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5 former presidents appear together for hurricane relief

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The five living former presidents appeared together for the first time since 2013 on Saturday at a concert to raise money for victims of devastating hurricanes in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands....

 

Killer of Navajo Nation girl gets life prison sentence

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to the murder and sexual assault of an 11-year-old girl on the largest American Indian reservation was sentenced Friday to life in prison in a case that drew national attention over abducted Native...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    October 22, 2017 

'Zombie' event staged at Oklahoma Capitol to support taxes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anti-tax "zombies" in Oklahoma were stopped outside the entrance to the state Capitol on Saturday in a staged event by groups supporting tax increases to prevent cuts to health, education and other services. The event by...

 

Oklahoma prison guard arrested on child sex charges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a prison guard has been arrested on child sex charges. The department said in a news release Saturday that 46-year-old Cpl. Christopher Adams was arrested by department officers and...

 
 By JOSH DULANEY    Regional    October 22, 2017 

Oklahoma pilot program helps ex-inmates find employment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Most people wouldn't look forward to a shift in a drainage ditch, with crisp winds whipping into the thick brush and making the work even tougher. But on a gray Tuesday morning in Edgemere Park, Kevin Fletcher of Oklahoma City...

 

Oklahoma knife maker with disability lives without limits

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The roar of a propane tank and the clang of cold steel hammering hot red stock echoed down an otherwise quiet small-town street. It was the sound of Norman "Buddy" Thomas at his anvil forging another creation. What started as a...

 

Oklahoma attorney general seeks federal opioid investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general says in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that federal racketeering laws should be used to investigate the manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of opioids. State Attorney...

 

Kansas lawmakers study insurance payments for telemedicine

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are considering whether insurance companies should be required to pay health care providers the same amount for telemedicine services as for in-person visits. The Topeka Capital Journal reports that a committee...

 

Kansas unemployment rate dropped to 3.8 percent in September

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reports that its unemployment rate dropped slightly to 3.8 percent in September but the state saw a small decline in the number of private-sector jobs over the previous year. The state Department of Labor says the...

 
 By ASHTON ELEY    Regional    October 22, 2017 

Arkansas students bring memories to life with virtual tours

SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) — Two students adjusted the virtual reality headset so Eddie Sue Adams could get a clear view. She was sitting in an armchair in the Rocking Chair Inn retirement home while she experienced a 360-degree view of a boat gliding...

 

Officials: EF1 tornado tore part of Oklahoma casino roof off

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An overnight batch of severe storms spawned an EF1 tornado that tore part of a casino roof off in central Oklahoma during a concert and downed power lines and trees throughout the state, emergency managers said Sunday. The...

 

Kansas author talks about future of rural churches

MOUNDRIDGE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas pastor has written a book that focuses on what rural churches can and must do to stay alive. The Hutchinson News reports that Brad Roth is a pastor at West Zion Mennonite Church in Moundridge. He says his...

 

Wichita police officer arrested on suspicion of misconduct

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer has been arrested on suspicion of official misconduct and stalking. The Wichita Eagle reports the officer was arrested Friday by the Sedgwick County Sheriff's office. The officer is a 21-year veteran...

 

Teen arrested in Oklahoma crossbow death of 10-year-old boy

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy has been arrested after authorities in central Oklahoma say he shot an arrow from a crossbow, killing a 10-year-old boy and injuring the victim's younger brother. Lincoln County Sheriff Charles Dougherty...

 

Oklahoma agency changes policies amid girl's death case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Human Services has made policy changes and disciplined five employees after a 10-year-old girl died from an asthma attack, according to records from the agency. The girl died on April 28 at a...

 

Plea announced in Oklahoma tornado shelter embezzlement case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The owner of a tornado shelter manufacturing company will have to pay more than $101,000 in restitution to customers who paid for the structures his company never installed. Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced...

 

Protesters in Tulsa call for new police leadership

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A protest against police brutality in Oklahoma called for new leadership in the Tulsa Police Department. The Tulsa World reports Aware Tulsa hosted the event on Sunday at the Tulsa County Courthouse. About 50 people gathered to...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    October 22, 2017 

Fallin, Republicans announce tax hike plan for budget fix

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin and Republican legislative leaders announced a deal Monday to shore up the state budget and raise pay for teachers and some state workers with a series of tax increases, but it's unclear if the plan would have...

 

Oklahoma's Kickapoo tribe gets more than $282k from EPA

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma more than $282,000 to curb water pollution. The McLoud-based tribe will use the grant to control surface and groundwater pollution and...

 

Tulsa minister forms outreach program to assist the homeless

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Driving through downtown Tulsa during an afternoon rain storm, Noe Rodriguez parks his white SUV under an interstate overpass and watches in the rear-view mirror as a raggedly dressed man takes off in the opposite direction,...

 

Wrongful conviction no surprise to Kansas black community

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Rose McIntyre says she wonders whether her refusal to grant regular sexual favors to a white detective prompted him to retaliate against her black son, who spent 23 years in a Kansas prison for a double murder he didn't...

 

Kansas agriculture community divided over livestock rules

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas agriculture community has been divided over a decision by the Trump administration to block new livestock rules from taking effect. A division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture called the Grain Inspection,... Full story

 

US attorney's office stops cooperating in recordings probe

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A court-appointed official looking into the taping of attorney-client meetings at a federal detention center in Kansas says the state's U.S. attorney's office is no longer cooperating with his investigation. Special Master...

 

Shootings prompt increased security at Lawrence venue

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A large downtown entertainment venue in Lawrence is ramping up security in the wake of recent fatal shootings nearby. The Lawrence Journal World reports that all people attending events at Liberty Hall must now pass by...

 

Experts: Hard for jurors to convict when cops are on trial

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The hard-won conviction of a white former Oklahoma police officer who fatally shot his daughter's unarmed black boyfriend shows the difficulty prosecutors have in convincing jurors to put someone who carries a badge and a gun...

 

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