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Governor 'OK' with 2nd round of shots; Kansas economy slumps

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly expressed little concern Friday over a smaller-than-expected second shipment of a coronavirus vaccine for Kansas, adding that she expects the state's plan for distributing shots in coming months to boost an...

 

Spokeswoman: Kansas Gov. Kelly to seek second term in 2022

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly is running for reelection in 2022, a spokeswoman said Friday. Spokeswoman Lauren Fitzgerald confirmed the Democratic governor's plans four days after Kelly announced that Commerce Secretary David Toland...

 

Investigators: Emails to Dodge City mayor weren't threats

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Several investigators have concluded that angry emails about mask requirements that prompted a Kansas mayor to resign did not directly threaten her safety. Dodge City Mayor Joyce Warshaw resigned Tuesday. She said she did...

 

Democratic nominee Broyles launches group to boost voting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate Abby Broyles said Wednesday she plans to launch a not-for-profit organization aimed at boosting voter registration and turnout in the Sooner State. Broyles announced in a press...

 

Judge dismisses charge against ex-Mesa officer in shooting

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has ruled that there wasn't enough evidence to put a former Mesa police officer on trial for shooting an unarmed man in the buttocks outside a sports bar in the Phoenix suburb. The judge on Friday dismissed the charge...

 

El Paso elects former mayor, defeating incumbent in runoff

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — El Paso residents have elected a new mayor, handing a defeat to incumbent Mayor Dee Margo in favor of his predecessor, Oscar Leeser, in a runoff race defined by the city's coronavirus crisis. Leeser, who was mayor of the West...

 

Oklahoma's electors award 7 electoral votes to Trump, Pence

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's seven presidential electors officially awarded the state's electoral votes to President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence on Monday during a meeting at the state Capitol. The seven Republican electors, all...

 

Hundreds of GOP members sign onto Texas-led election lawsuit

HOUSTON (AP) — The Texas lawsuit asking the U.S. Supreme Court to invalidate President-elect Joe Biden's victory has quickly become a conservative litmus test, as 106 members of Congress and multiple state attorneys general signed onto the case...

 

Kansas governor makes racial justice recommendations

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly released a report Thursday outlining more than 60 recommendations to the state Legislature and local government officials on how to tackle racial justice issues. The report's recommendations were crafted...

 

Domestic battery charge against city councilman dismissed

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A misdemeanor domestic battery charge against an Overland Park City Council member was dismissed Thursday but a judge said prosecutors could refile the case later. Councilman Scott Hamblin, 43, was charged in July after police...

 

Kansas lieutenant governor to become next state treasurer

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Laura Kelly on Thursday named Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers as Kansas' next state treasurer, and he said he hopes to expand state programs designed to help farmers and prospective homeowners obtain low-interest loans. The...

 

Andover latest Kansas city to remove ban on pit bulls

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) — Andover became the latest city in Kansas to overturn ordinances banning pit bulls within city limits, when the city council voted this week to repeal a decades-old ordinance banning the dog breed. The issue gained momentum afte...

 

Tulsa mayor criticizes nearby cities without mask mandate

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said Wednesday he's disgusted that some cities, particularly in the Tulsa area, have not mandated mask wearing to help slow the spread of the coronavirus. Cities with mask ordinances listened to medical pr...

 

Kansas joins GOP effort to overturn presidential election

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' Republican attorney general has brought the state into an effort by GOP officials across the nation to subvert the will of voters and reverse President Donald Trump's election loss. Attorney General Derek Schmidt...

 

Kansas mayor's perjury charge stems from open records filing

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The perjury charge filed against the mayor of Shawnee, Kansas, stems from an open meetings complaint she allegedly filed using the name of another person without his permission, a court document shows. The investigation into...

 

Former Kansas Highway Patrol officers sue over firing

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Former Kansas Highway Patrol officers are suing after taking a stand against alleged sexual harassment and then being pushed out of the agency. Former majors Scott Harrington and Josh Kellerman sued in federal court, the Topeka...

 

Kansas prosecutor faces disciplinary hearing this week

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor who had two criminal convictions overturned is facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly violating professional standards. The Kansas Board of Attorney Discipline will hold a hearing this week to review...

 

Oklahoma governor rescinds anti-masker's board appointment

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday rescinded his appointment to the State Board of Education of an Enid woman who led an anti-mask crusade in the northwest Oklahoma City. Stitt said in a statement he rescinded the appointment...

 

Judge: Norman City Council illegally cut police budget

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge ruled in favor of a police union that sued the Norman City Council for cutting the police budget amid calls from protesters to "defund the police" after the May death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Carter...

 

Kansas official replaced by man he allegedly tried to frame

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A disgraced politician in Kansas will be replaced on a county commission by the man he and two other Republican officials allegedly tried to frame in order to hide their roles in a smear campaign against a Democratic mayoral...

 

One pandemic, two different worlds in Georgia runoff races

BUENA VISTA, Ga. (AP) — Across the grounds of a South Georgia courthouse, scores of masked and socially distanced voters bowed their heads in prayer for the 260,000-plus Americans who have died from the coronavirus. Then Democratic Senate hopeful R...

 

Arizona county prosecutors join in dropping pot charges

PHOENIX (AP) — Top prosecutors in the vast majority of Arizona counties are dropping all existing possession of marijuana cases even before a new voter-approved law eliminating criminal penalties for having small amounts of the drug takes effect...

 

Stitt announces appointment of prosecutor for 3 counties

DURANT, Okla. (AP) — Gov. Kevin Stitt has announced the appointment of a new district attorney for three counties in southern Oklahoma. Tim Webster was appointed district attorney for District 19, which includes Atoka, Bryan and Coal counties. He...

 

Kansas certifies election results showing Trump win

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas officials have certified election results showing President Donald Trump won the heavily Republican state to claim the state's six electoral votes in a year that saw historic turnout despite the coronavirus pandemic. The...

 

Oklahoma City extends, 2 other cities adopt mask mandate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Council on Tuesday extended a city-wide mask mandate and two other cities have adopted a mask requirement in efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus in the state. Oklahoma City Council members voted to...

 

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