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 By Katie Strehl    Local    June 3, 2021

Teacher of the Year, students recognized

Ag teacher David Turner was recognized as Freedom Public School “Teacher of the Year” for the school year of 2020-21 during the end-of-the-year assembly. As every school year comes to an end, FPS...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To June 3: Nadia Boydstun, Billy Parker June 4: Betty Harris, Betty Whittet, Sarah Beeley June 5: Martina Cell, Christian Ledford June 6: Damon Darr, Lynn Ledford June 7: Samantha Wilson, Russell Nickel, Jeanette Welty June 8: Rob...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To June 3: Mr. & Mrs. Jay Rankin June 4: Mr. & Mrs. Merle Wares June 5: Mr. & Mrs. DeWayne Hodgson June 18: Mr. & Mrs. Darin Harris June 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burkhart June 28: Mr. & Mrs. Andy Newby June 29: Mr. & Mrs. Eldon Murray,...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Memorial Day Sunday, May 30, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger We are on Facebook, live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. There will be a baby shower for...

 

37th annual Welty reunion

The 37th annual Welty reunion was held at the Freedom American Legion Building on Sunday, May 30. After a potluck dinner and a craft auction the afternoon was spent visiting and going to cemeteries. Those attending were: Steve and Mary Welty; Wayne,...

 

Cemetery search resumes for victims of Tulsa Race Massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The City of Tulsa resumed its search Wednesday of a cemetery for possible victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Crews worked to define the boundaries of a mass-grave feature that was discovered in October at the Oaklawn Cemet...

 

Oklahoma governor's chief operating officer to step down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Wednesday that his chief operating officer, John Budd, will step down effective July 2. Budd was the state's first COO and a member of Stitt's cabinet since he took office. With the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 3, 2021

Stitt cabinet member plans to sue former attorney general

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet said Wednesday he plans to sue former Attorney General Mike Hunter over a felony bribery charge that Hunter's office filed against him, then later dropped. Stitt's Secretary of Digital...

 

Biden pushes for US voting rights law as restrictions mount

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden used the 100th anniversary of Tulsa's race massacre to make a plea for sweeping legislation in Congress to protect the right to vote as Republican-led governments in Texas and other states pass new...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 3, 2021

Oklahoma high court strikes down governor's Medicaid plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled Gov. Kevin Stitt's plan to privatize much of the state's Medicaid program is unconstitutional. In a 6-3 ruling Tuesday, the court determined the Oklahoma Health Care Authority did not have the...

 

Widow of Kansas man killed in Evergy accident wins lawsuit

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Texas jury has awarded $222 million to the widow of a Kansas man who died in an accident at Evergy's Jeffrey Energy Center power plant near St. Marys, Kansas, in 2018. The jury found that Team Industrial Services, a Texas-bas...

 

Kansas to pay $826K to man's estate over wrongful conviction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday ordered Kansas to pay more than $826,000 to the estate of a man who died in February following his release from prison after serving more than 12 years over a wrongful murder conviction. Kansas Attorney...

 

Voting rights advocates sue over 2 new Kansas election laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two national nonprofit groups that encourage voting by mail sued Kansas election officials Wednesday over new election laws passed this year by the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature. The lawsuit from VoteAmerica and the...

 

Missouri court denies case of man prosecutor deems innocent

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri prosecutor on Wednesday said she's disappointed the state Supreme Court won't hear the case of a Kansas City man imprisoned for more than 40 years for a triple murder that prosecutors say he didn't commit. Miss...

 

Wichita man who randomly stabbed woman sentenced to 24 years

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man who stabbed a woman about 30 times in a random attack last year was sentenced Wednesday to just over 24 years in prison. Wade Dunn was convicted in April of attempted second-degree murder and aggravated battery...

 

Police investigating after woman's body found at Kansas park

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Police in central Kansas are investigating after a woman's body was found in a Salina park. Police were working to identify the woman, whose body was found early Tuesday morning lying face down near the south entrance of...

 

Ex-postal worker fined for destroying mail containing cash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former postal worker in eastern Kansas has been ordered to pay $1,100 in fines and restitution for destroying mail and presumably stealing cash contained in that mail. Dennis Tapscott, 24, of Emporia, was fined Tuesday in...

 

Candidate interrupted by sex toy on drone, punched at event

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M (AP) — A New Mexico sheriff who is running for mayor of Albuquerque was interrupted while on stage at a campaign event by a flying drone with a sex toy attached to it and a man who punched him. Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel...

 

'Stand your ground' defense rejected in iguana killing

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A judge has rejected the "stand your ground" defense of a Florida man who said he beat an iguana to death only after it attacked him, biting him on the arm. PJ Nilaja Patterson, 43, must stand trial on a felony animal...

 
 By PAUL J. WEBER    Regional    June 3, 2021

George P. Bush running for attorney general in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — George P. Bush on Wednesday launched his next political move: a run for Texas attorney general in 2022 that puts the scion of a Republican dynasty against a GOP incumbent shadowed by securities fraud charges and an FBI...

 

China tries to keep elephant herd out of city of 7 million

BEIJING (AP) — A herd of 15 wild elephants that walked 500 kilometers (300 miles) from a nature reserve in China's mountain southwest were approaching the major city of Kunming on Wednesday as authorities rushed to try to keep them out of...

 

Trump's grip on GOP sparks fears about democratic process

Seven months after Election Day, former President Donald Trump's supporters are still auditing ballots in Arizona's largest county and may revive legislation that would make it easier for judges in Texas to overturn election results. In Georgia,...

 

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