Durant Democrat- RSS news Feed http://durantdemocrat.com/section/news http://durantdemocrat.com/section/news Tue, 2 Sep 2014 02:42:16 EST 1800 Durant Kiwanis learn about turnpike advances http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50464915/Durant-Kiwanis-learn-about-turnpike-advances The Durant Kiwanis Club learned about traveling between Oklahoma and Texas at the Aug. 27 meeting as they heard from Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Executive Director Tim Stewart. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 14:35:13 EST U.S.: Standards, not politics, behind Okla. sanction http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50471716/U.S.:-Standards-not-politics-behind-Okla.-sanction OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Department of Education said Friday that a focus on high academic standards, not political motives, was behind its decision to deny Oklahoma the authority to decide how to spend some of the federal education money... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:10 EST Common Core an issue in competitive governor race http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50471788/Common-Core-an-issue-in-competitive-governor-race OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An underfunded, little-known Democratic candidate for governor has a new tool to use in attacking the Republican incumbent now that the federal government stripped Oklahoma of its authority to decide how to spend millions in... Sat, 30 Aug 2014 16:56:09 EST America’s Educator inspires SE students and educators http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50459934/Americas-Educator-inspires-SE-students-and-educators College students and educators gathered in the Bloomer Sullivan Arena on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus to be inspired by a man who is dubbed “America's Educator.” Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:20:12 EST U.S. rebukes Oklahoma for ditching school standards http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50456026/U.S.-rebukes-Oklahoma-for-ditching-school-standards OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The federal government on Thursday stripped Oklahoma of authority to decide how to spend $29 million in U.S. education funding because the state abandoned national academic standards known as Common Core, in a rebuke that a... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:21:11 EST Choctaws partner with others in tribal repatriation and reburial http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50449099/Choctaws-partner-with-others-in-tribal-repatriation-and-reburial DURANT – Members of the Choctaw Nation recently journeyed to Mississippi to conduct a repatriation and reburial of an unknown Choctaw ancestor. The Choctaw Nation worked with, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, the U.S. Army... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:10:15 EST Drugs killed Oklahoma inmate in troubled execution http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50455998/Drugs-killed-Oklahoma-inmate-in-troubled-execution OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma death row inmate who writhed, moaned and clenched his teeth before he was pronounced dead about 43 minutes after his execution began succumbed to the lethal drugs he was administered, not a heart attack, after... Fri, 29 Aug 2014 10:10:14 EST Authorities search for man in Cartwright http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50423685/Authorities-search-for-man-in-Cartwright A manhunt began in the Cartwright area early Wednesday evening when a man driving a pickup hit a Denison, Texas, police officer with the truck and then led him on a chase. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 16:12:10 EST Choctaw Defense responds to changing times http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50419762/Choctaw-Defense-responds-to-changing-times McALESTER – Choctaw Defense is expanding its capabilities by seeking and fulfilling contracts for engineering, building and remodeling structures. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 13:44:15 EST Lake Texoma announces winter campground operations http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50436229/Lake-Texoma-announces-winter-campground-operations TULSA - The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Tulsa District announces winter campground operations for Lake Texoma to take effect Oct. 1. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:29:08 EST Sherrill family donates a pair of AEDs to the department. http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50436245/Sherrill-family-donates-a-pair-of-AEDs-to-the-department. DURANT – Southeastern Athletics was recently the recipient of two Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) which have been provided through proceeds from Colton's Main Street Run. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:55:19 EST Governor Fallin to attend Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50437855/Governor-Fallin-to-attend-Choctaw-Nation-Labor-Day-Festival Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is scheduled to attend the Choctaw Nation Labor Day Festival on Friday evening at Tuskahoma. She will be participating in several events including: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:53:17 EST State Education Board creates standards committee http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50444018/State-Education-Board-creates-standards-committee OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Board of Education created a steering committee Wednesday to develop the process for replacing Common Core education standards for English and math instruction in the state's public schools. Thu, 28 Aug 2014 09:53:14 EST Rock Creek School transportation bond election fails http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50427454/Rock-Creek-School-transportation-bond-election-fails Rock Creek Public Schools' first bond issue in several years was less than successful at the polls yesterday. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:50:11 EST Durant Fire Department responds to fires http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50416399/Durant-Fire-Department-responds-to-fires The Durant Fire Department has put out several grass and rubbish fires.Firefighters went at 7:59 p.m. Monday to West Georgia Street and South Second Avenue after someone called to report possible illegal burning. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:47:17 EST Traffic checkpoints to be held http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50414844/Traffic-checkpoints-to-be-held As part of statewide ramped-up enforcement efforts for the Labor Day holiday weekend, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and numerous law enforcement agencies, including Bryan county Sheriff's office, Durant Police Department, Caddo Police Department... Wed, 27 Aug 2014 09:45:13 EST Cox wins Democratic schools chief nomination http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50427540/Cox-wins-Democratic-schools-chief-nomination OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Longtime educator John Cox has won the Democratic Party's nomination to be Oklahoma's next superintendent of schools. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:50:09 EST Johnson wins Okla. Senate runoff, to meet Lankford http://durantdemocrat.com/news/news/50427214/Johnson-wins-Okla.-Senate-runoff-to-meet-Lankford OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Sen. Connie Johnson won the Democratic primary runoff election for an open U.S. Senate seat Tuesday, and will face Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the Nov. 4 general election. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:29:09 EST Brecheen announces state senate reelection bid http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50382850/Brecheen-announces-state-senate-reelection-bid Josh Brecheen, a Coal County rancher and the current State Senator for District 6, has officially announced his decision to seek re-election. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 13:37:10 EST Choctaw Nation displays local artist http://durantdemocrat.com/news/localnews1/50412583/Choctaw-Nation-displays-local-artist The Choctaw Welcome Center hosted a Meet the Artist event Saturday, Aug. 23 to show off the talents of Theresa Prough.Prough makes makes several types of artwork such as woven baskets, ceramics, bead work and leather work. Tue, 26 Aug 2014 10:21:12 EST