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Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To July 16: Kyla Scates, Vera Ferguson July 17: Daniel Welty, Jenny Nixon, Megan DeWitt, Brian Beckett July 18: Brett Smith, Carol Jo Schultz, Melissa Nixon July 19: Cindy Pierce, Sue Mitchell, Chance Gerloff July 20: Lola Smith,...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To July 22: Mr. & Mrs. Jerrod Reed July 25: Mr. & Mrs. Kent Bilyeu, Mr. & Mrs. Dustin Rankin, Mr. & Mrs. Corby Bradt July 26: Mr. & Mrs. Merle Nickelson July 27: Mr. & Mrs. Dwight Hughes July 28: Mr. & Mrs. Zearl Harris (Note: Send...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, July 12, the order of services at the Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude – Janell Reutlinger There will be a meeting concerning Vacation Bible School, Sunday, July 19, at the Christian Church following church services....

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    July 16, 2020

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he tested positive for coronavirus

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Wednesday that he has tested positive for coronavirus, a day after the state reported a record number of new COVID-19 cases. Stitt made the announcement in a Zoom call with reporters along with his interim Health...

 
 By Kathleen Lourde    Local    July 16, 2020

Freedom Town Board handles block grant paperwork

Freedom's board of trustees met last Wednesday evening, July 8, to wrap up some details involving the gas line replacement project. Grant consultant Jennifer Firgard presented the information to board members Rolando Galindo and Randy Rhodes, along...

 
 By Marione Martin    Local    July 16, 2020

Two coronavirus cases confirmed in Freedom

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reports two additional confirmed case of COVID-19 in Woods County. The two new cases are located in the zip code associated with Freedom. This raises the Woods County count to 11 with eight now...

 
 By Katie Strehl    Local    July 16, 2020

83rd Rodeo Queen Kickoff held Saturday

Despite COVID-19 and a particularly hot evening that turned into a predominately windy event, the Freedom Rodeo's 83rd Queen Kickoff took place Saturday evening. The temperature soared over 100... Full story

 

Virus cases rise in U.S. states amid new world restrictions

MIAMI (AP) — Arizona, Texas and Florida together reported about 25,000 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday as restrictions aimed at combating the spread of the pandemic took hold in the United States and around the world in an unsettling sign...

 

Kansas man pleads guilty in Oklahoma cold-case deaths

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A Kansas man charged in the 1999 deaths of an Oklahoma couple and the disappearance and presumed deaths of their teenage daughter and her friend has pleaded guilty to an accessory to murder charge. Ronnie Busick, 68, entered a...

 

Excavation crew expands search for Tulsa massacre victims

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Crews searching for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre have yet to uncover any human remains and on Wednesday expanded the scope of the excavation at a city cemetery, the Oklahoma state archaeologist said....

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 16, 2020

Kansas governor says she'll delay reopening of K-12 schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor on Wednesday said she would delay the reopening of the state's K-12 schools for nearly a month until after Labor Day because of a resurgence in reported coronavirus cases. Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's announcem...

 

Kansas priest sentenced to prison for possessing child porn

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest was sentenced to more than three years in prison for possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors said Wednesday. Christopher Rossman, 47, was also ordered to pay $5,000 under the Justice for Victims...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 16, 2020

Kansas congressman charged with providing false information

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman is accused of providing false information to a sheriff's deputy to hamper an investigation into whether he broke state election laws by listing a UPS Inc. store postal box as his residence on a...

 

Mental fitness claim halts 2nd federal execution -- for now

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday halted the execution of a man, said to be suffering from dementia, who was set to die by lethal injection in the federal government's second execution this week after a 17-year hiatus. Wesley Ira...

 

Lawrence developer sentenced to prison in hotel tax case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The developer of a seven-story hotel adjacent to the University of Kansas was sentenced to a year and a day in prison for a scheme to collect fraudulent tax refunds from the city of Lawrence. Thomas S. Fritzel, 54, of Lawrence w...

 

Judge: Kansas must pay groups who challenged 'Ag-Gag' law

KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- (AP) A federal judge awarded on Wednesday nearly $176,300 in attorney fees and expenses to animal rights advocates who successfully challenged provisions in a Kansas law that banned the secret filming at slaughterhouses and...

 

Kansas university to test all students, staff for COVID-19

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas said Wednesday it will test for COVID-19 all students, faculty and staff who return to campus for the fall semester. Chancellor Douglas Girod said in a video message that some logistics still have to...

 

Coronavirus data is funneled away from CDC, sparking worries

NEW YORK (AP) — Hospital data related to the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. will now be collected by a private technology firm, rather than the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — a move the Trump administration says will speed up...

 

Biden, Gates, other Twitter accounts hacked in Bitcoin scam

Unidentified hackers broke into the Twitter accounts of technology moguls, politicians, celebrities and major companies Wednesday in an apparent Bitcoin scam. The ruse included bogus tweets from former President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential...

 

US to hit Huawei employees with visa bans for rights abuses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Wednesday it will impose travel bans on employees of the Chinese technology giant Huawei and other Chinese companies the U.S. determines are assisting authoritarian governments in cracking down on...

 

Microsoft cuts MSN news staffers in move toward AI editors

SEATTLE (AP) — Microsoft cut dozens of full-time staffers from its MSN news service, continuing an initiative to move away from human editors in favor of artificial intelligence. The change comes six weeks after the technology giant told about 50...

 

Climate change makes freak Siberian heat 600 times likelier

Nearly impossible without man-made global warming, this year's freak Siberian heat wave is producing climate change's most flagrant footprint of extreme weather, a new flash study says. International scientists released a study Wednesday that found t...

 

Profile of a killer: Unraveling the deadly new coronavirus

NEW YORK (AP) — What is this enemy? Seven months after the first patients were hospitalized in China battling an infection doctors had never seen before, the world has reached an unsettling crossroads. Countless hours of treatment and research,...

 

New peak of 71K US overdose deaths in 2019 dashes hopes

Nearly 71,000 Americans died of drug overdoses last year, a new record that predates the COVID-19 crisis, which the White House and many experts believe will drive such deaths even higher. Preliminary numbers released Wednesday by the Centers for Dis...

 

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