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Driftwood minister serves as Senate Chaplain

Pastor Rod Rieger of Driftwood Christian Church in Driftwood, Oklahoma, has completed a day of service as chaplain to the State Senate. Pastor Rieger was sponsored by Sen. Roland Pederson...

 

You can be a part of Kiowa's Community Garden; help needed planting, picking, weeding

When you can't wait for the taste of summer, you'll find that perfect cucumber or tomato in a garden in the middle of your hometown – and it's free. Of course you can help plant the vegetables, weed around them, water, pick …. The Kiowa District...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 6, 2019

Delayed City of Kiowa building project and committee responsibilities questioned

Over a year ago, at Kiowa City Council meetings there was a sense of urgency to begin renovations of the City of Kiowa building at 618 Main St. That was due to health hazard concerns for employees and others from serious mold that had developed from...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 6, 2019

Kiowa Council agrees to proceed with $8.2 million waterline replacement and improvement project

Kiowa is closer to getting their dilapidated waterlines replaced from the wells at Sharon and upgrading the entire near 100-year-old system in town. The council voted to proceed with Phase I and Phase II of the estimated $8.2 million project. That's...

 

1 suspect pleads guilty in Kansas carnival vendors' deaths

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty in connection to the deaths of a couple who were killed at a Kansas fair after one suspect posed as a carnival mafia boss and ordered the killings. Michael Fowler Jr., of Sarasota, Florida,...

 

ACLU: Deal reached in students free speech case in Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A civil rights group says it has struck a settlement deal with the Shawnee Mission School District in a federal lawsuit alleging violations of the free speech and press rights of students. The American Civil Liberties...

 

Kansas woman wins annual trans-Atlantic pancake race

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A pancake-flipping Kansas teacher has bested her trans-Atlantic competitors to win an annual Shrove Tuesday tradition. The High Plains Daily Leader reports that Maggie Lapinski ran the 415-yard (380 meter) Liberal, Kansas, leg...

 

Kansas LGBTQ activist Stephanie Mott dies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Well-known Kansas LGBTQ rights activist Stephanie Mott has died. Pastor Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Topeka says Mott was hospitalized Sunday after apparently suffering a heart attack. She...

 

Study: Medicaid expand would cost $47.4M in first year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new study says expanding Medicaid in Kansas would have a net cost of $47.4 million in the first year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the nonprofit Kansas Health Institute estimated in the study released Tuesday that...

 

Proposed order on campus speech follows wave of complaints

Proposed order on campus speech follows wave of complaints WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's proposed executive order to protect free speech on college campuses follows a growing chorus of complaints from conservatives that the nation's...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 6, 2019

Plan to focus oil rules on safety creates divide in Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Supporters of a plan to overhaul Colorado's oil and gas regulations told lawmakers Tuesday that the measure is a flexible, common-sense approach to dealing with frequent conflicts over health and safety. Opponents said it goes too...

 
 By ERIN DOUGLAS    Regional    March 6, 2019

Experimental unit in Texas makes electricity minus emissions

LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Just off of Highway 225 past the refineries and coal stacks that line the freeway, one small plant is proving that generators can make electricity without emissions. Nothing that turns into acid rain. Nothing that makes it...

 
 By Sagelyn Budy    Local    March 6, 2019

The Waynoka FFA Ag Olympics

The Waynoka FFA held their annual Ag Olympics on Feb. 26. There were five teams with four FFA members, two nonmembers and a faculty member on each team. The events this year were the round bale roll,...

 

FDA chief Scott Gottlieb steps down after nearly 2 years

WASHINGTON (AP) — Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is stepping down after nearly two years leading the agency's response to a host of public health challenges, including the opioid epidemic, rising drug prices and underage...

 

Mind-altering, ketamine-like drug OK'd for severe depression

WASHINGTON (AP) — A mind-altering medication related to the club drug Special K won U.S. approval Tuesday for patients with hard-to-treat depression, the first in a series of long-overlooked substances being reconsidered for severe forms of mental...

 

New Mexico sues US Air Force over groundwater contamination

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Tuesday sued the U.S. Air Force over groundwater contamination at two bases, saying the federal government has a responsibility to clean up plumes of toxic chemicals left behind by past military firefighting...

 

London man seems to be free of HIV in second such case

SEATTLE (AP) — A London man appears to be free of the virus that causes AIDS after a stem cell transplant, the second success including the "Berlin patient," doctors reported. The therapy had an early success with Timothy Ray Brown, a U.S. man...

 

Arkansas bill allowing no-prescription birth control OK'd

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved legislation allowing pharmacists to dispense birth-control pills without a prescription, the day after the bill narrowly failed in the same chamber. The House on Tuesday voted 54-29 for the...

 

Teacher wins $10K for reading fine print in insurance policy

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida travel insurance company has awarded a Georgia high school teacher $10,000 for reading the fine print in a policy she recently purchased. A Squaremouth statement says Donelan Andrews claimed the prize 23 hours...

 

Aftermath: Alabama's tornado dead range in age from 6 to 89

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The youngest victim was 6, the oldest 89. Relatives said one extended family lost 10 members. The 23 people killed in the nation's deadliest tornado in nearly six years came into focus Tuesday with the release of their...

 

As investigations swirl, Trump team ready to fight, distract

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House has beefed up its legal team. Its political team is ready to distract and disparage. And President Donald Trump is venting against Democratic prying. Trump's plan for responding to the multiplying congressional...

 

Prominent French jihadis killed in IS-held area in Syria

OUTSIDE BAGHOUZ, Syria (AP) — A prominent French militant who joined the Islamic State group, Jean-Michel Clain, was killed in a mortar strike over the weekend as he struggled with wounds suffered in an earlier airstrike that killed his jihadi...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    March 6, 2019

Kiowa Hospital Board accounts receivable reduced with discount bill pay offer

By the time the Kiowa District Hospital Board meeting began, all who attended the community garden informational meeting the hour prior were ready to bite into a ripe, juicy red tomato. In a separate story, read about the first-time community garden...

 

Vintage footstool workshop at Sod House Museum

Doris Booze of Aline will present a vintage footstool workshop at the Sod House Museum on Saturday, March 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participants will make a unique style of footstool that dates back to the mid-1930s. During the Great Depression,...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 6, 2019

Enid man dies in wreck

An Enid man died in a Garfield County wreck Friday, March 1. Wayne Ernest Goll, 67, of Enid, was pronounced dead at the scene. He is the brother of Dean Goll of Alva. According to the Highway Patrol, Goll was driving a 2018 Chrysler 300 northbound...

 

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