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  • Oklahoma: Groups oppose education spending initiative OKLAHOMA CITY — A coalition of business and labor groups said Thursday it will work to defeat a ballot initiative to dramatically increase spending on public education that coalition members said would devastate the budgets of many other state services and possibly force tax increases.

    April 8, 2010

  • Missouri: Gov. Nixon affirms support for tuition freeze COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has no plans to sit idly while lawmakers consider whether to preserve a tuition freeze deal he assembled before the state’s dire financial status was fully known.

    April 7, 2010

  • Kansas: Agency uses YouTube to illustrate road woes TOPEKA, Kan. — It’s one thing to hear about potholes and state budgets. It’s another to see how the two are connected. That’s part of the thinking behind a new video presentation on YouTube this week from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

    April 7, 2010

  • Oklahoma: Pathologist says girl’s throat might have been cut OKLAHOMA CITY — A 7-year-old girl who was found dead in Oklahoma near the body of her suspected kidnapper likely died after her throat was cut, an independent pathologist said Wednesday, the same day the child’s funeral attracted hundreds of mourners.

    April 7, 2010

  • Missouri: Court overturns Arrow Rock hog ruling JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A Missouri appeals court on Tuesday overturned a ruling that blocked a proposed hog farm from expanding near Arrow Rock.

    April 6, 2010

  • Kansas: Wichita-area casino’s fate could rest with governor TOPEKA, Kan. — The fate of a proposed casino south of Wichita rested Tuesday with Gov. Mark Parkinson after developers and consultants showed skittishness about the project. Officials with Chisholm Creek said they worry the Legislature will rewrite the state’s gambling laws this year and undercut the profitability of the proposed $225 million casino near Mulvane, about 20 miles south of Wichita.

    April 6, 2010

  • Oklahoma: Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller dies OKLAHOMA CITY — Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller, one of the nation’s most visible American Indian leaders and one of the few women to lead a major tribe, died Tuesday after suffering from cancer and other health problems. She was 64.

    April 6, 2010

  • Missouri: White pelicans calling Ozarks home SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Bald eagles might win the attention when it comes to unusual birds visiting Lake Springfield, but the appearance of flocks of big white birds at the lake lately is providing another view of nature on the move. It appears that white pelicans are putting the lake on their migratory flight routes, a naturalist with the Springfield Conservation Nature Center says.

    April 5, 2010

  • Kansas: Estimate for budget shortfall declines TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas’ projected budget shortfall shrank on Monday, and officials said they hoped it was a sign that state finances are stabilizing after months of disappointing tax collections. The Legislature’s research staff estimated a gap of $433 million between anticipated revenues and the spending needed to keep state programs at current levels for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    April 5, 2010

  • Oklahoma: Meth labs again on the rise OKLAHOMA CITY — Narcotics investigators in Oklahoma say the number of methamphetamine labs is again increasing across the state. The number of meth labs declined in Oklahoma after 2004 when the state became the first in the nation to limit the sale of pseudoephedrine. Pseudoephedrine is found in many cold medicines and is a key ingredient in making meth.

    April 5, 2010

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