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Topeka gears up after flooding moves music festival

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Topeka is gearing up for a major music festival that had to be moved there because of flooding. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the 24th annual Kicker Country Stampede will be held from June 20-22 at Heartland...

 

Garden City's Big Pool loses $1,000 of water every day

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — Officials in a western Kansas city are sweating over a nearly century-old swimming pool that leaks about 200,000 gallons of water every day. The water loss at Big Pool is excessive, even for a pool that holds around 2...

 

Google announces Oklahoma expansion, computer science grant

PRYOR, Okla. (AP) — Google has announced a $600 million expansion project at a data center in Pryor, Oklahoma, and a $6 million grant for computer science education for students in 4-H chapters in rural areas of 20 states. The announcement was...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    June 14, 2019

USDA plan to move offices sparks concerns about research

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Thursday that it will relocate two research agencies' headquarters to the Kansas City area, delighting Kansas and Missouri officials but intensifying critics' fears that research...

 

Schlitterbahn, Cedar Fair enter $261M water park sale deal

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas-based water park company on Thursday announced an agreement to sell two of its attractions and will also give the buyer the right to acquire its Kansas site where a 10-year-old boy was killed nearly three years ago....

 

Contents of home of imprisoned racecar driver up for sale

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — The contents of the suburban Kansas City home of a pro racecar driver imprisoned for running an illegal $2 billion payday loan operation are going up for sale later this month as the government recovers assets to pay back...

 

Oklahoma governor, GOP leaders: drug settlement violates law

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's governor and Republican legislative leaders are raising concerns about the state's proposed $85 million settlement with an opioid manufacturer that has yet to be approved by a judge. Gov. Kevin Stitt, House Speaker...

 

Kansas governor plans to end economic border war in KC area

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly says she plans to issue an executive order to end a longstanding economic border war between her state and Missouri in the Kansas City area. Kelly told reporters Friday that her executive order will...

 

Kansas Supreme Court strikes down cap in injury cases

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday ruled that the state's cap on damages for noneconomic injuries in personal injury lawsuits is unconstitutional. The court ruled 4-2 that capping damages an injured person is able to recover in...

 

Reno County Commission rejects wind farm proposal

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Reno County Commission has denied a proposal to build a wind farm in the county. The commission voted 2-1 Thursday on a proposal from Florida-based NextEra Energy for a 200-megawatt wind farm with more than 80 turbines...

 

Oklahoma base set for migrant site was WWII internment camp

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A U.S. Army base in Oklahoma that the federal government says will temporarily house children crossing the border without their parents was used during World War II as a Japanese internment camp. Historical data from the...

 
 By Josh Dulaney    Regional    June 13, 2019

Oklahoma City artist finds success starting clothing line

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Haley Griffin is much like the clothes she makes — cool and comfortable. In late 2017, the Arkansas transplant started DuBeck & Co., a clothing brand with threads created in south Oklahoma City and sold online, and at local...

 

Allbaugh stepping down as head of Oklahoma prison system

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Allbaugh is stepping down as the director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. Agency spokesman Matt Elliott says the 66-year-old Allbaugh announced during Wednesday's board meeting that he's resigning, effective...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    June 13, 2019

Agency: Safeguards failed in fire that killed 5 at gas well

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The failure of safety devices designed to prevent blowouts contributed to an explosion and fire that killed five workers last year at a southeastern Oklahoma natural gas well, according to a federal agency's report Wednesday...

 

Missouri Gov. signs 'Border War' truce; awaits Kansas action

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson has signed a bill aimed at stopping an economic border war with Kansas. Whether the bill signed Tuesday has any impact depends on Kansas officials. Both states have spent millions of dollars luring...

 

New future planned for long abandoned Wichita amusement park

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The new owners of a long abandoned Wichita amusement park want to transform it into an outdoor event center and paintball range. The Wichita Eagle reports that the plan is set to go to the City Council next month after winning...

 
 By Morgan Lee    Regional    June 12, 2019

New Mexico proposes new cap on medical pot production

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico proposed new pot production rules Tuesday intended to shore up supplies to its medical marijuana program without flooding the rapidly expanding market. Under the proposal, the Department of Health would limit...

 

Facebook invests in renewables with Texas solar project

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Facebook is building a massive solar farm in West Texas that's believed to be one of the largest solar projects in the nation and the social media giant's first direct investment in renewable energy. Boston-based renewable...

 

Hemp farmers, CBD producers hopeful for industry boom

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Hemp and CBD producers are hopeful about the future of the industry in Arkansas. The first batch of CBD has been processed from the first legal hemp harvest in the state, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported. Hemp is a...

 

Plant in central Kansas to produce more wind turbines

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Spanish renewable energy company's plant in central Kansas is upping its capacity to manufacture wind turbines. The Siemens Gamesa plant in Hutchinson could primarily make one type of turbine three years ago, but the...

 
 By Wayne Parry    Regional    June 7, 2019

Firm to reapply for permits to build northeast gas pipeline

MIDDLETOWN, N.J. (AP) — An Oklahoma company says it will reapply to build a hotly contested pipeline that would carry natural gas from Pennsylvania through New Jersey, and under a bay and the ocean to New York. Tulsa-based Williams Companies says...

 

Revenue collections to Oklahoma treasury continue to climb

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Overall collections to the Oklahoma treasury continued to grow last month, marking the 26th consecutive month in which collections exceeded those from the same month a year prior. Oklahoma Treasurer Randy McDaniel released...

 

Medical marijuana sales soaring in Oklahoma, top $23M in May

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Medical marijuana sales are continuing to climb in Oklahoma, topping $23 million in May and marking the eighth straight month of growth for the new industry. Figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show the state collected...

 

Wichita approves electric scooter pilot program

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Electric scooters could be headed to Wichita soon. The Wichita Eagle reports that the city council approved a pilot program Tuesday. Companies that want to rent out scooters in Wichita will have to pay for the privilege...

 
 By Mesfin Fekadu    Regional    June 6, 2019

Carrie Underwood wins at CMT Awards, Tanya Tucker performs

Carrie Underwood extended her run as the most decorated act in the history of the CMT Music Awards with her 20th win Wednesday night. Underwood won two prizes at the fan-voted show, including video of the year for "Cry Pretty" and female video of...

 

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