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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Beer snobs in states where grocers could offer only low-alcohol brands are raising their mugs to stronger brews thanks to updated laws that could indirectly chill the industry in two others where such regulations remain. Rules that went into effect in Oklahoma in October allow grocery, convenience and retail liquor stores to sell chilled beer with an alcohol content of up to 8.99 percent. Previously, grocery and convenience stores could offer only 3.2 percent beer.
GALENA, Kan. (AP) - A military veteran has purchased a historic Kansas gas station along the old Route 66 with plans to restore the building to its original condition. The Joplin Globe reports that U.S. Army and Coast Guard veteran Aaron Perry is the new owner of a 1939 Texaco gas station in Galena, near Kansas' borders with Missouri and Oklahoma. The Wakarusa resident stumbled upon the for-sale gas station last year while driving to the Route 66 Festival in Springfield, Missouri.
LANGLEY, Okla. (AP) - Authorities say a body found in eastern Oklahoma is believed to be that of a man missing from a mental health care facility. Mayes County Sheriff's Maj. Rod Howell told The Miami News-Record on Friday that the body is thought to be 61-year-old Mark Rogers. Howell says clothing and other items found with the body on Wednesday are consistent with what Rogers was wearing when he was last seen.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's unemployment rate continued a slight downward trend in December by falling one-tenth of a percentage point. The Oklahoma Employment Security Division reports the December unemployment rate stood at 3.2 percent, down from 3.3 percent in November and the fourth consecutive monthly decline of .01 of a percentage point. The national jobless rate stands 3.9 percent.
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