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Olathe man sentenced to prison for hit-and-run that killed 2

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — An Olathe man has been sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison for a 2018 hit-and-run crash that killed two people. Bradley Woodworth, 48, was sentenced Tuesday to 19½ year in prison after pleading guilty in February to two...

 

Teen sentenced to life in prison in death of 12-year-old boy

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas teenager has been sentenced to life in prison in the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy during a botched gun deal. WDAF-TV reports that a jury convicted 18-year-old Jaylen LaRon Johnson of Kansas City, Kansas, of...

 

Oklahoma deputy shoots, kills man outside Anadarko home

ANADARKO, Okla. (AP) — A sheriff's deputy shot and killed a man outside a home in Anadarko after the man brandished a weapon, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Monday. According to the OSBI, a Caddo County deputy responding to a...

 

Report: Police at school had rifles earlier than known

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — Multiple police officers stood in a hallway at Robb Elementary School armed with rifles and at least one ballistic shield within 19 minutes of a gunman arriving at the campus, according to documents reviewed by the Austin Ameri...

 

Arizona fires sweep land rich with ancient sites, artifacts

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — As Jason Nez scans rugged mountains, high desert and cliffsides for signs of ancient tools and dwellings unique to the U.S. Southwest, he keeps in mind that they're part of a bigger picture. And, fire is not new to them....

 

2 Oklahoma attorneys charged in medical marijuana scheme

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two Oklahoma attorneys were charged Thursday in an alleged medical marijuana scheme that allowed out-of-state growers to skirt the state's law requiring marijuana businesses to be at least 75% owned by state residents. Oklahoma...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 17, 2022

Oklahoma House, Senate fail to reach deal on tax cuts

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House and Senate failed to reach a deal on cutting the sales tax on groceries and the individual income tax that Gov. Kevin Stitt was urging them to pass. The House adjourned a special session on Wednesday after...

 

2nd arrest made in Oklahoma festival shooting that killed 1

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Police arrested a second person on Friday in a shooting at an Oklahoma festival last month in which one person was killed and eight others were wounded. Officers arrested Kendall Alexander, 25, at his home in Muskogee, about...

 

A list of recent high-profile shootings in the US

The church shooting Thursday in Alabama is just the latest recent high-profile shooting in May and June, starting with a racist attack that killed 10 Black people at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. Some of the more notable episodes of gun...

 

Former NASCAR driver Clint Bowyer involved in fatal crash

LAKE OZARK, Mo. (AP) — Former NASCAR driver and Fox Sports analyst Clint Bowyer struck and killed a pedestrian on a highway in southwest Missouri earlier this month, police said. The crash occurred June 5 on an exit ramp off of U.S 54 near Osage...

 

White Kansas fire supervisor suspended over offensive text

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A white Wichita Fire Department supervisor who texted a photo of himself wearing a sweater featuring a naked Black man has been suspended for three days without pay in the latest fallout over racist, sexist and homophobic...

 

OSDH identifies first probable case of monkeypox in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has identified its first probable case of monkeypox and is working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to confirm the infection in a central Oklahoma resident with recent international...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull tax cuts during special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will return to the Capitol for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. After the...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    June 12, 2022

Oklahoma official seeks execution dates for 25 inmates

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general has asked the state's highest appeals court to set execution dates for 25 death row inmates following a federal judge's rejection of their challenge to the state's lethal injection method. In 25...

 

Strong winds did about $10 million damage in Riley County

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Straight line winds that reached up to 100 mph caused nearly $10 million in damage in Riley County during the weekend, the National Weather Service said. The weather service in Topeka said Monday the winds were equivalent to...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    June 10, 2022

Kansas' first transgender lawmaker not seeking reelection

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' first transgender state legislator is not seeking reelection, saying Friday that she is moving to Texas so that she can help care for her wife's aging parents. Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, was...

 

Judge blocks Texas investigating families of trans youth

A Texas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from investigating families of transgender children who have received gender-confirming medical care, a new obstacle to the state labeling such treatments as child abuse. The temporary...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 8, 2022

District attorney confirms investigation into governor's ad

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's top prosecutor confirmed Thursday he's investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Gov. Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater said he launched an investigation after a bipartisan grou...

 

Judge throws out $4 million award for transgender student

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A judge has thrown out a $4.2 million jury award in a lawsuit filed by a transgender student in the Blues Springs School District who was denied access to male locker rooms and bathrooms. The student, identified in court...

 

Conservative senator Pyle runs for governor as independent

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent. The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a...

 

Kansas man sentenced to prison for 2018 killing a baby girl

HAYSVILLE, Kan. (AP) — A southern Kansas man has been sentenced to more than 20 years in prison for the killing of his 4-month-old daughter nearly four years ago. Andrew Franklin, 36, of Haysville, was sentenced Monday to 250 months in prison,...

 

School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before ordering law enforcement to confront and kill the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did not appear at a City Council meeting in...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 5, 2022

Federal judge OKs Oklahoma's lethal injection method

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal judge in Oklahoma on Monday ruled the state's three-drug lethal injection method is constitutional, paving the way for the state to request execution dates for more than two dozen death row inmates who were plaintiffs...

 

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell to retire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Judge Anthony Powell plans to retire from the Kansas Court of Appeals on June 30, the court announced Monday. Powell has served on the state appeals court since January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was a district judge in...

 

Wichita to settle lawsuit over 2012 fatal police shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The city of Wichita plans to settle a lawsuit filed over the death of a man who was shot by a police officer in 2012. The city's law department has asked the City Council to approve on Tuesday a $175,000 settlement with the...

 

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