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Oklahoma City extends, 2 other cities adopt mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday extended a city-wide mask mandate and two other cities have adopted a mask requirement in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Oklahoma City Council members voted to...

 

Mask resistance softens in Kansas as coronavirus cases soar

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — Resistance to masks appears to be weakening in Kansas as the coronavirus surges, straining the capacity of the state's hospitals. Gov. Laura Kelly's latest effort to require face coverings takes effect Wednesday, although...

 

Kansas to launch pro-mask campaign but faces skepticism

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas is preparing to launch a media campaign aimed at getting more of its residents to wear masks so that the coronavirus doesn't keep spreading rapidly, though some officials are skeptical that it will move the needle much. T...

 

Analysis: Edwards embraced veto pen for La. special session

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards liberally used his veto pen for the majority-Republican Legislature's latest special session, striking down 15% of the measures that reached his desk in another indication of sharp disagreements over...

 

The Latest: Colorado health order allows patient transfers

DENVER — As Colorado experiences its highest hospitalization rate of COVID-19 patients, Gov. Jared Polis issued an executive order authorizing the state health department to order hospitals and emergency departments to transfer and cease admitting...

 

Tulsa Diocese ditches church coalition over abortion stance

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The bishop of the Tulsa Diocese said he withdrew his organization from the Oklahoma Conference of Churches last month because the coalition's anti-racism and discrimination stance doesn't include what he called "the most...

 

Oklahoma governor's holiday plans flout CDC, virus surge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he planned to attend a college football game over the weekend and spend Thanksgiving with his parents, even as coroanvirus cases in the state continued to surge this week and...

 

Wyandotte County prosecutor resigns from federal commission

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Wyandotte County District Attorney Mark Dupree has resigned from a federal commission created by President Donald Trump to study law enforcement issues, saying the group had a political agenda that included eroding the...

 

Kansas Supreme Court: Consent to search can be non-verbal

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An individual's conduct can be relevant in determining whether a person has expressed valid consent to search, the Kansas Supreme Court said in a decision reversing a lower court ruling suppressing evidence. The ruling Friday...

 

2 Oklahoma lawmakers confirm positive tests for coronavirus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives confirmed Friday they have tested positive for the coronavirus, just days after a swearing-in ceremony at the Capitol in which many lawmakers and their families weren't...

 

AP VoteCast: Oklahoma voters mixed on state of nation

Voters in Oklahoma made their pick for president while holding mixed views about the country's direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden...

 

Oklahoma state senator charged with manslaughter in crash

CHANDLER, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma state senator from Tulsa was charged with first-degree manslaughter after authorities say she was speeding and driving recklessly when her vehicle skidded off a rain-slickened road and crashed into a man's...

 

Aide: Kansas Sen. Moran plans to seek reelection in 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran plans to seek reelection in 2022. Moran spokesman Tom Brandt confirmed the two-term Republican senator's intent Wednesday, two days after tweeting that Moran planned to run again. The 66-year-old Moran ha...

 

Man at center of tribal sovereignty ruling again convicted

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A member of the Seminole Nation has been convicted in federal court of sexually assaulting a child after the U.S. Supreme Court in July ruled that Oklahoma prosecutors did not have authority to pursue charges against...

 

Leader of Arizona House Democrats stepping aside

PHOENIX (AP) — The leader of Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives is stepping aside amid criticism within her own caucus and a challenge in leadership elections planned for this week. Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez was facing a...

 

Kansas man charged with killing 2 sons held without bond

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man charged with capital murder in the deaths of his two sons will remain jailed without bond. A Leavenworth County judge ordered Donald R. Jackson Jr. held without bond during his first court appearance on...

 

Republican physician seeks to oust Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Dr. Ervin Yen, an Oklahoma City anesthesiologist and former Republican state senator, plans to challenge Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt in the 2022 governor's race, saying he's disappointed with the governor's response to the...

 

'Hit' tweet against Kansas governor has Dems seeking ouster

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Democratic candidate who admitted to circulating revenge porn and was charged at the age of 14 with threatening to shoot a high school student has won a state House seat in Kansas, and party leaders promised Thursday to try...

 

In blue and red states, milestone wins for LGBTQ candidates

NEW YORK (AP) — Across the nation, LGBTQ candidates achieved milestone victories in Tuesday's election, including the first transgender person elected to a state Senate, and the first openly gay Black men to win seats in Congress. The landmark wins...

 

Rural Democrats become extinct species in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — For nearly 100 years in Oklahoma, Democrats controlled the Legislature in large part with lawmakers from rural parts of the state. But like much of the nation, the number of rural Democrats in Oklahoma has been declining...

 

AP VoteCast: Oklahoma voters mixed on state of nation

Voters in Oklahoma made their pick for president while holding mixed views about the country's direction, according to an expansive AP survey of the American electorate. The race between President Donald Trump and Democratic rival Joe Biden...

 

Trump, Inhofe coast to victory in deep-red Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump and Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe both coasted to easy victories Tuesday in deep-red Oklahoma. Inhofe, 85, a fixture in Oklahoma politics for 50 years, was heavily favored to win his fifth term in...

 

Amid hot race for open Senate seat, Trump carries Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas has had its most competitive U.S. Senate race in decades, though President Donald Trump carried the state in the presidential race. The marquee race in Tuesday's election was the Senate contest between Republican Roger...

 

More than 60 new laws will take effect in Oklahoma on Nov. 1

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hundreds of new Oklahoma laws usually take effect every year, but this year there will be only about 60 because legislators were not able to meet as much due to the coronavirus pandemic. All new laws will become operative on...

 

Texas high court denies GOP effort to reject Houston votes

DALLAS (AP) — The Texas Supreme Court on Sunday denied a Republican-led petition to toss nearly 127,000 ballots cast at drive-thru voting places in the Houston area. The state's all-Republican high court rejected the request from GOP activists and...

 

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