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  • 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

  • Missouri: Senate panel backs cut for childhood program JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Senate budget writers want to cut funding by more than half for an early childhood development program that began in Missouri a generation ago and has since spread nationwide. The national president of the Parents as Teachers initiative said Thursday that the “shortsighted” cut could eliminate help for tens of thousands of families with young children.

    April 1, 2010

  • Kansas: Abortion doctor’s murderer gets life prison term WICHITA, Kan. — Defiant to the end, an anti-abortion zealot who murdered one of the few U.S. doctors who performed late-term abortions was sentenced Thursday to life in prison and won’t be eligible for parole for 50 years — the maximum allowed by law.

    April 1, 2010

  • Oklahoma: Amid furloughs, Dems rip House carry-over funds OKLAHOMA CITY — Democrats in both the House and Senate criticized Republican House leaders Thursday for having an estimated $4 million in carry-over funds amid the state’s budget crisis. Several Democrats aired their complaints one day after the Senate announced cost-cutting plans that include requiring its employees to take 12 furlough days before the end of the year.

    April 1, 2010

  • Missouri: K.C. suspect in fatal crash faces charges in chase KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three weeks before being accused of causing a five-car crash that took the life of a 12-year-old boy, Clayton Dunlap was flying down residential streets in Kansas City in a Chevy Blazer with officers in pursuit, both in cars and a police helicopter.

    March 31, 2010

  • Kansas: Killer of abortion doctor faces life sentence WICHITA, Kan. — The man who gunned down one of the few doctors in the U.S. to perform late-term abortions could be sent to prison Thursday for the rest of his life, but he may have gotten what he wanted all along: It is now markedly harder in Kansas to get an abortion.

    March 31, 2010

  • Oklahoma: OSBI defends investigation in case of missing girl OKLAHOMA CITY — The agent in charge of the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation’s search for a missing 7-year-old girl and her alleged abductor vigorously defended the agency’s handling of the case Wednesday even as a state lawmaker criticized it.

    March 31, 2010

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