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 By BOB CAMPBELL    Regional    October 17, 2018 

Family court judge in West Texas relies on life experiences

ODESSA, Texas (AP) — District Judge Sara Kate Billingsley remains exuberant in a field most judges find debilitating and how she manages it is a complex story about her mother's example, a support system of friends, a near-death experience and...

 

Body of missing Oklahoma man found in Arkansas River

BRAGGS, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says the body of a missing Oklahoma man has been found in the Arkansas River. Troopers say the body of 29-year-old Luke T. Dennis of Muskogee was discovered about 10 a.m. Saturday southwest of...

 

Business brisk at Oklahoma medical marijuana business

FAIRFAX, Okla. (AP) — The operator of one of Oklahoma's first medical marijuana businesses says he's selling all of the seedlings he can produce. Scott Huffman owns Wild Herb LLC in Fairfax, about 89 miles (143 kilometers) northeast of Oklahoma...

 

Financial issues force closure of hospital in Pauls Valley

PAULS VALLEY, Okla. (AP) — A financially troubled community hospital in southern Oklahoma has closed its doors and discontinued ambulance service. Officials at Pauls Valley Regional Medical Center closed the facility on Friday. A telephone call by...

 

Man released from hospital after Okla. canal electrocution

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Arkansas man who was electrocuted last month after he jumped into a canal in Oklahoma City's downtown entertainment district to try and save another individual who had fallen in has been released from a hospital. Brandon...

 

Texas woman dead in one-car crash in southeast Oklahoma

IDABEL, Okla. (AP) — A northeast Texas woman has died of injuries incurred in a one-car crash in southeastern Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says 68-year-old Patricia Lynn Pope of DeKalb (deh-KAB'), Texas, was a passenger in a car heading...

 

Immigrants face hurdles to prove abuse by US agents

HOUSTON (AP) — Within hours of being booked at a Border Patrol station in far West Texas, two teenage sisters from Guatemala came forward to allege that an agent conducted an improper strip search. The agent in question denied the allegations,...

 

Black woman who had trailblazing Navy career dies at 83

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Raye Montague, a trailblazing black woman from Arkansas who revolutionized the way the U.S. Navy designed ships, has died. She was 83. Montague, who had a 33-year career in the Navy, developed a computer program that...

 

Kansas teen joins national dance company for second year

BENNINGTON, Kan. (AP) — Bailey Debold considers herself very fortunate. Most people have no idea what they want to do for the rest of their lives until they're an adult. Some go their entire lives without figuring it out, but Bailey has known...

 

Kansas town says Kobach can't use replica gun in parade

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Organizers of a small-town Kansas parade have told Republican Kris Kobach that he must remove a replica machine gun from the back of a Jeep that's become a key part of his campaign for governor and emblematic of his support for...

 

Kansas woman found dead in car after floodwaters recede

PAOLA, Kan. (AP) — A northeast Kansas woman who was reported missing has been found dead in her car after floodwaters receded. The Miami County Sheriff's office says deputies found the body 78-year-old Hazel Phillips Friday inside her car near...

 

Oklahoma architect's legacy will live on in Tulsa

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bob Jones came to Tulsa in 1954 to oversee design work for the new Civic Center, a radically modern project that attracted national and even international attention. A German publication declared it one of the "top...

 
 By MAX BRYAN    Regional    October 7, 2018

Belle Starr's reputation as an outlaw lives on in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — While several historic figures are known for executing justice from Fort Smith, one is known for making trips into the town for her illegal actions. Belle Starr, dubbed the "Bandit Queen" in 19th century pulp novels and...

 

Officials: Oklahoma City lamp posts were grounded

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials say an electrical inspection has found that a lamp post that electrocuted a man after he fell in a canal was grounded and correctly connected. The Oklahoman reports that city officials said Wednesday...

 

Black man questioned while moving TV into his own home

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — Body camera video shows an officer handcuffing a black man who was attempting to move a large-screen television into his new Kansas home in the dark. The Kansas City Star reports that 61-year-old Karle Robinson said, while...

 

Oklahoma girl electrocuted reaching behind dryer for puppy

RAVIA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma sheriff says a 4-year-old girl died when she tried to retrieve a puppy that became stuck behind a clothes dryer and came into contact with exposed wiring that electrocuted her. The Johnston County sheriff's office...

 

Third child dies after crash on Kansas highway

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says a third child has died after a crash in Franklin County earlier this week. The patrol says 12-year-old Elle Bowden, of Wellsville, died Friday morning. She was injured Monday night in a...

 
 By Tim Unruh    Regional    October 5, 2018

Kansas pilot receives Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

SALINA, Kan. (AP) — A yearning to soar through life on his own terms nudged Rex Russell into a career off the ground. Most of his march has followed a unique beat, some 5,400 hours of it pushing pedals and riding on air thousands of feet above...

 

Drag queens host story hour at Wichita library

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Dressed in a red velvet gown, sparkly jewelry and white painted fingernails, Divinity Masters said she decided to read "Red: A Crayon Story" at the Wichita Public Library because of its message. "I picked this book because I...

 

Backstreet Boys cancel Oklahoma show where fans were hurt

THACKERVILLE, Okla. (AP) — The Backstreet Boys won't be rescheduling an Oklahoma concert that was postponed after fans were hurt when a storm damaged the venue where the band was supposed to perform. Band members announced Wednesday on Facebook...

 

Tulsa mayor to look for mass graves from 1921 race massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The mayor of Tulsa says he plans to re-examine whether mass graves hold remains of those killed in one of the nation's worst race massacres nearly 100 years ago . Estimates of those slain in the 1921 Tulsa race massacre range...

 

Officials after Okla. electrocution find posts not grounded

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Officials say inspections conducted following the electrocution of a man who fell into a canal in Oklahoma City's downtown entertainment district reveal that lamp posts along the canal are not grounded. City Parks Director...

 

2 children killed in Franklin County crash

OTTAWA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol reports two children were killed and four others were injured in a two-vehicle crash. The crash was reported Monday night five miles east of Ottawa. The accident killed 11-year-old Briana Sobba and...

 

Real Peggy Sue, of 1958 Buddy Holly song fame, dies in Texas

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — The Texas woman who inspired the 1958 Buddy Holly song "Peggy Sue" has died at a Lubbock hospital. Peggy Sue Gerron Rackham of Lubbock died Monday at University Medical Center, according to UMC spokesman Eric Finley. She was...

 

Deadline approaches: New Oklahoma's liquor laws to start

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Strong, cold beer and wine will be much easier to buy in Oklahoma. State law currently allows package liquor stores to sell wine and strong beer, and beers stronger than 3.2 percent by volume can't be chilled. That's meant...

 

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