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A checklist of campaign promises: Can Stitt fulfill them?

Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt ran on a platform of bringing an outsider’s perspective to Oklahoma government and said he will draw on his business background to push the state into top 10 rankings for education, job growth and other areas. But Stitt will...

 

Oklahoma Gov. Fallin says she's retiring from politics

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin says she will retire from politics when she steps down as governor in January and will not pursue elective office again. The Oklahoman reports that Fallin on Friday said she wants to spend more time with her...

 

Second sex abuse claim made against former Oklahoma priest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City says it has received a second credible accusation of child sexual abuse against a former priest. The Oklahoman reports that a spokeswoman for the archdiocese said Friday that...

 

Suspect shot multiple times after firing on Oklahoma deputy

CUSHING, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is reviewing a confrontation in north Oklahoma in which a sheriff's deputy shot a fleeing suspect during an exchange of gunfire. The bureau said in a statement that Payne County...

 

Governor: Official who said whites are 'master race' must go

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer has called on a white county official to resign after the official said at a public meeting that he belongs to "the master race." Leavenworth County Commissioner Louis Klemp cited the master race...

 

2-alarm fire sweeps through Wichita apartment complex

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A two-alarm fire has swept through a Wichita apartment complex, although no injuries have been reported. Television station KSNW reports that the fire was reported shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday at the Parke East Townhomes....

 

Man pleads guilty to killing Kansas girlfriend with shovel

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The boyfriend of a woman found dead in her home after being beaten with a shovel has pleaded guilty to killing her. The Wichita Eagle reports that 38-year-old Travis Becker Jr. entered the plea Friday afternoon in a Sedgwick...

 

Lawrence officials to consider river recreation area concept

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence officials will consider whether to move forward with a new plaza and recreation area concept along the portion of the Kansas River that borders downtown. The city has budgeted $2 million this year to repair the...

 

Kansas unemployment rate remained at 3.3 percent in October

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is reporting that its unemployment rate remained at 3.3 percent in October for the third month in a row. The state Department of Labor has reported that Kansas also saw an increase in the number of nonfarm, private...

 

2 killed in Texas crash of vintage World War II fighter

FREDERICKSBURG, Texas (AP) — A vintage World War II fighter plane has crashed into the parking lot of an apartment complex in Fredericksburg, Texas, killing the two people on board. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford says the...

 

Incoming GOP Senate leader calls for new Oklahoma agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The incoming Republican leader of the Oklahoma Senate says he wants to create a new state agency to evaluate spending and performance of all other state agencies. New Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat announced Thursday...

 

Conservation groups disappointed with Illinois River plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Conservation groups are expressing disappointment with a memorandum of agreement between Oklahoma and Arkansas officials to study ways to improve water quality in the Illinois River watershed. "This MOA proposes absolutely no...

 

Bass Pro Shops pulls Trail of Tears rifle amid complaints

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bass Pro Shops pulled a used 1978 Winchester rifle commemorating the Cherokee Trail of Tears from one of its Arkansas store's shelves and apologized to the tribe after a photo of the gun led to calls to boycott the outdoor gear...

 

Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, 'Hee Haw' star, has died

Country star Roy Clark, the guitar virtuoso and singer who headlined the cornpone TV show "Hee Haw" for nearly a quarter century and was known for such hits as "Yesterday When I was Young" and "Honeymoon Feeling," has died. He was 85. Publicist Jerem...

 

High voter turnout increases initiative signature threshold

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — High voter turnout during Oklahoma's gubernatorial election has had an unintended consequence — an increase in the state's initiative petition signature requirement. The Journal Record reports that increasing the signature...

 

House Democrats pick Norman attorney to lead minority caucus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats in the Oklahoma House of Representatives have elected a 32-year-old Norman attorney to lead the minority caucus for the next two years. House Democrats chose Rep. Emily Virgin over Oklahoma City Rep. Jason Dunnington...

 

White official tells black woman he belongs to 'master race'

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A white county commissioner in northeast Kansas who told a black city planner that he belongs to "the master race" as he rejected her proposed development plan is coming under pressure from fellow commissioners to resign....

 

Militia men convicted of bomb plot try to bar Somali videos

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Attorneys for three Kansas militia members convicted of plotting to bomb a mosque and apartment complex housing Somali immigrants in a western Kansas meatpacking town have asked the court to bar at sentencing any victim impact...

 

Kansas man who grew marijuana in park sentenced to prison

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 55-year-old Kansas man who was growing marijuana on an island in the Neosho River has been sentenced to more than five years in prison. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister said Scott Joseph Skibo, of Chetopa, was sentenced...

 

Nurse's kidney donation triggers bi-state transplant chain

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A nurse's decision to donate a kidney to a patient triggered a series of events that led to three people getting new organs at two Kansas City-area hospitals. Christa Jordan, a nurse at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas...

 

Senate confirms Kansas bank regulator Bowman for Fed board

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday confirmed Michelle Bowman, a Kansas banking regulator, as a member of the Federal Reserve board. Bowman was approved on a 64-34 vote to fill the spot on the seven-member board reserved for someone with...

 

Galloway launches long-awaited Jackson County audit

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A long-awaited state audit of Jackson County has begun. The Kansas City Star reports that Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway announced Thursday that her audit of the county's finances and operations is under way, 10 months...

 

Ex-massage therapist guilty of secretly recording woman

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City massage therapist faces sentencing Jan. 3 after admitting that he secretly recorded video of a woman while she undressed. The Kansas City Star reports that 32-year-old Daniel Gorski pleaded guilty...

 

Kansas AG: Kobach not liable for exposure of voter data

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general contends that Secretary of State Kris Kobach shouldn't be held personally liable for exposing sensitive personal information about hundreds of voters and that the voters have no constitutional right to...

 

Oil-gas company drops all plans to drill near ex-nuke site

DENVER (AP) — An oil and gas company says it's canceling all of its plans to drill near a former nuclear weapons plant northwest of Denver. The Denver Post reported Thursday Highlands Natural Resources dropped its plans to drill near the Rocky...

 

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