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Griffin: Changes needed to Common Core standards

Andrew Demillo, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:51pm

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin said Tuesday that Arkansas should keep some elements of Common Core, but make improvements where needed to the controversial education standards and rename them to better reflect the state's needs.

Jail releases more footage of Sandra Bland before her death

Michael Graczyk, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:40pm

Texas authorities on Tuesday released several hours of video footage showing Sandra Bland during her three days in jail, saying they wanted to dispel rumors that she was dead before arriving there.

City will release 911 call in attack on Oklahoma family

Justin Juozapavicius, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:33pm

An Oklahoma city says it will release a recording of the 911 call made from a Broken Arrow home where a couple and three of their children were stabbed to death last week.


New York prison worker pleads guilty in escape of 2 killers

Michael Hill, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:32pm

A prison worker who was "in over her head" with two inmates convicted of murder tearfully pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges of aiding them by smuggling hacksaw blades and other tools to the pair, who broke out and spent three weeks on the run.

Pollard to be freed; US analyst spied for Israel

Eric Tucker, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:12pm

Jonathan Pollard, the former Naval intelligence analyst whose conviction of spying for Israel stoked fierce international passions, has been granted parole and will be released from prison in November after nearly 30 years.

Former UH athletic director earned more than $1 million

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 4:01pm

The University of Hawaii's athletic director earned more than $1 million over his 28 months with the school, records show.

GOP leaders plan Senate vote on Planned Parenthood fed aid

Alan Fram, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:52pm

The Senate will vote before its August recess on a Republican effort to block federal aid to Planned Parenthood, GOP leaders said Tuesday, as anti-abortion groups clamored for action by lawmakers. Democrats said they will strongly oppose what they called the latest Republican effort to weaken women's health care programs, but stopped short of flatly predicting its defeat.

Boy who lost limbs to infection gets double-hand transplant

Kathy Matheson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:51pm

An 8-year-old boy who lost his limbs to a serious infection has become the youngest patient to receive a double-hand transplant, surgeons said Tuesday.

Man accused in African lion death thought hunt was legal

Brian Bakst and Amy Forliti, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:51pm

An avid Minnesota hunter accused of illegally killing a protected lion in Zimbabwe said Tuesday that he thought everything about his trip was legal and wasn't aware of the animal's status "until the end of the hunt."

Lottery to be held for regional rail passes for papal visit

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:42pm

Special rail passes to be used by commuters during Pope Francis' visit to the city in September will be sold via an online lottery, officials announced Tuesday, a week after overwhelming demand forced a halt to sales.

Judge throws out drunken driving charge against lawmaker

Erik Schelzig, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:31pm

A judge has thrown out a drunken driving case against state Democratic Rep. Bill Beck on the basis that the police officer did not have reasonable suspicion to pull him over.

No fatal crashes over Pioneer Day weekend, troopers say

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:31pm

Utah Highway Patrol says nobody died on Utah's roads during the celebratory Pioneer Day weekend.

Oklahoma day care closes after reports of sunburned children

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:23pm

A day care center in northeast Oklahoma shut its doors Tuesday after a mother reported her two young sons were severely sunburned during an outing to a local water park

7 cases of rare infectious disease reported in South Dakota

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

State health officials say seven cases of a rare infectious disease that humans can catch from animals and insects have been reported in western South Dakota.

Carbon County pair plead guilty in 2014 house fire death

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

Two people have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in the death of Brian William Swink in a 2014 Carbon County house fire.

FBI: Islamic State sympathizer charged in backpack bomb plot

Curt Anderson, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

A man described by the FBI as an Islamic State sympathizer who hoped to mount attacks on U.S. soil was charged Tuesday with plotting to detonate a nail-filled backpack bomb on a Florida beach.

Idaho wilderness bill passes US House of Representatives

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:21pm

A compromise bill put forward by Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho to create a protected wilderness area in central Idaho has passed the U.S. House of Representatives.

State pledges more anti-cheating action as teacher settles

Jeff Amy, Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

Mississippi education officials say that Tuesday's admission by a Clarksdale teacher that she cheated on state tests won't be the last action in the case.

Iowa bird flu disaster declaration extended to Aug. 30

The Associated Press  |  Posted  Jul 28th - 3:11pm

Gov. Terry Branstad has extended a state of disaster emergency through Aug. 30 in response to the bird flu outbreak in the state.