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Tulsa searches for remains of victims of 1921 race massacre

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The city of Tulsa will conduct a test excavation at an area cemetery as part of an ongoing effort to find remains of victims of a 1921 race massacre, officials said. The test excavation at Oaklawn Cemetery, planned for April,...

 

Kansas no longer fighting claims of wrongly convicted man

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is dropping its fight against the compensation claim from a man who spent 23 years in prison for a double homicide before a judge vacated convictions that were secured even though no physical evidence or motive tied him t...

 

Person in trash bin injured after being dumped into truck

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A person Wichita officials say was sleeping inside a trash bin is recovering after being dumped into a garbage truck. The incident happened Friday morning, when the garbage truck driver heard the person's cries for help around...

 

Skeletal remains found by hunters in southeastern Oklahoma

HARTSHORNE, Okla. (AP) — Skeletal remains have been found by hunters in southeastern Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. The OSBI said in a news release that it was asked by the Latimer County Sheriff's office to...

 

Lawmaker, advocacy group again target Oklahoma gun carry law

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state lawmaker and a group advocating for more restrictive gun laws launched another attempt Monday to overturn a new state law that allows people to carry firearms without a background check or training. Oklahoma...

 

Tech Ops-Tulsa maintains some grounded Boeing jets

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Aviation authorities' grounding of nearly 400 Boeing 737 Max aircraft has had global ramifications. But a large part of the story remains local. At American Airlines' Tech Ops-Tulsa, the carrier's largest maintenance base,...

 

Body of 'Lime Lady' found in Oklahoma in 1980 is identified

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The body of a woman found in central Oklahoma nearly 40 years ago and known only as "Lime Lady" has been identified as a missing Las Vegas woman, authorities said Thursday. DNA testing with the help of the DNA Doe Project...

 

Kansas woman killed when SUV crashes into patrol vehicle

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a western Kansas police officer was not using lights and sirens when he crashed his patrol vehicle into a car while responding to an emergency call and killed the driver. The Wichita Eagle reports Cpl. Shane...

 

Kansas residents find boa constrictor in living room couch

ROSE HILL, Kan. (AP) — Firefighters are looking for anyone who might be missing a boa constrictor after some Kansas residents found the 6-foot snake in their living room couch. Police officers responding to a 911 call Monday from a resident in...

 

Oklahoma leaders hope to push for more LGBTQ rights in 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in conservative Oklahoma say they are looking for more legislative progress for LGBTQ people this year after notable strides in 2019. Tulsa and Oklahoma City updated their personnel policies to ban discrimination...

 

Houston mayor, others help residents after deadly blast

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston's mayor and others say they will work to provide assistance to residents whose homes were damaged after a massive explosion at a warehouse that killed two workers and injured 20 others. Mayor Sylvester Turner on Saturday...

 

History of sacred tribal rock turned monument rethought

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An effort is underway to more fully tell the story of a boulder that was a sacred prayer rock for a Native American tribe before it was moved to Lawrence and inscribed with the names of the city's founders. The Lawrence...

 

Some Tulsa residents say 1st black police chief not enough

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Some community leaders in Tulsa, Oklahoma, fear the appointment of the city's first black police chief won't alleviate the distrust of officers in communities of color. Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum selected Maj. Wendell Franklin, 46,...

 

Neil Armstrong donates personal items to Cosmosphere museum

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The family of astronaut Neil Armstrong, the first man to step on the moon, has donated two items that were aboard the Apollo 11 mission in 1969 to the Cosmosphere space museum in Hutchinson. Armstrong's two sons donated a...

 

Snowplow kills 2 walking along highway in Kansas

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A snowplow struck and killed two pedestrians in Kansas before sunrise Friday after a winter storm coated parts of the Midwest with snow. The collision involving a Riley County plow truck happened shortly after 5 a.m., after...

 

Woman found dead in southeast Kansas possibly hit by vehicle

OPOLIS, Kan. (AP) — A woman whose body was found Wednesday in southeast Kansas might have been hit by a vehicle, authorities said Friday. The woman was identified Friday as Brandi S. Moore, 35, of Pittsburg. Her body was found in Opolis, an...

 

Attorneys challenge Oklahoma redistricting initiative

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An initiative petition that seeks to prevent partisan gerrymandering of legislative districts is unconstitutional because it contains multiple subjects and should be thrown out, an attorney argued before the state Supreme...

 

Consultants recommend renovating Docking state building

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Consultants have recommended the state spend more than $100 million to renovate the Docking State Office Building in Topeka, in part to consolidate state agencies in the building adjacent to the Kansas Capitol. The Kansas...

 

Bill de Blasio's bagel gaffe and the fraught politics of food

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Stacy A. Cordery, Iowa State University (THE CONVERSATION) If New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio hadn't already dropped out of the 2020...

 

University to graduate first class in special needs program

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Ashley Mabry, who looks forward to family game night, sometimes watches TV and loves her internship at the ARC Pikes Peak Region, knew she wanted to go to college since the fourth grade, when she entered a "talent...

 

Mahomes gives Reid best hope to win that elusive Super Bowl

Andy Reid revitalized the Kansas City Chiefs the same way he did with the Philadelphia Eagles. He's one win away from finishing the job. The only thing missing from Reid's impressive resume is a Super Bowl title. He is seventh on the career wins...

 

Kansas says it's better prepared now for aviation layoffs

Kansas Labor Secretary Delia Garcia said Thursday that the state is better prepared to respond to layoffs stemming from the grounding of the troubled Boeing 737 Max than it was during the Great Recession, when it had to borrow money to prop up its...

 

Former Gov. Jeff Colyer to sing backup for Chaka Khan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Republican Kansas governor and plastic surgeon Jeff Colyer is about to add Chaka Khan backup singer to his resume. Colyer is part of a student and faculty choir that will join the "Queen of Funk" on stage for a Martin...

 

DHS briefs Kansas lawmakers on business, agriculture threats

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Foreign governments are trying to get proprietary information about Kansas business and agricultural assets, state legislators heard Tuesday in extraordinary, secret briefings with a U.S. Department of Homeland Security...

 

Baton Rouge Zoo seeking nominations to name its new giraffe

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The zoo in Louisiana's capital city is asking for the public's help to name its newest male giraffe. The Baton Rouge Zoo is holding a contest for people to nominate their favorite names for the facility's latest addition,...

 

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