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Spirit AeroSystems announces temporary layoffs

Apr. 7, 2020 9:13 AM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Thousands of Spirit AeroSystems employees in Wichita and other locations are being furloughed for three weeks without pay amid an outbreak of a novel coronavirus that has paralyzed air travel around the globe. Most managers and hourly employees at Spirit, Wichita’s largest...

Registered nurse Phillip Parker, left, takes the temperature of Oklahoma state Sen. Marty Quinn, right, R-Claremore, as he arrives for a special session at the state Capitol Monday, April 6, 2020, in Oklahoma City. Due to COVID-19 concerns, everyone entering the building had their temperature taken.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

Apr. 6, 2020 10:20 PM EDT

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 Catastrophic Health Emergency Act, which gives Gov. Kevin Stitt the...

This Feb. 25, 2020, shows Preterm executive director Chrisse France in the procedure room in Cleveland. Court decisions in two U.S. states Monday, April 6, allowed abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors’ orders suspending non-essential elective surgeries due to the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Ohio, Oklahoma courts rule abortions can continue amid virus

Apr. 6, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Court decisions in two U.S. states Monday allowed abortions to continue after the procedure was caught in the crosshairs of governors' orders suspending all non-essential elective surgeries due to the new coronavirus. The decisions in Ohio and Oklahoma responded to challenges by...

This Sept. 23, 2019 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Christopher G. Coffey. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections say four of five inmates who escaped Sunday, April, 5, 2020, from a minimum security prison in southeast Oklahoma were quickly recaptured while the fifth, Coffey, remains at large. The department says in a news release that authorities are searching for Coffey, who was serving a total of 12 years for larceny and a previous escape. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections via AP)

Five state inmates escape Oklahoma prison, four recaptured

Apr. 6, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

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 searching for Christopher G. Coffey, 29, who was serving a total...

ASL interpreter crucial for deaf, hard of hearing amid virus

Apr. 6, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

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 into the Capitol to find his partner and hearing interpreter...

In this Thursday, April 2, 2020 photo, an oil rig lights up the horizon on the outskirts of Midland, Texas after a late sunset. (Odessa American/Eli Hartman)

Chaos and scrambling in the US oil patch as prices plummet

Apr. 6, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

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 the state's savings as oil revenue dries up. The global...

FILE - In this March 27, 2020, file photo, cashier Baby San wears a face shield and gloves as she scans items at grocery store Super Cao Nguyen, in Oklahoma City, due to concerns over the COVID-19 virus. Grocery workers across the globe are working the front lines during lockdowns meant to keep the coronavirus from spreading. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Virus now claims 46 Oklahoma lives, more than 1,200 cases

Apr. 5, 2020 5:43 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of coronavirus cases in the state surpassed 1,200 Sunday and four more people died of COVID-19, the Oklahoma State Department of Health reported. There are at least 1,252 cases and 46 COVID-19 deaths, the department said, up from 1,159 cases and 42 deaths reported Friday....

Authorities say Oklahoma deputy fatally shoots man in Ada

Apr. 5, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

ADA, Okla. (AP) — A southeastern Oklahoma deputy fatally shot an armed man in Ada early Sunday, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. A Pontotoc County deputy had responded to a home after 911 call about 5:30 a.m. Sunday and was met at the home by a 44-year-old man who was holding a...

Oklahoma death toll reaches 42 as virus outbreak continues

Apr. 4, 2020 1:52 PM EDT

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 total number of cases reached 1,159, the State...

FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2007, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant, top, goes up for a shot between Boston Celtics' Paul Pierce, left, and Al Jefferson during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as members of the 2020 enshrinement class for the Basketball Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Branimir Kvartuc, File)

The Class of 2020: A look at basketball's new Hall of Famers

Apr. 4, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

A look at the newest members of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, announced on Saturday: KOBE BRYANT Key stats: 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.7 assists per game in 20 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Career accomplishments: Five-time NBA champion (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010), 18-time...