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Oklahoma court upholds murder convictions, life sentences

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life sentence of a man who killed another man in front of the victim's adult son. The court rejected appeals Thursday from Mosi Dennis that included...

 

Oklahoma County seeking lawsuit against opioid manufacturers

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County has joined over 50 other cities and counties in the state to prosecute drug companies for damages caused by the opioid epidemic. All three county commissioners voted Wednesday to approve a contract with the...

 

2 dead, 1 hurt after shootout outside Tulsa gym

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Tulsa say two people are dead and a third person wounded after a gunfight that took place in the parking lot of a fitness center. Tulsa Police Capt. Dave Roberts says the shooting happened Wednesday night outside...

 

Kansas priest charged with possessing child pornography

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest has been charged with one count of possessing child pornography. The Archdiocese of Kansas City, Kansas, said in a news release Thursday that it reported Christopher Rossman to authorities in September 2016...

 

Couple wins one, loses one in lawsuits against Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A black couple who filed separate discrimination lawsuits against Emporia State University won one lawsuit while the other was dismissed. The Kansas City Star reports a federal judge ruled Tuesday the university retaliated...

 

For first time, 'read or fail' law is fully funded. Will it reduce retentions?

One of the state’s most contentious education initiatives, the Reading Sufficiency Act, is fully funded for the first time, with $12 million dedicated to fund supports for struggling readers in the 2019-20 school year. The reading law has for six y...

 

Health department warns about high temperatures for children's safety

As temperatures climb, so does the risk for heat-related illness due to hyperthermia (overheating). The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds parents that children’s bodies overheat easily, and infants and children under age 4 are...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 18, 2019

Probe: Oklahoma virtual charter founders embezzled millions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The founders of Oklahoma's largest virtual charter school embezzled millions of dollars in state funds through an illegal scheme that involved the use of "ghost students" to artificially inflate enrollment numbers,...

 

Man who fatally stabbed family tried to attack prison staff

LEXINGTON, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections says a man serving life in prison for stabbing his parents and three siblings to death tried to attack prison staff with an 8-inch long "sharpened instrument." A DOC report first...

 

Disaster flooding aid approved for 41 Oklahoma counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt says the Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster assistance for 41 Oklahoma counties as a result of spring flooding and severe weather in the state. The storms produced historic flooding...

 

Couple wins one, loses one in lawsuits against Emporia State

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — A black couple who filed separate discrimination lawsuits against Emporia State University won one lawsuit while the other was dismissed. The Kansas City Star reports a federal judge ruled Tuesday the university retaliated...

 

Wichita mother of 4 killed, boyfriend arrested

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a 25-year-old mother of four young children was shot to death at a southwest Wichita home and her boyfriend has been arrested. Spokesman Officer Charley Davidson said Elsey Puente was found suffering from a gunshot...

 

Lawrence will make bar managers get sex harassment training

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city leaders have voted to require some bar and restaurant workers to get sexual violence intervention training. The Lawrence Journal World reports that the city commission adopted an ordinance Tuesday requiring the...

 

Lab technician 'fudged' wastewater data, official says

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Wichita lab technician "fudged" the test results of sewage treatment plant wastewater that is dumped into the Arkansas River. The Wichita Eagle reports that Director of Public Works Alan King said Tuesday...

 

Cases in which police officers were charged in deaths

Federal prosecutors said they aren't bringing criminal charges against a white New York City police officer in the 2014 chokehold death of Eric Garner, a black man whose dying words — "I can't breathe" — became a rallying cry for those...

 

Inmate who served 28 years found innocent of murder

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday freed an Oklahoma inmate who has served nearly three decades in prison for a 1991 killing, saying he did not commit the crime. Corey Atchison, 48, was released Tuesday by Tulsa County District Judge Sharon...

 
 By Josh Dulaney    Regional    July 17, 2019

Oklahoma City boudoir photographers embrace its popularity

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With a mimosa handy while getting her hair and makeup done on a recent Sunday morning, Becky English looked as calm as a professional model just moments before posing for her first boudoir photos. "It's great," the Yukon reside...

 
 By GUERIN EMIG    Regional    July 17, 2019

Tulsa grief counselor converts child therapy into art from

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Jessica Orvis is telling you about her work with children, her efforts to blunt their trauma, when you notice her tattoos. Is she making a statement? No. She is providing an outlet to connect with these children. "A lot of...

 

Oklahoma car accident survivor inspires new jewelry line

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When she started physical therapy two summers ago, Izzy Kitterman could barely move her arms and needed a machine to pump oxygen to her lungs through a tube sticking into her neck. But in the long hours of grueling therapy...

 
 By K.S. McNutt    Regional    July 17, 2019

Oklahomans fearful of tick-borne diseases after rainy spring

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's rainy spring has provided an ideal environment for ticks. "One thing ticks don't like is being dry. It's good news for them," said Bob Brennan, Ph.D., biology department chair at the University of Central Oklahoma....

 

Democrat Horn outpaces GOP challengers in fundraising

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest campaign finance reports show Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn is continuing to outpace her Republican challengers in fundraising for a seat the GOP is targeting for 2020. Horn is the lone Democrat in Oklahoma's...

 

USDA: 40% of transferred ag researchers to move to Midwest

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Department of Agriculture says fewer than 40% of the researchers whose jobs are being transferred from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City will make the move to the Midwest. The Kansas City Star reports that U.S....

 
 By KYLE PALMER    Regional    July 17, 2019

This Kansas woman world pinball champion is a game-changer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Every Wednesday night, 20 or so pinball enthusiasts gather at The 403 Club in the Strawberry Hill neighborhood of Kansas City, Kansas, to play a weekly tournament. Nearly a dozen pinball machines line one wall with themes...

 

Wichita man sentenced for burglary, shooting at police

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 22-year-old Wichita man who exchanged gunfire with police during a chase has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison. KAKE-TV reports Elijah Martinez was sentenced Tuesday to 280 months for intentional second-degree...

 

Nonprofit offers former inmates transitional Christian homes

TOPKEA, Kan. (AP) — Often when inmates get out of jail, it's their drug dealer who picks them up, Matt Thomas said. He's working to reverse that trend through a program that seeks to give such people not only a ride, but also a firm foundation on...

 

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