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State readies plan for opening nursing homes, but industry skeptical

State health officials are developing a plan that could allow visitors back into nursing homes. But facility managers and industry advocates point to complications with testing and a shortage of...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To June 4: Mr. & Mrs. Merle Wares, Mr. & Mrs. Devory Hughes June 5: Mr. & Mrs. DeWayne Hodgson June 18: Mr. & Mrs. Darin Harris June 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burkhart (Note: Send corrections, additions to: freedomcallnews@gmail.com or...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To 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 Eden, Diane Headlee June 9: Melissa...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

Vacation Bible School will be held July 28, 29 and 30 at the Christian Church. Beginning time will be announced at a later date. We are on Facebook live at 11 a.m. Our Facebook page is Freedom United Methodist Church. On Sunday, May 31, the order of...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    June 4, 2020

Town of Freedom hires Luke Bolar; stray dogs also topic at special meeting

The Town of Freedom Board of Trustees held a special meeting Thursday, May 28, to discuss possibly hiring summer help for the town, and to discuss stray dogs. Present were Mayor Shad Brackin, who called the meeting to order; board member Randy...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    June 4, 2020

20 years after it became a crime, racial profiling charges remain scarce

As protests over racial policing practices continue to rage across Oklahoma and the nation, a milestone in Oklahoma's racial history will quietly pass later this week. Friday, June 5, will mark the 20...

 
 By AARON BEARD    Sports    June 4, 2020

Study: College sports trail pro leagues in diversity hiring

A diversity report for racial and gender hiring across college sports found overall improvement yet still reported grades lagging behind the professional ranks. Wednesday's report card from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at...

 

Pilgrim's Pride CEO among indicted for chicken price fixing

WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (AP) — The CEO of Pilgrim's Pride is one of four current and former chicken company executives indicted Wednesday on charges of price-fixing. The U.S. Department of Justice said a federal grand jury in Colorado found that...

 

US service sector contracts for second month in May

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. services sector shrank for a second month in May as the coronavirus pandemic triggered shutdowns and layoffs around the country. Activity did rise from levels last month that had not been seen since the recession. The...

 

Arkansas governor: Dozens arrested after Floyd protests

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Dozens of people were arrested at protests in downtown Little Rock over the death of George Floyd, the governor said Wednesday as demonstrations continued in Arkansas' capital city. Gov. Asa Hutchinson said 79 people were...

 

Obama steps out as nation confronts confluence of crises

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Barack Obama is taking on an increasingly public role as the nation confronts a confluence of historic crises that has exposed deep racial and socioeconomic inequalities in America and reshaped the November electi...

 

Senate likely to approve fix for small-business virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — A widely supported bill to refine a payroll subsidy program for businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic could soon be on its way to getting signed into law by President Donald Trump despite hitting a speed bump in the...

 

Trump won't be in Charlotte, but RNC may still hold events

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Republican National Committee unveiled plans on Wednesday to proceed with certain convention activities in Charlotte, even though President Donald Trump will deliver his nomination acceptance speech somewhere else. The...

 

2 more Oklahoma St football players positive for COVID-19

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Two more Oklahoma State football players have tested positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus for voluntary workouts, bringing the total to three. Senior associate athletic director Kevin Klintworth wrote on his...

 

Doctors kept close eye on Trump's use of malaria drug

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House medical team kept a close eye on President Donald Trump's heart rhythms, including at least one electrocardiogram, to watch for potential side effects when he took a two-week course of a malaria drug to try to prev...

 

Texas relaxes more rules to further open the state economy

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas bars, restaurants and retailers will be allowed to serve more customers — in some cases immediately — under new orders from Republican Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday to further open the state economy amid the...

 

Scientists learn how tiny critters make ocean 'snot palaces'

KENSINGTON, Maryland (AP) — Master builders of the sea construct the equivalent of a complex five-story house that protects them from predators and funnels and filters food for them — all from snot coming out of their heads. And when these...

 

Scientists tap the world's most powerful computers in the race to understand and stop the coronavirus

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) In "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" by Douglas Adams, the haughty supercomputer Deep Thought is asked whether h...

 

'Eyes are on you:' Minneapolis neighbors band to stand guard

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The two men stepped from the shadows as the car turned off an upscale shopping street into a residential area located on the far edge of the rioting that swept through Minneapolis. It was after midnight. A pair of metal dividers...

 
 By Brian Allan    Regional    June 4, 2020

Genetically modified mosquitoes could be released in Florida and Texas beginning this summer – silver bullet or jumping the gun?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Brian Allan, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chris Stone, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Holly Tuten,...

 

Heart patients avoided ERs as coronavirus hit, US study says

NEW YORK (AP) — Emergency room visits in the U.S. for chest pain and heart attacks fell early this spring, according to a study that supports fears that the coronavirus outbreak scared away people from going to the hospital. ER visits were up for...

 

Police: Man faked wife's disappearance so she'd avoid prison

GRANDVIEW, W. Va. (AP) — A West Virginia woman and her husband faked her disappearance by pretending she plummeted from an overlook as part of a scheme to keep her out of having to go to prison, authorities said. Julie Wheeler and Rodney Wheeler...

 

Black leaders in Kansas City seek police chief's resignation

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — Civil rights organizations on Wednesday called for the resignation of Kansas City Police Chief Rick Smith, hours after a group of mostly black pastors demanded changes to improve relations between police and the city's minority...

 

GOP leaders work to sell COVID-19 deal with Kansas governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republicans in the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature on Wednesday worked to sell a compromise with Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly for giving lawmakers some oversight of the state's coronavirus response. Some Democrats wanted...

 

Kansas food plant shuts down after workers contract virus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas food plant temporarily shut down Wednesday after several workers tested positive for the coronavirus. The Reser's Fine Foods plant in Topeka, which makes prepared entrees and side dishes sold at grocery stores, will...

 

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