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Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

Several years of pandemic restrictions and curriculum battles have emboldened longtime advocates of funneling public funds to private and religious schools in statehouses throughout the country.

Child's body identified as missing Oklahoma girl, age 4

Oklahoma's chief medical examiner has positively identified the body of a child found earlier this month as 4-year-old Athena Brownfield.

Oklahoma investigators confirm body is missing 4-year-old girl Athena Brownfield, allegedly killed by caregiver

Oklahoma investigators confirm body is missing 4-year-old girl Athena Brownfield, allegedly killed by caregiver.

Oklahoma AG appoints independent counsel in Glossip case

Oklahoma's new attorney general is appointing an independent counsel to conduct a comprehensive review of death row inmate Richard Glossip's murder conviction and death sentence.

Agency delays protections for imperiled bat, prairie chicken

The Biden administration is temporarily delaying legal protections for two imperiled species after getting pushback from congressional Republicans.

Lloyd Morrisett, who helped launch 'Sesame Street,' dies

The co-creator of the beloved children’s education TV series “Sesame Street,” Lloyd Morrisett has died.

Severe weather threat moves east after tornadoes hit Texas

A winter storm that brought severe weather to the Gulf Coast is heading east a day after tornadoes caused widespread damage and injured three people.

Tornado emergency issued near Houston, damage reported

A powerful storm system took aim at the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, spawning a tornado that caused damage east of Houston.

Arkansas officers charged in violent arrest caught on video

A federal grand jury has charged two law enforcement officers with civil rights violations in the violent arrest of a man outside a convenience store that was caught on video and widely shared on social media.

Oklahoma appeals court agrees to slow pace of executions

Oklahoma's highest criminal appeals court has agreed to slow the pace of executions at the request of the state's new attorney general.

Kansas governor to outline agenda for skeptical lawmakers

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly is preparing to outline what she’s likely to call a middle-of-the-road agenda for the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature.

New Oklahoma AG takes over probe of agency's barbecue deal

The office of Oklahoma’s new attorney general confirmed is taking over two separate criminal investigations into alleged misuse of public funds at state agencies, including the tourism department’s contract with a barbecue restaurant.

'Here again': Abortion activists rally 50 years after Roe

Women's marches demanding the protection of abortion rights drew thousands of people to the streets across the country on Sunday.

Native Americans share trauma of Arizona boarding schools

Native American boarding school survivors of abuse and their descendants shared memories and tears in Arizona on U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland's yearlong “Road to Healing” initiative.

Man charged in death of Oklahoma girl, 4, returned to state

The man charged in the beating death of a 4-year-old Oklahoma girl on Christmas Day has been returned to the state.

Oklahoma court says Kickapoo Reservation was disestablished

An appeals court in Oklahoma has ruled that the historic Kickapoo Reservation in central Oklahoma no longer exists.

Tyson, others, lose Oklahoma lawsuit over poultry pollution

The world's largest poultry producer is among nearly a dozen poultry companies that face a March 17th deadline to reach agreement with the state of Oklahoma on how to clean a polluted watershed.

2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted

The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its top attorney and another employee following a scathing independent report on failures within the state’s lethal injection system.

New Oklahoma AG seeks to slow pace of lethal injections

Oklahoma's new attorney general is seeking to slow the state's pace of carrying out an execution roughly every 30 days.

EXPLAINER: Biden inaction, mixed signals on death penalty

President Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to work toward abolishing federal capital punishment.

Affidavit: Missing Oklahoma girl beaten to death, buried

Court documents say a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl was beaten to death Christmas night by her caregiver, then buried.

Search for Oklahoma girl, 4, turns to looking for her body

An effort to locate a missing 4-year-old Oklahoma girl who authorities believe was killed by a caretaker has become a search for her remains.

Search is on for 4-year-old; caretaker accused of neglect

Oklahoma authorities searching for a 4-year-old girl say they have arrested her caretaker on charges of child neglect.

EXPLAINER: What came together to make deadly Alabama tornado

Experts say a natural La Nina weather pattern, unusually warm moist air juiced by climate change, and long-term shift in where tornadoes hit all are factors in Thursday's devastating tornado in Alabama.