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 By Mike Stobbe    Regional    May 25, 2017

Zika hit Florida months before infections found, study says

NEW YORK (AP) — New research suggests Zika began spreading in Florida mosquitoes about three months before infections were detected in the Miami area last summer. The researchers also found the virus likely was carried in by travelers from the...

 

Crash report: Confused by spin, Mars probe failed to brake

BERLIN (AP) — An independent report has concluded that Europe's Schiaparelli probe crash-landed on Mars last year because its systems couldn't cope with a brief, wild rotation during its descent. The report commissioned by the European Space...

 

Alaska aquiver: State hosts plate tectonics research effort

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska averages 40,000 earthquakes per year, with more large quakes than the other 49 states combined, and America's shakiest state is about to have its ground examined like never before. A federal agency that supports...

 

Dog stuck on 400-foot cliff rescued by cop using ropes

MOUNT MORRIS, N.Y. (AP) — A dog stuck about half-way down a 400-foot cliff in a western New York gorge has been rescued by a police officer who had to use ropes to reach the stranded canine. The state parks office says visitors to Letchworth State...

 

Bear trying to get doughnuts tears off Colorado car bumper

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A bear trying to get doughnuts has ripped off the bumper of a car used to deliver doughnuts in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Steamboat Pilot & Today reports (http://bit.ly/2rSb3gS ) Todd and Kim Robertson awoke...

 

The Latest: Kansas House advances bill to boost school aid

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on the Kansas Legislature's debates over increasing taxes to fix the state budget and raise additional money for public schools (all times local): 6:40 p.m. Kansas legislators have advanced a bill that would phase in...

 

Court: US gun ban doesn't apply to city domestic abuse laws

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of misdemeanor domestic battery under a city ordinance can legally carry a gun, an appeals court found in a ruling that could have broader implications for firearm sales. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of...

 

Insurer pulls out of Kansas, Missouri health care exchanges

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas City is pulling out of the federal health care exchanges in Kansas and Missouri next year because of mounting financial losses. The company's announcement Wednesday makes it just the latest...

 

Warrant issued in Manhattan man's shooting death

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Riley County police say a missing 37-year-old Manhattan might be with a suspect in a homicide. Police say Cora Brown could be in danger if she is with 38-year-old Steven Harris. A warrant issued Tuesday accuses Harris of...

 

Judge: Evidence of violent porn use allowed in rape case

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A judge says he will allow evidence that a Kansas man watched hours of violent pornography at his upcoming sexual assault trial. Jacob Ewing sis scheduled for trial in June on charges of rape and aggravated criminal sodomy...

 

Oklahoma House approves parole bill for frail inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has passed a bill that would authorize paroles for medically frail inmates. The bill that passed with an 81-15 vote Tuesday would allow the Department of Corrections' executive director to place an inmate...

 

Ex-Oklahoma Beef Council accountant pleads guilty to fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former accountant for the Oklahoma Beef Council has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $2.6 million from the nonprofit organization. Court records show 45-year-old Melissa Day Morton of Edmond pleaded guilty Wednesday to...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 25, 2017

Critics: $6.8B Oklahoma budget bill may be unconstitutional

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Republican and Democratic members complained Wednesday that a $6.8 billion spending plan that cuts most state agencies' spending by about 5 percent has not been properly vetted and is likely unconstitutional. Rank-and-file...

 

Inmate walks away from work crew in southeastern Oklahoma

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says an inmate has escaped in southeastern Oklahoma. The DOC says in a news release that 27-year-old Rhodrick Walden walked away from a work crew Wednesday in eastern McAlester. The...

 

Battenfield leads Oklahoma State past top-seeded Texas Tech

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Blake Battenfield threw six scoreless innings to help eighth-seeded Oklahoma State to a 3-0 win over top-seeded Texas Tech in the first round of the Big 12 Conference tournament on Wednesday. Battenfield allowed four hits and...

 

2 arrested in Oklahoma pipe bomb scare

SAPULPA, Okla. (AP) — Police have arrested a father and son after pipe bombs were allegedly found in a car outside a courthouse in a city southwest of Tulsa. KOTV-TV (http://bit.ly/2rUEKhG ) reports the men were booked into Creek County Jail early...

 

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