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Kansas commerce chief resigns to return to private sector

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Commerce Secretary Antonio Soave (SWAH-vay) is resigning to pursue private business opportunities. Gov. Sam Brownback's office said Tuesday was Soave's last day as top administrator for the state's economic development...

 

Kansas House panel's chairman running for secretary of state

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The chairman of the Kansas House Elections Committee is running for the Republican nomination for secretary of state next year. Rep. Keith Esau is touting his three decades as a software developer and computer systems auditor...

 

The Latest: Kansas legislators let governor's vetoes stand

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Legislature adjourning its annual session (all times local): 2:30 p.m. Kansas legislators have allowed Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's vetoes of a lottery bill and three budget items to stand. Lawmakers...

 

Kansas newspaper editor tapped to finish lawmaker's term

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The opinion editor of a Kansas newspaper has been picked to complete the term of a Democratic state legislator who died of natural causes earlier this month. Reno County Democrats selected Jason Probst on Wednesday to...

 

Officials say Oklahoma elections not hit by Russian hackers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma election officials say the state's voting systems weren't targeted by the Russian government last year despite evidence showing more than 20 other states were targeted. Oklahoma State Election Board spokesman Bryan...

 

Kansas Governor signs bill delaying amusement park law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will delay enforcement of part of a new law that toughens regulations for amusement park rides. The measure signed Friday calls for stricter inspection requirements and more...

 

Judge fines Kansas elections official for misleading court

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A judge has fined Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach $1,000 for misleading the court about the contents of materials he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump. The ruling...

 

Filing: 'Confidential' documents undercut voting fraud claim

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas election official is trying to hide materials that undercut his public claim that substantial numbers of noncitizens have registered to vote and that documentary proof-of-citizenship requirements are necessary to stop...

 

DUI attorneys sue over Oklahoma's new drunken driving law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lawsuit filed Monday by four attorneys challenges the constitutionality of Oklahoma's new drunken driving law. The lawsuit filed Monday against Gov. Mary Fallin, the Senate president pro tem, the House speaker, the state's...

 

The Latest: Governor's office: Drunken driving law is legal

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit that alleges Oklahoma's new drunken driving law denies the right to due process (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A lawyer in the Oklahoma governor's office says Gov. Mary Fallin will address a lawsuit over...

 

Oklahoma City to consider new sales tax plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council is looking for voter approval on a quarter-cent tax increase in order to hire more police officers and firefighters. City Council adopted the revised sales tax plan Tuesday and hopes to pump $240...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 21, 2017

Ex-Kansas lawmaker runs for governor as GOP's anti-Brownback

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas legislator who was the Republican nominee for governor in 2006 is running for the office again, seeking to appeal to GOP voters who are upset with Gov. Sam Brownback and his now-ended tax-cutting experiment....

 

Guatemala opens consulate in northwest Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Central American country of Guatemala has opened a consulate in northwest Oklahoma City. Guatemala President Jimmy Morales and Ambassador Jose Arturo Rodriguez Diaz joined U.S. Sen. James Lankford for an opening ceremony...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 18, 2017

Governor's veto blocks lottery vending machines in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Vending machine sales of lottery tickets in Kansas are being blocked by conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, who vetoed a bill that had gained strong bipartisan support and declared that an expansion of state-run...

 

Lawmakers: Gov. Brownback preferred a tax veto override

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback told a small group of lawmakers during a closed-door meeting that it would be politically better for him if the Legislature overrode his veto and repealed tax cuts he advocated rather than present another...

 

Some Oklahoma lawmakers missed the most votes this session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some high-ranking Oklahoma lawmakers missed the most votes during this year's legislative session. Rep. Leslie Osborn, a Republican from Mustang who chairs the House Appropriations and Budget Committee, led Oklahoma House...

 

Missouri's Greitens among governors meeting with Trump

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens is among governors meeting with President Donald Trump. Greitens' spokesman Parker Briden said Thursday Greitens will be in Washington, D.C. He and seven other governors are meeting...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 16, 2017

Kansas governor allows concealed carry bill to become law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Public hospitals, mental health centers and other health facilities in Kansas can ban concealed guns without expensive security upgrades after Republican Gov. Sam Brownback allowed a bill to become law Thursday without his...

 

Coroner: Rep. Patsy Terrell died of natural causes

SOUTH HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A coroner says Rep. Patsy Terrell of Hutchinson died of natural causes. Terrell, a Democrat, was found dead June 7 in a Topeka hotel room. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2subIc9 ) Shawnee County...

 

Authors of DUI bill miffed by Oklahoma executive order

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin quietly signed an executive order that appears to override some provisions of a new drunken-driving law, and at least one backer of the changes isn't pleased. Fallin signed legislation this month containing...

 

Oklahoma REAL ID compliance deadline extended to Oct. 10

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin says federal officials have extended the state's deadline for complying with the REAL ID Act to Oct. 10. Fallin said Friday that the compliance deadline was extended by the U.S. Department of Homeland...

 

Former leader of Kansas health clinic running for Congress

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The former president of a children's health clinic in the Kansas City area is running for Congress in Kansas. Andrea Ramsey announced Tuesday that she will seek the Democratic nomination for the 3rd District seat now held by...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 11, 2017

Kansas lawmakers approve raises for state workers in budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Saturday approved pay raises of up to 5 percent to state workers who haven't had any in recent years as lawmakers wrapped up work on budget issues and adjourned their unusually long annual session. Both...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 11, 2017

Oklahoma Democrats pin hopes on new 24-year-old leader

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans like to boast that their state is the reddest of the red, with their party holding every statewide elected office and every one of the state's seats in Congress. Democrats hoping to chip away at the...

 

The Latest: Missouri lawmakers start session on abortion

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's special legislative session on abortion policy (all times local): 5 p.m. Missouri lawmakers have returned to the Capitol for a special legislative session on abortion. The session began Monday....

 

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