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Kansas school district to make changes after LGBTQ dispute

AMERICUS, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas school district plans to offer anti-discrimination training to staff and teachers in response to complaints about how an eighth-grade student was treated after she said she was a lesbian. North Lyon County officials...

 

Video shows struggle that preceded restrained teen's death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Surveillance video shows a Black 17-year-old struggling with staff at a Wichita juvenile center last fall before he died after he was restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes. Sedgwick County released 18 video clips late...

 

Kansas man's death investigated as a homicide

LACROSSE, Kan. (AP) — Authorities are investigating the death of a Kansas man as a homicide. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation said in a news release that a relative found 61-year-old Leslie Randa, of LaCrosse, dead on Friday afternoon and called...

 

Ex-coach admits posing as girl to get pics from other teens

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former assistant boys high school basketball coach in Topeka has admitted to posing as a teenage girl on social media to get explicit photos from other teens. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 41-year-old Jeffrey Pierce...

 

Settlement in works over teacher who kicked kindergartner

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The family of a Kansas girl who was kicked by her kindergarten teacher have reached a partial settlement, federal court records show. Lawyers for the child and her mother are seeking the court's approval of an agreement with...

 

Last straw: Fed-up Arizona Democrats censure Sen. Sinema

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is growing increasingly isolated from some of her party's most influential officials and donors after playing a key role in scuttling voting rights legislation that many consider essential to preserving democ...

 
 By PETER SMITH    Regional    January 23, 2022 

Jewish leaders, backers defiant a week after hostage siege

On the eve of her 100th birthday Saturday, Ruth Salton told her daughter she was going one way or another to Friday night Shabbat services at Congregation Beth Israel, just days after a gunman voicing antisemitic conspiracy theories held four... Full story

 

Oklahoma virus hospitalizations surge due to omicron variant

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Patients in some Oklahoma hospitals are being treated in hallways, even closets, as the omicron variant causes a surge in coronavirus hospitalizations, state health officials said Tuesday. Leaders of Oklahoma City's four major...

 

LOCALIZE IT: How green energy shift creates uncertain future

EDITORS/NEWS DIRECTORS: The nation's energy supply is being transformed as states and utilities shift toward power sources that don't emit carbon and add to the warming of the planet. If this ongoing change has not already affected your communities,...

 

Prosecutor: No charges in Black Kansas teen's custody death

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas prosecutor said Tuesday that he won't file criminal charges over the death of a Black 17-year-old who became unresponsive while being restrained facedown for more than 30 minutes following an altercation with staff at...

 

GOP redistricting plan in Kansas splits Democrat's district

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican legislators in Kansas are pursuing a redistricting proposal that would remove Democratic voters from the Kansas-City area swing district currently held by the state's only Democratic member of Congress. The plan...

 

Wichita police say 2 teenagers killed in shooting

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A shooting on the south side of Wichita has left two teenagers dead, police said. Officers who were called to an apartment complex on Monday night found 17-year-old Alexis Cervantes-Martinez and 16-year-old Mariah Zamora in a...

 

Kansas will stop 'futile' COVID-19 contact tracing

Kansas will stop contact tracing for COVID-19 next month because it is "futile" as confirmed cases increase and the public becomes less interested in participating, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Tuesday. The change, which...

 

US faces wave of omicron deaths in coming weeks, models say

The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, but COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing and modelers forecast 50,000 to 300,000 more Americans could die by the time the wave subsides in mid-March. The seven-day rolling...

 

US plans $50B wildfire fight where forests meet civilization

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will significantly expand efforts to stave off catastrophic wildfires that have torched areas of the U.S. West by more aggressively thinning forests around "hot spots" where nature and...

 

KCK police say woman killed, 4-year-old severely beaten

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Police in Kansas City, Kansas, have arrested a man on suspicion of killing a woman and severely beating her 4-year-old daughter over the weekend. Jose Escalante-Corchado, 28, was charged with first-degree murder and four...

 

Colorado coal town grapples with future as plant shuts down

CRAIG, Colorado (AP) — In a quiet valley tucked away from Colorado's bustling ski resorts, far from his hometown in northern Mexico, Trinidad Loya found a way to support his family's American dream: Coal. He, his son and grandson — all named...

 

While active cases remain low, Omicron threat looms in Oklahoma prisons

The highly contagious Omicron variant has arrived in Oklahoma, causing Covid-19 case numbers to surge and renewing concerns that hospitals will become overwhelmed. State prisons, where many of the incarcerated live in dormitory-style housing units,...

 

Inside a potentially one-sided race for State Superintendent

Erika Wright has been a Democrat and a Republican, and, until recently, was registered Independent. “I tend to vote for people versus party,” she said. She made another switch last week – back to Republican – specifically to vote for state... Full story

 

4 people hospitalized after fire at Kansas house

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Four people were hospitalized Saturday when their house caught fire in Olathe, Kansas, authorities said. Firefighters responding to the fire at about 8:15 a.m. found "significant fire conditions," the Kansas City Star reported....

 

GOP race for Kansas AG focuses on fighting Biden, not crime

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The last time a Republican primary for Kansas attorney general was competitive, candidates argued over criminal sentencing laws and crowded prisons. That was 20 years ago. This year's competitive primary race is focusing on...

 

Ranting man takes hostages at Texas synagogue

COLLEYVILLE, Texas (AP) — Authorities said a man took hostages Saturday during services at a Texas synagogue where the suspect could be heard ranting in a livestream and demanding the release of a Pakistani neuroscientist who was convicted of...

 

Oklahoma County jail inmate found unresponsive in cell, dies

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County jail inmate died Monday after being found unresponsive in his cell, according to county jail officials. Winfred Lowe, 57, of Midwest City died Monday after being found by jail staff who were distributing...

 

4 Oklahoma City hospitals report no ICU beds as virus surges

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Four hospitals in Oklahoma City reported Monday that they have no intensive care beds available amid a surge in coronavirus cases fueled by the omicron variant. St. Anthony, Mercy, Integris and OU Health on Monday each...

 

Two large Kansas school districts shuttered as COVID surges

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — Two large school districts in Kansas have canceled classes this week as COVID-19 cases surge among their staff and students. Olathe Public Schools and Kansas City, Kansas, Public Schools canceled classes for Tuesday and...

 

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