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Alfalfa County Cattleman's Association holds first meeting

The Alfalfa County Cattleman's Association held its first meeting on Nov. 27 at the Cherokee Sales Co. The meeting adopted bylaws, elected board members and discussed the future of the organization. The 2018-2019 board members include: President Bo...

 

Prairie Village passes ordinance to shield LGBTQ residents

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. (AP) — The Prairie Village City Council has approved an ordinance that shields LGBTQ individuals from many types of discrimination within the city. The council's unanimous approval on Monday night came after more than three...

 

Federal agency proposes $232K fine for Kansas nuclear plant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal regulators have proposed fining Kansas' only nuclear power plant $232,000 over what regulators say was retaliation against an employee reporting a possible safety issue. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced...

 

Troopers shoot teen who attacks woman, flees on horseback

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say investigators shot and wounded a 15-year-old after he attacked a woman, fled on horseback and then fired on law enforcement in Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation says Smith County sheriff's...

 

Former US attorney for Kansas considers run for senate seat

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney for Kansas Barry Grissom has talked to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee about a possible run for Republican Sen. Pat Roberts' seat. The Kansas City Star reports that Grissom confirmed Monday...

 

Judge delays trial for online gamer in deadly Kansas hoax

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has delayed the trial of an online gamer charged with a hoax that ultimately led police to fatally shoot a Kansas man. The attorney for 18-year-old Casey Viner of North College Hill, Ohio, asked for more time...

 

Security firm with guards facing murder charges may close

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas security company says it may go out of business because of licensing problems that began when two of its employees were charged with fatally shooting a man outside a Missouri bar. The Kansas City Star reports that...

 

Missouri poacher ordered to repeatedly watch 'Bambi'

OZARKS, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri poacher has been ordered to repeatedly watch the movie "Bambi" as part of his sentence in a scheme to illegally kill hundreds of deer. David Berry Jr. was ordered to watch the Disney classic at least once a month...

 

Trump's safety panel seeks to revoke school discipline rules

The Trump administration on Tuesday moved to roll back an Obama-era policy that was meant to curb racial disparities in school discipline but that critics say left schools afraid to take action against potentially dangerous students. The...

 

Settlement requires 'anti-hate training' for internet troll

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — An internet troll who harassed a black college student with racist messages on social media has agreed to a court settlement requiring him to get "anti-hate training," apologize in writing and on video and publicly...

 

Sole finalist named to lead Houston-area school district

KATY, Texas (AP) — The acting superintendent of a Houston-area school district has been named sole finalist to replace an administrator who resigned amid allegations he was a bully as a teenager. The Houston Chronicle reports trustees of the Katy...

 

Nevada becomes 1st US state with female-majority Legislature

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada became the first state in the U.S. with an overall female majority in the Legislature on Tuesday when county officials in Las Vegas appointed two women to fill vacancies in the state Assembly. The appointments of Democrats...

 

Huawei calls on US, others to show proof of security risk

DONGGUAN, China (AP) — The chairman of Huawei challenged the United States and other governments to provide evidence for claims the Chinese tech giant is a security risk as the company launched a public relations effort to defuse fears that...

 

Michigan company in small town giving millions to workers

LUDINGTON, Mich. (AP) — A company in northern Michigan is rewarding 200 employees with nearly $4 million in bonuses. FloraCraft in Ludington makes foam products for the craft and floral industries. Owner Lee Schoenherr says the money will be based...

 

Colorado expands buffer zone between schools, oil-gas wells

DENVER (AP) — Colorado oil and gas regulators voted Tuesday to expand the mandatory buffer zone between new wells and school property, a rare victory for proponents of tighter rules for the industry. The state Oil and Gas Conservation Commission...

 

Lawmaker apologizes for tweet urging aide: 'Kill yourself!'

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A New York state senator apologized Tuesday for what he called a "poor choice of words" after sending a tweet to a legislative staffer urging her to kill herself. Democrat Kevin Parker's tweet to Republican Senate aide Candice G...

 

Shutdown threat recedes as Trump softens stance on wall

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appeared Tuesday to back off his demand for $5 billion to build a border wall, signaling for the first time that he might be open to a deal that would avoid a partial government shutdown. The White House set...

 

US reverses policy on migrant children's sponsors

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is changing the way it reviews sponsors who want to care for migrant children in government custody — backing off a requirement that all people in the house are fingerprinted. The fingerprint requirement...

 

Why stories matter for children's learning

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) Ever wondered why boys and girls choose particular toys, particular colors and particular stories? Why is it that gir...

 

US hospital ship returns after treating Venezuelan migrants

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A U.S. Navy hospital ship has returned home after its crew treated thousands of people in Central and South America, including migrants who fled crisis-wracked Venezuela. Kevin Buckley, the commanding officer for medical...

 

The holiday-suicide myth and the intractability of popular falsehoods

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) (THE CONVERSATION) For years, the media have reported that more suicides occur during the holidays than at any other time. Many of...

 

Arkansas delays announcement of medical pot dispensaries

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission says it will wait until early next year to award licenses to the state's first dispensaries for the drug, which voters legalized for medicinal purposes more than two years ago. The...

 

Need some milk? Driverless cars start delivering groceries

The nation's largest grocery chain stepped into the driverless delivery market Tuesday, bringing milk, eggs and other items to a customer's home in a vehicle with nobody at the wheel. Although limited to delivering within about a mile (1.5...

 

Google, Facebook to pay $450K for Washington state violation

SEATTLE (AP) — Google and Facebook have agreed to pay $455,000 to settle allegations that they failed to keep proper records about who was paying for campaign ads on their sites, Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Tuesday. Google...

 

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