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 By MONTE WHALEY    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Colorado school resource officers wear multiple hats

DENVER (AP) — Officer Dana Gerber is a mentor, teacher, confidant, in-house parent and the source of a few goofy rumors that keep Pomona High School students wondering and Gerber smiling during his hectic days. The amiable Gerber, a...

 

Family recall shooting victims as funny, loving

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Hardworking. Funny. Loving. Grieving family and friends recalled the endearing qualities of some of the victims of Friday's mass shooting at a Texas high school, as authorities on Saturday released the names of the 10...

 

Statement from Texas school shooting suspect's family

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The family of Texas school shooting suspect Dmitrios Pagourtzis issued the following statement Saturday through their attorneys: "We are saddened and dismayed by yesterday's events at Santa Fe High School. We extend our most...

 
 By LISA MARIE PANE    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Texas shooting renews debate about American school design

Just hours after the nation's latest school shooting, the debate began anew: Are American schools built in a way that makes them easy targets? Are there too many windows, too many entrances and exits and too few security features? The questions...

 
 By ADIL JAWAD    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Father of Pakistani victim in Texas school shooting grieves

KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Abdul Aziz Sheikh sits on the ground floor of his Karachi home surrounded by mourning friends, relatives and local politicians that have come to give their condolences. Composed, he fights back tears. On the floor above,...

 

Gunman blasted through door, lingered for about 30 minutes

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The suspect in the Texas school shooting began his attack by firing a shotgun through an art classroom door, shattering a glass pane and sending panicked students to the entryway to block him from getting inside, witnesses...

 
 By ROXANA HEGEMAN    Regional    May 20, 2018 

Faculty alleges Kansas college head forged hostile workplace

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Garden City Community College trustees are searching for an independent investigator to look into faculty allegations that the college's president has created a hostile workplace and has jeopardized the college's accreditation,...

 

Lawsuit: Expelled Arkansas student's free speech violated

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal lawsuit says a northwest Arkansas school district violated a student's right to free speech when expelling him for posting a photo of himself on social media holding a firearm. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette...

 

Denver police criticized for school search for suspect

DENVER (AP) — Denver school officials are criticizing police for the way officers searched for a high school for a student wanted in a shooting. The search happened April 24 at the largely-minority Rise Up Community School. Principal Lucas Ketzer...

 

New Kansas mural celebrates Brown v. Board of Education

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Statehouse has a new mural commemorating the landmark Brown v. Topeka Board of Education ruling that struck down racial segregation in public schools. The mural was unveiled Thursday on the 64th anniversary of the...

 

University of Kansas seeks 3 percent hike in tuition, fees

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is seeking a 3 percent hike in tuition and fees that would make one semester of undergrad education cost nearly $5,600. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the university presented the plan...

 

Teen held in Texas attack is said to have used father's guns

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas student charged in the school shooting at Santa Fe High School described planning the attack in private journals, including a plan to kill himself, posted an image on Facebook of a "Born to Kill" shirt and used his...

 

Gunman opens fire in Texas high school, killing 10 people

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — A 17-year-old armed with a shotgun and a pistol opened fire at a Houston-area high school Friday, killing 10 people, most of them students, authorities said. It was the nation's deadliest such attack since the massacre in...

 

Oklahoma teacher's aide accused of being high at work

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Police have arrested a teacher's aide in central Oklahoma after allegations she was high on meth during work. Edmond Police arrested 42-year-old Amanda Greenfield this week for public intoxication, possession of a controlled...

 

Police: New Mexico woman hid gun at elementary school

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico woman is accused of hiding a handgun on the grounds of an elementary school. The Daily Times of Farmington, New Mexico, reports 25-year-old Brooke Showers was arrested in Aztec last week following an investigation...

 

Wichita State University announces $12M donation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University says a Wichita couple is donating $12 million, representing in the single largest cash gift to the school. The university said in a news release Wednesday that oil producer Wayne Woolsey and his wife,...

 
 By ALI LINAN    Regional    May 17, 2018

NMSU's Garrey Carruthers reflects on time as chancellor

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — It was instilled in Garrey Carruthers at a young age that education was the ticket out of poverty. Growing up on a small dairy farm in Aztec, Carruthers said he recalls milking cows, mowing hay and hauling the milk to the...

 

Texas A&M defends Facebook page amid free speech lawsuit

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas' largest public university is defending its Facebook page after animal-rights activists filed a First Amendment lawsuit over claims the school is censoring critical comments. Texas A&M University said Wednesday...

 

Oklahoma school swapping Robert E. Lee name for another Lee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City education officials say a local school will no longer be named after Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, but one school board member said the new name amounts to "a slap in the face" to black residents. The Oklahoma...

 

Texas schools chief to get $750K in wake of bullying claims

KATY, Texas (AP) — A school district west of Houston will pay more than $750,000 to its superintendent who's resigning at the end of the year in the wake of allegations that he was a bully as a teenager. Details of a contract released Friday by...

 

Chancellor, president picked for New Mexico State University

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — A two-person leadership team will replace Garrey Carruthers when he retires as New Mexico State University chancellor and president. The NMSU regents on Friday announced the selections of Dan Arvizu as chancellor and John...

 

Ex-students worry for ballet's future at Friends University

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Some former students of the ballet program at Friends University say the sudden departure of its founders raises questions about the program's future. Stan Rogers recently confirmed he will leave the university after the...

 

Kansas State Polytechnic offers robotics, automation degrees

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus in Salina is offering new degree options. The Salina Journal report s beginning in the fall, the school will offer a bachelor of science in robotics and automation engineering...

 

Insight School of Oklahoma to Hold In-Person Graduation Ceremony

MIDWEST CITY, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 14, 2018--Insight School of Oklahoma (ISOK), a full-time online public charter school serving students in grades 7-12, will celebrate the Class of 2018 at an in-person graduation ceremony on Thursday, May...

 

Kansas legalizes self-serve beer taps, loosens alcohol laws

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is loosening up its laws on brews and booze by authorizing self-serve beer taps, allowing longer hours for bars and taverns and legalizing candy laced with alcohol. Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill Monday that...

 

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