Durant Democrat- RSS NEWS Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS http://durantdemocrat.com/section/NEWS Sun, 29 Mar 2015 01:22:55 EST 1800 Stewart sentenced in murder case http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152605156/Stewart-sentenced-in-murder-case A Bryan County man convicted of second degree murder received his sentence today. Raymond Jay Stewart was convicted by a jury in January for a beating that resulted in the death of Steven Lee Sessums. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 14:01:41 EST Man withdraws pleas in case theft of police vehicle http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152605788/Man-withdraws-pleas-in-case-theft-of-police-vehicle A Bryan County man who stole a Durant Police vehicle and led police on a high speed chase went before a judge to withdraw his plea following a 30 year jail sentence. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 13:51:41 EST Grateful Oklahomans salvage belongings after killer storm http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152597213/Grateful-Oklahomans-salvage-belongings-after-killer-storm SAND SPRINGS, Okla. (AP) — Oklahomans salvaged soggy belongings Thursday after the Plains' first tornado outbreak of 2015, expressing gratitude that casualties were low but understanding that nature's next punch could be far... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:11:41 EST Bryan County authorities say search for fugitives ongoing http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152598499/Bryan-County-authorities-say-search-for-fugitives-ongoing A local woman is behind bars and Bryan County authorities are searching for two more today. Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:06:47 EST Senate passes bill banning payroll deductions for union dues http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152597207/Senate-passes-bill-banning-payroll-deductions-for-union-dues OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School districts would be prohibited from deducting union dues from teachers' checks under a bill approved Thursday in the Oklahoma Senate following a contentious debate in which opponents accused the measure's... Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:06:45 EST Armstrong house fire investigated as possible arson http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152565437/Armstrong-house-fire-investigated-as-possible-arson An Armstrong man and his puppy made it out their burning home alive early Tuesday morning but the home is considered a total loss and the origin of the fire has raised suspicion. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:46:43 EST Tornadoes hit Oklahoma, Arkansas http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152574414/Tornadoes-hit-Oklahoma-Arkansas TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The first batch of severe weather in this year's tornado season has devastated an Oklahoma mobile home park, and storms across the area damaged buildings, tore off roofs and left debris strewn across roads. One person... Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:01:42 EST Durant discusses water http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152553971/Durant-discusses-water Leaders, businesses, and students all gathered at Southeastern Oklahoma State University Tuesday to learn about the water they use. Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:01:42 EST Lawmakers mull nitrogen gas for executions in Oklahoma http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152551774/Lawmakers-mull-nitrogen-gas-for-executions-in-Oklahoma OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would become the nation's first state to allow the use of nitrogen gas to execute death-row inmates under legislation given preliminary approval Tuesday, as state lawmakers look for alternatives amid a growing... Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:01:41 EST Commissioners continue road discussions http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152527402/Commissioners-continue-road-discussions Bryan County Commissioners met for the first time under the county's new seal Monday morning. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:16:41 EST Senate panel approves bill to educate students about abuse http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152524097/Senate-panel-approves-bill-to-educate-students-about-abuse OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would join about 20 other states that authorize public schools to implement programs to help prevent child sexual abuse if legislation approved by an Oklahoma Senate committee on Monday becomes law. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:46:44 EST Officials: Oklahoma veterans investigator faked credentials http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152524053/Officials:-Oklahoma-veterans-investigator-faked-credentials OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The chief investigator for the Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department has been fired and is facing prosecution after authorities said that they found that he is an ex-convict and not a state-certified law enforcement... Tue, 24 Mar 2015 09:46:43 EST No tornadoes reported anywhere across U.S. in March http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152486541/No-tornadoes-reported-anywhere-across-U.S.-in-March TULSA (AP) — With only about two-dozen twisters recorded so far this year during a period when 100 or more are typical, the U.S. appears to be in a tornado drought as cool, stable air prevents the ingredients of the violent storms from coming... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:31:42 EST US veterans return to Iwo Jima for 70th anniversary http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152490911/US-veterans-return-to-Iwo-Jima-for-70th-anniversary IOTO, Japan (AP) — Dozens of aging U.S. veterans, many in their early 90s and some in wheelchairs, gathered on the tiny, barren island of Iwo Jima on Saturday to mark the 70th anniversary of one of the bloodiest and most iconic battles of World... Sun, 22 Mar 2015 10:01:41 EST Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma seeks land in Arkansas http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152491608/Quapaw-Tribe-of-Oklahoma-seeks-land-in-Arkansas LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Oklahoma's Quapaw Tribe is seeking 160 acres of land in Arkansas' Pulaski County. Sun, 22 Mar 2015 07:16:41 EST Vintage newspapers can be viewed on library website http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/152470775/Vintage-newspapers-can-be-viewed-on-library-website The Donald W. Reynolds Community Center & Library has something new in store for online guests wanting to look into the area's history. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:01:42 EST Flu deaths are up http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/152461880/Flu-deaths-are-up OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A record-breaking flu season has brought Oklahoma's death toll to more than 100, the state Department of Health reported Thursday. Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:01:41 EST City receives good audit http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/152448685/City-receives-good-audit With another annual audit report completed, city authorities breathe a sigh of relief as yet another report comes back squeaky clean. Thu, 19 Mar 2015 14:01:42 EST Durant names new city clerk http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/152362195/Durant-names-new-city-clerk The City of Durant has named a new City Clerk. Cynthia Price was sworn into her new position before the March City Council meeting last week. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:36:44 EST County officials try to save transportation fund http://durantdemocrat.com/news/home_top-localnews1/152426487/County-officials-try-to-save-transportation-fund County officials fear an Oklahoma revolving fund, that largely funds county road and bridge improvements, may be affected by a budget crisis that state lawmakers are attempting to address this legislative session. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 09:36:42 EST