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Kansas considers requiring 'In God We Trust' in classrooms

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans are pushing for a law requiring government buildings and schools across Kansas to post the national motto of "In God We Trust," an idea critics say is part of a broader effort by the Christian right to...

 

For 1st time in 4 years, US life expectancy rises - a little

NEW YORK (AP) — Life expectancy in the United States is up for the first time in four years. The increase is small — just a month — but marks at least a temporary halt to a downward trend. The rise is due to lower death rates for cancer and...

 

Body of 'Lime Lady' found in Oklahoma in 1980 is identified

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The body of a woman found in central Oklahoma nearly 40 years ago and known only as "Lime Lady" has been identified as a missing Las Vegas woman, authorities said Thursday. DNA testing with the help of the DNA Doe Project...

 

Series of small earthquakes shakes central Kansas

MARION, Kan. (AP) — A series of four small earthquakes have shaken central Kansas. The Kansas Geological Survey says all of them were centered in Marion County. They ranged in magnitude from 2.5 to 3.4. The threshold for damage usually starts at...

 

Governor: Abortion measure would put Kansas in 'Dark Ages'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly declared Thursday that a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the Kansas Constitution would return the state "to the Dark Ages" and called it a political attack on women's rights that will hurt the sta...

 

New Mexico district: Teacher shortage a 'health emergency'

ESPANOLA, N.M. (AP) — A northern New Mexico school board is calling a statewide teacher shortage that is hitting the region especially hard a "public health emergency." Española Public Schools made the assertion earlier this month about the...

 

Former Missouri business owner pleads guilty in fraud scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former Aurora, Missouri, business owner pleaded guilty Thursday to committing fraud schemes involving millions of dollars. Russell Grundy, 50, of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, pleaded guilty to making a false...

 

Stocks post modest gains at end of a wobbly day of trading

Major U.S. stock indexes finished higher Thursday after a late burst of buying led by technology and financial companies reversed an early slide. News of a spike in the number of confirmed cases and fatalities from a virus outbreak in China put...

 

Trump lawyer blurs lines between charity and profit

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jay Sekulow, one of President Donald Trump's lead attorneys during the impeachment trial, is being paid for his legal work through a rented $80-a-month mailbox a block away from the White House. The Pennsylvania Avenue box...

 

Twitter, Pinterest crack down on voter misinformation

Twitter and Pinterest are taking new steps to root out voting misinformation designed to suppress participation in the November elections. Twitter unveiled a new tool Wednesday that will make it easier for users in the U.S. to report tweets containin...

 

Katie Sowers trailblazer as 1st woman coach at Super Bowl

MIAMI (AP) — Katie Sowers answered questions on topics ranging from whether it hurt getting her ears pierced (no) to if she wants to be an NFL head coach one day (yes). For the full 60 minutes of the San Francisco 49ers' portion of media night on...

 

KC fans under closer scrutiny for chants, 'tomahawk chops'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — While other sports teams using Native American nicknames and imagery have faced decades of protests and boycotts, the Kansas City Chiefs have largely slid under the radar. Until now. The Chiefs will appear in their first...

 

Officials: Social Security scam claimed over $37M in 2019

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The Social Security Administration recorded nearly 500,000 complaints about attempted impersonation of agency employees alleging issues with a Social Security number, according to Gail Ennis the Social Security...

 

Rangers take loss to UAM in nail-biter

ALVA, Okla.– Northwestern Oklahoma State University Rangers took a hard loss to in-conference opponent University of Arkansas at Monticello Thursday evening. The Rangers and the Weevils battled...

 

Lady Rangers return home with a win

ALVA Okla. – The Lady Rangers bounced back in tremendous fashion Thursday evening winning 68-51 over Arkansas-Monticello. The Red and Black used a strong second quarter to take control of the game,...

 

5th Grade Pride Assembly

5th grade had their 2nd nine weeks Accelerated Reader awards presented in an assembly this past week....

 

5th Grade PRIDE Award Winners

5th Grade PRIDE Award Winners were announced during this past week's assembly....

 

5th Grade AR Point Club Winners

The 2nd nine week AR Point Club Winners were announced this past week during the 5th grade assembly....

 

Judge denies plea to dismiss OU sexual harassment lawsuit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing the University of Oklahoma's Board of Regents of negligence in its handling of a sexual harassment case. Cleveland County District Judge Thad Balkman ruled Thursday the case...

 

Sonic laying off in Oklahoma City, transferring to Atlanta

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based Sonic Corp. will lay off employees at its headquarters and transfer others to Atlanta, the home of its parent company. Sonic spokeswoman Christi Woodworth said Friday the changes are part of Sonic's...

 

GOP rivals in Kansas district argue over wooing women voters

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Three Republicans running in a suburban Kansas congressional district argued Friday over what qualities would bring women voters back to the GOP after Democrats flipped the Kansas City-area seat in 2018. Candidates Amanda...

 

Kansas prison dental instructor convicted on 1 of 6 charges

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former prison dental instructor in Kansas accused of molesting six female inmates he was teaching to make dentures has been convicted on one of six charges against him. A Shawnee County District Court jury on Thursday found...

 

Driver in Kansas crash that killed 5 pleads no contest

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A semi-trailer truck driver from Colorado pleaded no contest Friday to five counts of vehicular homicide for hitting three vehicles on the Kansas Turnpike in 2017, killing two people from Illinois and three from Kansas....

 

Kansas to offer public access to earthquake investigations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission on Friday approved opening general investigation dockets to allow the public access to information gathered during investigations into seismic activity in Reno and Rooks counties. The dockets...

 

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