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 By JIM SALTER    Regional    January 27, 2021 

COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations on the decline in Missouri

O'FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Experts in all corners of Missouri are seeing room for optimism in the fight against the coronavirus thanks to a decline in new cases, decreasing hospitalizations and other factors. The state health department on Tuesday...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    January 27, 2021 

Dozens line up at Oklahoma City church for COVID vaccine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — People lined up outside a predominantly Black northeast Oklahoma City church prior to 8 a.m. Tuesday in order to begin receiving the COVID-19 vaccine as part of an outreach to minorities, who may be distrustful of the...

 

Mom of man who killed his father and shot 2 lawmen charged

LYONS, Kan. (AP) — The mother of the man who killed his father and shot two Rice County law officers in 2019 has been charged with providing a weapon to her son, Rice County Attorney Remington Dalke said. Shirley Loder, 67, of Arlington, was...

 

Tulsa commission: Sen. Lankford to stay on Centennial board

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The 1921 Race Massacre Centennial Commission will allow U.S. Sen. James Lankford to remain on the board, even after several members called for his resignation because of objections he lodged concerning the 2020 presidential...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 27, 2021 

Kansas lawmakers' ire rises over handling of COVID-19 shots

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators suggested Tuesday that mistakes by Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration are making it more difficult for older Kansas residents to get COVID-19 vaccine shots. But Dr. Lee Norman, the head of the... Full story

 

Vatican clears retired US bishop of multiple abuse claims

DENVER (AP) — The Vatican has cleared a retired U.S. bishop of multiple allegations he sexually abused minors and teenagers, rejecting lay experts' determination that a half-dozen claims were credible and instead slapping him on the wrist for what...

 

Oklahoma attorney general sues PPE company, seeks $1.8M

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa-based company accepted a $2.1 million deposit from the State Department of Health to purchase masks but then failed to deliver or refund the money to the state, Attorney General Mike Hunter alleged in a lawsuit filed Tu...

 
 By JOSH FUNK    Regional    January 27, 2021 

Foot of snow blankets parts of Midwest, disrupts travel

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A major winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country while another system blanketed areas of the Southwest, disrupting travel for a second consecutive day Tuesday and shuttering many...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    January 27, 2021 

Oklahoma seeking to return $2M worth of hydroxychloroquine

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma attorney general's office is attempting to return $2 million worth of a malaria drug once touted by former President Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19, a spokesman said Wednesday. Alex...

 

One-day record of 65 COVID-19 deaths reported in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has reported a new one-day record of 65 deaths due to COVID-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, the state health department said Wednesday. The previous one-day record was 62, reported on Jan. 6, according to...

 

Three new Oklahoma travel guides released

OKLAHOMA CITY - After a year marked by uncertainty, many are ready to kick off the new year with some vacation planning. The Oklahoma Tourism & Recreation Department has released three new...

 

Ex-NASA Administrator Bridenstine hired by Oklahoma firm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former NASA Administrator and U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma announced Monday he is joining an Oklahoma City-based private equity firm that invests in aerospace, defense and intelligence. Acorn Growth Companies said in...

 

Oklahoma to target minority communities for virus vaccines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials plan to work with retailers and faith leaders in minority communities across the state to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. The Oklahoma State Department of Health plans to unveil vaccine... Full story

 

Oklahoma man charged with taking part in US Capitol invasion

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 23-year-old Oklahoma man has been arrested for allegedly taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol this month by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. Andrew Craig Ericson, of Muskogee, was arrested Friday....

 

Kansas pharmacies gear up for expanded COVID-19 rollout

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Hundreds, potentially thousands, of pharmacy workers could inject vaccines into the arms of Kansans in the coming months. New rules, at least for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, now let an additional class of...

 

Oklahoma man accused in Capitol breach ordered released

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A federal judge on Monday ordered a Muskogee, Oklahoma, man arrested for allegedly taking part in the storming of the U.S. Capitol this month to be released on $10,000 bond. Federal court records show U.S. Magistrate Judge... Full story

 

Southern Hills to replace Trump National for '22 PGA

The PGA Championship is headed back to Southern Hills next year, the Oklahoma course that gets its eighth major championship earlier than expected after the PGA of America cut ties with former President Donald Trump. The 2022 PGA Championship...

 

Oklahoma lawmaker files bill that includes mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans would be required to wear masks in public and face up to $1,000 fines for failing to do so under a bill filed by Democratic state Rep. Jason Lowe. Dubbed the " COVID-19 Save Lives Response Act," the measure would...

 

Oklahoma City police officer, suspect injured in shootout

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer and a suspect are both recovering from gunshot wounds after a shootout over the weekend, police said Monday. Officer Braden Downs was shot in the chest and hand after responding to a domestic...

 

Kansas ethics panel to hear campaign finance complaints

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Former Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael O'Donnell could be on the hook for potentially thousands of dollars in civil fines if an ethics panel finds he violated state campaign finance law. O'Donnell faces nine counts of...

 

Advocates seek law for appeals of adult care home evictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Advocates for older Kansans in assisted living facilities are pushing for legislation that would allow them to appeal to the state if a facility evicts them. The House Children and Seniors Committee plans to have a hearing Thurs...

 

Oklahoma lawmaker proposes 'Bigfoot' hunting season

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A mythical, ape-like creature that has captured the imagination of adventurers for decades has now become the target of a state lawmaker in Oklahoma. A Republican House member has introduced a bill that would create a Bigfoot...

 

Woman wanted for Oklahoma murder arrested in Wisconsin

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A woman wanted for killing a former roommate in Oklahoma has been arrested in Wisconsin. The Dane County Sheriff's Office says 59-year-old Kore Adams was taken into custody during a traffic stop Thursday afternoon on a Wagoner...

 

Health official: Oklahoma virus case count is accurate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health's reporting of new coronavirus cases in recent days is accurate, health commissioner Dr. Lance Frye said Thursday, a day after voicing concern that the count may have been under-reported...

 

Black rhinoceros born in Kansas' Garden City zoo

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A rare black rhinoceros has been born in captivity at the Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City. The male rhino was born Wednesday to 10-year-old Johari and her 7-year-old mate Jabari, the zoo said in a news release. The pair...

 

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