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Fisherman drowns after boat capsizes in northeast Oklahoma

COLLINSVILLE, Okla (AP) — Authorities say a Collinsville man drowned when the boat he was fishing from capsized on a private pond near Collinsville in northeastern Oklahoma. The body of Robert O'Donnell, 42, was recovered from the pond at about...

 

VIRUS DIARY: `When are we going to the playground, Mama?'

OAKLAND, California (AP) — "When are we going to the playground, Mama?" she asks again today, like she did yesterday and the day before that. I tell her we are not going to the playground today, that we can go for a walk, remember the virus we...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 27, 2020

Coronavirus surge in Kansas touches inmates, taxes, pastures

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials are looking for extra hospital beds, releasing jail inmates and bracing for a slump in state tax collections as they add farmers' and ranchers' springtime practice of burning pastures to the list of things to...

 

Serviceman killed in Iraq attack is returned to Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The body of an Oklahoma serviceman killed in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq has been returned to his home state, welcomed by a small collection of mourners whose gathering was restricted by efforts to contain the...

 

Kansas firefighters battling wildfires in Barber County

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas National Guard has sent two helicopters to help local firefighters battle wildfires burning about 20-25 miles southwest of Medicine Lodge in Barber County. The UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters from the Kansas...

 

In uncertain times, quest for birds offers an escape

PARK FOREST, Ill. (AP) — As people everywhere prepared to hunker down for what could be an extended period, Sue Zelek couldn't wait to get outside. She wasn't eager to get to the store to stock up on toilet paper or cleaning supplies. For her,...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor's cabinet member tests positive for virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet is among the 84 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday in Oklahoma, bringing the state's tally of infections to at least 248. Oklahoma's death toll rose to seven. The Department of...

 

Half-million infected worldwide as economic toll rises

The human and economic toll of the lockdowns against the coronavirus mounted Thursday as India struggled to feed the multitudes, Italy shut down most of its industry, and a record-shattering 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in...

 

Trump says feds developing new guidelines for virus risk

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Thursday that federal officials are developing guidelines to rate counties by risk of virus spread, as he aims to begin to ease nationwide guidelines meant to stem the coronavirus outbreak. In a letter...

 

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic. "Nothing stops the space launch mission!" the 45th Space Wing...

 

Doctor: State advises using diapers to protect from virus

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The state Department of Health is advising doctors to use diapers and swim goggles to protect their faces if they cannot obtain personal protective equipment due to shortages related to the COVID-19 outbreak, a Tennessee...

 

Taylor Swift surprises some of her fans with money donations

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...

 

Meghan to narrate Disney nature film in first post-royal job

LONDON (AP) — Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has her first post-royal job: narrating a Disney documentary about elephants. Disney announced Thursday that the duchess, who is married to Britain's Prince Harry, is lending her voice to "Elephant," to...

 

If you don't laugh, you cry: Coping with virus through humor

BOSTON (AP) — Neil Diamond posts a fireside rendition of "Sweet Caroline" with its familiar lyrics tweaked to say, "Hands ... washing hands." A news anchor asks when social distancing will end because "my husband keeps trying to get into the...

 

Alva church finds new way to bring the Good News

On a rainy Sunday morning, March 22, Rev. John Clapp wandered around the west parking lot of Alva's Market, greeting people in the cars gradually filing in, parking in columns, and adjusting their...

 

Being positive in a social distancing world

Recently, Youth Director Greg Smith challenged the First Presbyterian Church youth group by advising them "we will all get through this together by staying positive and taking this opportunity to...

 

Church Calendar

Alva Church of God Sunday school begins at 9:30 a.m. and worship at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Nathan Braudrick. Alva Church of God is located at 517 Ninth St. in Alva and can be found on the web at www.AlvaChurchOfGod.org. Sunday: Sunday school is at...

 

Kearns: Step up by stepping back

Rev. Darin Kearns, pastor of Alva Friends Church and head of the Ministerial Alliance, has been thinking a lot about Holy Week. “What is that going to look like this year, if anything?” he asked. Many Alva churches have closed to prevent...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor halts abortions amid virus outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Abortions will be prohibited in Oklahoma under the state's ban on elective surgeries during the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday. Stitt amended his executive order to specifically prohibit abortions...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 27, 2020

Tribal gaming official rejects Oklahoma governor's offer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state's top Native American gaming official rejected Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's latest casino gambling offer on Friday and accused the governor of trying to take advantage of the tribes during the coronavirus pandemic....

 

Officials: Marijuana dispensaries can offer curbside pickup

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma medical marijuana dispensaries are prohibited from delivering during the new coronavirus pandemic, but they can offer curbside pickup with limited contact, state officials decided. Dispensaries are considered...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor's cabinet member tests positive for virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet is among the 84 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday in Oklahoma, bringing the state's tally of infections to at least 248. Oklahoma's death toll rose to seven. The Department of...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 27, 2020

Arkansas bans gatherings of more than 10 to curb virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Arkansas is banning indoor and enclosed outdoor social gatherings of more than 10 people, with few exceptions, in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus that has infected at least 335 Arkansans and is blamed for three...

 

Missouri governor mobilizes National Guard for virus fight

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri braced for a surge of coronavirus patients as the number of deaths grew to nine, with the governor mobilizing the state's National Guard and a top St. Louis County official urging recently retired health care workers to re...

 

Kansas coronavirus death toll rises to 4, with 202 cases

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas health officials reported more than 200 confirmed coronavirus cases and a fourth death Friday, and the state's health director said he doesn't expect the spread of the virus to peak until mid- to late April. All four...

 

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