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 By Dave Skretta    Sports    January 5, 2017

Mykhailiuk gives No. 3 Kansas 90-88 win over K-State

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Svi Mykhailiuk claimed he had no idea whether he traveled during his coast-to-coast, buzzer-beating layup that gave No. 3 Kansas a dramatic 90-88 victory over Kansas State on Tuesday night. Wildcats coach Bruce Weber couldn't...

 

Oklahoma again receives extension to REAL ID requirements

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma has received an extension to comply with the federal REAL ID Act. Fallin said Tuesday the extension is through June 6, 2017, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security warned that failure to...

 

Sapulpa schools official killed in hit-and-run in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The interim superintendent of the Sapulpa school district says a man killed in a hit-and-run in south Tulsa was the district's accountability officer. Tulsa police say 49-year-old Michael Reid of Tulsa was jogging along the...

 
 By Jim Suhr    Regional    January 5, 2017

Man pleads guilty to killing Kansas police detective

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A man pleaded guilty Tuesday to capital murder in the shooting death last year of a Kansas police detective, avoiding a possible death sentence while agreeing to spend the rest of his life in prison. A prosecutor said...

 

Report: Kansas wheat condition mixed as state remains dry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The government's January crops snapshot says most of Kansas has remained dry this past month, prompting some concerns about development of the state's winter wheat. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Tuesday...

 

Oklahoma superintendent seeks $221M boost for schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Despite a nearly $870 million shortfall in next year's Oklahoma state budget, state school Superintendent Joy Hofmeister says public schools need an additional $221 million in the upcoming fiscal year. Hofmeister delivered a...

 

Snow in forecast for parts of Oklahoma later this week

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Snow is in the forecast for parts of Oklahoma as a wintry weather system moves across the state. The National Weather Service in Norman says most areas will only see a dusting of snow through Friday, but some parts of western...

 

Tulsa police record 7 fatal shootings in 2016

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa police officers fatally shot seven people in 2016, a year after the department recorded zero incidents of deadly force. The agency has recorded 27 officer-involved fatal shootings since 2007, which averages to about two...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    January 5, 2017

Oklahoma House seats lawmaker accused of sexual harassment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House voted along partisan lines Tuesday to seat a Republican lawmaker who rescinded a letter of resignation he submitted after being named in a sexual harassment complaint. The GOP-controlled chamber voted to...

 

Midwest economy: December state-by-state glance

The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology as the national...

 

Midwest economic survey suggests big improvement in December

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Soaring numbers in a monthly survey of business supply managers suggest that economic conditions are improving in nine Midwest and Plains states, according to a report issued Tuesday. The Mid-America Business Conditions Index rep...

 

Average Oklahoma gas prices rise 6 cents during past week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The average price for gasoline in Oklahoma has risen six cents in the past week and by 31 cents in the past six weeks. AAA Oklahoma says the average price for a gallon of self-serve regular was $2.16 on Tuesday, the ninth...

 

E-cigarette retailers battle lawmakers on new tax

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group representing electronic cigarette retailers in Kansas is fighting to prevent the state from enforcing a new tax on vaping fluid. The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/2j9oYPs ) reports that a lobbyist for the Kansas...

 

Mumps cases reported at University of Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Health officials have confirmed one case of mumps at the University of Kansas and are investigating nine other suspected cases since mid-December. The Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department announced the findings...

 

Apple doesn't drop in Manhattan's New Year's celebration

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Just like in New York City, technical glitches marred the New Year's Eve celebration in the "Little Apple" of Manhattan, Kansas. A large crowd gathered in the Aggieville entertainment district to watch an apple drop at the...

 

Kansas Congressman's son 'dabs' during swearing-in photo op

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new Kansas congressman is dishing out discipline after his 17-year-old son pulled a dance move resembling a sneeze during a photo shoot with House Speaker Paul Ryan after the House swearing-in ceremony in Washington. U.S. Rep....

 

Sex offender registration ordered for Olathe van driver

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City transport van driver accused of sexually molesting a young woman who is developmentally disabled has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years of probation. The Kansas City Star...

 

Kansas December revenues tops estimates by $6 million

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas revenue officials say the state slightly exceeded revenue estimates in December. The Kansas Department of Revenue said Tuesday tax collections in December were nearly $531 million, exceeding revenue estimates by about $6...

 

Kansas Legislature stream live audio of committee hearings

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature will soon begin streaming live audio of committee hearings over the internet. The three rooms that host the most high-profile committees will have live audio starting this month. The other 10 rooms used...

 

Attorney for Nevada man faults Kansas forfeiture law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An attorney for a Las Vegas man who had $32,000 seized from him at a central Kansas rest stop alleges that the state's Highway Patrol is getting away with "highway robbery" through its asset forfeiture program. Salvador Franco...

 

They've got big beards and even bigger hearts

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As the founder of a beard club, Omar Shifrin looks the part of a manly man. With a well-maintained beard that reaches nearly to his elbows, Shifrin looks exactly like a guy who values facial hair, though his look comes at a...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 5, 2017

Schools, abortion, death penalty top Kansas court's docket

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is heading into a year in which it could play a significant role in state government by making major rulings on school funding and abortion, and seeking higher pay for court employees. The court also cou...

 

Signs your aging parents need help managing their finances

It's inevitable. As we age, our bodies and our brains change, and not always like fine wine. Cognitive skills decline as part of the normal aging process and in turn, so do some of our financial management skills. Research shows that financial decisi...

 

Bigger tax breaks, new health care options on tap for 2017

NEW YORK (AP) — Each year, business owners can count on changes in tax law and other rules. For 2017, small businesses are getting a bigger deduction for equipment purchases, and those that aren't required to provide health insurance will have an...

 

Get Started: Get ready to compile health insurance forms

HEALTH INSURANCE FORMS With the arrival of tax reporting season, many small businesses that offer health insurance to employees must file documents detailing the coverage with the IRS, and must also give copies to their staffers. At look at the...

 

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