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Worker killed when Missouri public TV tower collapses

FORDLAND, Mo. (AP) — Officials say a maintenance worker died when a Missouri television station tower collapsed and he became trapped under a tangle of metal and wires. Rob Talburt, assistant fire chief for the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection...

 

Oklahoma House leader says agreement close on budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A key budget negotiator in the Oklahoma House says lawmakers are nearing a final agreement on a spending plan and are hoping to adjourn this year's legislative session three weeks early. House Appropriations and Budget...

 

Mother of Kansas teen fatally shot by police files lawsuit

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — The mother of a suburban Kansas City teenager who was shot to death by an Overland Park police officer in January is suing the officer and the city. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday by Sheila Albers alleges the officer,...

 

Spirit admits delay in Boeing fuselage deliveries

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems says the Kansas-based company was late for the first time in nearly four years delivering major parts of Boeing's best-selling airplane. Spirit officials cited a number of factors leading to last month's...

 

Wichita will consider cash payments for Spirit AeroSystems

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas-based aircraft supplier would receive $10 million to support an expansion project but must pay back the money should it leave Wichita in the next two decades, under a proposed agreement with local officials. Spirit...

 

Kansas vehicle owner information easily accessed on site

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Security concerns have been raised over a new Kansas website that collects vehicle owner information. The Wichita Eagle reports that the state launched the site iKan on March 29. It's used to perform vehicle registration...

 

Student who locked himself to bulldozer wants suit dismissed

GREELEY, Colorado (AP) — A Colorado State University student arrested after he locked himself to a bulldozer in protest at an oil and gas site in Greeley has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought against him by the oil company that owns the...

 

AAA: Texas, US retail gasoline prices up this week

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country are higher this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the price at the pump statewide rose 2 cents to reach an average $2.45 per gallon. Drivers nationwide are paying a...

 

Fruit growers in Arkansas prepare for more cold temperatures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas fruit growers are preparing for another round of freezing temperatures this weekend. The National Weather Service estimates a low temperature of 29 degrees Sunday in northwest Arkansas. Guy Ames is a Washington...

 

Panel tackles lack of high-speed internet in Indian Country

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two western senators are proposing to expand access to a $4 billion federal program that has allowed public schools and libraries throughout the U.S. to obtain high-speed internet at affordable rates as one way to close...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    April 12, 2018

Sessions takes fight on border enforcement to New Mexico

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought his tough stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico on Wednesday, telling border sheriffs that cracking...

 

Kansas to post mug shots of people owing back child support

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas plans to post mug shots of people who owe back child support in an effort to shame them into paying or get tips on their location. The Wichita Eagle reports the program called Child Support Evaders features a website...

 

Kansas Ethanol to open operation in closed Hutchinson plant

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Ethanol plans to reopen a shuttered plant in Hutchinson after Reno County officials approved economic development incentives for the project. The Reno County Commission voted Tuesday to award up to $51,600 in...

 

New Mexico state and local tax revenues rise

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico tax authorities are collecting more local and state government tax dollars than previously, amid an oil industry rebound and some signs of an economic expansion. Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on...

 

1,350 oil, gas wells reactivated after fatal Colorado blast

DENVER (AP) — An oil and gas company has reactivated more than 1,350 wells in northern Colorado that were shut down last year after a fatal house explosion blamed on a severed pipeline. Anadarko Petroleum said Tuesday it inspected and tested...

 

Minority residents target zoning rules in civil rights claim

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Zoning laws in New Mexico's largest city are discriminatory and leading to the erosion of one of the oldest and most historic neighborhoods in Albuquerque, a group of residents alleged Wednesday as they asked federal...

 

Attorney: Judge's exemption on herbicide ban should stand

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An attorney is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to let stand a judge's order allowing six farmers to use an herbicide banned by state regulators. The state Plant Board's dicamba ban will run from April 16 through October...

 

Meet Electronic Caregiver: A new Las Cruces tech company

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Electronic Caregiver is an emerging national tech company, the kind that could readily be found in Silicon Valley. But instead, it's chosen to headquarter its operations in the Mesilla Valley — a fact the company made...

 

TV host resigns after threatening school shooting survivor

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A conservative commentator who sent a tweet saying he would use "a hot poker" to sexually assault an outspoken 17-year-old survivor of the Florida high school shooting has resigned from a St. Louis TV station and been taken off...

 

Devon Energy announces plans to lay off about 300 employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy is announcing plans to lay off 9 percent of its workforce, totaling about 300 of its approximately 3,400 employees. The company did not provide a definite date for the layoffs that were...

 

Moody's issues 'credit positive' outlook for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — One of the nation's top rating agencies is giving Oklahoma a "credit positive" report after the Legislature approved an estimated $523 million in tax increases. The report by Moody's Investor Services comes five months after...

 
 By JOSH DULANEY    Regional    April 8, 2018

Advocates call on Oklahoma employers to hire more ex-inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It has taken more than a year to move from a jail cell to an office desk, but for Brandi Davis, a recovering opioid addict who faced a lengthy prison term, time has proven to be an effective teacher. No longer wanting to rush...

 

Owner of waterpark where boy died probed over home dispute

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The co-owner of a Kansas waterpark where a 10-year-old boy was decapitated on a raft ride is being investigated in Texas over a confrontation with people in his home. New Braunfels, Texas, police say a woman reported...

 

Tobacco suit puts stringent smoking ordinances into question

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Fifteen municipalities in the Kansas City, Kansas metro area have passed ordinances restricting tobacco sales to people 21 and older. But a recent ruling in Shawnee County is calling into question whether such ordinances...

 

Spirit AeroSystems to lease space at Wichita university

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Spirit AeroSystems will lease space in a new building at Wichita State University's Innovation Campus. The aircraft manufacturing company will occupy an 8,000-square-foot (2438-meter) office on the second floor of the new...

 

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