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Man killed in crash during police chase in Bonner Springs

BONNER SPRINGS, Kan. (AP) — One man was killed and a woman was critically injured during a police pursuit in Bonner Springs early Wednesday. The pursuit began when Bonner Springs officers received a report that a driver was speeding through a...

 

Kansas expects small uptick in vaccine supply amid shortages

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The top health official in Kansas has told lawmakers that the state will likely see a small uptick in immediate supply of the COVID-19 vaccine with the change in presidential administrations. In a joint hearing Tuesday before...

 

Lawrence agrees to return sacred prayer rock to Kaw Nation

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence City Council has unanimously approved a measure to return a Native American tribe's prayer rock that was transformed more than 90 years ago into a monument honoring Kansas settlers. The council voted 5-0 Tuesday...

 

Kansas crop artist's unity work part of Biden inauguration

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Well-known Kansas landscape artist Stan Herd will have one of his works included in a virtual celebration of new President Joe Biden's inauguration. Herd and a team created the phrase "America United" into a field outside of...

 

Kansas coach who survived lung transplant dies of virus

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas football coach who survived and even resumed coaching following a double-lung transplant three years ago has died of COVID-19 complications. Aaron Flores, 50, of Coffeyville, died last week following a battle with...

 

Oklahoma on track for worst month of pandemic

By Friday, Jan. 15, the state had recorded more than 57,000 new cases of coronavirus in the first two weeks of 2021. There were 436 reported Covid-19 deaths so far in January, already higher than the...

 

Oklahoma City schools to resume some in-person classes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City school district is set to resume some in-person classes for the district's youngest students and those in alternative education, Superintendent Sean McDaniel said Saturday. Pre-kindergarten through 4th grade...

 

Kansas officer accused of injuring skateboarder resigns

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An Lawrence police officer who has been accused of fracturing a skateboarder's elbow during an arrest has resigned. The Lawrence Journal World reports that Brad Williams' resignation took effect Jan. 6. Police spokesperson...

 

Parolee fatally shot Wichita restaurant owner

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A parolee rummaging through trash fatally shot the owner of a south Wichita restaurant, authorities say. Police Capt. Jason Stephens identified 42-year-old Oscar Acosta of Wichita as the person shot Thursday outside of...

 

Kansas lawmakers moving quickly on COVID-19 legislation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers have been moving quickly on legislation that would extend the state's COVID-19 emergency declaration before it expires on Jan. 26. "I've not seen, and I don't think we've seen before, a bill that moved with...

 

Oklahoma reports 1,800 new coronavirus cases, 7 more deaths

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials reported more and 1,800 new cases of COVID-19 Monday along with seven more deaths from the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The number of people in Oklahoma who have died from the coronavirus...

 

Audubon sues over water rights at Quivira Wildlife Refuge

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Audubon of Kansas has sued over water rights at a wildlife refuge in central Kansas. The federal lawsuit filed Friday by the environmental group against the U.S. Department of the Interior and various federal and state...

 

Judge awards $1M to veteran in Kansas VA hospital abuse case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has awarded more than $1 million in damages to another veteran who says he was sexually abused by a former physician assistant at a VA hospital in Kansas. It's the third time since November that U.S....

 

Ex-Kansas prison guard charged in prison drug-smuggling

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas prison guard will stand trial on 10 counts related to a drug-smuggling case at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Zachary Wood was bound over for trial last week following a preliminary hearing on counts...

 

Fewer Oklahomans seeking to continue unemployment benefits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of Oklahomans filing to continue their unemployment benefits continued to decline, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Thursday. The agency reported the four-week moving average of claims to...

 

Federal aid OK'd for more winter storm-struck counties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal emergency assistance has been approved for 16 more Oklahoma counties paralyzed for days by the October winter storm, Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday. In a statement, Stitt said aid had been approved for Alfalfa, Blaine,...

 

Oklahoma sends National Guard troops to Biden's inauguration

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 400 Oklahoma National Guard soldiers and airmen are expected to head to Washington, D.C. this week to assist with security during the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden. Oklahoma guard officials announced in a...

 

Oklahoma governor activates National Guard for state Capitol

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — About 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard are being activated to help protect the state Capitol in case potential protests turn violent, Gov. Kevin Stitt announced on Friday. Stitt activated the troops following a...

 

Virus vaccine shipment change frustrates Oklahoma official

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's deputy health commissioner said Friday that a change in the shipment of the coronavirus vaccines came unexpectedly and has left him frustrated in how to manage distribution of the vaccines, one from Pfizer and one...

 

Wichita woman who stole from elderly man given probation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita woman who persuaded an elderly man with Alzheimer's disease to make her the beneficiary of nearly all his assets has been sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to repay the man's family nearly $61,000....

 

Kansas legislators review proposed anti-abortion amendment

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion opponents and abortion rights supporters on Friday previewed arguments they'll make to voters if lawmakers put a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution on the ballot. House and Senate committees...

 

University withdraws directive muting Kansas student paper

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The president of Haskell Indian Nations University has walked back a directive instructing the school's student newspaper editor not to contact any government agency for information while representing the newspaper or...

 

Police ID man arrested in fatal Wichita restaurant shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita are investigating a shooting outside a restaurant that left one man dead and say detectives have arrested a 26-year-old man with a long criminal history. The shooting was reported around 1:30 p.m. Thursday in...

 

NRA declares bankruptcy, plans to incorporate in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The National Rifle Association announced Friday it has filed for bankruptcy protection and will seek to incorporate the nation's most politically influential gun-rights group in Texas instead of New York. The announcement came...

 

Inmates, corrections staff express reluctance to take the Covid-19 vaccine

Oklahoma inmates are experiencing their own version of pandemic fatigue. The corrections department has limited inmate movement and enforced a mask mandate for staff and prisoners since April. A syste...

 

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