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 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 22, 2020

Oklahoma Legislature closes, coronavirus increases in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Capitol will be nearly vacant next week after the state House and Senate announced Friday that the Legislature will be shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus. "Senators and our staff remain in constant...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 22, 2020

Pandemic spurs Kansas lawmakers to rethink governor's power

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas legislators say they didn't understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions...

 

Business Fallout: Airlines beg for aid; Google launches site

The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus since it was first revealed in China less than three months ago has dealt an unparalleled shock to the global economy. Following are weekend business developments related to the outbreak as governments at...

 

US tourists stranded abroad desperate as they try to return

Linda Scruggs and Mike Rustici trained for months to hike the winding trails leading to Machu Picchu's complex of Inca ruins. So they were thrilled when their flight landed earlier this month in the Peruvian capital. They did part of their trek but w...

 

Economic rescue balloons past $1 trillion as talks resume

WASHINGTON (AP) — Negotiators from Congress and the White House resumed top-level talks Saturday on a ballooning $1 trillion-plus economic rescue package, urged by President Donald Trump to strike a deal to steady a nation thoroughly upended by...

 

Trump vs Fauci: President's gut sense collides with science

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a clash of gut instinct versus science, President Donald Trump and the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, are politely but publicly sparing over whether a malaria drug would work to treat people...

 

Olympic pushback: US track joins swimming, urges Tokyo delay

DENVER (AP) — U.S. Olympic leaders are facing a growing rebellion inside their ranks about holding the Tokyo Games. A board member of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee countered leadership by criticizing the IOC, and the USA Track and...

 

First weekend of California stay-at-home order hits millions

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — California has never seen a weekend quite like this. No sports practice for the kids. No dining out. No church services. A little more than 24 hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom issued an unprecedented stay-at-home order to nearly...

 

Pop superstar Rihanna donates $5 million to relief efforts

From finding ways to help others cope to sheltering in place to canceling events, here's a look at some of the ways the entertainment industry is reacting to the spread of the coronavirus, which most people recover from but can cause severe illness...

 

State parks remain open – sorta

Although the state has closed state parks' visitor centers, nature centers and other buildings in which people congregate, the parks themselves are still open for lots of good healthy fun, fresh air and exercise, while surrounded by nature. What's...

 
 By IAN HARRISON    Sports    March 22, 2020

Jays' Shapiro expects 4-week spring training before season

TORONTO (AP) — With no sign of when training camps can resume, Toronto Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro says he thinks Major League Baseball would need at least a month of workouts and exhibition games before regular season play can begin. Opening...

 

AP Was There: Duke hangs on for '10 championship over Butler

A panel of Associated Press sports writers voted in March 2020 on the top 10 men's basketball games in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The AP game stories are being republished because the sport has been shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Nebraska's corrections director gets 30% raise

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The head of Nebraska's Department of Correctional Services received a 30% raise this year. Director Scott Frakes saw his salary increase to $250,000 in January from his previous $192,000 salary. Nebraska's governor defended the...

 

2 eastern Missouri deputies injured in shootout

UNION, Mo. (AP) — Two eastern Missouri deputies are being treated for what are being called non-life threatening injuries after a shootout with a suspect. Authorities say the Franklin County deputies tried to make a traffic stop Saturday night...

 

University of Texas professor pairs art with advocacy

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — Christopher "Chris" Stanley is an associate professor of art at the University of Texas Permian Basin, but that identity falls far short of telling who he is. Tracing his development to experiences when he was 14 and in his...

 

Second Oklahoma resident dies of COVID-19 as cases increase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A second person in Oklahoma died of COVID-19 as the number of state residents with the illness caused by the novel coronavirus increased by more than a dozen, health officials said Sunday. The man who died was in his 50s and li...

 

Kansas sees second death from COVID-19 as cases rise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A second COVID-19 death in Kansas was confirmed Saturday, this one in the Kansas City suburb of Johnson County. State health officials revealed the death in a news release meant to update the number of new coronavirus cases in...

 

Reno News & Review halts 3 decades of weekly publications

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno News & Review has stopped publishing the alternative weekly it has been distributing in the "Biggest Little City" for nearly 30 years. The alternative weekly suspended the publication indefinitely after issuing...

 

Rules to reduce New Mexico methane emissions being drafted

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Two New Mexico departments reportedly plan to release draft complimentary regulations for reducing methane emissions from the oil and gas sectors later this year. The Farmington Daily Times reports the New Mexico...

 

Kelly issues executive orders to improve health care access

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents will be able to get medicine without an in-person visit to the doctor during the coronavirus crisis under a new executive order that Gov. Laura Kelly announced Sunday. Kelly, a Democrat, announced two new...

 

Business Fallout: Marriott to furlough thousands of workers

The rapid worldwide spread of the coronavirus since it was first revealed in China less than three months ago has dealt an unparalleled shock to the global economy. Following are weekend business developments related to the outbreak as governments...

 

At a glance: Nearly $1.4 trillion coronavirus rescue package

A snapshot of the emerging rescue package in Congress to provide healthcare and economic aid amid the coronavirus outbreak and national shutdown. The details are subject to change as congressional leaders and the White House continue negotiating....

 

The Latest: Sen. Rand Paul tests positive for COVID-19

The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 318,200 people and killed more than 13,000. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with...

 

Scientists testing alternative to road salt to protect water

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Researchers in Minnesota are trying to find an alternative to road salt in an effort to protect the state's water bodies from contamination. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported Saturday that road salt is the top source of...

 

Earthquake strikes off coast of Northern California

FERNDALE, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 4.7 earthquake struck Sunday morning off the coast of Northern California, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake hit at 8:27 a.m. about 50 miles (81 kilometers) west of Ferndale, a coastal town of 1,300...

 

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