• Ballot issue invites look at marijuana use in Wichita

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    How often do people get arrested for marijuana? Who gets arrested? And are they accused of other crimes as well? Those are some of the things we wondered as Wichitans prepare to vote April 7 on a proposal that would lessen first-time penalties for adults caught with an ounce or less of marijuana. The future of the proposal is unclear, even if voters pass it. State officials have already said they will challenge it in court since it conflicts with state law. But we can learn some things from what is happening with marijuana in Wichita now, based on data from the Wichita Police Department, Wichita Municipal Court and Sedgwick County District Court.

  • Reporter-News staff wins 13 statewide awards

    Updated: 20 hr ago

    WACO — The Abilene Reporter-News won 13 awards Saturday in the annual Texas Associated Press Managing Editors’ competition. Reporter Christopher Collins took home the top honors for his Above the Law series that explored official misconduct by law enforcement officers in the Big Country. The online version of the project garnered him not only the best “Online Report” in the ARN’s classification of the contest, but also won the “Star Online Report of the Year,” competing against all other newspapers throughout Texas. Collins spent about six months gathering information and conducting interviews for the series. He filed more than 200 Freedom of Information requests with agencies.

  • Lewis-McChord hotel worker gets 2 years for embezzlement

    Yesterday

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A longtime employee at a military hotel on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sentenced to two years in prison and treatment for a gambling addiction after she stole at least $250,000 in government funds. Gail Moody had worked for 27 years at the Rainier Inn, which provides affordable housing for military personnel and their families. From 2010 to 2012 she stole more than $250,000 in cash receipts. The U.S. Attorney's Office said the amount might have been more: It was impossible to determine if any thefts occurred before 2010 because the computer system had been changed. Staff noticed discrepancies between the cash receipts and what had been deposited in the hotel's bank accounts when she took a leave i

  • Serial burglar driven by heroin addiction gets three years in prison

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A 24-year-old Santa Fe man whose heroin addiction led to a two-month burglary spree last year was sentenced to nearly three years in prison Friday, despite pleas from friends and family for punishment that wouldn’t put him behind bars. James Montoya admitted to burglarizing two dozen commercial buildings, affecting 25 individuals and causing property damage estimated at between $5,000 and $6,000, according to testimony at the sentencing hearing before state District Judge Glenn Ellington. As part of a plea deal, Montoya was sentenced to 35 months in prison but will be eligible for parole after 18 months. Montoya agreed to pay an unspecified amount of restitution to the victims and will be under supervised probation for five

  • End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the AMC drama about a New York ad agency, joined cast members and show creator Matthew Weiner at the National Museum of American History on Friday to donate costumes, props, sketches and a script from the show. The collection includes Draper's trademark gray suit and fedora. "Mad Men's" final season begins April 5. ___ STAR OF THE SHOW - AND THE MUSUEM A crush of cameras surrounded Hamm at the museum as he smiled and posed with his suit from the show — the trademark of the "Mad Men" costumes. But he took no questions.

  • LaPorte drug treatment clinic to open amid heroin overdoses

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LAPORTE, Ind. (AP) — A new drug treatment clinic is scheduled to open in early May in LaPorte, where authorities have dealt with heroin overdoses for several years. The South Bend Tribune (http://bit.ly/1Bu98w4 ) reports Frontline Foundations is remodeling a two-story facility in LaPorte that dates back to the late 1800s. The organization operates faith-based clinics in Valparaiso and Chesterton. The opening of the new LaPorte location has seen delays with the remodeling becoming more extensive. Derek Frazier, the organization's development director, said it'll almost be a completely new building. Last year, there were 17 reported deaths from heroin in LaPorte County. The county saw 12 heroin deaths in 2013 and 17 dea

  • End of 'Mad Men,' but show's relics find new life at museum

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Draper is making his exit with "Mad Men" this year, but his image as a 1960s advertising man will live on at the Smithsonian Institution. Jon Hamm, who plays Draper on the AMC drama about a New York ad agency, joined cast members and show creator Matthew Weiner at the National Museum of American History on Friday to donate costumes, props, sketches and a script from the show. The collection includes Draper's trademark gray suit and fedora. "Mad Men's" final season begins April 5. ___ STAR OF THE SHOW - AND THE MUSUEM A crush of cameras surrounded Hamm at the museum as he smiled and posed with his suit from the show — the trademark of the "Mad Men" costumes. But he took no questions.

  • Exclusive: Friends, colleagues say Dallas County DA Susan Hawk spent time in drug rehab

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Dallas County’s new district attorney Susan Hawk, blasted by former co-workers for acting erratically on the job, spent a month at a rehab center for prescription drug use during the campaign for that office in late 2013, friends and courthouse colleagues say. Details about the previously undisclosed rehab stint in Arizona have begun to emerge after Hawk fired her second-in-command, Bill Wirskye, stunning fellow prosecutors and hinting at an office in upheaval less than three months into the Republican’s tenure.

  • Sheboygan man sentenced in fatal overdose

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) — A Sheboygan man has been sentenced to four years in prison for selling heroin that resulted in an overdose death. Twenty-three-year-old Taylor Shannon will also spend six years on supervision for first-degree reckless homicide. Thirty-year-old Kael Klassen died of an overdose last April in Sheboygan. Detectives say they found numerous texts on Klassen's phone from a phone number belonging to Shannon. Sheboygan Press Media (http://shebpr.es/1D6fM2B ) says Klassen had just returned days before from a rehab facility where he was being treated for opiate addiction. ___ Information from: Sheboygan Press Media, http://www.sheboygan-press.

  • Ohio prisons agency reviews programs to help freed inmates

    Updated: Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Officials with Ohio's prisons agency are emphasizing the importance of preparing inmates for life outside bars. Mark Hooks, warden at Ross Correctional Institution in Chillicothe (chihl-ih-KAHTH'-ee) in southern Ohio, says the agency wants to release people better off than when they entered prison. The Chillicothe Gazette reported Thursday (http://ohne.ws/1E9r462 ) that a conference hosted by Ohio University's Chillicothe branch focused on educating offenders and making their prison time productive. Hooks and Charlotte Jenkins, warden at Chillicothe Correctional Institution, said programs such as critiques of resumes, mock job interviews and addiction counseling have helped prepare inmates for

  • BRIEF: Frontier House to hold open house to celebrate 25 years

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    North Range Behavioral Health will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its Frontier House with an open house Wednesday. The open house, which is free, runs from 3-6 p.m. at the Frontier House, 1407 8th Ave. in Greeley. The Frontier House promotes recovery for those with mental illnesses and addiction through employment, education and socialization. To learn more about Frontier House, call (970) 347-2128 or go to www.frontierhouse.org. ——— ©2015 the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) Visit the Greeley Tribune (Greeley, Colo.) at www.greeleytribune.

  • Arkansas House panel OKs drug testing for benefits bill

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansans who apply for certain job-training benefits and other family aid could be required to take a drug test under a proposal endorsed by a House committee on Thursday. The House Committee on Public Health, Welfare and Labor sent a bill to the full House that would create a two-year pilot program in which the Department of Workforce Services would be required to question applicants and to refer people deemed as suspicious for drug testing. The change would apply to about 12,000 people in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program. All recipients in counties bordering Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and Tennessee would be screened because those states have similar laws.

  • BC-CT--Connecticut News Digest 6 pm, CT

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Connecticut. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to AP Hartford at 860-246-6876 or aphartford@ap.org. Dave Collins is on the desk. Hartford correspondent Mike Melia can be reached at 860-246-6876 or mmelia@ap.org. New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

  • Potential billion-dollar verdict rests on disputed deadline

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — What does it cost to miss a deadline? For the company that makes the prescription painkiller Oxycontin, the answer could be more than $1 billion. Kentucky is suing Purdue Pharma on claims that the company misrepresented its prescription painkiller, resulting in a wave of addiction and increased medical costs across the state. But before the trial can start, both sides must file "admissions" so the court could determine a set of facts that are not in dispute. Kentucky officials filed theirs, which included claims that Purdue Pharma lied about the addictiveness of the drug to doctors, who then overprescribed it to an unwitting population of poor people in eastern Kentucky.

  • Indiana governor overrides law to authorize needle exchange

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Gov. Mike Pence overrode state law and his own anti-drug policies Thursday to authorize a short-term needle-exchange program designed to help contain HIV infections in a rural county where more than six dozen cases have been reported, all of them tied to intravenous drug use. Pence issued an executive order declaring a public health emergency in Scott County, an economically depressed area about 30 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, that has seen 79 new infections since December. The county typically sees only about five HIV cases each year, health officials said. All of those infected either live in Scott County or have ties to the county, and all of the infections have been linked to needle s

  • Gulfstream Park Results Thursday March 26th, 2015

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    6th-$22,000, Maiden Claiming, 3-Year-Olds , Seven and One Half Furlongs, On the Turf, Cloudy Off 3:38. Good. clear early, drew off Fractional/Final Time: 23.690, 46.690, 1:10.900, 00.000, 00.000, 1:29.720. Trainer: Wesley Ward Winner: B G, 3, by Bring the Heat-Bell's Dreamboat Scratched: Caballero First, Wildcat Runner. ___ ___ $1 Pick 3 (3-8-8) 3 Correct Paid $119.90. Daily Double (8-8) paid $26.20; Exacta (8-2) paid $17.60; $0.1 Superfecta (8-2-5-7) paid $18.02; $1 Trifecta (8-2-5) paid $22.30; (c) 2015 Equibase Company LLC, all rights reserved.

  • In-home day care couple facing child abuse, drug charges

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — An in-home day care operator and her husband have been indicted on child abuse and drug charges after police say they found methamphetamine at their home. The Argus Leader reports (http://argusne.ws/19nPjQj ) 33-year-old Jennifer Darger and 32-year-old Adam Darger were charged Wednesday in an eight-count indictment. Authorities allege in the indictment that the couple has been selling methamphetamine out of their child care center for the past year. Sioux Falls officials suspended Jennifer Darger's in-home license after the drug was discovered earlier this month. Jennifer Darger's teenage daughter told a counselor that the pair had been selling methamphetamine and that her mother recently rela

  • Easter — believing in the impossible

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Easter. As a kid, I imagined a wooden cross and golden sunlight piercing through purple clouds. I grew up jaded on words like “resurrection” and “redemption,” which felt as distant as lavender skies. Now I feel differently. The good news of Easter is that nothing is impossible with God. For Christians, Jesus Christ’s resurrection is proof of God’s power even over the permanency of death. Soon many churches will reflect on a scripture from John 11:25, “Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” This may be hard if not impossible for many to grasp, but what is easy to understand is the concept of rebirth. I let go of things that don’t

  • Md. Senate votes unanimously for $40B budget

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Senate voted unanimously Thursday for the state's $40 billion budget. Democrats and Republicans spoke positively about the bipartisanship that went into the Senate's budget work, which hasn't resulted in a unanimous vote in years. "This is the 33rd budget I've worked on here, and I have to say this is probably the smoothest process since I've been here. The cooperation has been outstanding," Sen. George Edwards, R-Garrett, said. Lawmakers made extra cuts to restore scaled-back education funding initially proposed in Republican Gov. Larry Hogan's budget to help fill a $750 million shortfall. A 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for state employees also has been restored.

  • Indiana declares health emergency to fight HIV outbreak

    Updated: Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Indiana Gov. Mike Pence authorized a short-term needle-exchange program and declared a public health emergency in Scott County on Thursday to fight what he called an epidemic outbreak of more than 70 confirmed cases of HIV infection. Indiana bars needle exchange programs, but Pence said in a statement that he authorized the needle program after consulting with officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health officials. “Scott County is facing an epidemic of HIV, but this is not a Scott County problem; this is an Indiana problem,” Pence stated.




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