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 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP's split halts push in Kansas for convention of states

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans who see the federal government as out of control split Wednesday and halted the push in Kansas for a convention of states to propose changes to the U.S. Constitution. The state Senate spent nearly three...

 

Police identify teen fatally shot at Wichita car wash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police have identified a teen fatally shot earlier this week at a south Wichita car wash. Fernando Recio, 18, of Wichita, died from his injuries in the late Monday night shooting, Wichita police said in a news release. The...

 
 By BRIAN GRIMMETT    Regional    May 5, 2021

Climate groups question speed of Evergy's retreat from coal

Scientists say that if we're going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it's emitting into the air. Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil...

 

Sedgwick County jailer accused of sex with inmate arrested

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County Sheriff's detention deputy accused of having a sexual relationship with an inmate has been arrested, authorities in Kansas said. The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday the arrest of...

 

Kansas alert issued for child believed taken during car theft

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 14-month-old boy who was inside a sport utility vehicle when it was stolen from a western Kansas driveway early Wednesday morning has been found safe, law enforcement officials said. An Amber Alert was issued for the...

 

Vigils, rallies mark day of awareness for Indigenous victims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some shared agonizing stories of frustration and loss. Others prayed and performed ceremonies. All called for action. Across the U.S. on Wednesday, family members, advocates and government leaders commemorated a day of... Full story

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 2, 2021

Black Freedmen struggle for recognition as tribal citizens

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the U.S. faces a reckoning over its history of racism, some Native American tribal nations that once owned slaves also are grappling with their own mistreatment of Black people. When Native American tribes were forced from...

 

Former Oklahoma doctor guilty of murder in opioid death

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former Oklahoma doctor has been convicted of second-degree murder in the opioid overdose death of a patient, according to state Attorney General Mike Hunter. Former Midwest City Dr. Regan Nichols was convicted Friday on one...

 

Second person arrested, third sought in Wichita shooting

A second person has been arrested in a deadly Wichita apartment complex shooting and police are are looking for a third. The Wichita Eagle reports that 18-year-old Breckyn Isabella Elliott, of Wichita, was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail on...

 
 By PAUL J. WEBER    Regional    May 2, 2021

Republican Susan Wright makes US House runoff in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Republican Susan Wright of Texas, the widow of the first member of Congress to die after contracting COVID-19, secured a place in a U.S. House runoff for her late husband's seat Saturday night. With votes still being counted,...

 

Midwest Economy: April state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology...

 

Oklahoma City police officer shoots, wounds man after crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City police officer is recovering after a car accident and a shootout with a suspect on the city's northeast side, police said Monday. Officer Samuel Flowers was responding to a call early Saturday when a vehicle dr...

 

Kansas man sentenced to nearly 5 years for attempted murder

ANTHONY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced to nearly five years in prison for trying to stab to death another 18-year-old, authorities said Monday. Harper County District Judge Galen T. Wood also ordered 18-year-old Brian Sandoval of Anthony...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 2, 2021

Push against trans athletes in girls' sports fails in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republicans in Kansas failed Monday to overturn the Democratic governor's veto of a proposed ban on transgender athletes in girls' and women's sports, unable to convert successes in other states or Caitlyn Jenner's...

 

Coronavirus variants surge, vaccines slow in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Vaccinations to protect the public from COVID-19 slowed last month in Kansas, even as more contagious variants of the coronavirus surged and hospitalizations from the disease rose in the state, according Kansas health...

 

Former Oklahoma governor criticizes anti-protest bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry said Friday he is throwing his support behind an effort to reject a recently signed bill that seeks to crack down on protesters. The former two-term Democrat described the bill as ill-conceived...

 

Mask mandates ending in Oklahoma's two largest cities

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Mask mandates intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus are ending in Oklahoma's two largest cities, Oklahoma City and Tulsa. The requirement ended Friday in Oklahoma City and comes to an end Saturday in Tulsa, although...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 30, 2021

Top Kansas court upholds law barring 'wrongful birth' suits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' highest court on Friday upheld a law barring so-called wrongful birth lawsuits against doctors, in a case in which a couple sued because they weren't told of serious fetal defects until after an abortion could have been...

 

KBI: Man's death in Coffeyville ruled a homicide

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The death of a man inside a Coffeyville home was a homicide, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Friday. Coffeyville police who went to a home Wednesday night on a request to check the welfare of a person found the man...

 

Kansas woman charged in school parking lot assault

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A woman suspected of running over another mother in a Kansas middle school parking lot during a fight involving students and parents was charged Friday with six counts arising from the incident. Tyla Jack, 39, was charged...

 

Authorities: Woman abducted before she was killed

PAULINE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a woman was abducted by her former boyfriend before she was killed earlier this week. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 61-year-old Jon Ewing, of Scranton, is charged with premeditated first-degree...

 

Evergy moves up timeline to close coal-fired plants

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Evergy plans to close two of its coal-fired plants within nine years as part of its efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels, according to a report filed Friday with regulators. The utility will close its a coal-fired plant...

 

Venezuela gives US oilmen house arrest in gesture to Biden

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives jailed in Venezuela more than three years ago on corruption charges were granted house arrest on Friday in a gesture of goodwill toward the Biden administration as it reviews its policy toward the...

 

Oklahoma health department shuffles leadership positions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Three agencies within the Oklahoma State Department of Health have new leaders, according to a statement from the department. Deputy state epidemiologist Jolianna Stone will become become state epidemiologist, Dr. Jared Taylor...

 

Ex-cop convicted of murder in daughter's boyfriend's death

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former police officer in Oklahoma has been convicted of second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of his daughter's boyfriend, but a federal jury acquitted him of first-degree murder. The jury on Monday found Shannon Kepler,...

 

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