OKEMAH, Okla | Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest

OKEMAH, Okla. — Woody Guthrie’s Oklahoma hometown has doubled in population as thousands gather for a music festival in honor of the “This Land Is Your Land” singer. The Journal Record reports that the town of Okemah jumps from about 3,000 to 6,000 people during the annual Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. Performers this year include … Continue reading OKEMAH, Okla | Oklahoma town doubles in population for Woody Guthrie fest

BELGRADE, Serbia | Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia’s World Cup success

BELGRADE, Serbia  — In the Balkans, soccer is so political that it has created bitter divisions about Croatia’s surprising success at the World Cup. The team will face France in the tournament final in Moscow on Sunday, provoking mixed reactions and strong emotions in the region scarred by war. From Montenegro and Serbia in the … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Mixed emotions in Balkans over Croatia’s World Cup success

LONDON | The Latest: Anderson takes Isner to 5th set at Wimbledon

LONDON  — The Latest from Wimbledon (all times local): 4:55 p.m. The Wimbledon semifinal between Kevin Anderson and John Isner is going to a fifth set. Anderson broke Isner to take a 5-4 lead in the fourth set before holding to level the match 7-6 (6), 6-7 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-4. Anderson has broken Isner … Continue reading LONDON | The Latest: Anderson takes Isner to 5th set at Wimbledon

US expected to become world’s top oil producer next year

The U.S. has nosed ahead of Saudi Arabia and is on pace to surpass Russia to become the world’s biggest oil producer for the first time in more than four decades. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. “If … Continue reading US expected to become world’s top oil producer next year

WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate

WASHINGTON— The Federal Reserve said Friday it expects low unemployment and rising inflation will keep it on track to raise interest rates at a gradual pace over the next two years. By late 2019, the Fed says its key policy rate should be at a level that will be slightly restrictive for growth. The Fed’s … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Federal Reserve projects further gradual hikes in key rate

KANSAS | Aerial Surveys Confirm Increase in Lesser Prairie Chicken Numbers

BOISE, Idaho – Earlier this year, the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) announced it would conduct a series of aerial surveys in five states to document lesser prairie chicken population trends. Results from the surveys, conducted March 16 through mid-May, are in and the outlook is promising.  Continuing an upward trend for … Continue reading KANSAS | Aerial Surveys Confirm Increase in Lesser Prairie Chicken Numbers

MICHIGAN | Construction work set for F.J. McLain State Park

MICHIGAN– A new toilet and shower building has been completed at F.J. McLain State Park in Houghton County and is open for use. Meanwhile, construction crews are continuing to work on a new section of campground at the park. Lake Superior erosion at the park over the past few years forced the closure of some … Continue reading MICHIGAN | Construction work set for F.J. McLain State Park