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Fallin signs bill allowing young veterans to carry guns

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahomans as young as 18 who have served in the military would be able to receive a handgun license under a bill signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. The "Handgun Carry Military Exemption Act" is one of 11 bills signed by...

 

Police: Oklahoma woman killed when attacked by 2 dogs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police say a woman was killed when she was attacked by two dogs in Oklahoma. Police told reporters the woman was walking her dog in northwest Oklahoma City about 2 p.m. Thursday when she and her dog were attacked. Officers on...

 

Oklahoma House committee advances 3 bills related to alcohol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma House committee has advanced three measures dealing with alcohol. The Tulsa World (http://bit.ly/2p5T2us ) reports the Business, Commerce and Tourism Committee passed the measures on Wednesday. The three Senate...

 

Democrats urge Oklahoma governor to reconsider Medicaid plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Democrats are urging Republican leaders to resurrect a Medicaid expansion plan that would infuse hundreds of millions of federal dollars into the state's health care system. House Democratic leader Rep. Scott Inman...

 

Oklahoma's unemployment rate dips in 55 of state's counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State officials say the unemployment rate is dropping in most Oklahoma counties, though some counties remain well above the national rate for people out of work. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission says McIntosh County...

 

Oklahoma man gets 30 months in prison for bad-check scheme

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in federal prison for writing bad checks to buy more than $41,000 worth of postage stamps. Robert Jordan Chiles pleaded guilty to last year to an embezzlement charge in...

 

Kansas clerk tells of allegedly being shot by Alex Deaton

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A convenience store clerk just two months on the job was in the wrong place at the right time when the subject of a nationwide manhunt strolled into the Pratt, Kansas, store, pointed a gun at him and asked for his keys. Riley...

 

National Republicans make large ad buy for Kansas House race

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic candidate James Thompson accused national Republicans Thursday of trying to buy a Kansas House seat by making a large advertising buy less than a week before the nation's first congressional election since Donald...

 

Kansas education department faces delays in state testing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — School districts across Kansas are experiencing delays in state assessment testing this week, forcing some to shut down the exams altogether. State Department of Education spokeswoman Denise Kahler said officials have been in co...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 7, 2017

GOP in Kansas divided over 'flat' income tax as budget fix

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators on Thursday rejected a proposal to raise additional revenue to fix the state's budget problems with a "flat" personal income tax with Republicans deeply divided over the measure despite GOP Gov. Sam...

 

Kansas House approves sale of strong beer in grocery stores

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas House has voted to give grocery and convenience stores the right to sell full-strength beer in exchange for liquor stores' right to sell more non-alcoholic products. The bill passed 80 to 45 Thursday. Most of the...

 

Trial of accused Northern Arizona University shooter begins

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The trial of a man accused of shooting four Northern Arizona University students is underway, with prosecutors working to portray the man as a killer while the defense claims self-defense. Steven Jones is accused of killing...

 

Texas spending big on border security despite Trump promises

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — As a budget shortfall in Texas threatens cuts to colleges and Medicaid, a costly border security operation is proving largely untouchable despite President Donald Trump's promises to build a wall and the plunging number of...

 

Ruling overturns law banning medical marijuana on campuses

PHOENIX (AP) — An appellate court ruled Thursday that Arizona colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but lawmakers can't make it a crime. The medical marijuana law approved by Arizona voters in 2010 allowed...

 

Web page for US public lands agency showcases coal mine

WASHINGTON (AP) — In what is being seen as a clear message about its policy priorities, the Trump administration has updated the home page for the federal agency that oversees public lands to showcase a large photo of an open-pit coal mine in...

 

Sign of the times? Solar panels power Kentucky Coal Museum

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Don't look to the Kentucky Coal Museum to bring coal back. The museum is installing solar panels on its roof, part of a project aimed at lowering the energy costs of one of the city's largest electric customers. It's also a...

 

Investment in renewable energy dips globally as prices fall

BERLIN (AP) — Global investments in renewable energy fell by almost a quarter in 2016 amid a drop in prices and lower spending in some markets, according to a U.N.-backed report published Thursday. Overall investments reached $241.6 billion last...

 

Booming online sales mean more dog bites for mail carriers

WASHINGTON (AP) — Booming online retail sales are good news for the U.S. Postal Service, but its carriers are incurring a cost: more dog bites. Dog attacks on postal workers rose last year to 6,755, up 206 from the previous year and the highest in...

 
 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    April 7, 2017

Study: Nearly half of US adults infected with genital HPV

NEW YORK (AP) — Health officials say nearly half of U.S. adults have caught HPV, a sexually-transmitted bug that can cause cervical cancer and genital warts. About 45 percent of Americans ages 18 to 59 had some form of genital human...

 

New Mexico to require officers to carry overdose antidote

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico on Thursday became the first U.S. state to require all local and state law enforcement agencies to provide officers with antidote kits as the state works to curb deaths from opioid and heroin overdoses....

 

GOP health bill in shambles, House commences two-week break

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican health care bill remained in shambles Thursday as House leaders threw up their hands and sent lawmakers home for a two-week recess. GOP chiefs announced a modest amendment to curb premium increases, but internal...

 
 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    April 7, 2017

Syphilis far more common in gay men in US South

NEW YORK (AP) — A new U.S. report shows the spread of syphilis is far worse in gay men in Southern states. North Carolina, Mississippi and Louisiana have the highest rates. In North Carolina, as many as 1 in 134 gay and bisexual men were diagnosed...

 

US regulators let company test consumers for health risks

NEW YORK (AP) — For the first time, U.S. regulators have authorized a company to tell consumers directly about their individual genetic risk of certain diseases and conditions without involving a health care professional. The California-based...

 

Arkansas medical marijuana vendors to be chosen by merit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission has opted to license dispensaries based on the merit of their applications instead of using a lottery. The decision made Wednesday reverses a draft rule that required dispensary app...

 

Twitter challenges US order for anti-Trump user records

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter defied a U.S. government request for records that could identify users behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump, and is challenging that order in court. The company filed its lawsuit Thursday in a San Francisco fe...

 

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