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Zookeeper hospitalized after tiger attack at Topeka Zoo

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — City officials say a tiger mauled a zookeeper at the Topeka Zoo in northeastern Kansas. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the incident happened around 9:30 a.m. Saturday, when a Sumatran tiger named Sanjiv tackled the worker...

 

Kansas couple designs covered wagons for 'glamping'

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas couple is turning the concept of covered wagons that pioneers once used to journey west into a luxury experience for campers who want to enjoy nature without sacrificing the comforts of electricity and spacious beds....

 

Oklahoma governor signs bill hiking turnpike, highway speeds

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill signed by Stitt Thursday increases turnpike speed limits from 75 to 80 mph and from...

 

Youth Robotics Teams Inspire Record Crowds at FIRST® Championship in Houston

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Apr 21, 2019--This week, more than 15,000 students from around the world traveled to Houston, putting their innovation skills to the test at the annual FIRST Championship Presented by Qualcomm Incorporated, held at the...

 

Couple donates popular restaurant to Bethel College

LINDSBORG, Kan. (AP) — A central Kansas college will soon own a popular Swedish-themed restaurant. Donice and Roy Applequist announced last week that they will donate the Swedish Crown restaurant to Bethany College and its president, William...

 

Kansas City sculptor help place Harry Truman in US Capitol

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City artist has been selected to create statue of former President Harry Truman for display in the U.S. Capitol. Sculptor Tom Corbin was chosen by Truman's family and former and current board members of the Truman...

 

Oklahoma City bombing 'Survivor Tree' DNA to live on

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Science and technology are helping Oklahoma City to sustain the DNA — and the spirit — of a tree that has symbolized hope in the 24 years since the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in U.S. history shook the city to its...

 

Authorities say McAlester man killed when struck by train

McALESTER, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a McAlester man was killed when he ran into the path of a train and was struck by the locomotive. An OHP report says 26-year-old Colby Crawley died when he was struck Monday just north of...

 

2 critically injured in Wichita house fire, officials say

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say two people have been critically injured in a Wichita house fire. Sedgwick County dispatchers say the fire was reported around 4:40 a.m. Tuesday. The Wichita Fire Department said in a tweet that emergency crews...

 

Artist reflects on Strawberry Shortcake's 40-year birthday

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Strawberry Shortcake — the character, not the dessert — is 40. Unveiled in 1979, Strawberry Shortcake has a local connection. Artist Muriel Fahrion, who created Strawberry Shortcake, is an Ohio transplant who has lived in Tu...

 

UCO hosts First Amendment conference, Hall of Fame ceremony

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A First Amendment conference is planned by the University of Central Oklahoma to coincide with the start of the 50th year of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame. The April 25 conference will feature national and state...

 

Advocates frustrated with pace of Kansas foster care fixes

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Child welfare advocates in Kansas who spent more than a year examining the state's troubled foster care system are frustrated with what they see as the Legislature's lack of action on their recommendations for fixing the problem...

 

Former Oklahoma police chief sworn in as Little Rock chief

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former police chief in Oklahoma and Texas has been sworn in as police chief in Arkansas' largest city. Former Norman chief Keith Humphrey was sworn in Monday as head of the Little Rock Police Department. Humphrey comes...

 

Thousands join Tony Hawk in opening Oklahoma City skate park

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Skateboard enthusiasts turned out by the thousands to welcome industry legend Tony Hawk to a new Oklahoma City park. Hawk made an appearance Sunday for the grand opening of the skate park at Stars & Stripes Park on Lake...

 

Wichita teenager dies after falling off skateboard

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita teenager who was hurt when he fell off a skateboard has died. Wichita police said Thursday that a 15-year-old boy died from injuries he suffered Sunday. His name has not been released. Officer Charley Davidson...

 

Body of Oklahoma construction worker found in Cimarron River

MANNFORD, Okla. (AP) — The body of a missing construction worker has been recovered from the Cimarron River. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say the body of 36-year-old Edwardo Garcia of Tulsa was recovered at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday in Creek County....

 

Fire damages Texas home where boxing legend Johnson lived

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A Texas Gulf Coast home where boxing legend Jack Johnson once lived was heavily damaged by a fire. The blaze caused a wall in the vacant Galveston home to collapse Friday. Fire Chief Mike Wisko told The Galveston County...

 

Artist reflects on Strawberry Shortcake's 40-year birthday

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Strawberry Shortcake — the character, not the dessert — is 40. Unveiled in 1979, Strawberry Shortcake has a local connection. Artist Muriel Fahrion, who created Strawberry Shortcake, is an Ohio transplant who has lived in Tu...

 

Teen skateboarder seriously hurt while being pulled by car

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 15-year-old skateboarder was seriously injured while being pulled down a street by a car. The Wichita Eagle reports that the teen was holding onto an open car window Sunday when he lost control and hit his...

 
 By Dylan Lysen    Regional    April 7, 2019

Kansas researchers develop sexual assault response protocols

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — When it comes to responding to reports of sexual assault, response teams on college campuses face a set of barriers that prevent their work from being as effective as similar programs run by cities and counties, according to...

 
 By MEGAN MOSER    Regional    April 7, 2019

108-year-old woman among few Native American WWII veterans

0WAMEGO, Kan. (AP) — Julia Kabance isn't sure about her new residence. At 108 (109 in August, she says), she had been living independently in her home in St. Marys until about a month ago. There she was still pretty active, doing calisthenics and...

 

NTSB: Plane that crashed, killing 2, was upside down

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A twin-engine jet that crashed on the northwestern edge of Oklahoma City and killed the two pilots on board rolled upside down before crashing. A preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board...

 

3 found dead after mobile home fire in western Oklahoma

ELK CITY, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say three people, including a child, were found dead following a mobile home fire in western Oklahoma. Elk City Police Chief Eddie Holland said firefighters found two adults and a child dead inside the home after...

 
 By John Lovett    Regional    April 4, 2019

Fort Smith home became hideout for 'Pretty Boy' Floyd family

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — It would be hard to tell it today, but a little brick house on North 36th Street in Fort Smith served as the home for infamous bank robber "Pretty Boy" Charles Floyd and his family for the fall of 1931 and spring of 1932....

 

Service dogs, inmate trainers reunited at prison facility

McAlester, Okla. (AP) — A military veteran and former stray dog saw their lives turn for the better through a local service dog initiative. U.S. Army Veteran Kevin Watson struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and suicidal thoughts before...

 

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