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Boeing to restart airplane production in Seattle

SEATTLE (AP) — Boeing said Thursday it will restart production of its commercial airplanes next week in the Seattle area, putting about 27,000 people back to work after operations were suspended because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Boeing, which is...

 

Trump gives governors 3-phase plan to reopen economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump gave governors a road map Thursday for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic, laying out "a phased and deliberate approach" to restoring normal activity in places that have strong...

 

Facebook to warn users who 'liked' coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook will soon let you know if you shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site, the latest in a string of aggressive efforts the social media giant is taking to contain an outbreak of viral falsehoods. The new...

 

VIRUS DIARY: In pandemic, a forlorn dog finds new purpose

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — "This feels like a good time to get another dog to help us get over the loss of Surfer," the Professor announced in her FM radio-ready voice. Even though my heart didn't feel quite ready, I knew she was right, and not only...

 

Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers...

 

SITUATION UPDATE: COVID-19

As of this advisory on April 17, there are 2,465 confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Oklahoma.  There are five additional deaths; two of them occurred in the past 24 hours and the others died between April 9 - April 15. Two in Delaware County,... Full story

 

Governor sets June election for Medicaid expansion question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday set a June 30 election date for voters to decide whether to expand Medicaid health coverage to more Oklahomans. Stitt issued a proclamation to place State Question 802 on the June 30 primary... Full story

 

Judge extends zookeeper's deadline to challenge convictions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma zookeeper who was sentenced to 22 years in prison for a murder-for-hire plot and federal wildlife violations has been granted an extra month to argue why his lawsuit challenging the convictions shouldn't be...

 

Pro-Trump protesters push back on stay-at-home orders

While many Americans are filled with fear, Melissa Ackison says the coronavirus pandemic has filled her with anger. The stay-at-home orders are government overreach, the conservative Ohio state Senate candidate says, and the labeling of some workers...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 17, 2020

Oklahoma governor hopes to start reopening economy on May 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — If the number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in Oklahoma continues to trend downward, some businesses could begin to open back up as early as May 1, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday. Stitt said at a news conference that the...

 

5 things to know today - that aren't about the virus

Your daily look at late-breaking news and stories that are being talked about: 1. SPACE STATION CREW LANDS IN KAZAKHSTAN An International Space Station crew has landed safely in Kazakhstan after more than 200 days in space. 2. ANXIETY REMAINS HIGH...

 

25 years ago, a prayer service gave hope to a shaken America

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Search-and-rescue workers came straight from the blast site, hard hats atop their heads and mud and grime on their boots. Relatives of the missing joined loved ones of those already confirmed dead in holding teddy bears and... Full story

 

Federal court asked to block Kansas limit on church services

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge is considering whether to block enforcement of Gov. Laura Kelly's order banning religious gatherings with more than 10 people to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus. U.S. District Judge John Broomes said...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 17, 2020

Kansas lags in COVID-19 testing, clouding state's reopening

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to start using 3D printers to manufacture its own swabs to test for the novel coronavirus as officials look to improve the state's near-bottom national rank in testing before lifting a stay-at-home order. Gov....

 

Kansas changes prison health providers amid ongoing concerns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials announced Friday that they had signed a new contract for medical services at prisons as frustrations mount with the current health care provider amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Kansas Department of...

 

Spirit AeroSystems bringing back some furloughed workers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A major aircraft parts supplier in Kansas is expected to bring about 2,100 furloughed workers back to work next week as Boeing prepares to resume production of its commercial airplanes. Spirit AeroSystems also is planning resum...

 

Officials say woman dies in rural Kansas house fire

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A woman died in a rural northeastern Kansas house fire, officials said. The fire was reported around 3 a.m. Thursday in Brown County, Wichita station KSNW reported. A family member told the station that the 74-year-old woman...

 

No plan in sight: Test troubles cloud Trump recovery effort

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is struggling to test enough people to track and control the spread of the novel coronavirus, a crucial first step to reopening parts of the economy, which President Donald Trump is pushing to do by May 1. Trump...

 

FDA approves pill for aggressive breast cancer that's spread

U.S. regulators on Friday approved a new drug for an aggressive type of breast cancer that's spread in the body — including into the brain, where it's especially tough to treat. The Food and Drug Administration said Tukysa, a twice-daily pill...

 

Police: Chicago man charged in coronavirus-related attack

A Chicago man who allegedly punched a nurse on a city bus after accusing her of trying to give him the coronavirus by coughing on him has been arrested on a felony battery charge, police said Friday. According to the police department's news affairs...

 

China pushes back on Trump administration coronavirus theory

WASHINGTON (AP) — China is pushing back against President Donald Trump and some of his officials, who've flirted in recent days with an outlier theory that the coronavirus was set loose by a Chinese lab that let it escape. The Chinese Foreign...

 

'LIBERATE!': Trump pushes states to lift virus restrictions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump urged supporters to "LIBERATE" three states led by Democratic governors Friday, apparently encouraging protests against stay-at-home mandates aimed at stopping the coronavirus. At least two states under Repu...

 

New wave of infections threatens to collapse Japan hospitals

TOKYO (AP) — Hospitals in Japan are increasingly turning away sick people as the country struggles with surging coronavirus infections and its emergency medical system collapses. In one recent case, an ambulance carrying a man with a fever and diff...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

President Donald Trump appears to be encouraging resistance to stay at home orders aimed at containing the coronavirus that have thrown millions of Americans out of work. But some governors say they badly need help from Washington in expanding...

 

Detained migrant with COVID-19 forced to call in to court

HOUSTON (AP) — A detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said. When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name...

 

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