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Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

Happy Birthday To June 1: Vickie Johnson, Brittany Doyle June 2: Kendra Wardrop, Carlene Culver June 3: Nadia Boydstun, Billy Parker June 4: Betty Harris, Betty Whittet, Sarah Beelery June 5: Martina Cell, Christian Ledford June 6: Damon Darr, Lynn...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

Memorial Day was recognized in the Sunday, May 28, service at the Freedom United Methodist Church. The order of services was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Welcome and Sharing Life’s Happenings: Anniversary song for John and Debra Brown. Pastor...

 
 By Katie Strehl    Local    June 1, 2017

Local cemeteries decorated

The people of Freedom observe those who have passed. The Freedom Cemetery and Fairvalley Cemetery were decorated in remembrance of many loved ones. The holiday began (over 150 years ago) as...

 

34th annual Welty reunion

The 34th annual Welty reunion was held at the Freedom American Legion Building on Sunday, May 28. After a potluck dinner and a craft auction, the afternoon was spent visiting, sharing photos and going to cemeteries. Those attending were: Roger and...

 

Dakota Access pipeline expected to begin shipping Thursday

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is expected to begin shipping oil on Thursday, will face scrutiny later this summer on whether it violated North Dakota rules during construction. The three-member North...

 

Investors press Exxon on disclosure of climate change impact

DALLAS (AP) — Disregarding the company's opposition, Exxon Mobil shareholders asked the oil giant to provide more information about the impact that climate-change policies could have on its business. The measure was approved Wednesday by investors...

 

West Virginia top court upholds company's gas pooling

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's top court has ruled that approval of those holding royalty rights to Marcellus Shale natural gas isn't required for pooling agreements when their leasing rights have been signed away. The Supreme Court,...

 
 By Ken Ritter    Regional    June 1, 2017

1st prison sentence given in Bundy armed standoff in Nevada

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A judge called a New Hampshire man a "bully vigilante" and sentenced him Wednesday to more than seven years in prison for his role organizing armed backers of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after a standoff with U.S. agents in 2014....

 

States take steps to entice minority marijuana entrepreneurs

Some states that have legalized marijuana are encouraging minorities to enter the growing cannabis industry after years of drug enforcement that had a disproportionate effect on black and Hispanic communities. A look at some of the efforts...

 

Painful words: How a 1980 letter fueled the opioid epidemic

Nearly 40 years ago, a respected doctor wrote a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine with some very good news: Out of nearly 40,000 patients given powerful pain drugs in a Boston hospital, only four addictions were documented. Doctors had...

 

Leaked birth control rule would broaden religious exemption

WASHINGTON (AP) — Women's groups are threatening to take the Trump administration to court after a leaked, draft regulation revealed a plan to let employers opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women for religious and moral reasons. The...

 

Oregon livestock nutrition firm wins trade secrets dispute

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon livestock nutrition company has won its lawsuit against a former employee it accused of stealing trade secrets. U.S. District Judge Michael McShane entered a default judgment last week against the employee, Yongqiang...

 

GOP health plan could be costly for those with coverage gaps

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — As a thyroid cancer survivor battling nerve damage and other complications, Lisa Dammert was in such dire financial straits in 2014 that she and her husband did the unthinkable: They let their health insurance lapse for a wh...

 

Ohio attorney general sues 5 drugmakers over opiate crisis

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio attorney general sued five drugmakers on Wednesday, accusing the companies of perpetrating the state's addictions epidemic by intentionally misleading patients about the dangers of painkillers and promoting benefits...

 

Doughnut delivery by drone in Denver is a peek at the future

DENVER (AP) — Doughnuts were delivered Wednesday by drone to Denver's mayor and the city's police and fire departments in an event that provided a glimpse into what companies hope will be a quick, inexpensive way to get merchandise to customers....

 

Trump gives cell number to world leaders; is it secure?

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has been handing out his cellphone number to world leaders and urging them to call him directly, an unusual invitation that breaks diplomatic protocol and is raising concerns about the security and secrecy...

 

NASA spacecraft will aim straight for sun next year

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — A NASA spacecraft will aim straight for the sun next year and bear the name of the astrophysicist who predicted the existence of the solar wind nearly 60 years ago. The space agency announced Wednesday that the red-hot...

 

Pennsylvania man arrested after calling 911 for conversation

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Police say a Pennsylvania man repeatedly called 911 while intoxicated because he was seeking conversation. Pennsylvania State Police say 51-year-old Larry Keiser first called around 10:30 p.m. Friday because he wanted to...

 

3 centenarian sisters honored at Ohio high school graduation

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Three centenarian sisters have been honored at the final graduation ceremony of the Ohio high school they attended. Hazel Jarrell, who is 104 years old, was a member of the class of 1932 at Canton Township High School, the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 1, 2017

Some lawmakers say Kansas education funding may be too small

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed the Kansas Legislature on Wednesday toward passing an increase in spending on public schools that even some GOP lawmakers acknowledge might not be enough to satisfy a court mandate. The Senate approved a bill...

 

Kansas' Flint Hills Nature Trail open for bikers, hikers

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — After 16 years of planning, the Flint Hills Nature Trail is open to hikers and bikers, although they might encounter a few rough stretches on a trail that winds through native grasses, wildflowers, trees, bridges and even a...

 

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