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 By Jeff Raymond    Regional    March 17, 2019 

Pardon and Parole Board approves first inmates for streamlined parole

In one fell swoop, the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board on Wednesday approved 73 inmates for a new type of parole intended to help alleviate the state’s overcrowded prisons. The parole process, approved by the Legislature last year, could be a firs...

 

Oklahoma judge stabbed in the leg, daughter is charged

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The daughter of Tulsa County District Judge Sharon Holmes has been charged with stabbing Holmes in the leg. Court records show 28-year-old Adrienne Smith was charged Friday with felony assault and battery with a dangerous...

 
 By Jimmie Tramel    Regional    March 17, 2019 

Lane Frost's mother shares her appreciation for Luke Perry

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Obituaries reported the world lost an actor. But those in the bull riding community, including the mother of a famous Oklahoma bull rider, tell stories that suggest the world lost a heck of a guy. "He was a great person," Elsie...

 
 By LINDA PROVOST    Regional    March 17, 2019 

Group of Duncan students collaborate to help cancer patients

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A group of third grade girls from Comanche have been working together in friendship to help people through a hard time dealing with cancer. Brenley Green, MaKenna Kulbeth, Cianna O'Connor and Emma Milburn have been making...

 

Dodge City region searching for access to 4-year college

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Unlike many other rural cities, Dodge City is experiencing a strong economy that is making it an anchor in Kansas' southwest region. The city, which as long marketed its Old West ties, has in recent years completed $86...

 

AP FACT CHECK: O'Rourke on climate, Trump on 'no collusion'

WASHINGTON (AP) — Beto O'Rourke opened his Democratic presidential campaign this past week with a call to action on global warming that misrepresented the science. From Iowa, he claimed scientists are united in believing the planet only has a...

 

1 dead, 1 injured after plane crashes at Oklahoma airport

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Emergency officials say two people, a man and a woman, are dead after a twin-engine jet crashed as it attempted to land at a small airport in northwest Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City Fire Capt. David Macy says the corporate jet...

 

Oklahoma governor takes advantage of new appointment power

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Less than one week after being given sweeping new power over five of the state's largest agencies, new Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking advantage by appointing new board members to oversee three of them. Stitt announced on Monday...

 

Auction set for 21 vehicles forfeited in Oklahoma pot bust

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Federal officials in Tulsa are conducting an online auction for 21 vehicles forfeited by a man who pleaded guilty to drug conspiracy and money-laundering charges. The U.S. Marshals Service and an auctioneer, Apple Towing Co.,...

 

Weather observation network seeks new volunteers in Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A grassroots weather observation network needs more volunteers to measure precipitation in an effort that could benefit farmers and emergency management officials, organizers said. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and...

 

Oklahoma baseball player hurt in Arkansas hit-and-run

MONTICELLO, Ark. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after a college baseball player from Oklahoma was seriously injured when he was struck by a vehicle in an apparent hit-and-run crash in Arkansas. Arkansas State Police say 20-year-old Joseph...

 

Jail, patrol car escapee apparently returned to Missouri

HEAVENER, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a kidnapping suspect who escaped from a Missouri jail and then from an Oklahoma police car apparently stole a pickup truck and returned to Missouri. The truck was found Sunday in Pettis County, Missouri....

 

Oklahoma City police arrest 3 in teen's shooting death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City say they have arrested three people in connection with last week's shooting death of a southeastern Oklahoma teen. Sgt. Gary Knight said Monday that investigators took three people into custody...

 

Ruling allows lawsuit over rapes at Kansas fraternity houses

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court is refusing to toss out a lawsuit filed by two female students alleging Kansas State University refused to investigate their rapes and other sex assaults at off-campus fraternity houses. The U.S. 10th...

 

Employee leaves Kansas agency after tweet criticizing Trump

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Department of Transportation worker who posted a tweet from the agency's official Twitter account criticizing President Donald Trump is no longer employed by the department, the agency said. The tweet on Sunday came...

 

Kansas City-area coalition working to combat climate change

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A coalition of Kansas City-area leaders is working to reduce the impact of climate change amid reports that the region could be among the hardest hit in the nation. After an international group of scientists issued a...

 

Kansas hopes to resurrect proof-of-citizenship voting law

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kansas' solicitor general on Monday called on a federal appeals court to reinstate the state's law requiring people to provide proof of citizenship before they can register to vote, saying problems with how it was enforced dur...

 

Homes flood as Missouri River overtops, breaches levees

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Hundreds of homes flooded in several Midwestern states after rivers breached at least a dozen levees following heavy rain and snowmelt in the region, authorities said Monday while warning that the flooding was expected to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 17, 2019 

Tweets could doom judge's nomination to Kansas appeals court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's nomination of a trial judge to Kansas' second-highest court appeared doomed Monday after two key Republican legislators decried past social media posts criticizing President Donald Trump and express...

 

The Latest: Oklahoma House suspends page program

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on a police investigation into an alleged sexual assault of a teenager participating in a legislative page program (all times local): 3:50 p.m. Oklahoma's speaker of the House says he's suspending a high school page...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 15, 2019

Lawyer: Man charged in parents' slayings pleads not guilty

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — An attorney plans to seek a competency hearing for a 19-year-old Oklahoma murder suspect whose brother told investigators he said he killed their parents because he thought they were Satan worshippers communicating with him...

 

Mabee-Gerrer Museum in Shawnee marks centennial with events

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's oldest art gallery is commemorating its 100th birthday with a series of special exhibitions and festivities. The Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee is launching its centennial events with the exhibition...

 

Oklahoma GOP governor signs medical marijuana rules into law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed into law new regulations for Oklahoma's burgeoning medical marijuana industry. The Republican on Thursday signed a measure known as the "unity bill" because it's supported by various factions of the...

 

Man holding knife dies after police shoot him in Oklahoma

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a 27-year-old man has died after he approached police officers in eastern Oklahoma with a knife and they shot him. Authorities say Shawn Taylor Watie of Stillwell died Thursday...

 

Oklahoma man gets 9 years in prison after Kansas drug search

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Prosecutors say an Oklahoma man was sentenced to nine years in prison for trafficking more than 20 pounds of methamphetamine. The U.S. attorney's office said in a news release that 23-year-old Guillermo D. Andrade of Oklahoma...

 

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