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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To June 6: Damon Darr, Lynn Ledford June 7: Samantha Wilson, Russell Nickel, Jeanette Welty June 8: Rob Eden, Diane Headlee June 9: Melissa Smith, Tiffany Wilson, Stanley Irving, David Smith, Carlee Pierce, Lake Kamas, Brad Claussen...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To June 14: Mr. & Mrs. Verlin Sample June 18: Mr. & Mrs. Darin Harris June 24: Mr. & Mrs. Bill Burkhart June 28: Mr. & Mrs. Andy Newby June 29: Mr. & Mrs. Eldon Murray, Mr. & Mrs. Dale Wares (Note: Send corrections, additions to:...

 
 By Ashley Strehl    Local    June 6, 2019

Seniors visit Washington, DC and New York City

Freedom High School seniors have had the incredible opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. and New York City for decades. This year Freedom High School's 2019 seniors embarked on their annual senior...

 
 By Whitney Bryen    Local    June 6, 2019

Strangulation of women is common, chilling – and often a grim harbinger

On a June night last year, an argument broke out at an Atoka County home. A woman’s teenage daughter was playing loud music, and her husband asked her to tell the daughter to turn the music off. The argument escalated, and the woman said her...

 
 By Ashley Strehl    Local    June 6, 2019

Freedom Chamber of Commerce hosts Woodward Elks steer roping

The Freedom Chamber of Commerce hosted a steer roping event at the Freedom rodeo grounds Monday, June 3, at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sixty-four cowboys from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, South Dakota, Colorado, N...

 

Former GOP lawmaker becomes US attorney in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Republican lawmaker and recent adviser to Gov. Kevin Stitt is being sworn in as the top federal prosecutor in Oklahoma City. Timothy Downing took the oath of office Wednesday as the U.S. attorney for the Western...

 

Oral Roberts University pays $300K in recruiting settlement

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Department of Justice announced a settlement Wednesday with Oral Roberts University, saying the evangelical school will pay more than $300,000 to resolve whistleblower allegations that it broke federal law in the way it comp...

 

Educator retires from Enid Public Schools after 4 decades

ENID, Okla. (AP) — Retirement never held any appeal to Velda Rivenburg. The 86-year-old started working for Enid Public Schools in 1974, first as a volunteer, then as a crossing guard, then as a teacher's aide, and then as a paraprofessional in a...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 6, 2019

Top GOP lawmakers hold up nearly $10M for Kansas prisons

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Wednesday blocked nearly $10 million that Kansas corrections officials argue they need to deal with prison overcrowding and said lawmakers might reject Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's choice to be the...

 

4 arrested in counterfeit bills scheme around Kansas City

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Four people are accused of using counterfeit $100 bills on shopping sprees across the Kansas City area. Prosecutors say the four were caught after Overland Park Marriott Hotel employee reported seeing them throwing trash...

 

Kansas, former student settle lawsuit over mold in dorm

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is paying a former student-athlete $40,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming she became ill because of mold in the vents of her dormitory room. The Lawrence Journal-World report s the university denies the...

 
 By ANDY MARSO    Regional    June 6, 2019

Ex-Kansas University football player launches STI test kit

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — As the first former University of Kansas football player to come out as gay, Brad Thorson knows that talking about sex can be awkward and intimidating. But he also knows the health dangers that can come from not talking about...

 

Kansas man injured in tornado saved by stranger

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Driving home to Ottawa despite a tornado warning last month, Terry Seymour pulled to the side of Kansas Highway 10 when visibility dropped to less than 10 feet in the rain. "I figured I would try to get as close to home as I cou...

 

Wichita approves electric scooter pilot program

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Electric scooters could be headed to Wichita soon. The Wichita Eagle reports that the city council approved a pilot program Tuesday. Companies that want to rent out scooters in Wichita will have to pay for the privilege...

 

Indiana company sparks outrage with unscented 'Ohio' candle

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Indiana company is raising the ire of its neighbors in the Buckeye State with its marketing of an unscented Ohio candle with the description, "Not much to see. Not much to do." The candle is being sold online by Fort Wayne...

 

Colorado will leave house-sized boulder along highway

DENVER (AP) — A boulder the size of a house that tumbled across and gouged a southwestern Colorado state highway last month will stay put. State officials plan to rebuild the highway next to it, saving taxpayers money and possibly creating a...

 

Texas couple stands by story after US cardinal pushes back

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Texas couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case against his former deputy is denying his office's claims that they fabricated quotes and demanded $10 million, saying they...

 

Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids

PHOENIX (AP) — The federal government has stopped paying for English-language courses and legal services at facilities that hold immigrant children around the country, imposing budget cuts it says are necessary at a time when record numbers of...

 
 By Mesfin Fekadu    Regional    June 6, 2019

Carrie Underwood wins at CMT Awards, Tanya Tucker performs

Carrie Underwood extended her run as the most decorated act in the history of the CMT Music Awards with her 20th win Wednesday night. Underwood won two prizes at the fan-voted show, including video of the year for "Cry Pretty" and female video of...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 6, 2019

Convicted pedophile charged in 1993 killing of Missouri girl

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A convicted pedophile who ran an international child pornography ring has been charged with the 1993 abduction, rape and killing of a 9-year-old Missouri girl, after previously undetected DNA found on her clothing implicated...

 

Trump halts fetal tissue research by government scientists

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday that it is ending medical research by government scientists that uses human fetal tissue,. The Health and Human Services Department said in a statement that government-funded research by uni...

 

Doctor accused of murder in 25 patient overdose deaths

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio doctor was charged with murder Wednesday in the deaths of 25 hospital patients who, authorities say, were killed with deliberate overdoses of painkillers, many of them administered by other medical workers on his order...

 

Racist, violent posts by police: Departments investigating

Police departments in at least five states are investigating, and in some cases condemning, their officers' social media feeds after the weekend publication of a database that appears to catalog thousands of bigoted or violent posts by active-duty...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 6, 2019

Missouri official stresses safety over abortion access

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Patient safety takes priority over access to abortion, Missouri's health department director said Wednesday after a court hearing on an effort by the state's only abortion clinic to keep operating. Missouri Department of Health...

 

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