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Corpus Christi mayor asking tourists to not visit amid virus

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Officials in Corpus Christi said they're looking at ways to discourage vacationers from visiting the popular South Texas city amid the coronavirus outbreak in the state. The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported Mayor...

 
 By Grant Schulte    Regional    April 5, 2020 

Property tax bill in limbo with Nebraska session on pause

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers who are seeking to lower property taxes won some extra time to make a deal with opponents last month when the coronavirus pandemic brought their session to a halt, but so far it doesn't appear that anyone is...

 

Legislature approves broad new powers for Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature on Monday granted sweeping new powers to the governor to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. The House and Senate met in special session and approved the resolution under the never-before-used Catastro...

 

Group wants Riley County official gone over virus remarks

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Riley County commissioner who said in March that Manhattan, Kansas, wasn't at high risk for the coronavirus because it doesn't have many Chinese residents should resign because such comments promote racism and abuse against...

 

Stitt calls special session, declares health emergency

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt called Thursday for a special session of the Legislature as part of his declaration of a health emergency in all 77 counties. Declaring a health emergency gives the governor broader powers to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 3, 2020

Kansas' review of cellphone GPS data raises privacy concerns

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top health official faced questions Thursday over the state's monitoring of GPS data gleaned from people's cellphones about how residents have cut down on travel during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Lee Norman, head of...

 

Governor eases path to unemployment benefits

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly took steps Tuesday to address what she described as hundreds of thousands of calls to the state labor office by making it easier for Kansans to receive unemployment benefits as the number of coronavirus cases...

 
 By SeanMurphy    Regional    March 29, 2020

Ex-Sen. Tom Coburn, conservative political maverick, dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn was stubborn as a mule and conservative to his core. But the Oklahoma family doctor, known for railing against federal earmarks, didn't let political differences dictate whom he called friends ...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Top lawmakers to consider revoking Kansas stay-at-home order

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature were considering whether to revoke Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order that was set to take effect Monday as she tries to slow the spread of the...

 

Oklahoma flags lowered to half-staff in honor of Tom Coburn

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday ordered all Oklahoma flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of the late U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn. All flags on state property are to be lowered Monday in remembrance of Coburn, according to...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 29, 2020

Top Kansas lawmakers let governor's stay-at-home order stand

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature agreed Sunday that Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's statewide stay-at-home order is necessary to help check the spread of the new coronavirus, allowing it to take effect Monda...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor's cabinet member tests positive for virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet is among the 84 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday in Oklahoma, bringing the state's tally of infections to at least 248. Oklahoma's death toll rose to seven. The Department of...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 27, 2020

Oklahoma governor's cabinet member tests positive for virus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A member of Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet is among the 84 new coronavirus cases reported Thursday in Oklahoma, bringing the state's tally of infections to at least 248. Oklahoma's death toll rose to seven. The Department of...

 

Texas' lieutenant governor says US should get 'back to work'

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas' lieutenant governor said Monday night that the U.S. should get back to work in the face of the global pandemic and that people over the age of 70, who the Centers for Disease Control says are at higher risk for the...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    March 22, 2020

Oklahoma Legislature closes, coronavirus increases in state

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Capitol will be nearly vacant next week after the state House and Senate announced Friday that the Legislature will be shut down due to the spread of the coronavirus. "Senators and our staff remain in constant...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    March 22, 2020

Pandemic spurs Kansas lawmakers to rethink governor's power

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas legislators say they didn't understand how much power the governor has in emergencies until Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly closed K-12 schools for the rest of the semester and ordered a six-week halt to new evictions...

 

Kelly issues executive orders to improve health care access

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents will be able to get medicine without an in-person visit to the doctor during the coronavirus crisis under a new executive order that Gov. Laura Kelly announced Sunday. Kelly, a Democrat, announced two new...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 22, 2020

Stitt says not yet time for statewide shelter in place order

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Now is not the time for a statewide shelter in place order in Oklahoma due to the coronavirus, Gov. Kevin Stitt said as the number of people in the state confirmed with the virus now stands at 81. "We're hearing of stuff happen...

 

2 Congress members from Oklahoma self-quarantine for 14 days

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma U.S. Reps. Kendra Horn and Tom Cole said Thursday that they will self-quarantine for two weeks after two other members of Congress tested positive for COVID-19. Horn, a Democrat, and Tom Cole, a Republican, each said...

 

GOP Kansas lawmakers curb Democrat Kelly's emergency powers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas lawmakers on Thursday extended a state of emergency prompted by the coronavirus crisis after making sure it gave the GOP-controlled Legislature oversight over the actions of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. The Senate voted...

 

Groups to Oklahoma governor: Withdraw Medicaid plan now

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Seven national organizations representing patients with serious medical conditions criticized Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday for rolling out his Medicaid expansion plan during the coronavirus pandemic. The organizations, i...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 19, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...

 

Kansas Democrats urging voters to mail ballots amid pandemic

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democratic Party officials are encouraging voters to cast their ballots by mail for the presidential primary amid the coronavirus pandemic. The party still plans to hold its primary on May 2, The Kansas City Star...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    March 18, 2020

Legislature approves open meeting changes amid outbreak

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature approved sweeping changes to the state's Open Meeting Act on Tuesday to allow government bodies to meet via teleconference, a move that was in response to the coronavirus outbreak and alarmed open...

 

Kansas Senator pushes House to pass foster report cards bill

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — House lawmakers must approve a bill that would require Kansas to develop annual academic report cards on all children in foster care because few graduate from high school on time, a state legislator said. Less than 40% of...

 

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