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Pair of earthquakes rattle parts of Oklahoma

BLANCHARD, Okla. (AP) — Two earthquakes have shaken parts of north and south central Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude 3.2 quake Saturday morning about 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Blanchard. Earlier Saturday, the...

 

Solar plant to provide 80 percent of Ohio school's power

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio school hopes to generate 80 percent of its electricity through a new solar plant. The solar array is being developed for Federal Hocking High School in Stewart in southeast Ohio over the next 18 months. Geoff Greenfield...

 

Farmers, island restaurants partner for goat-centric meals

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — The young boy straddled his grandmother's shoulders as she unchained a creaky wooden gate and walked into the pasture. He was shirtless and fussy, perhaps because of the occasional gnat kamikaze-ing his dark-brown eyes. Gray...

 
 By Barb Eidlin    Regional    June 18, 2017

EXCHANGE: Stables program heals veterans one ride at a time

MAKANDA, Ill. (AP) — When retired Army veteran Kevin MacDonald walked into Giant City Stables for the first time, it was because he got a phone call from the Marion VA wondering if he would be interested in participating in a pilot project. The...

 
 By Wilson Ring    Regional    June 18, 2017

Scores of farm workers, activists march on Ben & Jerry's

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Scores of dairy farm workers and activists marched Saturday to a Ben & Jerry's factory to push for better pay and living conditions on farms that provide milk for the ice cream maker that takes pride in its social activism....

 

Remote ponds stocked with fish via helicopter

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's remote ponds are once again stocked with fish that were raised in hatcheries and then flown in via helicopter. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department finished its annual aerial stocking program last week....

 

AP FACT CHECK: Not much new in Trump's Cuba policy

HAVANA (AP) — President Donald Trump's announcement that he's "cancelling" his predecessor's policy toward Cuba is a good deal less than meets the ear. Trump's move, announced Friday in Miami, actually leaves in place most of the important...

 

Shooting of mentally ill man raises policing questions

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Joshua Barre's mental health was spiraling out of control before he grabbed two butcher knives and went outside. The 29-year-old black man with bipolar disorder had been off his medication and holed up at home, cycling through...

 

Kansas high-schoolers help toddlers with immobility

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — More than 10 high school students from the Wichita area have been retrofitting toy ride-on cars for children with disabilities including spina bifida, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome and dystonia. The students were divided into...

 

Vatican defends membership for theologian over abortion flap

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The head of the Vatican's bioethics panel is defending the decision to name as a member an Anglican moral theologian who has said that abortion could be condoned up until the 18th week of gestation. Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia...

 
 By David Eggert    Regional    June 18, 2017

Michigan governor defends cabinet members charged in Flint

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An apologetic Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder was largely silent last year when criminal charges were brought against state officials over Flint's man-made drinking water crisis, except to say some "bureaucrats" had failed residents...

 

Can Amazon persuade enough people to buy fresh food online?

NEW YORK (AP) — Can Amazon, the company that persuaded people to buy ever more items online, win enough of them over to having their fresh groceries arrive in an Amazon box? Going full throttle into groceries by announcing a $13.7 billion deal for...

 

Program helps rural hospitals recruit

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Jared Hulsey's first day on the job as an emergency room technician at Rapides Regional Medical Center was June 9. The Dodson native recently graduated from the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts and has a...

 

Grand theft avocado: 3 arrested in $300K California theft

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Police are calling it grand theft avocado. Three produce company workers have been arrested in the theft of up to $300,000 worth of avocados, according to the Ventura County Sheriff's Office. Thirty-eight-year-old Joseph...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 18, 2017

Governor's veto blocks lottery vending machines in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Vending machine sales of lottery tickets in Kansas are being blocked by conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who vetoed a bill that had gained strong bipartisan support and declared that an expansion of state-run...

 

3 from Oklahoma family killed in Texas traffic accident

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Investigators say three relatives from Oklahoma died when their SUV bound for Houston rolled in a three-vehicle Central Texas wreck. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened early Saturday on...

 

A look at high-profile police-related deaths of US blacks

A Minnesota police officer was acquitted of manslaughter Friday in the fatal shooting of Philando Castile, a black motorist who had just informed the officer that he was carrying a gun. St. Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was also cleared of...

 
 By Leslie Nation    Sports    June 18, 2017

Goldbugs baseball off to a great start in the tournament

The Alva High School Goldbugs baseball team is hosting a tournament with five other teams competing, and the Goldbugs are off to a 3-0 start, kicking off the tournament Friday in the first game,...

 

10 Rangers to Watch series: Kelsi Wilson

The Northwestern Oklahoma State Athletic Department will be announcing ten Rangers throughout the summer that Ranger fans can expect to make direct impacts on their team's success. These athletes are leaders for their respective sports and will be lo...

 

Berry Earns National Championship

CASPER, Wyo. – Southeastern's Denver Berry closed out the 2017 College National Finals Rodeo by winning the steer wrestling national championship on Saturday night in Casper, Wyo. Berry's finish lifted the men's team to an eighth place finish, whil...

 

Much of Arkansas university exempt from guns on campus law

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Because of a charter high school, much of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock campus will be exempt from a law allowing guns on college campuses in the state. The state law goes into effect Sept. 1 and allows persons...

 

Land commissioner halts oil and gas related well easements

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Oil and gas companies need water to drill and produce, but State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn has taken action to cut back usage of fresh water from the Ogallala aquifer, which is a source of drinking water serving Hobbs and...

 

Coal plant's possible closure spurs Grand Canyon tram debate

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The impending closure of a coal-fired power plant on the Navajo Nation could lend momentum to a project being considered by tribal leaders to build a tram at the Grand Canyon to fill the economic void. The Grand Canyon...

 

Pipeline in Alabama, Georgia, Florida set to open soon

OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A 515-mile underground natural gas pipeline in Alabama, Georgia and Florida is expected to be fully operational by the end of the month. The Sabal Trail pipeline will be partially in use next week, The Opelika-Auburn News...

 
 By Justin Conn    Regional    June 18, 2017

EXCHANGE: Baby's rare disease rocks Shelbyville family

DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — Leo Cohan looks like a healthy 19-month-old, with a full head of blonde hair, quick-moving legs and light blue eyes. He cracks a big smile when he runs from his mom and makes her chase him. But inside, Leo is suffering from the...

 

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