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Texas rabbi says he, 2 hostages escaped synagogue standoff

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — The rabbi of a Texas synagogue where a gunman took hostages during livestreamed services said Monday that he threw a chair at his captor before escaping with two others after an hourslong standoff, crediting past security...

 

Bond revoked for businessman accused of killing employee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Friday revoked the bond of a white local businessman accused of killing a Black man who worked for him after a prosecutor said the businessman was spotted in a bank drive-thru and visited a local Waffle...

 

Parole board chairman resigns over death penalty position

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board Chairman Adam Luck, who has consistently voted to spare the lives of death row inmates, announced Friday he is resigning at the request of the governor. Luck wrote in his resignation letter...

 

GOP governors slam COVID limits while setting policy agendas

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As the omicron variant rages and fills up hospital beds around the country, Republican governors are highlighting their opposition to restrictions that have marked the COVID-19 pandemic even as they seek to move past it...

 

New Texas voting law snags US citizens, mail ballot requests

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A sweeping new Texas voting law that Republicans muscled through the Legislature last year over dramatic protests is drawing fire again, even before some of the most contentious restrictions and changes kick in ahead of the sta...

 

Oklahoma school districts going virtual amid omicron surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — School districts across Oklahoma are shutting down or switching to virtual learning as a result of a surging number of coronavirus cases. Oklahoma City and Putnam City public schools both announced Wednesday plans to shift to...

 

Partisan divide on COVID policy widens in state legislatures

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — In Democratic-led Washington state, just four lawmakers were present in the 98-member House this week as they convened a mostly remote session with an abundance of caution. Anyone working there is required to be tested...

 

Man arrested in deaths of victims found in Kansas, Oklahoma

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been arrested in the 2019 robbery, kidnapping and shooting deaths of two men whose bodies were found hours apart in an Oklahoma ditch and a Kansas trailer. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a...

 

Court: Oklahoma rail crossing law violates federal authority

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A federal appeals court has found that Oklahoma's law creating a 10-minute limit on trains blocking city streets violates the federal government's authority. "Exclusive jurisdiction over transportation by rail carriers and the...

 

Kansas governor proposes to set aside $600M, spend reserves

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Wednesday that Kansas put $600 million of its surplus revenue in a rainy day fund and spend nearly $1.8 billion of the excess revenue on a long list of projects. Parts of Kelly's proposed...

 

Kansas reduces requirements for substitute teachers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Substitute teachers in Kansas will not be required to have college credit hours under an emergency declaration approved Wednesday in response to a worsening staff shortage in the state's schools because of the COVID-19...

 

Oklahoma death row inmates offer firing squad as alternative

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men on Oklahoma's death row — at the prodding of a federal judge — agreed to choose execution by firing squad as a way to delay their upcoming lethal injections, one of their attorneys told the judge. The two inmates,...

 

Oklahoma GOP lawmaker to introduce Texas-style abortion bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Oklahoma has announced plans to introduce a bill mirroring a Texas law that has become the nation's biggest curb to abortion in nearly 50 years. State Rep. Sean Roberts said his bill would allow any...

 

Omicron explosion spurs nationwide breakdown of services

Ambulances in Kansas speed toward hospitals then suddenly change direction because hospitals are full. Employee shortages in New York City cause delays in trash and subway services and diminish the ranks of firefighters and emergency workers....

 

US Supreme Court agrees McGirt ruling not retroactive

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an Oklahoma appellate court decision that the high court's landmark McGirt ruling on criminal jurisdiction in Indian Country does not apply retroactively to state convictions that are finalized....

 

Taxes, vaxes and maps: Kansas Legislature kicks off session

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and Republican lawmakers are eager to cut taxes because Kansas is flush with cash, but the annual legislative session that opened Monday is shadowed by redistricting, election year-politics and...

 

Staff absences plague schools, health care amid COVID surge

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Employee absences fueled by a surge in COVID-19 cases are straining Kansas hospitals, schools and emergency services and raising questions about whether some court trials might need to be delayed. When students returned from...

 

Trail would connect 2 Kansas City, Kansas, history sites

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Plans are underway to connect a Civil War-era commercial port on the Missouri river and a Kansas City, Kansas, park where Lewis and Clark once camped. KCUR-FM reports that the Northeast Kansas City, Kansas, Heritage Trail...

 

2 adults, 12-year-old boy found dead in Kansas home

LARNED, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating after two adults and a 12-year-old boy were found shot to death in Kansas. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that a man discovered the bodies Saturday night in a Larned...

 

Oklahoma death row inmates offer firing squad as alternative

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men on Oklahoma's death row — at the prodding of a federal judge — agreed to choose execution by firing squad as a way to delay their upcoming lethal injections, one of their attorneys told the judge. The two inmates,...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    January 9, 2022

Kansas governor seeks tuition freeze, calls state healthier

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly called Tuesday for another freeze in tuition at Kansas colleges in a State of the State address that portrayed the state as booming economically and previewed what are likely to be major themes in her...

 

Kansas governor raised, spent more last year than GOP foe

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Facing a tough reelection race in Kansas, Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly raised more cash last year, spent more money and entered this year with more funds than her presumed Republican opponent. Campaign finance reports filed Monda...

 

Elder shares stories of life, laughter and American Indian health

Linda Poolaw loves telling stories. At 79, the Grand Chief of the Delaware Grand Council of North America has a few. Some are nostalgic, about growing up in rural Oklahoma, the daughter of a Kiowa father and a mother who was Delaware (also known as...

 

Man given 4 consecutive life sentences for child sex abuse

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for sexually assaulting a young girl, the Sedgwick County District Attorney's office said Thursday. Jeremiah Orange, 40, was sentenced Wednesday for two...

 

Ex-Oklahoma police officer gets 25 years for 2014 killing

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A former Oklahoma police officer was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for the 2014 killing of his daughter's boyfriend after being convicted of second-degree murder the fifth time he went on trial in the case. U.S....

 

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