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 By Eva Parziale    Regional    June 28, 2017

Sightseeing on a 500-mile-a-day road trip? You can do it!

BRYCE CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Utah (AP) — I drove across the country for the first time in 1984, alone in a car without air conditioning and a radio that stopped working as I crossed into Texas. I took my second cross-country road trip this year,...

 
 By James Neal    Regional    June 25, 2017

Man reflects on service in Oklahoma and India

ENID, Okla. (AP) — When the Rev. Rajesh Mankena was assigned to leave his home in India to serve the Catholic Church in Oklahoma, he wasn't sure what to expect. Now, he oversees social services for 50 parishes back in India, but still returns...

 

Oklahoma City Ballet gets new space

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At the 2016 Summer Intensive, one of Oklahoma City Ballet's restrooms stopped working. More than 100 students had to be bused to different restaurants to use their facilities. "At that time, the board and the staff realized...

 

Kansas nun eager to see slain brother become a saint

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas nun said she is surprised that her slain brother could become a saint, but that it "couldn't happen to a nicer guy." Marita Rother tells her hometown Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2svwQhD ) that her brother, Stanley...

 
 By Darla Spike    Regional    June 25, 2017

Refugee family opens up on coming to Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nassil Abdullah galloped sideways, her sneakers toeing the faded blue boundary line of the soccer field. "Go! Go! Go!" she screamed, her cries cutting through the noise of several youth soccer games on a cloudless Saturday...

 

American Airlines employees create butterfly way station

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Who knew a work center for heavy maintenance on aircraft could go gaga for a flower garden highlighted by a lot of weeds. Just call it an industrial butterfly flower garden. The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2rSq9mi ) reports that...

 

Dozens of state artifacts prepped for 100-year time capsule

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Native American flute, official state lapel pins and a turkey call from the Oklahoma lieutenant governor's annual turkey shoot are among the items being placed in a 100-year time capsule to be buried at the state Capitol....

 

Sale of $25M in bonds approved for state pop culture museum

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An oversight council has approved the sale of $25 million in bonds to begin building the Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, a massive facility that will showcase actors, singers, writers and others with ties to the state....

 

3 from Oklahoma family killed in Texas traffic accident

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Investigators say three relatives from Oklahoma died when their SUV bound for Houston rolled in a three-vehicle Central Texas wreck. The Texas Department of Public Safety says the accident happened early Saturday on...

 
 By Jaime Adame    Regional    June 18, 2017

Arkansas agency gets back tribal artifacts

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — After being unearthed decades ago in various archaeological digs around the state, hundreds of bowls and other objects have been returned in recent months to American Indian tribes by the Arkansas Archaeological Survey,...

 

Oklahoma filmmakers need in-state production

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state rebate is nice, but Oklahoma filmmakers still have to send production-related work outside state lines, they said. Filmmaker Ryan Bellgardt with Boiling Point Media showed his film Gremlin at deadCenter Film Festival...

 
 By Carla Hinton    Regional    June 18, 2017

Oklahoma man goes from farm boy to sainthood

OKARCHE, Okla. (AP) — The teen couldn't wait to tell his family and friends about the revelation that came to him as he was driving a tractor one afternoon on his family's property in this tight-knit farming community with German roots. Stanley Rot...

 
 By Joe Holley    Regional    June 16, 2017

Former chicken farm in West Texas becomes artistic hot spot

SAN ANGELO, Texas (AP) — In 1971, Roger Allen was teaching art at San Angelo Central High School and looking for a piece of property where he could live cheaply, make pottery and not worry about his studio being torn down by landlords with...

 

Millennials seek neighbors for new community in Kansas City

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Dan Edwards is the nervous one. He's the 30-year-old who owns 38 brush-swarmed vacant lots in Kansas City's Wendell Phillips Neighborhood on the East Side, talking about big plans he knows some residents will fear, doubt or...

 
 By Beccy Tanner    Regional    June 16, 2017

'In Cold Blood' prosecutor in Kansas calls book 'garbage'

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Duane West never goes too long without phone calls and visits from reporters wanting to know his version of the story. It has been nearly six decades since four murders on a family farm — which became the basis for the...

 

Kansas museum to showcase Amelia Earhart plane duplicate

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — A nonprofit that purchased the last known airplane identical to the one Amelia Earhart flew has announced plans for a new airport facility in Kansas that will serve as a museum to showcase the plane and as a terminal for...

 

Trail of Tears to be marked with historic signs in Arkansas

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — The Trail of Tears has footsteps across Benton and Washington counties, and one group wants to ensure those steps are not forgotten. "We are working with the U.S. National Park Service to specifically mark the Trail of Tea...

 

Mansion built by former Kansas governor sells for $2.3M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A mansion owned by a denounced former leader of a Topeka electric utility and built by a former Kansas governor has sold for $2.3 million. The Topeka Capital-Journal (http://bit.ly/2r2yiUO ) reports that Michael and Kathryn...

 
 By Jim Suhr    Regional    June 4, 2017

Museum honoring daredevil Evel Knievel opens in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Kansas museum is giving enthusiasts of late motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel a jump on appreciating his death-defying, bone-breaking exploits. The $5-million, 13,000-square-foot homage to the hard-living man who...

 

Kansas program to help immigrants navigate driving exams

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is launching a project to help immigrants in one meatpacking town get driver's licenses, by offering them free translators when they take their exams. Meatpacking plants, the largest employers in western Kansas, have...

 
 By Chloe Moores    Regional    June 4, 2017

Oklahoman becomes video game champion, wins $150K

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Off Oklahoma Highway 88, down a long gravel driveway, sits a house with a porch almost covered in cats. The house looks like just another home you would find on the side of an Oklahoma highway — except one of its...

 

200-mile Kansas bike race has grown into major event

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — About 2,500 people are expected to take off early Saturday on a 200-mile bicycle race through the Flint Hills. The Wichita Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/2sxlaZ9 ) the Dirty Kanza race started 12 years ago go with 36 riders but...

 

Autopsy: Toddler electrocuted at Kansas carnival by fencing

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An autopsy report concludes that a toddler fatally injured at a carnival in Wichita, Kansas, died after grabbing an electrically charged fence. The report cited Tuesday by the Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2rS8cZ8 ) says...

 

Car hits, injures woman as she attempts to rescue ducklings

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police are urging people to not follow the lead of a Wichita woman who was struck by a car after stepping onto a street in an attempt to rescue a line of ducklings. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2rBaefX ) reports that the...

 

Muskogee woman helps kids through 4-H Club

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Marcella Bynum recalled wanting to be a nurse when she grew up. "My mom died of cancer when I was 14, and I saw the way nurses took care of her," Bynum said. However, Bynum found new interests — and new ways to care — as...

 

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