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Despite value, little protection exists for Midwest farmland

America has lost millions of acres of farmland over nearly three decades to urban and rural development. Despite conservation efforts by state and local governments and increased financial incentives for farmers, urban development and the expansion...

 

Oklahoma Army National Guard unit returns from Afghanistan

OKLAHOMA CTY (AP) — Hundreds of Oklahoma National Guard soldiers are returning home after deploying to Afghanistan for almost one year. The Guard says 350 members of the 1st Squadron, 180th Cavalry Regiment will return to Oklahoma on Tuesday. The...

 

Jack White donates $30K for Oklahoma house in 'Outsiders'

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Grammy winner Jack White is helping preserve a piece of 1980s movie history. Management for the former White Stripes singer confirmed Friday he donated $30,000 to help restore a house in Tulsa, Oklahoma, that was featured in...

 

Oklahoma astronaut corn maze photographed from space

HYDRO, Okla. (AP) — It's apt that a maze cut into an Oklahoma cornfield featuring the likeness of a former NASA astronaut can be seen from space — and has been photographed by a satellite orbiting Earth. The image of Oklahoma-born Thomas P....

 

Thousands gather to remember slain Kansas deputy

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Flags are waving throughout Wichita as thousands remember a sheriff's deputy who killed his attacker in his final moments in an act his boss said saved lives. The Wichita Eagle reports that an honor guard of law enforcement...

 

Group marks Potawatomi Trail of Death from Indiana to Kansas

LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — This month marks 180 years since over 850 Potawatomi Native Americans were forcibly removed from their homeland in northern Indiana. Many walked the 660-mile, two-month journey. Over 40 died — mostly babies, children and...

 

The 'personality of Sedgwick County' retires at 91

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — If you sit at the reception desk at the Sedgwick County Courthouse long enough, you might end up saving somebody's job — or maybe somebody's life. And Eula West sat at that desk for a very long time — since 1969. Do the...

 

Oklahoma City workers stung after thousands of bees swarm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A swarm of thousands of bees sent a pair of Oklahoma City workers running for cover, and both were stung in the process. The Oklahoman reports the city workers were cleaning up brush and trees Wednesday when the insects were...

 

Sheriff: Wounded Kansas deputy saved lives before dying

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A wounded Kansas sheriff's deputy managed to kill his attacker and likely saved the lives of two witnesses before he collapsed and died from a gunshot wound, according to a Kansas sheriff. Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter...

 

Judge: US can't deny passport over refusing to pick gender

DENVER (AP) — U.S. officials cannot deny a passport application from an intersex Colorado resident based solely on a refusal to select male or female for gender, a federal judge said Wednesday. The U.S. State Department's varied explanations for...

 

2nd teenager dies after car crashes into creek near Atchison

ATCHISON, Kan. (AP) — The second of two teenagers trapped inside a car that landed upside down in an Atchison creek on Sunday has died. Sixteen-year-old Regan Moger, of Houston, Texas, died Tuesday at the University of Kansas Hospital, where she...

 

6-year-old who was hit by softball comes home from hospital

FORT SCOTT, Kan. (AP) — A 6-year-old Kansas girl who was hit in the head by an overthrown softball has come home after spending two months in the hospital. KOAM-TV reports that Paizlee Crumby, of Fort Scott, was rushed to Children's Mercy Hospital...

 

DACA recipients seek protection after year of uncertainty

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Last September, Cynthia Garcia was handed a ticket to a roller-coaster ride that she didn't want and she didn't purchase. Ever since, she and other recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program have been...

 

US Marshals Museum searches for Bass Reeves' relatives

FORT SMITH, Ark. (AP) — The U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith has an impressive collection of guns and documents related to famed Deputy U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves. Almost a year out from a planned opening of the new $60 million museum, it's the...

 

Oklahoma musician Roger Miller honored with tribute album

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first track of the new album "King of the Road: A Tribute to Roger Miller" opens with Miller jokingly dubbing himself "probably one of the greatest songwriters that ever lived." As usual, Miller manages to deliver the...

 

1 dies, 1 critically injured when car goes into Kansas creek

ATCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — Atchison County authorities say a Missouri teenager has died and another teenager from Texas is in critical condition after a car they were in went into a creek in northeast Kansas during the weekend. Three other teens were...

 

Uncle: Man killed by officer aspired to St. Lucia leadership

DALLAS (AP) — Friends and family on Thursday remembered a man gunned down by a Dallas police officer as a deeply religious 26-year-old accountant who loved to sing and had confided to his uncle that he might one day want to be prime minister of his...

 

Kansas woman releases memoir on growing up poor

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas writer who grew up in poverty is releasing a memoir she hopes will shine a light on an often-ignored part of the American landscape. Sarah Smarsh's book "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the...

 

US Honor Flag case honors fallen Topeka police officer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — It is a plain box, black with an industrial look, but what it carries and who it honors holds real importance. Named HarwoodONE, the case protects the U.S. Honor Flag, a single American flag that crosses the country to honor...

 

WWI vet, Elaine massacre victim to be awarded Purple Heart

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The University of Arkansas at Little Rock says an African American veteran who was murdered during a massacre in Arkansas 99 years ago will receive a posthumous Purple Heart and other World War I honors after a researcher...

 

2 pilots eject when Air Force jet veers off runway in Texas

WICHITA FALLS, Texas (AP) — The U.S. Air Force says two pilots were injured slightly after ejecting when a twin-jet training aircraft veered off a runway before takeoff at a northwestern Texas Air Force base. Officials say the accident involved a...

 

Kansas girl dies after running into street, mother injured

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Kansas City, Kansas, police say a 2-year-old girl died after she ran into a street and was hit by a truck. The girl's mother was seriously injured when she ran into the street to stop her and was also hit by the truck on...

 

Driver strikes, kills toddler while backing out of driveway

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a driver has struck and killed a toddler while backing out of the driveway of a suburban Kansas City home. The Kansas City Star reports that police say the 18-month-old was hit Monday afternoon in Olathe. The...

 

Dallas leaders' proactive stance helps tamp down protest

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas police swiftly admitted that a white officer who shot a black man in his own apartment last week had made a mistake. They expressed contrition, turned the case over to independent investigators and reached out to the victim's...

 

Hundreds gather for opening of ambitious $465M Tulsa park

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Hundreds of people have gathered for the opening of a $465 million park — one of the largest in the country — along the Arkansas River in Tulsa. The public park, known as the Gathering Place, will initially be about 66...

 

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