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Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To March 26: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Bradt April 5: Mr. & Mrs. Ron Isenbart April 7: Mr. & Mrs. Pat McGinley, Mr. & Mrs. Dean Welty, Mr. & Mrs. Mark Nixon April 13: Mr. & Mrs. Travis Bradt (Note: Send corrections, additions to:... Full story


Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To March 26: Roger Wagner, Travis Bradt March 27 Teresa Wares, Brett Sample, Misty Parker, Sharon Snow, Brent Bowers March 28: Teresa Wares, Brett Sample, Misty Parker, Sharon Snow, Brent Bowers March 29: Leo Tolle, Kenzlie Bourassa,... Full story


Situation Update: COVID-19

As of this advisory (Thursday, March 25), there are 164 positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma. New counties with cases include Adair, Bryan, Carter, Creek, Delaware, Osage, Pottawatomie and Stephens. There are an additional two deaths, both from... Full story


Attorney General Hunter issues consumer alert on at-home coronavirus testing

OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today issued a consumer alert after receiving reports of individuals attempting to sell at-home tests for the coronavirus. Attorney General Hunter said Oklahomans need to be on high alert for scam... Full story


Candidate filing to begin April 8

The statewide candidate filing period begins at 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, said Sandra Koehn, Secretary of the Woods County Election Board. Filing will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The deadline for filing as a...

 By Ted Harbin    Sports    March 26, 2020

College rodeo season put on hold

ALVA, Okla. – As the threat of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic continues to strengthen, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association last week decided to cancel the remaining events on the 2019-20 regional season. For Northwestern Oklahoma...

 By KATHRYN MCNUTT    Local    March 26, 2020

As cities, state tighten restrictions, one question rules: Is it essential?

Each step taken by public officials to reduce the spread of the coronavirus in Oklahoma raises questions around what is banned and what's just a recommendation. Gov. Kevin Stitt issued orders Tuesday... Full story

 By Ken Miller    Local    March 26, 2020

Oklahoma schools closed as state coronavirus infections rise

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Wednesday to close public schools statewide for the remainder of the school year and to turn to distance learning in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus, which has now... Full story


Man killed, Oklahoma trooper wounded after shootings

FAIRLAND, Okla. (AP) — A man shot and killed one man and wounded two others, including a state trooper, in far northeast Oklahoma, authorities said Wednesday. Edwin Ball, 48, was taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside his home in...


Oklahoma Software Companies Create Free Solution to Assist Displaced Workers

TULSA, Okla., March 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- While forced business closures cause hundreds of thousands of layoffs in the restaurant industry, two Oklahoma-based work tech software companies are collaborating to help workers get re-employed, in new...


FBI: Bomb suspect dead after warrant served near Kansas City

BELTON, Mo. (AP) — A man fatally injured by the FBI was planning a bomb attack on a medical facility in the Kansas City area, the agency said in a news release Wednesday. Timothy Wilson, 36, was injured Tuesday when FBI agents served a probable...


As virus cases surge, Kansas wants people home, feds to act

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official on Wednesday chided residents looking to "wriggle around" local stay-at-home orders meant to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, and Gov. Laura Kelly said the U.S. government should requ...


Court filing: Kansas coach 'encouraged' NCAA rule violations

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Athletics Inc. contends in a newly unsealed court filing it has evidence former football coach David Beaty "allowed and encouraged NCAA violations" while at the University of Kansas. The 66-page memo, which was filed...


Squirrel sparks power loss near Alaska governor's residence

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An squirrel knocked out power to residences near the state governor's mansion, Alaska electric company officials said. The squirrel was interfering with equipment when the temporary loss of electrical service happened in...


New York struggles with virus, Spain extends emergency

NEW YORK (AP) — New York authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster in the city Wednesday, with its emergence as the nation's biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale — for the rest...


Senate trudging toward vote on virus rescue package

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate scrambled to unravel last-minute snags Wednesday night and win passage of an unparalleled $2 trillion economic rescue package steering aid to businesses, workers and health care systems engulfed by the coronavirus... Full story


Family: US believes ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson has died

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government has concluded that retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished more than a decade ago, died while in the custody of Iran, his family and administration officials said Wednesday. The circumstances and...


What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

President Trump was urging passage of an unprecedented aid package as Senate leaders grappled with last-minute snags in the emergency legislation to rush aid totaling some $2 trillion in assistance to businesses, workers and a health care system... Full story


New Zealand mosque gunman pleads guilty to murder, terrorism

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The man who committed the worst atrocity in New Zealand's modern history when he slaughtered 51 worshippers at two Christchurch mosques unexpectedly pleaded guilty to all charges Thursday. The attacks targeting...


Loughlin, Giannulli: College bribery charges must be tossed

BOSTON (AP) — "Full House" Actress Lori Loughlin, her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, and other prominent parents urged a judge Wednesday to dismiss charges against them in the college admissions bribery case, accusing prosecutors of "...


Out of medication, US woman finally boards flight from Peru

A 33-year-old American woman running out of her life-saving medication to treat her auto-immune disease finally boarded a flight home Wednesday after being stuck in Peru for about 10 days, but hundreds of other U.S. citizens remained stranded after...


Trump administration urged to free migrants as virus surges

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pressure was mounting on the Trump administration Wednesday to release people from immigration detention facilities where at least one detainee has tested positive for COVID-19 and advocates fear tight quarters and overall... Full story


Chicago uses hotels for quarantine to ease hospital demand

CHICAGO (AP) — Hours before his first shift cooking for people with mild cases of COVID-19 who are being quarantined in a downtown Chicago hotel, Jose Gonzalez made a plan to protect his family from the coronavirus. Chicago's plan to reserve at...


'The whole city laid off': US jobless claims climb sky high

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barely a week ago, David McGraw was cooking daily for hundreds of fine diners at one of New Orleans' illustrious restaurants. Today, he's cooking for himself, at home — laid off along with hundreds of thousands of people across...


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