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 By Paul Monies    Regional    November 26, 2020 

After 1,600 deaths and counting, mask mandate remains flashpoint in Oklahoma

A masked Gov. Kevin Stitt walked into a roomful of masked reporters at the Oklahoma Capitol, sat down at the head of a conference table and removed his mask. Flanked by his health commissioner and a... Full story

 

Church organization in Kansas, Oklahoma pays medical debts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Medical debts totaling more than $5.2 million owed by more than 3,200 families in Kansas and Oklahoma have been paid through a project of the United Church of Christ Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, church officials said Tuesday. "A... Full story

 

Oklahoma City extends, 2 other cities adopt mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday extended a city-wide mask mandate and two other cities have adopted a mask requirement in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Oklahoma City Council members voted to...

 

Oklahoma City police kill boy, 15, during robbery attempt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officers fatally shot a 15-year-old boy who had tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint, police said. Five officers opened fire on Stavian Rodriguez after he crawled out a drive-thru window of the store...

 

Mask resistance softens in Kansas as coronavirus cases soar

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Resistance to masks appears to be weakening in Kansas as the coronavirus surges, straining the capacity of the state's hospitals. Gov. Laura Kelly's latest effort to require face coverings takes effect Wednesday, although Ka...

 

Missing Wichita man found fatally shot in jeep

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A missing man who was believed to be in danger has been found fatally shot in his jeep, police said. Authorities are investigating the death of Jeremy Cook as a homicide after finding his body Monday in Wichita. Police had...

 

One man's mission: Save the turkey with a school for fowl

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Frank Reese agrees with Benjamin Franklin that turkeys are not only interesting, they are special. For several decades, he made it his life's mission to save the non-commercialized bird. At his farm in Lindsborg, he wants...

 

Extended unemployment benefits ending next month in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal program that had extended unemployment benefits for an extra 13 weeks in Kansas will stop next month just as new COVID-19 restrictions could lead to more furloughs and layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor informed...

 

Report cites need for economic diversity in Lawrence

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A new report commissioned by the city of Lawrence cites a need for the community to diversify its economy or risk becoming too expensive for many people. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the city in June hired Ernst &...

 

Extended unemployment benefits ending next month in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal program that had extended unemployment benefits for an extra 13 weeks in Kansas will stop next month just as new COVID-19 restrictions could lead to more furloughs and layoffs. The U.S. Department of Labor informed...

 

Woman who bounced among foster homes named Rhodes Scholar

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who as a child bounced among foster homes and often slept on the couches of friends in Missouri has been named a 2021 Rhodes Scholar. Mackenzie Fierceton, 23, is one of just 32 U.S. college students awarded a four-year...

 

Oklahoma City police kill boy, 15, during robbery attempt

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officers fatally shot a 15-year-old boy who had tried to rob a convenience store at gunpoint, police said. Five officers opened fire on Stavian Rodriguez after he crawled out a drive-thru window of the store...

 

Missing Wichita man found fatally shot in jeep

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A missing man who was believed to be in danger has been found fatally shot in his jeep, police said. Authorities are investigating the death of Jeremy Cook as a homicide after finding his body Monday in Wichita. Police had...

 

Church organization in Kansas, Oklahoma pays medical debts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Medical debts totaling more than $5.2 million owed by more than 3,200 families in Kansas and Oklahoma have been paid through a project of the United Church of Christ Kansas-Oklahoma Conference, church officials said Tuesday. "A...

 

Oklahoma City extends, 2 other cities adopt mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday extended a city-wide mask mandate and two other cities have adopted a mask requirement in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Oklahoma City Council members voted to...

 

One man's mission: Save the turkey with a school for fowl

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Frank Reese agrees with Benjamin Franklin that turkeys are not only interesting, they are special. For several decades, he made it his life's mission to save the non-commercialized bird. At his farm in Lindsborg, he wants...

 

Mask resistance softens in Kansas as coronavirus cases soar

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Resistance to masks appears to be weakening in Kansas as the coronavirus surges, straining the capacity of the state's hospitals. Gov. Laura Kelly's latest effort to require face coverings takes effect Wednesday, although...

 

Some New Mexico essential business close due to virus spike

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico essential businesses have been shut down because of a substantial increase in coronavirus cases. A new edict announced Thursday allows the New Mexico Department of Health to shut down workplaces for two...

 

1 dead, 1 arrested after Arkansas City shooting

ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in a deadly shooting in south-central Kansas. Arkansas City police said in a Facebook post that officers rushed to a stretch of road around 9:30 p.m. Friday in response to the...

 

School accountability measures up in the air amid pandemic

PHOENIX (AP) — The coronavirus outbreak prompted the Arizona Legislature to cancel statewide standard tests and skip assigning new A-F grades to schools for the 2019-2020 school year. But what about the current school year? It's not yet clear...

 

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations top 1,500, 3,663 more cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people hospitalized in Oklahoma with the coronavirus surpassed 1,500 on Saturday and the number of reported cases increased by 3,663, according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health. The department reported...

 

Experts: Officials failed Kansas student twice in rape case

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Nearly a year after Douglas County prosecutors dismissed false report charges against a KU law student who said she'd been raped by a classmate, a lawsuit and experts say Title IX investigators at the university doubled down...

 

How ecotourism can help west Alabama take flight

NEWBERN, Ala. (AP) — You can hear the excitement in Christopher Joe's voice as he begins to tell you about the birds. There are egrets, wood storks and great blue herons around the pond on the eastern side of his family farm. In the property's...

 

Kansas to launch pro-mask campaign but faces skepticism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn't keep spreading rapidly, though some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much. T...

 

Family that got virus warns public to spend holidays at home

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Arlington is using one family's brush with the coronavirus as a warning to others who might be considering big get-togethers this Thanksgiving. Alexa Aragonez told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that her family weighed the ris...

 

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