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Deadly severe weather roars through several states, spawning potential tornadoes

Thousands of homes and businesses were without power Tuesday as severe weather roared through several states, causing at least one death and spawning possible tornadoes. Meanwhile, a spring snowstorm was expected to drop more than a foot of snow in...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    March 29, 2024

Oklahoma judge rules death row inmate not competent to be executed

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ruled Thursday that a death row inmate is not competent to be executed for his role in the 1999 slayings of a mother and son. Pittsburg County Judge Michael Hogan issued an order in the case involving 6...

 

Republican states file lawsuit challenging Biden's student loan repayment plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A group of Republican-led states is suing the Biden administration to block a new student loan repayment plan that provides a faster path to cancellation and lower monthly payments for millions of borrowers. In a federal l...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 29, 2024

As Kansas nears gender care ban, students push university to advocate for trans youth

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — With Kansas poised to ban gender-affirming care for minors, college students are trying to counter Republican efforts to roll back transgender rights by pushing the state's largest university to declare itself a haven for trans...

 

This stinks. A noxious weed forces Arizona national monument's picnic area to close until May

COOLIDGE, Ariz. (AP) — It literally stinks that visitors to Casa Grande Ruins National Monument in south-central Arizona might not be able to use the attraction's picnic area until May. Monument officials announced Wednesday that the picnic area w...

 

Oklahoma State Patrol says it is diverting traffic after a barge hit a bridge

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma State Patrol said Saturday that it closed a highway south of Sallisaw after a barge struck a bridge over Arkansas River. Troopers closed South U.S. Highway 59 after the incident and diverted traffic from the a...

 

Survivors of 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre to Appear Before Oklahoma Supreme Court As Historic Case Hangs in the Balance

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Mar 29, 2024-- The Oklahoma Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on April 2 in a case brought by the two last known survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre. Nine justices will determine whether the Survivors...

 

Third employee of weekly newspaper in Kansas sues over police raid that sparked a firestorm

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — An office manager at a weekly newspaper in Kansas is the latest employee to sue over a police raid last year that sparked a firestorm. Cheri Bentz alleges in the suit filed Friday in federal court that she was unlawfully d...

 

Shoplifter chased by police on horses in New Mexico, video shows

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Police in New Mexico had all the horsepower in this chase: A shoplifter was detained outside a Walgreens this month after trying to outrun a horse-mounted police officer. Albuquerque police bodycam video shows a dark-brown h...

 

No injuries or hazardous materials spilled after train derailment in Oklahoma

DAVENPORT, Okla. (AP) — Authorities and work crews on Sunday continued to clean up after a train derailment in central Oklahoma overturned 22 rail cars carrying gravel but didn't result in any injuries. The derailment occurred Saturday afternoon j...

 

Oklahoma highway reopens following shutdown after a barge hit a bridge

SALLISAW, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma highway was reopened Saturday following its closure for a few hours after a bridge over the Arkansas River was struck by a barge. Troopers with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed a portion of U.S. Highway 59 s...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 29, 2024

Kansas lawmakers race to solve big fiscal issues before their spring break

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature is scrambling to address tax cuts, funding for disability services and immigration issues ahead of its annual three-week spring break starting next week. Most bills that don't pass by then won't be c...

 

Invaders from underground are coming in cicada-geddon. It's the biggest bug emergence in centuries

Trillions of evolution's bizarro wonders, red-eyed periodical cicadas that have pumps in their heads and jet-like muscles in their rears, are about to emerge in numbers not seen in decades and possibly centuries. Crawling out from underground every...

 

Lou Conter, last survivor of USS Arizona from Pearl Harbor attack, dies at 102

HONOLULU (AP) — Lou Conter, the last living survivor of the USS Arizona battleship that exploded and sank during the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor, has died. He was 102. Conter passed away on Monday at his home in Grass Valley, California, f...

 

Alex Murdaugh gets 40 years in federal prison for stealing from clients and his law firm

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) — For maybe the last time, Alex Murdaugh, in a prison jumpsuit instead of the suit he used to wear, shuffled into a courtroom Monday in South Carolina and was sentenced to 40 years in federal prison. Murdaugh was punished — thi...

 

Willie Nelson's Fourth of July Picnic lands in the Philadelphia area for the first time

SPICEWOOD, Texas (AP) — Willie Nelson 's Fourth of July Picnic is two-stepping out of Texas to the Philadelphia area. The country luminary's mostly annual mega-concert, hosted in his native Texas for most of its 50-year-history, will be held for the...

 

Dairy cattle in Texas and Kansas test positive for bird flu

Milk from dairy cows in Texas and Kansas has tested positive for bird flu, U.S. officials said Monday. Officials with the Texas Animal Health Commission confirmed the flu virus is the Type A H5N1 strain, known for decades to cause outbreaks in birds...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 27, 2024

In the Kansas House, when lobbyists ask for new laws, their names go on the bills

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — For years, pinning down the source of a bill in the Kansas Legislature could be a chore for lawmakers' constituents. Committees sponsor almost 85% of the proposals, so finding the group or lobbyist responsible could require q...

 

Supreme Court seems likely to preserve access to the abortion medication mifepristone

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday seemed likely to preserve access to a medication that was used in nearly two-thirds of all abortions in the U.S. last year, in the court's first abortion case since conservative justices overturned R...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 27, 2024

Kansas considers limits on economic activity with China and other 'countries of concern'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas advanced proposals Wednesday aimed at preventing individuals and companies from China and other U.S. adversaries from owning farmland or business property, limiting state investments in foreign c...

 

Texas' migrant arrest law will remain on hold under new court ruling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Texas' plans to arrest migrants suspected of illegally entering the U.S. will remain on hold under a federal appeals court order that likely prevents enforcement of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott's new immigration law until a b...

 

They don't define DEI, but Kansas lawmakers are attacking it like GOP colleagues elsewhere

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have joined their GOP counterparts in other states in trying to restrict diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives on university campuses, but the proposals they've advanced are written to avoid h...

 

Hundreds of thousands of financial aid applications need to be fixed after latest calculation error

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Education Department said it has discovered a calculation error in hundreds of thousands of student financial aid applications sent to colleges this month and will need to reprocess them — a blunder that follows a ser...

 
 By ALI SWENSON    Regional    March 22, 2024

Arizona expects to be back at the center of election attacks. Its top officials are going on offense

PHOENIX (AP) — The room sits behind a chain-link fence, then black iron gates. Guards block the entrance, which requires a security badge to access. The glass surrounding it is shatterproof. What merits all these layers of protection is somewhat s...

 

Missouri and Louisiana will hold presidential primaries on Saturday. Their outcome is not in doubt

WASHINGTON (AP) — Missouri and Louisiana will hold presidential primaries Saturday, offering President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump more chances to collect delegates. Biden will appear in the Democratic primary in both states. Republic...

 

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