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In abortion fight, conservatives push to end all exceptions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Angela Housley was halfway through her pregnancy when she learned the fetus was developing without parts of its brain and skull and would likely die within hours or days of birth, if it survived that long. The news came during h...

 

Goodwill find in Texas turns out to be ancient Roman bust

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A marble bust that a Texas woman bought for about $35 from a Goodwill store is temporarily on display at a San Antonio museum after experts determined it was a centuries-old sculpture missing from Germany since World War II. The...

 
 By PAUL J. WEBER    Regional    May 6, 2022

Explainer: Schools may be Texas' next immigration fight

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Forty years after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the right to a public education for all students regardless of legal status, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says that decision is another longstanding precedent worth challenging. The...

 

Man guilty of murder in pregnant girlfriend's 2018 death

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been found guilty of capital murder in the 2018 killing of his pregnant girlfriend. A jury convicted Devonte Dominique Wash, 31, of Kansas City, Kansas, on Monday for the death of 23-year-old Ashley Harlan, of...

 

Suspect in high-speed chase fatally shot by police, trooper

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man suspected of leading police on a chase in two states has been fatally shot by officers, police said. Mekiah Harris, 26, of Kansas City, Kansas, was killed in the shooting Tuesday night near Platte City, Missouri,...

 

Kansas gamer pleads guilty for role in fatal 'swatting' case

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has pleaded guilty to his role in a hoax call that led to a fatal shooting of an innocent bystander by Wichita police in 2017. Shane Gaskell, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to wire fraud in case that...

 

Abortion battles in states fire up after Supreme Court leak

The Supreme Court's apparent intention to abolish a nationwide right to abortion, spelled out in a draft opinion leaked this week, will expand the battlefield of the nation's most highly charged culture war, taking it to states where abortion access...

 

3 Oklahoma meteorology students killed after chasing storm

TONKAWA, Okla. (AP) — Three University of Oklahoma meteorology students were killed in a crash when their vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer rig in northern Oklahoma late Friday, according to a crash report. The students were travelling back... Full story

 

Tornado rips through Kansas; 3 students killed in crash

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A tornado that barreled through parts of Kansas destroyed or damaged hundreds of homes and buildings, injured several people and left more than 15,000 people without power, officials said Saturday. In addition to wreckage from...

 
 By PAUL DAVENPORT    Regional    May 1, 2022

Firefighters battling New Mexico blaze brace for wind

Over 1,000 firefighters backed by bulldozers and aircraft battled the largest active wildfire in the U.S., after strong winds had pushed it across some containment lines and closer to a small city in northern New Mexico. Calmer winds on Saturday...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    May 1, 2022

Judge lets Tulsa Race Massacre reparations lawsuit proceed

An Oklahoma judge ruled Monday that a lawsuit seeking reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre can proceed, bringing new hope for some measure of justice for three survivors of the deadly racist rampage who are now over 100 years old and were in... Full story

 

As wildfire closes in, New Mexico residents prepare to flee

LAS VEGAS, N.M. (AP) — Wind-whipped flames raced across more of New Mexico's pine-covered mountainsides on Monday, closing in on a town of 13,000 people where some residents hurried to pack their cars with belongings, others hustled to clear brush...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 29, 2022

Oklahoma House sends Texas-style abortion ban to governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has given final approval to a Texas-style abortion ban that prohibits abortion after about six weeks of pregnancy. The bill passed Thursday by the GOP-led House now heads to Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt. He's...

 

Stitt taps interim health commissioner to lead agency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt nominated interim Commissioner of Health Keith Reed on Thursday to take over the job permanently. If approved by the Senate, Reed will become the fourth health commissioner since Stitt took office in...

 

Vetoes stand in Kansas for bills on trans athletes, schools

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas failed Thursday to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's vetoes of measures dealing with transgender athletes and parents' ability to challenge books and other materials in public schools. Both...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 29, 2022

GOP ties boost in Kansas school funding to 'open enrollment'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas on Thursday approved an increase in funding for public schools but tied the extra money to allowing parents to send their children to any school with room for them. The measure passed by the...

 

Police: Paint in Kansas team's water; 2 juveniles suspected

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — Lindsborg police announced Thursday that two boys are suspected of being involved in the contamination of a water cooler used by the Kansas Wesleyan baseball team during a doubleheader at Bethany College last weekend. Both...

 

Kansas moves to phase out tax on groceries after election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is moving to phase out the nation's second-highest state sales tax on groceries, but Republican lawmakers aren't planning to lower consumers' bills until after Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly faces reelection in November. Eli...

 

Big US energy transmission projects inch closer to approval

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The federal government has finished another environmental review of a proposed transmission line that will carry wind-generated electricity from rural New Mexico to big cities in the West and similar reviews are planned...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 29, 2022

Oklahoma parks director resigns, restaurant operator sued

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The embattled director of the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department has resigned and the state has filed a lawsuit against the operator of six state park restaurants. Investigations by state lawmakers and the state...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 29, 2022

EXPLAINER: What is happening with abortion in Oklahoma?

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican-led state Legislature passed several anti-abortion restrictions in recent weeks, part of a movement in conservative states to curtail women's reproductive rights. Anti-abortion lawmakers are hopeful the...

 

Oklahoma panel says candidate can't be called 'The Patriot'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who wanted to refer to himself as "The Patriot" on the ballot can't use that nickname, the Oklahoma Election Board has ruled. The board decided Monday that term-limited state Rep. Sean Roberts can still...

 

Oklahoma governor signs bill for massive corporate subsidy

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has signed a bill to authorize up to $700 million in state subsidies to lure an unidentified major manufacturer to the state, his staff said Monday. Stitt and lawmakers who crafted the Large-scale...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 27, 2022

Lawmaker doesn't want to share restroom with trans colleague

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state lawmaker has complained publicly about having to share women's restrooms with a "huge" transgender colleague whom she describes as a potential threat to young children who visit the Statehouse. Republican state...

 

Why was death row inmate Melissa Lucio's execution delayed?

HOUSTON (AP) — The execution of Melissa Lucio is off. At least for now. Lucio, 52, had been set to be executed by lethal injection Wednesday for the death of her 2-year-old daughter Mariah in Harlingen, a city of about 75,000 in Texas' southern...

 

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