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Oklahoma City mother gets life in fatal infant stabbing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City woman has been sentenced to life in prison after a jury convicted her of fatally stabbing her infant son. The jury found Raven Veloz, 24, guilty Thursday of first-degree murder and two counts of assault and...

 

Mike Pence pledges to rebuild after Oklahoma flood damage

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence is pledging to rebuild parts of Oklahoma damaged by flooding. Pence, his wife and federal agency heads on Tuesday toured Tulsa-area neighborhoods swamped after the swollen Arkansas River left its...

 

Pine Bluff officials: Flood won't sink Arkansas city's hopes

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An economically struggling Arkansas city in the midst of a revitalization plan continued flooding Tuesday as the Arkansas River crested its banks, but local officials said even after the waters recede, the community's...

 

Stitt replaces director of Oklahoma's human services agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed an Oklahoma City businessman with a background in health care, finance and senior living to head up the state's Department of Human Services. Stitt announced Tuesday his appointment of...

 

Oklahoma sees spike in heroin-related deaths over past week

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is warning of a spike in heroin-related deaths over the past week. The bureau says seven people have died of suspected overdoses since May 27. Five of the deaths were in the Oklahoma City area...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 5, 2019

Kansas GOP leaders: Food assistance policy breaks state law

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Top Republican legislators on Tuesday accused Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's administration of breaking Kansas law with a new policy that makes it easier for adults who are not working to keep receiving food assistance. The...

 

Women complain about discriminatory jail screening policy

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri county legislator has said her local jail has a sexist screening policy that requires any woman wearing an underwire bra to remove the lingerie before entering the facility — a claim the sheriff and corrections...

 

Judge: Doctor testimony not needed in Missouri abortion case

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis judge ruled Tuesday that testimony from non-staff doctors at Missouri's only abortion clinic will not be necessary for a hearing that will determine if the clinic can remain open. Circuit Judge Michael Stelzer agreed...

 

Former teacher/coach sentenced for child sex crimes

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 54-year-old former teacher and swim coach who worked in the Kansas City area has been sentenced to federal prison for sexually assaulting and exploiting children in crimes that spanned decades. James Green Jr. was...

 

Lawsuit filed by Topeka man who fell through bridge gap

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A man is suing the city of Topeka for nearly $2.78 million in damages for injuries he suffered when he fell through a gap in a highway bridge in the same place four people have plunged through since 2001, including a...

 

Contracting business owners pleads guilty in fraud scheme

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a contracting company has pleaded guilty to participating in a scheme that defrauded the government by receiving contracts intended for veterans and minorities. Forty-three-year-old Matthew McPherson, owner of...

 

Kansas man sentenced to 21 years over toddler girl's death

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old central Kansas man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison over the death of his girlfriend's toddler daughter. Chaz Stephens of Hoisington pleaded guilty in April to a charge of intentional second-degree...

 

Commission reduces insurance rates for some state employees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas commission voted Monday to give state employees a break on health insurance rates after they endured years of significant increases. The Kansas Employees Health Care Commission voted unanimously to either reduce state...

 

Report: Spring planting far behind in Kansas amid storms

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The latest government report shows just how far behind Kansas growers are in planting their crops amid all the rain and flooding in the state. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that 26% of the...

 

Lawyers spar over case blaming US policy for climate change

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — In a courtroom packed with environmental activists, federal judges wrestled Tuesday over whether climate change violates the rights of young people who have sued the U.S. government over the use of fossil fuels. A U.S. Justice...

 

Trump administration halts cruises to Cuba under new rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Tuesday ended the most popular forms of U.S. travel to Cuba, banning cruise ships and a heavily used category of educational travel in an attempt to cut off cash to the island's communist government. Cr...

 

Mayor who posted about 'killing out' gays has posted apology

CARBON HILL, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of a rural northwest Alabama town who posted online about "killing out" gay and transgender people has posted an apology, after initially denying he was responsible. WBRC-TV reported that Carbon Hill Mayor Mark...

 

Study: US West forest fires release less carbon than thought

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere from forest fires in the U.S. West is being greatly overestimated, possibly leading to poor land management decisions, researchers at the University of Idaho said....

 

Students stage 'die-in' climate protest in German parliament

BERLIN (AP) — Students have disrupted a youth event in the German parliament, lying down in the chamber in a "die-in" to protest the government's climate policies. About 20 of the students attending the "Youth and Parliament" event Tuesday lay on...

 

Police rescue man and puppy trapped in garbage truck

PROVO, Utah (AP) — A puppy and its 43-year-old owner are recovering after getting trapped in a garbage truck. Provo Police Sgt. Nisha King said Tuesday officers rescued the man and his puppy after they got caught by the truck's compactor...

 

Actress Jenny Slate to address island graduating class of 1

CUTTYHUNK ISLAND, Mass. (AP) — The single graduating student on a tiny Massachusetts island is nonetheless receiving the star treatment. Actress and comedian Jenny Slate will speak at this month's graduation ceremony for Cuttyhunk Elementary...

 

California man freed from life prison sentence for joyriding

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A California man was freed from prison after serving 23 years of his life sentence on a joyriding conviction, including eight years in solitary confinement for possessing a book written by the co-founder of a notorious pri...

 

Dow jumps over 500 points amid hopes of Fed rate cut

The Dow Jones Industrial Average jumped more than 500 points Tuesday as investors welcomed signs that the Federal Reserve may cut interest rates to help buttress U.S. economic growth in the face of escalating trade wars. Optimism about a resolution...

 

Trump-GOP split: Senators loudly oppose Mexico tariff threat

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a rare confrontation, Republican senators declared deep opposition Tuesday to President Donald Trump's threatened tariffs on all goods coming into the U.S. from Mexico. But it's unclear they have the votes to stop him, and...

 

White House tells 2 ex-aides to defy congressional subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House on Tuesday again directed former employees not to cooperate with a congressional investigation, this time instructing former aides Hope Hicks and Annie Donaldson to defy subpoenas and refuse to provide documents to...

 

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