Articles from the March 6, 2024 edition

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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 6, 2024

Conspiracies hinder GOP's efforts in Kansas to cut the time for returning mail ballots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A repeating of baseless election conspiracy theories in the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature appears to have scuttled GOP lawmakers' efforts this year to shorten the time that voters have to return mail ballots. The state...

 

Iconic Old West tumbleweeds roll in and blanket parts of suburban Salt Lake City

The gnarled icon of the Old West — ominously featured in movies as gunslingers square off on dusty streets and townsfolk shake behind curtained windows — rolled in over the weekend and kept rolling until blanketing some homes and streets in sub...

 

Biden administration would cap credit card late fees at $8, part of campaign against junk fees

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration announced a rule Tuesday to cap all credit card late fees, the latest effort in the White House push to end what it has called junk fees and a move that regulators say will save Americans up to $10 b...

 

Liberty University will pay $14 million, the largest fine ever levied under the federal Clery Act

Liberty University has agreed to pay an unprecedented $14 million fine for the Christian school's failure to disclose information about crimes on its campus and for its treatment of sexual assault survivors, the U.S. Department of Education announced...

 

Bitcoin briefly hits an all-time high, less than two years after FTX scandal clobbered crypto

NEW YORK (AP) — Bitcoin has hit an all-time high less than two years after the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX severely damaged faith in digital currencies and sent prices plunging. The world's largest cryptocurrency jumped 4% this week and b...

 

Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona says she won't seek reelection, avoiding 3-way race

PHOENIX (AP) — Independent Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona announced Tuesday that she won't run for a second term after her estrangement from the Democratic Party left her politically homeless and without a clear path to reelection. Sinema's a...

 

Gaza cease-fire talks fail to achieve a breakthrough with Ramadan just days away, Egypt says

CAIRO (AP) — Three days of negotiations with Hamas over a cease-fire in Gaza and the release of Israeli hostages failed to achieve a breakthrough on Tuesday, Egyptian officials said, less than a week before the start of the Muslim holy month of R...

 

Ukraine claims it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine claimed Tuesday it has sunk another Russian warship in the Black Sea using high-tech sea drones as Kyiv's forces take aim at targets well behind the war's front line. Russian authorities did not confirm the claim. The U...

 

Biden's closest allies are stepping up pressure on White House to do more to ease suffering in Gaza

WASHINGTON (AP) — More of President Joe Biden's top Senate allies are demanding that the U.S. act directly to ease Palestinian civilian suffering in Gaza and are joining calls to cut military aid if Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu r...

 

Biden and Trump barrel into Super Tuesday, toward a likely November rematch despite voter concerns

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump are poised to move much closer to winning their parties' nominations Tuesday during the biggest day of the primary campaign, despite many voters preferring something other t...

 

Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and Threads logins restored after widespread outage

A technical issue caused widespread login issues for a few hours across Meta's Facebook, Instagram, Threads and Messenger platforms Tuesday. Andy Stone, Meta's head communications, acknowledged the issues on X, formerly known as Twitter, and said...

 
 By JESSE BEDAYN    Regional    March 6, 2024

AI pervades everyday life with almost no oversight. States scramble to catch up

DENVER (AP) — While artificial intelligence made headlines with ChatGPT, behind the scenes, the technology has quietly pervaded everyday life — screening job resumes, rental apartment applications, and even determining medical care in some cases. Whi...

 

North Korea threatens to take military moves in response to US-South Korean drills

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea called the ongoing South Korean-U.S. military drills a plot to invade the country, as it threatened Tuesday to take unspecified "responsible" military steps in response. The North's warning came a day after the S...

 

Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 During this day was one traffic stop 11:02 a.m. – Medic needed in the 600 block of Magnolia Street for a female who has fallen. Medic took the patient to St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid. 3:42 p.m. – Task force en route to Ellis...

 

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...

 

Alfalfa County real estate transactions

Real Estate Transfers Book 897 page 258: Kenneth G. Girty and Laura L. Girty convey unto Tamara Stoddard. Lot 9, Block 1, Taylor’s Addition to the City of Cherokee, Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. Quit claim deed. Book 897 page 306: Ferrell Rentals LLC c...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 6, 2024

Alfalfa County commissioner Nate Ross gives updates on items passed through legislative committee

During their Monday meeting, Alfalfa County Commissioners Garret Johnson and Mike Roach got an update from fellow commissioner Nate Ross about some bills that made it through committee this legislative session. One that was on their radar was House...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 6, 2024

Alva School Board hires science teacher

During the regular meeting Monday, the Alva Board of Education voted to fill one teaching position for next year, but Superintendent Tim Argo listed numerous openings yet to be filled. Dr. Vicki...

 

Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association working for and sharing information about wildfire relief efforts

OKLAHOMA CITY – The devastating wildfires sweeping through our state have left a trail of destruction, impacting livelihoods and communities. In response, Oklahoma Cattlemen's Foundation has been working diligently for impacted farmers and ranchers i...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 6, 2024

Three Cherokee residents charged with fraudulent use of credit card

Three Cherokee residents are facing misdemeanor charges in Alfalfa County after allegedly using a credit card without the cardholder’s consent. Court records show on Wednesday, Jan. 10, John Patton of Cherokee spoke with Cherokee Police Chief Ryan M...

 

BOYCE D. ELMORE

Boyce D. Elmore was born October 3, 1935, to Arrietta Young Elmore and Chester (Chet) Elmore at their home place north of Alva. He went home to be with his wife and heavenly Father on March 2, 2024,...

 

DR. CYNTHIA ANN PFEIFER-HILL

Dr. Cynthia Ann Pfeifer-Hill passed away with valor and grace over a tough 'battle' on February 14, 2024, in Katy Texas. She was the widow of Dr. Loyd V. Hill. Cindy (aka Tweety Bird) was born on May...

 

Senate Review

This week was deadline week for all bills assigned to a committee to be heard in the chamber of origin. This week has kept me busy listening to legislation in Appropriations Subcommittees on Select...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

At the time of this writing, over one million acres have burned in Oklahoma and Texas. I'm thankful that much of our House district has been spared so far. There has been one small wildfire in our...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Sports    March 6, 2024

South Barber Chieftains 1st runner-up at Sub-State

Head Coach Shawn Hooker and Assistant Coach Matt Cantrell took the South Barber Chieftains to first runner-up in the Sub-State Championship game Saturday. The loss in overtime by just two points was...

 

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