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 By Lynn L Martin    Local    June 14, 2018

Avard Regional Rail Authority meets Tuesday

The agenda for the June 12 Avard Regional Rail Authority meeting called for an executive session for the purpose of making a proposal to entice a new firm to make use of the Avard rail park. Executive Director Sonja Williams said she has not had furt...

 

Freedom birthdays and anniversaries

Happy Birthday To June 14: Kent Bilyeu, Mick Ferguson June 15: Terry Darr, Lois Tolle, Betty Bliss, Blythe Bowers June 17: Phillip Welty, Brandy Darr, Bryan Pierce June 18: Kyle Reed, Harvey Dunlap, Michelle Schroeder June 19: Carol Rooney, Robert...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, June 10, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Candles lighted by Shay Wilson Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Pastor Todd Finley and his wife, Jennifer, were welcomed to Freedom UMC Invocation by Pastor Todd...

 

Town of Freedom expenditures

General Fund POs Pioneer Telephone (cell, fax, alarm, internet, phone) – $471.50 Alfalfa Electric Cooperative (street lights, af/am, town) – $878.59 SPC (office supplies) – $152.73 Dacoma Co-op (fuel and supplies) – $320.52 Starr Lumber...

 
 By Ray Fink    Sports    June 14, 2018

OBU's Stewart Named Academic All-American

SHAWNEE – The College Sports Information Directors of America on Wednesday named two-time Academic All-District selection Jonathan Stewart as a Google Cloud At-Large Second Team Academic All-American. A member of the Oklahoma Baptist swim team,...

 

Ex-student charged in fatal shooting to be retried in March

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The retrial of a former Northern Arizona University student charged in a fatal shooting on campus now is set for March 2019. A jury in Steven Jones' first trial deadlocked on murder and aggravated assault charges. His...

 

Developer defends school-shooting game as victims complain

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The developer of a school-shooting video game is vowing to continue selling it online as parents of slain children and other mass shooting victims work to get the game wiped off the internet. The "Active Shooter" game was...

 

Air Force officer who vanished worked for university system

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — An Air Force officer with top security clearance who vanished 35 years ago and was arrested in California last week worked for years as a consultant for the University of California system, former colleagues said. University...

 

Colorado schools board omits gun benefits in standards

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Board of Education has rejected a proposal to have 4th grade students discuss potential benefits of guns. The board voted 4-3 Wednesday to reject standards requiring students to discuss "potential dangers and benefits of...

 
 By Keith Ridler    Regional    June 14, 2018

Idaho asks Texas oil company to explain 'discrepancies'

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials want a Texas oil company to explain what a state agency calls "discrepancies" involving oil and gas production records for wells in Idaho following an evaluation of records dating back to 2014. The Idaho Oil and...

 

Stocks slip after Fed says interest rates will rise faster

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stocks slipped Wednesday after the Federal Reserve raised interest rates and said it expects to increase rates two more times by the end of the year. Investors bet that several huge deals are more likely to happen after a...

 

Trump declares oil prices too high, blames OPEC

President Donald Trump blames OPEC for oil prices that he says are too high, and no doubt many Americans feel the same way. But it's more complicated than that. Crude has more than doubled since bottoming out below $30 a barrel in early 2016,...

 

Antarctica's ice sheet is melting 3 times faster than before

WASHINGTON (AP) — The melting of Antarctica is accelerating at an alarming rate, with about 3 trillion tons of ice disappearing since 1992, an international team of ice experts said in a new study. In the last quarter century, the southern-most...

 

Saudi-led forces open assault on Yemen port city of Hodeida

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The Saudi-led coalition backing Yemen's exiled government launched a fierce assault Wednesday on the crucial port city of Hodeida, the biggest offensive of the years-long war in the Arab world's poorest nation...

 

2 Oklahoma petroleum executives leave industry group

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association executives have left the industry trade group. The Oklahoman reports that Tim Wigley resigned as president on Sunday after the group's annual meeting in Texas. Spokesman Cody...

 

New Mexico regulators consider $2B transmission project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Developers of a $2 billion transmission project aimed at getting renewable energy from New Mexico and Arizona to large markets in the American Southwest are looking to clear one more regulatory hurdle as they seek state...

 

Oklahoma OG&E customers could see rate cut under deal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Customers of Oklahoma's largest electric utility could get a break on their electric bills next month under a settlement agreement reached between the company and state regulators. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter...

 

Exxon Mobil, Plains All American plan Permian Basin pipeline

HOUSTON (AP) — Oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp. and Plains All American Pipeline have agreed to build a pipeline to transport crude from the Permian Basin to the Texas Gulf Coast. Tuesday's announcement by Irving-based Exxon Mobil and Plains All...

 

Fire put out at biofuels plant in western Kansas

MINNEOLA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say crews have extinguished a fire at a biofuels plant in western Kansas. The Clark County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the blaze at the EGE plant near Minneola was put out by 6 p.m. Tuesday. The...

 

Producer prices up 0.5 pct from April, 3.1 pct in past year

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. wholesale prices last month posted the biggest 12-month gain since January 2012, a sign that the strong economy is beginning to rouse inflation. The Labor Department said Wednesday that its producer price index— which...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Trump partly right on Canada's dairy tariffs

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a point when he lambastes Canada for protecting its dairy farmers with hefty tariffs. But the United States is hardly innocent when it comes to farm protectionism. And the very real difficulties that U.S...

 

Open records lawsuit filed against OU Foundation over arena

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma's former chief legal counsel has filed an Open Records Act lawsuit against the nonprofit that handles donations to the school. Fred Gipson filed the lawsuit last week in Cleveland County District...

 

Oklahoma death row inmate found dead in his cell

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma prison officials say an inmate on the state's death row has apparently taken his own life. Oklahoma Department of Corrections spokesman Matt Elliott said Wednesday that 35-year-old Jeremy Williams was found dead in...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    June 14, 2018

World Series shows softball growth for non-US programs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — USA Softball executive director Craig Cress hopes the Women's College World Series offered a glimpse of the sport's future. In Game 1 of the championship series last week, Florida State pitcher Meghan King faced Washington's...

 

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