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 By Paul Monies    Regional    March 24, 2019 

Tribes shut out of 'opportunity zone' deals

Native American tribes across the country were left out of a major part of a new federal tax incentive for opportunity zones, with their governments unable to pool investments to support projects in some of the nation’s poorest areas. The...

 

Replacing Oklahoma City canal lights to begin by next year

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City officials say work to replace the lighting system along the Bricktown Canal will be underway by next year. The city now has an architects' report recommending safety features not in place when 23-year-old Wesley...

 
 By Paul J. Weber    Regional    March 24, 2019 

Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available....

 
 By Roxana Hegeman    Regional    March 24, 2019 

Kansas death penalty case has implications for mentally ill

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The day after Thanksgiving in 2009, James Kahler went to the home of his estranged wife's grandmother, where he shot the two women, along with his two teenage daughters. No one — not even Kahler's attorneys — disputes that...

 
 By Dan Elliott    Regional    March 24, 2019 

Columbine families gather to tell stories nearly 20 years on

LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Families of the Columbine High School shooting victims gathered at the school on Saturday to tell their stories 20 years after the tragedy, and they spoke of forgiveness, inclusion and healing, and the balm that sometimes...

 
 By Tim Talley    Regional    March 24, 2019 

Oklahoma moves to stop towns from fees, bans on plastic bags

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers are considering legislation to prevent cities and towns from imposing a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags, a measure that officials in one Oklahoma community say encroaches on their search for an...

 

Suspect arrested in shooting death of Oklahoma homeowner

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Police in Tulsa say they've arrested a 28-year-old man in connection with the shooting death of a homeowner. Authorities say Anthony Ahaisse was taken into custody early Saturday following a high-speed pursuit. Tulsa County...

 

Troopers say camper drowns in southwestern Oklahoma lake

HOBART, Okla. (AP) — The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says a camper has drowned in a southwestern Oklahoma lake. Troopers say the body of 36-year-old Kyle Robert Burkitt of Macomb was recovered on Saturday from Tom Steed Lake, about 99 miles southwest...

 

Kansas lawmakers eye bill to address social worker shortage

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Low pay, challenging work and years of declining state funding have made it difficult to hire and keep qualified social workers in Kansas. Making matters worse, advocates say, is the state's unusually high certification and...

 

Lawsuit alleges county in Oklahoma running debtor's prison

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. (AP) — Three indigent criminal defendants in a northeast Oklahoma county are suing three judges there alleging poor people are being unconstitutionally imprisoned because they can't afford to pay court-ordered fees and fines....

 

Langston University receives $1.8 million research grant

LANGSTSON, Okla. (AP) — Langston University is to receive six grants totaling $1.8 million for agriculture-related research projects. Republican U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas on Wednesday announced the grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The...

 

EPA: Mushroom compost removes pollutants from Tar Creek site

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency report shows mushroom compost has been extracting contaminants from the heavily polluted Tar Creek Superfund Site in northeastern Oklahoma for a decade. Tar Creek is a 40-square-mile...

 

Oklahoma appeals court upholds murder conviction of rancher

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals has upheld the murder conviction and life without parole sentence of a Chandler man in the death of his estranged wife. The court on Thursday rejected appeals by 61-year-old Kurt Meyer...

 

Kansas commerce chief under fire from Republican lawmakers

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's top economic development official might have trouble keeping his job after a committee recommended Thursday that the Kansas Senate reject his appointment. A two-day Senate Commerce Committee...

 

Kansas House gives final approval to Medicaid expansion plan

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A modified version of Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plan for expanding Medicaid in Kansas has cleared the House with bipartisan support. The House's 69-54 vote Thursday sends an expansion bill to the Senate. Its future there is...

 

Family of slain Kansas deputy to receive $300K in settlement

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas county commission honored a sheriff's deputy who was killed in the line of duty last year as a hero and announced his family will receive $300,000 in a worker's compensation settlement. The Sedgwick County Commission...

 

Kansas businesses want more money for higher education

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas businesses are asking state lawmakers for big increases in higher education funding. The Lawrence Journal-World reports that a group of more than 30 business representatives and advocates asked lawmakers to provide the...

 

ACLU: Black man detained while moving into his own home

TONGANOXIE, Kan. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties of Kansas has asked for a state investigation after a black man was detained by local police while moving into his own home. The ACLU said Thursday that Karle Robinson was held at gunpoint and...

 

Lawmakers mull 5-year trial run on private school vouchers

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas lawmakers have introduced governor-backed legislation in the Senate that would fund a pilot private school voucher program for low-income students in the state's largest county. The measure filed Wednesday would la...

 

Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow...

 

Tribes push to protect sacred New Mexico site from drilling

ACOMA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Native American leaders are banding together to pressure U.S. officials to ban oil and gas exploration around a sacred tribal site that features massive stone structures and other remnants of an ancient civilization but ar...

 

Dallas doctor from Ethiopia uses homeland words in practice

DALLAS (AP) — When Hareg Wolde arrived in the emergency room to see her mother, doctors gave her grave news. Her mother had suffered a massive stroke, they said, and she might not live through the night. The Dallas Morning News reports Wolde was...

 
 By MARY HUDETZ    Regional    March 22, 2019

Attorneys: 5 charged in terror case because they are Muslims

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Attorneys for five people facing federal terrorism-related charges following their arrests last summer in a New Mexico compound raid said Thursday their clients are being prosecuted because they are Muslims. "This case is a...

 

Cradling children, migrant families cross border in waves

MCALLEN, Texas (AP) — A mother cradled a crying toddler as she waited in line with 20 other women to shower. Dozens of fathers quietly held their children's hands in an enclosure made of chain-link fencing. While these families were held at an...

 

AP: GOP won more seats in 2018 than suggested by vote share

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Democrats won more votes, regained control of the U.S. House and flipped hundreds of seats in state legislatures during the 2018 elections. It was, by most accounts, a good year for the party. Yet it wasn't as bad as it...

 

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