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Judge: Kansas secretary of state in contempt in voting case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people that they were eligible to cast a ballot while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of U.S....

 

Missouri sheriff resigns, calls affair a 'personal failing'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The sheriff in Kansas City's Jackson County is resigning after recently released court documents described him having a sexual and financial relationship with a female employee who's suing the county. Sheriff Mike Sharp...

 

Missouri governor could face charge for charity donor list

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, already facing a felony charge related to an extramarital affair, could soon face another felony count after the state's attorney general cited evidence Tuesday suggesting that Greitens' use...

 

GOP hopeful challenges Oklahoma attorney general's candidacy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney is challenging the candidacy of Republican Attorney General Mike Hunter, claiming Hunter is not eligible to seek the office because he purchased a home and lived in Virginia within the last ten years....

 

Candidate Kobach pledges to cut taxes, veto tax increases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State and candidate for governor Kris Kobach has pledged to roll back recent tax increases and to veto any future tax hikes if he becomes governor. Kobach said at a Tuesday news conference that current tax...

 

Gov. Colyer signs executive branch transparency measure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has signed a bill that will require people who are trying to influence his office and judicial branches to register as lobbyists. The measure Colyer signed Monday also requires people trying to promote...

 

Missouri governor mirrors Trump in quest to survive scandal

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Facing mounting calls to resign following sexual misconduct allegations, Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens appears to be taking a cue from President Donald Trump as he fights for his political survival amid a #MeToo movement th...

 

Oklahoma judge who spared child rapist prison seeks new term

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge who approved probation for a man who admitted raping a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp is seeking four more years on the bench. Marshall County District Judge Wallace Coppedge filed to run Wednesday, T...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 13, 2018

Governor's race tops Oklahoma candidate filings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dozens of Oklahoma teachers are among hundreds of political hopefuls who signed up this week to run for office during a tumultuous second week in which frustrated educators and their supporters flooded the state Capitol. The...

 

Texas woman sentenced to 5 years for illegal voting

On Nov. 8, 2016, Crystal Mason got out of work and drove through the rain to her home in Dallas. She walked through the door and tried to settle in for the evening. But her mother delivered something akin to a scolding. “You have to go vote!”...

 

Report: Greitens was aggressor in unwanted sexual encounter

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens initiated a physically aggressive unwanted sexual encounter with his hairdresser and threatened to distribute a partially nude photo of her if she spoke about it, according to testimony from...

 

Sexual misconduct claims taking toll in state legislatures

Dozens of state lawmakers across the country have been accused of sexual harassment or misconduct since the start of 2017, particularly since the #MeToo movement gained momentum last fall. Here's a look at those who have resigned, been expelled,...

 

President Trump nominates 2 to judicial posts in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Trump is nominating an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice and a Tulsa lawyer to federal judgeships. Trump on Tuesday nominated Judge Patrick Wyrick as a U.S. district judge for the western district of Oklahoma and...

 

Kansas AG seeks to bar out-of-state gubernatorial candidates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials want to put the brakes on out-of-state gubernatorial candidates after 10 people living outside the state's borders took initial steps to run. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday that he's...

 

Legislatures being pressed to produce reports of misconduct

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Documenting sexual harassment complaints against state lawmakers and publicly releasing the outcomes can provide encouragement for people who might otherwise be hesitant to report allegations of inappropriate behavior....

 

Missouri governor's lawyer asks panel to delay probe report

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' personal attorney is asking a state House committee investigating Greitens' actions during an extramarital affair to delay the release of its findings, saying an ongoing criminal investigation...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 8, 2018

Passage of Kansas school funding hike highlights GOP split

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators approved an increase in spending on the state's public schools in hopes of meeting a court mandate after the rancorous final days of debate highlighted deep divisions among top Republicans. Republican Gov....

 

Oklahoma attorney general releases Superfund audits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter reversed course on Monday and released a 2011 state audit into the cleanup of the Tar Creek Superfund site in northeastern Oklahoma that suggested the job cost taxpayers five times as much...

 

Oklahoma governor names Judge Richard Darby to Supreme Court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed state District Judge Richard Darby to fill a vacancy on the state Supreme Court. Darby, who's been a judge in Oklahoma for more than 30 years, was named Thursday to succeed former...

 

Bill barring guns from domestic abusers goes to governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill that would bar people convicted of domestic violence from owning guns is on its way to Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer. The bill, approved 113-6 in the House on Thursday, also would make it illegal for people subject to...

 

Texas Republican made secret peacemaking trip to Venezuela

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Texas Republican congressman Pete Sessions quietly visited Venezuela this week and met with President Nicolas Maduro at the invitation of the socialist government in a peacebuilding mission that has raised some eyebrows in...

 
 By MORGAN LEE    Regional    April 6, 2018

New Mexico candidate forum focuses on vulnerable populations

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Four candidates for governor of New Mexico squared off in a forum Thursday about how to shore up care networks for the severely disabled, elderly and residents coping with addiction and mental health issues. Specialty...

 

GOP Rep. Farenthold resigns after sexual harassment claims

WASHINGTON (AP) — Texas Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned Friday, four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations. "While I planned on serving out the remainder of my term in Congress,...

 

Arizona, Texas prepare to send Guard to US-Mexico border

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to President Donald Trump's call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about...

 

Governor signs bill to boost Kansas National Guard numbers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer signed a bill granting National Guard members free, full college tuition in response to a dwindling number of recruits. The new law will take effect in July after Colyer signed it Wednesday, but...

 

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