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New charges filed in Oklahoma teen's shooting death

McLOUD, Okla. (AP) — New charges have been filed in the shooting death of an Oklahoma high school sophomore that authorities originally said appeared to be accidental. Officials say 16-year-old Kaylen Thomas was shot in the head on Oct. 5 at her...

 

Study: Kansas strictest in limiting control of food policy

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas goes farther than any other state in limiting state and local agencies from influencing policy about food nutrition labels and portion sizes, according to a recent study. A study published this month by New York...

 

Haskell acting president to stay in post for another 60 days

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The acting president of Haskell Indian Nations University will continue in the job for two more months. The school in Lawrence said Friday that Daniel Wildcat, a longtime Haskell faculty member, will stay in that role until...

 

Winter storm forces airline cancellations, road troubles

DETROIT (AP) — A plane carrying 129 people skidded Saturday from a slick Chicago runway and a plow driver was killed when his truck rolled over outside Kansas City following a winter storm that covered many parts of the Midwest in snow and ice. No...

 

Snowplow driver in Wichita dies in rollover crash

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A snowplow driver for the Kansas Department of Transportation is dead after the plow he was driving on U.S. Highway 69 rolled over. The Wichita Eagle reports that the crash happened around 6 a.m. Saturday is southern...

 

Two students leave Oklahoma University over blackface video

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Two University of Oklahoma students have voluntarily withdrawn from the school after one appeared in a video posted on social media wearing black face paint and using a racial epithet, the university's president said Monday....

 

Magnitude 3.6 earthquakes strikes northwestern Oklahoma

MENO, Okla. (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey reports a moderate earthquake in northwestern Oklahoma. The USGS recorded a magnitude 3.6 quake at 11:27 p.m. Sunday in Major County near the town of Meno, about 75 miles (121 kilometers) northwest of...

 

OKC airport sees record year for passenger traffic

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport had a record year for passenger traffic in 2018. There were approximately 2.17 million passengers who boarded planes, up 10 percent from 1.96 million in 2017, The Journal Record...

 

Grammy-nominated Oklahoma native returns home to perform

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — While most people can recognize her instrument by sight, harpist Yolanda Kondonassis knows their familiarity with its wide range of sounds is probably limited to the stereotypical tinkling glissandos. "It's like the intro to...

 

Oklahoma hotels reveal process for lost-and-found items

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — At the Holiday Inn Express in Bricktown, staff members are used to seeing a lost jacket or two hanging in guest room closets, but two large vehicle tires with blinged-out rims is not something General Manager Christopher Welch...

 

Wichita police: 9-year-old boy dies in accidental shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say a 9-year-old boy died in an accidental shooting at a mobile home park. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says five juveniles between the ages of 9 and 16 were at the home when the shooting occurred Monday...

 

Kansas Humane Society reports records set in 2018

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Humane Society says it set a record for the number of homes or placements it found for animals last year. The agency says it placed 11,204 animals and had a 94 percent save rate last year. KFDI reports the Humane...

 

Lawrence police expected to have body cameras by summer

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence police officials say all officers in the department should be wearing body cameras sometime this summer. The Lawrence Journal-World reports 10 officers, with support from four staff members, have been testing the...

 

'Outsider' Watkins hiring veteran GOP insiders to guide him

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — After touting himself as a political outsider during last fall's campaign, Rep. Steve Watkins has surrounded himself with veteran political insiders and people with deep roots in Kansas' Republican Party in the early stages...

 

Some Lawrence officials frustrated by delayed energy debate

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Several Lawrence officials and residents have expressed frustration that the City Commission didn't discuss an offer to power the city exclusively with wind energy before the option was no longer available. City staffers said...

 

Pot industry officials critical of new emergency rules

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Some in Oklahoma's emerging medical marijuana industry say they were caught off guard by Gov. Mary Fallin's signing of new emergency rules for medical pot in the final days of her term. The rules were developed by the Oklahoma...

 

Bodies discovered in Oklahoma identified as Texas residents

OKEMAH, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say two bodies found this week in shallow graves in rural Oklahoma have been positively identified as a missing woman and man from central Texas. Police in Temple, Texas, said Thursday that Oklahoma's medical...

 

Perry school district pays $3.5 million in sexual abuse case

PERRY, Okla. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit accusing an Oklahoma school district of shielding a sexual predator and calling children liars. Court documents show Perry Public Schools admitted liability for the "unwanted...

 

Tulsa County deputy fatally shoots man near Sperry

SPERRY, Okla. (AP) — The Tulsa County Sheriff's Office says a deputy fatally wounded a man near Sperry, about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Tulsa. Sheriff's spokeswoman Casey Roebuck says Deputy Mic Bonin went to a home about 10 p.m. Wednesday...

 

Firm: Oklahoma securities agency's computer files breached

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An investigation has been launched after a cybersecurity research team discovered a computer server operated by the Oklahoma agency that protects investors had left millions of files unsecured and open to the public, the agency...

 

Bills to expand Stitt's power filed in Oklahoma Senate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The new Oklahoma Senate leader is introducing a series of bills to expand the governor's power and give Gov. Kevin Stitt the ability to hire and fire the directors of some of the state's largest agencies. Republican Senate...

 

Furloughed federal workers can seek unemployment benefits

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Department of Labor is recommending that federal employees who are furloughed because of the partial government shutdown should apply for unemployment benefits. The department said in a news release Thursday that...

 

Wichita man sentenced for human trafficking operation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A 33-year-old Wichita man has been sentenced to 47.5 years in prison for human trafficking. Prosecutors say Christopher Reed used social media to sell drugs and promote prostitution. His youngest victim was 17. He was...

 

Lawsuit: Student told her skin was 'too dark' to perform

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — A black student has filed a lawsuit against a Kansas school district alleging she was prevented from performing with her high school's dance team after being told her skin was "too dark" and would clash with the color of...

 

Kansas City man charged in fatal shooting of driver

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 25-year-old Kansas City man is charged with murder in the shooting death of a 71-year-old woman in what police say might have been a case of mistaken identity. Dakkota Siders was charged Wednesday with second-degree...

 

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