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Woman pleads guilty to hoax bomb threat at Claremore schools

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty in federal court to phoning in a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of seven schools in Claremore. The U.S. Attorney's Office in Tulsa announced Thursday Stephanie Louise Montgomery pleaded guilty...

 

Blake Shelton appointed to wildlife board in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Country singer and "The Voice" star Blake Shelton has been appointed to the board of a foundation that will raise money for wildlife conservation in his home state of Oklahoma. Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation...

 

Proposal would settle Chesapeake lawsuit for $6.95 million

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A proposed $6.95 million settlement has been filed to end a class-action lawsuit alleging Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy co-founders Aubrey McClendon and Tom Ward conspired to rig bids on leases for land to explore for...

 

Brothers fatally shot in Tulsa shopping center parking lot

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say two adult brothers were fatally shot while getting out of their car in the parking lot of a shopping center. Police Capt. Malcolm Wightman said officers were called to the lot in southeast Tulsa about 11...

 

Late Lynyrd Skynyrd members to join Oklahoma hall of fame

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) — Two members of Lynyrd Skynyrd killed in a plane crash at the Southern rock band's peak will be inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. The Miami News-Record reports guitarist Steve Gaines and backing vocalist Cassie...

 

Activist challenges Kobach's status as GOP governor nominee

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A liberal Kansas activist is challenging Secretary of State Kris Kobach's right to appear as the Republican nominee for governor on the November ballot, alleging that perhaps hundreds of legally cast ballots were not counted in...

 

AP FACT CHECK: Kansas Democrat did say she favors ending ICE

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democrat Sharice Davids looks directly into the camera in a recent ad for her campaign in a competitive Kansas congressional district and declares: "I don't support abolishing ICE." She's responding to an earlier ad from a Repub...

 

Kansas ACLU's free speech lawsuit proceeds against district

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A months-long dispute between a Kansas City school district and students alleging free speech violations has escalated into a court battle involving the American Civil Liberties Union. The ACLU of Kansas asked the U.S....

 

Kansas man charged with killing woman aboard cruise ship

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man is charged with killing a woman while they were aboard a cruise ship in January. Federal prosecutors announced 53-year-old Eric Newman was charged with second-degree murder and made his initial court appearance...

 

Lawrence officer won't face charges in non-fatal shooting

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Lawrence police officer who shot at the car of a man suspected in a double shooting will not face criminal charges. Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson announced Thursday that Sgt. Robert Neff would not be...

 

Kansas House candidate charged with election perjury

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A 35-year-old Olathe man running for a seat in the Kansas House of Representatives has been charged with election perjury. Adam Thomas, a Republican candidate in the 26th District House race, was charged Thursday. The Kansas...

 

Rookie officer says she meant to stun man but shot him

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A rookie Kansas police officer charged in a shooting that wounded a man during a confrontation at a seat-belt enforcement site told investigators that she intended to fire her Taser but instead used her firearm, according to...

 

Man arrested in Kansas City, Kansas, bank robbery

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say man has been arrested in a Kansas City, Kansas, bank robbery. FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton says in a news release that the robbery happened around 8:35 a.m. Thursday at the Bank of Labor. Patton says in...

 

Heavy rains reduce parking for Kansas State football game

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Fans attending the Kansas State-Mississippi State game Saturday are encouraged to arrive early to look for parking spots. Kansas State Athletics announced Thursday parts of grass parking lots around the football stadium are...

 

Texas school where gunman killed 10 warns parents of threat

SANTA FE, Texas (AP) — Officials at a Houston-area high school where a shooting in May left 10 people dead say that two students who exchanged threatening text messages will face disciplinary action. The Houston Chronicle reports the threatening...

 

Judge upholds University of Missouri campus gun ban

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the University of Missouri's campus ban on concealed guns doesn't conflict with state law. Circuit Judge Jeff Harris' ruling on Wednesday rejected arguments that the school's ban violates a law...

 

Nevada officials vow to fight federal plutonium storage plan

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A federal government plan to ship weapons-grade plutonium from South Carolina to a U.S. nuclear materials handling facility about 100 miles (160 kilometers) from Las Vegas drew protests and official outrage Thursday from Nevada...

 

Conservation group takes aim at GOP candidate for governor

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A political fund for environmental conservation causes in New Mexico plans to devote $500,000 to highlighting financial ties between Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce's and the oil and natural gas industries,...

 

Iraqi protesters set fire to provincial government building

BAGHDAD (AP) — Iraqi protesters stormed and set fire to a provincial government building in the southern city of Basra, despite a curfew imposed by authorities Thursday to try and quell demonstrations against poor public services and unemployment...

 

Unique Colorado trout saved from stream polluted by wildfire

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — A unique type of trout thought to be extinct has been rescued from southwestern Colorado streams where ash from a wildfire threatened their survival, state officials said. Nearly 60 Colorado River cutthroat trout were taken to...

 

It wasn't me: Trump officials who deny writing the NYT op-ed

Lots of Trump administration officials were quick on Thursday to scratch their names off the list of potential authors of an unsigned New York Times opinion piece by a member of the so-called resistance working to thwart "reckless decisions" by...

 

Wisconsin flooding damage estimated to be $209 million

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Damage estimates are soaring in southern Wisconsin after weeks of severe flooding and storms destroyed pavement and damaged hundreds of homes. Here's a look at where things stand: ___ HOW BAD IS IT? Gov. Scott Walker tweeted...

 

US services firms saw growth quicken in August

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. services companies grew at a faster pace in August as business activity and new orders rebounded. The Institute for Supply Management said Thursday that its services index rose to 58.5 last month from 55.7 in July. Readings...

 

State says seniors were abandoned during California wildfire

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Staff at two senior care centers abandoned residents during an evacuation as wildfires swept through Northern California last October, state officials said Thursday as they moved to revoke licenses from the Santa Rosa faci...

 

Vets walk across US to draw attention to mental health fight

NEW YORK (AP) — Six American and British veterans who walked across the U.S. to raise awareness about mental health problems related to combat service finished their trip Thursday in New York City, where they were met by former Vice President Joe...

 

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