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  • AHS' Beiswanger steals third in victory over Jones JV

    Mar 31, 2017

  • AHS girls soccer plays Crossings Christian

    Mar 31, 2017

  • Series Preview: Ranger offense must produce against solid pitching staff

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    The Northwestern Oklahoma State baseball team will welcome Oklahoma Baptist to Myers Stadium for their second straight home series this weekend. The Rangers put up a solid fight all weekend against nationally ranked Southern Arkansas in last weekend's series despite being defeated in all three games. All three games were within three-run ballgames against the conference leading Muleriders. Catcher Arturo Castro continued to be the driving force of the Ranger offense as he maintained his solid average at .359 despite stout pitching from...

  • 2017 Spring football begins

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    Northwestern Oklahoma State starts their spring football season this week, and are very excited to get back on the field, following a four-month layoff. The Ranger coaching staff would like to extend an invitation to all fans and media who would like to attend practices out at Ranger Field at the below dates and times. Members of the media are welcome to ask for interviews with coach Matt Walter and players if they would like. “Spring ball finally arrives today and I couldn't be more excited,” Walter said. “This has been one of the harde...

  • Series Preview: Webb thrilled with newfound unity

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    The Northwestern Oklahoma State softball team will look to move even farther up the Great American Conference standings as they continue to come together as one following the most impressive series in recent memory. The Rangers traveled to No. 3 Southern Arkansas and shocked the perennial power of the GAC by taking two games on their home field. The 2-2 series split moved the Rangers into a tie for eighth place in the GAC standings, and with the next 16 games for the Rangers coming against teams with the same or worse than conference record...

  • Rangers win second straight over #3 Southern Arkansas, fight for series split

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    MAGNOLIA, Ark. – Northwestern Softball and their recent string of success continued to impress the Great American Conference with a series split on the road against the No. 3 Southern Arkansas Muleriders (27-5, 17-3 GAC). The Rangers used timely hitting and fundamental defense to hand SAU a 2-1 loss in game one, but dropped the finale 3-1 after a pair of Mulerider home runs. Game 1 A day after shocking the nationally ranked Muleriders in a 2-1 win, Jill Webb's Rangers were out to prove that while their previous match-up may have been an u...

  • Ranger linksters finish up pack spring invite

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    PUEBLO, Colo. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State women's golf team concluded the Pack Spring Invite with a team score of 338 for the second straight day, placing them in fourth place for the tournament. The Rangers competed well throughout the day, but finished up just out of reach of Dodge City Community College for a top-three finish. Host Colorado State-Pueblo took home team honors with a two-day total of 630 (316-314), while Pueblo golfer Jacquelyn Porman took home individual honors with a two-day total of 148 (73-75). Northwestern was p...

  • Rangers find themselves just out of top three in Pueblo

    NWOSU Sports Information|Mar 31, 2017

    PUEBLO, Colo. – The Northwestern Oklahoma State women's golf team competed well during the opening round of the Spring Pack Invitational in route to a team score of 338. The Rangers find themselves just one stroke out of third place to Dodge City Community College after getting off to a phenomenal start during tournament action. Four different Rangers played the opening few holes at around or just over par. The girls found consistent trouble coming down the stretch however on the difficult par three's that the Walking Stick Golf Course had t...

  • Tarleton Tops Storm

    Mar 31, 2017

    EDMOND, Okla. — Southern Nazarene won two matches in singles, but couldn't overcome three losses in doubles in a 7-2 loss to Tarleton State Thursday at the KickingBird Tennis Center. Anna Garcia and Dragana Samardzic fell 8-2 at No. 1 doubles while Noelia Gomez and Judit Mas lost 8-4 at No. 2. Taylor Sullivan and Trista LeGrande lost 8-0 at No. 3. Gomez recorded the only sweep for the Crimson Storm (2-7) on the day as she defeated No. 6 (South Central Region) Erika Johnston, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1 singles. Garcia notched the other win for SNU a...

  • Oklahoma Bar Association opens investigation of ex-AG Pruitt

    Tim Talley|Mar 31, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Bar Association has opened an investigation into an ethics complaint against former state Attorney General Scott Pruitt, now administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, according to a letter from the association's general counsel. The complaint, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity, a nonprofit organization that works to protect endangered species, and associate professor Kristen van de Biezenbos of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, says Pruitt may have violated the Oklahoma Rules of...

  • Man dies after collapsing while fighting Oklahoma police

    Mar 31, 2017

    KINGSTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a man who collapsed while fighting with law officers in southern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the man died Thursday after fighting with Kingston police officers and a county sheriff's deputy. The man's name hasn't been released. The OSBI says the law officers and medical personnel were called to a car wash where a man was in a ditch and appeared to be suffering a heart attack. The man was found unresponsive, but regained consciousness and began f...

  • Family of slain Oklahoma man says audio proves racial bias

    Mar 31, 2017

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The attorney for an Oklahoma police officer accused in the shooting death of a black man says a potentially "prejudicial" audio recording should be barred from trial because it's inflammatory. Tulsa Police Officer Betty Shelby is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the Sept. 16 killing of Terence Crutcher, the Tulsa World ( ) reported. Shelby has pleaded not guilty. Officer Mark Richert and Betty Shelby's husband, Officer David Shelby, watched her interaction with Crutcher from a helicopter. R...

  • Number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma now stands at 84

    Mar 31, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of flu-related deaths in Oklahoma is 84, up by 16 from the number reported last week. The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Thursday that none of the additional deaths occurred during the past week and the increase is due to late reports, mostly from late January and early February. The number of deaths this flu season is up sharply from the 13 reported last year, but still below the record of 114 deaths reported two years ago. The department says 61 deaths are among people 65 or older and 14 were 50 to 6...

  • Oklahoma City man sentenced in infant daughter's death

    Mar 31, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to 35 years in prison after pleading guilty to causing his infant daughter's death. The Oklahoman ( ) reports that 23-year-old James Ray Fuston pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and child neglect Wednesday. Fuston was sentenced according to a plea agreement. Police say 3-week-old Natalie Nicole Fuston suffered injuries consistent with "abusive head trauma" April 7. She died at a hospital April 13. Fuston told authorities he was throwing the baby in the air a...

  • Last of 3 Lincoln County jail escapees is recaptured

    Mar 31, 2017

    SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say the last of three inmates who escaped the Lincoln County jail earlier this month is now back in custody. Sheriff Charlie Dougherty told reporters that 41-year-old Sonny Baker was arrested Wednesday night in Shawnee after being on the run since the escape on March 16. Details of the arrest were not immediately released. Dougherty says Baker escaped with 23-year-olds Brian Allen Moody and Mark Dwayne Robbins by going through the jail ventilation system. Robbins and Moody were both arrested about a week l...

  • Oklahoma court upholds life prison sentence in woman's death

    Mar 31, 2017

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 25-year-old man convicted of dropping a cinder block on a woman's head to "put her out of her misery" after he had slashed her with a machete. The court handed down the decision Thursday for Joshua Andrew Reynolds, who was convicted of first-degree murder by a Tulsa County jury in the May 2013 death of 20-year-old Melissa Ann Lemery of Broken Arrow. Investigators said Lemery's body had lacerations to the arms and blunt force trauma to the f...

  • Kansas governor vetoes expansion of state's Medicaid program

    John Hanna, AP Political Writer|Mar 31, 2017

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' conservative governor vetoed a bill Thursday that would have extended the state's health coverage for the poor under former President Barack Obama's signature health care law, setting up a likely showdown with the Legislature. Republican Gov. Sam Brownback argued that the proposed expansion of the state's Medicaid program would fail to serve "the truly vulnerable" ahead of "the able-bodied," and that it would burden the state budget with "unrestrainable entitlement costs." When the Republican-controlled L...

  • Kansas House passes regulation on abortion information, font

    Mar 31, 2017

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion providers may soon be required to give women detailed information about the physician to perform the procedure using Times New Roman font. A bill that the House passed Thursday with an 87 to 37 votes also specifies that the typeface must be black and 12-point. A similar bill hasn't gotten a vote in the Senate. Abortion opponents say women need information about the doctor's credentials to make a decision. Abortion rights supporters say it targets providers. State law already requires that 24 hours before an a...

  • Stranded motorist accused of stealing Samaritan's vehicle

    Mar 31, 2017

    TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A woman is accused of stealing the pickup truck of a volunteer firefighter who had stopped to help her while she was stranded along Interstate 70 in Topeka, Kansas, then leading authorities on a chase. The Topeka Capital-Journal ( ) reports 23-year-old Erien Knox is charged with possession of stolen property and felony obstruction. Authorities say a man stopped to help douse a car fire Wednesday morning along westbound I-70 and allowed the stranded female motorist to sit in his pickup truck, which the w...

  • Illinois farmers to transport hay to help Kansas farmers

    Mar 31, 2017

    FAIRMOUNT, Ill. (AP) — A convoy of trucks from Illinois is headed to Kansas carrying hay to farmers who've lost fields in wildfires that have caused widespread damage. Wildfires have burned more than 650,000 acres in nearly two dozen Kansas counties. Illinois farmer Vern Rohrscheib tells The (Champaign) News-Gazette ( ) it was a conversation topic last week between colleagues and they came up with the idea to take their extra hay to Kansas. His daughter, Lynn Rohrscheib, says they're thankful to help out farmers in any w...

  • Criminal charges filed against 3 in Chandler hazing case

    Mar 31, 2017

    CHANDLER, Ariz. (AP) — The Maricopa County Attorney's Office has filed criminal charges against three teenagers for hazing incidents at Chandler's Hamilton High School. Chandler police say the suspects were Hamilton High football players and the hazing allegedly occurred between September 2015 and January 2017 on school grounds. County prosecutors announced Thursday that a 17-year-old is being charged as an adult with sex assault, kidnapping and aggravated assault. They say two 16-year-olds have been charged in juvenile court with k...

  • Arkansas House advances concealed handgun exemption bill

    Andrew DeMillo and Tafi Mukunyadzi|Mar 31, 2017

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers voted Thursday to exempt college sporting events from a new state law expanding where concealed guns are allowed in a vote that one lawmaker complained was a "no-win" choice between the University of Arkansas Razorbacks and the National Rifle Association. The proposal advanced in the House on a 71-20 vote Thursday. The Senate is expected to take up the proposal as soon as Friday. Under the exemption proposal, which Gov. Asa Hutchinson supports, college stadiums such as the University of Arkansas' D...

  • Texas Senate approves scaled-back school voucher plan

    Will Weissert|Mar 31, 2017

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate on Thursday approved a major voucher plan offering state funding to children attending private and religious schools — but only after slashing its potential cost by limiting the number of eligible families and exempting rural areas, which opponents argue can least afford losing students. Sen. Larry Taylor's bill creates publicly sponsored education savings accounts for parents while offering tax credits to businesses that sponsor private schooling via donations. It appeared stalled before the Rep...

  • Feds retain many post-pipeline spill corrective actions

    Blake Nicholson|Mar 31, 2017

    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Federal officials have decided to keep in place many of the corrective measures they ordered in December after a pipeline spilled about 530,000 gallons of oil in western North Dakota, which was one of the biggest spills in the state's history. The March 24 decision from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's Office of Pipeline Safety stemmed from a Feb. 21 hearing in Denver. It means Wyoming-based pipeline operator True Cos. must take several steps, including digging up the failed section of the B...

  • Something completely different at McDonald's: Fresh beef

    Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer|Mar 31, 2017

    NEW YORK (AP) — Coming soon to McDonald's: Fresh beef. The fast food giant said Thursday that it will swap frozen beef patties for fresh ones in its Quarter Pounder burgers by sometime next year at most of its U.S. locations. It's a major change for McDonald's, which has relied on frozen beef for more than 40 years. Employees will cook up the never-frozen beef on a grill when burgers are ordered. "It's a really hot, juicy burger," said McDonald's USA President Chris Kempczinski. Fresh beef has been the biggest selling point at rival Wendy's. Y...

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