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Bill seeks to regulate Oklahoma's booming marijuana industry

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has approved a bill to regulate the exploding medical marijuana industry in the state. Known as the "unity bill " because it is supported by various factions of the marijuana industry, the 77-page bill...

 

Bill aims to regulate use of data from license plate readers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation that would regulate how information captured by automated license plate readers as vehicles enter the state is retained and distributed. The bill requires that individual data...

 

County commissioner defends payments in Kansas fraud trial

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas legislator accused of fraudulently taking $10,500 from campaign funds for his personal use told jurors Thursday that the payments were legitimate campaign expenses. Sedgwick County Commissioner Michael...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 1, 2019

Kansas lawmakers struggle over school aid, Medicaid, taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have hit the halfway point of their annual session and they haven't had a hearing on a Medicaid expansion plan or pushed an education funding bill out of committee in the face of a court mandate to boost spendin...

 

Feds seek multiyear sentences in college basketball case

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors have recommended multiyear prison sentences for three men convicted of fraud for channeling secret payments to the families of top-tier basketball recruits to influence where the players went to school. Former Ad...

 

Missouri proposes truce with Kansas in business battle

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers want to give Kansas a second shot at a truce in a long-running battle over businesses in the Kansas City area. The Missouri Senate passed legislation Thursday that would re-open a two-year window for...

 

Farm loan delinquencies highest in 9 years as prices slump

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The nation's farmers are struggling to pay back loans after years of low crop prices and a backlash from foreign buyers over President Donald Trump's tariffs, with a key government program showing the highest default rate in...

 

Suspect freed in deadly shooting of Topeka woman

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Charges have been dropped against one of the suspects in the deadly shooting of a Topeka woman. Thirty-year-old Justin Lee McCoy was released Wednesday. He had been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Patricia...

 

Kansas DCF considers getting rid of ombudsman position

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The new leaders of the Kansas Department for Children and Families are considering whether to fill the agency's ombudsman position or to find new ways to address foster parents' frustrations. Since 2014, families or others with...

 

Suspect apprehended after fatal shooting in Hays

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have arrested a suspect in the fatal shooting of another man in Hays. Police in Hays announced Thursday in a Facebook post that Ryan Paul Thompson has been apprehended. Police say officers responding to a domestic...

 

Man charged after found with Topeka castmate in Colorado

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A 47-year-old man who was arrested with a former 14-year-old cast member from a Topeka community theater production is facing three charges. Shawnee County District Court records show Michael Fitzgerald, of Topeka, was charged...

 

DeVos proposes federal tax credits to advance school choice

The Trump administration renewed its push for school choice on Thursday with a proposal to provide $5 billion a year in federal tax credits for donations made to groups offering scholarships for private schools, apprenticeships and other educational...

 
 By Marione Martin    Sports    March 1, 2019

Ladybugs end season with area loss to Millwood, 50-34

Despite some early season losses, the Alva Ladybugs came back to make a good showing in the playoffs. The Ladybugs' playoff path ended Thursday night against a tough Millwood team, 50-34. Alva had a...

 

Teen sentenced to 6 months' probation in gun case at school

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A teenager involved in the exchange of a stolen handgun on Lawrence High School grounds has been sentenced to six months of probation. The Lawrence Journal-World reports the teenager was sentenced Wednesday in a closed...

 

Trump makes stop, speech at Alaska military base

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska (AP) — President Donald Trump showered praised on troops and touted the opening of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling when Air Force One made a refueling stop Thursday in Alaska as the...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 1, 2019

Colorado Dem leaders pledge sweeping change in oil-gas rules

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democratic-controlled state government promised dramatic and sweeping changes Thursday in the way the state regulates oil and gas drilling, saying public health and safety would become the top priorities. Gov. Jared Polis...

 

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, despite concerns by Democrats and one Republican about regulatory rollbacks he's made in eight months as...

 

Colorado middle school to be tested for tuberculosis

DENVER (AP) — Students and staff at a middle school in the Denver area will be tested for tuberculosis after prior screening showed positive results for the infection. The Denver Post reports that all pupils and staff members at Aurora Hills...

 

Martha Stewart partners with Canadian cannabis firm

No, you're not smoking something. Martha Stewart has entered the fast-growing — but still legally murky — cannabis market. The domestic diva who brought us hemp yarn is now partnering with Canada's Canopy Growth Corp. to develop new products...

 

Arkansas Senate votes to require 'abortion reversal' notices

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Senate voted Thursday to require doctors give written notice to women undergoing drug-induced abortions that the procedure can be halted halfway, a claim that medical groups say isn't backed up by science. The...

 

Study: US pedestrian deaths hit highest number since 1990

DETROIT (AP) — The number of pedestrians killed on U.S. roads last year was the highest in 28 years, an increase due in part to driver and walker distraction, alcohol and drug impairment and more SUVs on the road, a safety organization report says....

 

YouTube suspends comments on videos of kids

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on...

 

SpaceX debuts new crew capsule in crucial test flight

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — SpaceX closes in on human spaceflight with this weekend's debut of a new capsule designed for astronauts. The six-day test flight will be real in every regard, beginning with a Florida liftoff Saturday and a docking the...

 
 By Doug Self    Sports    March 1, 2019

Lady Dawgs Hold off Harding in Closing Minutes

SEARCY, Ark. – Hayden Priddy scored six points in the final minute of #10/5-ranked SWOSU's 74-64 victory over Harding on Thursday evening, including a dagger three-pointer at the end of the shot clock with 50 seconds remaining that gave the Lady...

 
 By Doug Self    Sports    March 1, 2019

Bulldogs Win at Harding to Complete Season Sweep

SEARCY, Ark. – SWOSU shot nearly 48% from the field and knocked down 10 three-pointers in an 87-71 victory at Harding on Thursday evening. The win snapped an eight-game slide for the Bulldogs and concluded a season-sweep of Harding for the first...

 

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