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Fundraiser planned after fiddler's Guthrie music shop burns

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — Musicians and music enthusiasts are working to help a renowned fiddler and owner of a popular instrument shop after a weekend fire gutted the business in Guthrie. The blaze destroyed Double Stop Fiddle Shop & Music Hall and...

 

State agency shifts focus to rising medical marijuana demand

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority has temporarily closed its customer service center to free up more staff to respond to the high volume of applications for medical marijuana cards. The number of applications received...

 

Oklahoma education officials prepare new A-F school grading

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma education officials say a new A-F grading system for public schools could be implemented soon. Education officials said Tuesday that report cards will go online if the State Board of Education approves the new grading...

 

Oklahoma AG arrests 2 on drug trafficking, weapons charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has filed drug trafficking and weapons charges against two people accused of possessing several pounds of illegal drugs and assault-style weapons. Attorney General Mike Hunter says seven counts were...

 

Lawyers cite Bundy, McVeigh in Texas school shooting case

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school want the trial moved to a different city, arguing that the teen should be afforded the same treatment as Oklahoma City bomber Timothy...

 

United GOP in Kansas Senate blocks Kelly school funding plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Unified Republicans blocked an attempt Tuesday by the Kansas Senate's top Democrat to speed up work on education funding issues and advance Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for increasing spending on public schools. The new...

 

House backs bill to expand deer hunting for non-Kansans

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill allowing Kansas landowners to resell their permits for hunting white-tail deer on the open market to nonresidents won approval in the House on Tuesday. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the bill survived a...

 

Kansas City renames roadway for Martin Luther King Jr.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City has shed its reputation as one of the largest cities in the U.S. without a public memorial to Martin Luther King Jr. The city on Monday installed the first signs along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. After...

 

Kansas committee rejects bill on 'child aggressors'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas House committee rejected a proposed law that sought to prevent judges from reducing sentences if they believe that victims under the age of 14 were willing participants in sex crimes. The bill was proposed by Attorney...

 

Kansas woman convicted in heroin ring, money laundering

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 61-year-old Kansas woman has been convicted of participating in a conspiracy to distribute drugs supplied by a drug cartel in Mexico. Christine Little Wood, of Overland Park, was found guilty Monday of being part of a...

 

Arkansas bill would cut funding to sanctuary cities

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas lawmaker has again proposed legislation that would cut off state funding to cities that don't cooperate with federal immigration authorities, two years after similar efforts to punish "sanctuary" cities and...

 

Congress approves major public lands, conservation bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — A wide-ranging bill that revives a popular conservation program, adds 1.3 million acres of new wilderness, expands several national parks and creates five new national monuments has won congressional approval. The measure is the l...

 

Conservationists fight oil shale plan in eastern Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A coalition of environmental groups objected Tuesday to the U.S. government's approval of the early stages of an oil shale project near the Utah-Colorado border by a company with ties to Estonia. An intent to sue filed by a...

 

US keeps air pollution standard established under Obama

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. environmental regulators on Tuesday announced they are leaving intact an air quality standard for power plant pollution that can worsen asthma in children, despite calls by health advocates for a tougher rule. The move k...

 

Video shows AP reporter shoved by guard at EPA headquarters

WASHINGTON (AP) — Security camera footage released Tuesday undermines Trump administration claims that a reporter for The Associated Press tried to force her way into the Environmental Protection Agency headquarters to cover a summit last year on...

 

US-North Korea roller coaster ties add to summit uncertainty

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Before he was elected president, Donald Trump said he could see himself having burgers and chatting with North Korea's Kim Jong Un. About a year later, after Kim tested a long-range missile that could possibly hit U.S....

 

Dictator's Dilemma: Could Kim Jong Un survive prosperity

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — President Donald Trump's message to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has been simple and clear: give up your nuclear weapons and a flood of wealth will soon be yours for the taking. But here's a nagging question: Is that...

 

Arkansas lawmakers give final OK to new dicamba cutoff date

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have given final approval to expanding the use of an herbicide the state had restricted in response to complaints that it drifted onto crops and caused widespread damage. The Joint Budget Committee on...

 

Cannabis advocates wary as Colorado considers e-cig limits

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis advocates are watching closely as Colorado lawmakers consider limits on where e-cigarettes can be used in an effort to combat rising teen use of nicotine-containing vaping devices. A bipartisan bill getting its first hearing...

 

New Mexico expands lawsuit centered on opioid crisis

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is seeking a sweeping expansion of its ongoing lawsuit over the opioid crisis by targeting some of the United States' largest drugstore retailers and other companies that are part of the supply chain for the...

 

Gene-edited food regulations: whether it's a plant or animal shouldn't matter, but it does now

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) We eat mutations every day. All the vegetables, grains, fruits and meat humans consume as part of their diet are...

 

Senators draw on own experiences to chastise drug companies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Channeling the ire of constituents and drawing from personal experience, senators chastised drug company executives Tuesday over the high cost of prescription medications, while the CEOs warned that government price controls...

 

New Mexico's limit on medical marijuana plants set to end

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's limit on the number of plants medical marijuana producers can grow as part of their licensed operations will expire Friday. A district judge recently denied the state Department of Health's request to extend...

 

How smallpox devastated the Aztecs – and helped Spain conquer an American civilization 500 years ago

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Recent outbreaks in the U.S. have drawn attention to the dangers of measles. The Democratic Republic of Congo is figh...

 

Survey: American companies worry US-Chinese ties will worsen

BEIJING (AP) — American companies want President Donald Trump's negotiations with Beijing to win them real improvements in their access to Chinese markets, not just a smaller overall U.S. trade deficit, a business group said Tuesday. Companies...

 

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