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 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...

 

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...

 

Deadline for Oklahoma REAL ID compliance is now October 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says federal officials have extended the state's deadline for complying with the REAL ID Act to Oct. 10, 2018. Fallin said Thursday that the compliance deadline was extended by the U.S. Department of...

 

Kansas restaurant owner pleads guilty in back wages case

MERRIAM, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a Kansas City-area restaurant has pleaded guilty to impeding an investigation into the withholding of employees' pay. The U.S. Department of Labor says Yong Lin, president of China Garden Buffet in Merriam,...

 

3 Kansas sites finalists for Tyson chicken-processing plant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Local officials have confirmed that three Kansas counties are finalists for a new Tyson Foods Inc. chicken-processing plant. The sites are in Cloud County in north-central Kansas, Montgomery County in southeastern Kansas and...

 

Retail gasoline prices in Texas, nationwide continue to drop

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Average retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country continue to steadily decline. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump in the state was $2.26 a gallon, down from $2.32 last week. Average...

 

Missouri proposes innovation corridor for Amazon's 2nd home

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials were submitting a bid Thursday for Amazon's second headquarters that would involve an innovation corridor between Kansas City and St. Louis rather than a single location in one of the state's major...

 

Settlement reached in Oklahoma earthquake lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A settlement has been reached between two Oklahoma oil and natural gas companies and a woman who was injured in a 2011 earthquake. Prague resident Sandra Ladra filed the lawsuit in 2014 against New Dominion LLC, Spess Oil Co. a...

 

Oklahoma's House Speaker announces delay in budget cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's House Speaker says the state has funds available that could protect health care services impacted by the state's $215 million budget cut. Three health care agencies will be most affected by the loss of an...

 

Arkansas bank corporation acquires banks in Oklahoma, Texas

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas-based Simmons First National Corporation has announced the completion of its purchase of both Southwest Bancorp, Inc. of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and First Texas, BHC of Fort Worth, Texas. Simmons said Friday that...

 

Monsanto sues Arkansas board for banning disputed herbicide

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A major agribusiness company sued Arkansas regulators on Friday for banning its version of an herbicide that's drawn complaints from farmers across several states who say the weed killer has drifted onto their crops and...

 

Oklahoma City, Tulsa tout quality of life to lure Amazon HQ2

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City and Tulsa are showcasing their cultural, recreational and quality-of-life attractions as they compete for Amazon's second headquarters in North America, a massive $5 billion project that will eventually include...

 

Kansas settles lawsuit over tapping fees in 2009 budget fix

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is acknowledging that it illegally diverted specialized fees to help cover general government spending as part of a 2009 budget fix to settle a lawsuit filed by a legislative leader. Former Kansas House Speaker Mike...

 

Albuquerque sells sunshine, trying to lure new Amazon HQ

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico might not have the most money to offer Amazon as it decides where to put a second headquarters, but officials say nearly limitless sunshine, hazard-free weather and a diverse population should make the state...

 

Ex-Tulsa mayor: $4M payout for lost ring not enough

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The former mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, is suing an insurance company and broker because she says the $4 million she received for a lost blue diamond ring isn't enough. The Tulsa World reports that Kathy Taylor's federal lawsuit fi...

 

Wichita landscaper who defrauded victims sent to prison

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita landscaper has been ordered to spend 10 months in prison after he failed to make restitution to two customers he defrauded. The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office says 31-year-old Ricky Moyer was previously...

 

US nuke waste repository in New Mexico will get more space

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Workers are expected to begin mining operations at the U.S. nuclear waste dump in New Mexico for the first time in three years following a radiation release that contaminated part of the underground repository, the Energy D...

 

Gas leaking from Kansas wells amid dispute over who must fix

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over who is responsible for fixing the problem,...

 

Gas leaking from Kansas wells amid dispute over who must fix

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Natural gas is leaking through unplugged abandoned wells that have penetrated a massive underground storage field in Kansas, creating a public safety hazard amid a dispute over who is responsible for fixing the problem,...

 

Wheat seeding, fall harvest makes slow progress in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A snapshot of crops across Kansas shows the pace of wheat planting lagging well behind normal for this late in the season. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that just 42 percent of the next year's...

 

APNewsBreak: US closes trucking firm tied to smuggling case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Federal safety regulators have shut down a troubled Iowa trucking company that owned the semitrailer involved in a human trafficking case in which 10 immigrants died in Texas. Pyle Transportation was placed under an...

 

Kansas proposal would payday loan interest at 36 percent

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers are proposing a bill that would set a maximum interest rate for someone taking out payday or other short-term loans. A joint legislative committee studying banking and insurance issues met Wednesday to consider...

 

Report: Kansas forecast to harvest record soybean crop

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new report says Kansas farmers are expected to harvest record crops of soybeans and cotton this season. The National Agricultural Statistics Service said it anticipates 209 million bushels of soybeans will be cut in Kansas...

 

Remodeled contemporary homes cause tension in Missouri city

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Their friends and family thought they were insane. Build east of Troost? To many white Kansas City residents, that coded phrase, "east of Troost" — the unofficial color line of the city's segregated history — has long...

 

Energy industry sues Denver suburb over oil, gas regulations

DENVER (AP) — The energy industry has sued a Denver suburb over its new rules for oil and gas drilling, saying they illegally conflict with state rules. The Denver Post reports the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the American Petroleum...

 

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