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State unemployment systems tested by surge of applicants

Americans are seeking unemployment benefits at unprecedented levels due to the coronavirus, but many are finding more frustration than relief. State websites and phone lines across the country have been overwhelmed with applicants — causing sites t...

 

Kansas searchers find body of child swept away in river

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Searchers looking for a 20-month-old girl missing since March 11 found her remains Saturday in the Little Walnut River, authorities said. The Wichita Eagle reports that the girl was a passenger in her father's truck when he...

 

New Mexico TV stations to broadcast classes for K-5 students

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With New Mexico schools shut down for the rest of the school year due to the coronavirus outbreak, three public television stations on Monday will begin broadcasting class lessons for home learning for students in grades...

 

Oklahoma death toll reaches 42 as virus outbreak continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four more people have died in Oklahoma after contracting the coronavirus, bringing the state's death toll to 42, state health officials reported on Saturday. Another 171 Oklahomans have tested positive for the virus as the tota...

 

Virus cluster found at Kansas rehabilitation center

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A cluster of COVID-19 cases has been found at a rehabilitation center in Kansas City, Kansas, where 17 residents and two staff members have tested positive for the virus. Six of those 17 residents at the Riverbend Post-Acute...

 

Fugitive's former friend wonders why he stole his identity

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — For more than a year, a man who allegedly faked his own death and fled multiple child sex abuse charges in Mississippi lived in an Oklahoma RV park using the name of a friend. On Jan. 29, a tip led to the capture of Jacob B... Full story

 
 By Robert Pore    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Crane Trust seeks help after another interrupted season

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) — By mid-March, the sandhill crane migration was at the peak of its season, with more than a half million birds along the Platte River in south Central Nebraska. The March weather for crane viewing has been spectacular...

 

Corpus Christi mayor asking tourists to not visit amid virus

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Officials in Corpus Christi said they're looking at ways to discourage vacationers from visiting the popular South Texas city amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Mayor...

 
 By Cathy Bussewitz    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into...

 

Topeka police investigate man's shooting death

TOPEKA, Kan. undefined A 28-year-old man has been fatally shot in east Topeka, police said. Officers were responding to a call Saturday night about shots being fired and a vehicle crash when they found the body of D'Angelo L. Payne, Lt. Ron Ekis...

 

Kansas man charged in killings of girlfriend, her daughter

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been charged with capital murder in the shooting deaths of his girlfriend and her 8-year-old daughter. The suspect, Daniel Lopez, has not been arrested. Sedgwick County authorities charged him in the deaths of...

 
 By Hector Chapa    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Why wear face masks in public? Here's what the research shows

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Hector Chapa, Texas A&M University (THE CONVERSATION) With the coronavirus pandemic quickly spreading, U.S. health officials have...

 
 By Grant Schulte    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Property tax bill in limbo with Nebraska session on pause

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who are seeking to lower property taxes won some extra time to make a deal with opponents last month when the coronavirus pandemic brought their session to a halt, but so far it doesn't appear that anyone is...

 

Leake Auctions Offers Online Assistance to Collector Car Community

America's first collector car auction company will begin selling vehicles through Ritchie Bros.' online platform Marketplace-E SCOTTSDALE, AZ, April 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ - As COVID-19 has resulted in the cancellation of many collector car auctions...

 

Five state inmates escape Oklahoma prison, four recaptured

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — Four of five inmates who escaped a minimum-security prison in southeast Oklahoma were quickly recaptured while the fifth remained at large Monday, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Authorities were...

 

Pittsburg man arrested after father is fatally shot

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A Pittsburg man was arrested after he called authorities to say he had fatally shot his father, authorities said. Crawford County Sheriff Danny Smith said Michael Woodson, 29, called the department Sunday night to say he had...

 

Room to Read Releases Hundreds of Free Online Children's Books During COVID-19 School Closures Alongside Celebrity Video Read-Alouds

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 6, 2020-- Room to Read, a global organization focused on children's literacy and girls' education, has released a library of celebrity read-aloud videos alongside hundreds of free digitized children's books,...

 

Covid-19 Oklahoma update

COVID-19 is a virus identified as the cause of an outbreak of respiratory illness first detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in 2019 and has since spread globally into a pandemic. Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever, cough, and shortness of... Full story

 

Gov. Kelly: Kansas is scouring the state for health supplies

Government and health officials are scouring the state for supplies and to determine the number of hospital beds that might be available to respond to the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Laura Kelly said Monday. Kelly said the state's response to the... Full story

 
 By Adam Kemp    Regional    April 5, 2020 

ASL interpreter crucial for deaf, hard of hearing amid virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Swerving in and out of traffic, Jimmy Mitchell made a mad dash to get to the Oklahoma state Capitol. After a quick stop at a department store for a change of clothes and a risque fitting in the parking lot, Mitchell walked...

 

Shipwrecked! How social isolation can enrich our spiritual lives – like Robinson Crusoe

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Richard Gunderman, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) He survived the last great plague in London and the city's Great Fire. He was...

 

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastro...

 

Group wants Riley County official gone over virus remarks

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Riley County commissioner who said in March that Manhattan, Kansas, wasn't at high risk for the coronavirus because it doesn't have many Chinese residents should resign because such comments promote racism and abuse against...

 

APMEX Helps Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Match $1 Million in Donations

OKLAHOMA CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 2, 2020-- During these challenging times, APMEX employees have gone above and beyond to help serve our customers. Due to their hard work and commitment, APMEX has donated $250,000 on behalf of our employees to...

 

Police: Double murder-suicide suspected in 3 Oklahoma deaths

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) — Police in Oklahoma have identified the three people who were found fatally shot near a convenience store and believe the deaths were a double murder-suicide. According to a police report, 32-year-old Aymondray Myers, Sr....

 

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