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 By Katie Strehl    Sports    October 8, 2020

Bearcats beat the Eagles 34-6

The Mooreland Bearcats took on the Burns Flat-Dill City Eagles at home last Friday night. It was the Mooreland homecoming, and the Bearcats came out fighting to score first. During the first quarter o... Full story

 
 By Valerie Brown    Local    October 8, 2020

Letter from the commander

Beginning in 1925 the American Legion Hatch-Vincent Post #63 has been an active part of our community here in Freedom, Oklahoma. Times have changed a lot over the years and so has our facility. In 1976 and 1977 the legionnaires, hard-working... Full story

 
 By JIM VERTUNO    Sports    October 8, 2020

Old-man Ehlinger and freshman Rattler face off in Texas-OU

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger is the old man of the Red River rivalry. He has seen just about everything. Ehlinger has watched Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winners come and go, losing to one, beating the other. He has led Texas to...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 8, 2020

Oklahoma hospitalizations due to COVID surge above 700

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number hospitalizations in Oklahoma due to the illness caused by the coronavirus surged above 700 on Wednesday to a new record one-day high. The number of people hospitalized, either confirmed with COVID-19 or under... Full story

 

Report: Driver in deadly crash didn't see woman who is blind

A driver who fatally injured a women who is blind in a Lawrence crosswalk told police he didn't see the woman or her service dog. The crash report said the driver stopped to help after hitting 61-year-old Tamara Lucille Kearney while attempting a...

 

Republicans see 'grim' Senate map and edge away from Trump

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vulnerable Republicans are increasingly taking careful, but clear, steps to distance themselves from President Donald Trump, one sign of a new wave of GOP anxiety that the president's crisis-to-crisis reelection bid could bring...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    October 8, 2020

Finalists for Kansas Supreme Court all women for 1st time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly is set to fill a vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court from the first all-female group of finalists in state history, though the state's most influential anti-abortion group is publicly opposing one of the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    October 8, 2020

Kansas COVID-19 hospitalizations spike; emergency extended

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators signed off Wednesday on Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's request to extend a state of emergency for the coronavirus pandemic as the state set another record for COVID-19-related hospitalizations. Eight... Full story

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    October 8, 2020

Debate over policing roils Kansas cradle of Brown v. Board

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — When police in Kansas' capital city used force the last couple of years, Black residents were on the receiving end 35% of the time, though they make up less than 11% of Topeka's population. A city auditor who reviewed more than...

 

Wichita woman gets prison for role in 2016 triple homicide

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for her role in the killings of three people in central Kansas in 2016. Myrta Rangel, 35, was sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court, federal prosecutors said...

 

Feisty Tasmanian devils roaming Australian mainland again

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Tasmanian devils, the carnivorous marsupials whose feisty, frenzied eating habits won the animals cartoon fame, have returned to mainland Australia for the first time in some 3,000 years. "Seeing those devils released...

 

Nobel Prize for CRISPR honors two great scientists – and leaves out many others

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) The gene-editing technique CRISPR earned the 2020 Nobel Prize in chemistry. Recognition of this amazing breakthrough...

 

Nobel Prize for chemistry honors exquisitely precise gene-editing technique, CRISPR – a gene engineer explains how it works

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Researchers have been able to manipulate large chunks of genetic code for almost 50 years. But it is only within the...

 

Malcolm Jenkins starts venture capital fund with NFL players

Malcolm Jenkins has teamed with fellow NFL players to launch a venture capital fund. The three-time Pro Bowl safety and two-time Super Bowl champion launched Broad Street Ventures on Wednesday. The fund focuses on late stage and growth stage...

 

Mail-in ballot mix-ups: How much should we worry?

BOSTON (AP) — Several high-profile cases of voters getting incorrect blank absentee ballots in the mail are raising questions about how often such mix-ups occur and whether they could affect this year's presidential election. Mail-in ballots are un...

 

IRS chief: agency reaching out on pandemic relief payments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the IRS, on the defensive over millions of Americans in danger of missing coronavirus relief payments, said Wednesday the agency is reaching out to low-income and homeless people, military personnel and veterans and...

 

Stocks rise as Trump tweets on stimulus keep market spinning

Stocks closed broadly higher on Wall Street Wednesday after President Donald Trump appeared to backtrack on his decision to halt talks on another rescue effort for the economy. The S&P 500 climbed 1.7% after Trump sent a series of tweets late...

 

No charges for Wisconsin officer in killing of Black teen

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Black Wisconsin police officer who fatally shot a Black teenager outside a suburban Milwaukee mall in February won't be charged because he had reasonable belief that deadly force was necessary, a prosecutor said Wednesday....

 

Police release details of Breonna Taylor investigation

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Police files released Wednesday show contacts between Breonna Taylor and a man she dated previously who was suspected of drug dealing, but raise new questions about what led narcotics investigators to the raid of her home...

 

High court nominee served as 'handmaid' in religious group

WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served as a "handmaid," the term then used for high-ranking female leaders in the People of Praise religious community, an old directory for the group's members shows. Barrett has thus far...

 

Busy 2020 hurricane season has Louisiana bracing a 6th time

MORGAN CITY, La. (AP) — For the sixth time in the Atlantic hurricane season, people in Louisiana are once more fleeing the state's barrier islands and sailing boats to safe harbor while emergency officials ramp up command centers and consider...

 

Hard-hit Peru's costly bet on cheap COVID-19 antibody tests

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — In the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the harried health officials of Peru faced a quandary. They knew molecular tests for COVID-19 were the best option to detect the virus – yet they didn't have the labs, the...

 

Bleak outlook without stimulus: More layoffs, anemic growth

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's move Tuesday to cut off talks on another government aid package will further weaken an economy straining to recover from an epic collapse, economists say, and deepen the hardships for jobless Americans and...

 

Putin sends a mixed message on US election, hedging his bets

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday decried what he called Joe Biden's "sharp anti-Russian rhetoric" but praised the Democratic presidential nominee's comments on arms control. In his first detailed statements on the U.S....

 

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