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Kansas Marine killed during island battle in WWII identified

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 AM EST

SILVERDALE, Kan. (AP) — The remains of a Kansas Marine who died in World War II fighting in the Gilbert Islands have been identified. U.S. Marines Corps Reserve Pfc Raymond Warren was 21 when he was killed in 1943 during the Battle of Tarawa. After his burial site was discovered in 2015, his nephew,...

Woman pleads guilty to stealing from the disabled

Feb. 14, 2020 10:05 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A 72-year-old Connecticut woman has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $850,000 from people with physical and mental disabilities. Sheila Grochowski, of Winsted, entered her plea to larceny and forgery charges Thursday just before her trial was scheduled to start, the Hartford...

FILE - In this Spet.17, 2014 file photo a police vehicle reads the license plates of cars in a parking lot in San Marcos, Calif. A new report from the California Auditor's Office on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, found four law enforcement agencies in California are not following the law to protect the privacy of drivers monitored by automated license plate readers. The audit examined the Fresno Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, the Marin County Sheriff's Office and the Sacramento County Sheriff's Office. It found the departments do not have adequate policies in place to protect privacy, often storing images for longer than necessary and not ensuring the data is used appropriately. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull,File)

Audit criticizes privacy of some California police data

Feb. 13, 2020 4:47 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Four police departments in California have compiled massive amounts of data while tracking drivers' movements through their jurisdictions, but a new audit says those agencies aren't following the law when it comes to protecting people's privacy. California Auditor Elaine Howle on...

FILE - In this March 19, 2012, file photo, Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, discusses a bill during a House floor session in Nashville, Tenn. Outraged Tennessee lawmakers have been grilling state education officials over the handling of a much-debated school voucher program. Hill demanded answers Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, from the education agency, comptroller's office and finance officials on who approved the contract and why and why legislators didn't get a chance to review it. (AP Photo/Erik Schelzig, File)

Tennessee lawmakers demand answers over voucher program

Feb. 12, 2020 7:25 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Outraged Tennessee lawmakers grilled state education officials Wednesday about the handling of a much-debated school voucher program, and a key Republican lawmaker made a surprise admission that he regretted voted for the measure. At issue is the Department of Education's decision...

Editorial Roundup: Mississippi

Feb. 12, 2020 12:49 PM EST

Recent editorials from Mississippi newspapers: ___ Feb. 7 The Greenwood Commonwealth on the results of a performance audit of the Mississippi Department of Transportation: A performance audit of the Mississippi Department of Transportation released this month revealed few major potential cost savings. Its biggest...

Former partners in firm say founder's son misspent money

Feb. 11, 2020 3:26 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The son of the founder of a North Carolina accounting firm spent $500,000 of the company’s money on travel, limousines, alimony and at a strip club, according to a lawsuit filed by two of the firm's former partners. The lawsuit, which was filed Feb. 5 in Wake County, argues that...

WNMU students to provide income tax filing assistance

Feb. 11, 2020 12:04 AM EST

SILVER CITY, N.M. (AP) — Western New Mexico University students are set to offer tax help to seniors and low-income families in the southwest corner of the state. The school announced the students this week will begin the local Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program. The free service is for people whose...

In this photo provided by the Davis County Sheriff's Office shows Lev Aslan Dermen. Openings arguments are set Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020, in Utah for a California businessman who prosecutors accuse of being a key figure in a $511 million tax credit scheme carried out by two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group. The men from the polygamous group pleaded guilty last year to money fraud and other charges and are expected to testify against Lev Aslan Dermen, who has pleaded not guilty. (Davis County Sheriff's Office, via AP)

Polygamist says partner in fraud scheme offered protection

Feb. 6, 2020 9:32 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah polygamist who pleaded guilty for his role in a nearly $500 million biodiesel fraud scheme said Thursday that a California businessmen who helped carry out the plan offered protection from prosecution from law enforcement. Jacob Kingston said he and Lev Dermen had meals with...

Remains of Kansas man killed in Pearl Harbor identified

Feb. 6, 2020 7:54 AM EST

SOUTH HAVEN, Kan. (AP) — The remains of a Kansas man who was killed 78 years ago when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor have been identified. U.S. Navy Fireman First Class Rex Wise will be buried in April near his home in South Haven, near the state's southern border with Oklahoma, The Wichita Eagle...

FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2016 file photo, John Davis, then executive director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services, answers lawmakers questions at a hearing at the Capitol in Jackson, Miss. Special agents from the office of State Auditor, have arrested Davis, and several others in connection with a multi-million dollar embezzlement scheme. The indictments include a range of violations involving fraud and embezzlement. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

Ex-welfare chief, wrestler charged in Mississippi fraud case

Feb. 5, 2020 10:24 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The former director of Mississippi's welfare agency and four other people embezzled millions in federal money meant for the poor and instead channeled some of it to pay for a luxury drug rehabilitation program for a former pro wrestler, the state auditor said Wednesday. Former...