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 By David A. Lieb    Regional    May 24, 2019 

3 dead, state capital battered as storms rake Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — An outbreak of nasty storms spawned tornadoes that razed homes, flattened trees and tossed cars across a dealership lot, injuring about two dozen people in Missouri's capital city and killing at least three others...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Runaway barges crash into Oklahoma dam and quickly sink

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two unmanned barges that broke loose on the swollen Arkansas River in Oklahoma crashed into a dam hours later and sank Thursday, and they didn't cause the structure to fail, which officials feared might happen. The barges...

 

ConocoPhillips settles Oklahoma City water pollution lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — ConocoPhillips has settled a lawsuit with homeowners in northwestern Oklahoma City who accused the energy company of polluting their water supply and soil to such a degree that no trees or flowers will grow. The lawsuit, filed...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Oklahoma lawmakers end early, give new governor policy wins

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature finished the session early on Thursday, ending its first with new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt, who checked nearly every item off his to-do list and saw the budget for his office more than double. With t...

 

Prosecutor to decide if police who shot kids can be charged

HUGO, Oklahoma (AP) — A prosecutor is reviewing an investigative report to determine if two police officers who shot into a truck injuring three children and a robbery suspect in southeast Oklahoma should face criminal charges. The Hugo police...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Cost of buying out flood-prone homes: $5B and rising

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and telev...

 

Oklahoma court upholds convictions, life sentences for 3 men

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has affirmed the first-degree murder convictions and life sentences of three men in separate cases, including a 24-year-old man convicted in the stabbing death of a co-worker. Dakota Joe...

 

Oklahoma County creates trust to manage troubled county jail

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's Board of Commissioners has created a trust to manage the troubled Oklahoma County Jail. The three-member board voted unanimously Wednesday to create a nine-member trust to oversee the jail's operation and...

 

Arkansas braces for major flooding on Arkansas River

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Areas along the Arkansas River in Arkansas are bracing for near-record flooding because of a deluge of water heading into the state from Oklahoma. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Little Rock says water speeds could be...

 

Kansas agrees to pay $1.03M for wrongful conviction

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has agreed to pay $1.03 million to a man who spent nearly 16 years in prison after being wrongly convicted of the 1999 kidnapping, rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced in a news...

 

Bill targets vaccine misinformation amid measles outbreak

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas is partnering with two Midwestern Democrats to fight the spread of misinformation about vaccines in the face of measles outbreaks across the nation. The Kansas City Star reports Roberts...

 

Kansas police kill man who fired shots in standoff with them

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas say a man who was firing gunshots inside an apartment has been shot and killed by officers after they tried to get him to surrender. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay says officers responding to a report of...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Bodies in submerged Missouri vehicle bring storm toll to 9

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The bodies of a man and a woman were discovered Friday in a submerged vehicle near the Mississippi River in Missouri, bringing the death toll to nine from storms that have ravaged the central U.S. this week and threaten major...

 
 By David A. Lieb    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Cost of buying out flood-prone homes: $5B and rising

MOSBY, Mo. (AP) — The residents of this small riverside town have become accustomed to watching floods swamp their streets, transform their homes into islands and ruin their floors and furniture. Elmer Sullivan has replaced his couch, bed and telev...

 

Attorney general seeks to rework Medicaid expansion petition

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Supreme Court should reject a proposed petition to expand Medicaid because the summary contradicts the body of the petition concerning income eligibility for the public health insurance program, according to the...

 

Oklahoma governor signs $8.1B budget, state's largest ever

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed the state's largest-ever appropriations bill, an $8.1 billion spending plan that funds pay raises for teachers and state workers and pumps tens of millions more dollars into public schools....

 
 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Feds defer prosecution of Kansas online gamer in hoax case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas online gamer whose dispute over a $1.50 bet sparked a hoax call that resulted in police shooting a man who lived at his old address has struck a deal with prosecutors that could allow the charges against him to be...

 

Police: Man killed in Wichita shootout fired dozens of times

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 56-year-old man who died in a shootout with officers fired 52 rounds into common walls he shared with two neighbors. Police say Fred Burton's neighbors called early Thursday to report what they thought was...

 

Kansas museum sends restored NASA consoles home to Texas

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Mission control consoles used by NASA to guide trips to the moon are being restored by experts in Kansas and will soon be returned to the control room in Houston, Texas, where they were used from the 1960s through the...

 

Revenue Department seeking to refill eliminated jobs

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Revenue is trying to refill dozens of jobs that were eliminated last year when the state awarded two no-bid contracts to outsource its information technology work. The department is working to rebuild...

 

Man freed in 'doppleganger' case facing federal indictment

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man who was released from prison and awarded $1 million for his wrongful conviction has been indicted on weapons and drug charges. Federal prosecutors say Richard Jones is charged in a five-count indictment...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Authorities raid 247 Colorado homes growing black market pot

DENVER (AP) — Authorities said Friday they raided hundreds of black market marijuana operations in Colorado that flouted the state's cannabis law by growing tens of thousands of plants in Denver-area homes and selling the drugs out of state....

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    May 24, 2019 

Tensions flare in Texas Capitol over new Sandra Bland video

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas authorities on Friday denied withholding a cellphone video of Sandra Bland's confrontational traffic stop, responding to a Democratic legislator's heated questions about why the 39-second clip never publicly surfaced unti...

 

The Latest: Private lake dam in Oklahoma City endangered

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on storm damage in the Southern Plains and Midwest (all times local): 6:45 p.m. Oklahoma City officials are warning residents near a small private lake in the northeastern part of the city to take precautions...

 

Oklahoma City Council approves settlement in canal death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council has approved a $175,000 settlement for the estate of a man who died after being electrocuted in an entertainment district canal. The Oklahoman reports that the council voted Tuesday to settle a claim...

 

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