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Oklahoma prosecutor arrested, accused of domestic abuse

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oklahoma has been arrested, accused of domestic abuse. Robert McClatchie, an Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, was booked into Oklahoma County jail at about 4 a.m. Saturday on complaints of...

 

Does impeachment need a crime? Not according to framers of the Constitution

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Stefanie Lindquist, Arizona State University (THE CONVERSATION) Donald Trump's legal and political defenders are all singing the same...

 

Bill would force state to let residents choose polling place

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker is planning legislation that would force Secretary of State Scott Schwab to implement a law passed last year that allows residents to vote at locations most convenient to them, rather than assigning them...

 

Panel: Kansas prosecutor misled jurors in sex crimes case

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A panel of attorneys has recommended a former Jackson County special prosecutor in Kansas face ethics charges for allegedly misleading jurors who found a man guilty of sex crimes that were later thrown out on appeal. The...

 

Oklahoma governor orders ban on state travel to California

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday banned state-funded travel to California in response to a similar ban California placed on travel to the Sooner State. The first-term Republican issued an executive order that prohibits...

 

Kansas House GOP: Plan helps rural areas, spurs home buying

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans in the Kansas House on Thursday outlined a plan aimed at revitalizing rural areas, helping people to buy their first homes and lowering income taxes for seniors. GOP leaders said they will pursue five bills. They...

 

GOP opposition likely to block new 'Netflix tax' in Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Opposition from top Republican lawmakers in Kansas appears to have doomed Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan to tax streaming services, e-books, and movie and music downloads like most other states do. Kelly and fellow...

 

GOP Kansas Rep. Watkins changes voter registration 2nd time

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A freshman Kansas congressman has changed his voter registration for the second time in six weeks after coming under investigation for potentially violating state election laws for previously listing a UPS Inc. store as his...

 

Stitt taps former business exec to head Oklahoma office

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt named an executive from his former company on Wednesday to head up the state's budget and technology office. Stitt announced the appointment of Steven Harpe as director of the Office of Management and...

 

4th tribe to join lawsuit against Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma-based Indian tribe unanimously approved a $500,000 supplemental appropriation for expenses related to the lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt over his claim that the state's gaming compacts have expired. The Muscogee...

 

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two v...

 

Lawrence mayor says vandalism of her home was political

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The Lawrence mayor is calling the vandalism of her home during a commission meeting that focused on homelessness politically motivated. Mayor Jennifer Ananda said Tuesday that someone threw a brick through one of her home's...

 

Oklahoma state senator announces resignation before session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Republican state senator from Stroud announced on Tuesday plans his plans to resign, just days before the start of the legislative session. Sen. Jason Smalley announced in a news release that he would resign his seat,...

 

GOP right looks to put own mark on Kansas Medicaid expansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Conservative Republican lawmakers are looking to modify a bipartisan plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas by adding two provisions that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly opposes. GOP conservatives want to insert a work requirement...

 

Arizona lawmaker wants fallen officers' families to get $1M

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker wants the state's voters to approve a measure that would ensure the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officers get at least $1 million if their loved one dies on the job. Sen. David...

 

Bloomberg offers plan to tackle racial economic inequality

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg made a pitch to African American voters the day before the national holiday honoring Martin Luther King Jr., visiting a black church in Tulsa, the site of a race massacre nearl...

 

Mistrial in 2nd trial of man accused of killing infant

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A mistrial has been declared in the second trial of a Manhattan man accused of killing a 2 1/2-month-old boy. The first trial of D'Khari Lyons ended in September with a hung jury. Lyons was charged after Michael Calvert Jr....

 

Democrats add Kansas Rep. Watkins' seat to list of targets

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — An arm of the national Democratic Party has added Republican Rep. Steve Watkins' seat in Kansas to its list of targeted congressional races this year. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee said Thursday in a memo that...

 

Kansas governor seeks to use cash reserves to pay off debt

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly proposed Thursday that Kansas burn through more than half of its cash reserves to pay off some debt early while taking longer to close a long-term funding gap for the state pension system for...

 

Taxpayer money approved for Oklahoma governor's ex-company

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state panel that includes appointees of Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has approved more taxpayer subsidies for the Jenks-based company the governor founded and ran until after his election in 2018. The three-member Quality Jobs...

 

Judge, lawyer, AG's staffer finalists for top Kansas court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas Court of Appeals judge, a Lawrence attorney and a veteran prosecutor now working for the attorney general's office are finalists for a state Supreme Court seat. A lawyer-led state nominating commission on Friday sent th...

 

Oklahoma Democrat introduces bill to abolish death penalty

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The death penalty would no longer be a sentencing option in Oklahoma under a bill filed this week by an Oklahoma City Democrat. Rep. Jason Dunnington filed the bill that would eliminate the death sentence beginning on Nov. 1....

 

Kansas lawmakers to fight over taxes, abortion and maybe pot

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers expect a push to overturn a state Supreme Court decision protecting abortion rights, a contentious debate over income tax cuts and some bipartisan harmony on Medicaid expansion during this year's annual session....

 

Former TV meteorologist wins Kansas Senate seat

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas City area TV meteorologist has won a Kansas Senate seat being vacated by the retirement of one of the Legislature's most conservative members. Mike Thompson, who served as chief meteorologist for WDAF until he...

 

Kansas adjutant general Tafanelli plans to retire in March

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Adjutant General Maj. Gen. Lee Tafanelli plans to retire in March, Gov. Laura Kelly announced Monday. Tafanelli has been adjutant general since 2011. The office's responsibilities include overseeing the Kansas Army and...

 

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