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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 12, 2021

Race massacre commission leader rips gov for signing bill

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A leader of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Commission sent Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt a scathing letter on Tuesday over Stitt's signing of a bill that prohibits the teaching of certain concepts of race and racism in Oklahoma...

 

Alleged serial killer faces death penalty trial in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jury selection continued Tuesday in the death penalty trial of an alleged serial killer accused of kidnapping and killing an Oklahoma woman more than 20 years ago. William Lewis Reece, 61, faces charges of first-degree murder...

 

Man charged in death of Wichita QuikTrip security guard

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder in the death of a security guard and former Wichita police officer. Laroy Monzell West, 41, of Wichita, is accused of killing 39-year-old Will Robinson, who died two days...

 
 By Joya Misra    Regional    May 12, 2021

US parents pay nearly double the 'affordable' cost for child care and preschool

(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) President Joe Biden wants to make child care more affordable across the U.S. Under his American Families Plan, proposed in April 2021,...

 

Services set for Kansas priest considered for sainthood

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas priest who is being considered for sainthood will be laid to rest in Wichita in September, his family and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wichita announced Tuesday. The remains of the Rev. Emil Kapaun, who died in a...

 

Kansas man sentenced to life for killing woman, 2 children

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man who killed his estranged girlfriend and her two children before setting their house on fire was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without parole. Ismael Caballero was sentenced to 14.5 years in prison in the...

 

Officials: House explosion near Holton kills 1, injures 1

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A house explosion in northeastern Kansas has left one man dead and a woman seriously injured, officials there said. The explosion happened around 6 p.m. Monday about 3 miles (4.83 kilometers) north of Holton in Jackson County,...

 

Judge dismisses NRA bankruptcy case in blow to gun group

DALLAS (AP) — A federal judge dismissed the National Rifle Association's bankruptcy case Tuesday, leaving the powerful gun-rights group to face a New York state lawsuit that accuses it of financial abuses and aims to put it out of business. The...

 

Third small earthquake this weeks reported in Kansas

ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — For the third time this week, a small earthquake has caused a little shaking in Kansas. KSNT-TV reports that the latest was a magnitude 3.2 earthquake detected southeast of Abilene just after 7 a.m. Saturday. Like the two...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 9, 2021

Kansas plan could give $500M in COVID relief to businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republicans pushed a plan through the Kansas Legislature early Saturday that could provide roughly $500 million to small businesses to offset losses tied to state and local restrictions meant to check COVID-19's spread last...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 9, 2021

Federal bill to address criminal jurisdiction in Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two of the most powerful Native American tribes in Oklahoma said Monday they've reached an agreement on federal legislation that would address concerns over criminal jurisdiction in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court...

 

Arkansas police officer still in ICU after shooting

PRAIRIE GROVE, Ark. (AP) — A northwest Arkansas police officer who was shot while responding to a disturbance call last week remains in intensive care but is now awake and communicating with family members, authorities said. Officer Tyler Franks...

 

Prosecutors: Missouri man wrongly convicted of triple murder

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Prosecutors called for the release of a Missouri man who has spent more than 40 years in prison for a triple murder that the prosecutors concluded he didn't commit, a letter released Monday showed. The release of the...

 

Colorado police seek motive in party shooting that killed 7

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A shooting at a birthday party inside a trailer park home in Colorado Springs that killed six people before the gunman took his own life stunned a state weary of gun violence just weeks after another Colorado mass...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 7, 2021

Oklahoma governor signs ban on teaching critical race theory

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma public school teachers will be prohibited from teaching certain concepts of race and racism under a bill Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt signed into law Friday. The GOP-backed bill prohibits teaching of so-called...

 

Three killed, two injured in head-on collision in Oklahoma

ASHER, Okla. (AP) — Three people were killed and two others injured in a head-on collision Friday in central Oklahoma, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. James Chadwick Cravens, 55, and two males who have not been identified died in the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 7, 2021

Oklahoma AG secures $2.6M refund for malaria drug purchase

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has secured a $2.6 million refund for the purchase of a malaria drug once touted by President Donald Trump as an effective treatment for COVID-19, a state official said Friday. Attorney General Mike Hunter said the...

 

Kansas man whose case divided hometown pleads guilty

HOLTON, Kan. (AP) — A man whose case has divided his small northeast Kansas town has struck a plea deal with prosecutors that will likely put him in prison for 10 years. Jacob C. Ewing, 26, of Holton pleaded guilty Friday in Jackson County...

 

Muscogee Nation drops 'Creek' from its name in rebrand

OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) — The Muscogee Nation announced a new brand identity on Tuesday that drops the 'Creek' reference from its name that the tribe says can confuse the public. Muscogee Nation creative manager Brian OnTheHill also created a new...

 

Oklahoma no longer accepting full federal vaccine allocation

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma health officials are no longer accepting the state's full allocation of coronavirus vaccines as demand has dropped, Deputy Commissioner of Health Keith Reed said Tuesday. "The allocation would exceed 200,000 a week...

 

Bruce Springsteen receives this year's Woody Guthrie Prize

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Bruce Springsteen has won the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize, which is given to an artist seen as carrying on the spirit of the folk singer whose music focused on the plight of the poor and disenfranchised. Guthrie, who grew up in...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    May 5, 2021

GOP lawmakers in Kansas push COVID-19 relief for businesses

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers advanced a plan Tuesday to provide hundreds of millions of dollars to Kansas businesses hurt by coronavirus pandemic restrictions, and they're poised to give GOP leaders the final say over how the federal...

 

Kansas man convicted in plot to kill attorney, informant

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — A Grandview Plaza man has been found guilty of conspiring to hire someone to kill an assistant Geary County attorney and a confidential informant. Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Tuesday that Samuel Ibarra-Chu...

 

Man who fatally shot 3 at Kansas Jewish sites dies in prison

An avowed antisemite who testified that he wanted to kill Jews and was sentenced to death after he shot and killed three people at Jewish sites in suburban Kansas City in 2014 has died in prison, the Kansas Department of Corrections said Tuesday....

 

Oklahoma House, Senate members announce new Latino caucus

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four members of the Oklahoma Legislature — two state senators and two state representatives — announced Wednesday the creation of a new bipartisan Legislative Latino Caucus. The founding members include Sens. Michael...

 

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