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 By JIM SUHR    Regional    August 20, 2017

Zoo gorilla dies of cancer, days after constipation surgery

Kansas City, Mo. (AP) — A 49-year-old lowland gorilla at the Topeka Zoo in Kansas died Sunday after tests revealed she had late-stage ovarian cancer that had spread, four days after undergoing surgery for constipation. The zoo said in a statement t...

 

Woman drowns while swimming in eastern Oklahoma pond

Webbers Falls, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman has drowned while swimming in an eastern Oklahoma pond. The OHP says 31-year-old Chelsee Cato of Gore drowned Sunday. A police report says Cato was swimming in a pond about four... Full story

 

Truck crash closes interstate near Kansas City overnight

Overland Park, Kan. (AP) — Police say a fiery crash of a semi-trailer truck will close one direction of Interstate 435 near Kansas City through mid-morning Thursday. Overland Park police say the crash occurred about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday when the...

 

Texas A&M abruptly cancels planned white nationalist rally

Austin, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M University late Monday abruptly canceled a planned white supremacist rally on its campus next month, amid bipartisan pressure from state lawmakers who said hatred should be rejected in all forms — despite First... Full story

 

Kansas vicar reflects on her life

ULYSSES, Kan. (AP) — The vicar of the southwest sounds like the next Masterpiece Theater mystery. However, the title belongs to Mother Carolyn Ballinger - a real vicar - who went from being a clinical psychologist in Seattle to becoming an...

 

Kansas City debater's life to turn into movie

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Ryan Wash, a fiery debater from Kansas City's urban core whose unconventional style helped him win an unprecedented two national debating championships, is getting the big screen motion picture treatment. And, boy, do we...

 
 By Anna Brett    Regional    August 11, 2017

Columbia workshop brings together 'hackers and makers'

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Matt Little bought an old, motorized wheelchair online, detached it from its base, hooked it up to a remote controller and attached it to a lawn mower. Now, he has a remote control lawnmower. In his first test, the motor...

 

Loved ones remember Wichita Marine killed in plane crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Marine Corps has confirmed that a Wichita man was one of three Marines lost when their aircraft crashed off the coast of Australia. Cpl. Nathan Ordway, 21, was the crew chief of the MV-22 Osprey that crashed while...

 

Oklahoma boys use raggedy field for baseball dreams

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Wearing a fluorescent orange shirt that rivaled the vibrancy of the pink cast on his left arm, Kaden Twyman marched to the plate with a bat held only in his right hand. After watching a couple pitches and missing a couple...

 

New radio show begins in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new comedy and music radio program is beginning this weekend in Kansas. Kansas Radio Theatre will air on more than 10 radio stations across the state, from Goodland to Salina to Wichita, The Wichita Eagle reported . The...

 

Oklahoma City woman, 103, still living life to fullest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It is a 100-degree day and Mozelle Richardson, 103 of Oklahoma City, sits on her couch with windows open and enjoys a tennis match on the television. "Never be afraid to do things," Mozelle said. She is currently learning...

 

Oklahoma man dead after boat collision on Lake Wister

Oklahoma man dead after boat collision on Lake Wister OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is investigating after a boat collision on Lake Wister left one man dead and another injured. The patrol says in a preliminary report that...

 
 By Amy Bickel    Regional    August 4, 2017

Faith remains strong in small Kansas town

WILLOWDALE, Kan. (AP) — The few outsiders traveling down this two-lane Kingman Country road will happen upon a ghost town that has met the same fate as many that dot Kansas. The little community of 30-some residents — if that — no longer has a...

 

Longtime Kansas ranch for troubled boys to be torn down

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Sedgwick County Commission had decided to tear down a longtime ranch for troubled boys. The commission voted Wednesday to approve contracts to remove asbestos and then demolish the Judge Riddel Boys Ranch near Goddard. The...

 

Remote school teaches people how to drive a steam train

CHAMA, N.M. (AP) — In the thick of swirling plumes of coal-fired smoke and greasy engine parts, 11 men, mostly middle-aged and clad in blue overalls and steel-toed boots, are getting ready for a day of class. Everyone's standing in the tiny rail vi...

 
 By Josh Rouse    Regional    July 30, 2017

Oklahoma museum shows Old West through journalists' eyes

HOBART, Okla. (AP) — The newest traveling exhibit at the General Tommy Franks Leadership Institute and Museum chronicles the Native Americans of the Old West through the eyes of newspaper correspondents. "When the West was opened up and a lot of pe...

 

Hundreds attend funeral for patrolman killed by patrol car

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds gathered at the University of Oklahoma to remember a state trooper who died after he was struck by another patrolman's car during a chase. Lt. D. Heath Meyer died July 24 at a hospital where he was taken after being...

 

Firefighters douse hot spots after massive Oklahoma fire

WAGONER, Okla. (AP) — Firefighters have worked to put out hot spots after a massive fire destroyed several historic buildings in northeast Oklahoma. Wagoner Fire Department officials say the fire Sunday burned five buildings in the downtown area....

 
 By Aisha Sultan    Regional    July 28, 2017

Missouri woman gets new smile after years of bullying

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pat McGee noticed her daughter had not returned to the oral surgeon's waiting room shortly before her surgery was supposed to start. She walked to the nearest bathroom and found Jessica McDaniels, 32, outside the stall, crying....

 

How to look for Kansas chalk pyramids

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — For nine months Matt Bain has wandered a seeming endless labyrinth of blonde-colored stone. He's walked narrow rock ridges with vertical sides, and stared up at free-standing spires that rise more than 100 feet with tops only...

 
 By Amy Bickel    Regional    July 28, 2017

88-year-old rebuilds home after Kansas wildfire

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — Don Gerstner saw it as a sign from God. At age 87, he considered retiring from his carpentry trade. He thought about it a few times before, but the phone always kept ringing. So when his home and barn burned to the...

 
 By Eric Wiley    Regional    July 28, 2017

Missouri car show to feature vintage Rambler

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Salinan Sean Fischer has adored cars "since I was old enough to say the word car," he said. His favorite type of car is the one that not everybody else has. That's why it's no surprise that he owns one of the rarest muscle cars...

 

Report: Failure to yield caused Kansas train collision

READING, Kan. (AP) — Kansas highway officials say a collision between an Amtrak train and a semitrailer pulling cattle occurred due to the driver's failure to yield to the train. A report from the Kansas Highway Patrol says the train wasn't able...

 

Man rescued after fall at Wichita grain bin

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita emergency responders rescued a man who was critically injured after he fell about 20 feet inside a grain bin. Deputy Fire Chief Brad Crisp says the man suffered multiple injuries when he fell Wednesday morning at the...

 
 By Kathy Hanks    Regional    July 26, 2017

Trump's Russian connection discussed in Moscow ... Kansas

MOSCOW, Kan. (AP) — As a crow flies, this southwest Kansas town is about 5,579 miles from Moscow, Russia. Its 310 residents could fill one small apartment building in the Russian capital of 13.2 million people. There really isn't anything the two M...

 

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