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 By TIM HRENCHIR    Regional    June 17, 2018 

Kansas brothers repair paddle boat involved in 1978 disaster

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — "The Whippoorwill" was the name of the flat-bottomed boat struck by a small tornado 40 years ago during the deadliest water disaster in Kansas history. Still, as they prepare to put the massive vessel back in the water after mor...

 
 By KENTON BROOKS    Regional    June 17, 2018 

Body shop owner preserves building's bottling history

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A Muskogee businessman is doing his part in keeping history alive — one soda bottle at a time. That may be unusual, but it's part of the way that Robert Lawson and his wife Angie are keeping the history of their building al...

 
 By FRANK LOCKWOOD    Regional    June 17, 2018 

2 Arkansas students to join US Merchant Marine Academy

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — Most Americans have heard of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, and the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. The U.S. Air Force Academy near Colorado Springs, Colorado, is also nationally renowned....

 

Study: Kansas develops new accent as demographics shift

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As the Latino population grows in southwest Kansas, its residents are beginning to talk with a new accent — even those who do not speak Spanish, a study has found. Kansas State University said in a news release the research...

 

Relatives lose lawsuit over Douglas County jail death

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Relatives of a woman who died in a Douglas County jail cell have lost their federal wrongful death lawsuit against the county and the sheriff. Joseph Harvey, the father of 32-year-old Rachel Hammers, sued on behalf of...

 

Autopsy: Oklahoma child who died had enlarged heart

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A new autopsy report says a 9-year-old Oklahoma girl who died after losing consciousness at school had an enlarged heart. The Tulsa World reports that the state Medical Examiner's Office released its autopsy report Tuesday for...

 

Pope appoints new bishop for Salina diocese

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Pope Francis has announced that Monsignor Gerald Vincke will be the new bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Salina. The pope made the announcement Wednesday. Vincke's ordination and installation will be announced later, the Salina...

 

Firefighter, 4 others badly hurt in Oklahoma gas line blast

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma firefighter who was among five people injured in an explosion after a natural gas pipeline rupture in Tulsa was in stable condition Friday, a fire department spokesman said. Capt. Stan May said Capt. Greg Delozier,...

 

Body of teenager recovered from northeastern Oklahoma lake

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — The body of a Muskogee teenager who disappeared in a northeastern Oklahoma lake has been recovered. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of 18-year-old Cody Hancock was recovered Friday morning from Lake Tenkiller,...

 

Oklahoma tribes to provide statue for Marshals Museum

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The Five Civilized Tribes of Oklahoma will contribute to the U.S. Marshals Museum in Arkansas a statue of a native lighthorseman who worked with federal marshals to keep order in the Indian Territory. The Arkansas...

 

SUV driver killed in collision with Oklahoma school bus

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in northeastern Oklahoma say the driver of an SUV has died in a collision with a school bus. Officials say no students were injured in the crash about noon Tuesday. Tulsa Police Department spokeswoman Jeanne...

 

Officials identify body as that of missing Oklahoma man

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A body discovered in a pickup truck recovered from Lake Thunderbird has been identified as that of a missing Norman man. Amy Elliott of the State Medical Examiner's Office said Tuesday the body is that of 74-year-old Charles...

 

George H.W. Bush becomes 1st US president to turn 94

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (AP) — George H.W. Bush enjoyed a relaxing birthday on Tuesday as he became the first former U.S. president to turn 94. The nation's 41st president was receiving calls and taking it easy at his seaside home eight days after...

 

Fort Riley warns of loud training exercises in coming weeks

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Fort Riley is warning residents near the fort in Manhattan to be ready for a lot of noise on certain days up to June 19. The fort said in news release it will be conducting a training exercise involving small arm fire,...

 

Kansas Eisenhower museum renovation to be completed by 2019

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — Renovation of the 25,000-square-foot (2322-sq. meter) Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Abilene, Kansas is underway with plans to reopen in 2019. The museum is scheduled to reopen on the 75th anniversary of the...

 

37 dogs rescued from trailer home in Kansas

OLPE, Kan. (AP) — Animal shelter workers and sheriff's deputies have rescued 37 small dogs from a trailer home in central Kansas after someone reported finding one dead dog and another extremely sick one in a nearby dumpster. Lyon County sheriff's...

 
 By SILAS ALLEN    Regional    June 10, 2018

Oklahoma suicide rates high among young veterans

CRESCENT, Okla. (AP) — Hours before dawn on a March morning in 2015, Josh Holley woke to his worried mother knocking on his bedroom door. Your brother's downstairs in the bathroom, she told him. He's sick, and he's yelling. When Josh found his...

 

Sheriff: 5-year-old wounded in accidental Kansas shooting

ISABEL, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a sibling has accidentally shot a 5-year-old girl in her left arm in southern Kansas. Pratt County Sheriff James White says the shooting happened Wednesday morning in the southeast part of the county. The...

 

Woman dies of kick from horse at Oklahoma racetrack

CLAREMORE, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a woman has died after she was kicked in the chest by a horse at Will Rogers Downs racetrack near Claremore. KOTV-TV reports that 42-year-old Jennifer Peterson of Beggs died Tuesday night at a Claremore...

 

Kansas newspaper editor, publisher Dick Buzbee dies at 86

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Dick Buzbee, former editor and publisher of The Hutchinson News and Olathe Daily News in Kansas, has died from brain cancer. He was 86. Buzbee's family said he died Wednesday morning in a Wichita hospital. He began a 35-year...

 

Kansas officials declare measles outbreak officially over

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas health officials say the state's worst measles outbreak in almost 30 years is officially over. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday a measles outbreak that began at a Johnson County daycare in...

 

Kansas man doesn't regret giving up $1 million ticket

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who returned a $1 million lottery ticket to a customer who left it on a store counter says he has no regrets about giving up the prize money. Kal Patel, whose parents own the Pit Stop convenience store in Salina,...

 

Judge: Texas school district can exhume unmarked graves

SUGAR LAND, Texas (AP) — Nearly 100 unmarked graves near Houston believed to contain the century-old remains of imprisoned African-Americans will be exhumed after workers building a school discovered the gravesites. A judge on Monday gave the Fort...

 

Memorial highways designated to honor fallen Kansas officers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Ten stretches of Kansas roadways are being designated as memorial highways to honor fallen Kansas law enforcement officers. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the memorial designations were authorized in a bill that Kansas...

 

New Kansas children's home might ease foster care pressure

WELLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of a new children's home in Wellington say they hope it will help alleviate the shortage of beds for foster children in Kansas. The Wichita Eagle reports when AAHN had its ribbon cutting in May, it already housed 11...

 

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