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Girl dead, 3 family members hurt in Oklahoma house explosion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A girl was killed and her parents and brother were injured when their home in Oklahoma City exploded Thursday morning, fire officials said. The coroner has identified the girl as Berklee Maguire, 14. Her parents and brother wer...

 

Task force: Oklahoma 3rd in U.S. in coronavirus positivity

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma ranks third in the U.S. in positive tests for the coronavirus and sixth in new coronavirus cases, according to the latest report from the White House Coronavirus Task Force. The state had a 9.9% positivity rate last... Full story

 

Oklahoma court says child neglect charge applies to unborn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Unborn children are included in the definition of a "child" for purposes of prosecuting child neglect cases, an Oklahoma appeals court ruled on Thursday. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower court ruling... Full story

 

Denver appeals court considers appeal in trooper shooting

DENVER (AP) — A lawyer for a man sentenced to death in the 1999 killing of an Oklahoma state trooper urged a Denver federal appeals court on Thursday to throw out a judge's ruling that he was not harmed by mistakes made by his original lawyers at...

 

Federal investigation of Overland Park teen's shooting death

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Federal agents are investigating the shooting death of an Overland Park teenager by a police officer for possible civil rights violations, an FBI spokeswoman said Thursday. John Albers, 17, was killed in January 2018 as he...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    September 25, 2020 

COVID-19 has Kansas lawmakers pondering broader oversight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas have started pushing to give more of their colleagues a say in how the state manages protracted emergencies such as the coronavirus pandemic after months of conflict between them and Democratic...

 

New Oklahoma coronavirus cases top 1,200; 12 more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials on Friday reported an increase of 1,276 confirmed new coronavirus cases and 12 additional deaths as they grapple with outbreaks at several state prisons. The latest numbers bring the total number of...

 

Wichita State University president resigns

Wichita State University President Jay Golden resigned Friday, less than a year after he was hired, the Kansas Board of Regents said Friday. Regents chair Bill Feuerborn issued a brief statement announcing Golden's resignation, but it offered few...

 

Kansas COVID-19 cases jump by 1,300-plus with rural spikes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas reported Friday that it had more than 1,300 new coronavirus cases over two days, and most of the biggest spikes over the past two weeks occurred in rural counties in the central and western parts of the state. The state...

 

Police investigating 2 kidnapping attempts in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Police are investigating two separate reports of attempted child abductions in Hutchinson in recent days. "The Hutchinson Police Department is committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and would like to inform...

 

Kansas Supreme Court affirms convictions in 2015 shooting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court affirmed on Friday convictions for first-degree murder and battery stemming from a 2015 shooting at the Roxy bar in Overland Park. The court ruled that Dale Willis' claims of jury instruction errors...

 

1,500 mail ballots arrived too late to count in Kansas

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — More than 1,500 Kansans did not have their votes counted in the August primary because their mail ballots arrived too late, but many of them were uncounted because voters didn't mail them on time, election data shows. A...

 

Some laid-off Sprint workers sticking with aviation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — When Robert Tallie moved to Wichita from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, two years ago, he came looking for a new job. It wasn't a blind move. He received a scholarship from WSU Tech and planned to work in the city's prominent...

 

Woman's death in southeast Kansas investigated as homicide

LONGTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that a relative of 34-year-old Amy Lammon called 911 Thursday morning to report that she was dead....

 

Official: At least 4 more Oklahoma inmates die from COVID-19

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported two more inmates have died due to COVID-19, and seven other deaths are possibly the result of the disease caused by the coronavirus. Of the department's nearly 25,000 i...

 

Oklahoma group drops plan for redistricting state question

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group seeking to change the way Oklahoma's state and congressional districts are drawn announced Tuesday it is abandoning its plans to seek a public vote on the issue. People Not Politicians Executive Director Andy Moore...

 

KU Medical Center part of COVID-19 clinical trial

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas Medical Center is part of a nationwide clinical trial looking into different treatments for patients with mild to moderate symptoms of the coronavirus who do not require hospitalization. KCUR-FM...

 

Prison infections push rural towns into weekly coronavirus hotspots

Coronavirus infections at prisons in Vinita and McAlester pushed those areas into the top hotspots of the week in Oklahoma. Other large increases in active coronavirus cases came in Chickasha, Alva and several ZIP codes in the Oklahoma City area,...

 

Oklahoma health officials report increase in rabies

Health officials in Oklahoma report an increase in rabies in Oklahoma with 38 cases thus far in 2020 compared to an average of 36 per year during the previous four years. A rabid bat was found earlier this week near Bell Cow Lake in Chandler, about...

 

Norman City Council requires masks at indoor house parties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Norman City Council voted to require that masks be worn indoors at house parties if more than 25 people are present to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the college town — a step that angry residents said would...

 

Report: Pilot trying to correct course when plane crashed

CHESTER, Ark. (AP) — The pilot of a small airplane that crashed earlier this month in Arkansas told air traffic controllers that he was trying to correct his course after the aircraft got caught in some wind, a preliminary report said. All four...

 

Kansas soccer club leader sentenced in case involving player

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The founder of a Johnson County soccer club was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for inappropriately touching a juvenile girl who he coached. Jason Cummins, 37, pleaded guilty in July to attempted aggravated...

 

Missouri governor, opponent of mandatory masks, has COVID-19

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, a Republican who has steadfastly refused to require residents to wear masks, tested positive for the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. Parson was tested after his wife, Teresa, tested posi...

 

Trump says he has given his 'blessing' to a deal between Oracle, Walmart and TikTok; new company to be based in Texas

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump says he has given his 'blessing' to a deal between Oracle, Walmart and TikTok; new company to be based in Texas....

 

Prosecutor clears Oklahoma trooper in fatal shooting of man

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared an Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper in the fatal shooting of a man during a traffic stop in northeastern Oklahoma. Craig County District Attorney Matthew Ballard wrote in a letter to the state...

 

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