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US heads to court to build Trump border wall in Texas

HOUSTON (AP) — Three years into Donald Trump's presidency, the U.S. government is ramping up its efforts to seize private land in Texas to build a border wall. Trump's signature campaign promise has consistently faced political, legal, and...

 

After close call, Patty Jo acts more like puppy than a cow

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Patty Jo isn't like the rest of the cows on the acreage near Pioneers Park. She's as long-haired and buff-colored as the other Scottish Highland cattle Toni and Kevin Lewis keep as pets, but she's having an identity crisis....

 

Artwork behind bars helps female inmates to cope, grow

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Leora Sommer credits drawing for keeping her out of trouble, allowing for her early release from the state's prison for women. Sommer was released in October after serving two years for driving under the influence while her lic...

 

30-plus years of 'Garfield' comic strips to sell at auction

DALLAS (AP) — Cartoonist Jim Davis is offering up more than 11,000 "Garfield" comic strips hand-drawn on paper in an auction that will stretch into the coming years, with at least a couple of strips featuring the always-hungry orange cat with a sar...

 

What do rural people say are their biggest challenges?

The Survey of Rural Challenges asked rural and small town people what challenges they most want help with and what actions they are taking to address them. Stereotyped answers like drug abuse, poverty or a lack of business lending didn’t rank in...

 

Alva Ladybugs win 57-39 at Perry

The Alva Ladybugs remain undefeated as they head into the Christmas break. The Alva girls traveled to Perry Friday night for their third game in four days. Facing a young Lady Maroons team, the...

 

Goldbugs lose 49-30 to No. 9 Perry

Alva knew going in that Friday night's game at Perry would be tough. The Perry Maroons were ranked ninth in Class 3A basketball with a 6-0 record. At 2-5 for the season, the young Goldbug team is in...

 

Wide Open CFP: Dynamic receivers highlight playoff match ups

A flick of the wrist, a slight shift of the shoulder and they're off. Talented receivers are a big part of this year's College Football Playoff. Never before has there been four teams in the CFP so prolific at scoring points. And it's in large part...

 

Gas prices drop 4 cents per gallon to $2.61

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline has dipped 4 cents per gallon to $2.61 over the past two weeks. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that pump prices are unlikely to continue...

 

Authorities ID Missouri pedestrian killed on KC highway

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Authorities have identified a man who was struck and killed by a car early Saturday while walking on a Kansas City highway. Kansas City police identified the man as Craig A. Herden, 23, of Kearney, Missouri. Kansas City...

 

Broadcaster Kurtis, artist getting honorary KU degrees

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Broadcaster Bill Kurtis is getting an honorary degree from the University of Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Kansas Board Board of Regents voted Wednesday to give degrees to Kurtis and longtime KU faculty...

 

Flu continues to hit South hard

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The flu season is continuing to hit southern states hard as influenza begins to spread across the country. The flu season got off to an early start in the Deep South. The most recent weekly flu report from the Centers for...

 

Lawrence libraries dropping late fines amid national push

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence library is joining a growing number that are dropping fines for overdue books. The library's board voted unanimously Tuesday to make the change, The Lawrence Journal-World reports. Library patrons would still be c...

 

Ari the therapy dog helps Louisville elementary students

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — It is not even noon, and Ari is struggling to keep his eyes open. It is the first day back to school after a long holiday weekend, and the weather outside Slaughter Elementary is cold, gray and dreary. Inside, fifth-graders...

 

GOP governors grapple with whether to accept refugees or not

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — An executive order by President Donald Trump giving states the right to refuse to take refugees is putting Republican governors in an uncomfortable position. They're caught between immigration hardliners who want to shut the...

 

Group announces plans to open Jeep museum in Toledo in 2022

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An interactive museum devoted to the innovation and history of the Jeep is expected to open in Ohio in 2022, project organizers said. The Jeep Experience will be housed in a 56,000 square-foot (5,200 square-meter) building in...

 

Crowley rice mill plans $20M expansion to 75,000 square feet

CROWLEY, La. (AP) — Louisiana's largest rice mill plans a $20 million, 50% expansion, bringing its facility to 75,000 square feet. Gov. John Bel Edwards and Supreme Rice President and CEO Bobby Hanks announced the plans recently. They say Supreme...

 

White House predicts Pelosi to `yield' on impeachment delay

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House argued Sunday that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has put herself in an untenable position by stalling House-passed articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in hopes of shaping the upcoming Senate trial. The...

 

3 Vermont districts to get electric school buses

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Three Vermont school districts will soon be using electric buses to carry some of their students to and from school. The Barre Unified School District, Champlain Valley School District and Franklin West Supervisory District will...

 

Cuomo: Make sex offenders disclose dating, gaming user names

ALBANY, N.Y (AP) — New York's governor says convicted sex offenders should be required to disclose their social media screen names to prevent them from using apps to exploit children. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that existing laws targeting...

 

Queen Elizabeth II attends church; Philip still in hospital

LONDON (AP) — Britain's Queen Elizabeth II attended church near her country estate while her husband of 72 years, Prince Philip, remained in a London hospital Sunday. Palace officials have not provided an update on the 98-year-old prince's...

 

Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale gifted building

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A company has donated a building to a Montana orchestra. Jack and Adrea Sukin, and Robert and Sandra Sukin, made the donation to the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale through their company, Montana Development Co....

 

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