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 By JOHN LIVINGSTON    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Durango man is an all-around talent, on and off the bike

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Will Christopher Blevins pick a road cycling career, or will he continue to race his mountain bike? It is one of the biggest questions in American cycling. It's also a question the 20-year-old from Durango is tired of...

 
 By MONTE WHALEY    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Colorado school resource officers wear multiple hats

DENVER (AP) — Officer Dana Gerber is a mentor, teacher, confidant, in-house parent and the source of a few goofy rumors that keep Pomona High School students wondering and Gerber smiling during his hectic days. The amiable Gerber, a...

 

In deadly school shooting, a confession but no clear motive

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The mother of one of the 10 people killed at a Texas high school said her daughter recently rejected the romantic advances of the 17-year-old charged in the shootings, a possible motive for the violent tragedy. Sadie...

 

Family recall shooting victims as funny, loving

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10...

 

Statement from Texas school shooting suspect's family

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The family of Texas school shooting suspect Dmitrios Pagourtzis issued the following statement Saturday through their attorneys: "We are saddened and dismayed by yesterday's events at Santa Fe High School. We extend our most...

 
 By LISA MARIE PANE    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design

Just hours after the nation's latest school shooting, the debate began anew: Are American schools built in a way that makes them easy targets? Are there too many windows, too many entrances and exits and too few security features? The questions...

 
 By ADIL JAWAD    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Abdul Aziz Sheikh sits on the ground floor of his Karachi home surrounded by mourning friends, relatives and local politicians that have come to give their condolences. Composed, he fights back tears. On the floor above,...

 

Company says gas leak caused explosion at Houston-area plant

HOUSTON (AP) — Officials say a gas leak caused an explosion and brief flash fire at a chemical plant near Houston, resulting in non-life threatening injuries to nearly two dozen workers. Kuraray America says in a news release that ethylene...

 

Missouri lawmakers pass big tax code changes on last day

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature approved tax cuts for both individuals and corporations and sent a gas-tax hike to voters, just hours before the end of the regular session and beginning of a special one to consider...

 

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses...

 

Missouri lawmakers approve measure regulating fake meat

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers have approved legislation that bans companies from labeling lab-grown meat products or meat substitutes as meat. The provision approved Thursday states that a product cannot be marketed as meat if it...

 

Possible tornado touches down in north-central Oklahoma

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — The National Weather Service in Tulsa says a possible tornado has touched down in north-central Oklahoma. Meteorologist Joe Sellars says the potential twister was only on the ground briefly Saturday afternoon between the...

 

Oklahoma man sentenced after crimes in Branson

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A man who terrorized a woman and her 2-year-old granddaughter in Branson has been sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole. Federal prosecutors say 35-year-old Alberto Colina Jr., of Muskogee, Oklahoma, was sentenced...

 

Elderly woman killed in 2-vehicle crash in Wichita suburb

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — Police say a 90-year-old woman has died in a collision between two vehicles near the Wichita suburb of Derby. The Wichita Eagle reports that the woman was a backseat passenger in a sedan that collided with a small sport utility...

 

Kansas child welfare agency turnover aimed at turnaround

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The leader of Kansas' child welfare department says the many staff changes in the agency since November are designed to turn around an agency that faced scrutiny for months over foster care problems. Some 20 administrators in...

 
 By ROXANA HEGEMAN    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Faculty alleges Kansas college head forged hostile workplace

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Garden City Community College trustees are searching for an independent investigator to look into faculty allegations that the college's president has created a hostile workplace and has jeopardized the college's accreditation,...

 

Kansas town hit by 3 twisters to dedicate cyclone sculpture

CODELL, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas town where a tornado struck three straight years is dedicating a steel cyclone sculpture to remember the triple tragedies. The Salina Journal reports that the dedication ceremony is planned for Sunday in the tiny town...

 

Lawsuit: Expelled Arkansas student's free speech violated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a northwest Arkansas school district violated a student's right to free speech when expelling him for posting a photo of himself on social media holding a firearm. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette...

 

Denver police criticized for school search for suspect

DENVER (AP) — Denver school officials are criticizing police for the way officers searched for a high school for a student wanted in a shooting. The search happened April 24 at the largely-minority Rise Up Community School. Principal Lucas Ketzer...

 

Survey shows improving economy rural parts of 10 states

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A monthly survey of bankers shows that the economy is slowly improving in rural parts of 10 Plains and Western states. Creighton University economist Ernie Goss says that while commodity prices have improved recently, they...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 18, 2018

No indictments in Oklahoma Health Department investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Financial operations at the Oklahoma State Department of the Health were so badly bungled that nearly 200 employees lost their jobs unnecessarily, but none of the mismanagement resulted in criminal indictments, Attorney...

 
 By EMILY SCHMALL    Regional    May 18, 2018

Cases against bikers struggle 3 years after Waco shootout

WACO, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors who have failed to convict a single person in the three years since a Waco shooting left nine bikers dead are trying a new tack of targeting fewer cases, but attorneys for the bikers say the evidence is so...

 

Officer feels accepted 1 year after fatal shooting acquittal

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Tulsa officer is thriving in her new law enforcement role, despite some backlash after she was acquitted in the killing of an unarmed black man. A jury acquitted Betty Shelby last year for the fatal shooting of Terence...

 

Suspect dies after shootout with police in central Oklahoma

NOBLE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect wanted on several federal warrants has died and at least one law enforcement officer has been injured in a shootout in central Oklahoma. Officials say it happened about 11:15 a.m. Thursday in Cleveland...

 

Oklahoma City councilman facing felony charges resigns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City councilman facing felony charges including embezzlement has announced plans to resign at the end of the month. Councilman John A. Pettis Jr. announced his resignation in a letter received Thursday by Mayor...

 

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