• Senate OKs $25M bond plan to complete Oklahoma Indian museum

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A planned Native American museum that has become a hulking shell along the banks of the Oklahoma River near downtown Oklahoma City received a $25 million infusion from the Legislature on Thursday, which is designed to push the decades-old project to completion....

  • Oklahoma House defeats Museum of Popular Culture legislation

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma House has defeated legislation that would authorize $25 million in bonds to build the Museum of Popular Culture in Tulsa. House members voted 49-44 Thursday against the Senate-passed bill. The House sponsor of the bill, Republican Speaker Jeff Hickman...

  • Hawaii's Waimanalo Bay Beach Park tops Dr. Beach's list

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    HONOLULU (AP) — As the sun rises over the Pacific Ocean, Waimanalo Bay's powdery white coral sand glows in the morning light. A few people lounge in the sand as a fisherman casts his line into the turquoise water. On Thursday, Waimanalo Bay Beach Park was named the top beach on an...

  • Nebraska farm, ranch tourism liability bill passes

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Farmers and ranchers who open their property to tourists could be shielded from certain lawsuits under a bill passed by Nebraska lawmakers. The Legislature gave the measure final approval on Thursday with a 46-0 vote. Sen. Ken Schilz of Ogallala has said he...

  • Yellowstone National Park considers cutthroat reintroduction

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK, Wyo. (AP) — Yellowstone National Park officials are working with state game and fish agencies and others to seek public comment on a plan to remove nonnative brook trout from Soda Butte Creek in order to reintroduce genetically pure native cutthroat trout....

  • Health officials warn Oklahoma travelers of health risks

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The state Department of Health says Oklahomans who plan to travel overseas during the summer should be aware of any health risks at their destinations and take steps to stay healthy. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides current information about...

  • Ohio theme park adds petting farm

    Updated: Thu, May 21, 2015

    MASON, Ohio (AP) — Visitors to a southwest Ohio theme park who want a break from roller coasters and other thrill rides can visit its new petting farm. Kings Island plans to open Thursday its 60-animal attraction, "Snoopy's Barnyard Friends." The park says visitors can see educational...

  • Road for logging project challenged in Selway River corridor

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A northern Idaho couple and an environmental group have filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. Forest Service challenging the agency's decision to designate a road as public and opening it to trucks for a logging project on state land. The lawsuit filed Tuesday...

  • Mayflower II back in Plymouth, Massachusetts, for summer

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    PLYMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A replica of the Mayflower is back at home in Massachusetts for the busy summer tourist season. The ship has been undergoing renovations at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut since December as part of a multiyear plan. Officials hope to have the ship repaired by 2020...

  • Brett Favre playing football again _ for charity

    Updated: Wed, May 20, 2015

    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Brett Favre will be playing football again in Wisconsin, just not at Lambeau Field. The former Green Bay Packers quarterback will be participating in a charity flag football game the University of Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on July 19. The event pitting...

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