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Missouri woman charged with killing autistic daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman was charged Tuesday with killing the autistic teenage daughter she gave up for adoption as a baby, weeks after the girl's remains were found in a burn pit on her remote property and months after the girl...

 
 By JIM SALTER    Regional    August 23, 2017 

Missouri governor halts man's execution after DNA questions

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday halted the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed. Just hours before Williams was to be put to death,...

 

Tulsa prosecutor won't prosecute officers in fatal shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa County's district attorney says he won't prosecute the law enforcement officers who fatally shot a mentally ill, knife-wielding man. District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said Tuesday his office found no criminal wrongdoing...

 

Fallin taps former House speaker for pardon and parole board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Republican speaker of the Oklahoma House who has been a strong supporter of reducing the state's prison population has been appointed by Gov. Mary Fallin to the state's Pardon and Parole Board. Fallin on Tuesday...

 

DNA issues raised amid secret hearings in ex-cop rape case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The high-profile case of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping women while on duty focused the public's attention on the problem of sexual misconduct on the force, but his appeal raising questions about DNA...

 

DNA lab reduces testing for missing people amid funding woes

DALLAS (AP) — Karen Stipes always believed her missing mother was "Mountain Jane Doe," buried unidentified in a paupers' cemetery deep in the woods outside Harlan, Kentucky. But without proof, it took nearly half a century and the development of...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    August 20, 2017

Kansas trial to examine bias claim against Kobach's office

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former employee in Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office alleges in a lawsuit headed to trial Monday that she was fired because she didn't go to church enough. Kobach — who until the middle of 2016 held after-hours...

 

Judge divides $100K to victims in 2015 Oklahoma parade crash

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — A Payne County judge has distributed $100,000 in insurance money to victims of a 2015 homecoming parade crash at Oklahoma State University that killed four people and injured dozens more. Associate District Judge Stephen...

 

Sex offenders can live next door to victims in many states

Edmond, Okla. (AP) — A convicted sex offender who molested his niece when she was 7 years old moved in next door to his victim nearly a dozen years after he was sent to prison for the crime. Outraged, the Oklahoma woman, now 21, called lawmakers,... Full story

 

56-year-old woman found stabbed to death in Tulsa apartment

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa are investigating the stabbing death of a 56-year-old woman whose body was discovered inside her apartment. The victim's body was found lying on the floor on Saturday by a friend who told police she had tried to...

 

Trial begins in Kansas on bias claim against Kobach's office

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has testified in federal court that she was confused and embarrassed by her 2013 firing after being told that her lack of church attendance was a key reason....

 

Kansas father: Legal system failed slain family members

Wichita, Kan. (AP) — A father says the Kansas legal system failed his loved ones because it kept a man's sex offender status below the radar long enough to kill his daughter and granddaughter. Keith Hawkins, 19, was charged Aug. 8 with capital murd...

 

Police investigates this year's 18th homicide in Topeka

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a northeast Kansas man. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 44-year-old Kenneth Leray Vetaw was found dead Saturday. Authorities say his injuries are consistent with gunshot...

 

Cost of Tulsa jail death lawsuit continues to add up

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) — Costs to Tulsa County taxpayers are continuing to add up as a civil rights lawsuit continues. The Tulsa World reports the county has spent more than $430,000 on the lawsuit that stemmed from the October 2011 jail death of...

 

Police investigating death of jogger hit by truck in Moore

Moore, Okla. (AP) — Police in Moore say they are investigating after a 29-year-old man was killed while jogging in the Oklahoma City suburb. Authorities said Robert Andrew Griffioen was hit by a vehicle Sunday evening. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy...

 

Mental exam sought for man accused of Oklahoma bomb plot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An attorney for a man accused of attempting to detonate what he believed was an explosives-laden van outside an Oklahoma City bank wants a hearing to determine whether he is competent to be tried on a federal charge. The...

 

Brownback: Kansas to boost prison pay amid staff shortages

EL DORADO, Kan. (AP) — Workers at Kansas state prisons will get pay hikes in the wake of inmate disturbances that have drawn public attention to staff shortages at the facilities, Gov. Sam Brownback announced Thursday. Uniformed officers across...

 

Kansas man found guilty of threatening to spit on pizza

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of a restaurant in central Kansas has been found guilty of threatening to spit on a customer's pizza. Twenty-seven-year-old Jacob Ohnmacht was found guilty Wednesday of threatening to contaminate food. Trial...

 

Tulsa mayor announces plan to build city jail

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials are planning to build a city-run jail with operating costs estimated at $1.2 million a year. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum announced plans for the facility Wednesday, saying the move will also serve as a cost-saving...

 

The Latest: Expert says Arkansas may have good drug supply

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Latest on Arkansas' plan to execute inmate Jack Greene and possibly others (all times local): 3:15 p.m. After putting four men to death in April before one of its lethal injection drugs expired, Arkansas says it is...

 

Kansas couple gets probation after money laundering scheme

MEADE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple was sentenced to three years of probation for laundering millions of dollars in suspected drug money through their small-town bank. The Hutchinson News reports 71-year-old George Enns and his 69-year-old wife,...

 

Oklahoma man charged with murder in 1988 cold case

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been indicted in the death of a woman whose remains were discovered in a river in the northeast part of the state almost 30 years ago. On Thursday, the state's multicounty grand jury charged James Ray...

 

Authorities investigating Oklahoma officer's use of force

WEATHERFORD, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says its agents are investigating a western Oklahoma officer who fired a nonlethal bean-bag round at a man who then fatally shot himself. The OSBI says police in Weatherford were...

 

Police say camouflage suit linked Oklahoma teen to slaying

CORDELL, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a 14-year-old boy accused in the fatal shooting of an Oklahoma woman was linked to the killing by a camouflage "ghillie suit" typically worn by hunters. The boy was arrested this week on complaints of...

 

Oklahoma Attorney General to seek rehearing in murder case

Oklahoma City (AP) — The Oklahoma Attorney General's Office plans to ask a federal appeals court to reconsider a ruling that determined a man convicted of murder in state court should have been tried in federal court in part because he's Native...

 

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