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Movement toward less partisan political maps gains momentum

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frustrated by partisan gerrymandering, voters in a growing number of states have taken the pen and computer away from lawmakers who have traditionally drawn U.S. House and state legislative districts and instead...

 

New program targeting uninsured drivers aims to fix reports

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Nearly 5 percent of vehicles flagged as uninsured in Oklahoma were identified by error, according to a prosecutor who leads a new program that includes automatic license plate readers. The Oklahoma District Attorneys Council...

 

Oklahoma appeals court rules against slain man's estate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma appeals court has ruled against the estate of an unarmed black man who was shot and killed in 2016 by a white former Tulsa police officer. The Oklahoma Court of Civil Appeals ruled Friday the wrongful death lawsuit...

 

Medical cannabis needs open doors to security entrepreneurs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's exploding medical marijuana industry has opened doors for security entrepreneurs. Duncan-based Stronghold Protection Group and Oklahoma City-based Hendrickson Investigation & Protection LLC are two companies...

 
 By David Pitt    Regional    March 22, 2019

Midwest flooding costs increasing, with $1.6B damage in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said Friday that recent flooding in the state has caused an estimated $1.6 billion in damage, pushing the total costs from the devastating Midwest flooding to at least $3 billion. The ongoing flooding...

 

Court: Judge went too far in dropping Kansas man's drug case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A federal appeals court ruled that a judge went too far by dismissing a Kansas drug indictment after finding that a prosecutor violated the defendant's right to a fair trial. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled...

 

Kansas man wins $50 million in Missouri Lottery game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A gas stop in Missouri paid off handsomely for a Shawnee, Kansas, man, to the tune of $50 million. The Missouri Lottery said Thursday that Hira Singh claimed a $50 million Mega Millions jackpot at the agency's office in...

 

Kansas State to lower tuition for students in 5 states

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State University is becoming cheaper for good students from five more states. The Manhattan Mercury reports that the Kansas Board of Regents agreed this week to allow new students from Arkansas, California, Colorado,...

 

Woman convicted of helping kill cousin's ex-boyfriend

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A woman has been convicted of helping to kill her cousin's ex-boyfriend whose body was found inside a burning home near Lawrence. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that 38-year-old Christina Towell, of Leavenworth, pleaded...

 

Feds won't charge suspect in deadly Texas school shooting

DALLAS (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will not pursue charges at this time against the teenager accused of fatally shooting 10 people at a Texas high school. Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 18, faces a state capital murder trial for the deadly shooting...

 

Suspect in 1998 fatal Texas campus shooting is extradited

McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national suspected in a fatal 1998 shooting on a college campus in Texas has been extradited to face a capital murder charge. McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said Thursday that 39-year-old Roberto Ojeda...

 

Cleanup of Texas chemical plant hamstrung by new fire, spill

HOUSTON (AP) — The efforts to clean up a Texas industrial plant that burned for several days this week were hamstrung Friday by a briefly reignited fire and a breach that led to chemicals spilling into the nearby Houston Ship Channel. The Texas...

 

Navajo Nation company ends bid to buy power plant, mine

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of the largest coal-fired power plants in the West will close this year as planned after a Navajo Nation company ended its long-shot bid Friday to acquire it. The Navajo Generating Station has operated for decades in...

 

New Mexico governor signs landmark clean energy bill

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Making good on a campaign promise, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday signed landmark legislation that will mandate more solar panels and wind turbines as the state sets ambitious new renewable energy goals. T...

 

Colorado Senate debates gun bill, due process, public safety

DENVER (AP) — Colorado's Democrat-led Senate debated the Second Amendment rights of gun owners, due process and public safety on Friday as it considered a bill that would allow weapons to be seized from people who are determined by a court to pose...

 

Briton dies in head-on collision at Texas off-roading event

DALLAS (AP) — An Englishman has died after the four-wheeler he was driving collided head-on with another all-terrain vehicle at a North Texas off-roading event known as "Rednecks with Paychecks Spring Break," a sheriff's official said Wednesday. Af...

 

Oklahoma's top court hearing request to delay opioid lawsuit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Drugmakers are trying to persuade Oklahoma's top court to postpone the trial in the state's lawsuit accusing them of fueling the opioid epidemic. The Oklahoma Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, a week after rejecting...

 

Oklahoma's technology department says it needs $16 million

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Office of Management Enterprise Services says it needs $16 million by the end of the month for its information technology department, including $7 million to pay bills that are more than 60 days overdue. The...

 

Oklahoma City woman locked up for 2 weeks due to an error

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A court-ordered inspection of every inmate in the Oklahoma County jail found that a 20-year-old woman had been wrongly incarcerated for two weeks on a warrant that had been dismissed months before, a lawyer said. Giselle Perez...

 

2 children among 3 found dead in vehicle in Oklahoma

RIPLEY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in north-central Oklahoma say three people, including two children, have been found dead in what the Payne County Sheriff's Office is calling a murder-suicide. The sheriff's office posted on its Facebook page that...

 

Duncan working to launch a FEMA storm shelter rebate program

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — Through diligence and lots of paperwork, the Duncan Emergency Management has secured a rebate program through Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Gary Curtis, Deputy Director of Duncan/Stephens County Emergency...

 

Officials to address drop-offs along Oklahoma City's roads

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — On NW 150, in a mostly rural part of Oklahoma City, the aging asphalt pavement of the two-lane road is full of potholes. Farther west of N Morgan Road, NW 150 becomes a gravel road alongside wheat fields and a farm near a...

 

Norman students design parade floats in an OU competition

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Students from eight Norman elementary schools came to the University of Oklahoma recently to do one thing: design the best parade float. That was the challenge handed down by Devon Energy for its second annual Design + Do...

 

Jobs program aims to employ panhandlers and homeless

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Ben Morrison and his friend Tenesha Beasley were cold and hungry and homeless recently, so they stopped by In the Spirit Christian Church hoping to find a welcoming space and a warm meal. What they got was a chance meeting with...

 

Body found in southeastern Oklahoma is missing woman

VALLIANT, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a homicide investigation is underway after a woman was found dead in a creek with her hands bound. OSBI special agent Chad Dansby told the Texarkana Gazette that the body found...

 

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