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Sundance Wind Energy Center to be operational by end of year

Demi Gastouniotis, 25, has various titles but they all boil down to the same thing: she's the boots on the ground for getting the Sundance Wind Energy Center up and running. The center, and the... Full story

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Freedom United Methodist Church, the order of services was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Freedom UMC’s annual Ground Hog Supper will be Feb. 1, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Shirley Wagner has once again donated a beautiful afghan to...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Jan. 23: Evan Reed Ferguson, Lana Darr, Alan Dean Sample, Beau Wilson Jan. 24: Sonny Wagner, Linda Gray, Landon Brady Jan. 26: Margie Waldrop, Ashley Ferguson, Tammy Honer Jan. 27: Jason Kornele, Ranae Murrow, Ronda Williams Jan....

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Jan. 24: Mr. & Mrs. Albert Williams Feb. 2: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Wardrop Feb. 9: Mr. & Mrs. Shane Justice Feb. 12: Mr. & Mrs. Steve Brady (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 800...

 

Freedom School calendar

Jan. 23: High school basketball at Billings tournament 7 p.m. Freedom girls vs Mid Moore 8:15 p.m. Freedom boys vs Mid Moore Jan. 24: High school basketball at Billings tournament Jan. 25: High school basketball at Billings tournament Jan. 25:...

 

Billings Basketball Tournament begins today

Freedom basketball teams will be playing in the Billings tournament Thursday through Saturday. Other teams in the tournament are Mid Moore, Liberty, Taloga, Blackwell and Aline-Cleo. The Freedom Lady Eagles will take on Mid Moore at 7 p.m. tonight....

 

How recreational Is Oklahoma's medical marijuana market?

Welcome to the wild west of weed. Eighteen months after Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana, the state is awash in cannabis retail shops. One in 13 adult Oklahomans has a patient card. With no... Full story

 

Oklahoma troopers shoot, kill man after vehicle pursuit

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Two Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers on Wednesday shot and killed a suspected car thief who crashed the truck he was driving during a pursuit, authorities said. The troopers were responding to a report of a stolen vehicle...

 

Oklahoma zookeeper sentenced in murder-for-hire plot

By SEAN MURPHY Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper and one-time candidate for governor was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in prison for his role in a murder-for-hire plot and violating federal wildlife laws. A...

 

Stitt taps former business exec to head Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt named an executive from his former company on Wednesday to head up the state's budget and technology office. Stitt announced the appointment of Steven Harpe as director of the Office of Management and...

 

Supreme Court: Alcohol distribution law unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A divided Oklahoma Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a law requiring the top 25 brands of wine and spirits to be sold to all Oklahoma alcohol wholesalers is unconstitutional. The 5-4 ruling means alcohol manufacturers can...

 

4th tribe to join lawsuit against Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe unanimously approved a $500,000 supplemental appropriation for expenses related to the lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt over his claim that the state's gaming compacts have expired. The Muscogee...

 

Where are the Hispanic executives?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) JD Swerzenski, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Donald T. Tomaskovic-Devey, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Eric Hoyt, Univ...

 

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two v...

 

Court: Kansas "Ag-Gag" unconstitutionally bans free speech

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Provisions in a Kansas law that ban the secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalize free speech, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil mostly...

 

Big 12 suspends 4 players from KU-KSU brawl 24 games total

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Big 12 suspended four players from Kansas and Kansas State a combined 24 games Wednesday for their roles in a melee that spilled off the court and into a section of disabled seating in Allen Fieldhouse near the end of the...

 

Wichita man charged in death of 2-month-old son

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder in the death of his 2-month-old son. Marlin Williams, 23, made his first court appearance in the death of Marrell Williams. He was also charged with three counts of a...

 

Deputy wounds fleeing motorist after carjacking attempt

DIGHTON, Kan. (AP) — A western Kansas sheriff's deputy shot and wounded a fleeing motorist after he attempted to carjack another vehicle when two of his tires were flattened, authorities say. A Ness County Sheriff's deputy attempted to stop the...

 

Kelly names Air National Guard leader new adjutant general

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An Air National Guard brigadier general has been chosen to be the new Kansas Adjutant General, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Wednesday. David Weishaar, who commands the Air Guard in Kansas as assistant adjutant general, will...

 

Court: GEICO must pay injured Kansas man for care from wife

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An insurance company must reimburse a Kansas man for the personal care his wife provided after he was injured in an automobile accident, the state Supreme Court ruled in rejecting that spouses are required to provide such...

 

Man pleads guilty to triple slaying in central Kansas

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — A man originally charged with capital murder for the deaths of three people in central Kansas in 2016 has avoided the death penalty by agreeing to plead guilty to four felonies. Jereme Nelson, 39, pleaded guilty Jan. 10 to inten...

 

Kansas mother pleads guilty in starvation, abuse of child

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Shawnee woman has pleaded guilty to her role in the starvation of a 5-year-old boy. Elizabeth Marie Francis, 28, pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated criminal sodomy and child abuse, the Johnson County District Attorney's...

 

Lawrence mayor says vandalism of her home was political

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence mayor is calling the vandalism of her home during a commission meeting that focused on homelessness politically motivated. Mayor Jennifer Ananda said Tuesday that someone threw a brick through one of her home's...

 

Cold-stunned iguanas falling from Florida trees

MIAMI (AP) — The National Weather Service routinely warns people about falling rain, snow and hail, but temperatures are dropping so low in South Florida the forecasters warned residents Tuesday about falling iguanas. "This isn't something we...

 
 By TOM CANAVAN    Sports    January 23, 2020

Giants' Eli Manning retires after 16 seasons, 2 Super Bowls

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning is ending a 16-year NFL career that saw him recognized as a great quarterback, a leader, a solid citizen and the man who led the New York Giants back into prominence with two Super Bowl titles. Manning, who...

 

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