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The Latest: Disaster declaration issued after Texas floods

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — The Latest on severe weather in parts of the U.S. (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Texas' governor has issued a disaster declaration for six counties hit by severe weather and flooding this week. Gov. Greg Abbott's Thursday...

 

University of Oklahoma president says $1B debt not uncommon

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The president of the University of Oklahoma says the school's nearly $1 billion debt is large but comparable to similar public universities. The Oklahoman reports President David Boren's Wednesday statement followed earlier...

 

Fatal crash sends truck in water, closes Lake Texoma bridge

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a bridge over Lake Texoma has been closed following a deadly collision that sent a tractor-trailer truck careening into the reservoir that straddles the border with Texas. Troopers say the...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    June 22, 2018

Angry Republican teachers create split inside Oklahoma GOP

NEWCASTLE, Okla. (AP) — Sherrie Conley is like most people in small-town Oklahoma: solidly conservative. When she goes to the polls, she faithfully votes Republican. But in Tuesday's primary election here, the elementary school principal won't be...

 

Early voting begins in Oklahoma's statewide primary election

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Early, in-person absentee voting has begun at county election boards across Oklahoma ahead of Tuesday's statewide primary election. The three-day early voting period is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and from 9...

 

Man convicted of 1984 fatal shooting in southeast Oklahoma

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) — A jury in southeast Oklahoma has convicted a 67-year-old man of first-degree murder in a more than three-decade old case. Court records show Ernest Lewis was convicted Wednesday in McCurtain County and sentenced to life in...

 

Kansas group mum on immigrant children in its care

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas nonprofit that shelters troubled children isn't answering questions about the immigrant children staying at its facilities. Joseph Wittrock, president of Topeka-based The Villages, said Thursday that the group...

 

Kansas regents approve tuition increases for universities

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Board of Regents has approved tuition and fee increases for all six public universities, citing a need to keep pace with rising costs and declining state support. Full-time resident undergraduate students attending th...

 

Kansas priest defrocked after child sex abuse allegations

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been revoked of his rank years after an investigation into multiple child sexual abuse allegations against him. Archbishop Joseph Naumann issued a decree in December removing the Rev. John Wisner from...

 

Prosecutors: Hutchinson man guilty of mistreatment of mother

LYONS, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Hutchinson man has pleaded guilty to a felony count of mistreatment of an elder person. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt's office said in a news release Thursday that 61-year-old Bruce J. Colle served as...

 

Mourners remember 2 Kansas deputies slain outside courthouse

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Uniformed officers from across the nation gathered Thursday to remember two Kansas sheriff's deputies who were shot and killed by an inmate while transporting him between the courthouse and jail. Wyandotte County Sheriff...

 

911 caller told to put dog in truck; dog later found dead

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Police in Hutchinson, Kansas, say a dog died inside a sweltering animal control truck due to bad advice from a 911 dispatcher and lack of communication to animal control staff. The incident happened in May but was disclosed...

 

Judge delays trial of Sedgwick County commissioner

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed the trial of a Sedgwick County commissioner accused of misspending more than $10,000 in campaign funds and trying to cover it up. The jury trial of Michael O'Donnell that had been scheduled for July...

 

Settlement reached in Kansas Lottery jackpot rigging case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two Kansas Lottery players have agreed to pay about $28,000 in damages and fines for allegedly cheating the game. The Wichita Eagle reports that Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced the settlement Wednesday....

 

Arkansas bill seeks armed officers for all schools

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — An Arkansas bill would fund a school resource officer position for every public school in the state. Democratic Rep. Scott Baltz filed the draft this month requiring Arkansas school districts to have the officers by the...

 

Officer hurt in Texas school shooting released from hospital

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston-area school district police officer who was wounded during a campus shooting that killed 10 people has been discharged from a hospital. John Barnes, 49, was released Wednesday but faces months of rehabilitation after a...

 

Lawmakers seek investigation of Interior boss's land deal

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Democratic lawmakers are calling for an investigation into U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's involvement in a land deal with the chairman of an energy services company that does business with the agency. A foundation...

 

Dallas businessman dubbed 'Frack Master' charged with fraud

DALLAS (AP) — A Dallas oil and gas businessman who dubbed himself the "Frack Master" has been charged with money laundering and fraud after regulators accused him and others of defrauding investors of about $80 million. Christopher Faulkner, who...

 

OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

Officials from major oil-producing nations are expected to agree this week to boost output, but just how much they will open the spigot — and the effect on oil prices — remain wild cards. Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum...

 

Of Mutual Interest: Reacting to volatile oil prices

NEW YORK (AP) — Just a month ago oil surged to its highest price in three years, and some investors were wondering if crude was again on its way to $100 a barrel. Instead, the price has tumbled. Reports say OPEC plans to support an increase in prod...

 

Retail gasoline prices in Texas drop 4 cents per gallon

COPPELL, Texas (AP) — Retail gasoline prices in Texas and across the country have declined this week. AAA Texas on Thursday reported the average price age the pump statewide dropped 4 cents to settle at $2.69 per gallon. Nationwide gasoline prices...

 

GOP-led House narrowly passes farm bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-led House narrowly passed a sweeping farm bill Thursday that would toughen work requirements for food stamp recipients. The bill passed by a vote of 213-211. Democrats unanimously opposed the measure, saying it...

 

Trump's government overhaul plan at a glance

President Donald Trump's administration is rolling out a plan to reorganize the federal government. Much of the overhaul will need approval from Congress. Here's a look at some of the potential changes: — EDUCATION-LABOR MERGER: The plan calls for...

 

Trump seeks federal government overhaul, merger of agencies

WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking aim at the sprawling federal bureaucracy, President Donald Trump's administration released a detailed proposal Thursday to reorganize a number of federal agencies and merge the Education and Labor departments. The latest...

 

Trump jabbed first, and now world hits back in trade fight

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States attacked first, imposing tariffs on steel and aluminum from around the globe and threatening to hit tens of billions of dollars in Chinese products. Now, the world is punching back. The European Union is set...

 

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