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Fires hit Southwest, New Mexico's season 'dangerously early'

New Mexico faces a long and potentially devastating wildfire season, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Saturday, as Southwestern wildfires cause destruction and force people from their homes. Hundreds of structures were lost in a growing number of...

 

McCarthy's push to ascend to House speaker relies on Trump

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The next speaker of the U.S. House could very well hail from California — not Nancy Pelosi's slice of the Golden State, but the other California, Donald Trump's California. House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy is a so...

 

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 SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 24, 2022

Oklahoma tourism agency ends contract with BBQ restaurant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A lucrative deal that allowed an Oklahoma barbecue restaurateur to have the state subsidize more than $2 million in operational losses at new state park restaurants is being terminated due to "suspected fraudulent activity,"...

 

Cities Paying Workers to Move There in 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic introduced millions of people to remote working in many industries. With more and more people seeing the "new normal" as an opportunity to work from new and different locations, some communities are looking to attract the best...

 

Kansas college looking into alleged water cooler tampering

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — Bethany College is investigating an allegation someone associated with its baseball program deliberately contaminated a water cooler used by its opponent this past weekend. Athletic director Laura Moreno confirmed the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 24, 2022

Kansas lawmakers return to tax cut debate; maps scrutinized

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers on Monday ended a spring break with more room to cut taxes and boost state spending than they had even a few weeks ago but potentially facing another debate over political redistricting. The...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 24, 2022

Kansas judge rejects congressional map; appeal promised

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas district court judge on Monday struck down a new Republican-backed congressional map that would likely make it harder for the only Democrat in the state's delegation to win reelection this year. It was the first time a...

 

Court won't revive ban on secret filming at slaughterhouses

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal by Kansas to revive a law, earlier struck down by lower courts, that banned secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities. The justices did not comment in leaving...

 

Melissa Lucio's execution delayed by Texas appeals court

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas appeals court on Monday delayed the execution of Melissa Lucio amid growing doubts about whether she fatally beat her 2-year-old daughter in a case that has garnered the support of lawmakers, celebrities and even some jurors...

 

Tennessee gov: No new details yet why he canceled execution

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee is declining to provide any new information surrounding why they had to call off the state's first execution since the pandemic began. However, the Republican said Friday that more information will...

 
 By KEN MILLER    Regional    April 22, 2022

Tulsa cop says he can't recall shooting that killed sergeant

A Tulsa police officer who was wounded in a shooting that killed a police sergeant told jurors Thursday that he does not remember the events of that night, including what led to the gunfire. Officer Aurash Zarkeshan testified in the murder trial of...

 

Black Kansas City sergeant sues police after traffic stop

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Black Kansas City police sergeant claims in a lawsuit that two officers racially profiled him when they stopped his car and falsely accused him of misconduct. Sgt. Herb Robinson, a 30-year veteran of the Kansas City...

 

Kansas man sentenced in shooting death of McConnell airman

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to 27.5 years in prison for a shooting at a party that left a South Carolina man dead and three people injured. Markeithen "Red" McClaine, 28, was sentenced Thursday in the July 27, 2019, death...

 

Man whose rape case was dismissed is suing Kansas

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A 26-year-old Wichita man who spent two years in prison before a rape case against him was dismissed is suing the state of Kansas for wrongful conviction and imprisonment. Albert Wilson filed the lawsuit this month in Douglas...

 

Oklahoma officers fatally shoot man who held bow and arrow

VINITA, Okla. (AP) — A Vinita police officer and a Craig County deputy fatally shot a man who was threatening them with a bow and arrow in northeastern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Guy Walker was fatally shot...

 

Man charged in killing of 16-year-old in Johnson County

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old from Kansas City has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 16-year-old in Johnson County earlier this month, according to court records. Robert Lewis Jones is charged in a shooting that...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    April 20, 2022

Oklahoma marijuana legalization questions heading to ballot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Plans to fully legalize marijuana can proceed to the signature-gathering stage, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled, paving the way for two more cannabis plans seeking voter approval. The high court's ruling late Tuesday comes...

 

Cherokee Nation, park service reach deal on plant gathering

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (AP) — The Cherokee Nation has signed an agreement with the National Park Service to allow citizens to gather plants within Arkansas' Buffalo National River to use for purposes including food, crafts and medicine. The river, locate...

 

Kansas expects $760M more in taxes; fight over cuts heats up

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A new Kansas fiscal forecast issued Wednesday predicted that inflation will boost state tax collections more than previously expected, intensifying the dispute between Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly and the Republican-controlled...

 

Kansas man gets probation for role in Capitol insurrection

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas man was sentenced Wednesday to two years of probation for participating in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Mark Roger Rebegila, 32, of St. Marys, Kansas, was also sentenced to 60 days of home detention, a...

 

Kansas governor vetoes special pension measure for lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday vetoed a measure tucked into a spending bill that would have allowed Kansas legislators to reconsider a decision not to join the state pension system for teachers and government workers....

 

1 of 2 charged in Kansas evidence room theft gets probation

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One of two former Sedgwick County sheriff's employees accused of stealing cash, drugs and weapons from the department's evidence unit has been sentenced to a suspended jail term and one year of probation. Marc Gordon, 47, was...

 

Evacuation lifted in Kansas town threatened by plant fire

LEOTI, Kan. (AP) — Evacuations orders have been lifted in a western Kansas town threatened by a fertilizer plant fire, officials said. Barricades to the town of Leoti had been removed by Tuesday night and those evacuated were allowed to return to...

 

Oklahoma Wheat Commission to hold District 2 election

The Oklahoma Wheat Commission will hold an election to fill the District 2 board seat opening. The election will be held Wednesday, May 11, 2022, commencing at 1 p.m. at the American Legion building; located at 111 N. Swem, Hooker, Oklahoma....

 

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