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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 21, 2021 

Oklahoma Senate sends 3 anti-abortion bills to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate voted Tuesday in favor of three anti-abortion bills, including ones that would criminalize the procedure in certain cases and cost providers their medical licenses for performing them, sending the measures...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 21, 2021 

Oklahoma seeks coordination on Indigenous peoples cold cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Tuesday signed into law a bill intended to coordinate state and federal law enforcement efforts when investigating missing or murdered Indigenous people. The law requires the Oklahoma State Bureau...

 

Federal virus vaccination center in Tulsa to be open to all

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A coronavirus vaccination site in Tulsa operated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency with state and local officials and the Oklahoma National Guard will provide vaccinations for all eligible, from any state, a FEMA...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 21, 2021 

New fiscal forecast for Kansas fuels GOP's tax-cut dreams

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Tuesday issued a new, more optimistic fiscal forecast for state government and projected healthy cash reserves through June 2022, giving Republican lawmakers new ammunition in pushing for state income tax...

 

Arma man pleads in killing wife, injuring her grandmother

ARMA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man pleaded no contest Tuesday to second-degree murder and attempted murder in the stabbing death of his wife and the injuring of her grandmother. Jeremy Delmarco, 34. of Arma, had been charged with killing 37-year-old...

 

Seaman district hires advisors to help with name change

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district named after a 1920s Ku Klux Klan leader has voted to pay an advisory group to help with discussions on changing the name. The Seaman School District's Board of Education voted Monday to make a base...

 

Variants increase in Kansas as parents challenge mask rules

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The number of coronavirus variants in Kansas has risen sharply, even as parents in some schools push to drop masking requirements and vaccine appointments go unfilled. In the past week, the state had a 32% increase in the...

 
 By MATTHEW DALY    Regional    April 21, 2021 

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans. The...

 

For George Floyd, a complicated life and consequential death

HOUSTON (AP) — Years before a bystander's video of George Floyd's last moments turned his name into a global cry for justice, Floyd trained a camera on himself. "I just want to speak to you all real quick," Floyd says in one video, addressing the...

 
 By Paul Monies    Regional    April 18, 2021

Oklahoma's hydroxychloroquine shipment took a detour to a Pryor pharmacy

It’s been a long, strange trip for Oklahoma’s $2.6 million shipment of hydroxychloroquine, bought a year ago as a once-promising treatment for COVID-19. The 1.2 million doses of the drug normally used to treat lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and...

 

USDA reopens signup for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that signup has reopened for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The initial CFAP 2 signup ended...

 

Oklahoma coronavirus case number averages are declining

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is declining, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the rolling average of new cases had fallen by 27.4 during the past two weeks, from 321.4...

 

Kansas district ditches Native American mascots

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas district has decided to ditch its "Redmen" and "Braves" mascots after public opinion shifted. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the Atchison school board approved the change unanimously this past week. It was a...

 

Program rescues unwanted produce for those in need

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Farmers in the Lawrence area are being recruited to participate in a program that gathers unsellable produce and donates it to people in need. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that the Lawrence-Douglas County Sustainability...

 

New Kansas law to make it a crime to trespass at pipelines

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A bill signed into law by Kansas Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly will make it a misdemeanor to trespass near oil and gas pipelines. The bill Kelly signed last week gained bipartisan support in the state Senate, but drew criticism...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 18, 2021

Ex-Kansas governor launches bid; GOP rivals test key themes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer on Monday formally launched his campaign to reclaim the office in 2022, portraying himself as the true conservative in the Republican primary as his main GOP rival questioned his electability....

 

Oklahoma coronavirus case number averages are declining

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The rolling average of coronavirus cases in Oklahoma is declining, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. On Saturday, the rolling average of new cases had fallen by 27.4 during the past two weeks, from 321.4...

 

Oklahoma House passes transgender sports ban

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Republican-led Oklahoma House passed a bill Monday to ban transgender athletes from participating in women's sports. The House voted 73-19 for the bill, mostly along party lines. The measure now heads to the GOP-controlled...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 18, 2021

Garland returns to Oklahoma City for bombing memorial

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Although 26 years have passed since a truck bomb ripped through a federal building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, the same domestic extremism that led to the attack still exists today, U.S. Attorney General Merr...

 

Quapaw tribe charges former leader with embezzlement

QUAPAW, Okla. (AP) — The former chairman and secretary-treasurer for the Quapaw Nation have been charged in tribal court with embezzlement, abuse of office and other charges. Former Chairman John Berrey was charged Friday with 11 criminal counts, w...

 

Kansas City mayor announces marriage, baby with KCK official

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Quinton Lucas has revealed his marriage earlier this month to his longtime girlfriend, who is a Kansas City, Kansas, government official, and announced the birth of their child over the weekend....

 

Ex-Dallas cop fired after murder charges wants his job back

DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas police officer who was charged with murder then fired is trying to get his job back after a judge found there was no probable cause for his arrest. Bryan Riser filed a formal appeal of his dismissal last month, his...

 

Tulsa to drop mask mandate, cites declining hospital numbers

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa officials announced plans Thursday to drop the city's mask mandate at the end of the month, citing a rapid decline in the number of people being hospitalized for COVID-19. Mayor G.T. Bynum said more than 450 people were...

 

Houston's expanded voting becomes target of GOP restrictions

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The nation's next big voting battle is underway in Texas, where Republicans are trying to outlaw 24-hour polling places and drive-thru voting as options, and to make it a crime for elections officials to mail unsolicited...

 

Virus-related unemployment claims rise in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Virus-related claims for unemployment benefits, including initial and continuing claims and the four-week moving average, have increased in Oklahoma according to the state Employment Security Commission. Commission director... Full story

 

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