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House seeks vote making it harder to get questions on ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House approved a measure on Tuesday that would make it more difficult for citizens to get state questions on the ballot. The House voted 66-30, mostly along party lines with Democrats opposed, for House Joint Resol...

 

Stitt appoints Tulsa lawyer to Oklahoma appeals court

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday appointed a northeast Oklahoma lawyer to the state Court of Civil Appeals. Stitt announced the appointment of Stacie Hixon of Owasso to replace Judge Jerry Goodman, who has retired. Hixon...

 

House OKs cost-of-living increase for public pensioners

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Most retired school teachers, firefighters and other public workers would receive their first pension increase in 12 years under a bill that sailed through the Oklahoma House on Tuesday. Members voted 99-0 for the bill to give...

 

Woman is second confirmed coronavirus case in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma health officials say a Tulsa County woman is the second person in the state to test positive for the coronavirus. A woman in her 20s who recently traveled to Italy presumptively tested positive for the disease, pending...

 

Kansas' Azubuike AP Big 12 player of year, Drew top coach

Kansas center Udoka Azubuike is The Associated Press Big 12 player of the year, with the 7-foot senior averaging a double-double for the regular season conference champion and top-ranked Jayhawks. Azubuike and Kansas sophomore guard Devon Dotson...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Sports    March 11, 2020

No. 1 Kansas, No. 5 Baylor headline Big 12 tournament

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Top-ranked Kansas hasn't lost since Baylor stunned the Jayhawks in Allen Fieldhouse in January, that run of excellence driving coach Bill Self's squad to another regular-season Big 12 title and the top seed in the...

 

Oklahoma to unveil Baker Mayfield statue at Spring Game

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma will unveil a statue of 2017 Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield at its spring game April 18. Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said the statue will be unveiled inside Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium before being placed...

 

Kansas City mayor runs into problems attempting to vote

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The mayor of Kansas City struggled to vote Tuesday in the Missouri presidential primary after a poll worker mistakenly transposed his first and last names while searching for him in the voter rolls. Mayor Quinton Lucas, a...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 11, 2020

Medicaid expansion supporters block Kansas Senate entrance

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Several dozen protesters chanted, laid down on the floor and blocked the Kansas Senate's main entrance Tuesday, hoping to pressure it into taking a vote on a bipartisan plan to expand Medicaid. About 50 people protested at the...

 

After mistrials, charges dropped in Manhattan infant's death

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A first-degree murder charge has been dismissed against a Manhattan man in the death of his former girlfriend's 2-month-old son. The dismissal comes after two previous trials against D'Khari Lyons, 25, ended in mistrials. He...

 

Italy weighs tougher virus lockdown, boosts aid for economy

ROME (AP) — Italy mulled imposing even tighter restrictions on daily life and announced billions in financial relief Wednesday to cushion economic shocks from the coronavirus, its latest efforts to adjust to the fast-evolving health crisis that als...

 

Stocks fall again on Wall Street as wild swings continue

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are sinking again Wednesday, wiping out more than half of a huge rally from a day earlier as Wall Street continues to be hit by wild swings. Another big central bank made an emergency cut to interest rates in hopes of...

 

Turkey vows strong military action if Syria truce violated

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Wednesday that his military would launch its harshest retaliation yet if the Syrian government breaks a fragile truce in Idlib province brokered last week. The cease-fire arranged...

 

Down syndrome abortion fight in Ohio takes legal twists

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A federal court in Cincinnati will hear complex legal arguments for and against Ohio's Down syndrome abortion ban Wednesday, in a case viewed as pivotal in the national debate over the procedure. Attorneys for the government...

 

Joe Biden has another big primary night, wins 4 more states

WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden decisively won Michigan's Democratic presidential primary, seizing a key battleground state that helped propel Bernie Sanders' insurgent candidacy four years ago. The former vice president's victory there, as well as in...

 

Myanmar MPs reject bid to allow Suu Kyi to become president

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar (AP) — Myanmar's parliament rejected on Wednesday a proposed constitutional amendment that would have allowed the country's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, to officially become president. The rejection had been expected becaus...

 

Russia passes bill allowing Putin to stay in power past 2024

MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian parliament approved a sweeping constitutional reform in the third and final reading Wednesday, a move that will allow President Vladimir Putin to stay in power for another 12 years after his current term ends in 2024. The...

 

US states race to contain coronavirus as cases exceed 1,000

As coronavirus cases crop up across the United States, some governors and other leaders are scrambling to slow its spread, banning large public gatherings, enforcing quarantines and calling National Guard troops. With new deaths reported and the...

 

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