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Kansas linebacker Long dismissed after alleged gun threat

Lawrence, Kan. (AP) — A sophomore linebacker at Kansas has been dismissed from the Jayhawks after being accused of threatening a woman with a handgun. Nineteen-year-old Maciah Long of Houston was charged Monday with aggravated assault with a...

 

Mejia's homer leads Tulsa to 3-2 win over San Antonio

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) -- Erick Mejia hit a two-run homer in the fourth inning, leading the Tulsa Drillers to a 3-2 win over the San Antonio Missions on Sunday. With the victory, the Drillers swept the three-game series. The home run by Mejia scored...

 

Trial begins in Kansas on bias claim against Kobach's office

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — A former employee of Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach's office has testified in federal court that she was confused and embarrassed by her 2013 firing after being told that her lack of church attendance was a key reason....

 

Kansas father: Legal system failed slain family members

Wichita, Kan. (AP) — A father says the Kansas legal system failed his loved ones because it kept a man's sex offender status below the radar long enough to kill his daughter and granddaughter. Keith Hawkins, 19, was charged Aug. 8 with capital murd...

 

Touch of gray: Clouds mar eclipse viewing in parts of Kansas

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — The shifting cloud cover across Kansas on Monday gave people hoping to see the eclipse a mixed viewing experience. In downtown Topeka, the clouds parted just in time for many people to catch a glimpse of the solar eclipse as it...

 

Police investigates this year's 18th homicide in Topeka

Topeka, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating the shooting death of a northeast Kansas man. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 44-year-old Kenneth Leray Vetaw was found dead Saturday. Authorities say his injuries are consistent with gunshot...

 

Cost of Tulsa jail death lawsuit continues to add up

Tulsa, Okla. (AP) — Costs to Tulsa County taxpayers are continuing to add up as a civil rights lawsuit continues. The Tulsa World reports the county has spent more than $430,000 on the lawsuit that stemmed from the October 2011 jail death of...

 

Oklahomans join millions in viewing solar eclipse

Oklahoma City (AP) — Sun gazers in Oklahoma joined millions of other Americans who caught a glimpse of the first total solar eclipse to sweep the U.S. in nearly a century. Downtown Oklahoma City's Myriad Botanical Gardens hosted hundreds Monday...

 

Police investigating death of jogger hit by truck in Moore

Moore, Okla. (AP) — Police in Moore say they are investigating after a 29-year-old man was killed while jogging in the Oklahoma City suburb. Authorities said Robert Andrew Griffioen was hit by a vehicle Sunday evening. Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy...

 

Woman drowns while swimming in eastern Oklahoma pond

Webbers Falls, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a woman has drowned while swimming in an eastern Oklahoma pond. The OHP says 31-year-old Chelsee Cato of Gore drowned Sunday. A police report says Cato was swimming in a pond about four... Full story

 

Charter school growth slows in Oklahoma

Oklahoma City (AP) — The pace of new charter schools opening in Oklahoma has slowed after a spurt of growth over several years. Santa Fe South Schools Superintendent Chris Brewster said charter schools posted a nearly 4 percent growth rate in 2016...

 

The Latest: Jury ends day 3 deliberating Bundy standoff case

Las Vegas (AP) — The Latest on the retrial of four men accused of wielding assault-style weapons to stop federal agents from rounding up anti-government figure Cliven Bundy's cattle in April 2014 (all times local): 5 p.m. A federal jury in Las...

 

Texas college could influence other Confederate statue moves

Austin, Texas (AP) — The University of Texas' abrupt decision to remove Confederate statues in the middle of the night after the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, raises the question of whether other public universities, cities and towns...

 

Peoria police: Students accused of making threats vs school

Peoria, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Peoria say two teenage boys who are students at Centennial High have been arrested for allegedly making threats against the school on social media. They say the 15-year-old sophomores were taken into custody Sunday...

 

Teacher at elite LA school accused of sex with minor

Los Angeles (AP) — Authorities say a teacher at the elite Brentwood School in Los Angeles has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with an underage student. Police spokesman Tony Im says 45-year-old Aimee Palmitessa was taken into custody last...

 

After Charlottesville, colleges reassessing safety plans

Charlottesville, Va. (AP) — When Carl Valentine dropped off his daughter at the University of Virginia, he had some important advice for the college freshman: Don't forget that you are a minority. "She has to be vigilant of that and be concerned... Full story

 

Portland high school cancels activities following threat

Portland, Maine (AP) — A high school in the Maine city of Portland has canceled student activities Monday after receiving a threatening email. WGME-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2vW0VXW ) student activities at Cheverus High School on Monday have been...

 

Halt ordered on study of health threat from surface mines

Morgantown, W.Va. (AP) — Federal mining regulators have told the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine to halt its study of the health risks for people living near Appalachian surface coal mines. The Interior Department's Office...

 

NTSB: Worker urged evacuation before Minnesota school blast

Minneapolis (AP) — A maintenance worker at a Minneapolis school that partially collapsed after an explosion earlier this month had smelled natural gas and used a radio to tell others to evacuate less than a minute before the blast, according to...

 

US stock indexes inch higher after back-to-back down weeks

New York (AP) — U.S. stocks inched higher Monday, as the Standard & Poor's 500 index steadied following back-to-back losses the last two weeks. This week may be a calmer one for the stock market, after an uncharacteristically bumpy stretch shook...

 

Ohio governor not backing bailout for state's nuclear plants

Oregon, Ohio (AP) — Gov. John Kasich said Monday that he can't see supporting a proposed financial rescue that FirstEnergy Corp. maintains is needed to keep alive the state's two aging nuclear plants. He said it's up to the utility to figure out...

 

Hunger Free ND Garden Project accepting donations

Bismarck, N.D. (AP) — A program that helps feed the hungry around North Dakota is once again accepting donations of fresh produce from gardeners. Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring says the Hunger Free ND Garden Project hopes to get enough...

 

Minnesota regulators propose changes in wild rice protection

St. Paul, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators announced proposed rule changes Monday designed to protect wild rice from sulfate pollution, but American Indian tribes and environmentalists criticized them as inadequate. MPCA Commissioner John Linc...

 

Trump renews Afghan war commitment, sees no speedy exit

Washington (AP) — Reversing his past calls for a speedy exit, President Donald Trump renewed the United States' commitment Monday to the 16-year-old war in Afghanistan, declaring that U.S. troops must "fight to win." He pointedly declined to...

 

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