• Oklahoma legislative session is called success, despite big funding shortfall

    Updated: 2 hr ago

    Despite a revenue shortfall that threatened to derail key state priorities, lawmakers managed to pass legislation in the just-concluded session that will help reduce prison overcrowding and make Oklahoma a healthier place. That was the assessment of Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday as she harkened back to marching orders she gave lawmakers in her state-of-the-state speech four months ago. “There are things that hold us back: educational attainment, our incarceration rate and the health of our state,” she said. “I’m very proud this legislative session that the Legislature heeded those words and did some great work.” She signed a bill to ban texting while driving and another to improve the state’s prescription drug

  • North Florida man guilty in murder of pill dealer

    Updated: 5 hr ago

    OCALA, Fla. (AP) — A jury has found a north Florida man guilty of killing a prescription pill dealer in Ocala. The panel found 35-year-old Isaac Sheffield guilty of second-degree murder for the fatal beating and stabbing of 74-year-old Stanley Yassen. The Ocala Star-Banner reports (http://bit.ly/1elfTfU ) that Yassen at the time was caring for his mentally disabled son in his Ocklawaha home. Prosecutors say he also sold prescription pills and was known to keep cash. They argued that Sheffield's pill addiction led to the fatal attack. Sheffield's defense attorney argued that Sheffield was defending himself from Yassen, who had attacked Sheffield twice previously. Sheffield's sentencing is scheduled June 29.

  • Delaware Park Results Saturday May 23rd, 2015

    Updated: 15 hr ago

    1st-$10,000, Claiming, 4-Year-Olds & Up , Five Furlongs, Dirt, Clear Off 1:16. Good. vied 2 wide, driving Fractional/Final Time: 22.350, 45.710, 00.000, 00.000, 00.000, 57.620. Trainer: Jamie Ness Winner: CH G, 5, by Henny Hughes-Julie's Prospect ___ ___ $1 Exacta (5-3) paid $36.70; $1 Superfecta (5-3-7-1) paid $296.90; $1 Trifecta (5-3-7) paid $113.20; (c) 2015 Equibase Company LLC, all rights reserved. 2nd-$12,000, Claiming, 3-Year-Olds & Up , One Mile and Seventy Yards, Dirt, Clear Off 1:46. Good. vied 2 wide, driving Fractional/Final Time: 24.700, 49.550, 1:14.090, 1:39.150, 00.000, 1:43.140. Trainer: John Rigattieri Winner: CH G, 5, by Brother Derek-Thun

  • Provo police chief calls for expanded Medicaid to help crime

    Updated: 19 hr ago

    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police chief is calling on state lawmakers to accept federal funding to expand Medicaid as a way to fight crime. Provo Police Chief John King says that if more people had health insurance, they could get treatment for addiction or mental illnesses, things that can factor into crime or make crime more likely to turn violent. He adds that helping those with a low quality of life can reduce the risk of criminal behavior. The Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health reports that 120,724 Utah residents are living with substance-abuse disorders without receiving the needed services. The Daily Herald (http://bit.

  • Divine connection

    Updated: 23 hr ago

    It’s a conference call based on this scripture passage: “If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.” (Matthew 18:19-20) The God Loves Pueblo Prayerline is hosted by Pastor Roman Ortiz and Sister Roseen Ortiz of the Lord’s Vineyard Church. The idea was presented to the church by Pastor Michael Gatewood of Heritage Christian Center, who saw the endeavor as a way to intercede for Pueblo, its residents and the nation. Every Thursday at 7 p.m. for the past five months, callers have converged on the line to offer prayers to God — in the name of Jesus — for the betterment of Pueblo and the

  • The Dallas Morning News James Ragland column


    Less than two weeks ago, while many of us were fast asleep, a 15-year-old girl jumped to her death. It was a suicide, police say. The bridge from which she leaped, on Interstate 635 near TI Boulevard, isn’t terribly far from where I live. I’ve driven across it many times, occasionally with my own children in tow. So when I read the tragic, abbreviated tale of this young girl taking her life, the story struck a nerve. Why did this happen? How did our society get so screwed up so badly that a young kid no longer wants to be a part of it? No explanation ever is good enough. It’s like a puzzle with missing pieces. In this particular case, the girl reportedly got into an argument with her mom over a b

  • Nevada lawmakers approve powdered alcohol ban


    CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers have approved a bill that would ban powdered alcohol in the state. Assembly members voted to approve SB464 on a 34-8 vote on Friday. The measure passed unanimously out of the Senate earlier in April. The original bill would have granted underage drinkers some immunity from criminal charges if they report a medical emergency involving themselves or another person. The measure was amended to include a ban on the sale or possession of powdered alcohol. Supporters said they're not aware of any Nevada stores selling the substance, but wanted to take a proactive stance in prohibiting it. Powdered alcohol is a beverage mix that can be blended with a liquid to create an alcoholi

  • BC-NC--North Carolina News Digest, NC

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in North Carolina. Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the Carolinas News Editor is Tim Rogers at 919-510-8937 or at tmrogers@ap.org. The desk supervisor is Seanna Adcox. For technical support, please call the AP's Services and Technology Department in Raleigh at 919-881-9974. 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. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below,

  • Business Highlights

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    ___ Wal-Mart's push on animal welfare hailed as game changer NEW YORK (AP) — Wal-Mart's push to get its suppliers to give farm animals fewer antibiotics and more room to roam is expected to have a big impact on the food industry, experts say. Though the steps are voluntary, Wal-Mart, which sells more food than any other store, has a history of using its retail muscle to change the way products are made and sold across the retail industry. Wal-Mart told The Associated Press that it's asking meat producers, eggs suppliers and others to use antibiotics only for disease prevention or treatment, not to fatten their animals, a common industry practice.

  • BC-Business News Digest

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

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  • Pray for Pastor Azim

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    In the nation of Kazakhstan, Pastor Azim Janbakiev and his Presbyterian church are under attack. The church is or was located in Almaty. Since the start of this year, government authorities have not allowed the church to meet in its usual building. Here is part of the story in Pastor Azim’s own words. “Since the beginning of the year, we were forbidden to hold services in our building until we bring all of the building documents into the order. When we decided to find out what's going on, we found out that there are some ‘neighbors’ who have written a complaint to our church. "These neighbors do not like the fact that there is an active Christian church in their area, contrary to the faith of their ancestors, their tr


    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    (TNS) Tribune News Service Best of Newsfeatures Budget for Friday, May 22, 2015 EDITORS: Here's a look at the week's top newsfeatures and special reports from Tribune News Service. These stories remain suitable for weekend use. This advisory moves each Friday.

  • ‘Amy’ follows late singer’s descent

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    CANNES, France — The history of pop music is filled with far too many untimely demises. But for all the cultural lumping together of these tragedies, they’re hardly as similar as we tend to believe. In “Amy,” a new documentary about the late star Amy Winehouse, we learn just how unique and complicated a descent can be. That narrative helped the film earn a warm reception from critics and audiences at the Cannes Film Festival, where it premiered ahead of a June release in theaters. But the portrayal turns out to sit a lot less well with some of those closest to its subject.

  • BC-VA--Virginia News Digest 1:30 pm, VA

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Hello! Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up today in Virginia. Questions about today's coverage plans are welcome, and should be directed to the Richmond bureau at 804-643-6646 or aprichmond@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, digests and digest advisories will keep you up to date. Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

  • Tobacco firms get partial win over claims on smoking effects

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — America's largest tobacco companies must inform consumers that cigarettes were designed to increase addiction, but not that they lied to the public about the dangers of smoking, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit is a partial win for cigarette makers in the long-running legal fight that began in the Clinton administration in 1999. In this latest round, the companies objected to running court-ordered advertisements that would have branded themselves as liars. The ads would have begun with a preamble statement that the companies "deliberately deceived the American public.

  • Police: Man stole money meant to cover son's drug treatment

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Police say an eastern Pennsylvania man has been charged with stealing insurance money that was supposed to cover his son's drug and alcohol treatment. Monroe County authorities tell The Morning Call in Allentown (http://bit.ly/1AjCfZk ) that David Derosa diverted $62,700 for his own purposes. He was charged Thursday with six counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Police say Blue Cross-Blue Shield sent six checks to the 45-year-old Stroudsburg man to be forwarded to the Better Day center in Scottsdale, Arizona. The center treated his son from July to December 2014. Police say Derosa instead cashed or deposited checks into his personal account at a federal credit union. He was arrai

  • EDITORIAL: Lawmakers' duty to close the kiddie porn peephole

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    Kiddie porn is a despicable underground industry that feeds a twisted addiction to the exploitation and sexual abuse of children. And while some pundits and the unknown multitudes of viewers worldwide – mostly male – may think that, unlike child molesters and rapists, they aren’t really hurting those children who are placed in the horrific situations (some involving animals), they are just as guilty as those who act on those impulses. Because the kiddie porn peepers’ addiction drives the makers and distributors of child porn to prey on and violate children to produce the images and videos they sell.

  • Workshop looks at criminal justice

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    SANTA FE – Having the criminal justice system and behavioral health treatment/support providers work together to keep those in crisis or with mental illness from being caught up in the criminal justice system was the objective of a two-day workshop earlier this month. Judges, law enforcement personnel, other first responders, mental health care professionals and probation officials came together as part of a Santa Fe Behavioral Health Alliance event. It was facilitated by Connie Milligan and Casey La Duke of Policy Research Associates, Inc. The firm operates the GAINS Center for Behavioral Health and Justice Transformation in Delmar, N.Y., under the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

  • Waco mayhem exposes double standard on violence

    Updated: Fri, May 22, 2015

    We’ve seen it so often that it has become laughable, pitiable and disgraceful. But more than anything, it strikes to the heart of a grotesque truth about American hypocrisy. The “it” this time is the almost matter of fact, infuriating double standard by law enforcement, the press and public officials when it comes to young black males committing mayhem versus young or not-so-young white males committing mayhem. It reared its ugly head again in the way that law enforcement handled and much of the media reported on the recent deadly shootout between rival Texas biker gangs. The carnage in Waco left nine dead, scores wounded and nearly 200 arrested, most of them white bikers.

  • Driver in Florissant crash arrested for 13th DWI is free again after posting bail

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    FLORISSANT • Florissant police say a chronic drunken driver involved in a crash last weekend has been arrested for his 13th DWI. And now that the man is free from jail after posting bail, police say they have new reason to be frustrated. "This is a problem," said an exasperated Florissant Officer Craig DeHart on Thursday. He said police see too many repeat drunken drivers back out on the street. "We lock these guys up ... and it seems like they are back out," DeHart added. Owen R. Tross Jr., 60, of the 1100 block of Lindsay Lane in Florissant, was charged Saturday with driving while intoxicated and driving with a revoked license, both felonies. He was arrested Friday after pulling into traffic and hitting a car at the