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NASA, SpaceX bringing astronaut launches back to home turf

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — For the first time in nearly a decade, U.S. astronauts are about to blast into orbit aboard an American rocket from American soil. And for the first time in the history of human spaceflight, a private company is running...

 

Wanted: Loving home for 53-year-old tortoise

BOSTON (AP) — Wanted: Loving home for a middle-age tortoise that loves fruit salad, dandelions and sunshine. MSPCA-Angell, a Boston animal welfare organization, has put a 53-year-old tortoise named Ms. Jennifer up for adoption because the owner...

 

Loughlin, Giannulli to serve prison time for college scam

"Full House" actress Lori Loughlin has agreed to serve two months behind bars and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, has agreed to serve five months as part of a deal to plead guilty to cheating the college admissions process,...

 

US Sen. Sasse criticized for jokes in graduation speech

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse's attempt at humor during a speech at a Nebraska high school's online commencement — which included jokes about students' fitness and psychologists and also blamed China for the coronavirus outbreak ...

 

Column: Snell now poster child for spoiled ballplayers

I'm not really sure what Twitch is, but I do know this — Blake Snell will wish he was never on it. He said on the social gaming site what a lot of Major League Baseball players are probably thinking. Like him, they're anxious about risking their...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    May 22, 2020

City pays NWOSU spring scholarship invoice

The novel coronavirus caused a novel spring semester at Northwestern Oklahoma State University in Alva. Like all the state universities, NWOSU moved to online classes following spring break. Now that...

 

OPAL IRENE FELLERS

Funeral services will be Friday, May 22, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Cherokee First Baptist Church with Pastor Neil Gordon, Town and Country Christian Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Keith...

 

Graduation Photos Continued-1

Here are some more graduation photos from Alva High School's Graduation....

 

AHS Graduation Pictures continued-2

Goldbugs pictures can also been seen on our Zenfolio page. Congratulations to our Seniors!!...

 

NASA's newest test pilots are veteran astronauts, friends

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — The two astronauts who will test drive SpaceX's brand new rocketship are classmates and friends, veteran spacefliers married to veteran spacefliers, and fathers of young sons. Together, they will end a nine-year drought...

 

First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that...

 

As Memorial Day tempts people outdoors, virus rebound feared

Millions of Americans are getting ready to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns and venture outdoors to celebrate Memorial Day weekend at beaches, cookouts and family outings, raising concern among public health officials that large gatherings could...

 

Denver mail hub stays open despite coronavirus closure order

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — A U.S. Postal Service distribution facility in Denver that handles 10 million pieces of mail a day for Colorado and Wyoming remained open Friday despite being ordered to shut down by city health officials because of a...

 

Federal prison system to begin moving nearly 7K inmates

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal Bureau of Prisons will begin moving about 6,800 inmates who have been waiting in local detention centers across the U.S. to federal prisons to avoid jail overcrowding in the coronavirus pandemic, officials said...

 

What you need to know today about the virus outbreak

Public health officials are warning Americans to follow social distancing and other measures that aim to stop the spread of the coronavirus as they head into the long Memorial Day weekend with millions of others emerging from lockdowns to celebrate...

 

Missouri jobless rate more than doubles to 9.7% due to virus

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri's unemployment rate more than doubled last month due to the shutdown caused by the coronavirus, state officials said Friday. Still, Missouri's jobless rate of 9.7% was well below the national rate of 14.7%. The Missouri...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    May 22, 2020

Kansas lawmakers OK barring COVID-19 suits, curbing governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a sweeping coronavirus measure through the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Friday, aiming to shield businesses and health care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits and take control of the state's...

 

Unemployment numbers up as state takes major reopening step

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas took a major step toward reopening Friday amid the coronavirus pandemic as unemployment numbers soared and a nursing home outbreak grew. The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate hit 11.2% in April, an increase from a...

 

Arkansas hits new peak of active coronavirus cases

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas hit a new peak of active coronavirus cases on Friday as businesses that had shuttered because of the pandemic continued to reopen. Health officials said at least 5,612 people in the state have tested positive for...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 22, 2020

Oklahoma governor names interim state health commissioner

Oklahoma City (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Oklahoma Air National Guard surgeon Col. Lance Frye of Tulsa as interim commissioner of the Oklahoma State Department of Health as the state continues to reopen in the midst of the coronavirus pandemi...

 

New infections show virus accelerating across Latin America

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic accelerated across Latin America on Friday, bringing a surge of new infections and deaths, even as curves flattened and reopening was underway in much of Europe, Asia and the United States. The...

 

Trump declares churches 'essential,' calls on them to reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday labeled churches and other houses of worship as "essential" and called on governors nationwide to let them reopen this weekend even though some areas remain under coronavirus lockdown. The...

 

Nebraska officials watching Omaha for strain on hospitals

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska public health officials are watching for signs of strain on Omaha's hospitals because they've received a steady increase in coronavirus patients, but the state's top medical official said Friday that he isn't worried...

 

Should you fly yet? An epidemiologist and an exposure scientist walk you through the decision process

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Kacey Ernst, University of Arizona and Paloma Beamer, University of Arizona (THE CONVERSATION) We don't know about you, but we're ready...

 

Memorial Day: Why veterans are particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) As the nation takes a day to memorialize its military dead, those who are living are facing a deadly risk that has...

 

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