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Newspaper publisher resigns after printing racist cartoon

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The publisher of a family-owned Missouri newspaper has resigned after publishing a racist syndicated cartoon depicting a black man stealing a white woman's purse while hailing funding cuts to police. Bill Miller Sr. on...

 

Gale Force Winds cause breakage this past Tuesday in Alva

Broken branches, like this one in front of Lincoln Elementary School were the results of gale-force winds Tuesday. Gusts up to 74 mph were recorded in Woods County, the highest in the...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 12, 2020

Cutting the budget

About two dozen people turned out for the public hearing on the City of Alva budget for FY20-21. At least half of the audience members were city employees. All council members were present for the meeting. After calling the meeting to order, Mayor Ke...

 
 By BRIANNA BAILEY    Local    June 12, 2020

The only hospital in Mangum was failing. They promised to help but only made it worse.

It was the sort of miracle cure that the board of a rural Oklahoma hospital on the verge of closure had dreamed about: A newly formed management company promised access to wealthy investors eager to infuse millions of dollars. The company, Alliance...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    June 12, 2020

Woods County has highest wind gusts in state

According to the Oklahoma Mesonet, Woods County registered the highest wind gusts in the state Tuesday with 74 mph at the May Ranch location near the border with Kansas. Alva reached peak wind gusts...

 
 By Stacy Sanborn    Local    June 12, 2020

New WCEDC director looking to bring in new business

Members of the Woods County Industrial Development Authority (WCIDA) met for a brief meeting last Tuesday morning – the first gathering in months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Chairman Rick Cunningham and members Stan Kline, Randy McMurphy and...

 

Johnson named to the COSIDA Academic All-American third team

AUSTIN, Texas – Daschal Johnson, of the Northwestern Oklahoma State University baseball team, was named to the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-America Division II baseball third-team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America...

 

Kentucky school shooter ordered to serve two life sentences

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky teen who pleaded guilty to killing two schoolmates in 2018 has been ordered to serve two life sentences. Gabriel Ross Parker was sentenced via teleconference by Marshall County Circuit Judge James Jameson on Friday...

 

Attorney who spat on protester charged with hate crime

MILWAUKEE (AP) — An attorney who spat on a high school student during an anti-racism rally and march in a Milwaukee suburb has been charged with a hate crime. Lawyer Stephanie Rapkin, who is white, showed up at the protest last Saturday in...

 

US, Iraq launch strategic talks on economy, American troops

BAGHDAD (AP) — The United States and Iraq launched much-anticipated strategic talks Thursday that are to span the gamut of their bilateral relations, with Washington prioritizing the issue of the future of its forces in the country while Baghdad...

 

'Overwhelming': Georgia poll worker describes voting chaos

ATLANTA (AP) — First-time poll worker Kirubel Behailu thought he'd become more familiar with Georgia's new voting machines at a quiet election site during Tuesday's primary. Instead, he found himself scrambling to sanitize equipment, clear jams in...

 

Judge orders Seattle to stop using tear gas during protests

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge has ordered Seattle police to temporarily stop using tear gas, pepper spray and flash-bang devices to break up peaceful protests, a victory Friday for groups who say authorities overreacted to recent demonstrations over...

 

New Mexico offers COVID-19 testing for utility workers

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials are offering coronavirus testing for utility workers as part of a statewide effort to keep essential workers in various fields safe and healthy. Friday's announcement by the state Department of...

 

Biden's VP list narrows: Warren, Harris, Susan Rice, others

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden's search for a running mate is entering a second round of vetting for a dwindling list of potential vice presidential nominees, with several black women in strong contention. Democrats with knowledge of the process said...

 

The Latest: Tulsa virus spike linked to recent indoor events

OKLAHOMA CITY — Health officials in Oklahoma say a spike in coronavirus cases in the Tulsa area is linked to indoor events and are warning people attending such events to take health safety precautions. The Tulsa Health Department's warning Friday...

 

Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

Washington (AP) — The Trump administration Friday finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. The policy shift, long-sought by the president's religious and socially...

 

As they reopen, congregations grapple with including seniors

(RNS) — Each Sunday, Larry Little and his wife, Mary, get ready for church. They dress casually, fill two tumblers with water, climb into their golf cart and drive two miles to The Grove, a grassy field next to their church. There they find a...

 

Treasury chief refusing to disclose recipients of virus aid

WASHINGTON (AP) — Building ramparts of secrecy around a $600 billion-plus coronavirus aid program for small businesses, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has moved from delay to denial in refusing outright to disclose the recipients of...

 

Some states hit pause, others press on amid spike in virus

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Utah and Oregon put any further reopening of their economies on hold amid a spike in coronavirus cases, but there was no turning back Friday in such states as Texas, Arkansas and Arizona despite flashing warning signs there,...

 

Q&A: What's next for Seattle protesters' 'autonomous zone'?

SEATTLE (AP) — For nearly a week, people opposing police brutality and racial injustice have turned a Seattle neighborhood into ground zero for their protests, creating a carnival-like atmosphere with speakers and drum circles near a largely...

 

Man with links to 'boogaloo' movement indicted in Texas

TEXARKANA, Texas (AP) — A 36-year-old man with apparent ties to a loose movement of right-wing extremists has been indicted in Texas on charges including the attempted capital murder of a peace officer. Aaron Swenson was arrested in April by police...

 

Retail sales look to recover; nations eye economic concerns

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Friday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________...

 

CDC posts long-awaited tips for minimizing everyday risk

NEW YORK (AP) — Take the stairs, not the elevator, down from your hotel room. Encourage people to bring their own food and drinks to your cookout. Use hand sanitizer after banking at an ATM. Call ahead to restaurants and nail salons to make sure st...

 

Temperature spike: Earth ties record high heat May reading

Earth's temperature spiked to tie a record high for May, U.S. meteorologists reported Friday. Last month the global average temperature was 60.3 degrees (15.7 degrees Celsius), tying 2016 for the hottest May in 141 years of record keeping, according...

 

The Latest: Texas has new high for virus hospitalizations

AUSTIN, Texas — Daily coronavirus hospitalizations in Texas have reached a new high for a third time in four days as state officials continue to loosen restrictions on public activities. Health officials said Friday that 2,166 patients were in...

 

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