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Trump welcomes Stitt, governors-elect to White House

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's newly elected Republican governor is visiting President Donald Trump at the White House, with a dozen other governors-elect from both parties. Trump tweeted a picture on Thursday of him meeting with Stitt and some...

 

Governor-elect Stitt nominates state agriculture secretary

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt has nominated a state 4-H leader to become the new state secretary of agriculture. Stitt on Thursday said he's nominating Oklahoma 4-H Foundation Executive Director Blayne Arthur to succeed Jim...

 

Board recommends 9 more inmates for commutations from Fallin

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board is recommending that sentences be commuted for nine more prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses that would mostly be misdemeanors today. The five-member panel voted...

 

Nebraska city keeps paying Kobach to defend immigration rule

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An eastern Nebraska city will continue paying former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach at least $10,000 a year to defend its immigration ordinance even though the last legal challenge to the rule ended in 2014. Fremont's...

 

Kansas senators support bill to overhaul federal sentencing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Sens. Jerry Moran and Pat Roberts support a bill that would be the largest overhaul of federal sentencing laws in decades. The two Republicans reiterated their backing of the bipartisan measure Wednesday. President...

 

APNewsBreak: Kansas governor-elect slashes inaugural prices

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's inaugural committee on Wednesday slashed the prices of premium seating for her inaugural ball after facing questions about 10-person packages it was offering for $10,000, which is five times the...

 

Kansas lawmaker disciplined by GOP leader becomes Democrat

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas lawmaker who was stripped of a committee leadership post after endorsing Democratic Gov.-elect Laura Kelly's campaign has switched to the Democratic Party. State Sen. Barbara Bollier of Mission Hills said Wednesday...

 

APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Obama housing chief Julian Castro says he's taking a step toward a possible White House campaign in 2020 by forming a presidential exploratory committee. The Texas Democrat tells The Associated Press that he will announce...

 

Kansas Sen. Moran wants to speed vote on Yemen resolution

WASHINGTON (AP) — Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says he will support speeding up a vote on ending U.S. military involvement in a war led by Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The Kansas City Star reports the Kansas Republican said Tuesday that he supports a...

 

Kansas governor-elect sells inauguration tables for $10K

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov.-elect Laura Kelly is selling premium tables of 10 people each at her inaugural ball in January for $10,000, five times what the law says is the contribution limit. The new Democratic governor's swearing-in is Jan. 14...

 

Court: Marijuana smell can justify warrantless home search

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A divided Kansas Supreme Court has ruled that police can rely exclusively on their sense of smell to provide probable cause for a preliminary search of a home for marijuana without a warrant. The 4-3 ruling extends to...

 

New prosecutor named for western Kansas county

GREAT BEND, Kan. (AP) — A new prosecutor has been picked for a western Kansas county where the former prosecutor decided to step down after the sheriff was acquitted of a misdemeanor. The Great Bend Tribune reports that the Barton County...

 

Incoming Kansas congresswoman names campaign aides to staff

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Rep.-elect Sharice Davids has given top positions on her congressional staff to key campaign aides. Davids announced Monday that Allison Teixeira Sulier will be her chief of staff once Davids is sworn into...

 

Justices won't hear states' appeal over Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Monday avoided a high-profile case by rejecting appeals from Kansas and Louisiana in their effort to strip Medicaid money from Planned Parenthood, over the dissenting votes of three justices. The court's...

 

Southeast Oklahoma lawmaker defects to Republican Party

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Democratic state lawmaker from southeast Oklahoma says he's switching parties, a move that continues Democrats' dramatic loss of seats in rural areas. Rep. Johnny Tadlock of Idabel announced Thursday that he was changing his...

 

Oklahoma's new governor taps Norman man for top lawyer spot

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's incoming governor has named a longtime attorney from Norman to serve as his general counsel, adding a key member of his new staff. Gov.-elect Kevin Stitt announced Thursday he was hiring Mark Burget, a 1979 graduate...

 

Kansas Senate's Democratic leader names new chief of staff

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Democrat has named the former manager of a congressional campaign as his new chief of staff. Senate Minority Leader and Topeka Democrat Anthony Hensley announced Thursday that Kerry Gooch will serve as...

 

Kansas commission forces out manager amid FBI inquiry

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Another high-level Sedgwick County official has been forced out amid an FBI investigation. The Wichita Eagle reports that commissioners voted 3-2 on Wednesday to pay County Manager Michael Scholes $205,427 to get him to leave....

 

Rep. Lynn Jenkins registers lobbying firm before term ends

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Rep. Lynn Jenkins of Kansas is launching a new lobbying firm even before her term in the U.S. House officially ends. Jenkins chose not to seek re-election this year and her term will end the first week of January. Her new...

 

'Dumb' and 'lazy': Trump responds to Tillerson criticism

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump responded to criticism from his former secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Friday by calling Tillerson "dumb as a rock" and "lazy as hell." During a rare public appearance in Houston on Thursday evening,...

 

Texas board rejects Confederate group's latest license plate

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has denied a group's latest attempt to create a specialty license plate celebrating soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. The department's board voted 5-3 Thursday to reject the...

 

Fallin commutes sentences of 21 Oklahoma prisoners

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Mary Fallin on Tuesday commuted the sentences of 21 prison inmates convicted of various nonviolent offenses in an unusual move that underscores the Republican leader's push to reduce Oklahoma's prison population. Fallin...

 

Colorado's Hickenlooper staffs up for possible 2020 bid

DENVER (AP) — Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and his allies are taking new steps toward launching a presidential campaign, including interviews with dozens of potential staffers and hiring a pollster and national fundraiser, according to a person...

 

Arkansas' capital city elects black mayor for first time

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A banking executive and former highway commissioner won Tuesday's runoff for Little Rock mayor, becoming the first African-American elected to lead Arkansas' capital six decades after it was the center of a school...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas "Ag-Gag" law violates free speech rights

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas law banning secret filming at slaughterhouses and other livestock facilities unconstitutionally criminalizes free speech on matters of considerable public concern, a coalition of animal rights and consumer protection...

 

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