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Pruitt aide resigns after she describes personal errands

WASHINGTON (AP) — Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt laughed off questions about whether he used his office to try to help his wife get a "business opportunity" with Chick-fil-A, while a close aide abruptly resigned amid new ethics...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 8, 2018

Candidate chides Kansas governor for not signing tax pledge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican Kris Kobach is making tax cuts a cornerstone of his campaign for Kansas governor and publicly chiding GOP Gov. Jeff Colyer and other rivals for not joining him in signing a pledge not to increase taxes....

 

Kansas man sentenced in high-speed crash

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to prison for leading police on a high-speed chase in a Lawrence residential neighborhood that resulted in injuries to two people. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a judge sentenced 45-year-old...

 

Environmental groups can intervene in Westar rate case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Two environmental groups will be allowed to intervene in a rate case involving Westar, which wants to impose higher fees on customers who install solar panels on their homes. The Kansas Corporation Commission on Thursday said...

 

New clinic brings first medical detox program to Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new center in Wichita will be the first in the city to offer medically monitored detox for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction. The Fieldview at Holland treatment center will offer medically monitored detox,...

 

Fleeing California man among 3 killed in Kansas chase

WINDOM, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have identified the three people killed in a Kansas police chase as a fleeing California driver, his passenger and the driver of the vehicle they struck. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the pursuit began...

 

Sheriff: 5-year-old wounded in accidental Kansas shooting

ISABEL, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a sibling has accidentally shot a 5-year-old girl in her left arm in southern Kansas. Pratt County Sheriff James White says the shooting happened Wednesday morning in the southeast part of the county. The...

 

Family: Kansas City, Kansas, homicide victim was pregnant

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Relatives say a woman who was fatally shot in Kansas City, Kansas, was 12 weeks pregnant. The Kansas City Star reports that the body of 23-year-old Jocelyn Ybarra was found Saturday night after a neighbor reported hearing...

 

Florida officials told student diversion programs often work

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — The school district where the Florida high school massacre happened defended its controversial student diversion program Thursday, telling a commission investigating the shooting that the program has reduced on-campus crime...

 

Texas school district where 10 fatally shot adds police

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — The Texas school district where eight students and two teachers were fatally shot last month has implemented security measures increasing the number of police officers and guards on campuses. The Santa Fe Independent School...

 

2 Western senators want to repeal Trump's solar tariffs

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two U.S. senators from western states joined the legislative fight Thursday to repeal President Donald Trump's tariffs on imported solar panels, saying the higher taxes on foreign producers are jeopardizing jobs in the...

 

Heat-trapping carbon dioxide levels in air hit another high

WASHINGTON (AP) — The amount of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in the air peaked again this year at record levels, scientists reported Thursday. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday that carbon dioxide levels averaged...

 

Foreign firms invest in Brazil oil despite fuel price strike

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Multinational oil companies bought significant stakes in three Brazilian pre-salt oil fields auctioned Thursday, a show of confidence in the future of the energy sector despite a recent strike by truckers over rising fuel pric...

 

Judge rules for North Dakota landowner in pipeline dispute

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A judge has dismissed Montana-Dakota Utilities' eminent domain lawsuit over a proposed half-mile natural gas pipeline in northern North Dakota, a decision hailed by landowner attorneys as a rare victory. North Central...

 

Trump seizes upon Obama-era license aimed at helping Iran

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday seized upon an investigation by Senate Republicans that found the Obama administration secretly tried to give Iran brief access to the U.S. financial system after the 2015 Iran nuclear deal....

 

Republican Gov. Martinez attacks GOP nominee for Congress

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the GOP candidate in a closely watched Congressional race in southern New Mexico may not fairly represent the state. Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal on Wednesday, Rep....

 

Retail gasoline prices in Texas, nationwide down 2 cents

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country eased this week by declining an average 2 cents per gallon. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price at the pump statewide was $2.76. Nationwide retail gasoline...

 

Report: Oklahoma tops states in incarceration rate

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma now has the highest incarceration rate in the U.S., according to a recent study. The Prison Policy Initiative released its "States of Incarceration: The Global Context 2018" study last month. The nonprofit's data...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    June 8, 2018

University of Oklahoma returns retired professor's donations

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The University of Oklahoma has returned donations made by a retired professor accused of sexual harassment and banned him from working on campus more than two years after the school first investigated him. The university...

 

Oklahoma inmate pleads guilty to running meth ring from cell

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma man already serving time for murder has pleaded guilty to using contraband cellphones to run a large-scale meth ring from his maximum-security prison cell. The Tulsa World reports that 35-year-old Slint Tate's...

 

Man killed in crash at end of police chase in Oklahoma

GUTHRIE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma City man was killed when the pickup truck he was driving crashed while being pursued by police. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 31-year-old Stephen Sloniker died in the crash shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday in...

 

Kansas teen sentenced in death of transgender woman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to juvenile corrections in the stabbing death of a transgender woman. Sedgwick County authorities say the boy was sentenced Friday for second-degree murder in the 2016 death of 32-year-old...

 

Kansas stepmom dead after leading investigator to dead boy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A woman who led an investigator to the decomposing remains of her 5-year-old stepson three months after reporting him missing was found dead early Friday in a Wichita home with three suicide notes and a rifle at her feet,...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 8, 2018

US bureau's leader questions usefulness of public database

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — President Donald Trump's budget director and acting director of the federal government's consumer watchdog agency questioned Friday whether it's still useful to keep an online database of complaints against lenders and other fin...

 

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