Articles from the May 7, 2020 edition

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 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 7, 2020

Luscious green wheat blowing in the wind in Newsgram reading area

Drive down the highway in northwest Oklahoma and south central Kansas and you'll see fields of pretty green wheat blowing in the wind with potential to be a good crop. Now if Mother Nature will... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 7, 2020

Getting back to normal at Share Medical Center

Urgent Care is moving back into their regular space at Share Medical Center in Alva, according to Share CEO Kandice Allen. She told the Alva Hospital Authority (AHA) Tuesday evening that Urgent Care w... Full story


Three key questions hover over the Oklahoma Capitol

The answers to three key questions about the ongoing 2020 legislative session will shape what happens over the next month at an Oklahoma State Capitol currently closed to the public because of the... Full story


Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To May 7: Wayne Wares, Stephanie Bradt, Dennis Smith May 9: Kenneth Scates, Jana Stein May 17: Bryan Kurz May 18: Albert Williams May 19: Roger Daughhetee, Andy Daughhetee May 20: Gary Gerloff May 21: BJ Baker May 22: Reagan Eden,...


Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To May 12: Mr. & Mrs. Loran Morris, Mr. & Mrs. Chad Grimes May 15; Mr. & Mrs. Lewis Darr, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Devin Ferguson May 17: Michael Horntvedt & Katie Blunk, Mr. & Mrs. Ron Culver, Mr. & Mrs. Steve Pierce May...


Free meal service for Freedom students

Beginning this week, Freedom Public Schools is providing meals for anyone ages 0-19. The meal service began on May 4. Meals will be delivered two day each week, on Mondays and Wednesdays. On Mondays, two breakfasts and two lunches per child may be... Full story


Situation update: COVID-19

According to the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH), Oklahoma County has the highest number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 at 868 followed by Tulsa with 653. In northwest Oklahoma, Garfield County has 21 confirmed positive cases... Full story

 By Marione Martin    Local    May 7, 2020

Freedom senior graduation is May 16

Normally the Freedom Public Schools hold a combined graduation ceremony for the kindergarten, eighth grade and senior students. But nothing is normal this year. Graduations are being postponed, held virtually or held under different rules. Freedom... Full story


Coronavirus crisis exacts toll on people with disabilities

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Even before the coronavirus hit, cystic fibrosis meant a cold could put Jacob Hansen in the hospital for weeks. He relies on hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes to stay healthy because he also has cerebral palsy and can't...

 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 7, 2020

House votes to impose new restrictions on absentee voting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Just days after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled absentee ballots in Oklahoma don't need to be notarized, the House on Wednesday passed a bill imposing new restrictions on voters who cast ballots by mail. Under the bill, for...


Oklahoma State RB Hubbard named top Canadian NCAA player

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State running back Chuba Hubbard has won the Cornish Trophy, presented annually to the top Canadian player in NCAA football. The announcement was made via YouTube on Wednesday. Hubbard was the AP Big 12 Offensive...

 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 7, 2020

Oklahoma coronavirus cases top 4,200, deaths surpass 250

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma remains on pace to continue reopening business amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday. Stitt said the rates of new virus infections, deaths and hospitalizations is declining and, in accordance...


Oklahoma's medical pot industry sees record sales in April

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma residents bought a record amount of medical marijuana in April, as dispensaries sold enough of it to raise tax collections by more than 25%, according to the state Tax Commission. The commission's figures show that...

 By Associated Press    Sports    May 7, 2020

Oklahoma, Arkansas sked 2 hoops games in Tulsa, start in '20

Oklahoma and Arkansas have agreed to play two basketball games at the BOK Center in Tulsa. The schools made the announcement in news releases on Wednesday. The first two matchups are scheduled for Dec. 12, 2020, and Dec. 11, 2021. Arkansas said...


Kansas still mulling inmate releases despite prison outbreak

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that she's still considering releasing some Kansas inmates early because of the coronavirus pandemic even though an outbreak of hundreds of cases has one prison under quarantine. Kelly confirmed...


Kansas teacher charged with having sex with student

OSKALOOSA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas high school science teacher is facing allegations that he had sexual relationship with a student. Anthony Kuckelman, of Lawrence, was charged Tuesday with three felony counts of unlawful sexual relations,...


Kansas man banned from providing COVID-19 related services

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man already banned from providing autopsy services in Kansas has been ordered to stop offering any services related to the coronavirus pandemic. Shawn Parcells, of Leawood, and affiliated companies are prohibited from...


Farmer who donated mask to New York honored with degree

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A degree has been bestowed upon a retired Kansas farmer who shipped one of his five N-95 masks to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo despite worries amid the coronavirus outbreak for his wife who has one lung. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly an...


US infection rate rising outside New York as states open up

Take the New York metropolitan area's progress against the coronavirus out of the equation and the numbers show the rest of the U.S. is moving in the wrong direction, with the known infection rate rising even as states move to lift their lockdowns,...


Kansas reports 213 new coronavirus cases, one more death

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus at Kansas' largest prison has grown to more than 550 amid widespread testing at the facility, with most showing no symptoms. The Kansas Department of Corrections plans to...


Mermaids returning to Montana tiki bar as it reopens

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — For patrons at a Montana tiki bar that has a back wall of a window into a motel swimming pool, it's typical to see mermaids in the water five nights a week. So as the owner of the O'Haire Motor Inn and the Sip 'n Dip Loung...


UK's 'Captain Tom' inspires campaign by 97-year-old Russian

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Inspired by 99-year-old Briton Tom Moore's multi-million pound charity walk, a Russian fellow World War II veteran has launched her own effort to gather contributions for the families of doctors and nurses who have...


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

Your daily look at nonvirus stories in the news: 1. SUPREME COURT TAKES UP OBAMACARE CASE The justices seem concerned about the sweep of Trump administration rules that would allow more employers who cite a religious or moral objection to opt out of...


University of Arkansas overwhelmed with calls about hornet

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The agricultural division at University of Arkansas has been overwhelmed with phone calls about whether the world's largest hornet has landed in the state, an expert said. Jon Zawislak, an apiary expert and entomologist at...


Official: US must move ahead with nuclear weapons work

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A top nuclear security official says the U.S. must move ahead with plans to ramp up production of key components for the nation's nuclear arsenal despite the challenges presented by the coronavirus. Federal officials have...


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