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Plutonium found in Colorado soil; 2nd test shows lower level

DENVER (AP) — Elevated levels of plutonium were found in the soil near a former nuclear weapons plant outside Denver, while a second test showed far lower levels, health officials said Tuesday. The Colorado Department of Public Health and...

 

Former VA pathologist charged in deaths of 3 patients

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A pathologist fired from an Arkansas veterans hospital after officials said he had been impaired while on duty was charged Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of three patients who authorities say he misdiag...

 

Tree-destroying beetle confirmed in a Colorado county

DENVER (AP) — A tree-killing beetle has been confirmed in a Colorado city despite preventative efforts. The Denver Post reports that the Colorado State Forest Service announced the first confirmed case of the emerald ash borer in Broomfield County...

 

Missouri cites economy, eligibility checks for Medicaid drop

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri officials are citing an improved economy as one of several factors that led to close to 90,000 children being dropped from the state's Medicaid health insurance program in the past year, although some lawmakers...

 

Ransomware attack hits more than 20 Texas local governments

DALLAS (AP) — More than 20 local governments in Texas were targeted in a coordinated ransomware attack of unprecedented size on Friday, but several of the cities had resumed normal operations by Tuesday, state officials said. The Texas Department...

 

Coroner: Leader of large organic food scheme dies by suicide

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A Missouri farmer blamed for running the largest organic food fraud scheme in U.S. history has died by suicide, weeks before he was to report to federal prison to begin serving a 10-year term, a coroner said Tuesday. Police...

 

Hope for crops fades in Wyoming, Nebraska irrigation failure

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Farmers in Wyoming and Nebraska affected by an irrigation tunnel collapse are losing hope their crops will be salvageable. Over 100,000 acres (40,000 hectares) of crops on hundreds of farms in both states have been without...

 

Kansas City, Kansas, police investigating shooting death

Kansas City, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, are investigating the overnight shooting death of a man. Police say officers were called around 8 a.m. Saturday to an area in the North Town Fork Creek neighborhood for a report of a body...

 

1,040 Kansans ignore school bus stop signs in 1 day

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas education officials are expressing concern that many motorists are ignoring a state law that requires them to stop when approaching a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. A recent survey found 1,040... Full story

 

Kansas couple sue to keep son from being vaccinated

STILWELL, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City, Kansas, lawyer and his wife are suing to try to keep from having to vaccinate their 4-year-old son. The Kansas City Star reports it's the second time Linus and Terri Baker, of Stilwell, have sued over...

 

Appeals court rules for reporter in public records case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the state does not have the right to withhold ordinary public records just because they become part of a criminal investigation. The Friday ruling overturned a lower...

 

Towns near Flint Hills Trail working to draw visitors

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Towns along the new Flint Hills Trail park in east central Kansas are working to draw visitors as a way to improve the rural economy. The Wichita Eagle reports towns along the trail are planning music festivals, opening...

 

Oklahoma teen serving life term pleads guilty to more counts

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An 18-year-old serving life without parole for a 2017 crime spree that included the killing of an Oklahoma teacher and rape of an 81-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to four unrelated crimes committed the same year. The Tulsa...

 

Police: Fatal shooting of 8-year-old boy apparent accident

CLINTON, Okla. (AP) — Police in western Oklahoma say the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy appears to have been an accident. Clinton Police Chief Paul Rinkel said Sunday officers discovered the child about 3:30 p.m. Saturday after they were...

 

Inmates' families worry about losing contact after move

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The families of several hundred Kansas inmates who are being sent to a private prison in Arizona worry about how often they'll be able to see their loved ones after the move. Leoti Masterson says she treasures her weekly visits...

 

Meet the man rebuilding fields in Oklahoma City schools

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Tommy Noble hates sitting still. He's a construction man who regularly wakes at 5 a.m. and heads to a site, hops on a tractor and gets dirty. But as much as he prefers busy days to lazy ones, this summer has tested him. "It's... Full story

 

Organic food health benefits have been hard to assess, but that could change

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Cynthia Curl, Boise State University (THE CONVERSATION) “Organic” is more than just a passing fad. Organic food sales totaled a...

 

Riders saddle up for church

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Horseback riders took a break from a Friday night arena activities last month and gathered their horses around Vicki Beene. It was time for Bible study. Astride her horse, Beene took prayer requests from the other riders,...

 

3.7 magnitude earthquake shakes parts of eastern Oklahoma

QUINTON, Okla. (AP) — No injuries were reported after a 3.7 magnitude earthquake was recorded in eastern Oklahoma. The U.S. Geological Society says the earthquake was reported at 4:07 a.m. Sunday north-northeast of Quinton, about 123 miles (198...

 

Enid hires assistant city manager, ending 3-year vacancy

ENID, Okla. (AP) — After a three-year vacancy, the city of Enid has a new assistant city manager. The role hasn't been filled since the spring 2016 departure of Joan Riley, who left to serve as city manager of Sapulpa, but now an internal hire has...

 

Oklahoma officer suspended following arrest on gun charge

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer has been suspended following his arrest on a gun charge. Tulsa County court records show 34-year-old Jeffrey Shane Statum was charged Friday with carrying a weapon where alcohol is sold. He was booked...

 

Judge: Oklahoma teen to be tried as adult in fatal shooting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 14-year-old accused of killing a man during a burglary will be prosecuted as an adult. Police allege that Christopher Joseph Guidry admitted to fatally shooting George Phillip Olinger in Olinger's...

 

Customer shoots worker through Taco Bell drive-up window

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City are searching for a man who they say shot a Taco Bell employee through the drive-through window. The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. Saturday at a Taco Bell near Northwest 23rd Street and North May...

 

KBI investigating drowning death of man in southeast Kansas

COFFEYVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Bureau of Investigation is investigating the drowning death of a man who fled from police on an ATV. The KBI said in a news release Monday the man drowned in the Verdigris River in Montgomery County Friday. The...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    August 18, 2019

Company sees retaliation in Kansas ending literacy grant

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The president of the company that formerly ran a literacy program for Kansas' public elementary schools alleged Monday that the state canceled the multimillion-dollar grant in "retaliation" for the firm's opposition to major...

 

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