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The Latest: Downpour contributes to deadly Missouri crash

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in the central United States (all times local): 5 p.m. Missouri authorities say heavy rain was a contributing factor in the deaths of two people in a traffic accident near Springfield. The...

 

Storms in Midwest leave string of tornadoes, flooding

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Dangerous storms left a string of more than 30 tornadoes across the central U.S., damaging homes in Oklahoma, demolishing a racetrack grandstand in Missouri and inundating the region with water over a short period. Two deaths,...

 

2020 budget proposal includes $2M for anti-abortion centers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature has approved a budget that for the first time includes millions of dollars in funding for anti-abortion crisis pregnancy centers, as other states grapple with tightening abortion restrictions. The...

 

Oklahoma Senate gives final approval to $8.1B in spending

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to a bill that appropriates $8.1 billion to various state agencies for the fiscal year beginning July 1, including a 5% boost for public schools that includes money for another...

 

Oklahoma man arrested after 1 killed, 3 injured in shooting

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say a 20-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting in which one person was killed and three more were injured, one critically. Authorities say Kaleb Young was arrested Monday night on one...

 

Death of Oklahoma County Jail inmate under investigation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Medical Examiner's Office is investigating the cause of death of a female inmate at the Oklahoma County Jail. Authorities say that 48-year-old Tara Lynn Garcia was found dead in her cell at the jail about 5 a.m....

 

12-year-old accidentally shoots himself in northwest Kansas

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 12-year-old boy has accidentally shot himself in northwest Kansas. The Phillips County Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the boy called 911 around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, saying he had shot...

 
 By GINA KAUFMANN    Regional    May 22, 2019

Kansas City educator to publish tribute to her mother

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — As she was dying, Sonya Willis' mother gave her daughter a warning. "She watched me sit back and put my head in my hand and she said, 'Don't you cry.' ... It's like, 'Don't you cry. You get the job done.'" Willis believes...

 

Kansas law offers protections to some users of CBD oil

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed into law a bill that would allow profoundly ill people who have been unable to find relief with pharmaceutical medications to avoid prosecution for possessing certain blends of oil extracted...

 

Kansas to sell former Oldfather Studios building

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas plans to put a building that has been vacant for two years on the market. A budget bill signed Monday by Gov. Laura Kelly includes a provision allowing the university to sell Oldfather Studios, which...

 

Texas House Oks school safety bill after mass shooting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A bill that would "harden" Texas campuses with increased security and a boost in student mental health resources has cleared a key hurdle in the Legislature a year after a mass shooting at a local high school killed eight...

 

Retrial set for Texas teen charged with killing his parents

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas teenager is set to be tried again on capital murder charges in the shooting deaths of his mother and his father, who was a standout linebacker for Texas A&M University before having a short NFL career. The Harris County...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    May 22, 2019

Colorado won't halt drilling as it refocuses rules on safety

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials said Tuesday that they had no plans to stop energy companies from drilling for oil and gas while regulators overhaul state rules to make health, safety and the environment their top priority. Dan Gibbs, chief of the...

 

UN envoy warns Libya is on verge of descending to civil war

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. envoy for Libya warned Tuesday that the oil-rich nation "is on the verge of descending into a civil war" that could divide the country and imperil the security of its neighbors and the wider Mediterranean region....

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    May 22, 2019

Governor seeks reimbursement from US for migrant aid

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Financial and logistical support for border communities coping with an influx of asylum-seeking migrants are on the agenda as the governor of New Mexico travels Tuesday to Washington to meet with federal officials. The...

 

Libyan National Army hires firm to forge closer ties with US

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Libyan general who has gained control of the city of Benghazi and is believed to have ties to the CIA has hired a Texas-based lobbying firm to help him forge closer relations with the U.S. as he seeks to defeat rival militias an...

 

Greece: Supreme court hears appeal for far-left killer

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's supreme court on Tuesday examined the rejection of a furlough request by a hunger-striking extremist serving multiple life sentences for the killing of 11 people by Greece's deadliest militant organization. Dimitris...

 

Northwest Missouri sees divide over wind power projects

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The public divide over wind farms starts with the term itself. Atchison County in the northwest corner of Missouri is home to what, thus far, is the largest wind-power project in the state. A landowner and a business leader...

 

Farmers report increased planting following wet conditions

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — Some Colorado farmers say they are planting more this year following the winter snow and spring rain. The Pueblo Chieftain reported Monday that farmers in southeastern Colorado had left large amounts of land unplanted last...

 

Across US, activists protest new wave of abortion bans

At the U.S. Supreme Court, statehouses and other sites across the nation, abortion rights supporters held rallies Tuesday in opposition to the wave of sweeping abortion bans being enacted this year in Midwestern and Southern states. Organizers ...

 

Oregon hunts for bodies at ex-asylum seen in 'Cuckoo's Nest'

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will use ground-penetrating radar to search for bodies buried on the campus of a now-defunct psychiatric hospital where the movie "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" was filmed before a developer builds housing on the land....

 

Trump nominates aerospace executive for Air Force secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump nominated an aerospace executive and former ambassador to Finland to be the next secretary of the Air Force on Tuesday. Trump said in a tweet that he has chosen Barbara Barrett, former chairman of The Aerosp...

 

What China wants: 3 things motivating China's position in trade negotiations with the US

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Relations between the U.S. and China have deteriorated sharply in recent days after trade negotiations broke down, le...

 

Hawley bill would allow people to opt out of data tracking

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Sen. Josh Hawley on Tuesday introduced legislation that would give internet users the ability to opt out of allowing their personal data to be tracked and collected, the latest effort in the Missouri Republican's broader...

 

Washington is 1st state to allow composting of human bodies

SEATTLE (AP) — Ashes to ashes, guts to dirt. Gov. Jay Inslee signed legislation Tuesday making Washington the first state to approve composting as an alternative to burying or cremating human remains. It allows licensed facilities to offer...

 

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