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Oprah Winfrey to launch live virtual experience on wellness

NEW YORK (AP) — Oprah Winfrey, who visited arenas earlier this year on a wellness tour, is bringing the idea to living rooms while people are homebound due to the coronavirus pandemic. The media mogul on Tuesday announced "Oprah's Your Life in...

 

Texas artists will be in Rangers lot for drive-in concerts

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers season ticket holder Pat Green will be among the Texas artists who will play a series of drive-in concerts in the parking lot of the team's new stadium that has not yet hosted a baseball game because of the...

 

Woman charged with setting fire over missing towel

HAWTHORNE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida woman set fire to a converted woodshed that another woman was living in following an argument over a missing towel, authorities said. Robin Hamilton, 57, was arrested shortly after Saturday's fire behind a...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 13, 2020

The politics and science of facemasks

I’ve been experiencing an information overload regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m more than ready for things to get back to normal. The problem is that we currently don’t have a vaccine to...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    May 13, 2020

South Barber School Board hires teacher/coach, talks why graduation was not held Saturday

South Barber's Board of Education met for the monthly May meeting Monday night in the high school library for the second consecutive month so they could easily social distance (sit six feet apart) at...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To 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 21: Mr. & Mrs. Travis Bradt, Mr. & Mrs. Don Murray May...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To May 14: Cyndi Welty May 15: Skye Grimes, Kelly Mitchell May 16: Don Murray 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, Holli Wares...

 

Official: 3-year-old shot in Oklahoma home; uncle arrested

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A 3-year-old boy suffered a life-threatening wound after he was shot Tuesday at a Oklahoma residence, authorities said. Sheriff Scott Walton said the child's condition is unknown, but he will have his second surgery Wednesday. K...

 

Oklahoma governor vetoes budget bills, sets up showdown

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt vetoed several key budget bills on Wednesday, setting up a showdown with lawmakers in his own party who said they will attempt to override him. Stitt vetoed three bills that combined generate about...

 

Tribal leaders defend new gambling compacts in legal memo

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The leaders of two Oklahoma-based Native American tribes defended on Wednesday their recent gambling compacts with the state and urged the U.S. Department of the Interior to approve them. The chairmen of the Otoe-Missouria...

 

Courtney Paris returning to Oklahoma as assistant coach

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Courtney Paris is returning to Oklahoma as an assistant coach after a 10-year WNBA playing career. The school made the announcement in a news release on Wednesday. Paris was the 2007 AP National Player of the Year as a...

 

Coronavirus cases in Oklahoma rise by 120, no new deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The confirmed number of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma has risen by 120, but no new deaths were Wednesday by the Oklahoma State Department of Health. There are 4,852 confirmed cases and at least 278 deaths due to COVID-19, the...

 

Authorities say 2 Oklahoma deaths tied to counterfeit drugs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two recent deaths in Oklahoma are believed to be the result of counterfeit oxycodone, according to the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics. Both deaths were Sunday in Oklahoma County and pills, which later tested positive for...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 13, 2020

Top GOP lawmakers move to take control of reopening Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican lawmakers in Kansas moved aggressively Wednesday to take control of how the state reopens its coronavirus-battered economy from Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly, the latest of several power grabs by frustrated...

 

Kansas sausage making plant shuts down amid COVID-19 cases

TOPEKA Kan. (AP) — A Kansas plant that makes sausage shut down Wednesday after employees tested positive for the coronavirus, and an outbreak that has infected hundreds at the state's largest prison claimed the life of another worker. The shutdown...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 13, 2020

Kansas lawmakers look to prevent lawsuits over coronavirus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are joining a broader effort to shield doctors, hospitals and businesses from lawsuits stemming from the coronavirus, with business and medical groups pushing them to act quickly. The effort...

 

Forecast: Kansas farmers to harvest smaller wheat crop

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas farmers are expected to bring in a smaller winter wheat crop this year even though they will harvest about the same number of acres, the U.S. Agriculture Department said Tuesday. This year's Kansas winter wheat crop...

 

US wholesale prices drop record 1.3% in April

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale prices slid a record 1.3% in April led by a 19% plunge in the cost of energy, further signaling the potential threat of deflation in the United States. The Labor Department said that its producer price index, which...

 
 By Rebecca Boone    Regional    May 13, 2020

US report indicates broad risk of COVID-19 at wildfire camps

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Outbreaks of the coronavirus could sweep through large camps where crews typically stay as they fight wildfires across the U.S., according to a federal document obtained by The Associated Press, and the problem is likely to get...

 

Panel to consider petition seeking Pecos River protections

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — More than 200 miles of the Pecos River, its tributaries and other parts of the upper reaches of the northern New Mexico watershed would be protected from future degradation under a petition being considered by state regulat...

 

US meat exports surge as industry struggles to meet demand

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — U.S. meat exports are surging even as the industry is struggling to meet domestic demand because of coronavirus outbreaks at processing plants that have sickened hundreds of workers and caused companies to scramble to improve...

 

Why it's wrong to blame livestock farms for coronavirus

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As part of the global response to the current pandemic, scientists are trying to identify the source of the SARS-CoV-...

 

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