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Hillcats Down RiverHawks, 8-6, to Sweep Season Series

CLAREMORE, Okla. – The Rogers State baseball team downed in-state rival Northeastern State, 8-6, on Tuesday (Feb. 21) at the Diamond Sports Complex to sweep the two-game home-and-home season series. NSU gained an early 3-0 lead, but the Hillcats...

 

Wonder Boys drop midweek contest in Joplin

JOPLIN, Mo. – The Arkansas Tech Wonder Boys dropped a midweek contest to Missouri Southern on Saturday, 12-4. Kyle Gibbs led Tech with two hits and two runs batted in. NEXT UP Arkansas Tech (5-6, 3-0 GAC) returns to Great American Conference play...

 

Banger Places 12th at Newberry Invitational

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. – After a 12-stroke improvement between rounds one and two on Monday at the Newberry College Invitational at the par-72, 6,626-yard Ocean Course at Kiawah Island, Harding men's golf hoped to continue the momentum in Tuesday's...

 

Reddies Men's Golf Win Rattler Invitational

Henderson State opened the 2017 golf schedule winning the Rattler Invitational in San Antonio, Texas on Tuesday. The Reddies turned in a 36-hole total of 582, 6-over par to win the 16-team event by four shots over second-place Texas A&M-Commerce....

 

No. 9 Baylor holds on 60-54 over Oklahoma to stay in 2nd

WACO, Texas (AP) — Johnathan Motley had 21 points with 16 rebounds and No. 9 Baylor ended a two-game slide with a 60-54 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday night to remain in a tie for second place in the Big 12. Baylor almost blew all of a 15-point...

 

Jayhawks' run of Big 12 titles poised to reach 13 straight

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — There is perhaps nobody better than Hall of Fame coach Larry Brown to put into perspective the remarkable streak of conference championships put together by Kansas, one that could stretch to 13 in a row with a victory over TCU...

 

EPA head's emails with energy companies to be released

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma attorney general's office said Tuesday it is complying with a judge's order to surrender documents related to new Environmental Protection Agency leader Scott Pruitt's communications with energy companies while he...

 

Oklahoma faces $878 million shortfall for upcoming year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Without some new sources of revenue, a hole in next year's state budget that has now grown to $880 million threatens to result in catastrophic cuts to public schools, child welfare and public health and other state agencies,...

 

US Geological Survey records 4 small earthquakes in Oklahoma

WAYNOKA, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports four small earthquakes in Oklahoma. The largest was a magnitude 3.0 temblor at 2:05 a.m. Tuesday near Waynoka, about 110 miles northwest of Oklahoma City and a second quake of magnitude 2.7...

 

Arraignment delay for Tulsa man charged in neighbor's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Arraignment has been delayed for a Tulsa man on first-degree murder and hate crime charges in the killing of his Lebanese neighbor. Arraignment for 62-year-old Stanley Vernon Majors in the shooting death of 37-year-old Khalid...

 

Man recovers after well explosion near Quinton

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — The wife of a man who was injured in a well explosion near Quinton last week says her husband is recovering from surgery. Misty McCabe released a statement Friday saying Jason McCabe was moved out of the intensive care unit...

 

Smoking ban in vehicles with children clears Oklahoma panel

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that would ban smoking in vehicles containing children has cleared an Oklahoma House committee. The House Public Health Committee voted 7-1 Tuesday for the bill by Democratic Rep. Donnie Condit of McAlester. It now...

 

Richardson forms committee for '18 Oklahoma governor's race

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former federal prosecutor Gary Richardson says he's formed an exploratory committee for next year's governor's race. Richardson, who donated more than $2 million to his own campaign for governor in 2002, announced plans...

 

Inmate pleads guilty to killing cellmate at Oklahoma prison

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — An inmate at the Oklahoma State Penitentiary has been sentenced to life in prison after he admitted killing his cellmate at the maximum-security prison. Taylor Lee Fox pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in the 2015 death...

 

Oklahoma governor names Secretary of State Mike Hunter as AG

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin has appointed Secretary of State Mike Hunter to replace former Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who was tapped by President Donald Trump as administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Fallin...

 

Kansas governor to veto income tax hike meant to fix budget

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback said Tuesday that he will veto a bipartisan bill that would roll back personal income tax cuts he's championed to help balance the state budget. The conservative Republican governor announced his...

 

Kansas rejects higher limits on donations to candidates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Tuesday overwhelmingly rejected doubling most state limits on contributions to candidates and political parties, mocking a Republican Party leader's argument that the move would divert donor dollars from...

 

Wichita native appointed as new school superintendent

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita schools will soon be led by a woman who grew up attending the city's public schools. The Wichita School Board voted Tuesday to appoint Alicia Thompson as the next superintendent of the state's largest school district....

 

Kansas House advances bill limiting access to police records

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House on Tuesday advanced a bill to allow the state commission that certifies law enforcement officers to close records about officers who have been fired or disciplined. The bill would exempt the list of registered...

 

Kansas House votes to restore teacher tenure

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Three years after Kansas conservatives repealed guaranteed public school teacher tenure as part of a broad school funding plan, the House voted Tuesday to restore it. The amendment that passed 68 to 54 requires due process when...

 

Kansas Medicaid expansion dead barring supermajority vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill to expand Medicaid in Kansas could be saved from an upcoming deadline if the House votes by supermajority to pull it out of committee. Wichita Democratic Rep. Jim Ward moved Tuesday to pull the bill onto the floor for...

 

Texas easing out of downturn, oil association leader says

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' oil and natural gas industry added 4,700 new jobs between September and December last year and is starting to "ease out of the dramatic downturn." That's the message from Texas Oil and Gas Association President Todd...

 

New Mexico contemplates new powers for oil regulators

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Legislature may restore the state's authority to impose administrative penalties of up to $10,000 per day against oil and natural gas companies for violations of operating and environmental rules. A Senate...

 

Judge blocks Texas cutting Medicaid to Planned Parenthood

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Texas can't cut off Medicaid dollars to Planned Parenthood over secretly recorded videos taken by anti-abortion activists in 2015 that launched Republican efforts across the U.S. to defund the...

 

University of Missouri seeking participants for autism study

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A University of Missouri research facility is looking for people affected by autism or their biological family members to take part in the nation's largest autism study. The university's Thompson Center is partnering with the...

 

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