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 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Kansas governor orders masks to be worn in public, at work

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly issued an order Thursday directing Kansas residents to wear masks in public places and their workplaces, likely provoking a backlash from the Republican-controlled Legislature even though enforcement...

 

2 sheriff's employees charged in case of missing evidence

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two former Sedgwick County Sheriff's employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts, authorities said, after an audit uncovered nearly $150,000 missing from the department's property and evidence...

 

Police identify man fatally shot in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police have released the identity of a man was was fatally shot in Kansas City, Kansas, earlier this week. Marco Mcelwee, 41, of Kansas City, Kansas, died in the Sunday night shooting, police said Thursday in a news...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Fears about schools a key reason behind Kansas mask order

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' governor and its top public health official said Thursday that they worry that the state won't be able to reopen its K-12 schools for the new school year in August if it doesn't reverse a recent surge in reported...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Official: Too early to tie Trump rally to Tulsa virus cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — It's still too early to directly link a June 20 campaign rally by President Donald Trump to an increase in coronavirus cases in Tulsa County, the director of the Tulsa Health Department said Thursday. The county has reported...

 

3 Oklahoma troopers injured in procession for slain officer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three Oklahoma Highway Patrol officers on motorcycles were seriously injured in an accident while participating in a procession for a Tulsa police officer who was fatally shot this week, officials said. OHP spokeswoman Sarah...

 
 By Nancy Dreschel    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Do dogs really see in just black and white?

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Nancy Dreschel, Pennsylvania State University (THE CONVERSATION) Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a...

 
 By Aamer Madhani    Regional    July 3, 2020 

Herman Cain treated for COVID-19 after attending Trump rally

WASHINGTON (AP) — 2012 GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain is being treated for the coronavirus at an Atlanta-area hospital, according to a statement posted on his Twitter account Thursday. It's not clear when or where Cain was infected, but he...

 

A Texas-based oil and gas company files for bankruptcy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Texas oil and gas company Sable Permian Resources has recently filed for bankruptcy. Sable Permian Resources filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last week in federal bankruptcy court in Houston, according to a news...

 

Wichita police seek clues in 2 homicides in recent days

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police are asking for the public's help to solve two separate homicides in the city in recent days. The first occurred Sunday afternoon, when police were called to Planeview Park after the body of a man was found...

 

1 of 2 Oklahoma officers shot during traffic stop dies

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — One of the two Tulsa, Oklahoma, police officers who were shot during a traffic stop has died, authorities said Tuesday. Police Chief Wendell Franklin said Sgt. Craig Johnson died Tuesday. He said Johnson was shot multiple times...

 

University of Kansas backs away from in-person requirement

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The University of Kansas is providing faculty more flexibility if they don't feel comfortable teaching in-person classes in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic. Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Barbara Bichelmeyer...

 

Oklahoma sets new daily record for COVID-19 cases, with 585

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma set a record daily high for confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, however the governor said the state is a "long ways away" from reintroducing restrictions that could harm the economy. The state added 585 new...

 

Oklahoma voters to decide whether to expand Medicaid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters are deciding Tuesday whether to expand Medicaid to tens of thousands of low-income residents and become the first state to amend their Constitution to do so. While an increasing number of Oklahoma voters took...

 

Water diversions paused to ensure Rio Grande keeps flowing

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico's largest drinking water providers will stop diverting water from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer, officials said Tuesday....

 

2 of Stitt's key cabinet members on coronavirus resign

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two of Gov. Kevin Stitt's key cabinet members at the forefront of the state's response to the coronavirus pandemic announced Monday they are stepping down to return to their full-time jobs. Stitt's office announced in a press...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 1, 2020

Oklahoma City voters to pare down crowded 5th District field

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Voters in central Oklahoma on Tuesday will pare down a crowded field of congressional hopefuls seeking to represent the 5th District in Washington. Nine Republicans are vying for the seat held by first-term U.S. Rep. Kendra...

 

Oklahoma judge seeks delay in disciplinary proceedings

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County district judge accused of not paying taxes requested a delay in disciplinary proceedings against her in a separate case that charges her with inappropriate behavior in the courthouse. Judge Kendra Coleman...

 

Police: Oklahoma officer's health improving after shooting

TULSA, Oklahoma (AP) — A Tulsa police officer's health is improving after he was he was shot in the head during a traffic stop in which a fellow officer was killed, authorities said Wednesday. Officer Aurash Zarkeshan was critically wounded during...

 

Oklahoma City restaurant, bar workers required to wear masks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Workers at Oklahoma City restaurants and bars will be required to wear masks after the mayor announced new restrictions Wednesday to slow the spread of COVID-19. Mayor David Holt said coronavirus hospitalization and infection...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    July 1, 2020

Oklahoma voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma voters narrowly decided on Tuesday to expand Medicaid health insurance to tens of thousands low-income residents, becoming the first state to amend its Constitution to do so. With 100% of precincts reporting...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    July 1, 2020

Official suggests Kansas blew chance for coronavirus respite

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top public health official predicted Wednesday that the state will face steeper increases in coronavirus cases and suggested that it blew its chance for a summer respite from the pandemic by reopening its economy too...

 

Man sentenced to life for 2018 shooting at Kansas school

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Missouri man was sentenced Wednesday to life in prison for a 2018 shooting outside a Kansas elementary school that killed one man and left another paralyzed. Anthony Grable, 34, of Kansas City, Missouri, will not be eligible...

 
 By Dave Skretta    Regional    July 1, 2020

K-State launches diversity programs after football boycott

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas State is launching a diversity and education fund amid several other initiatives to address racial injustice after football players threatened a boycott in response to an insensitive tweet by a student about the...

 

Leavenworth hospital closing because of coronavirus costs

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Leavenworth hospital will close this fall because of costs associated with the coronavirus, the hospital owner said. Saint Luke's Cushing Hospital's inpatient unit will close July 17 and the entire hospital will close...

 

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