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 By David Koenig    Regional    October 18, 2019 

FAA to test whether packed planes affect evacuation time

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The size of your seat and how much legroom you'll get on a future flight could be decided by 720 Oklahomans taking part in a first-of-its-kind test to determine if jam-packed planes slow emergency evacuations. Frequent flyers...

 

Kim Kardashian urges clemency for Oklahoma death row inmate

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Kim Kardashian West has joined a chorus of voices calling for clemency for a black man on Oklahoma's death row who has exhausted his appeals, arguing that a racist juror tainted the outcome of his 2002 trial. Julius Jones was...

 

Oklahoma man charged in slaying of wife, who had dementia

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An 80-year-old suburban Oklahoma City man has been formally charged in the fatal shooting of his 77-year-old wife, who he said had dementia and that he could no longer care for her. The Oklahoma County District Attorney's...

 

Visitation reinstated at more Oklahoma prisons after unrest

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Visitation is being reinstated at two more Oklahoma prisons locked down after one inmate was killed and three dozen were hurt during coordinated violence that officials say resulted from race-based gang tension. The Department...

 

Major at Oklahoma base pleads guilty to health care fraud

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An officer at an Oklahoma military base has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in kickbacks for referring health insurance beneficiaries to certain pharmacies. Federal prosecutors say Maj. Romeatrius Moss, a...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 18, 2019 

Kansas says backlog of untested rape kits nearly eliminated

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas law enforcement agencies have nearly eliminated a backlog of 2,200 sexual assault kits that had gone untested, including some that dated back decades, authorities announced Thursday. Agencies have had about 2,000 of the...

 

Kobach fires Kansas Senate campaign aide over hateful posts

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican Kris Kobach's campaign for the Senate in Kansas says it has fired an aide after learning he regularly posted hateful comments about Jews and racial minorities on a white nationalist website. The latest campaign...

 

No Douglas County criminal charges in some marijuana cases

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Douglas County District Attorney Charles Branson says his office will no longer file criminal cases for simple marijuana possession. Branson said Thursday that Douglas County citizens should not be criminally charged when...

 

Ex-teacher, council member pleads in student sex encounter

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A former high school teacher and Shawnee City Council member pleaded no contest to having a sexual encounter with a student. Justin Adrian, who taught social studies teacher at Olathe East High School, pleaded Thursday to...

 

2 Missourians die in train-car wreck in Kansas

DALBEY, Kan. (AP) — Two Missourians were killed when the vehicle they were in was hit by a train in rural northeast Kansas. Atchison County Sheriff Jack Laurie says deputies were called late Wednesday to the scene of the crash near the former...

 

Manhattan to allow women to go topless, with restrictions

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Women are now legally allowed to go topless in Manhattan, with some restrictions. The Manhattan City Commission on Tuesday unanimously decided to amend the city code to allow females to go topless. However, property owners...

 

2 employees injured in Cargill plant explosion in Kansas

DODGE CITY, Kan. (AP) — Two employees are being treated for burns after an explosion at a Cargill plant in southwest Kansas. Cargill spokesman Daniel Sullivan says the explosion occurred early Thursday in a stand-alone building away from the...

 

Kayakers find partially fossilized bear skull in Kansas

EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) — Two sisters have found a partially fossilized bear skull while kayaking the Arkansas River in south-central Kansas. The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks said in a news release that sisters Ashley and Erin Watt made the...

 

Colorado woman indicted in attempted sale of 1920s fetuses

CANON CITY, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado woman suspected of trying to sell three human fetuses from the 1920s and a fetal skeleton online has been indicted in California on charges of violating a U.S. law prohibiting the transfer of human fetal tissue....

 

Trump, in Texas, bashes Democrats as 'crazy,' unpatriotic

DALLAS (AP) — President Donald Trump tried to turn impeachment rancor into a political rallying cry Thursday, using a Texas rally to bash Democrats as "crazy" and unpatriotic as they push forward with their investigations. Setting a dire tone,...

 

Update: Oklahoma officials to meet with tribes for gambling talks

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Native American tribes in Oklahoma will meet with state officials to discuss clashing views on the tribes' gambling agreement, which the governor has said it expires beginning of next year. The dispute over the agreement...

 

Oklahoma unemployment rate unchanged at 3.2% in September

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's unemployment rate held steady in September at 3.2%. The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission reported Friday that the jobless rate was unchanged from August and below the national unemployment rate of 3.5%. The...

 

Last of 3 defendants in 2013 Oklahoma slaying pleads guilty

BOISE CITY, Okla. (AP) — The last of three Alabama men charged in a fatal shooting in the Oklahoma Panhandle more than six years ago has pleaded guilty to murder in the case. Court records show 25-year-old Timothy Dees of Mobile was sentenced to...

 

Tulsa Race Massacre victim search complete at 2 of 3 sites

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Scanning for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre is complete at two of three sites in north Tulsa. The city said Thursday that scanning with ground-penetrating radar by the Oklahoma Archaeological Survey is...

 
 By John Hanna    Regional    October 18, 2019 

Judge opposed by abortion foes finalist for top Kansas court

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A trial-court judge opposed by Kansas' most influential anti-abortion group is among three finalists to fill a state Supreme Court vacancy with conservatives pushing measures to rein in the state's highest court. A state...

 

Wichita lawyer who stole from elderly client sentenced

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita lawyer who stole more than $900,000 from an elderly client with dementia was sentenced to probation. Larry Toomey was given two years of probation, with an underlying sentence of 26 months, on Friday. He pleaded...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    October 18, 2019 

Judge orders New Mexico compound suspect hospitalized

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a woman charged with firearms and terrorism-related counts to be hospitalized for mental health treatment more than a year after authorities arrested her and four other adult residents of a squal...

 
 By Aisha Sultan    Regional    October 18, 2019 

Scholars reveal stories about 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS (AP) — At the beginning of the American Century, premature babies were literally a sideshow exhibit. Visitors would pay to walk through rows of tiny babies in incubators. Hospitals had little regard for "weaklings," as they were known,...

 

UNM's neurosurgery residency program to lose accreditation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The University of New Mexico School of Medicine's neurosurgery residency program is going to lose its accreditation next summer. The Albuquerque Journal reports the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education...

 

In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling

ADA, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma's history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state's creation in 1907 was celebrated with a symbolic wedding ceremony between the Indian and Oklahoma territories. The...

 

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