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SE Women's Tennis Fall at GAC Tourney

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Southeastern women's tennis saw its 2019 season come to an end on Thursday with a 4-2 loss to Arkansas tech in the opening round of the Great American Conference Tournament in Bentonville, Ark. The loss drops the Savage Storm...

 

District fires teacher after video shows child being kicked

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The Shawnee Mission School District says it fired an elementary school teacher after a video showed her kicking a 5-year-old girl in the back. KCTV reports the incident occurred Feb. 21 at Bluejacket-Flint Elementary School in...

 

Scoppetta Earns GAC Weekly Award

DURANT, Okla. – Southerastern's Juan Scoppetta picked up the final Great American Conference Men's Tennis Player of the Week Award handed out the season heading into the conference tournament. Scoppetta posted a 1-1 singles week and a 1-1 doubles...

 

Judges: Michigan must redraw congressional, legislative maps

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan must redraw dozens of congressional and legislative districts for the 2020 election because Republicans configured them to guarantee their political dominance over the last decade by unconstitutionally diluting the...

 

US judge in Washington state blocks new Trump abortion rule

SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge in Washington state Thursday blocked new Trump administration rules that would provide additional hurdles for women seeking abortions, including by banning taxpayer-funded clinics from making abortion referrals. Judge...

 

Pilot rescued from plane that crash-landed atop Idaho tree

MCCALL, Idaho (AP) — A pilot who was trying to crash-land this week in an Idaho field instead brought his small plane to rest at the top of a 60-foot (18-meter) tree, officials said. Pilot John Gregory was not hurt in the Monday night crash, which...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 26, 2019

Oklahoma governor combines Columbus, Native American days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill that a broad coalition of Native American groups endorsed to celebrate a day for indigenous people on Columbus Day was signed into law Thursday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, the first governor in the U.S. to be enrolled...

 

Oklahoma man convicted of killing transgender woman

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge told a man to pray for salvation before sentencing him to life in prison for killing a transgender woman in 2017 at an Oklahoma City motel. Brandon Michael Tyson, 32, was sentenced Wednesday after pleading...

 

Stitt signs bill to change Supreme Court district lines

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill to change the districts for the state's Supreme Court and indicated he intends to push for more changes to the state's judiciary. Stitt held a signing ceremony on...

 

House passes bill combining teacher pay, longer school weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A plan to give Oklahoma teachers a $1,200, across-the-board pay raise has been combined with a separate bill to force more school districts to return to five-day school weeks, and the proposal passed in the House. The House...

 

Tulsa's mayor proposes $100K for 1921 race riot graves probe

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of Tulsa has included $100,000 in his upcoming budget for investigations of three grave sites that could hold the remains of people killed in the 1921 race riots. Tulsa's Black Wall Street was one of the worst...

 

Suns win close battle with Savage Storm to advance to GAC semifinals

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – It came down to two singles matches between Arkansas Tech (12-6, 5-2 Great American Conference) and Southeastern Oklahoma State (2-11, 2-5 GAC), and Tech prevailed, beating the Savage Storm 4-2 to advance to the GAC semifinals....

 

Golden Suns' tournament hopes dashed by close loss to SAU

BENTONVILLE, Ark. –Arkansas Tech (12-7, 5-3 Great American Conference) battled their way to a 3-3 tie with No. 1 seed Southern Arkansas (23-4, 7-0 GAC) but lost a heartbreaker, falling 3-4 to end their GAC tournament bout. HOW IT HAPPENED The Suns...

 

No. 4 Seed Harding Men's Tennis Upsets Southern Arkansas to Reach GAC Final

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Harding men's tennis, ranked 40th nationally and the No. 4 seed at the Great American Conference Tournament, upset regular season champion, 28th-ranked, and No. 1 seed Southern Arkansas 4-0 Friday in the semifinals. Harding...

 

Oklahoma legislators aim to regulate autonomous vehicles

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma would establish rules regulating how to safely operate driverless vehicles navigating state highways under a bill passed by Legislature that has been sent to the governor's office. Autonomous vehicles are expected to...

 

4 new members appointed to Oklahoma education board

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced the appointment of four new members to the Oklahoma State Board of Education. The appointments announced Friday are marketing firm official Jennifer Monies of Oklahoma City; Oklahoma City realtor...

 

Hickenlooper proposing staggered federal minimum wage hikes

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper is proposing a $15 federal minimum wage — with a twist. Rather than unilaterally hiking the wage to $15, the former Colorado governor proposes phasing in the increases...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 26, 2019

Kansas court bolsters abortion rights, blocks ban

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court declared for the first time Friday that the state constitution protects abortion rights, a sweeping ruling that blocks a ban on a common second trimester method for ending pregnancies and endangers other...

 

Federal judge in Kansas charged in DUI case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge in Kansas is facing charges after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Johnson County Court records show that 70-year-old Kathryn Vratil was arrested Thursday night. She is charged in...

 

Former YMCA worker sentenced for child sex abuse at center

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former worker at the Wichita YMCA was sentenced to 27½ years in prison for sexually assaulting two young children. Twenty-two-year-old Caleb Gaston was sentenced Friday. He pleaded no contest in February to two counts of...

 

Chiefs: DA reopens domestic violence case involving Hill

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday a local prosecutor has reopened a domestic violence investigation involving suspended wide receiver Tyreek Hill after a TV station broadcast audio in which Hill and his...

 

Study: Kansas juvenile arrests drop as changes get underway

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Fewer juveniles have been arrested and held in the Kansas juvenile justice system while the state has been investing in alternatives to incarceration, according to a recent study. The Pew Charitable Trusts found that the number...

 

Group seeks to reverse naming of Kansas City street for King

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than 50 years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, the question of how to honor him continues to divide Kansas City residents. When the City Council voted in January to name a 10-mile boulevard that...

 

Man convicted of 18 sex crimes involving a minor

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — A Guatemalan man is facing several life terms after he was found guilty of 18 child sex crimes. Crawford County Attorney Michael Gayoso says 38-year-old Francsico Eduardo Noches-Padilla was found guilty Thursday of 13 counts...

 

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