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 By Mandy Gross    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Remember food safety when firing up the grill this summer

With warmer weather on the way, many Oklahomans will be firing up their grill. Summer is typically a time of creating fun-filled memories and delicious meals; however, if the meal is not prepared properly, it could be a source of foodborne disease....

 
 By Amy Bickel    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Hutchinson family's love of earth extends to next generation

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — From the top of Norman Roth's combine, it looked like a crop of a lifetime. It's day two of the annual wheat harvest, The Hutchinson News (http://bit.ly/2sjZAdi ) reported. Rolling amber waves stretched for a mile across...

 
 By Tim Horan    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Business program in central Kansas boosts startup companies

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Explaining embryo transfer, genetics maximization and how his new company, Embruon, in Salina, can assist cattle producers was a major obstacle for owner Matt Barten. "It's hard to give a two-minute elevator pitch on what I...

 
 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Polarizing sexual assault accusations divide Kansas town

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The small northeast Kansas town of Holton will be torn again next week as the second in a series of trials starts for a well-known local man charged with sexually assaulting several women. The polarizing accusations against...

 

Report: Tulsa County to pay ex-deputy $138k to settle suit

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County has agreed to pay nearly $138,000 to a former sheriff's deputy to settle a wrongful termination lawsuit that claimed he and others were ousted in fallout from the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man in 2015....

 

Ex-Tulsa officer seeks delay before third murder trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa police officer set to go on trial for a third time next week in the death of his daughter's boyfriend is seeking a delay. Shannon Kepler's defense attorney asked the Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday to postpone...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Man reflects on service in Oklahoma and India

ENID, Okla. (AP) — When the Rev. Rajesh Mankena was assigned to leave his home in India to serve the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, he wasn't sure what to expect. Now, he oversees social services for 50 parishes back in India, but still returns...

 

Oklahoma City Ballet gets new space

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At the 2016 Summer Intensive, one of Oklahoma City Ballet's restrooms stopped working. More than 100 students had to be bused to different restaurants to use their facilities. "At that time, the board and the staff realized...

 
 By Bill Jean Louis    Regional    June 25, 2017 

Arkansas man boxes to fight Parkinson's disease

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — At one point, Bud Hough and his brother used to box for fun. The 78-year-old never thought he'd be doing it again. This time, he throws a "perfect" punch to fight Parkinson's disease. One afternoon, Bud was watching a...

 

Corpus Christi anti-bullying students program draws praise

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Damion Govea, 12, knows the good kids from the bad at Metro Elementary School of Design. He's been in class with them long enough to tell them apart, he said. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports Damion is a good kid...

 

Kansas Gov. Brownback signs $15.6 billion state budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback on Sunday signed a state budget for the next two years that will use a $1.2 billion income tax increase to fund government and schools, although he says it includes "excessive spending." Brownback...

 

Kansas nun eager to see slain brother become a saint

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas nun said she is surprised that her slain brother could become a saint, but that it "couldn't happen to a nicer guy." Marita Rother tells her hometown Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2svwQhD ) that her brother, Stanley...

 

Local laundromat helps small Kansas town survive

COTTONWOOD FALLS, Kan. (AP) — Several small, rural communities in southern Kansas are working together to keep crucial businesses in the area so that towns can continue to survive. The 24-hour Wash-O-Rama laundromat is evolving into a destination...

 

Kansas man pleads not guilty in woman-on-fire case

xWICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually attacked a mother of four before fatally setting her on fire. KWCH-TV (http://bit.ly/2sL4sa2 ) reports that an attorney for 28-year-old Cornell McNeal...

 

Police say Tulsa officers fatally shoot gun-wielding man

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a man armed with a gun was fatally shot when three officers opened fire as the man tried to break into a home. Police said in a news release Sunday that 47-year-old Jimmie Bevenue was killed in the shooting...

 
 By John Lovett    Regional    June 25, 2017 

FBI report shows Barrow gang stole suits in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — Clyde Barrow and W.D. Jones most likely were wearing suits stolen from a Fort Smith tailor in those photographs that became known as the "Joplin rolls," capturing the nation's attention on the front pages of newspapers follo...

 

Appeals court panel overturns Oklahoma man's death sentence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has overturned the death sentence of an Oklahoma City man convicted of helping his lover kill her estranged husband. A three-judge panel of the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled 2-1 and sent...

 
 By Andrea Egner    Regional    June 23, 2017

State teacher shortage 'getting worse,' superintendent says, as 224 more emergency certificates issued

OKLAHOMA CITY — Public schools' reliance on under-qualified teachers shows no signs of letting up at the dawn of a new fiscal year. The Oklahoma State Board of Education on Thursday morning approved 224 more emergency certificates for the month of...

 

Former eastern Missouri principal sentenced for sex crimes

TROY, Mo. (AP) — A former eastern Missouri elementary school principal has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for sex crimes with children. The sentence was imposed Wednesday after 40-year-old Phillip Brock, of Troy, pleaded guilty to 10 counts...

 

New Mexico water official moves to clarify ranchers' rights

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's top water manager has fired the latest salvo in a battle with the federal government over the protection of an endangered mouse and the barring of livestock from certain streams and watering holes on national...

 

Body found at North Texas landfill ID'd as missing girl

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — A medical examiner has identified a body found at a North Texas landfill as that of a 14-year-old girl missing since Monday evening. The Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office identified the body Thursday as that of...

 

Oklahoma senators say health overhaul plan under review

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's two U.S. senators say they will review a proposal to overhaul the federal health care law but did not say whether they'd vote for the new plan released Thursday. In a joint statement, Republican Sens. Jim Inhofe and...

 

14 more Oklahoma lakes have elevated mercury levels in fish

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State environmental officials say elevated mercury levels in fish have been found in 14 more lakes in Oklahoma than last year. The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality plans a public meeting for Tuesday to discuss the...

 

Kansas State touts large capital projects in last 5 years

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University says it has added or renovated more than 1 million square feet of space on the Manhattan campus in the last five years. The university announced Thursday in a news release it also has renovated or...

 

Kansas newspaper editor tapped to finish lawmaker's term

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The opinion editor of a Kansas newspaper has been picked to complete the term of a Democratic state legislator who died of natural causes earlier this month. Reno County Democrats selected Jason Probst on Wednesday to...

 

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