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 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    March 19, 2020

Alfalfa County declares state of emergency; enacts new policies and procedures

Alfalfa County officials declared the county a disaster area during an emergency meeting they held Wednesday, Mar 18. (That declaration entitles it to aid, relief, and assistance in regards to COVID-19.) The declaration comes after Gov. J. Kevin... Full story

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 19, 2020

29 confirmed cases of coronavirus in state

As of Wednesday, March 18, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports 29 people in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19). Two others from out of state also tested...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To 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. Larry Bradt (Note: Send corrections, additions to: fr...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To March 19: Randy McMurphy March 20: Corby Bradt, Leslie French March 21: Pat Thompson, Dale Rader, Sherry Stansberry, Lana Burkhart March 22: Brianna Louthan, Bruce Stansberry, Karen Kurz March 23: Arly Eden, Hilda Craig March 24:...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, March 15, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Invocation by Pastor Todd Moments at the Cross – Arly and Jan Eden Call to Worship: Psalm 5 led by Shirley Wagner Opening Hymn:...

 

Freedom Town Board to apply for CDBG grant for gas line north of town

The Freedom Town Board held a public hearing before its regular meeting March 11 to give the public a chance to weigh in on the Town's plan to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund the majority of installing new gas line for 6...

 

Fact or fiction – COVID-19

I need a test, you need a test, we all need a test! Or do we? If you are like approximately 80% of the population, a test confirming we are positive for COVID-19 won’t change the doctor’s advice. So why is so much attention being given to...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    March 19, 2020

Woods County Courthouse closed

In an emergency meeting held in the district courtroom Wednesday morning, the Woods County commissioners approved an Emergency Declaration for the county. Under that declaration, the commissioners...

 

Celebrities get virus tests, raising concerns of inequality

WASHINGTON (AP) — Celebrities, politicians and professional athletes faced a backlash this week as many revealed that they had been tested for the coronavirus, even when they didn't have a fever or other tell-tale symptoms. That's fueling a...

 

Tribe says state lottery game violates Oklahoma compacts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An online state lottery game violates the gaming compacts between Oklahoma and Native American tribes and should end the exclusivity fees tribes pay the state each year, an Oklahoma-based tribe said in a court filing. The filin...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 19, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...

 
 By JOHN MARSHALL    Sports    March 19, 2020

The marquee NCAA Tournament matchups that could have been

Seton Hall's Myles Powell and Marquette's Markus Howard went head to head during the regular season in a pair of games befitting two of college basketball's most dynamic players. The potential for a third meeting washed away with the cancellation of...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 19, 2020

GOP right pushes back on Kansas governor for closing schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — As most of the U.S. raced to get ahead of the coronavirus pandemic, conservative Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved Wednesday to limit their Democratic governor's emergency powers, including the ability to establish...

 

Coronavirus layoffs spark surge in state jobless claims

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Ohio, more than 48,000 people applied for jobless benefits during the first two days of this week. The tally during the same period the prior week: just 1,825. In neighboring Pennsylvania, about 70,000 people sought...

 

Kansas issues new quarantine mandates, bars new evictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas issued strict quarantine mandates Wednesday for people who have traveled or had close contact with those with confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, part of an effort to limit its local spread. But that local spread was...

 

Missouri sees 1st coronavirus death; local elections delayed

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday announced the first coronavirus death in the state happened in Boone County, without providing further details. Columbia Mayor Brian Treece said the case was travel-related and the...

 

Kansas Democrats urging voters to mail ballots amid pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democratic Party officials are encouraging voters to cast their ballots by mail for the presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic. The party still plans to hold its primary on May 2, The Kansas City Star...

 

Widespread discrimination alleged at Kansas City VA hospital

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A U.S. senator from Kansas and the NAACP are demanding action after up to 50 black employees of the Kansas City Veterans Affairs Medical Center have complained about widespread discrimination at the hospital. Their...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    March 19, 2020

Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton next

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas coach Bill Self has spent much of the past week mulling ways to commemorate one of the more remarkable seasons in the school's proud basketball history, one that began with off-the-court distractions too numerous to...

 

New Mexico man says he unknowingly stole TVs while drunk

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico man is facing charges after he told police he unknowingly stole two televisions while drunk. The Gallup Independent reports Sage Aaron Cummins was arrested last week shortly following his arrival to the victim's apa...

 

Virus revives demand for traditional French soap

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Amid the rapid spread of the new coronavirus across Europe, the hallmark Marseille tradition of soap-making is enjoying a renaissance, as the French rediscover an essential local product. Serge Bruna's grandfather entered...

 
 By Stephen Wade    Sports    March 19, 2020

Flame arrival faces rising tension Tokyo Olympics be delayed

TOKYO (AP) — The Olympic flame from Greece is set to arrive in Japan even as the opening of the Tokyo Games in four months is in doubt with more voices suggesting the event should be postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 

Indonesia halts Islamic assembly, quarantining 9,000 people

MAKASSAR, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia halted a mass congregation of nearly 9,000 Muslim pilgrims and began quarantining and checking their health Thursday to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. The four-day gathering that was to open later...

 

Wuhan reports no new virus cases, offering hope to world

BEIJING (AP) — Last month, Wuhan was overwhelmed with thousands of new cases of coronavirus each day, but in a dramatic development that underscores just how much the outbreak has pivoted toward Europe and the United States, Chinese authorities...

 

How long will Americans be fighting the coronavirus?

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of days, millions of Americans have seen their lives upended by measures to curb the spread of the new coronavirus. Normally bustling streets are deserted as families hunker down in their homes. Many of those who do...

 

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