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Police ID teen fatally shot at Kansas City, Kansas, party

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police have identified a person killed in a shooting at a party in Kansas City, Kansas, last week as a 16-year-old high school student. Hugo Hernandez-Vasquez died at a hospital following the late Friday night shooting in...

 

Police say deputy fatally shot man in Blue Springs standoff

BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of firing gunshots into a suburban Kansas City home before a standoff with police was fatally shot by a Jackson County sheriff's deputy, the Missouri State Highway Patrol said. The shooting happened Monday...

 

Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II. The USS...

 

Biden to warn Putin of economic pain if he invades Ukraine

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is ready to warn Vladimir Putin during a video call Tuesday that Russia will face economy-jarring sanctions if it invades neighboring Ukraine as Biden seeks a diplomatic solution to deal with the tens of...

 

EXPLAINER: What's behind Russia-Ukraine tensions?

MOSCOW (AP) — Ukrainian and Western officials are worried that a Russian military buildup near Ukraine could signal plans by Moscow to invade its ex-Soviet neighbor. The Kremlin insists it has no such intention and has accused Ukraine and its...

 

Whistleblower: As Afghanistan fell, UK abandoned supporters

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Foreign Office abandoned many of the nation's allies in Afghanistan and left them to the mercy of the Taliban during the fall of the capital, Kabul, because of a dysfunctional and arbitrary evacuation effort, a...

 

In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career

CHICAGO (AP) — Outside the courtroom where former "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is fighting charges accusing him of lying to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his publicist has introduced a roster of supporters...

 

Alfalfa County court filings

According to the affidavits and petitions on file, the following individuals have been charged. An individual is innocent of any charges listed below until proven guilty in a court of law. All information is a matter of public record and may be...

 

Alfalfa County Sheriff's Office logs

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 During this day was one traffic stop. 6:28 a.m. – Report of a suspicious vehicle at the junction of highways 11 and 38. Vehicle had not been stolen and the owner is in Enid and will come get the vehicle. 11:45 a.m. ...

 

Alfalfa County signs resolution for allocating ARPA funds

Commissioners in Alfalfa County had a three-page agenda this week, but most of that was declarations of surplus and resolutions for the equipment disposal. All were approved. Marvin Woodall, Jay Hague and Mike Roach began their Monday morning...

 

Alva School Board hires architect for gym HVAC renovation

Alva Board of Education members took action Monday to explore adding air conditioning to the gymnasium. This would make it possible to hold the high school graduation ceremony in that location instead...

 

Pruett commends community support at Cherokee school board meeting

The Cherokee Board of Education met Monday evening, Dec. 6, for a regular meeting. Among the first items on the agenda was the principals' reports. High School Principal Lane Pruett said, “I want to start by thanking our community for their...

 

Senate Review

Shortly after the 2021 legislative session ended in May, leaders of the Senate and House created the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding, a bipartisan, bicameral panel tasked with vetting and making recommendations to the governor on the use...

 

We really depend on city employees

Last week I wrote about my granddaughter Jessica breaking her ankle while celebrating OSU’s bedlam victory Thanksgiving week. Several people have asked, so I’ll give an update. Jessica had...

 

Carl's Capitol Comments

It's bill drafting time at the state Capitol. Representatives have until Dec. 10 to request bills be drafted for the 2022 legislative session, which convenes at noon on Feb. 7. This year I'm requesting several bills. One will address medical...

 

Woods County commissioners hear idea to bring federal jobs to county

After the Woods County commissioners handled routine items on the agenda, they heard from an unexpected visitor as new business. Randall Krause introduced himself as a former environmental consultant...

 

Students make leadership count in Washington, DC

Chapter President McKenna Mach, First Vice President Karleigh Decker, VP of Chapter Development Alexis Olson, VP of Public Relations Brooklyn McDonald, VP of Community Service Ian Kilmer, and VP of Membership Payden Dunigan, attended the Family,...

 

Aline-Cleo November Student of the Month

Austin Ramey was chosen as the Aline-Cleo November Student of the Month. He is a junior and feels our school is unique because of the level of communication between the students. His school...

 

Two file for Cherokee School Board

One race has developed in school board filings in Alfalfa and Woods counties. Two people have filed for the Cherokee School Board seat 2: Heather Collins and Amber K. Wilhite. Lindsey Callison has...

 

Celebrate a "Pioneer Christmas with us" at the Sod House Museum – Open House

The Reimers of Aline will share their love of music with guests at the Christmas Open House to be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, with a come-n-go from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sod House Museum. The Reimers will present Christmas music along with gospel music...

 

Kansas universities to pause COVID-19 vaccination plans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Officials at the three largest universities in Kansas said they will pause efforts to require all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. The University of Kansas, Kansas State University and Wichita State had said in...

 

Preliminary hearing for 3 charged in duck boat accident

GALENA, Mo. (AP) — Three men charged after a tourist boat sank in Missouri during a 2018 storm, killing 17 people, were in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing to determine if the criminal case against them will proceed. Kenneth Scott McKee,...

 

Town drops charges against man who displayed profane flag

BLUE RAPIDS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas town has dropped all charges against a man prosecuted for flying a flag outside his home with a profanity against President Joe Biden, a civil rights group said Wednesday. The American Civil Liberties Union of...

 

Magnitude 4.3 earthquake shakes north-central Kansas

GYPSUM, Kan. (AP) — A moderate earthquake shook parts of north-central Kansas on Wednesday as residents were starting their day, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 4.3 earthquake was recorded around 7:45 a.m. Wednesday,...

 

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