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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 7, 2021

Oklahoma AG secures $2.6M refund for malaria drug purchase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has secured a $2.6 million refund for the purchase of a malaria drug once touted by President Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19, a state official said Friday. Attorney General Mike Hunter said the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP lawmakers in Kansas push COVID-19 relief for businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advanced a plan Tuesday to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to Kansas businesses hurt by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and they're poised to give GOP leaders the final say over how the federal...

 
 By BRIAN GRIMMETT    Regional    May 5, 2021

Climate groups question speed of Evergy's retreat from coal

Scientists say that if we're going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it's emitting into the air. Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 2, 2021

Black Freedmen struggle for recognition as tribal citizens

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — As the U.S. faces a reckoning over its history of racism, some Native American tribal nations that once owned slaves also are grappling with their own mistreatment of Black people. When Native American tribes were forced from...

 

Midwest Economy: April state-by-state glance

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — The Institute for Supply Management, formerly the Purchasing Management Association, began formally surveying its membership in 1931 to gauge business conditions. The Creighton Economic Forecasting Group uses the same methodology...

 

Evergy moves up timeline to close coal-fired plants

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Evergy plans to close two of its coal-fired plants within nine years as part of its efforts to reduce its use of fossil fuels, according to a report filed Friday with regulators. The utility will close its a coal-fired plant...

 

Venezuela gives US oilmen house arrest in gesture to Biden

MIAMI (AP) — Six American oil executives jailed in Venezuela more than three years ago on corruption charges were granted house arrest on Friday in a gesture of goodwill toward the Biden administration as it reviews its policy toward the...

 

Oklahoma governor signs bills to limit storm utility costs

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a pair of bills Friday to mitigate the skyrocketing storm-related utility costs from a February winter storm. The bills were among two dozen measures that Stitt signed into law. He also vetoed...

 

Kansas farmers defy odds, make hops into crops

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — It is a brisk spring morning in mid-April and Kansas Hop Co.'s farm is a blank canvas. Clyde Sylvester walks across his property over to the 3 acres (1.21 hectares) of soil where hops seeds are resting beneath. Dozens of wooden...

 

Oklahoma gains nearly 200K residents over last decade

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau released Monday shows Oklahoma has gained nearly 200,000 residents over the last 10 years, but not enough to gain another U.S. House seat. The data shows Oklahoma's total population...

 
 By TOPEKA    Regional    April 25, 2021

Kansas governor signs bill to modernize unemployment system

Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bipartisan bill to give the GOP-controlled Kansas Legislature more oversight of the modernization of the state's troubled unemployment system. The bill Kelly signed on Monday will require the Kansas Department of Labor...

 

Kansas population grows 3%; state keeps 4 US House seats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas saw its population grow 3% from 2010 to 2020 and the state will keep its four U.S. House seats. The U.S. Census Bureau reported Monday that the state had 2,937,880 residents in its most recent, once-a-decade population...

 

Oklahoma unemployment claims a mixed bag

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Unemployment claims in Oklahoma showed mixed numbers as initial claims for benefits declined while continuing claims increased, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission said Thursday, For the week ending April 17,...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    April 21, 2021

New fiscal forecast for Kansas fuels GOP's tax-cut dreams

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials on Tuesday issued a new, more optimistic fiscal forecast for state government and projected healthy cash reserves through June 2022, giving Republican lawmakers new ammunition in pushing for state income tax...

 

AP sources: Biden to pledge halving greenhouse gases by 2030

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will pledge to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions at least in half by 2030 as he convenes a virtual climate summit with 40 world leaders, according to three people with knowledge of the White House plans. The...

 

USDA reopens signup for Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that signup has reopened for the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 (CFAP 2) as part of the Pandemic Assistance for Producers initiative. The initial CFAP 2 signup ended...

 

Virus-related unemployment claims rise in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Virus-related claims for unemployment benefits, including initial and continuing claims and the four-week moving average, have increased in Oklahoma according to the state Employment Security Commission. Commission director...

 

Colorado to auction off cannabis-themed license plates

DENVER (AP) — Cannabis-themed license plates in Colorado are being auctioned off to the highest bidder in a fundraiser for the Colorado Disability Funding Committee. The state is selling the rights to 14 plates with cannabis-themed phrases, includi...

 

Teams from 3 US oil states in worldwide petroleum quiz bowl

Universities from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will compete against teams from around the world in a petroleum engineering quiz bowl, and a second Texas school and universities from Canada and Mexico have a chance. The University of Texas at Austin...

 

Missouri Attorney General sues four massage businesses

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt said Tuesday his office has sued four massage businesses that he contends solicit prostitution. Schmitt said he is suing A Little Massage in Laclede County, Blue Lotus Asian Massage in...

 

Oklahoma tax collections rise, led by oil and gas revenue

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma collected $1.1 billion in total taxes during March, surpassing March 2020 collections by $35.1 million, an increase of 3.2%, state Treasurer Randy McDaniel said Tuesday. The year-over-year increase is just the second...

 

Oklahoma announces $25M settlement over earthquake claims

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's attorney general and state insurance commissioner announced Monday a $25 million settlement with Farmers Insurance over the company's handling of earthquake claims. A state investigation into the California-based...

 

Troubled Kansas foster care agency agrees to repay $9.4M

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A troubled Kansas foster care management provider has reached an agreement with the state to repay $9.4 million in unspent grant funds. The deal that the Kansas Department for Children and Families announced it had reached...

 

Congress gives Oklahoma cash infusion for expanding Medicaid

Last year’s vote to expand Oklahoma’s Medicaid program will provide the state with a half-billion-dollar windfall thanks to the recently passed federal stimulus bill. Oklahoma Health Care Authority officials confirmed this week that the state...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    March 28, 2021

Kansas mulls paying businesses hit by COVID-19 restrictions

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators are working on a plan for setting aside potentially several hundred million dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funds to pay businesses harmed by state and local restrictions imposed last year to check the...

 

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