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Missouri Attorney General sues four massage businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Tuesday his office has sued four massage businesses that he contends solicit prostitution. Schmitt said he is suing A Little Massage in Laclede County, Blue Lotus Asian Massage in...

 

Oklahoma tax collections rise, led by oil and gas revenue

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma collected $1.1 billion in total taxes during March, surpassing March 2020 collections by $35.1 million, an increase of 3.2%, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Tuesday. The year-over-year increase is just the second...

 

Man, a steal! Rare Superman comic sells for record $3.25M

NEW YORK (AP) — One of the few copies of the comic book that introduced Superman to the world has sold for a super-sized, record-setting price. The issue of Action Comics #1 went for $3.25 million in a private sale, ComicConnect.com, an online...

 
 By ERIC OLSON    Sports    April 7, 2021

Following their passion, women go far to play flag football

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — From a distance, it looks like college kids in sweat clothes tossing a football around on a campus green space. Draw closer, and it's apparent this is no sandlot game. A coach is explaining routes he wants receivers to run on...

 

Wichita police seek suspect in shooting death of man

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Wichita man was shot to death after a confrontation that began in the drive-through lane of a Burger King, police said Tuesday. Quantin McIntosh Jr. died in the shooting late Monday, police Capt. Jason Stephens...

 

Police official: Chauvin trained to avoid neck pressure

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis police are taught to restrain combative suspects with a knee on their back or shoulders if necessary but are told to "stay away from the neck when possible," a department use-of-force instructor testified Tuesday at...

 

Study: Drought-breaking rains more rare, erratic in US West

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Rainstorms grew more erratic and droughts much longer across most of the U.S. West over the past half-century as climate change warmed the planet, according to a sweeping government study released Tuesday that concludes the...

 

Navy medic shoots 2 US sailors; is stopped, killed on base

FREDERICK, Md. (AP) — A Navy medic shot and wounded two U.S. sailors at a military facility Tuesday, then fled to a nearby Army base where security forces shot and killed him, police and Navy officials said. Authorities said they had yet to...

 

Arkansas lawmakers enact transgender youth treatment ban

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday made the state the first to ban gender confirming treatments and surgery for transgender youth, enacting the prohibition over the governor's objections. The Republican-controlled House and...

 

Official: EU agency to confirm AstraZeneca blood clot link

ROME (AP) — A top official at the European Medicines Agency says there's a causal link between AstraZeneca's coronavirus vaccine and rare blood clots, but that it's unclear what the connection is and that the benefits of taking the shot still...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 7, 2021

Results of April 6 election

These are unofficial results of the municipal and special elections in Alfalfa and Woods counties on Tuesday, April 6. Election returns are not finalized until 5 p.m. Friday, allowing time for...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Cherokee School Board accepts several resignations

The Cherokee Board of Education sadly accepted several resignations at its board meeting Monday, many of them from long-time teachers or staff. Resignation letters were received from Kassie Hair, Shelly Burleson, Malari Cline, Cathy Parks, Patty...

 

DIANA RUTH HUNT

Diana Ruth Hunt, 70 of Alva, Oklahoma, passed away in her home on March 29, 2021. A memorial service will be held on Friday, April 9, 2021, at 10:30 a.m. at the Church of God in Alva. Diana was born...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To April 8: Mardeanna Davis, Retha Noble April 9: Horace Kurz April 10: Gerald Conn, Terry Smith April 11: Katy Melkus April 12: Maggie Hepner, Randy Brady Tereasa Brady April 13: Riley Rae Rader, Kallie Wilson, Donna Hodgson April...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To April 13: Mr. & Mrs. Travis Bradt April 30: Mr. & Mrs. Dale Sample May 3: Mr. & Mrs. Jim London May 5: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Powers (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call 580-327-2...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Resurrection Sunday, April 4, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. The Sunrise service and...

 

Freedom School Calendar

April 9: High School track meet at Medford April 12: 5th-6th Grade track meet at Laverne April 16: High School track meet at Laverne April 17: 7 p.m. Miss Freedom and Spring Concert April 19: 5th and 6th grade track meet at Turpin April 20: High...

 

Oklahoma opens COVID-19 vaccinations to all states

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma will begin providing COVID-19 vaccinations to residents of any state as Oklahoma's vaccine supplies and vaccinations administered increased, deputy state Health Commissioner Keith Reed said Wednesday. Until now, Oklaho...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    April 7, 2021

Freedom school board hears financial audit; accepts resignations

Few problems were noted in a financial audit of Freedom Schools presented by Pat Carroll of Chas W. Carroll, P.A., to the school's board of education Monday evening. The auditor noted some errors in the activity fund, said Superintendent Bryant Weber...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 7, 2021

Updates add more deaths to Woods County total

This week, the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) has updated the number of Covid-19 cases in Oklahoma as well as the number of deaths. In the Wednesday, April 7, report, the OSDH added approximately 1,300 previously unreported cases and...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    April 7, 2021

Shelite, Brackin tied in Freedom election

According to online election returns Tuesday night, Michelle Shelite and Shad Brackin are tied for the office of Freedom Board of Trustees, Office 3. Each received 45 votes or exactly 50 percent. In the case of a tie, the members of the Woods County...

 

GOP candidate easily wins state Senate seat vacated by Bice

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice will remain in GOP control. Republican Jake Merrick of Yukon easily won the Senate District 22 special election Tuesday, capturing more than 65% of the vote against...

 

Judge: 2019 ruling nullifies Kansas abortion procedure ban

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge ruled Wednesday that a Kansas law banning a common second-trimester abortion procedure is "unconstitutional and unenforceable" under a 2019 state Supreme Court ruling protecting abortion rights. Shawnee County District...

 

GOP candidate easily wins state Senate seat vacated by Bice

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state Senate seat vacated by now-U.S. Rep. Stephanie Bice will remain in GOP control. Republican Jake Merrick of Yukon easily won the Senate District 22 special election Tuesday, capturing more than 65% of the vote against...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 7, 2021

Funds for Kansas schools tied to GOP right's 'choice' plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers on Wednesday tied funding for Kansas' public schools to a proposal that would allow parents of academically struggling students to use state dollars to pay for private schooling. Republican...

 

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