduates as they celebrate their release from the program in September. Shown in back are, Coordinator Samantha Dimas, Matt Olsen, Brittani Newton, Dustin Eggenberg, Debra Cox, Mayor... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 14:55:05 EST Rotary Club members recognized for donations http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150191301/Rotary-Club-members-recognized-for-donations The Durant Rotary Club was recently joined the club's District Governor Bob Dill as 12 members were elevated to the ranks of the Paul Harris Fellowship. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:34:12 EST Education funding remains below 2008 http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150190947/Education-funding-remains-below-2008 OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's per-student education funding from the Legislature is more than 23 percent below where it was in 2008, a wider gap than any other state, according to a new study released Thursday. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:17 EST Regents to vote on education standards http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150185737/Regents-to-vote-on-education-standards OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Even if Oklahoma's outdated education standards are determined to properly prepare students for college, state officials say there's little they can do this school year to regain control of federal funding... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:16 EST Streets to be closed or restricted for Colton’s Run http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/150185826/Streets-to-be-closed-or-restricted-for-Coltons-Run Colton's Main Street Run will take place from 8 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.on Saturday. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:14 EST Elder spotlight – Mr. and Mrs. Benton. http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150181173/Elder-spotlight--Mr.-and-Mrs.-Benton. Nathan Benton, full-blood Choctaw, and wife Aline Benton, full-blood Cherokee, met in youth while at the Haskell Indian Institute, what was then a high school and is now known as Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kan. They have been... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:33:12 EST Parenting classes to be offered http://durantdemocrat.com/news/lifestyle/150180972/Parenting-classes-to-be-offered The Bryan County OSU Extension announces their upcoming free parenting education classes. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:19:21 EST Native November offers variety of events http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150185432/Native-November-offers-variety-of-events Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Native November with a variety of events beginning on the first day of the month and concluding on Nov. 19. The celebration is sponsored by Southeastern's Native American Center for Student... Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:18:08 EST SE to celebrate homecoming http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150181098/SE-to-celebrate-homecoming Southeastern Oklahoma State University will celebrate Homecoming 2014 on Oct. 23, 24 and 25. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:18:06 EST City council works to help traffic issues and public concerns http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150176236/City-council-works-to-help-traffic-issues-and-public-concerns The Durant City Council met Tuesday evening and heard concerns from citizens and addressed traffic issues in Durant. Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:27:12 EST Choctaw Nation holds event to help stop domestic violence, offers services to victims. http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/150163595/Choctaw-Nation-holds-event-to-help-stop-domestic-violence-offers-services-to-victims. The Choctaw Nation hosted a day-long workshop meant to train and prepare victims of domestic abuse as well as the professionals who help them in Durant on Sept. 19. The event was held leading into October's Domestic Violence Awareness Month,... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:06:06 EST