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Why is Oklahoma seeing fewer earthquakes? Scientists point to new oil & gas rules

(PBS NewsHour, Aug. 28, 2016) – The number of earthquakes in Oklahoma have decreased since peaking last year, a development geologists have said this month may be linked to stricter regulations on wastewater created by the oil and gas industry.... Full story

 

Oklahoma police pepper spray 84-year-old woman

MUSKOGEE (OzarksFirst, Aug. 28, 2016) – Body cam video of an officer using pepper spray on an elderly woman has been released by Muskogee Police in Oklahoma. The incident happened last week when the officers were looking for her son in the home....

 
 By Corey Peel    Regional    August 28, 2016

Oklahoma paralympian ranks 2nd in the world, heads to Rio

MUSKOGEE (KJRH, Aug. 28, 2016) – An Oklahoma native is on her journey to Rio as she heads to the 2016 Paralympic Games. This is Cassie Mitchell’s 2nd Paralympics to compete on team USA’s Paralympic track and field team. For the past 17 years,... Full story

 

Kansas Supreme Court justice faces ethics complaint

WICHITA, Kansas (KAKE, Aug. 28, 2016) – An ethics complaint has been filed in Topeka against a top Kansas justice. But some wonder if the timing is suspicious. The Washington-based non-profit "Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust" filed...

 

Enrollment up at other Missouri universities as MU drops 

COLUMBIA, Missouri (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – While the University of Missouri is dealing with a sharp drop in enrollment this fall, many other four-year universities in the state reported an increase in the number of students as classes resumed. After...

 
 By Amy Bickel    Regional    August 28, 2016

Record crops, low prices lead to big wheat harvest in Kansas 

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – A 5-million-bushel mountain of wheat is growing on an old Naval runway near Yoder. At Minneola, a crew is bagging wheat to make room for corn harvest. And, at Oakley - already full of wheat - the... Full story

 

Woman's family holds bake sales, raffles to boost reward 

SALINA, Kansas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Two months after a 57-year-old central Kansas woman was slain in her home, family members have turned to bake sales and raffles to boost the reward fund for information leading to the killers. A family member...

 

Lengthy project to build chapel at Hutchinson continuing 

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – With help from inmates and faith in God, a long-running project to build a chapel at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility is continuing, although it might be years before it is done, supporters of the...

 

Wichita honors native son who won bronze in Olympics 

WICHITA, Kansas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Hundreds of people turned out in Wichita to honor native son Nico Hernandez for winning a bronze medal in the summer Olympics. The city threw a parade and several speakers praised his character and work ethic...

 

Shelter for male domestic violence victims draws attention 

BATESVILLE, Arkansas (AP) – Being the nation's first – and only – shelter for male domestic violence victims, it didn't take long for The Taylor House near Batesville to capture national attention. But while the word continues to get out about... Full story

 

Audit: Kansas' civil forfeiture laws too vague 

WICHITA, Kansas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Law enforcement agencies in Kansas are taking advantage of vague state forfeiture laws and using the proceeds to pay for salaries and possibly other operating expenses – a practice that creates an incentive f...

 

Food center starts mobile farmers market 

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Fresh chile, watermelons, zucchini and other vegetables were up for grabs as La Semilla Food Center debuted its mobile market in southern New Mexico. Elena Acosta, the center's community and donor...

 

Dallas police squelch critics, questions about sniper attack 

DALLAS (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – The day after five Dallas officers were killed by a sniper, the city's police chief described the men as "guardians" of democracy, praising them for protecting the freedom to protest at a large demonstration against...

 

Son of man slain in 1976 meets with Texan Cullen Davis 

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Jon Farr admits there was a moment, as the garage door came rattling down, when he thought spending the night in the home of his father's alleged killer might not be such a good idea. The Fort Worth... Full story

 

Texas boy, 15, certified as adult in slaying of pregnant mom 

GALVESTON, Texas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – A judge has certified a 15-year-old Texas boy to stand trial as an adult in the fatal stabbing and strangling of his mother at their Houston-area home. The Galveston County Daily News (http...

 

Texas hit man gets second stay of execution 

AUSTIN, Texas (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – A convicted hit man scheduled to be put to death Wednesday for a murder-for-hire plot that left a woman dead more than 23 years ago has received a reprieve from a state appeals court – the second he has receive...

 

Study: Harris County, Texas, death penalty cases biased 

Study: Harris County, Texas, death penalty cases biased  HOUSTON (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – A Harvard Law School study reports that racial bias, over-aggressive prosecutions and inadequate representation for poor defendants plagues Harris County's...

 

Studies: Illinois' fixed-tuition law drives up others' costs 

CHAMPAIGN, Illinois (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – The Illinois law that locks in tuition rates for in-state students appears to have the unintended effect of driving up tuition for out-of-state students and fees for all, according to a pair of studies...

 

Women bare breasts for gender equality on GoTopless Day 

HAMPTON, New Hampshire (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Women around the country are taking off their tops on GoTopless Day, a day that promotes gender equality and women's rights to bare their breasts in public. GoTopless Day is celebrated annually on the...

 

Scientists exit Hawaii dome after yearlong Mars simulation 

HILO, Hawaii (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Six scientists have completed a yearlong Mars simulation in Hawaii, where they lived in a dome in near isolation. For the past year, the group in the dome on a Mauna Loa mountain could go outside only while... Full story

 

Widow of slain federal wildlife refuge occupier plans to sue 

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Oregon police and two FBI agents could face a lawsuit from the widow of an Arizona rancher who took part in the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation and was killed in a confrontation with authorities....

 

Visitor misbehavior abounds as US parks agency turns 100 

YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyoming (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Tourist John Gleason crept through the grass, four small children close behind, inching toward a bull elk with antlers like small trees at the edge of a meadow in Yellowstone National Park.... Full story

 

Max Ritvo, poet who chronicled cancer battle, dies at 25 

LOS ANGELES (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Max Ritvo, a poet who chronicled his long battle with cancer in works that were both humorous and searing, has died. He was 25. Ritvo died Tuesday morning at his home in the Brentwood area of Los Angeles, his... Full story

 

Headstone of Civil War soldier to be fixed after 154 years 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – Some mistakes are never too late to fix. A Civil War soldier misidentified when he was buried at an Ohio cemetery more than 150 years ago is to get a new headstone. The Columbus Dispatch (htt...

 

Canadian government sets up probe of switched at birth case 

WINNIPEG, Manitoba (AP, Aug. 28, 2016) – The Canadian government is setting up a third-party investigation after DNA evidence indicated two men from a northern Manitoba indigenous community were switched at birth. David Tait Jr. was born three...

 

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