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Fire at vacant Oklahoma City high-rise causes no injuries

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For the second time in as many months, Oklahoma City firefighters have responded to a fire inside a vacant downtown high-rise building. More than 60 workers were evacuated Saturday when a small fire broke out at the 33-story...

 

World War II aircraft restored and returned to Midwest City

MIDWEST CITY, Okla. (AP) — After playing a crucial role in World War II and years lying derelict in a school parking lot, an Oklahoma-built C-47 Skytrain is finally coming home. Tail no. 42-92838 came off the assembly line at the Douglas Aircraft...

 

Kansas woman, 103, defies dementia stereotypes

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Dorothy Plummer is 103 years old and has been diagnosed with dementia, but someone forgot to tell her that meant it was time to slow down. Plummer is the youngest of 15 children and a mother to three sons. She's a dancer...

 

Tattoos may be key to identity of woman found in Kansas lake

INDEPENDENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a woman found floating in a southeast Kansas lake as a homicide. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said in Facebook post that hunters found the woman Thursday about a...

 

Atheists use images of Santa, reindeer to promote gathering

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Santa is helping deliver a national atheist group's message promoting its upcoming convention in Oklahoma City. The American Atheists organization says advertising with Christmas imagery on billboards in 'the buckle of the...

 

Poll finds many Harvey victims saying they still need help

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than three months after Hurricane Harvey walloped Texas, many affected residents say they're still not getting help they need and President Donald Trump is getting low marks for his handling of the disaster, according to...

 

Residents of Freeport remember Kansas' smallest city

FREEPORT, Kan. (AP) — The conversation varied at the old bank building, where 15 folks gathered around a table for the most recent Freeport coffee. Some talked about the cotton harvest. Others admired the newly paved road - and first ever - which...

 

Oklahoma halfway house contract canceled after inmate death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Lax oversight of inmates at a halfway house in Oklahoma City, including one inmate whose charred remains were discovered in a burned vehicle last month, led state prison officials to cancel its contract with the facility's...

 

Kansas cafe keeps town running with Swedish food

OLSBURG, Kan. (AP) — The holidays are fast approaching, and that's good news for Erin Gutsch, proprietor of the Farmhouse cafe and grocery store in this Pottawatomie County hamlet of 219 people. Last year marked another successful holiday season...

 

Military IDs 100 killed on USS Oklahoma in Pearl Harbor

HONOLULU (AP) — The military has identified 100 sailors and Marines killed when the USS Oklahoma capsized during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor 76 years ago, officials said Friday. The milestone comes two years after the Defense POW/MIA...

 

Authorities: 2 bodies found in eastern Oklahoma identified

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities have identified the remains of a man and woman who were reported missing in eastern Oklahoma. KFOR-TV reports the remains have been identified as those of 81-year-old Virgil Ingraham and 84-year-old Rowena...

 

Father tried to save child who died in a Wichita house fire

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A neighbor says that a Wichita father tried to save his 2-year-old daughter from a house fire, but couldn't rescue her in time. Nancy Titchenor tells the Wichita Eagle that the father ran outside the burning house Friday...

 
 By TOM FINK    Regional    November 26, 2017

Oklahoma mail carrier responds to letters to Santa

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Around the world, Santa Claus has been called many things. Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, Sinterklaas, Pere Noel, and Babbo Natale are just a few of the names by which Santa is known. This...

 

Person in wheelchair killed by vehicle in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a person in a wheelchair died after being struck by a vehicle on a city street in southwest Oklahoma City. Police say the person was crossing the street about 7:45 p.m. Friday and died after being taken to a...

 

Generous Oklahoma deputy assists family affected by fire

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — A husband and wife were traveling through Rogers County when something in their vehicle sparked, causing an electrical fire. The fire quickly spread and burned most of their belongings inside the vehicle. The family was...

 

Texans displaced by Harvey readjust plans for holiday feast

HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded...

 

Firefighters prepare to rescue Santa from Lawrence rooftop

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are preparing for their annual rescue of Santa Claus from a downtown Lawrence rooftop. Santa is expected to "land" Friday night (Nov. 24) on the roof of Weaver's Department Store. Firefighters then will use a...

 

Oklahoma National Guard soldiers from Ukraine deployment

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. (AP) — About half of the estimated 500 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers who deployed to Ukraine have returned home. Approximately 250 soldiers with the 1st Battalion, 279th Infantry Regiment, 45th Infantry Brigade Combat Team...

 

Shoes, bags, even dentures lost at Burning Man await owners

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Lindsay Weiss once lost her cellphone and got it back, so she and a friend knew what they had to do when they discovered a camera during the Burning Man festival in the Nevada desert — even though it meant giving up their covete...

 

Driver dies when deer hit by another car smashes hers

MEDICINE LODGE, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old Kansas woman has died after a deer struck by another car on Thanksgiving Day became airborne and smashed into her car. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the victim was Gracie Burenheide of Attica. The...

 

Child dies in a Wichita house fire; father hospitalized

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a child has been found dead inside a Wichita home after a house fire. The Wichita Eagle reports that the fire started early Friday in the northeast part of the city. Wichita Fire Department Chief Tammy Snow...

 

Holiday train begins tour through several states

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A festive holiday train is preparing to start its trip through Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. The Kansas City Southern Holiday Express Train begins its journey Friday in Victoria, Texas. After...

 

Kansas mausoleum may be restored amid historic status

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — After decades of asking people to move the remains of their relatives out of the deteriorating Oak Hill Cemetery mausoleum, the city of Lawrence is hoping for a different approach — ensuring the remains can stay. The...

 

On Thanksgiving, family hurt by Harvey counts its blessings

HOUSTON (AP) — The kitchen where George and Arva Dorsey prepare an 18-dish feast every Thanksgiving has been stripped of everything but its granite countertops, standing on their own with no appliances below. The house they renovated and expanded...

 

Investigators release cause of Oklahoma wreck that killed 5

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has released the cause of a crash that killed five students from Northeastern State University earlier this year. In a report issued Wednesday, investigators say the Sept. 17 wreck near Tahlequah...

 

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