Week of June 14, 2024

Alva Airport Commission hears about state grants

Marione Martin

The Alva Regional Airport may qualify for more state funding. Representatives from the Oklahoma Department of Aerospace and Aeronautics (ODAA) were in Alva last week to meet with Mayor Kelly Parker and Airport Manager Derrick Courson as well as Toby Baker of Parkhill, the airport's engineering firm. Parker said ODAA has granted some funds to help several airports build new terminal buildings. Alva's building was opened in 1994 so it's too new to be replaced, but the local airport could qualify...

Harper Sanitation presents proposal to privatize trash service in Alva

Marione Martin

Several people arrived for the special Alva City Council meeting Tuesday evening, but they weren't there for the budget hearing. As is usually the case, no one had remarks or questions about the city's proposed budgets for the next fiscal year beginning July 1. With the required public hearing completed, the council members approved Resolution No. 2024-013 adopting the FY 2024-2025 annual budget. The council barely had a quorum for the meeting. Council President Greg Bowman opened the meeting...

Angela Courson, new Alva Public Library director

Marione Martin

The Alva Public Library has a job opening now that Angela Courson has been promoted to library director. Courson was previously assistant director and served as the interim director following the retirement of Sandra Ott. With Courson's promotion, the assistant director position is now open. Those interested will find a job description and application on the City of Alva website. The monthly meeting of the library board was scheduled for Monday afternoon, but they were one person short of a...

  • Kansas lawmakers poised to lure Kansas City Chiefs from Missouri, despite economists' concerns

    JOHN HANNA

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 170-year-old rivalry is flaring up as Kansas lawmakers try to snatch the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs away from Missouri even though economists long ago concluded subsidizing pro sports isn't worth the cost. The Kansas Legislature's top leaders endorsed helping the Chiefs and professional baseball's Kansas City Royals finance new stadiums in Kansas ahead of a special session set to convene Tuesday. The plan would authorize state bonds for stadium construction and pay them off with revenues from sports...

  • More than 70 million people in the US are under heat alerts. Go indoors and hydrate

    ANITA SNOW

    PHOENIX (AP) — More than 70 million people in the United States were under extreme heat alerts Monday as a heat wave moved eastward, and the mid-Atlantic and New England were likely to see highs in the 90s as the week progresses. Excessive humidity will make it feel even more oppressive. The U.S. last year saw the most heat waves, consisting of abnormally hot weather lasting more than two days, since 1936. Officials again warned residents to take precautions. Much of the Midwest and Northeast were under heat warnings or watches. The heat...

  • Tobacco-like warning label for social media sought by US surgeon general who asks Congress to act

    MICHELLE CHAPMAN

    The U.S. surgeon general has called on Congress to require warning labels on social media platforms similar to those now mandatory on cigarette boxes. In a Monday opinion piece in the The New York Times, Dr. Vivek Murthy said that social media is a contributing factor in the mental health crisis among young people. "It is time to require a surgeon general's warning label on social media platforms, stating that social media is associated with significant mental health harms for adolescents. A surgeon general's warning label, which requires...

  • Biden will announce deportation protection and work permits for spouses of US citizens

    STEPHEN GROVES and SEUNG MIN KIM

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is planning to announce a sweeping new policy Tuesday that would lift the threat of deportation for tens of thousands of people married to U.S. citizens, an aggressive election-year action on immigration that had been sought by many Democrats. Biden was hosting a White House event to celebrate an Obama-era directive that offered deportation protections for young undocumented immigrants and will announce the new program then, according to three people briefed on the White House plans. The policy will...

  • Netanyahu dissolved his war Cabinet. How will that affect cease-fire efforts?

    JULIA FRANKEL and JACK JEFFERY

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu disbanded his war Cabinet Monday, a move that consolidates his influence over the Israel-Hamas war and likely diminishes the odds of a cease-fire in the Gaza Strip anytime soon. Netanyahu announced the step days after his chief political rival, Benny Gantz, withdrew from the three-member war Cabinet. Gantz, a retired general and member of parliament, was widely seen as a more moderate voice. Major war policies will now be solely approved by Netanyahu's security Cabinet — a larger...

  • Judge orders railway to pay Washington tribe nearly $400 million for trespassing with oil trains

    GENE JOHNSON

    SEATTLE (AP) — BNSF Railway must pay nearly $400 million to a Native American tribe in Washington state, a federal judge ordered Monday after finding that the company intentionally trespassed when it repeatedly ran 100-car trains carrying crude oil across the tribe's reservation. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik initially ruled last year that the railway deliberately violated the terms of a 1991 easement with the Swinomish Tribe north of Seattle that allows trains to carry no more than 25 cars per day. The judge held a trial earlier this...

  • Kansas lawmaker's law license suspended over conflicts of interest in murder case

    WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican Kansas lawmaker who already dropped his re-election campaign last month after he was arrested in a traffic stop has now been barred from practicing law for at least a year for mishandling conflicts of interest in a murder case. The Kansas Supreme Court ruled that state Rep. Carl Maughan of Colwich violated professional standards while representing 57-year-old Bret Blevins in a 2016 crash that killed two men, according to the Kansas City Star. Maughan did not respond immediately to an email from The...

  • Kansas lawmakers to debate whether wooing the Chiefs with new stadium is worth the cost

    JOHN HANNA

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators trying to lure the Kansas City Chiefs to their state argue that helping the Super Bowl champions build a new stadium could bring Kansas millions of dollars in income taxes from players and coaches, which are currently going to Missouri. Some economists are dubious that new revenues from "jock taxes" would be significant for Kansas, and a debate over the question emerged ahead of a special session of the Kansas Legislature set to convene Tuesday. Lawmakers expect to consider a plan to authorize state...

  • Oklahoma panel denies clemency for man convicted in 1984 killing of 7-year-old girl

    SEAN MURPHY

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board on Monday unanimously denied clemency for a death row inmate convicted of kidnapping, raping and killing a 7-year-old girl in 1984, clearing the way for him to be executed later this month. Richard Rojem, 66, denied responsibility for killing his former stepdaughter, Layla Cummings. The child's mutilated and partially clothed body was discovered in a field in rural Washita County near the town of Burns Flat. She had been stabbed to death. Rojem has exhausted his appeals and is...

  • Much of US braces for extreme weather, from southern heat wave to possible snow in the Rockies

    The Associated Press

    After days of intense flooding in Florida, that state and many others are bracing for an intense heat wave, while the Pacific Northwest will experience unseasonably cold weather and there is a potential for late-season snow in the Rocky Mountains early next week. The chaotic weather map includes the possibility of severe thunderstorms developing in between hot and cold fronts. Forecasters said the colliding fronts could lead to areas of flash flooding between eastern Nebraska and northern Wisconsin on Saturday night, as well as strong storms...

  • Trump blasts immigrants for taking jobs as he courts voters at a Black church, MAGA event in Detroit

    STEVE PEOPLES and JOEY CAPPELLETTI

    DETROIT (AP) — Donald Trump blamed immigrants for stealing jobs and government resources as he courted separate groups of Black voters and hardcore conservatives in battleground Michigan on Saturday. The Republican former president also made several new baseless claims attacking the nation's voting system. But Trump's fiery comments on illegal immigration, long a staple in his unapologetic message, marked a connecting theme in downtown Detroit as he sought to stitch together a delicate political coalition at both a Black church and a group...

  • Trump allies hope his daughter Tiffany's father-in-law can help flip Arab American votes in Michigan

    JOEY CAPPELLETTI

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of Donald Trump's emissaries to Arab Americans is a Lebanese-born businessman who moved to Texas as a teenager, speaks Arabic, English and French, and recently joined the Trump family when his son married the former president's younger daughter. Massad Boulos has taken on the challenge of trying to convince a politically influential community angry at President Joe Biden that Trump is a better option. But many Arab Americans also note Trump has positioned himself as more pro-Israel than Biden and has made a series...

  • What to know about Trump's outreach with Arab Americans led by his daughter Tiffany's father-in-law

    JOEY CAPPELLETTI

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Donald Trump's allies are working to win over Arab American voter s who are unhappy with President Joe Biden's support for Israel. The effort is led by Massad Boulos, whose son married Tiffany Trump, the former president's younger daughter, two years ago. Boulos, a Lebanese-born businessman, is now using his connections in the Arab American community and meeting with its leaders in Michigan, home to many Arab American Democrats who are disenchanted with Biden. But any apparent political opportunity for Trump may be...

  • Clooney and Roberts help Biden raise $30 million-plus at a star-studded Hollywood gala

    DARLENE SUPERVILLE and WILL WEISSERT

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Some of Hollywood's brightest stars headlined a fundraiser for President Joe Biden that took in a record $30 million-plus for a Democratic candidate, according to his campaign, in hopes of energizing would-be supporters for a White House contest they said may rank among the most consequential in U.S. history. George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Barbra Streisand were among those who took the stage at the 7,100-seat Peacock Theater in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Late-night host Jimmy Kimmel interviewed Biden and former...

  • Stores are more subdued in observing Pride Month. Some LGBTQ+ people see a silver lining in that

    ANNE D'INNOCENZIO

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Pride Month in full gear, U.S. shoppers can find the usual merchandise many stores stock for the June celebration of LGBTQ+ culture and rights. But analysts and advocates say the marketing is toned down compared to previous years, and at some chains, there's no trace of Pride at all. The more subdued atmosphere underscores the struggle of many retailers to cater to different groups of customers at a time of extreme cultural divisions. This year's Pride Month is unfolding amid a sea of legislation and litigation over...

  • German police shot a man allegedly threatening them with a hammer in Euro 2024 host city Hamburg

    BERLIN (AP) — German police said Sunday they shot and wounded a man who was threatening them with a pick hammer and a Molotov cocktail in the northern city of Hamburg, hours before it hosted a match in the European Championship soccer tournament. Police officers opened fire after the man, a 39-year-old German, refused to put down the hammer and the Molotov cocktail, hitting him in the leg, Hamburg police said in a statement. The man was hospitalized with his injuries, it said. No one else was hurt. The incident happened in the St. Pauli...

  • Israel's army says it will pause daytime fighting along a route in southern Gaza to help flow of aid

    JOSEF FEDERMAN and WAFAA SHURAFA

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's military announced on Sunday that it would pause fighting during daytime hours along a route in southern Gaza to free up a backlog of humanitarian aid deliveries for desperate Palestinians enduring a humanitarian crisis sparked by the war, now in its ninth month. The "tactical pause," which applies to about 12 kilometers (7½ miles) of road in the Rafah area, falls far short of a complete cease-fire in the territory that has been sought by the international community, including Israel's top ally, the United States....

  • Police identify Michigan splash pad shooter but there's still no word on a motive

    ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities on Sunday identified the man who opened fire at a splash pad in suburban Detroit before taking his own life, but his motives remained unknown as investigators worked to determine if he left behind any hint of his plans. Oakland County Sheriff's spokesperson Stephen Huber said the shooter was 42-year-old Michael William Nash of Shelby Township. Sheriff Mike Bouchard said Saturday evening that the gunman had no prior criminal history but apparently suffered privately from what the sheriff called...

  • Milan Fashion Week: Prada projects youthful optimism, not escapism, in a turbulent world

    COLLEEN BARRY

    MILAN (AP) — Without making overt statements, Milan designers expressed their concern over the global turbulence through their collections. Miuccia Prada said she wanted to project optimism. "Because even if the times are bad, I feel that it was the right thing to do," she said backstage at the Prada show. She is not promoting escapism. "Eventually, I propose something positive, but escapism, I don't like." Not using the platform to comment on the state of the world would be "irresponsible,'' said the designers behind the Simon Cracker...

  • 78 countries at Swiss conference agree Ukraine's territorial integrity must be basis of any peace

    JAMEY KEATEN

    OBBÜRGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Nearly 80 countries called Sunday for the "territorial integrity" of Ukraine to be the basis for any peace agreement to end Russia's two-year war, though some key developing nations at a Swiss conference did not join in. The way forward for diplomacy remains unclear. The joint communique capped a two-day conference marked by the absence of Russia, which was not invited. Many attendees expressed hope that Russia might join in on a road map to peace in the future. The all-out war since President Vladimir Putin's...

  • Missouri woman's murder conviction tossed after 43 years. Her lawyers say a police officer did it

    HEATHER HOLLINGSWORTH

    A judge has overturned the conviction of a Missouri woman who was a psychiatric patient when she incriminated herself in a 1980 killing that her attorneys argue was actually committed by a now-discredited police officer. Judge Ryan Horsman ruled late Friday that Sandra Hemme, who has spent 43 years behind bars, had established evidence of actual innocence and must be freed within 30 days unless prosecutors retry her. He said her trial counsel was ineffective and prosecutors failed to disclose evidence that would have helped her. Her attorneys...

  • World leaders meet in Switzerland to discuss a Ukraine peace roadmap. Russia is notably absent

    JAMEY KEATEN

    OBBÜRGEN, Switzerland (AP) — Dozens of world leaders converged on a Swiss resort Saturday to discuss how to bring peace to war-ravaged Ukraine, though any hopes of a real breakthrough were muted by the absence of Russia. Three years into the war, the combatants remain as far apart as they've ever been, with Kyiv sticking to its demands that Russia leave all Ukrainian territory it has seized and Moscow pressing on with its grinding offensive that has already taken large swaths of eastern and southern Ukraine. Despite Russia's absence from...

  • Trump's Michigan trip will include stops at a Black church and a gathering of far-right activists

    STEVE PEOPLES and JOEY CAPPELLETTI

    DETROIT (AP) — Donald Trump will use back-to-back stops Saturday to court Black voters and a conservative group that has been accused of attracting white supremacists as the Republican presidential candidate works to stitch together a coalition of historically divergent interests in battleground Michigan. Trump is scheduled to host an afternoon roundtable at an African American church in downtown Detroit. Later he will appear at the "People's Convention" of Turning Point Action, a group that the Anti-Defamation League says has been linked...

  • How do cicadas make their signature sound, so eerie and amazingly loud?

    SETH BORENSTEIN

    WHEATON, Ill. (AP) — The most noticeable part of the cicada invasion blanketing the central United States is the sound — an eerie, amazingly loud song that gets in a person's ears and won't let much else in. "It's beautiful chaos," said Rebecca Schmidt, a U.S. Department of Agriculture research entomologist. "It does make this kind of symphony." The songs — only from males — are mating calls. Each periodical cicada species has its own distinct song, but two stand out: those of the orange-striped decims or pharaoh cicadas, and the...

  • On Father's Day, this LGBTQ+ couple celebrates the friend who helped make their family dream reality

    SUMMER BALLENTINE and NICK INGRAM

    PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — David Titterington had a sense of what his childhood friend would ask him when she led him into a photo booth at a mutual friend's wedding roughly a decade ago. As the countdown for the second photo ticked, Jen Wilson popped the question: Will you be my sperm donor? "Of course I said yes," Titterington said. "I mean, who would have guessed that, being a gay man, I would have this opportunity to have biological children and also be part of their lives?" On Father's Day, Kansas residents Jen and Whitney Wilson...

  • AP Decision Notes: What to expect in Oklahoma's state primaries

    MAYA SWEEDLER

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Voters in Oklahoma will decide almost 60 contested primaries for the U.S. House of Representatives and both chambers of the state legislature on Tuesday. The race to watch will be the Republican primary in the state's 4th Congressional District, where a deep-pocketed challenger is making a long-shot bid to unseat 10-term incumbent Tom Cole. Businessman Paul Bondar, a political newcomer who sold an insurance group he founded, has spent almost $4.9 million, according to campaign finance filings, essentially all of it from...

  • Bye bye, El Nino. Cooler hurricane-helping La Nina to replace the phenomenon that adds heat to Earth

    SETH BORENSTEIN

    The strong El Nino weather condition that added a bit of extra heat to already record warm global temperatures is gone. It's cool flip side, La Nina, is likely to breeze in just in time for peak Atlantic hurricane season, federal meteorologists said. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration Thursday pronounced dead the El Nino that warms parts of the central Pacific. The El Nino, while not quite a record breaker in strength, formed a year ago has been blamed, along with human-caused climate change and overall ocean warmth, for a wild...

  • Senate Republicans block bill on women's right to IVF as Democrats make push on reproductive care

    STEPHEN GROVES

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans blocked legislation that would make it a right nationwide for women to access in vitro fertilization and other fertility treatments after Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer forced a vote on the matter Thursday in an effort to drive an election-year contrast on reproductive care. Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a military veteran who has used the fertility treatment to have her two children, has championed the bill, called the Right to IVF Act. The bill would have also expanded access through insurance as well as...

  • President Joe Biden faces first lawsuit over new asylum crackdown at the border

    SEUNG MIN KIM and REBECCA SANTANA

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A coalition of immigrant advocacy groups sued the Biden administration on Wednesday over President Joe Biden's recent directive that effectively halts asylum claims at the southern border, saying it differs little from a similar move by the Trump administration that was blocked by the courts. The lawsuit — filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and others on behalf of Las Americas Immigrant Advocacy Center and the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services, or RAICES — is the first test of the...

  • Supreme Court rules California man can't trademark 'Trump too small'

    MARK SHERMAN

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously ruled against a man who wants to trademark the suggestive phrase "Trump too small." The justices upheld the government's decision to deny a trademark to Steve Elster, a California man seeking exclusive use of the phrase on T-shirts and potentially other merchandise. It is one of several cases at the court relating to former President Donald Trump, including major cases related to the violent attack on the Capitol in 2021. Earlier this term, the court laid out standards for when...

  • US reporter Evan Gershkovich, jailed in Russia on espionage charges, to stand trial, officials say

    MOSCOW (AP) — U.S. journalist Evan Gershkovich, who has been jailed for over a year in Russia on espionage charges, will stand trial in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg, where he was detained, authorities said Thursday. An indictment of The Wall Street Journal reporter has been finalized and his case was filed to the Sverdlovsky Regional Court in the city about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, according to Russia's Prosecutor General's office. There was no word on when the trial would begin. Gershkovich, 32, is accused...

  • President Biden says he won't offer commutation to his son Hunter after gun sentence

    COLLEEN LONG

    FASANO, Italy (AP) — President Joe Biden said Thursday that he will not use his presidential powers to lessen the eventual sentence that his son Hunter will receive for his federal felony conviction on gun crimes. Biden, following the conclusion of a news conference held at the Group of Seven summit of the world's wealthiest democracies, responded he would not when asked whether he plans to commute the sentence for his son. Hunter Biden's sentencing date has not been set, and the three counts carry up to 25 years in prison, though that's...

  • Biden and Zelenskyy sign security deal as Ukraine's leader questions how long the unity will last

    COLLEEN LONG and DARLENE SUPERVILLE

    FASANO, Italy (AP) — President Joe Biden and Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a 10-year security agreement Thursday that they hailed as a milestone in relations between their countries, but that alone was not enough to stop Zelenskyy from wondering how much longer he could count on America's support. Zelenskyy also said his country "urgently" needed additional air defense systems to protect Ukrainians and the nation's infrastructure from Russia's continued bombardment. The leaders signed the agreement on the sidelines of the...

  • Justice Clarence Thomas took more trips paid for by donor Harlan Crow, Senate panel reveals

    MARY CLARE JALONICK

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin says his committee has uncovered at least three additional trips given to Justice Clarence Thomas by GOP megadonor Harlan Crow as part of the panel's ethics investigation into the Supreme Court. Durbin, D-Ill., said Thursday the committee obtained information from Crow that Thomas took three trips, and at least six flights, on Crow's private jet in 2017, 2019 and 2021. The panel also found evidence of private jet travel during trips to Indonesia and California that Thomas recently disclosed in...

  • Tropical rainstorms in South Florida lead to flight delays and streets jammed with stalled cars

    FREIDA FRISARO and TERRY SPENCER

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A tropical disturbance that brought a rare flash flood emergency to much of southern Florida delayed flights at two of the state's largest airports and left vehicles waterlogged and stalled in some of the region's lowest-lying streets. "Looked like the beginning of a zombie movie," said Ted Rico, a tow truck driver who spent much of Wednesday night and Thursday morning helping to clear the streets of stalled vehicles. "There's cars littered everywhere, on top of sidewalks, in the median, in the middle of the...

  • Elon Musk wins back his $44.9 billion Tesla pay package in shareholder vote

    TOM KRISHER and DAVID HAMILTON

    DETROIT (AP) — Tesla shareholders voted Thursday to restore CEO Elon Musk's record $44.9 billion pay package that was thrown out by a Delaware judge earlier this year, sending a strong vote of confidence in his leadership of the electric vehicle maker. The favorable vote doesn't necessarily mean that Musk will get the all-stock compensation anytime soon. The package is likely to remain tied up in the Delaware Chancery Court and Supreme Court for months as Tesla tries to overturn the Delaware judge's rejection. Musk has raised doubts about...

  • Phoenix police have pattern of violating civil rights and using excessive force, Justice Dept. says

    JACQUES BILLEAUD

    PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix police discriminate against Black, Hispanic and Native American people, unlawfully detain homeless people and use excessive force, including unjustified deadly force, according to a sweeping federal civil rights investigation of law enforcement in the nation's fifth-largest city. The U.S. Justice Department report released Thursday says investigators found stark racial disparities in how officers in the Phoenix Police Department enforce certain laws, including low-level drug and traffic offenses. Investigators found...

  • A Chinese military buff inadvertently bought 4 books of military secrets for under $1

    KEN MORITSUGU

    BEIJING (AP) — A military history buff in China appears to have made an alarming discovery after picking up four discarded books for less than $1 at a neighborhood recycling station: They were confidential military documents. The country's Ministry of State Security told the story in a social media post on Thursday, praising the retired man for calling a hotline to report the incident. It identified him only by his family name, Zhang, and did not say what the documents were about. "Mr. Zhang thought to himself that he had 'bought' the...

  • Double take: 23 sets of twins graduate from a single Massachusetts middle school

    NEEDHAM, Mass. (AP) — Twenty-three sets of twins have graduated from a Massachusetts middle school, making up about 10% of the eighth-grade class. The identical and fraternal twins graduated from Pollard Middle School in Needham, Massachusetts, on Wednesday. Another student, who is also a twin, graduated but her brother attends a different school, said principal Tamatha Bibbo. It's "quite unusual," said Bibbo. "We typically have anywhere from five to 10 sets at most. Given our numbers, we have approximately 450 to 500 children in each grade...

  • With a big kick, Bubi the elephant oracle predicts Germany to win Euro 2024 opener

    STARKENBERG, Germany (AP) — Move over, Paul the octopus. There's a new big-hitter in the world of soccer soothsayers. And this one is going for a win for Germany to open the European Championship. Bubi, an African elephant who lives in a reserve in Thuringia in central Germany, was tasked Thursday with predicting the victor of the Euro 2024 match between the host nation and Scotland in Munich on Friday. Bubi had to kick a ball toward the flags of Germany and Scotland that were on either side of a makeshift goal. The ball rolled toward...

  • What could make a baby bison white?

    CHRISTINA LARSON

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Photos of a white bison calf in Yellowstone National Park have generated excitement as well as questions: How does that happen? A park visitor said she took the photographs in the park earlier this month, showing a fuzzy white youngster being nuzzled by its dark brown mother. Park officials said this week that they hadn't yet spotted a white calf in the sprawling park in Wyoming and Montana, home to about 5,000 bison, also called American buffalo. In the wild, there are two genetic variations that may result in unusually...

  • The Latest | The US Supreme Court rules to preserve access to the abortion pill mifepristone

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled unanimously to preserve access to the drug most commonly used in medication abortion. The nine justices found that abortion opponents lacked the legal right to sue over the Food and Drug Administration's approval of mifepristone and the FDA's subsequent actions to ease restrictions on getting it. The medication was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the United States last year. The ruling is the court's first abortion decision since conservative justices overturned Roe v....

  • What we know about the lawsuit filed by the last survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

    SEAN MURPHY

    Attorneys for the two remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre said Thursday they will petition the Oklahoma Supreme Court for a rehearing in the case seeking reparations for one of the worst single acts of violence against Black people in U.S. history. In an 8-1 decision on Wednesday, the state's highest court upheld a decision made by a district court judge in Tulsa last year to dismiss the case. Although the court wrote that the plaintiff's grievances about the destruction of the Greenwood district, also known as "Black Wall...

  • Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

    AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials notified the American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas that it plans to provide the training, particularly as it relates to the LGBTQ community, The Emporia Gazette reported. The ACLU had threatened to sue the district after Izzy Dieker, who was an eighth grader at the time, was suspended from...

  • STEVE NELSON

    It is with profound sadness that Steve's family announces his passing on June 4, 2024, at the age of 72 years of age in Houston, Texas. Steve was born in Chanute, Kansas, to Gene and Helen Nelson on December 22, 1951. Steve grew up living in Joplin Missouri, Ottawa, Kansas, and Alva, Oklahoma. It would be difficult to chronicle all of Steve's adventures through his 40-plus year career in the oil and gas industry. He spent time in over 50 countries and made it to six of the seven continents. He...

  • NEVA SUE EGNER

    A visitation for Neva, with family present, will be held Monday evening, June 17, 2024, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the funeral home. Funeral services for Neva Egner will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, 2024, at Marshall Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Bob Brown officiating. Interment will follow in the Short Springs Cemetery under the direction of Marshall Funeral Home, Alva. Neva Sue, daughter of Lowell Ellsworth and Edna Ruth (Lee) Ryel, was born August 9, 1950, at Cherokee, Oklahoma, and...

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