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Fugitive's former friend wonders why he stole his identity

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — For more than a year, a man who allegedly faked his own death and fled multiple child sex abuse charges in Mississippi lived in an Oklahoma RV park using the name of a friend. On Jan. 29, a tip led to the capture of Jacob B...

 
 By TAMMY WEBBER    Regional    April 3, 2020

Residents snitch on businesses, neighbors amid shutdowns

OAK PARK, Illinois (AP) — One Tulsa, Oklahoma, bar owner said more than a dozen motorcyclists showed up unannounced, but he served them a round of shots anyway to celebrate a birthday. Another live-streamed a drag queen show on Facebook while up...

 

KC homeless couple is laid off, tests positive for COVID-19

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Every word John Price spoke was a struggle. Every breath was exhausting. Every morning he woke with a fever. It took him a week to get tested for the coronavirus. He worried it wouldn't happen. For about four months, Price...

 

Arkansas may close some state parks over virus concerns

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas may temporarily close some of its most popular parks over concerns that large numbers of out-of-state visitors are crowding them during the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Tuesday. Hutchinson said...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Kansas governor orders residents to stay home to curb virus

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly issued a statewide order Saturday requiring people to stay in their homes to slow the spread of the coronavirus, waiting until nearly three-quarters of the state's residents were already facing such direc...

 

Owner of Zapata ranch refuses to sign right of entry request

LAREDO, Texas (AP) — In 1972 Juan Vargas was hired to work with a researcher named Fred, who had been contracted to create a historic site survey and plan for the entire South Texas region. "But Fred, one, didn't know Spanish, two, didn't have a...

 

Country singer Joe Diffie dies of coronavirus complications

NEW YORK (AP) — Country singer Joe Diffie, who had a string of hits in the 1990s with chart-topping ballads and honky-tonk singles like "Home" and "Pickup Man," has died after testing positive for COVID-19. He was 61. Diffie on Friday announced he...

 

Serviceman killed in Iraq attack is returned to Oklahoma

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The body of an Oklahoma serviceman killed in a rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq has been returned to his home state, welcomed by a small collection of mourners whose gathering was restricted by efforts to contain the...

 

Man dies in accident at Tyson Meats plant in western Kansas

GARDEN CITY, Kan. (AP) — A 30-year-old Garden City man died at a Tyson Fresh Meats plant in western Kansas, authorities said. Kendrick Gregory was doing maintenance work on an assembly line early Monday at the plant in Garden City when he was...

 

Kansas sees second death from COVID-19 as cases rise

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A second COVID-19 death in Kansas was confirmed Saturday, this one in the Kansas City suburb of Johnson County. State health officials revealed the death in a news release meant to update the number of new coronavirus cases in t...

 

Reno News & Review halts 3 decades of weekly publications

RENO, Nev. (AP) — The Reno News & Review has stopped publishing the alternative weekly it has been distributing in the "Biggest Little City" for nearly 30 years. The alternative weekly suspended the publication indefinitely after issuing...

 

Sill soldier forges his way to finer things

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Beneath one Fort Sill soldier's Army Combat Uniform lies the soul of a bladesmith. By day Staff Sgt. Charles Bridges works in plans and operations for the headquarters of 428th Field Artillery Brigade. His job is to certify the...

 

Museum scales back 25th anniversary of Oklahoma City bombing

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is planning to offer a recorded, one-hour television program in place of a live ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing due to concerns about the spread...

 

Customers cheer after woman gives birth at Missouri Walmart

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Customers cheered at a Walmart in Missouri after a woman gave birth to a baby girl in the store's toilet paper aisle. Jessica Hinkle, manager of the store in Springfield, said the woman told employees Wednesday that her...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 15, 2020

Oklahoma City marks bombing anniversary with artistic events

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City honors victims of the 1995 bombing that shocked the nation in what remains the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history through a memorial and museum, annual remembrance ceremonies and a marathon. This...

 

Anonymous gift to move Topeka's tent city homeless indoors

TOPEKA, Kan (AP) — An anonymous $100,000 donation might allow all the residents of a tent city for Topeka homeless residents to move to indoor housing if they want it. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the donation was made last week to Valeo...

 

105-year-old race massacre survivor's Tulsa home restored

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When Lessie Benningfield Randle turned 105 on Nov. 10, she wanted two things for her birthday. Randle, one of the last remaining survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, wanted to look pretty and have her north Tulsa home...

 

Coroner: Skier who died at Vail was 20-year-old Kansas man

VAIL, Colo. (AP) — A skier who died at Vail has been identified as a 20-year-old man from Kansas. The Vail Daily reports ski patrol was called to an intermediate run at the resort's Blue Sky Basin area, and the man, identified by the Eagle County...

 

Motorcycle rider dies after crash with Wichita school bus

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — One man died and another was seriously injured when their motorcycles collided with a school bus in Wichita, police said. Tyler Bins, 22, died and a 49-year-old man was injured in the collision with a bus for McLean Magnet...

 

Crews search for 2-year-old girl after dad drives into river

LEON, Kan. (AP) — Crews are searching for the body of a 2-year-old southeast Kansas girl after her father drove them both off a 30-foot embankment and into a river, authorities said Thursday. Butler County Sheriff Kelly Herzet said the father drove...

 

Servicemen killed in Iraq attack were Oklahoman, Californian

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two servicemen killed in an Iraqi rocket attack on a U.S. base in Iraq were an Oklahoman and a Californian, the U.S. Department of Defense said Friday. Air Force Staff Sgt. Marshal Roberts, 28, of Owasso, and Army Spc. Juan Mig...

 

Patient Zero: Gobert's health scare shuts down NBA for now

It started as a joke: Before leaving a post-practice interview session Rudy Gobert touched all the tape recorders that were placed before him on a table, devices that reporters who cover the Utah Jazz were using during an availability with him on...

 

Survivor recalls Oklahoma hit-and-run that killed 3 friends

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma high school student who was among three people to survive a hit-and-run that killed three of his friends says his fellow cross-country runners helped save his life. Joseph White and others with the Moore High School...

 
 By Eric Adler    Regional    March 6, 2020

Kansas 6-year-old gets new family, name, life amid cheers

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Court adoption hearings tend to be intimate family affairs. Not on Monday morning, when 48 Olathe first-graders, teachers and a principal rose in a standing ovation for their friend and classmate, 6-year-old Tyler Jones, as he w...

 

Unpaid leave means 'no leave' for many parents in Colorado

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — The last weeks of Jenna Riley's pregnancy were painful — extremely painful. She felt it every time she struggled up the stairs of her second-floor condo in Aurora and all through the hours she worked on her feet each day....

 

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