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Oklahoma governor signs bill hiking turnpike, highway speeds

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Legislation that increases speed limits on Oklahoma turnpikes and some state highways has been signed into law by Gov. Kevin Stitt. The bill signed by Stitt Thursday increases turnpike speed limits from 75 to 80 mph and from...

 

Oklahoma Election Board purges 91,000 from voter rolls

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Election Board has removed more than 91,000 names from the state's list of registered voters. Board spokeswoman Misha Mohr said Thursday that the list includes more than 88,000 "inactive" voters who have failed...

 

Family detention space goes unused as Trump warns of crisis

HOUSTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has warned that Central American families are staging an "invasion" at the U.S.-Mexico border. He has threatened to take migrants to Democratic strongholds to punish political opponents. And his administration...

 

Oklahoma governor vetoes first bill, signs dozens more

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has vetoed his first bill, rejecting a proposal sent to him by fellow Republicans to create a new 14-member panel meant to study home-based services. Stitt late Tuesday issued a veto message for the...

 

Law gives Kansas counties new option for polling sites

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A new law gives Kansas counties the legal option of letting voters cast ballots at any polling site within their county, but spotty internet service and aging voting equipment is expected to curtail its availability in many...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 17, 2019

Group seeks to reduce Oklahoma's high incarceration rate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A coalition of business and faith leaders pushing a package of bills aimed at lowering Oklahoma's highest-in-the-nation prison incarceration rate are running into a familiar obstacle — the state's elected district attorneys....

 

Ballots tossed over signatures mostly from same Kansas homes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — As an election supervisor and poll worker for more than 20 years, Robert Bailey routinely mailed in his ballot early, confident that voting problems elsewhere that he read about would have a slight chance of happening in his...

 

Stitt picks retired Air Force general for cabinet post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has picked a retired Air Force general and aerospace industry consultant as his secretary of veterans affairs and military, filling the last spot on his cabinet. Stitt announced on Monday his selection of...

 

Oklahoma governor tries 'American Ninja Warrior' course

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's new Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt is taking a shot at the "American Ninja Warrior" obstacle course outside the state Capitol in Oklahoma City. Organizers of the reality television show that features high-level...

 

Kansas lawmaker: US Senate hopeful should be with his kids

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas legislator is suggesting that the state treasurer should drop his bid for the U.S. Senate because he "needs to be at home, helping to raise his young children." State Treasurer Jake LaTurner responded Friday that state...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 12, 2019

GOP leader seeks to bar Kansas governor from naming judge

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Senate's top Republican is trying to bar Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly from filling a vacancy on the state's second-highest court after Kelly was forced to withdraw her first choice because of political posts on his Twi...

 

US Senate confirms Oklahoma justice as federal judge

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Donald Trump's nomination of an Oklahoma Supreme Court justice as a federal judge. The Senate voted 53-47 on Tuesday to confirm Patrick Wyrick to the U.S. District Court for the Western...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 10, 2019

Schultz launches Midwest tour, says he'd win with GOP votes

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz launched a heartland tour in reliably GOP Kansas on Tuesday, saying he can win the presidential race as an independent candidate by drawing much of his support from disaffected Republicans....

 

Oklahoma GOP selects new chairman, approves policy platform

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans have elected a Tulsa County businessman to lead the state party and adopted a new platform that addresses teacher walkouts and abortion. David McLain, 48, was chosen to be the GOP's new state chairman at a...

 

Oklahoma Senate confirms first black OU regent in 20 years

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Senate has given final approval to Gov. Kevin Stitt's pick of the first African American to serve on the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents in 20 years. The Senate voted 45-1 on Monday to confirm Stitt's...

 

Court: Kansas must pay legal fees over 'In Cold Blood' notes

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas must pay legal fees arising from its efforts to stop publication of notebooks kept by the lead investigator into the murders of a Kansas family chronicled in Truman Capote's book "In Cold Blood." The Kansas Court of...

 

Norman woman arrested in racist vandalism incidents

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Norman police say they've arrested a 45-year-old woman suspected of spray painting racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic graffiti on Democratic Party offices in Norman and Oklahoma City in recent weeks. Police say they suspect...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    April 5, 2019

Kansas lawmakers OK mandating notice on abortion 'reversal'

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas legislators passed a measure Friday that would require abortion providers to tell patients who are taking medication to terminate their pregnancies that the process can be reversed after they take the first of two pills....

 

Ex-spy Valerie Plame eyes run for Congress in New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Former CIA operative, author and activist Valerie Plame said Friday she is considering a 2020 run for an open U.S. congressional seat in New Mexico. Plame told The Associated Press she is spending time with residents and...

 
 By Trevor Brown    Regional    April 4, 2019

Oklahoma prepares to purge thousands of inactive voters

Election officials are gearing up to remove tens of thousands of Oklahomans from the state’s voter rolls – a controversial practice voting-rights advocates say can lead to disenfranchised voters. Oklahoma is one of seven states that allow...

 

More racist graffiti found on Democratic office in Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Racist, anti-gay and anti-Semitic remarks were found spray-painted Wednesday on a Democratic Party office in Oklahoma for the second time in as many weeks, and authorities said vandals left similar graffiti at a nearby school...

 
 By Sean Murphy    Regional    April 4, 2019

Oklahoma lawmakers grumble openly about opioid settlement

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A $270 million settlement between the state of Oklahoma and the maker of OxyContin praised last week as an innovative way to help combat opioid addiction is facing bipartisan criticism from Oklahoma lawmakers who say the...

 
 By Ken Miller    Regional    April 3, 2019

Ex-mayor defeats dead incumbent in Oklahoma election

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — A former mayor of the Oklahoma City suburb of Edmond on Tuesday defeated a candidate who died in December but who still advanced to the general election following a Facebook campaign supporting him. Former Mayor Dan O'Neil...

 

O'Rourke champions US-Mexico border during Texas kickoff

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke declared that immigrants make the country safer as he staged rallies across Texas to formally kick off his 2020 White House bid, looking to shore up his deeply conservative home...

 

Past disagreements in Iola might be factor in Toland debate

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Disagreements and personality clashes in the small southeast Kansas town of Iola might be a root cause of a current battle over Democratic Gov. Laura Kelley's nomination to lead the Kansas Department of Commerce, according to...

 

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