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Average US price of gas drops 22 cents per gallon to $2.51

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has plummeted 22 cents a gallon (3.8 liters) over the past three weeks, to $2.51. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that falling crude oil...

 

Wichita State to launch campaign to raise student fees

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita State University has given a new name and logo to its campaign to raise student fees in order to finance about $38 million in campus upgrades: "Shock the Future." Wichita State communications official Tracee Friess...

 

GM battle government to retain tax credit for electric cars

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors is fighting to retain a valuable tax credit for electric vehicles as the nation's largest automaker tries to deal with the political fallout triggered by its plans to shutter several U.S. factories and shed...

 

Trump looking at several candidates for chief of staff

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is weighing at least four people to serve as his next chief of staff, after plans for an orderly succession for departing John Kelly fell through. The high-profile hiring search comes at a pivotal time as...

 

Soccer ball Christmas drive eyed for teens at migrant camp

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas state senator is gathering donated soccer balls as Christmas gifts for the more than 2,000 migrant teens being held a tent city in Tornillo, Texas. KTSM-TV in El Paso, Texas, reports Texas Sen. Jose Rodríguez has...

 

Illinois county gains $10M detaining undocumented immigrants

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A northwest Illinois county's decades-old deal with the federal government to detain immigrants living in the country illegally will bring in $10 million this year, according to records. McHenry County entered into the...

 

Working while they wait, migrants seek jobs at US border

TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) — Before dawn each morning, migrants slip away from a Tijuana shelter within sight of the U.S. border to head to jobs across this sprawling city. Moving solo or in pairs, they are easily recognized by their determined strides...

 

Teachers union: Tentative deal to end charter schools strike

CHICAGO (AP) — The nation's first teachers' strike against a charter school operator will end after their union and management struck a tentative deal Sunday that includes protections for students and immigrant families living in the country...

 

Oklahoma event helps graduating high school seniors

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Taxes. Health insurance. Basic finances. Lawton Public Schools prepares its seniors for almost everything they need to know once they graduate. Almost everything. The first ever LPS Senior Conference recently aimed to teach...

 

Oklahoma man reunited with guitar after nearly 60 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It had been almost six decades since pedal steel guitar player Jerry Horner had seen the long-lost Fender Stringmaster. Horner, 82, had driven from Tahlequah to the northwest Oklahoma City home of singer and Oklahoma music...

 

US grand jury indicts 3 in alleged health care fraud scheme

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A federal grand jury in Oklahoma has indicted three people, including two physicians, on charges that they engaged in a kickback scheme and conspired to commit health care fraud. Prosecutors in Tulsa say the indictments were...

 

Plane carrying Carolina Hurricanes makes emergency landing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A passenger says a Swift Air charter plane carrying the NHL's Carolina Hurricanes made an emergency landing in Oklahoma over the weekend after a noxious smell filled the cabin. The Boeing 737 landed at Tulsa International...

 

Gateway Mortgage Group Named Top Place to Work

JENKS, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec 10, 2018--Gateway Mortgage Group, a full-service mortgage company licensed in 40 states and the District of Columbia, was named a 2018 Top Workplace by The Oklahoman. The honor is based on employee feedback...

 

Oklahoma police shoot, kill man after store robbed in Kansas

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — Investigators are looking into a police shooting in northern Oklahoma that left a man wanted for robbery in Kansas dead following a chase. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says it's looking into the shooting death...

 

$3.9M project to address obesity in rural eastern Oklahoma

STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State University has a $3.9 million plan to address obesity in two rural counties, one of which includes the town with the lowest life expectancy in the U.S. The Curbing Obesity program will use a five-year...

 

Oklahoma event helps graduating high school seniors

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Taxes. Health insurance. Basic finances. Lawton Public Schools prepares its seniors for almost everything they need to know once they graduate. Almost everything. The first ever LPS Senior Conference recently aimed to teach...

 

Oklahoma man reunited with guitar after nearly 60 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It had been almost six decades since pedal steel guitar player Jerry Horner had seen the long-lost Fender Stringmaster. Horner, 82, had driven from Tahlequah to the northwest Oklahoma City home of singer and Oklahoma music...

 

Incoming Kansas congresswoman names campaign aides to staff

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Rep.-elect Sharice Davids has given top positions on her congressional staff to key campaign aides. Davids announced Monday that Allison Teixeira Sulier will be her chief of staff once Davids is sworn into...

 

Lawrence asked to consider program for feral cats

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The city of Lawrence will consider a request to allow colonies of feral cats to live in the city if they have been vaccinated and spayed or neutered. The Lawrence Humane Society is proposing the change, which would allow...

 

3 carnival workers charged in killings of Kansas couple

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Three carnival workers have been charged with capital murder in the fatal shooting of a couple at a Kansas fair whose bodies were found days later in shallow graves in a national forest in Arkansas. The Kansas Attorney...

 

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's...

 

What's happening with the Trump-Russia investigation

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is facing escalating criminal investigations in Washington and New York that are examining not only whether his campaign coordinated with the Kremlin but also whether he illegally bought the silence of two...

 

China, US discuss plans for trade talks

BEIJING (AP) — China's economy czar and the U.S. Treasury secretary discussed plans for talks on a tariff battle, the government said Tuesday, indicating negotiations are going ahead despite tension over the arrest of a Chinese tech executive....

 

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