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 By Marione Martin    Local    July 17, 2019

Kansas man injured in motorcycle wreck

A Kansas man was injured when he lost control of his motorcycle on a gravel road in Alfalfa County. The wreck occurred at 1:50 p.m. on Garvin Road, 220 feet west of County Road 640, approximately two miles south and three miles west of Cherokee....

 

Cases in which police officers were charged in deaths

Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those...

 

Inmate who served 28 years found innocent of murder

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, was released Tuesday by Tulsa County District Judge Sharon...

 
 By Josh Dulaney    Regional    July 17, 2019

Oklahoma City boudoir photographers embrace its popularity

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a mimosa handy while getting her hair and makeup done on a recent Sunday morning, Becky English looked as calm as a professional model just moments before posing for her first boudoir photos. "It's great," the Yukon reside...

 
 By GUERIN EMIG    Regional    July 17, 2019

Tulsa grief counselor converts child therapy into art from

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jessica Orvis is telling you about her work with children, her efforts to blunt their trauma, when you notice her tattoos. Is she making a statement? No. She is providing an outlet to connect with these children. "A lot of...

 

Oklahoma car accident survivor inspires new jewelry line

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When she started physical therapy two summers ago, Izzy Kitterman could barely move her arms and needed a machine to pump oxygen to her lungs through a tube sticking into her neck. But in the long hours of grueling therapy...

 
 By K.S. McNutt    Regional    July 17, 2019

Oklahomans fearful of tick-borne diseases after rainy spring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's rainy spring has provided an ideal environment for ticks. "One thing ticks don't like is being dry. It's good news for them," said Bob Brennan, Ph.D., biology department chair at the University of Central Oklahoma....

 

Democrat Horn outpaces GOP challengers in fundraising

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn is continuing to outpace her Republican challengers in fundraising for a seat the GOP is targeting for 2020. Horn is the lone Democrat in Oklahoma's...

 
 By Cliff Brunt    Sports    July 17, 2019

Oklahoma City Thunder's rebuild will take some time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Yosef Maaroof wanted one more Russell Westbrook memory in Oklahoma City. When he learned Thursday night the Thunder were planning to send Westbrook to the Houston Rockets for Chris Paul and draft picks, the 20-year-old Tulsa re...

 

USDA: 40% of transferred ag researchers to move to Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest. The Kansas City Star reports that U.S....

 
 By KYLE PALMER    Regional    July 17, 2019

This Kansas woman world pinball champion is a game-changer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Every Wednesday night, 20 or so pinball enthusiasts gather at The 403 Club in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, to play a weekly tournament. Nearly a dozen pinball machines line one wall with themes...

 

Wichita man sentenced for burglary, shooting at police

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Wichita man who exchanged gunfire with police during a chase has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison. KAKE-TV reports Elijah Martinez was sentenced Tuesday to 280 months for intentional second-degree...

 

Nonprofit offers former inmates transitional Christian homes

TOPKEA, Kan. (AP) — Often when inmates get out of jail, it's their drug dealer who picks them up, Matt Thomas said. He's working to reverse that trend through a program that seeks to give such people not only a ride, but also a firm foundation on...

 

CBD oil with THC in Kansas stores, but legality is confusing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — They're here in Kansas. CBD products with a bit of that oh-so-taboo THC in them. To vape, to put under your tongue. Some retailers argue those products became legal on July 1 because of tweaks to state regulation of...

 

Moran disagrees with Trump's remarks on Democratic lawmakers

LOUISBURG, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas says President Donald Trump's suggestion that four Democratic congresswomen of color "go back" to where they came was inappropriate because the women are Americans. At a town hall meeting...

 

Steamy text message sparks marriage fraud investigation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A steamy text message at the most inopportune moment has sparked a federal marriage fraud trial in Rhode Island. The Boston Globe reports Prince Mark Boley, a Liberian man living in Providence, married Amanda Hames-Whitman...

 

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens dies at 99

WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court's leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday. He...

 

Trump's new asylum rules go into effect, and opponents sue

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Hundreds of immigrants showed up at border crossings Tuesday in hopes of getting into the U.S. but faced the likelihood of being turned away under a new Trump administration asylum rule that upends long-standing protections f...

 

House condemns Trump 'racist' tweets in extraordinary rebuke

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a remarkable political repudiation, the Democratic-led U.S. House voted Tuesday night to condemn President Donald Trump's "racist comments" against four congresswomen of color, despite protestations by Trump's Republican...

 

Analysis: 'Go back' captures core of Trump political agenda

WASHINGTON (AP) — Go back where you came from. President Donald Trump's tweet on Sunday did more than take a shot at four Democratic lawmakers of color. In just a few words, Trump summed up the backbone of his agenda — one aimed at reducing the...

 

Police officer in 'I can't breathe' death won't be charged

NEW YORK (AP) — After years of silence, federal prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't bring criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't...

 

Facebook's currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network's ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a system that protects the privacy of...

 

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air d...

 

New clues on why women's Alzheimer's risk differs from men's

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer's disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex. At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in...

 

Retail rivals crash Amazon's Prime Day party

NEW YORK (AP) — The gravitational pull of Amazon Prime Day is so strong on shoppers it's benefiting other retailers as well, according to an early analysis from a key data group. On Monday, the first day of its 48-hour sales event, large...

 

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