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OG&E announces new solar projects with Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes; solar energy centers to be built in Davis and Durant, Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Feb. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OG&E), a subsidiary of Oklahoma City-based OGE Energy Corp. (NYSE: OGE), announced today that it will expand its renewable energy portfolio with the construction of two,...

 

Corps closes Missouri River levee break near Rock Port

ROCK PORT, Mo. (AP) — Work crews have closed the final breach of a Missouri River levee in the far northwest corner of Missouri that broke open during massive flooding last year, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Omaha District said in a news...

 

Coal-fired tourist trains converting to oil in Durango

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has debuted its first locomotive that runs on oil, a more environmentally friendly fuel source that holds less fire risk than a traditional coal-burning engine. For the past two ye...

 

Activists with assault rifles stir fears at Nebraska Capitol

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Some Nebraska lawmakers expressed shock and outrage Monday that gun owners were allowed to bring loaded, semi-automatic rifles into the state Capitol to protest bills that would have imposed new restrictions on gun ownership....

 

Baltimore Sun, Wichita Eagle share political reporting award

TheBaltimore Sun and The Wichita Eagle were awarded prestigious journalism awards on Wednesday for respective coverage of municipal corruption involving their cities' mayor's offices. Luke Broadwater and the Baltimore Sun won the George Polk Award fo...

 

Audit shows IT security problems across Kansas agencies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Legislature's auditing division says state agencies have significant information technology security weaknesses and haven't made progress since previous reports showed the same problems. The Topeka Capital Journal...

 

Sand Creek Massacre site demands we confront racial violence

EADS, Colo. (AP) — The site sits hundreds of miles from any major city. There are no statues to admire, no gift shops to buy postcards, and no cheery activities for the kids. To get there, one must drive through hours of farm and dirt roads amid...

 

Oklahoma officials alter language excluding Native Americans

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma officials were forced to revise the language on a new state branding website after backlash over its exclusion of Native Americans' historical roots in the state. Hundreds of thousands of dollars, coming from the...

 

Police: Low meth prices prompt Wichita property crime drop

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A significant drop in methamphetamine prices led to a nearly a 20% decline in Wichita burglary last year, according to a police official. Thanks to the low price of meth, the theft of guns and other items from inside vehicles...

 

Writer AE Hotchner, friend to Hemingway, Newman, dead at 102

A.E. Hotchner, a well-traveled author, playwright and gadabout whose street smarts and famous pals led to a loving, but litigated memoir of Ernest Hemingway, business adventures with Paul Newman and a book about his Depression-era childhood that...

 

Kansas elections chief's security plan causes local unease

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' elections chief is pushing to make the state's central voter registration database more secure by changing how counties tap into it, but some officials are nervous about what they see as a big project in a busy election...

 

Guardrails installed at deadly Oklahoma City bridge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City has hired a company to install guardrails along the sides of a bridge where at least four motorists have lost their lives in the last four years. The Turner Turnpike bridge became an infamous landmark after...

 

Central Oklahoma deputy killed in head-on crash

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A central Oklahoma sheriff's lieutenant was killed Friday after a head-on crash in Oklahoma City, police said. Canadian County sheriff's Lt. Shirley Lanning was westbound in an unmarked police vehicle on Northwest Expressway...

 

More Oklahoma inmates freed after state reviewed sentences

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — More Oklahoma inmates have been released under a law that directs a state board to review sentences of those in prison for crimes that would not be considered felonies if charged today. The law, which took effect in November,...

 

Number hurt after school bus overturns in Kansas grows to 27

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The number of children hurt when a bus overturned on a slush-covered Kansas highway has climbed to 27. The Wichita Eagle reports that the injury count increased Thursday based on a more detailed report by the Kansas Highway...

 

Father Josh: A married Catholic priest in a celibate world

DALLAS (AP) — The priest wakes up at 4 a.m. on the days he celebrates the early Mass, sipping coffee and enjoying the quiet while his young children sleep in rooms awash in stuffed animals and Sesame Street dolls and pictures of saints. Then he...

 

Patrol: Several injured in school bus accident near Emporia

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Highway Patrol says several children from Wichita suffered minor injuries Wednesday when a school bus they were on rolled onto its side near Emporia. Patrol Lt. Dave Hundley said 36 students, two teachers, a...

 

U.S. secretary of state's wife endorses Adkins in Kansas 3rd

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's wife on Tuesday endorsed Republican candidate Amanda Adkins in the race for the Kansas congressional seat for the Kansas City area. Susan Pompeo said she's known and respected Adkins...

 

Wichita considers banning or taxing plastic bags

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Wichita is considering banning plastic bags or implementing a city-wide tax to curb their use, officials said. The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to form a task force to consider how to reduce or eliminate single-use...

 

Watch worth $10K left anonymously in Aspen lost-and-found

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) — While the main function of a watch is to keep time, for Barry Gustin, his watches are a symbol of the time he's spent with his wife of 38 years. So when the doctor from Berkeley, California, lost one of his prize possessions...

 

Lawrence discussing limiting police work with immigration

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Lawrence city officials are discussing a draft proposal that would limit how police interact with federal immigration agents. The Lawrence police department has written a draft policy that says local police will not help hold...

 

Men arrested with 80 homemade explosives in Hutchinson

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Two men are facing charges after being arrested in South Hutchinson with about 80 homemade explosive devices in their truck, law enforcement authorities said. South Hutchinson police arrested the two 18-year-old men...

 

Pit bull supporters want Junction City to lift pit bull ban

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — Pit bull supporters are calling for the military town of Junction City to lift its ban of the breed. The Hays Post reports that Kim Bradney of Legalize Bully JC says the ban forces some people in the community near Fort...

 

Kansas case spurs House panel inquiry on judicial harassment

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The U.S. House Judiciary Committee on Thursday questioned the adequacy of the protections against workplace harassment and misconduct in the judicial branch after a federal judge in Kansas was publicly reprimanded for sexually...

 

Family of student killed by driver living 'horrible dream'

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The man arrested for driving into a group a high school cross-country runners in suburban Oklahoma City, killing two and injuring four was talking to himself and spoke of his son, killed in an auto crash the day before, a man w...

 

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