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Pot industry officials critical of new emergency rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some in Oklahoma's emerging medical marijuana industry say they were caught off guard by Gov. Mary Fallin's signing of new emergency rules for medical pot in the final days of her term. The rules were developed by the Oklahoma...

 

Bodies discovered in Oklahoma identified as Texas residents

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two bodies found this week in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma have been positively identified as a missing woman and man from central Texas. Police in Temple, Texas, said Thursday that Oklahoma's medical...

 

Perry school district pays $3.5 million in sexual abuse case

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma school district of shielding a sexual predator and calling children liars. Court documents show Perry Public Schools admitted liability for the "unwanted...

 

Tulsa County deputy fatally shoots man near Sperry

SPERRY, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says a deputy fatally wounded a man near Sperry, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Tulsa. Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Roebuck says Deputy Mic Bonin went to a home about 10 p.m. Wednesday...

 

Firm: Oklahoma securities agency's computer files breached

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An investigation has been launched after a cybersecurity research team discovered a computer server operated by the Oklahoma agency that protects investors had left millions of files unsecured and open to the public, the agency...

 

Bills to expand Stitt's power filed in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new Oklahoma Senate leader is introducing a series of bills to expand the governor's power and give Gov. Kevin Stitt the ability to hire and fire the directors of some of the state's largest agencies. Republican Senate...

 

Furloughed federal workers can seek unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Labor is recommending that federal employees who are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown should apply for unemployment benefits. The department said in a news release Thursday that...

 

Wichita man sentenced for human trafficking operation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to 47.5 years in prison for human trafficking. Prosecutors say Christopher Reed used social media to sell drugs and promote prostitution. His youngest victim was 17. He was...

 

Lawsuit: Student told her skin was 'too dark' to perform

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school's dance team after being told her skin was "too dark" and would clash with the color of...

 

Kansas City man charged in fatal shooting of driver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Kansas City man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a 71-year-old woman in what police say might have been a case of mistaken identity. Dakkota Siders was charged Wednesday with second-degree...

 

Authorities seeking information on woman missing since 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and Lincoln County Sheriff's officers are asking the public for information about a woman who hasn't been seen since Nov. 1, 2017. Authorities say a 39-year-old Glenna Bullard was last seen in...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 18, 2019 

Governor's budget plan spotlights divided Kansas government

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly outlined a proposed budget Thursday that commits Kansas to higher spending on public schools and an expanded Medicaid health insurance program while launching a political fight with top Republican...

 

USDA to open offices to help farmers with loans and taxes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Federal officials say 90 offices will be open in Kansas for three days to process loans and tax information for farmers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Wednesday that the offices will be open Thursday, Friday and...

 

Ex-teacher, cop sentenced to probation for sex with student

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A former teacher and police officer has been sentenced to probation for having a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student. The Wichita Eagle reports 45-year-old Johnny Yelverton was sentenced to three years of probation...

 

Man ordered to stand trial in killing of drug informant

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A judge has found sufficient evidence for a Kansas man to stand trial in the killing of a confidential drug informant whose body was found by deer hunters. The Manhattan Mercury reports that Steven Meredith, of Junction...

 

Driver of farm tractor killed in rear-end crash in Kansas

NIOTAZE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a man was killed when a pickup truck rear-ended a farm tractor in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the victim as 67-year-old Kenneth Sullivan, of Havana. He was driving the tractor when...

 

University of Oklahoma investigates blackface, slur in video

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma says it's investigating after a video began circulating on social media showing one of its students wearing black paint on her face and using a racial epithet. The video posted Friday to Twitter...

 

Oklahoma's governor adds 2 more men to cabinet

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new governor is adding an Oklahoma City restaurateur and a longtime transportation official to secretary-level positions in his cabinet. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt announced Friday that Oklahoma Turnpike Authority...

 

Rural fire departments fear funding issues during shutdown

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials anticipate problems with funding the state's rural firefighting services if the partial federal government shutdown persists. The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture's forestry division received communication...

 

Kobach tells judge he's finished legal education she ordered

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach has told a federal judge he's completed extra legal education that she required of him as a sanction in a voting rights lawsuit. Kobach filed documents Friday in federal court...

 

Kobach's defeat puts future of voter database in doubt

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The future of a much-criticized database that checks if voters are illegally registered in multiple states is up in the air after its patron, Kris Kobach, lost the Kansas race for governor and is out of elected office. A...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 18, 2019 

Kobach says he's seriously considering US Senate bid in 2020

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kris Kobach, a vocal ally of President Donald Trump and an advocate of tough immigration laws, confirmed Friday that he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate in 2020 after losing the Kansas governor's race. Kobach, the...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    January 18, 2019 

Key part of Kansas governor's budget plan appears doomed

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A key part of Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly's proposed budget dealing with pensions appears doomed, creating potential trouble for her efforts to boost spending on public schools and expand the state's Medicaid health insurance...

 

Kansas teen injured in confrontation with officers charged

SMITH CENTER, Kan. (AP) — A 15-year-old Kansas boy who was injured in a confrontation with law enforcement officers last month has been arrested in Salina. Kansas Bureau of Investigation agents served an arrest warrant Thursday at Saint Francis...

 

Davids says reopening government is top priority

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Newly elected Democratic Kansas Congresswoman Sharice Davids says her top priority is reopening the government. In a speech Friday at a Kansas City, Kansas, Chamber of Commerce forum, Davids called the partial government...

 

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