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Welcome to Friday. Here are a few headlines to start the day:

positives seen in homelessness report

Oklahoma's annual homelessness snapshot documented a 13.5 percent decrease from 2017 in the number of people who were homeless, The Oklahoman's William Crum reported.

However, the 2018 Point in Time Count, found more were living outdoors.

The survey is a one-day annual count of those who are homeless. 

Read the full story here.

World War II Widow Lays Her Husband to rest

Army Capt. Lukas Findley presents the American flag to Fern Bridges, the widow of Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. Allen Chandler, 23, of Fletcher, Okla., during a group burial for five Army Air Forces crewmembers of a B-17 bomber shot down during a mission over Germany in World War II, at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., on June 27. [Photo by Cliff Owen, Associated Press]
Army Capt. Lukas Findley presents the American flag to Fern Bridges, the widow of Army Air Forces Tech Sgt. Allen Chandler, 23, of Fletcher, Okla., during a group burial for five Army Air Forces crewmembers of a B-17 bomber shot down during a mission over Germany in World War II, at Arlington National Cemetery, in Arlington, Va., on June 27. [Photo by Cliff Owen, Associated Press]

In 1943, Allen Chandler said goodbye to his wife and infant son to serve in World War II.

Chandler, who served aboard a B-17 Flying Fortress in Europe, never returned home. He was declared dead in 1946. His remains were never recovered.

For more than seven decades, his widow, Fern Bridges, prayed he would come home to American soil before she passed.

Last year, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency notified Bridges that Chandler's dog tags were found near Barby, Germany, along with bone fragments. 

Last month, Chandler's remains and those of four other crewmen from his plane were interred at Arlington National Ceremony. Bridges attended the ceremony with their son, Wiley Chandler, and her daughters. Read the full story from The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson here.

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Darla Slipke

Darla Slipke is an enterprise reporter for The Oklahoman. She is a native of Bristol, Conn., and a graduate of the University of Kansas. Slipke worked for newspapers in Kansas, Connecticut, North Carolina and Oklahoma, including a previous... Read more ›

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