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 By JAY REEVES    Regional    January 14, 2018 

Southern states join to promote civil rights tourism

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Southern states that once fought to maintain racial segregation are now banding together to promote civil rights tourism at sites including the building where the Confederacy was born and the motel where Dr. Martin Luther...

 

Police: New Mexico student wrote note about school shooting

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A northwestern New Mexico high school student is facing charges after writing a threatening message about a school shooting. Police say a 16-year-old Piedra Vista High School student was arrested this week after staff found...

 

Ex-Olathe teacher pleads guilty to relationship with student

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former Olathe School teacher and coach has admitted to having a sexual relationship with a student. Michael Jasiczek pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to two federal charges involving having sex with a student over...

 

Oil industry group challenges petition for teacher raises

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma oil and gas industry group has challenged a proposed state question that seeks to give teachers a $4,000 pay raise by equalizing gross production taxes on oil and gas wells. The Oklahoma Independent Petroleum...

 

Class canceled after fire destroys school buses in Oklahoma

WYANDOTTE, Okla. (AP) — Classes have been canceled in a northeast Oklahoma town near the Missouri border after fire ravaged a school bus fleet. The Miami (MY-AM'-uh) News-Record reports at least 10 of Wyandotte Public Schools' 15 buses were...

 

Man convicted in shooting death of teen near high school

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri man has been convicted in the shooting death of a 16-year-old near his high school. The Jackson County prosecutor's office says jurors found 21-year-old Tymon Reed, of Kearney, guilty on Thursday of...

 

TV show sends 7 adults undercover to a Kansas high school

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The country is about to get an intimate look at what it's like to be in high school these days through the eyes of seven young adults who went back to school in Kansas — undercover. During the spring semester of 2017, the...

 

Survey: Bullying among reasons students pick virtual schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A survey has found that many Oklahoma students who've enrolled in a virtual charter school left their previous school because of bullying or problems with school administration. The study was commissioned by the Oklahoma...

 

'Little Rock Nine' member writes book detailing experience

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One of the nine black teenagers who were escorted to Central High School in Little Rock by federal troops 60 years ago has written a book about her role in the school's racial desegregation. Elizabeth Eckford and...

 

Records: 5 football players admit roles in boy's sex assault

BIXBY, Okla. (AP) — New court documents show five Oklahoma high school football players admitted to taking part in the sexual assault of a teammate that prosecutors say wasn't promptly reported. Written statements from the Bixby High School...

 

Thunder chairman reappointed to OU Board of Regents

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has reappointed Oklahoma City businessman Clay Bennett to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Bennett is president of the private investment firm Dorchester Capital and is chairman of the NBA's...

 

University of Missouri officials still push for diversity

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri's Columbia campus still has a ways to go in hiring diverse faculty despite recent improvement, university officials said. System President Mun Choi and University of Missouri Chancellor...

 

Lawsuit against man charged in university shooting settled

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A man charged with a deadly shooting at Northern Arizona University has settled a negligence lawsuit against him and his parents. Steven Jones has said he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 20-year-old Colin Brough...

 

Kansas governor proposes $600M boost to school aid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback proposed Tuesday that the state phase in a $600 million increase in spending on public schools over five years in hopes of meeting a court mandate, without telling legislators how he would pay for it....

 

University of Oklahoma gymnast says sports doctor abused her

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A University of Oklahoma gymnast and former Olympic hopeful says she is among more than 100 women and girls who say they are victims of sexual abuse by a now-imprisoned Michigan sports doctor. OU sophomore Maggie Nichols said...

 

New Mexico teacher develops braille code for Navajo

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) — A public school teacher in a New Mexico town situated near the country's largest American Indian reservation has developed a braille code for the Navajo language. Carol Green, who began developing vision problems as a child...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 7, 2018

Kansas lawmakers face vexing school funding puzzle

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers opened their annual session Monday facing a court mandate to boost spending on public schools but with little appetite to do what might be necessary to pay for it. The Republican-controlled Legislature had...

 

Fowl weather friends: Arkansas students print 3-D duck leg

ARMOREL, Ark. (AP) — Eighth-grade science students have used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic leg for a duck found without a foot shortly after he hatched. The students in northeastern Arkansas created the leg at Armorel High School's...

 

Police: Pledges burned, hazed at since-closed fraternity

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A police report shows pledges at a Texas Christian University fraternity underwent hazing that included being burnt with lighters, blindfolded and locked in closets. The report obtained by Fort Worth television station...

 

University launches investigation into fetal tissue transfer

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center is investigating the transfer of fetal tissue by a faculty member to a private medical research company in Michigan. Health Sciences Center spokeswoman Alex Sanchez...

 

OSDE releases first public draft of academic standards for computer science

OKLAHOMA CITY – In releasing the first public draft of academic standards for computer science, the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) moves the state closer to joining only nine other states in the nation with computer science...

 

Ex-student at John Brown accused in explosives threat

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A former student at John Brown University has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge involving the use of explosives. Timothy Constantin, 20, was charged Tuesday in Benton County with criminal acts involving explosives. He w...

 

Kansas elementary school ends Bible giveaways

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A public elementary school in Kansas is ending the free distribution of Bibles to students after complaints about the practice violating the constitutional separation of church and state. Herington Elementary School's giveaway...

 

First female president of Malawi to speak at Kansas State

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A woman living in exile after spending two years as president of the east African country of Malawi is speaking at Kansas State University. Joyce Banda's Jan 29 appearance is open to the public. Banda was the Republic of...

 

Universities that do and don't track student suicides

Close to half of the nation's largest public universities do not track suicide deaths among their students, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press. Through public records requests, the AP asked the 100 largest public universities in...

 

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