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Oklahoma City schools consider suing lawmakers for funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school board will consider a resolution that could lead to a lawsuit against the leaders of Oklahoma's Legislature over school funding. School Superintendent Aurora Lora and board member Mark Mann said...

 

Craft beer: The new weapon in New Mexico sports rivalry

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One is a special recipe designed to appease even the most snobby of craft beer drinkers. The other is billed as a mellow ale with hints of caramel and the breezy aroma of New Mexico's high desert. Officials at New Mexico's...

 

Bankers: Drought still burdening rural economy in 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A new monthly report shows drought conditions continue to burden the rural economy in parts of 10 Plains and Western states. The overall Rural Mainstreet Index for the region rose slightly in August to 42.2 from July's abysmally...

 

Mental exam sought for man accused of Oklahoma bomb plot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of attempting to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank wants a hearing to determine whether he is competent to be tried on a federal charge. The...

 

University of New Mexico working to prevent suicide attempts

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — University of New Mexico officials say they will be making fencing around a parking structure taller in response to four attempted suicides at the school's parking garages in 2016. Parking and Transportation Director...

 

61-year-old Farmington man dies from West Nile virus

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — Farmington officials say a resident of the northwestern New Mexico city has died of the West Nile virus, making him the first human fatality of the mosquito-borne disease in the state this year. Officials say it's not known...

 

West Nile virus cases picking up in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Health officials say more than a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Oklahoma so far this year. The Oklahoma Department of Health says the cases have been confirmed in Cleveland, Muskogee, Oklahoma and...

 

Constipated gorilla in Kansas zoo recovering after surgery

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A constipated 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas is recovering after having surgery. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that zoo Director Brendan Wiley says the procedure that Tiffany underwent Wednesday...

 

Brownback: Kansas to boost prison pay amid staff shortages

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — Workers at Kansas state prisons will get pay hikes in the wake of inmate disturbances that have drawn public attention to staff shortages at the facilities, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday. Uniformed officers across...

 

Kansas man found guilty of threatening to spit on pizza

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of a restaurant in central Kansas has been found guilty of threatening to spit on a customer's pizza. Twenty-seven-year-old Jacob Ohnmacht was found guilty Wednesday of threatening to contaminate food. Trial...

 

Tulsa mayor announces plan to build city jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials are planning to build a city-run jail with operating costs estimated at $1.2 million a year. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans for the facility Wednesday, saying the move will also serve as a cost-saving...

 

Cherokee Nation says opioid lawsuit belongs in tribal court

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation is urging a federal judge to allow a tribal lawsuit against distributors and retailers of opioid medications to be litigated in the tribe's own court. Cherokee Nation Attorney General Todd Hembree has filed...

 

The Latest: Expert says Arkansas may have good drug supply

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute inmate Jack Greene and possibly others (all times local): 3:15 p.m. After putting four men to death in April before one of its lethal injection drugs expired, Arkansas says it is...

 

Arkansas gets first medical pot dispensary application

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration says it's received its first application for a medical marijuana dispensary license. Department spokesman Scott Hardin told The Associated Press Friday that the...

 

Missouri State Parks: don't use eclipse glasses agency sold

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State Parks officials say they can't verify that solar eclipse glasses the agency sold meet safety standards and are warning people not to use them. The agency on Friday warned people not to use PMS Promo Mart...

 

Kansas couple gets probation after money laundering scheme

MEADE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple was sentenced to three years of probation for laundering millions of dollars in suspected drug money through their small-town bank. The Hutchinson News reports 71-year-old George Enns and his 69-year-old wife,...

 

Invasive zebra mussels found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — The state Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism says invasive zebra mussels have been found in Tuttle Creek Reservoir. The 12,500-acre U.S. Army Corps of Engineers lake is a popular recreation area six miles north of...

 

Fallin asks SBA for disaster declaration for Tulsa County

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has asked the federal government to declare Tulsa a disaster area because of tornadoes and other severe weather seen there since Aug. 5. Fallin directed her request Friday to the U.S. Small Business...

 

Oklahoma man charged with murder in 1988 cold case

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been indicted in the death of a woman whose remains were discovered in a river in the northeast part of the state almost 30 years ago. On Thursday, the state's multicounty grand jury charged James Ray...

 

Authorities investigating Oklahoma officer's use of force

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says its agents are investigating a western Oklahoma officer who fired a nonlethal bean-bag round at a man who then fatally shot himself. The OSBI says police in Weatherford were...

 

Oklahoma unemployment rate edges up to 4.4 percent in July

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate edged up to 4.4 percent in July, slightly higher than the 4.3 percent of each of the previous four months. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the sharpest decline was...

 

Police say camouflage suit linked Oklahoma teen to slaying

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma woman was linked to the killing by a camouflage "ghillie suit" typically worn by hunters. The boy was arrested this week on complaints of...

 

Oklahoma Attorney General to seek rehearing in murder case

Oklahoma City (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office plans to ask a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that determined a man convicted of murder in state court should have been tried in federal court in part because he's Native...

 

Judge recuses himself from jail death case in Oklahoma

Enid, Okla. (AP) — A local judge has recused himself from a case involving the Garfield County sheriff and several other people charged in connection to the 2016 death of an inmate found unresponsive in the northern Oklahoma county's jail. The...

 

14-year-old boy arrested in fatal shooting of Cordell woman

Cordell, Okla. (AP) — A 14-year-old boy has been arrested on a first-degree murder warrant in the fatal shooting of a woman in western Oklahoma. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says the boy was arrested at his home in Corn on Wednesday...

 

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