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 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 22, 2021 

Oklahoma Health Commissioner Lance Frye abruptly resigns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Health Commissioner Dr. Lance Frye unexpectedly resigned from the post on Friday, effective immediately, the state health department said. Department spokesperson Rachel Klein said Frye "felt it was time to move on" fr...

 

Overland Park police expand mental health response for calls

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The Overland Park Police Department plans to expand its team that responds to calls involving mental health crises, with a goal of diffusing the situations while keeping everyone safe. The new Overland Park Crisis Action...

 

Jackson County settles COVID-19 rules lawsuit with church

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jackson County officials on Monday approved a settlement with a church that had sued over COVID-19 restrictions that it claimed discriminated against religion. The Jackson County Legislature voted Monday to approve a...

 

Kansas inmates wait months for mental health treatment

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Inmates with mental health issues are waiting months to get the medication and treatment they need to be deemed competent to assist in their own defense because a state hospital is so overtaxed. Douglas County Sheriff Jay...

 

Oklahoma health update to add more than 1,000 COVID deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma State Department of Health says it would reconcile its reported COVID-19 deaths with those reported by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resulting in more than 1,000 additional deaths. "This is...

 

'We have to be heard': Texas women travel to seek abortions

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — The 33-year-old Texas woman drove alone four hours through the night to get to the Louisiana abortion clinic for a consultation. She initially planned to sleep in her car, but an advocacy group helped arrange a hotel room....

 

Arkansas governor OKs bill allowing vaccine mandate opt-outs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday effectively approved a new law that will allow employees to opt-out of COVID-19 vaccine requirements, a move by fellow Republicans to challenge federal vaccine mandates. Hutchinson...

 

2 hospitalized, others sickened in CO leak in Kansas store

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two people were hospitalized and several others sickened in a carbon monoxide leak inside a Kansas City, Kansas, supermarket, fire department officials there said. Firefighters were called to the El Rio Bravo supermarket...

 

Wichita schools closed after water main break, boil advisory

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest city was placed under a water boil order after a large water main break, leading Wichita-area schools to close Friday and prompting residents to make a run on bottled water. The city issued the advisory...

 

Texas moves to reinstate nation's toughest abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas on Friday asked a federal appeals court to swiftly reinstate the most restrictive abortion law in the U.S., which until this week had banned most abortions in the state since early September. The request puts the Texas la...

 

Study: Vaccines helped reduce COVID-19 deaths in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Coronavirus vaccinations have helped reduce COVID-19 infections by 7,500 and deaths by 1,100 among Oklahomans aged 65 and older, according to a study released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The...

 

Kansas governor bypasses lawmakers, creates child advocate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday created an independent office to review complaints against Kansas' foster care system and recommend changes in child welfare policies, a longtime goal of advocates for abused and neglected children....

 

Johnson County town to weigh ban on conversion therapy

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — One Johnson County, Kansas, community has already adopted a ban on conversion therapy for LGBTQ youth, and another is considering doing so. The Kansas City Star reports that the Prairie Village City Council will...

 

Child COVID-19 vaccination rates low in some Kansas counties

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas counties are seeing youth vaccination rates for COVID-19 far below the national average, according to state data released this week. A school pandemic workgroup established by Gov. Laura Kelly received data from the...

 

Authorities: Staff struggled with teen who died in custody

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — Multiple staff members at a Kansas juvenile facility engaged in a physical struggle with a 17-year-old youth who was restrained and died two days later at a hospital, authorities said. Details of the events leading up to...

 

Governor orders flags lowered as Kansas tops 6K COVID deaths

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Monday ordered flags throughout the state to be flown at half-staff to honor COVID-19 victims as Kansas exceeded 6,000 reported deaths. Kelly's order applied immediately and directed that flags remain...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus numbers, hospitalizations decline

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of new coronavirus cases, the seven-day average of new cases and hospitalizations each declined Friday in Oklahoma, according to the state Department of Health. There were 1,230 new virus cases reported and a...

 

Oklahoma man sentenced for illegally performing surgery

POTEAU, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to more than a dozen years behind bars after he pleaded no contest in a case in which he was accused of illegally performing a surgery at a cabin in the woods. Bob Lee Allen, 54, had been set...

 

Oklahoma Supreme Court agrees to expedite mask appeal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court will expedite an appeal of an injunction limiting a ban on mask mandates in public schools. The court, in an order dated Wednesday, placed the appeal on its fast-track docket, giving Attorney General...

 

Kansas' Democratic governor appears wary of vaccine mandate

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is indicating that she's wary of President Joe Biden's mandate that companies with 100 or more employees require their workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or undergo weekly testing. The...

 

Oklahoma COVID-19 hospitalizations seem to be leveling off

Oklahoma health officials said Tuesday that coronavirus hospitalizations appear to be leveling off, but hospital stays are longer due to the delta variant of the virus. The three-day average of new hospitalizations fell from 1,518 a week ago to...

 

'If I can save one person's life, I've done it in honor of my mom'

Less than a month after losing her mother to Covid-19, registered nurse Jennifer Davis provided the first monoclonal antibody treatment to a patient at Norman Regional Hospital's Covid Infusion Unit.... Full story

 

Kansas pandemic response panel approves extra nurses' pay

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas hospitals will receive $50 million in federal COVID-19 relief funds for extra pay for nurses to keep them on the job but will be required to report monthly on how many nurses they've lost and why under a plan a state...

 

Neurologist wakes up in the hospital where she works – as a stroke survivor

Dr. Dipika Aggarwal sat in a Kansas City, Kansas, diner on a Tuesday afternoon two years ago sipping coffee and enjoying a mushroom omelet and toast. Only a month before, the neurologist had returned to work after going through surgery, radiation and...

 

Looming flu season worries COVID-strained Kansas hospitals

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' hospitals are worried about the upcoming flu season because they're already strained by the surge in COVID-19 cases. Wichita's four hospitals have been operating for weeks at full capacity, with limited beds and staff....

 

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