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Oklahoma Legislature has special session; no deal reached

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature returned to the Capitol Monday for the start of a special legislative session to address a $215 million shortfall in the state budget, but have not yet reached a deal on exactly how to plug the revenue...

 

Richardson puts $1M into his Oklahoma governor's bid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tulsa attorney Gary Richardson says he's putting $1 million of his own money into his race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma governor in 2018. Richardson said in a news release during the weekend he's making the...

 

The Latest: Oklahoma House, Senate convene special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a special session of the Oklahoma Legislature to patch a $215 million hole in the state budget (all times local): 1:35 p.m. The Oklahoma House and Senate have convened for a special legislative session to find a w...

 

Attorney General Hunter, Oklahoma Press Association to host open records seminars

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter will collaborate with the Oklahoma Press Association to host open records and open meetings seminars in six locations across the state beginning next Thursday, Sept. 28. The seminars are free,...

 

Privatization moved state workers to unsecured office

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The head of Kansas' state employees union and a local lawmaker say a push by Gov. Sam Brownback's administration to privatize state office space left employees vulnerable during a shooting this week at a Department of Revenue...

 

Election officials: Russian hackers probed Oklahoma system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's state computer network was unsuccessfully targeted by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 general election, state election officials confirmed Friday. U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials told state election...

 

Court records: Kansas Commerce secretary forced to resign

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave alleges in court documents that the governor's office pressured him to resign shortly after a business partner sued Soave for fraud and other financial crimes. Soave resigned in...

 

Kobach: Kansas election systems not targeted by hackers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says federal officials have told his office that the state's election systems were not targeted by hackers last year. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified officials in 21...

 

2nd teenager planning to run for Kansas governor

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — A second Kansas teenager says he wants to run for governor next year. Tyler Ruzich, of Prairie Village, who will turn 17 next week, filed campaign papers with the state this week. He is a junior at Shawnee Mission...

 

HHS Secretary Tom Price to visit Pawnee and Cherokee Nations

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is in Oklahoma to meet with members of the Pawnee and Cherokee nations. Secretary Tom Price began a three-day visit to Oklahoma Tuesday as part of the...

 

Newest Oklahoma House member to take oath of office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic schoolteacher who defeated a Republican businessman in a special election for a state House seat in a traditionally GOP district is getting sworn into office. Jacob Rosecrants will take the oath of office...

 

Oklahoma group launches bid for Bill of Rights monument

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two former Oklahoma lawmakers are spearheading a fundraising effort to build a Bill of Rights monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state Capitol. Ex-Republican state Rep. Gary Banz and state Sen. Patrick Anderson launched...

 

Records: 2 knew about porn on Oklahoma lawmaker's computer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At least two people knew about child pornography on former Republican state Sen. Ralph Shortey's computer at the Oklahoma Capitol, but failed to disclose that information to authorities until years later after police reportedly...

 

Kobach's use of private emails for Trump panel questioned

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas Press Association leader and a media attorney are accusing Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach of flouting a year-old state open records law by using a private email account for his work as vice chairman of...

 

Appeals court to hear Kansas voting audit case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An appeals court will hear arguments on whether to allow a recount of votes on audit tapes from voting machines to test the accuracy of the tallies in Sedgwick County. The case stems from a seven-year effort by Wichita State...

 

Civil Air Patrol officer reinstated after hanging post

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A lieutenant colonel in the Kansas' Civil Air Patrol who resigned his command after posting on Facebook that a state lawmaker should "swing from a tree" has chosen not to resume participation in the volunteer organization...

 

Unique Bracero summit focusing on World War II-era agreement

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The Bracero Program, a World War II-era agreement that allows Mexican immigrants to work in the U.S. as guest workers, is the subject of an upcoming summit. The National Trust for Historic Preservation and the University of...

 

Kansas leaders concerned about new driver's license system

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials worry there could be technical problems when a long-awaited, multimillion-dollar computer system for issuing and tracking 2 million driver's license records launches next year. The Kansas Department of Revenue...

 

Former Kansas commerce secretary Soave will run for Congress

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of Commerce Antonio Soave (SWAH-vay) says he is running for Congress next year. The Kansas City Star reports Soave announced Thursday that he would seek the Republican nomination in the 2nd Congressional...

 

US Senate confirms 2 new US attorneys in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Sens. James Lankford and Jim Inhofe say the U.S. Senate has confirmed two nominees for U.S. attorney in Oklahoma. The two Oklahoma Republican senators said Thursday that Brian Kuester was confirmed as U.S. Attorney for the...

 

Oklahoma governor calls special election for Senate seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin has scheduled a special election to fill the state Senate District 27 seat vacated by the resignation of former Sen. Bryce Marlatt. Fallin on Thursday scheduled a special primary election for Dec. 12 and a...

 

Judge: Sessions can't deny grant money for sanctuary cities

CHICAGO (AP) — Attorney General Jeff Sessions can't follow through — at least for now — with his threat to withhold public safety grant money to Chicago and other so-called sanctuary cities for refusing to impose new tough immigration...

 

Oklahoma governor formally calls special session for budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As promised, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin is calling lawmakers to the state Capitol for a special legislative session to fill a $215 million state budget shortfall after the state Supreme Court overturned a $1.50 per pack fee on...

 

Missouri lawmaker censured over Trump assassination post

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Senate on Wednesday formally reprimanded a Democratic colleague for a Facebook post hoping for President Donald Trump's assassination, while the House took the less serious step of opening an...

 

Texas Trump supporter tapped for Federal Election Commission

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has selected a Texas attorney — and supporter — to join the beleaguered Federal Election Commission. Trump appointed James "Trey" Trainor III, a well-known election-law specialist based in Austin, to...

 

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