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'We need English for everything'

Leticia Miguel has a sick child she takes to Oklahoma City for cardiac care; it's vital she be able to communicate clearly with her child's doctors. Erica Rios, who works at Beadles, wants to be able... Full story

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Jan. 9: Luanne Boham Jan. 10: Teresa McIver, Janet Snow Jan. 11: Tegan Cook, Gene Burnham Jan. 12: Amanda Isenbart Jan. 13: Darlien Kamas, Alan Burkhart, Ruth Fisher Jan. 14: Kaye Costello, Taylor Turner, Kassidy Bourassa Jan. 15:...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Jan. 15: Mr. & Mrs. Bryan Pierce Jan. 20: Mr. & Mrs. Phillip Schultz, Mr. & Mrs. Mick Ferguson Jan. 24: Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800-3...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 5, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Invocation by Pastor Todd Call to Worship: Psalm 143:1-10 led by Shirley Wagner Opening Hymn: “Trust and Obey” led by Jennifer...

 

Freedom school calendar

Jan. 9: High school basketball at Medford Tournament Jan. 10: High school basketball at Medford Tournament Jan. 11: High school basketball at Medford Tournament Jan. 11: Robotics Qualifier 1 Jan. 15: 3:45 p.m. 4-H meeting Jan. 17: 4 p.m. Junior high...

 

Sandblasting of Woods County Jail interior approved

After about sixty years and untold coats of paint, the Woods County Jail interior will be sandblasted to prepare for a new paint job. The Woods County Commissioners received only one bid for the... Full story

 

Former Oklahoma cop appeals convictions to US Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing women he encountered on patrol is appealing his conviction to the U.S. Supreme Court. Court records show Daniel Holtzclaw's petition to the...

 

Central Oklahoma to get new area code in addition to 405

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission announced Wednesday its approval of a plan for an additional area code for 19 central Oklahoma counties in the 405 area, including Oklahoma County and Oklahoma City. The commission said the...

 

Suspect in after-hours Kansas club shooting arrested

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man suspected of fatally shooting an innocent bystander last month during an argument at an after-hours Kansas club is in custody. Twenty-five-year-old Terrance Nigel Johnson was extradited Tuesday to Sedgwick County,...

 

Capital murder charge filed in Kansas fire that killed 3

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A capital murder charge was filed Wednesday against a man suspected of setting a fire in Kansas that killed his estranged girlfriend and two of her children. Ismael Caballero also was charged with second-degree murder and...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 9, 2020

Governor to merge Kansas agency faulted over child deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor plans to merge a state agency that has been under fire in recent years over abused children's deaths with another social services department in the hopes that the state will focus more on preventing problems wit...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 9, 2020

Kelly, GOP leader to unveil Kansas Medicaid expansion plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and a top Republican legislator are preparing to unveil a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas. Kelly's office scheduled a Statehouse news conference for Thursday morning with Senate...

 

Court revokes incorporation for masquerading Kansas company

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has revoked articles of incorporation of a company who used a similar name and its registered corporate status in Kansas to masquerade as a Koch Industries subsidiary in order to provide credibility to counterfeiting ac...

 

Crews battling several grass fires across Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Crews have been battling numerous grass fires across Kansas Wednesday amid windy, dry conditions. KWCH-TV reported that weather radar has picked up the smoke from fires in Cowley, Greenwood and Saline counties. The National...

 

Kansas City files lawsuit over weapons trafficking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City and a national gun safety advocacy group filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that several businesses and individuals trafficked firearms in the region while willfully ignoring evidence that the guns were being sold...

 

WVU's Huggins fined for referring to refs as '3 blind mice'

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The Big 12 Conference has fined West Virginia coach Bob Huggins $10,000 for referring to an officiating crew as "three blind mice" after a recent loss at No. 3 Kansas. The league announced the fine in a statement that also...

 

Proposed bill seeks more transparency after police shootings

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill inspired by the fatal police shooting of a 17-year-old in Overland Park would require Kansas law enforcement agencies to change how they handle such shootings. Under the bill, all law enforcement agencies would be...

 

District to pay $165K to settle student's sex crimes suit

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has approved a $165,000 settlement between a large suburban Kansas City school district and a student who was sexually assaulted by a middle school classmate. The Shawnee Mission School District in...

 
 By Matt Volz    Regional    January 9, 2020

Search off for 'command vehicle' in mystery drone case

A Colorado sheriff on Wednesday rescinded his call for people to be on the lookout for a "command vehicle" that may be operating mysterious groups of drones spotted in recent weeks over northeastern Colorado and western Nebraska. That request for...

 

Florida mom hits jackpot: 2 sets of twin boys born in 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Doctors told a Florida woman she had a better chance of winning the lottery than of giving birth to two sets of twins in the same year. But Alexzandria Wolliston said she won the jackpot with the births of Mark and...

 

Are child crusaders, heroes fair game for adult critics?

NEW YORK (AP) — The point where childhood ends and adulthood begins isn't as straightforward as it seems. Add the limelight and things can get complicated for young people who either voluntarily or through circumstances live very public lives....

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump minimizes IS risk, distorts Iran payout

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump wrongly dismissed the continuing threat of the Islamic State group and spread a false tale of the U.S. paying out billions of dollars to Iran as part of the multinational deal freezing its nuclear program...

 

Transcript of Trump's remarks at White House on Iran

A transcript of President Donald Trump's remarks Wednesday on Iran, as released by the White House: As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon. Good morning. I'm pleased to inform you: The...

 

No cause found for ignition of fatal Colorado gas site blast

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Investigation agencies in Colorado have not determined what ignited a well site explosion last year that killed a worker. Randy Yellowman, 47, was working as a contracted truck driver when his body was found by ranchers after...

 

Chinese report says illnesses may be from new coronavirus

BEIJING (AP) — A preliminary investigation into viral pneumonia illnesses sickening dozens of people in and around China has identified the possible cause as a new type of coronavirus, state media said Thursday. Chinese health authorities did not...

 

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