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Kansas county commissioner seeks dismissal of indictment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County commissioner accused of misspending more than $10,000 in campaign funds and trying to cover it up has asked a judge to dismiss his indictment. A defense filing Friday in the case against Michael O'Donnell...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 14, 2018

St. Louis to end prosecution of low-level marijuana crimes

ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis prosecutors will no longer pursue charges for most low-level marijuana offenses, joining their counterparts in some other cities who have opted to redirect their resources toward more serious crimes. Circuit Attorney Kim...

 

Kobach says he won't change his sometimes brash style

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Kris Kobach said Monday night he has no intention of changing his sometimes brash style if he wins the GOP nomination for governor. Speaking at a Kansas Chamber of Commerce event featuring...

 
 By Joy Hamptom    Regional    June 10, 2018

Oklahoma county seeks more polling workers for elections

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County Election Board officials say with three hotly contested elections coming up, they are in need of more precinct workers. The hours are long and the pay is low, but for many, like Noble resident Tracy Mamone,...

 

Analysis: Bribery claims overshadow Arkansas government

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities...

 
 By JOY HAMPTON    Regional    June 10, 2018

Oklahoma county seeks more polling workers for elections

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Cleveland County Election Board officials say with three hotly contested elections coming up, they are in need of more precinct workers. The hours are long and the pay is low, but for many, like Noble resident Tracy Mamone,...

 

Oklahoma high court mulls challenge to tax for teacher pay

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Attorneys representing Oklahoma teachers say a plan to overturn a package of tax hikes for funding teacher pay raises and public schools is deeply flawed and should be tossed by the state's highest court. The Oklahoma Supreme...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 10, 2018

Kansas to use 'Rep' to distinguish candidate with same name

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Activists in both parties strongly suspect that political skullduggery led to two Kansas candidates with the same first and last name running against each other in a congressional primary, but a state board on Monday faced its...

 

Pruitt aide resigns after she describes personal errands

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a "business opportunity" with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 8, 2018

Candidate chides Kansas governor for not signing tax pledge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican Kris Kobach is making tax cuts a cornerstone of his campaign for Kansas governor and publicly chiding GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer and other rivals for not joining him in signing a pledge not to increase taxes....

 

2 Western senators want to repeal Trump's solar tariffs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from western states joined the legislative fight Thursday to repeal President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels, saying the higher taxes on foreign producers are jeopardizing jobs in the...

 

Republican Gov. Martinez attacks GOP nominee for Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the GOP candidate in a closely watched Congressional race in southern New Mexico may not fairly represent the state. Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday, Rep....

 

ACLU sues Kansas county prosecutor over diversion policies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing a southeast Kansas prosecutor over what the group says is his improper failure to offer diversion agreements to enough offenders. The ACLU filed its lawsuit directly with the state...

 

After controversy, Kansas City transit release documents

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has released documents pertaining to a legal settlement the agency had previously argued were not public information. The ATA contended it was not subject to open records laws...

 

Court: Kobach can be investigated by citizen grand jury

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A citizen grand jury should investigate whether Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach intentionally chose not to process online voter registrations and prevented qualified residents from voting, the state Court of Appeals...

 

New Mexico races could help decide party control of US House

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters selected nominees in two key congressional races that could help determine which party controls the U.S. House and make history in November's general election. Former state Democratic Party leader Debra...

 

Centrist third party falls short on signatures in Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A group of Kansans hoping to form a third party with moderate candidates didn't collect enough signatures to get candidates on this year's ballot but one of the organizers is vowing to continue the effort. Scott Morgan of...

 

New Mexico vote in tight races for 2 Congressional seats

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters will narrow the field Tuesday in two competitive congressional races, including one in a district along the Mexico border involving a GOP-held seat that Democrats have long targeted. The state's other...

 
 By John Hana    Regional    June 6, 2018

Kobach enjoys outrage over his use of replica gun in parade

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach promoted his campaign for Kansas governor during a recent parade by riding for the first time in a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on back — and quickly drew the kind of the social media...

 

Kobach criticized after riding in parade with replica gun

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republican governor candidate Kris Kobach rode in a parade on a jeep with a large replica gun mounted on it, prompting criticism on social media that the display was inappropriate at a time of school shootings. The...

 

Field for Kansas governor's race second-largest since 1908

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — This year's race for Kansas governor has the second-largest field since the state began holding primary elections in 1908. Seven Republicans and five Democrats filed to run by Friday's deadline to be on the Aug. 7 ballot. One...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 3, 2018

Dearth of jobs sets stage for New Mexico governor race

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The business combines satellite readings of the Earth's surface with advanced computing to take clients on deep visual dives into crop yields, deforestation, drought and natural disasters such as wildfires. It's a textbook...

 

Kansas to see turnover in statewide offices, House, ed board

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas will have at least two new statewide elected officials, three new State Board of Education members and 13 Kansas House members next year. Republican incumbents for those offices did not file to run for them again this...

 

16 arrested for blocking door to Kansas governor's office

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol has arrested 16 protesters who blocked access to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer's ceremonial office by sitting outside the door. The people arrested Monday for misdemeanor criminal trespassing were part of...

 

Ballot listing for Kansas candidates with same name attacked

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic congressional candidate is challenging how Kansas plans to distinguish on its primary ballot between two Republicans in the race with the same first and last names. Democrat Laura Lombard filed an objection Monday...

 

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