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Oklahoma virus hospitalizations surge due to omicron variant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patients in some Oklahoma hospitals are being treated in hallways, even closets, as the omicron variant causes a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations, state health officials said Tuesday. Leaders of Oklahoma City's four major...

 

LOCALIZE IT: How green energy shift creates uncertain future

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: The nation's energy supply is being transformed as states and utilities shift toward power sources that don't emit carbon and add to the warming of the planet. If this ongoing change has not already affected your communities,...

 

Prosecutor: No charges in Black Kansas teen's custody death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor said Tuesday that he won't file criminal charges over the death of a Black 17-year-old who became unresponsive while being restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes following an altercation with staff at...

 

GOP redistricting plan in Kansas splits Democrat's district

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing a redistricting proposal that would remove Democratic voters from the Kansas-City area swing district currently held by the state's only Democratic member of Congress. The plan...

 

Wichita police say 2 teenagers killed in shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A shooting on the south side of Wichita has left two teenagers dead, police said. Officers who were called to an apartment complex on Monday night found 17-year-old Alexis Cervantes-Martinez and 16-year-old Mariah Zamora in a...

 

Kansas will stop 'futile' COVID-19 contact tracing

Kansas will stop contact tracing for COVID-19 next month because it is "futile" as confirmed cases increase and the public becomes less interested in participating, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday. The change, which...

 

US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling...

 

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around "hot spots" where nature and...

 

Rudy Giuliani among Trump allies subpoenaed by Jan. 6 panel

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas Tuesday to Rudy Giuliani and other members of Donald Trump's post-election legal team who filed multiple lawsuits claiming election fraud that were...

 

White House soft-launches COVID-19 test request website

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday quietly launched its website for Americans to request free at-home COVID-19 tests, a day before the site was scheduled to officially go online. The website, COVIDTests.gov, now includes a link...

 

Majority of US states pursue nuclear power for emission cuts

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — As climate change pushes states in the U.S. to dramatically cut their use of fossil fuels, many are coming to the conclusion that solar, wind and other renewable power sources might not be enough to keep the lights on....

 

NTSB chief to fed agency: Stop using misleading statistics

WASHINGTON (AP) — With traffic fatalities spiking higher, the nation's top safety investigator says a widely cited government statistic that 94% of serious crashes are solely due to driver error is misleading and that the Transportation Department...

 

The AP Interview: Exiled artist Ai Weiwei on Beijing Games

When he was tapped to help design Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the artist Ai Weiwei hoped the Games and the arena's instantly recognizable weave of curving steel beams would symbolize China's new openness. He was...

 

Alfalfa County court filings

According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be obtai...

 

Alfalfa County real estate transactions

Real Estate Transfers Book 877 page 46: Earl Douglas Moser and Elaine Boyce Moser convey unto Ken L. Lamber and Eva J. Lambert as Trustees of the Ken L. Lambert and Eva J. Lambert Living Trust. Lots 13 through 16, block 46, all in the Town of...

 

U. of Michigan reaches $490M settlement over sexual abuse

The University of Michigan announced a $490 million settlement Wednesday with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school. The university said mediation led to the...

 

Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 During this day there were two traffic stops. 6:55 a.m. – Medic needed in the 500 block of Main for a female that had fallen and she had been throwing up. Medic took the patient to Share Medical Center in Alva. 10:24 a.m....

 

Alfalfa County renews contract with City of Cherokee for regional airport

The Alfalfa County commissioners heard from Cherokee City Manager Mike Jones at Tuesday's meeting. Jones asked Mike Roach, Jay Hague and Marvin Woodall to continue and renew their contract between the City and County. In 2019, officials in Alfalfa Co...

 

Cows and bulls are targeted by cattle thieves in Barber County, Kansas

Starting in October 2021, ranchers in Barber County, Kansas, and beyond started noticing cows were missing from their fields with a cow/calf operation. The theft of primarily black Angus cows, bulls and a few calves was still ongoing in December....

 

Three members of Kiowa City Council sworn in for another four-year term

Mayor Bill Watson called the Jan.10 regular monthly meeting of Kiowa's City Council to order with all but one member present including: Janet Robison, President Brian Hill, Jason Thayer and Tom Wells. B.J. Duvall was absent. City Administrator Sam De...

 

Kiowa City Council sees more than doubled tax revenue

Mayor Bill Watson called the Jan.10 regular monthly meeting of Kiowa's City Council to order with all but one member present including: Janet Robison, President Brian Hill, Jason Thayer and Tom Wells. B.J. Duvall was absent. City Administrator Sam...

 

Bryan to start `Raised Bed Garden' that can supply produce for grocery store, restaurants

“It pained me to watch how hard people (volunteers) worked last summer in the Community Garden by the old hospital that we just tore down and how much work that was,” Kiowa resident and businessman Jeff Bryan said who is leading the charge to...

 

Semi load of cattle overturns on blacktop between Kiowa and Burlington

Monday about 1:25 p.m., a semi loaded with cattle overturned east of Kiowa at Bluestem Road or 1.4 miles south of Chieftain Road. Kansas Highway Patrol Charley Brattin worked the wreck and was assisted by numerous law enforcement agencies from...

 

Free at-home Covid tests, if you're insured

This week’s column is aimed at giving you information on topics currently in the news. People in the U.S. can now get free at home Covid-19 tests, according to a news release from the Oklahoma...

 

Aline-Cleo's Burchardt, Cosper, Cunningham inducted into National Honor Society

Aline-Cleo welcomed three new inductees – senior Hannah Burchardt, junior Asheli Cosper and sophomore Myah Cunningham – into the National Honor Society in a ceremony held in the high school...

 

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