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Oklahoma Turnpike Authority expands Pikepass use in Texas

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma travelers with Pikepass stickers on their vehicles can now use the payment tags on more Texas tollways. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority on Monday announced an agreement with two agencies that operate several toll...

 

EXCHANGE: Researchers examining how dogs got to Americas

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — Your poodle may have a French pedigree, but Siberia played a major role in introducing dogs to the Americas. That's part of the research conducted at the University of Illinois and the Illinois State Archaeological Survey,...

 

Entrepreneurs flock to University of Oklahoma expo

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The OU Tom Love Innovation Hub turned into a trade show floor recently, as the inaugural Entrepreneurship Expo brought out investors, onlookers and plenty of ideas. Some came with established ideas, such as Real Kitchen Salsa,...

 

Retired Tulsa surgeon remembers JFK's assassination

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — It has been 55 years since the trauma emergency room at Dallas' Parkland Memorial Hospital became the center of the known universe. "We heard people had been shot," said retired Tulsa surgeon Dr. Jerry Gustafson. "We heard the p...

 

Texas Girl Scout uses art for help with Harvey recovery

HOUSTON (AP) — A menacing hand reaches from above, pushing the small girl further underwater as she struggles for air. The Houston Chronicle reports that's what 12-year-old Izzy Plunkett drew last October in a family friend's home, adopted as her...

 

Future of elk in southwest Colorado in jeopardy

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The future of elk in Southwest Colorado is in jeopardy. Over the past few years, herds in the region have been slowly dying off, and wildlife officials are concerned about the iconic ungulate's ability to survive in healthy...

 

Oklahoma 'Doughboy' statue restored, rededicated

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — District 6 State Representative Chuck Hoskins said he sees his uncle when he walks past the "Spirit of the American Doughboy" statue at Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center. "It not only stands for my uncles, but for all of...

 

Camels thrive in Oklahoma farms

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Charlie stood in the pen with his nose up, raising his nostrils higher as people approached. Children and a red heeler cow dog named Mollie circled him, kids grabbed his fuzzy wool and touched his nose. He didn't move or...

 

2 bills seek to remove Oklahoma auto sales tax

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two bills filed this week look to end Oklahoma's automobile sales tax, which was enacted during that state's budget crisis last year. The Senate bills would halt the 1.25 percent sales tax on vehicles bought after July 1,...

 

No. 5 Oklahoma's explosive offense carries shaky defense

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's offense is statistically one of the best in college football history. It still might not be good enough to get the Sooners a Big 12 title or a slot in the College Football Playoff. Coach Lincoln Riley's team leads th...

 

Justices debate Indian control of land in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court grappled Tuesday with whether an Indian tribe retains control over a vast swath of eastern Oklahoma in a case involving a Native American who was sentenced to death for murder. Some justices said they fear a...

 

Stitt taps 2 Tulsa-area men for posts in new administration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected governor has named a veteran U.S. Senate staffer and a former Republican state lawmaker, both from the Tulsa area, to key positions in his new administration. Gov. Elect Kevin Stitt announced Tuesday...

 

New trial opposed for Oklahoman in white supremacist plot

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say U.S. District Court in Little Rock does not have jurisdiction to consider the request for a new trial by an Oklahoma man sentenced to death for killing an Arkansas family in a plot to set up a...

 

Sedgwick County deputy shoots, wounds man firing a handgun

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Sedgwick County authorities say a deputy shot and wounded a man who was firing a handgun near the Wichita Department for Children and Families. Sheriff's spokesman Tim Myers said the man shot on Tuesday is hospitalized in...

 

Woman missing since Sunday's blizzard found dead

CAWKER CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas woman who was missing since her car was found abandoned in a blizzard during the weekend has been found dead. The body of Tanya Eshbaugh, 37, of Cawker City, was found Tuesday in a field near Waconda Lake, about...

 

Topeka man shot after dragging 2 officers has died

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka police say a man who was shot by a state trooper while his vehicle was dragging two officers has died. Police Lt. Andrew Beightel says officers, one from Topeka and one from the Kansas Highway Patrol, were not seriously...

 

Kansas recalls 731 license plates over ethnic slur complaint

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is recalling hundreds of vehicle license plates on the streets containing the "JAP" lettering in the wake of complaints that it is an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese Americans. The Kansas Department of Revenue said...

 

Inmate's death at Leavenworth prison being investigated

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of an inmate at a privately-run federal prison in Leavenworth. The Kansas City Star reports 29-year-old Dillon Lane Reed died on Thanksgiving at the Leavenworth Detention Center....

 

Wichita State president hospitalized with chronic lung issue

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University President John Bardo is hospitalized and is not expected to return to campus until next semester. University officials announced Tuesday that Bardo, who is 70, is being treated for a chronic lung...

 

Self-defense cited in shooting of teen during fireworks war

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A man is claiming self-defense after he was charged with wounding a 17-year-old whose friends were shooting fireworks at a Lawrence apartment building. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 20-year-old Rashan Gill is...

 

65 at the University of Kansas to take retirement incentive

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say 65 faculty members at the University of Kansas are expected to take an early retirement incentive. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the school announced the program in August as a way to help deal with...

 

Man killed in shooting in Kansas City, Kansas, home

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting in a Kansas City, Kansas, home. KMBC-TV reports that police responded to a 911 call Monday morning. The victim had been shot multiple times and died of his injuries. Police...

 

Faculty trained to use hockey pucks to thwart shooters

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Faculty members at Oakland University in suburban Detroit have received hockey pucks and are being trained to use them to potentially thwart active shooters. WDIV-TV reports the American Association of University...

 

DeVos warns of crisis amid ballooning student debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said Tuesday that ballooning student debt has caused a "crisis in higher education," and that the traditional path to college might not be the best choice for all students. DeVos made the comments...

 

Bomb, gun threats lock down Georgia school district

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say multiple schools are on lockdown in an Atlanta suburb as police investigate a bomb threat at one school and threats of gun violence at two others. Decatur police said Tuesday that a system-wide lockdown was imposed...

 

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