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Santa Fe teens helped by club programs after 2018 shootings

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Santa Fe teenagers involved in a Boys & Girls Club summer program, along with other Santa Fe teens, might become members of a permanent, year-round Boys & Girls Club program if organization leaders can secure $225,000. The...

 

Air Force Cadet pleads guilty to assault, gets prison term

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) — The military says a U.S. Air Force Academy cadet who was charged with sexual misconduct has pleaded guilty to assault. Andrew Hong was sentenced to eight months in prison and expelled from the academy at a hearing...

 

Parents weren't told of student's racist video, threats

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A Catholic school in South Carolina waited more than two weeks to tell parents a student was expelled and arrested after making racist videos and threatening to shoot black people. The videos of the white, 16-year-old male...

 

Putting together the puzzle: School teams assess threats

There were so many questions after 17-year-old Ely Serna brought a shotgun to his Ohio school and opened fire in 2017, wounding two. Along with the whys, West Liberty-Salem High School assistant principal Andy McGill recalled thinking, "Is there...

 

Trump administration to seek Britain trade deal after Brexit

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will pursue a free-trade agreement with Britain as soon as possible after it leaves the European Union, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday as the country's new foreign secretary made his first...

 

New Mexico governor seeks changes in utility regulation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is questioning recent decisions by a powerful regulatory commission as it weighs the pending closure of a major coal-fired power plant in a case that will test the state's new energy...

 

Freedom anniversaries

Happy Anniversary To Aug. 10: Mr. & Mrs. Donnie Elmore Aug. 12: Mr. & Mrs. Ray Morris, Mr. & Mrs. Jack Bowers Aug. 22: Mr. & Mrs. Randy Reed Aug. 23: Mr. & Mrs. Daniel Rader (Note: Send corrections, additions to: [email protected] or call...

 

Freedom birthdays

Happy Birthday To Aug. 8: Randy Reed, Kim Rader Aug. 9: Belinda Caringer, Elva Sample Aug. 10: Jeff Stewart, Kelly Ledford, Ranson Pierce Aug. 11: Shirley Wagner, Gerit Smith, Emma Reed, Kevin Coats Aug. 12: Kelly Burnham, Mary Walker Aug. 13:...

 

Freedom United Methodist Church news

On Sunday, Aug. 4, the order of services at Freedom United Methodist Church was: Prelude by Janell Reutlinger Teacher Appreciation luncheon will be Aug. 13 at Freedom UMC Invocation by Pastor Todd Call to Worship: Psalm 116 led by Julie Russell...

 
 By Ashley Strehl    Local    August 8, 2019

Educational foundation donates school supplies

Freedom students, teachers, staff and community members are gearing up for the upcoming school year. Each year the Freedom Educational Foundation (FEF) gathers supplies for students to gift on the...

 

Weber named interim superintendent at Freedom Schools

The Freedom Public Schools Board of Education called a special meeting for Friday, July 26, and named Bryant Weber interim superintendent of the Freedom Public School system. Members present were... Full story

 

Gun deaths in Oklahoma: Trends, laws and survival

Mass shootings in Texas and Ohio over the weekend have put gun deaths and firearm laws back in the spotlight. Oklahoma's last major mass shooting event was in 1986, when 14 people were killed at an...

 

Testing shows Minnesota fish is oldest verified at 112 years

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A fish collected by a North Dakota State University graduate student from a Minnesota lake has been verified as the oldest freshwater fish ever taken. Radiocarbon dating verified that the female bigmouth buffalo fish taken from...

 

Is pot safe when pregnant? Study seeks answer, draws critics

CHICAGO (AP) — Pregnancy started out rough for Leslie Siu. Morning sickness and migraines had her reeling and barely able to function at a demanding New York marketing job, so like rising numbers of U.S. mothers-to-be, she turned to marijuana. "l w...

 

Giant emoji painted on house roil California community

MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California seaside community is in an uproar after a home was given a new paint job featuring two huge emoji on a bright pink background. Manhattan Beach residents railed against the makeover during a City...

 

Tarantula migration expected to crawl through Colorado

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials say thousands of tarantulas are expected to start their annual migration through the state soon. The Gazette reported Wednesday that the migration is expected to begin this month through...

 

Prosecutors:national investigation nets child traffickers

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that 19 people have been charged in northern Oklahoma state and federal courts following a nationwide investigation into child sex trafficking. U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said that nine...

 

Oklahoma tribe gets US disaster designation following storms

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma-based Muscogee (Creek) Nation has received a federal disaster designation to help it recover from damage caused by severe storms, tornadoes and flooding in May and June. The declaration was announced by The...

 

3 arrested in death of man found in Oklahoma cemetery

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three men have been arrested in connection with the death of a man whose body was found in a southeast Oklahoma cemetery. Pittsburg County Sheriff Chris Morris said Wednesday that 21-year-old Tyler Morgan of...

 

Inmate escapes from northeastern Oklahoma prison

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma are searching for an inmate who has walked away from a minimum-security prison. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says 52-year-old Ricky Bauders disappeared Tuesday from the Northeast...

 

Oklahoma prosecutor dismisses marijuana-trafficking charges

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma prosecutor has dropped marijuana trafficking charges against two men who were arrested transporting a large shipment of industrial hemp that authorities say also included marijuana. Osage County court records...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 8, 2019

Kansas imposes toughest online tax collections in the nation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to impose what some tax experts said Wednesday would be the nation's most aggressive policy for collecting state and local taxes on online sales, possibly inviting a legal battle. The state Department of Revenue...

 

New Kansas stadium to host more than minor league baseball

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The owner and president of the Triple-A baseball team that will start play in Wichita, Kansas, next year said the new $75 million stadium will be the site of a lot more than baseball. The final structural beam on the stadium...

 

Report: Kansas farm real estate values up 6% from last year

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A government report shows farm real estate values went up 6% in Kansas from last year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday that the value of all land and buildings on Kansas farms averaged $1,960 per...

 

Missouri, Kansas farmers, GOP official rely on federal money

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sixth-generation Kansas farmer Charles Atkinson said the millions of dollars in trade aid the federal government has funneled to local farmers doesn't fully make up for what growers have lost in recent years. "But it will...

 

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