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 By Marione Martin    Local    August 9, 2017

Push from roof, stabbing alleged in domestic case

Exactly a month after Alfalfa County charged James Craig Patterson of Cherokee with domestic assault and battery by strangulation, three more domestic felony charges have been filed against him....

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 9, 2017

Storm blows Chieftains football stadium across the field

Thank goodness nobody was at the South Barber High School Football Stadium Saturday evening in Kiowa, Kansas, between 6 and 7 p.m. At press time it was still undetermined if it was super strong...

 
 By Yvonne Miller    Local    August 9, 2017

Major, damaging, scary storm hits Kiowa; locals help each other in aftermath

Most people saw "severe thunderstorm warnings" for Barber County Saturday evening around 6 p.m. No tornado sirens went off, so those of us who would instantly go to their basement for shelter did...

 

Trump warns NKorea of 'fire and fury' as nuke threat worsens

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump threatened North Korea "with fire and fury like the world has never seen" on Tuesday after suggestions the communist country has mastered one of the final hurdles to being able to strike the United...

 

Experts: Lives at risk if no sleep tests for train engineers

U.S. officials are abandoning plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers, a decision that safety experts say puts millions of lives at risk. The Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Motor Carrier Safety...

 

DJ in groping case says he may have touched Swift's ribs

DENVER (AP) — A former radio disc jockey accused of groping Taylor Swift before a concert testified Tuesday that he may have touched the pop superstar's ribs with a closed hand as he tried to jump into a photo with her but insisted he did not...

 

Model's reps say her ordeal was real despite shoe shopping

MILAN (AP) — A model who claimed she was kidnapped in Italy and held captive in a remote farmhouse was spotted shopping with her alleged captor during the time she said she was being held, according to court documents obtained Tuesday by The Associ...

 

US airlines bump fewer passengers after dragging backlash

DALLAS (AP) — Following widespread outrage over a passenger who was violently dragged off an overbooked plane, U.S. airlines are bumping customers at the lowest rate in at least two decades. The Transportation Department said Tuesday that just one...

 

Marines eye plan to put women in West Coast combat training

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps for the first time is eyeing a plan to let women attend what has been male-only combat training in Southern California, as officials work to quash recurring problems with sexism and other bad behavior among M...

 

Docs: Bomb threats suspect offered services on dark net

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. authorities say an American-Israeli Jew charged with threatening to bomb Jewish community centers and schools across the United States advertised his threat-making services on an online black marketplace — and he may have...

 

Nuclear agency begins work to consider Yucca Mountain site

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is taking steps to review the planned revival of the long-dormant nuclear waste dump at Nevada's Yucca Mountain. The nuclear agency said Tuesday it will spend up to $110,000 from its current...

 

Woman who scalded sleeping boyfriend gets prison

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who scalded her sleeping boyfriend's face and body with hot oil after an argument has been sentenced to 16 years in prison. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. announced the sentencing of Myeshia Hawkins-Taylor...

 

Tribes want Dakota pipeline shut, but offer fallback plan

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — American Indian tribes fighting the Dakota Access oil pipeline are asking a judge to shut down the line while more environmental review is conducted, but they've also presented a fallback plan should the judge disagree. The...

 

State sues US for $100M over failure to remove plutonium

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina said it had filed its largest lawsuit ever against the federal government, seeking to force the U.S. Department of Energy to make good on a deal to remove plutonium from the state. The lawsuit filed Monday...

 

New supercomputer seen as big boost for science, Wyoming

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — One of the world's fastest supercomputers is helping scientists better understand the sun's behavior and predict weather months in advance but also got touted Tuesday as an important tool for diversifying Wyoming's economy,...

 

Drought hay donation lottery program now offered in 3 states

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A hay donation lottery program set up in North Dakota to help drought-stricken ranchers is being expanded to producers in South Dakota and Montana. The effort was launched last week by North Dakota's Agriculture Department ,...

 

North Dakota governor asks for new federal help amid drought

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is seeking a presidential disaster declaration, saying the state is "the epicenter of drought for the nation" because of a rain-free summer. Burgum said in a statement Monday night that his...

 

Arkansas-based Heifer announces east Africa job program

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas-based Heifer International is announced a five-year program to help 25,000 people in east Africa start small businesses or find jobs in the agriculture industry. Heifer said Tuesday it is joining with Mastercard...

 

Missouri vet school won't cut reproductive studies program

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — After criticism from agricultural and veterinarian groups, the College of Veterinary Medicine has decided not to eliminate a reproduction studies program. The college said it planned to close the program by 2019, to save $2.4...

 

TB's stronghold in India: A tragedy there, and a grave concern for the rest of the world

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) A study published recently in The Lancet has drawn the world’s attention to the specter of particularly dangerous...

 
 By Holly Ramer    Regional    August 9, 2017

New Hampshire is latest state to sue OxyContin manufacturer

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — The attorney general's office sued Purdue Pharma on Tuesday, alleging that the drug manufacturer has continued its deceptive marketing of OxyContin in a state that has been called the "ground zero" of the opioid epidemic. In a...

 

Funeral home director offers blunt views on opioid deaths

EAST BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey funeral home director is using his firm's website to discuss the deadly opioid crisis in stark terms. Peter Kulbacki discusses witnessing the "inexplicable grief" and "emotional devastation" overdose deaths...

 

Texas House votes to restrict insurance coverage of abortion

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas House has given preliminary approval to a a bill requiring women to purchase separate insurance policies for coverage of abortions, except during medical emergencies. Amarillo Republican Rep. John Smithee's proposal...

 

Inspection backlog affects kidney dialysis clinics in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Eight nearly new kidney dialysis clinics in Kansas are sitting mostly unused because the state is more than two years behind in inspecting and certifying the facilities. Another four clinics have halted expansions as they wa...

 

How Big Pharma is hindering treatment of the opioid addiction epidemic

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) “A crippling problem.” “A total epidemic.” “A problem like nobody understands.” These are the words...

 

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