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Oklahoma revenue rise in January reverses 20-month downturn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma state Treasurer Ken Miller says the state's 20-month string of shrinking revenue collections ended last month. Receipts to the state treasury in January totaled about $990 million, $5.1 million more than January 2016....

 

Oklahoma court affirms conviction in mother's beating death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the life prison sentence of a 21-year-old man who was convicted of beating his mother to death with a shotgun. The court handed down the decision on Wednesday in the case of...

 

Kansas health committee to vote on Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House health committee will vote next week on whether to expand the state's privatized Medicaid program, called KanCare. Lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday from cities, businesses, doctors and patients, urging them...

 

Kansas plan would halve staffing at new Lansing prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Corrections is telling legislators it could cut staffing at its largest prison by having a private company build a new facility and lease it to the state. Corrections Secretary Joe Norwood said in a...

 

Police: Injured officer in critical, but stable condition

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita police officer is in critical but stable condition the day after being run over by a fleeing suspect. Deputy Chief Troy Livingston said Wednesday the officer is doing a lot better, adding he has "a lot of injuries to...

 

Kansas bill requires more details about abortion providers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposed law in Kansas would require that information given to women seeking an abortion also include details about the abortion provider's medical credentials, malpractice insurance and past disciplinary action. And that it...

 

Kansas bills would crack down on cellphone use while driving

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two bills introduced in the Kansas Senate are aimed at reducing distracted driving caused by using cellphones while driving. One bill would prohibit drivers from holding a phone or other wireless device up to their ear. The...

 

Bill could allow vote on slot machines at Wichita racetrack

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House bill could allow voters in Sedgwick County to vote one more time on whether to allow slot machines at the closed Wichita Greyhound Park. The Wichita Eagle (http://bit.ly/2lqghhK ) reports the bill is another...

 

Great Plains-Westar acquisition decision expected April 24

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Corporation Commission is expected to decide by April 24 whether it will approve Great Plains Energy's acquisition of Westar Energy. The commission heard six days of testimony on the proposed $12.2 billion...

 

2 arrested after Kansas restaurant robbery netted $2

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a Kansas restaurant robbery that netted $2. The Pittsburg Morning Sun (http://bit.ly/2k2qHap ) reports that two men are accused of forcing three Jimmy John's employees to the floor Monday night....

 

Preliminary hearing moved for Kansas triple homicide suspect

NEWTON, Kan. (AP) — The preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for one of two people accused of killing three people before fleeing to Mexico. The Harvey County attorney said in a news release that the hearing for 31-year-old Myrta Rangel has...

 

Arkansas doctors could be sued over banned abortion method

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Does an Arkansas law allow husbands to sue doctors to prevent their wives from undergoing a newly banned abortion procedure? Abortion opponents say no, and a group preparing to challenge the ban says it's theoretically poss...

 

Eviction notices at Little Rock homeless camps spark protest

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Eviction notices posted at Little Rock homeless camps have provoked protest and debate at City Hall. The city's Code Enforcement Division posted signs at three homeless camps that gave occupants five days to leave and...

 

Governor signs bill on Arkansas higher education funding

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a bill that links college and university funding to factors such as the number of students who complete their degrees. Hutchinson on Wednesday signed the bill that requires the state...

 

Mumps-stricken Columbia campus plans vaccination clinic

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The University of Missouri is planning a mass immunization clinic next week as it works to control a mumps outbreak that has grown to more than 320 confirmed and probable cases. Spokesman Christian Basi says the hope is that...

 

Missouri schools: Busing cut proposal will hurt classrooms

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens' plan to slash an already depleted public school bus fund will wind up taking money from classrooms he promised to leave alone, school administrators across the state say. When...

 

Ceremony to mark US entry into WWI planned in Kansas City

WASHINGTON (AP) — A ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the U.S. entering World War I is planned in Kansas City at the nation's official tribute to the fighting. The commission organizing the April 6 ceremony says dignitaries from the U.S....

 

Missouri right-to-work law could go before voters

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Opponents of Missouri's new right-to-work law are trying to put it to a public vote. Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis filed a referendum petition to do so with the secretary of state Monday, the same day Republican...

 

New Mexico lawmakers object to possible Muslim registry

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers are advancing a proposed memorial urging the U.S. Congress to prohibit the creation a possible Muslim registry. President Donald Trump is seeking a temporary ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority...

 

New Mexico AG asks for more 'cooperation' to fight crime

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says community-based efforts and better cooperation can be used to prevent crime in one of the nation's poorest states. Balderas told a joint session of the New Mexico Legislature...

 

Chaparral man allegedly beats girlfriend over use of her car

CHAPARRAL, N.M. (AP) — A Chaparral man is in custody for allegedly beating his girlfriend because she refused to lend him her car. Dona Ana County Sheriff's officials say 35-year-old Jesus Vasquez-Macias is being held without bond on suspicion of...

 

Teen seeks to document WWII veterans' disappearing stories

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — While most 19-year-olds are enrolling in college, working their first full-time job or considering what's next in life — all of which keeps their Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts buzzing 24/7 — Rishi Sharma is...

 

'Sanctuary cities' ban may let Texas oust elected officials

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has warned local elected officials the state would "hammer" them if they resist federal efforts to deport immigrants in the country illegally. Republican lawmakers seem ready to provide the legal tool to...

 

Democrats, advocates unite to push reproductive health care

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Advocacy groups are teaming up to champion Democratic bills designed to promote access to abortion and reproductive health care in Texas — but most appear to have little chance of passing. Eleven abortion rights and social...

 

Fire that destroyed South Texas mosque ruled arson

VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — Federal investigators say a fire that destroyed a South Texas mosque has been ruled arson and at this time there's no evidence of a hate crime. A $30,000 reward was offered Wednesday for information leading to arrests and...

 

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