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Trial moved for teacher accused of not reporting sex abuse

MARION, Iowa (AP) — A judge has ordered that a trial will be moved for an Iowa kindergarten teacher accused of not reporting that a 15-year-old classroom volunteer sexually abused her students. Linn County District Court records say Diane Graham's...

 

Alaska court hears dispute over oil-wealth fund checks

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska lawmaker made one last legal push Tuesday to put about $1,000 back in the hands of nearly every state resident for their share of Alaska's oil wealth. Sen. Bill Wielechowski argued before the Alaska Supreme Court in...

 

Environmentalists win in court over gas drilling in forests

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A decision by Pennsylvania's highest court on Tuesday was hailed as a victory by environmental advocates on the use of public natural resources and money from oil and gas drilling in state forests. Brought originally as a...

 

Companies pay more than $1M to drill on Oklahoma land

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two oil and gas companies have each paid more than $1 million for the right to drill on state-owned land in Oklahoma, the highest payouts for the state since at least 2011. Paloma Partners IV, an operation by Houston-based...

 

Oil's slide to lowest price of the year pulls stocks lower

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes retreated from their record heights Tuesday after a slump in the price of oil weighed on energy companies. The Standard & Poor's 500 index fell 16.43 points, or 0.7 percent, to 2,437.03, and the Dow Jones...

 

Zinke pledges to enforce Obama-era methane rule amid rewrite

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration will enforce an Obama-era regulation aimed at restricting harmful methane emissions from oil and gas production, even as it seeks to rewrite the rule to be more industry-friendly, Interior Secretary Ryan...

 

Judge announces Trump won't be defendant in pipeline lawsuit

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — President Donald Trump won't be added as a defendant in a lawsuit over the disputed Dakota Access oil pipeline that he pushed to completion, a federal judge announced as one of the conditions of allowing a group of Sioux triba...

 

Debate heats up over teaching climate change in US schools

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The struggle over what American students learn about global warming is heating up as conservative lawmakers, climate change doubters and others attempt to push rejected or debunked theories into the classroom. An overwhelming...

 

Surge in Venezuela asylum requests to US accelerating

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The number of Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States is accelerating as the oil-rich economy crashes and bloody, anti-government protests roil the nation. The most recent data from Citizenship and Immigration...

 

Australia to restrict gas exports due to domestic shortage

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's government will restrict gas exports from next year in an effort to contain soaring energy prices in the domestic market, the prime minister said Tuesday. Australia is about to overtake Qatar as the world's...

 

Utah facility will turn food waste into power, fertilizer

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A new facility in the city of North Salt Lake will convert food waste into natural gas and fertilizer, creating what Utah's governor said is a "win-win" for cutting waste and methane emissions at landfills while powering...

 

Soil moisture still impacted by dry weather in North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Eastern North Dakota received much-needed rain over the past week, but the western part of the state is still experiencing dry conditions. The weekly crop report from the federal Agriculture Department says topsoil moisture...

 

Congressional delegation asks for emergency CRP haying

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's congressional delegation is asking the federal Agriculture Department to help out farmers and ranchers in the state dealing with drought. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer have asked...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    June 21, 2017

Oklahoma's 'Pioneer Woman' builds media empire on the Plains

PAWHUSKA, Okla. (AP) — Growing up in an Oklahoma town she considered too tiny, Ree Drummond sought the bright lights of a city and headed west for Los Angeles. She never dreamed the journey would send her back to the plains of northeast Oklahoma,...

 

Cattle ranchers sue to return country-of-origin labeling

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Ranchers on Monday sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture, seeking to force meat to again be labeled if it's produced in other countries and imported to the United States. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Spokane,...

 

Seattle officers in fatal shooting had crisis training

SEATTLE (AP) — Two Seattle police officers who shot and killed a pregnant woman inside her apartment had been trained to deal with people showing signs of mental illness or other behavior crises. Officials also say the officers had at least one...

 

Groups file lawsuits over new Arkansas abortion restrictions

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Abortion-rights groups asked a federal court Tuesday to block Arkansas from enforcing new restrictions lawmakers approved this year, including a ban on a commonly used second-trimester procedure that the groups say would...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 21, 2017

Medicaid cutbacks could hinder addiction plan in New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico stands to lose critical funding for substance abuse treatment that has helped combat a local opioid epidemic, under a Republican campaign on Capitol Hill to roll back President Barack Obama's health care law. A...

 

Missouri House passes law to tighten abortion regulation

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri House members on Tuesday passed legislation to tighten state abortion regulations, including provisions to require annual inspections of clinics and give the state attorney general new authority to prosecute viol...

 
 By Alan Fram    Regional    June 21, 2017

Senate steers toward showdown vote next week on health bill

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans steered toward a potential showdown vote on their long-awaited health care bill next week, despite indications that they've yet to solidify the 50 GOP votes they'll need to avert an embarrassing defeat. Senate...

 

Warren Sapp to donate brain for medical research

MIAMI (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Sapp is donating his brain for medical research. Sapp announced on social media Tuesday that his brain will go to the Concussion Legacy Foundation after his death. The 44-year-old said in a statement...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    June 21, 2017

High Court ruling may hurt claims of talc link to cancer

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling this week could have a "chilling effect" on the many lawsuits filed in St. Louis claiming talcum powder causes a deadly form of cancer in women, including cases under appeal in which stricken women and their...

 

Indiana's top doctor urges vigilance for spotted fever cases

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana's state health commissioner is urging physicians to check patients for signs of Rocky Mountain spotted fever following a young girl's recent death from the tick-borne disease. Commissioner Jerome Adams also suggested in...

 

Republicans' Medicaid rollback collides with opioid epidemic

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican campaign to roll back Barack Obama's health care law is colliding with America's opioid epidemic. Medicaid cutbacks would hit hard in states deeply affected by the addiction crisis and struggling to turn the...

 
 By Doug Ferguson    Sports    June 21, 2017

Agent: Tiger Woods in a clinic for handling pain medication

Tiger Woods has checked into a clinic to get help dealing with prescription medication for pain and a sleep disorder, and his agent is not sure how long he will stay. Mark Steinberg of Excel Sports Management said Tuesday he could not disclose the...

 

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