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Articles from the March 4, 2021 edition

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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To March 4: Harold Snow, Phillip Kirkpatrick, Caleb Bixler March 5: Todd Reutlinger, Brayden Nixon March 6: Kendra Brown, Olivia Rae Wilson, Tana Nixon, Jimmie Darr, Leroy Bradt, Rachelle Richardson March 7: Glenn Gay March 8: Shannon...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To March 5: Mr. & Mrs. Ty Harper March 10: Mr. & Mrs. Duane Gillenwaters March 19: Mr. & Mrs. Gary Gerloff March 21: Mr. & Mrs. Harold Snow March 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bobby Gainer March 25: Mr. & Mrs. George Leist March 26: Mr. & Mrs.... Full story

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Feb. 28, the second Sunday of Lent, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. Invocation by Pastor Todd...

 

Freedom school calendar

March 5: Second semester midterm March 6: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Woods County Spring Livestock Show at fairgrounds in Alva March 9-19: OYE March 15-19: Spring Break March 23-25: FCCLA State Star Events in Stillwater March 26: 7th, 8th and high school...

 

Nursing homes see 82 percent decline in Covid cases indicating vaccines are working

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL), representing more than 14,000 nursing homes and long term care facilities across the... Full story

 

State Health Department changes Covid-19 death count reporting

Wednesday, March 3, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) stated, “We are changing the way we report Covid-19 deaths in an effort to show a more timely picture of the disease’s impact in Oklahoma. Moving forward, we will include the...

 

Gauging a plan to alter education funding in Oklahoma

A proposal to adjust the school funding formula could strip millions from urban and rural districts and shift it to others. Had it been in place this year, Oklahoma City Public Schools' state aid... Full story

 

States rapidly expanding vaccine access as supplies surge

Buoyed by a surge in vaccine shipments, states and cities are rapidly expanding eligibility for COVID-19 shots to teachers, Americans 50 and over and others as the U.S. races to beat back the virus and reopen businesses and schools. Indiana and...

 

House prepares to pass landmark voting rights, ethics bill

Washington (AP) — House Democrats are poised to pass a sweeping elections and ethics bill, offering it up as a powerful counterweight to voting rights restrictions advancing in Republican-controlled statehouses across the country. House Resolution...

 

General: Pentagon hesitated on sending Guard to Capitol riot

WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Department leaders placed unusual restrictions on the National Guard for the day of the Capitol riot and delayed sending help for hours despite an urgent plea from police for reinforcement, according to testimony...

 

Cuomo addresses harassment claims, vows to stay in office

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Wednesday said he intends to remain in office in the face of sexual harassment allegations that have weakened his support and led to calls for his resignation. The Democratic governor, speaking somb...

 

SUV in crash where 13 died came through hole in border fence

HOLTVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Thirteen people killed in one of the deadliest crashes involving migrants sneaking into the U.S. had entered California through a hole cut into the border fence with Mexico in what was believed to be a larger smuggling...

 

In Mississippi, small-town bluesman keeps aging music alive

BENTONIA, Miss. (AP) — With callused hands, Jimmy "Duck" Holmes plucks an old acoustic guitar at the juke joint his parents started more than 70 years ago. He checks the cafe's inventory: jars of pickled eggs, beef jerky, pork hocks. He tends to...

 

Man injures 8 with ax in Sweden before being shot, arrested

STOCKHOLM (AP) — A man armed with an ax attacked and injured eight people in a southern Swedish town Wednesday before being shot and arrested, police said. Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said a possible terrorist motive was being investigated. "In th...

 

Fed survey finds modest gains in the US economy in February

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Federal Reserve survey of business conditions across the United States has found that economic activity was expanding at a modest pace in February. The Fed survey released Wednesday shows that the central bank's business...

 

Pandemic puts 1 in 3 nonprofits in financial jeopardy

NEW YORK (AP) — More than one-third of U.S. nonprofits are in jeopardy of closing within two years because of the financial harm inflicted by the viral pandemic, according to a study being released Wednesday by the philanthropy research group...

 

China announces 'over 6%' economic growth target, tech plans

BEIJING (AP) — China’s top economic official announced a healthy growth target for the nation Friday and its plans to become a more self-reliant technology leader amid tension with Washington and Europe over trade, Hong Kong and human rights....

 

US demands Myanmar release detained journalists, protesters

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration stepped up its condemnation of the coup in Myanmar on Thursday, demanding that military authorities stop their brutal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters and release demonstrators and journalists who...

 

Dallas police officer charged with arranging two killings

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of capital murder, more than a year and a half after a man told investigators that he kidnapped and killed two people at the officer's instruction in 2017, authorities said....

 

Elusive artist Banksy confirms he's behind prison artwork

LONDON (AP) — Banksy appears to have thrown his support behind a campaign to turn a former prison in the English town of Reading into an arts venue, a town spokesman said on Thursday, after the street artist confirmed that artwork that appeared on...

 

Court raises bar for some immigrants to avoid deportation

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday made it harder for longtime immigrants who have been convicted of a crime to avoid deportation. Justice Neil Gorsuch wrote the opinion for a 5-3 conservative majority that ruled against a Mexican...

 

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