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Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board doubles caseload in 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board's caseload has more than doubled this year thanks to the state's recent criminal justice reforms. The board had 6,940 docketed cases this year, compared to 3,183 in 2018, according to...

 

Feds indict 35 people in gang-related drug trafficking case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma City say 35 people have been indicted as part of a drug-trafficking conspiracy coordinated by imprisoned gang leaders using contraband cellphones. U.S. Attorney Timothy Downing said in a...

 

Oklahoma governor picks agency veteran as new prisons boss

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed on Friday a longtime Department of Corrections veteran to lead the agency. Stitt announced Scott Crow, a 23-year employee of the agency, would serve as the new executive director. Crow has...

 

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a "swear journal" documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates...

 

Kansas lawmakers seeking federal offices free to raise money

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers who are running for federal office are free to accept campaign contributions from lobbyists despite a state rule limiting such contributions during the legislative session. The state limit on lawmakers...

 

Oklahoma governor taps longtime foundation head as OU regent

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed the longtime head of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation as the newest member of the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents. Stitt announced Monday that he has chosen Michael A. Cawley for the...

 

Kansas GOP lawmaker facing probe changes voter registration

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas congressman who is being investigated by local authorities for listing a UPS Inc. store as his residence in registering to vote has changed his registration to name a Topeka apartment complex as his home. Republican...

 

University of Oklahoma seeks to be dismissed from lawsuit

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — The University of Oklahoma is asking to be dismissed from a sexual assault lawsuit against a former OU vice president. The motion filed Tuesday says the university is immune from the claims by Levi Hilliard that allege former...

 

Kansas judge accused of bigotry, profanities in courthouse

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A foul-mouthed Kansas judge accused of bigotry and racism who cursed at courthouse employees so often that a trial clerk kept a "swear journal" documenting his obscene outbursts is facing complaints that his conduct violates...

 

Presidential primary field set as Oklahoma's filing closes

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Fourteen Democrats and six Republicans, including President Donald Trump, are set to appear on next year's Oklahoma presidential primary ballot after the state's three-day filing period closed. Four more Democrats and one more...

 

Oklahoma governor opposes criminal justice initiative

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt says he opposes a proposed state question that would restrict prosecutors from using previous felony convictions to enhance sentences in certain criminal cases. In a speech Tuesday to the Urban League...

 

Trump: Would talk to Pompeo if GOP risks losing in Kansas

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he would talk to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about running for an open Senate seat in Kansas if Republicans appeared at risk of losing it next year. Trump's comments to reporters Tuesday during a NATO...

 

Police are searching for evidence in 20-year-old cold case

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have used ground-penetrating radar to search for evidence in a 20-year-old missing person case. Kansas City, Kansas, police said in a news release that officers searched Monday on an empty lot and found an...

 

Man jailed in suspected drug-related Wichita shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a suspect has been arrested in a suspected drug-related shooting that left one man dead and another wounded in Wichita. The Wichita Eagle reports that 20-year-old Carver Khalid Soliman is jailed in Sedgwick...

 

Democratic state lawmaker to resign south Oklahoma City seat

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from south Oklahoma City says he plans to resign at the end of the year, triggering a special election for his District 89 seat. Rep. Shane Stone announced Tuesday that he has submitted his...

 

Trump: Would talk to Pompeo if GOP risks losing in Kansas

LONDON (AP) — President Donald Trump says he would talk to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about running for an open Senate seat in Kansas if Republicans appeared at risk of losing it next year. Trump's comments to reporters Tuesday during a NATO...

 

Kansas county to pay $37.5K to officer bitten by police dog

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county has agreed to pay $37,500 to a Wichita police officer who was bitten by a sheriff deputy's K-9, years after the deputy received her own settlement for being bitten by a police department dog. The Wichita Eagle...

 

Records: Arkansas youth treatment center broke federal rules

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — State records indicate an Arkansas youth mental health treatment center broke federal rules by using chemical injections to restrain young people held in seclusion. Inspection records obtained by the Arkansas...

 

Man who says he was banned from Kansas may return after deal

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who claims he was banished from Kansas as a condition of a plea deal could be allowed back in the state under an agreement reached Monday, although a county prosecutor disputes that he was ever banned from returning. The...

 

Judge finds AG too late to file lawsuit in ASU-hotel deal

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Tax Court has ruled against Attorney General Mark Brnovich in his lawsuit against a deal between Arizona State University and hotel developers. Judge Christopher Whitten declared Wednesday that Brnovich's office filed the...

 

Misdemeanor DUI charge filed against Kansas senator

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator has been charged with driving under the influence after his vehicle was found last May in a Topeka ditch. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports the special prosecutor handling the case announced Tuesday the...

 

Lenexa church sues city for blocking homeless shelter

LENEXA, Kan. (AP) — A Lenexa church is suing the city for denying its request to use its building as a temporary homeless shelter. KCUR reports that the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church alleges the denial infringes on its exercise of...

 

Alabama communities receive nearly $19M in federal grants

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Almost $19 million in federal money is going to dozens of communities around Alabama to help with everything from sewers to removing old buildings. The grants announced this week by the governor's office are from the U.S....

 

Obscure unit of black women kept mail flowing to WWII troops

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — FedEx honored Indiana Hunt-Martin, one of seven surviving members of a pioneering World War II unit of black women, during its annual Veterans Day salute Friday, Nov. 8, at FedEx Express World Headquarters. Hunt-Martin, 97,...

 

Special prosecutor appointed to Kansas senator's DUI case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A special prosecutor will decide whether to pursue a DUI charge against a Kansas legislator who was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his vehicle was found in a Topeka ditch. Shawnee County District...

 

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