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Oklahoma workers group to sue Health Department over layoffs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A group representing state workers says it intends to sue the Oklahoma State Department of Health over the agency's termination of 161 workers amid fears of financial insolvency that later proved unfounded. The Oklahoma Public...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    October 17, 2018 

Colorado Supreme Court hears high-stakes oil and gas lawsuit

DENVER (AP) — An attorney for six young people who want the state to impose tougher safeguards on the energy industry told the Colorado Supreme Court on Tuesday that the law requires regulators to protect public health from the hazards of...

 

Officials: More than 300,000 visit Tulsa's Gathering Place

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Officials say more than 300,000 people have visited Tulsa's Gathering Place riverfront park since it opened last month. The Tulsa World reports that Gathering Place drew 55,000 visitors during its Sept. 8 opening weekend alone....

 

Company seeking to hire 250 workers in Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Faneuil, a Virginia-based company that plans to bring hundreds of jobs to downtown Wichita, is looking to hire 250 workers in the next few weeks. The company says it will interview customer care representatives on Tuesday for...

 

Dodge City Boot Hill Museum plans expansion project

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Groundbreaking for an expansion project at the Dodge City Boot Hill Museum is scheduled for Nov. 1. Plans are to construct a new 12,000-square-foot building to house nine new exhibits, a gift shop and a 3,000-square foot...

 

Kansas State Fair's new director looks ahead

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas State Fair's new director hopes to overcome challenges in order to grow the annual end-of-summer event in Hutchinson. Robin Jennison recently took over the fair after leading the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Par...

 

New renovations, taxiway nearly ready at Pittsburg airport

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) — Construction of a new taxiway and renovation of a runway at Atkinson Municipal Airport in Pittsburg are nearly complete. Airport manager Bill Pyle says the airport averages about 15 to 20 flights a day, with all the plans...

 

Nation's largest egg producer buying Texas egg farm

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The nation's largest producer of fresh eggs is buying a Texas egg producer. Cal-Maine Foods of Jackson, Mississippi, announced Wednesday that it would buy Featherland Egg Farms. Featherland has 600,000 egg-laying hens and a...

 

Texas stores selling cannabis extract cannabidiol popping up

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Some stores around Texas have begun selling the cannabis extract known as CBD, despite the lack of any state law specifically legalizing the sale. The Austin American-Statesman reports the sale of products containing CBD, or ca...

 

Missouri State Fair tallies 341K visitors this year

SEDALIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri State Fair officials say that nearly 341,000 people attended this year's event in Sedalia. The Sedalia Democrat reports that fair's official 2018 attendance numbers released Tuesday tallied in at 340,957 visitors. Gov....

 

West Texas an 'extraction colony' as oil, gas exports surge

MIDLAND, Texas (AP) — Drilling booms have come and gone in this oil town for nearly a century. But the frenzy gripping it now is different. Overwhelming. Drilling rigs tower over suburban backyards. There's a housing crunch so severe that rents...

 

Lawyer: Missouri farmer was leader of organic fraud scheme

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A defense lawyer says three Nebraska farmers charged in an organic grain fraud scheme were working under a Missouri businessman who marketed ordinary corn and soybeans as organic. Tom Brennan, James Brennan and Michael...

 

Construction begins on Tecumseh facility for juveniles

TECUMSEH, Okla. (AP) — Construction has begun on a new campus for juvenile offenders in Tecumseh that will serve as the state's main facility for housing both boys and girls. Gov. Mary Fallin participated in a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday...

 

Kansas woman sentenced for defrauding bank customer

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Coffeyville woman was sentenced to 60 days in federal prison for stealing $150,000 from a customer at a bank where she worked. Federal prosecutors say 61-year-old Phyllis Lanning was sentenced Wednesday for mail fraud....

 

Kansans wait average of 573 days for Social Security results

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Data shows Kansans waited an average of 573 days for decisions on their Social Security claims during the last fiscal year. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Social Security data showed that is an increase from the previous...

 

Idaho seeks to force Texas oil company to turn over records

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials sought to force a Texas oil company to turn over records following an evaluation showing what the state calls "discrepancies" involving production records. The Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission voted 5-0...

 

Texas pecan growers monitor tariffs, markets during harvest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas pecan growers are about to find out what the front line of an international trade war is like. The Austin American-Statesman reports the 2018 harvest is gearing up amid widespread anxiety over the price of the official...

 

Kansas State Fair attendance increases in 2018

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Attendance at Kansas State Fair increased this year, thanks to sunny weather, popular concerts and new activities. Preliminary tallies for the 2018 fair show 327,965 people attended this year's fair, a 1.76 percent increase...

 

Planned anhydrous ammonia unit in Texas City draws attention

SAN LEON, Texas (AP) — Roy Lee Cannon stands on the deck of his shrimp boat docked at Eagle Point Fishing Camp during the golden hour of a summer evening, his whippet-thin, sun-tanned frame slouched against the boat's fish hold. He looks out on Gal...

 

Investment firm founder reflects on life in Oklahoma

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Tae Ham hadn't been out to enjoy the nightlife of New York City in some time. He became a homebody after the birth of his second child. But on the evening of Aug. 12, Ham found himself relaxing at Mr. Purple, the posh rooftop b...

 

Felon charged in series of deadly Kansas City-area shootings

RAYTOWN, Mo. (AP) — A convicted felon was charged Monday with a total of 18 felonies including murder after a series of shootings that left three people dead and two wounded in the Kansas City area. The charges filed against Issac Fisher, 35, inclu...

 

Amtrak plans to keep Southwest Chief train route running

DENVER (AP) — Amtrak says the Southwest Chief train route connecting Chicago to Los Angeles with stops in Colorado will stay in operation as is for at least another year. The Colorado Sun reports the national rail carrier had considered suspending...

 

Netflix to bring new US production hub to New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate...

 

Amtrak will run Southwest Route as it is for at least a year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Amtrak officials say its Southwest Chief route, which stops in Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City, will continue to operate as normal for at least the next year. Republican U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran of Kansas...

 

Workers return to mine following evacuation

CARLSBAD, N.M. (AP) — Employees of a New Mexico mine returned to work after the facility was evacuated for three days following a possible gas leak from a nearby oil and gas well. The Carlsbad Current-Argus reports the air quality was tested on...

 

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