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Report: Ford to pay $30M-plus for lawsuit over transmissions

Ford will pay at least $30 million in a proposed settlement over a class-action lawsuit related to failing transmissions in its Fiesta and Focus vehicles. The lawsuit represents nearly 2 million owners and former owners of the cars, which had bad...

 

Kansas officials: Body found in burned out Vermillion home

VERMILLION, Kan. (AP) — Kansas fire officials are investigating a house explosion and fire in northeastern Kansas were a body was later discovered. The explosion was reported just after 7 a.m. Friday at a house in Vermillion, television station...

 

18-year-old found shot to death in Kansas City, Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — An 18-year-old man died in a shooting in Kansas City, Kansas, police there said. The shooting was reported around 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Victory Hills neighborhood, the Kansas City Star reported. Arriving officers said...

 
 By Tanya Manus    Regional    January 26, 2020 

Pine Ridge's Tokata Iron Eyes turns superhero in Marvel show

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Marvel's Hero Project is out to prove that superheroes live among us. One of those superheroes is activist, public speaker and high school student Tokata Iron Eyes of Pine Ridge. Tokata, 16, is featured in a recent...

 

The serious consequence of exercising too much, too fast

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Tamara Hew-Butler, Wayne State University (THE CONVERSATION) Every 365.25 days, when the Earth completes a full orbit around the Sun,...

 

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination...

 

Kansas land up for auction was site of 1870s serial slayings

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas cropland that turned into a crime scene of serial slayings in the 1870s is up for auction. The 162-acre tract where the Bender family killed at least 11 people will be sold off to the highest bidder by an Indiana-based...

 

Oklahoma prosecutor arrested, accused of domestic abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma has been arrested, accused of domestic abuse. Robert McClatchie, an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, was booked into Oklahoma County jail at about 4 a.m. Saturday on complaints of...

 

Fallout from Boeing 737 MAX spreads in Kansas, Oklahoma

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Layoffs at Spirit AeroSystems spread Thursday to the airplane parts-maker's plants in Oklahoma amid the widening fallout in its home state of Kansas caused by the halt in production of the troubled Boeing 737 MAX. Spirit filed...

 

Oklahoma City-based Paycom Software being added to S&P 500

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City-based information technology company Paycom Software Inc., is being added to the S&P 500. S&P Dow Jones Indices announced Wednesday that Paycom will replace Wellcare Health Plans on Jan. 28 as Wellcare is being...

 

Oklahoma City man sentenced for hoax mass shooting threat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A 43-year-old Oklahoma City man has been sentenced to 42 months in prison after admitting to making a hoax threat of a mass shooting at a community college. Court records show David Aaron Jacobs was sentenced Wednesday after...

 

76-year-old woman dies after SUV flips into Kansas creek

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Kansas woman was killed when her sport utility vehicle overturned onto its top in a creek. The Kansas Highway Patrol identified the victim as 76-year-old Susan Lenoir, of Topeka. The patrol says she went off...

 

Kansas City homeowner fatally shoots suspicious person

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City police say a homeowner shot and killed someone who he thought was acting suspiciously outside his home. The shooting occurred Thursday morning in south Kansas City. Police say officers in the area heard the...

 

67-year-old and 14-year-old killed in northeast Kansas crash

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been killed in a northeast Kansas crash. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the crash happened just after 7 a.m. Wednesday when 67-year-old James Gregory Tracy lost control of the car he was driving...

 

Parent Power Summit & Education Expo to Feature Student Showcase, Movie Screening

OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Families interested in educational opportunity will have a myriad of ways to learn about school choice, celebrate great schools, and search for new education options at the Oklahoma Parent Power Summit & E...

 

Oklahoma assistant McNeill leaving program to care for dad

NORMAN, Okla, (AP) — Ruffin McNeill is stepping down as Oklahoma's assistant head coach and outside linebackers coach to help care for his 85-year-old father in North Carolina. The school made the announcement Thursday. Oklahoma coach Lincoln...

 

Some Tulsa residents say 1st black police chief not enough

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fear the appointment of the city's first black police chief won't alleviate the distrust of officers in communities of color. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum selected Maj. Wendell Franklin, 46,...

 

Neil Armstrong donates personal items to Cosmosphere museum

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, has donated two items that were aboard the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson. Armstrong's two sons donated a...

 

Officials welcome return of wolves to northwest Colorado

DENVER (AP) — Colorado wildlife officials found evidence of at least six wolves in the state's northwest region, a second indication of a return by the animals after a long absence, officials said. Democratic Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement...

 

Oklahoma governor orders ban on state travel to California

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday banned state-funded travel to California in response to a similar ban California placed on travel to the Sooner State. The first-term Republican issued an executive order that prohibits...

 

Kansas House GOP: Plan helps rural areas, spurs home buying

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas House on Thursday outlined a plan aimed at revitalizing rural areas, helping people to buy their first homes and lowering income taxes for seniors. GOP leaders said they will pursue five bills. They...

 

GOP opposition likely to block new 'Netflix tax' in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to tax streaming services, e-books, and movie and music downloads like most other states do. Kelly and fellow...

 

Editor of Oklahoma journalism nonprofit announces retirement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The executive editor of the nonprofit journalism corporation Oklahoma Watch announced on Friday his plan to retire later this year. David Fritze thanked his staff and donors in an email to supporters. "Oklahoma Watch has made...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull rules limiting 4-day school weeks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will consider new rules that would raise the student performance standards for schools to operate on a four-day work week. The Oklahoma State Board of Education voted Thursday in favor of adopting the...

 

Oklahoma unemployment rate steady; slowdown projected

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady last month at 3.4% and the state's economic slowdown is projected to continue in 2020, state officials reported Friday. Oklahoma's 3.4% seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remains...

 

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