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Violence at home

Family violence is escalating in parts of the state as the stress of the pandemic mounts. Weeks of isolation, financial strain and fear are heightening tensions, and some agencies say they have seen... Full story

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To April 23: Dawni Rae Rader, Lonnie Bolar April 24: Robert Russell, Leih Armantrout, Abigail Olson, Michele Harmon April 25: Rod Ferguson, Gary Earnest, Ruth McCracken, David West, Wilene Welty April 26: Kelli Packwood, Mikala Pierce...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To April 30: Mr. & Mrs. Dale Sample May 3: Mr. & Mrs. Jim London May 5: Mr. & Mrs. Larry Powers May 12: Mr. & Mrs. Loran Morris, Mr. & Mrs. Chad Grimes May 15; Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Darr, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Devin Ferguson...

 

Experts: Oklahoma among nation's unhealthiest states, faces heightened risks for COVID-19

It wasn't the number of patients that worried Dr. Mark Doescher the most as he made his rounds through the University of Oklahoma Medical Center in Oklahoma City last week. The hospital was emptier... Full story

 

Freedom school board, administration grapple with end-of-year plans

At the Freedom Board of Education's regular meeting April 13, the board and Superintendent Bryant Weber talked about end-of-year activities and graduation. Weber said the plans are to post the senior PowerPoint, pictures, and the recorded... Full story

 

Situation update for April 22: COVID-19

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health website, cities in this area with confirmed cases of COVID-19 include Enid with nine, one death and five recovered; Hooker with eight and one recovered; Alva with three; Woodward with one who is... Full story

 

Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma near 2,900, officials say

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases is now near 2,900 in Oklahoma with 170 deaths due to COVID-19, which is caused by the virus, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported Wednesday. There are at least 2,894 cases and six... Full story

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    April 23, 2020

Oklahoma governor announces reopening plan, with conditions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some businesses that were closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus will be allowed to reopen this week and others can reopen within 10 days, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday. The governor's plan was... Full story

 

Oklahoma energy regulators OK move allowing well shut-ins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Corporation Commission approved an emergency order on Wednesday that allows oil producers to stop or reduce production without losing their leases for non-production. The three-member, all-Republican panel that...

 

Kansas mulls coronavirus tests for all in prison, care homes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official said Wednesday that the state is considering testing all prison inmates and residents of long-term care homes for the coronavirus, as such homes have accounted for more than half of the state's COVID-...

 

US states represent patchwork as they mull economic restarts

More governors are reopening their economies by the day around the country, creating a patchwork of stay-home orders and other business restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic. Some states are moving faster to reopen, like Georgia, Oklahoma and...

 

Tyson Foods idles largest pork plant as virus slams industry

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Tyson Foods suspended operations Wednesday at an Iowa plant that is critical to the nation's pork supply but was blamed for fueling a massive coronavirus outbreak in the region. The Arkansas-based company said the closure of...

 

ETSU adds guard David Sloan as transfer from Kansas State

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (AP) — East Tennessee State has signed guard David Sloan as a transfer from Kansas State. Coach Steve Forbes on Wednesday announced the addition to the team that won the Southern Conference Tournament title and went 30-4 this...

 

Topeka mayor, council cut own pay as virus ravages budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka's mayor and city council members have voted unanimously to cut their own pay by 6% as they seek ways to deal with plummeting city tax revenues in the wake of measures to slow the COVID-19 outbreak. The City Council had...

 

Stocks climb worldwide as oil prices crawl off the floor

NEW YORK (AP) — Stock rose on Wednesday, and the S&P 500 recovered a chunk of this week's sharp losses as a bit of oxygen pumped through markets around the world. Even oil gained ground, pulling further away from zero after earlier getting turned u...

 

US to boost aid to Greenland in bid to counter Russia, China

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to announce an expanded diplomatic presence in Greenland and a new assistance package for the vast island aimed at thwarting growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Arctic. The...

 

Iran Guard reveals secret space program in satellite launch

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's Revolutionary Guard launched its first satellite into space Wednesday, dramatically revealing what experts described as a secret military space program that could advance its ballistic missile development amid wider...

 

2 cats in NY become first US pets to test positive for virus

NEW YORK (AP) — Two pet cats in New York state have tested positive for the coronavirus, marking the first confirmed cases in companion animals in the United States, federal officials said Wednesday. The cats, which had mild respiratory illnesses...

 

AP interview: Gore says backing Biden isn't 'rocket science'

ATLANTA (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore, now one of the world's leading climate activists, endorsed Joe Biden's White House bid on Wednesday, declaring that choosing the presumptive Democratic nominee over President Donald Trump is "not...

 

Medical companies pummeled by outbreak; a fresh market opens

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ THE HEALTH...

 

Robots are playing many roles in the coronavirus crisis – and offering lessons for future disasters

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Robin R. Murphy, Texas A&M University ; Justin Adams, Florida State University, and Vignesh Babu Manjunath Gandudi, Texas A&M...

 

Iran-US tensions rise on Trump threat, Iran satellite launch

WASHINGTON (AP) — Tensions between Washington and Tehran flared anew Wednesday as Iran's Revolutionary Guard conducted a space launch that could advance the country's long-range missile program and President Donald Trump threatened to "shoot down...

 

Utah launches new app to trace coronavirus exposures

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah launched a new cell phone app Wednesday to track coronavirus symptoms and identify people who may have been exposed, known as contact tracing. The state has contract worth up to a $2.75 million with the social-media...

 

Search on for possible escaped serval in New Mexico

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are searching for a possible escaped exotic cat in an Albuquerque, New Mexico, suburb. KRQE-TV reports New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says it's investigating reports of an escaped serval from a...

 

Trump signs immigration order featuring numerous exemptions

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump claimed Wednesday that he had signed an executive order "temporarily suspending immigration into the United States." But experts say the order will merely delay the issuance of green cards for a minority of...

 

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