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Wichita girl dies, days after ending 457-day hospital stay

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A girl who was the first at a Kansas City hospital to walk while on an invasive form of life support has died, less than two weeks after returning to her Wichita home. The mother of Zei ("Zay") Uwadia said her daughter died Tue...

 

Man killed after Amtrak train strikes vehicle in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a 67-year-old man was killed after his vehicle was struck by an Amtrak train in Marion County. The Marion County sheriff's office says a Jeep Liberty was on the tracks when it was struck at around 2:45 a.m....

 

Police: Man killed in rollover crash in southwest Wichita

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police say a man has died in a rollover crash in southwestern Wichita. Television station KSN reports that the crash happened around 1:30 a.m. Saturday near Interstate 125 and West, killing 26-year-old Ernesto Flores of...

 

Oklahoma judge says jail unsafe for mental health detainees

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The judge who presides over Oklahoma County's mental health court says the county jail isn't a safe place to house detainees awaiting mental health treatment. The Oklahoman reports Special Judge Geary Walke says mental health...

 

Oklahoma City museum acquires painting by Obama portraitist

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has acquired a painting by the artist who created President Barack Obama's official portrait. Kehinde Wiley's painting titled "Jacob de Graeff" features a contemporary person in a style modeled...

 

'BlacKkKlansman' screenwriter to pursue Langston Hughes film

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas screenwriter who co-wrote Spike Lee's latest film, the Oscar-nominated "BlacKkKlansman," is setting his sights on his next project: a documentary about poet Langston Hughes. Kevin Willmott, who is also a University...

 

Measure aims to regulate drone use over private property

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are discussing proposed legislation that aims to ban the flying of unmanned aircraft — or drones — over private property in rural areas. State Sen. Casey Murdock, who sponsored the measure, said it would...

 

No cause of death for late OU regent Billy Wayne Burgess Jr.

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — A memorial service has been scheduled for Billy Wayne Burgess Jr., a member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Burgess, of Lawton, died suddenly Feb. 8 at 62. No cause of death has been released. Officials at...

 

Last rodeo for Fort Worth's famed Will Rogers Coliseum

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — For Will Rogers Coliseum, this is the last rodeo. But Amon Carter's 1936 dream-come-true arena was also built for horse events. So it'll soon literally become the workhorse of Stock Show arenas. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram...

 

6-year-old with cancer sworn in as honorary police officer

FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — A 6-year-old Houston-area girl with cancer had a dream come true when she was sworn in as an honorary police officer. Police in Freeport, Texas, tweeted details of Thursday's ceremony for Abigail Arias (AR'-ee-ahs). Chief...

 

Woman, dog die in Kansas City, Kansas, house fire

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, fire officials say woman and a dog died in a house fire. Assistant Fire Chief Morris Lechter says a man was able to escape the fire early Wednesday. The house was engulfed in flames when firefighters...

 

Oklahoma City Zoo may get $70M in renovations, new exhibits

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Over the next nine years, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden could see $71 million in renovations and new exhibits. Oklahoma City Zoo Executive Director and CEO Dwight Lawson said this is the second time the 10-year...

 

Therapy dogs bring smiles, pain relief to Lawton hospital

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — It has been said that laughter is the best medicine. And while most medical experts will prescribe actual medicine, there is a certain healing power that comes with a smile. And few things make humans smile more than animals....

 

Top US cardinal let priest accused of sexual abuse lead Mass

HOUSTON (AP) — The cardinal who leads the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops allowed a priest to celebrate Mass the same day his name was among those released on a list of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo told the...

 

Man found dead inside burned northeast Oklahoma home

SALINA, Okla. (AP) — Authorities say a man has been found dead in a burned home in northeastern Oklahoma. Mayes County Sheriff's Capt. Rod Howell says the body was found after firefighters put out the blaze early Wednesday near Salina, about 50...

 

Kansas man killed when trailer backs over him in Rose Hill

ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) — Federal health inspectors are investigating after a 38-year-old Sedgwick County man died when a trailer backed over him. The Butler County Sheriff's Office said 38-year-old Stephen Farmer, of Sedgwick County, died early...

 

Lab owner told to pay $544,000 for environmental violation

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The owner of a defunct laboratory in Lenexa has been ordered to pay $544,287 for storing hazardous waste without a license. U.S. Attorney Stephen McAllister announced Tuesday that 63-year-old Ahmed El-Sherif was found...

 

Shawnee man wins $22K in Kansas Lottery

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City man says he discovered he had won $22,000 in the Kansas Lottery when he was bickering with his wife about how much he spends on lottery tickets. Shawnee resident and avid lottery player Louis Kronawitter...

 

Jewish collector's heirs want US painting on loan in Germany

BERLIN (AP) — The heirs of a Jewish collector say a painting from a Texas museum on loan in Germany was stolen from their family by the Nazis, and have filed a legal request for its return, a German newspaper reported Wednesday. German daily Bild...

 

Los Angeles group buys gay resort in Oklahoma City

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City hotel that bills itself as the largest gay resort in the Southwest has new out-of-state owners. The Journal Record reports Los Angeles-based Alternatives Resorts has bought the 170-room Habana Inn. Oklahoma...

 

A man uses library system's free access create dyslexia app

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Pierre Liebenberg of Norman knew his son was having trouble reading. He started switching letters and words around, dreaded having to get up in front of the class to read aloud and lost his confidence. "We started seeing the...

 

Monks retain land used to secure St. Gregory's loan

SHAWNEE, Okla. (AP) — Land that was used as collateral for a loan to now-closed St. Gregory's University in Shawnee is back in the hands of St. Gregory's Abbey. Ownership of the land came into question when the university filed for bankruptcy in...

 

Ruling: Students' free speech, free press lawsuit to proceed

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge cleared the way Monday for a lawsuit to proceed against a Kansas City-area school district accused of violating students' free speech and free press rights last year during a nationwide walkout protesting gun...

 

Oklahoma judge dismisses case over Muslim woman's headscarf

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A judge in Oklahoma has dismissed a civil rights lawsuit brought on behalf of a Muslim woman who alleges she was denied entry into the Tulsa County Courthouse because of her religious headscarf. U.S. District Judge Claire Eagan...

 

Oklahoma City police chief to retire in May after 15 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City's police chief says he plans to retire in May after 15 years as head of the city police force. Police Chief Bill Citty announced his May 2 retirement Thursday in a letter to City Manager Craig Freeman. Citty...

 

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