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Wichita police to start voluntary swatter alert system

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police will begin using a system that places alerts on addresses where potential swatting targets could be living. Swatting involves someone making a hoax emergency call to send law enforcement officers, particularly...

 
 By Scott Liles    Regional    August 25, 2019 

The Highwaymen: Duo rides for country music

MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. (AP) — A recording artist riding on horseback across four states to raise awareness of traditional country music had a layover in Mountain Home on a recent Saturday night. Country artist C.J. Garton and his 13-year-old son,...

 

Wichita officers save shoplifting suspect from drowning

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita police say officers saved a teenager who nearly drowned in a pond after running from police during a shoplifting attempt. Police spokesman Charley Davidson says the 16-year-old girl and a man were confronted Thursday...

 

Kansas murals aimed to spread cheer during Great Depression

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A mural showing a stagecoach crossing a snowy, windblown Kansas landscape once graced the walls of the Olathe post office. Albert T. Reid's "The Mail Must Go Through" was created as part of a New Deal-era program that put...

 

Crop duster killed in plane crash south of Hays

HAYS, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a crop duster has died in a plane crash south of Hays. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the bi-wing plane went down around 9 a.m. Tuesday in a ditch shortly after taking off from a private runway. Seventy-year-old...

 

Appeals court rules for reporter in public records case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Court of Appeals ruled on Friday that the state does not have the right to withhold ordinary public records just because they become part of a criminal investigation. The Friday ruling overturned a lower...

 

Riders saddle up for church

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — Horseback riders took a break from a Friday night arena activities last month and gathered their horses around Vicki Beene. It was time for Bible study. Astride her horse, Beene took prayer requests from the other riders,...

 

Savanna Landing can help reclaim community from crime

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The clock is ticking on a federal grant program to improve the 61st and Peoria area through a holistic approach to crime and community. But positive gains have inspired optimism that successes in the recently christened "Hope Va... Full story

 

Mother, 2 young children killed in eastern Kansas house fire

BURLINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a mother and her two young children have been killed in a house fire in eastern Kansas. WIBW-TV reports that Coffey County Sheriff Randy Rogers says a fourth person suffered severe burns Friday morning while...

 

Missing Kansas sheriff's deputy believed to be in Turkey

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A missing Sedgwick County Sheriff's deputy is believed to be in Turkey. Sheriff Jeff Easter says Homeland Security was able to confirm that Deputy Derick Chandler flew to Istanbul. KAKE-TV reports Chandler Chandler is...

 

Churches arm, train congregants in wake of mass shootings

HASLET, Texas (AP) — Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway....

 

Court: US can reject asylum along parts of Mexico border

HOUSTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Friday cleared the way for the U.S. government to forbid Central American immigrants from seeking asylum at the two busiest stretches of the southern border in a partial legal victory for the Trump...

 

Leaders say love will triumph over hate after El Paso attack

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Leaders from both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border told thousands of people gathered in a baseball stadium in El Paso Wednesday that love will triumph over hatred in the wake of a mass shooting by a man who authorities believe...

 

Kansas man dies when tractor collides with train

SPEARVILLE, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a 59-year-old Kansas man died when his tractor collided with a train. The patrol says Bernard Stegman, of Spearville, died Tuesday after the collision at a railroad crossing near U.S. 50 about...

 

Processing plant fire near Holcomb keeps firefighters busy

HOLCOMB, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are battling a large meat processing plant near Holcomb. Wichita television station KSNW reports that no injuries have been reported in the fire that began Friday night at Tyson Fresh Meats. Several area fire...

 

Oklahoma City police Air 1 serves officers on the ground

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — In a small building within the burgeoning Wheeler District, some of the city's most valuable policing equipment and personnel can be found. Home to the Oklahoma City Police Department's Air Support Unit, or Air 1, most...

 

17 Texas lakes now confirmed with invasive zebra mussels

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Zebra mussels have been confirmed at two more Austin-area lakes to bring the statewide infestation to 17 Texas lakes in five river basins. The Texas Department of Parks & Wildlife on Monday announced invasive zebra mussels...

 

Oklahoma man who died after fall off moving car identified

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities in northern Arizona have identified an Oklahoma man who died after falling off a moving car following a struggle. The Coconino County Medical Examiner's Office says 35-year-old Richard Osburn died from...

 
 By Jim Salter    Regional    August 9, 2019

Ferguson: 5 years later, racial tension lingers nationally

FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) — Michael Brown's death at the hands of a white Missouri police officer stands as a seismic moment in American race relations. The fledgling Black Lives Matter movement found its voice, police departments fell under intense...

 

Many turn to El Paso's Catholic traditions after massacre

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — The growing memorial for victims of the El Paso massacre reflects the city's deep roots in Catholicism: A painting of the Virgin Mary sits among teddy bears and candles embellished with religious imagery. White crosses are...

 

Lost baby book, found in Texas, makes its way to Purdue dean

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Marion Underwood has been through the pages of doting cursive handwriting so often in recent weeks that she knows just about every bit contained in a book started in 1927 and marked, "My Baby Days." The entry about a...

 

Native Americans seek to declare Alamo grounds old cemetery

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A local Native American group is bringing a new battle to the Alamo, filing a legal notice declaring the grounds to be an abandoned or unknown cemetery. The San Antonio Express-News reports that could delay the $450 million...

 

Woman killed, 6 hurt in southeast Kansas crash

FREDONIA, Kan. (AP) — A 19-year-old woman died and six other people were injured in a crash in southeast Kansas. The Kansas Highway Patrol says the accident Monday evening near Fredonia occurred when the driver of a Chevy Malibu ran a stop sign...

 

Cross-border ties remain strong after El Paso mass shooting

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (AP) — After a young Texan went on a shooting rampage that appeared to target Hispanics at a Walmart in El Paso, killing 22 people, including eight Mexican citizens, there were no protests on the other side of the Rio Grande...

 

Children's book museum set to open in Kansas City next year

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A museum that celebrates a century of children's literature with immersive galleries, dozens of exhibits and a lab to encourage young people to read and write is opening in a Kansas City warehouse next year, according to...

 

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