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Democrat loses ground in Kansas governor’s race »

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JOHN HANNA, AP Political Writer OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (AP) — After lifting the spirits of Kansas Democrats eager to oust conservative Republican Gov. Sam Brownback, challenger Paul Davis now appears to be losing ground. The state’s longstanding GOP loyalties and negative television ads seem have been eroding his onetime lead in the polls. Incumbent Brownback […]

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Kansas court upholds verdict, overturns sentence in abortion shooting »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court has upheld the first-degree murder conviction of a man who admitted shooting abortion provider Dr. George Tiller to death at his Wichita church in 2009. But the court also overturned Scott Roeder’s sentence of life in prison with no chance of parole for 50 years and ordered […]

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Religion keeps Kansas runner from competing for state »

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HESSTON, Kan. (AP) — One of the top high school cross country runners in Class 3A in Kansas won’t be competing in this weekend’s regional qualifying races because of her religious beliefs. Hesston senior Mikala Heddin has won three races of her five races this season and her fastest 4-kilometer time of 15 minutes, 2 […]

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Kansas county finds cemetery vases too late »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — The Reno County Sheriff’s Office was too late when it found more than 25 vases that were stolen from cemeteries. Detective David Post says 26 brass vases were reported stolen from graves at the Turon Cemetery in October. The Hutchinson News reports a check with area scrap yards found more than […]

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Kansas man guilty of using girlfriend as police shield »

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HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A Hutchinson man is guilty of kidnapping after using his girlfriend as a shield to escape from police. After a Reno County jury convicted 32-year-old Todd Lloyd Thursday, he was arrested as he was being led to the jail for allegedly complaining and threatening to kill several police officers. The Hutchinson […]

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Judge seals affidavits in KU rape allegations »

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Douglas County judge says probable cause affidavits in the alleged rapes of two women last month at the University of Kansas will not be open to the public. University police said the alleged rapes occurred Sept. 28 in Hashinger Residence Hall. Two 21-year-old men, one a Kansas student and the […]

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Sentencing delayed again in Kansas barroom slaying »

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Sentencing for a 30-year-old Kansas man convicted of killing a patron at a Topeka bar in 2008 has been pushed back a second time. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports James Arthur Qualls III was convicted June 30 of premeditated first-degree murder in the death of 30-year-old Joseph “Joe Bob” Beier in the […]

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Brownback unveils Urban Opportunity Zone plan »

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has unveiled a new program intended to bring new economic development to financially struggling metropolitan areas in Kansas. Brownback said Thursday his Urban Opportunity Zone initiative will offer tax breaks and other financial incentives to people who start small businesses or other economic activities. The program is […]

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Kansas Supreme Court to hear cases in Kansas City »

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas Supreme Court is traveling to Kansas City, Kansas, next week for a special session to hear arguments from attorneys in five cases. The court’s session is set for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the performing arts center of Kansas City, Kansas, Community College. Chief Justice Lawton Nuss will be […]

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Infant seat recall to fix sticky buckles »

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DETROIT (AP) — Evenflo is recalling more than 202,000 rear-facing infant seats because the buckles can become difficult to unlatch. The recall affects Embrace 35/9999 models with an AmSafe QT1 buckle. Documents posted by U.S. safety regulators say that if the buckles don’t release easily, it may be difficult to get a child out of […]

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Public defender named to central Kansas judgeship »

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SALINA, Kan. (AP) — Gov. Sam Brownback has appointed a veteran public defender in Salina to fill a soon-to-be vacant district court judgeship. Brownback announced Thursday that Paul Hickman will replace Saline County District Judge Jerome Hellmer, who plans to retire in January. Hickman is the deputy public defender in the state’s Salina public defender […]

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Quivera: Whooping cranes are on the move »

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Whooping cranes have begun leaving their breeding grounds to migrate south from Canada and will soon be passing through Kansas on their way to Texas. One of the best places to look for them will be Quivira National Wildlife Refuge in central Kansas. Annually each fall, a few dozen of these rare birds are sighted […]

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Three found guilty of bringing meth from L.A. to Kansas »

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United States Attorney TOPEKA, KAN. – Three defendants were convicted on drug charges Thursday during a federal jury trial in Topeka, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said. Convicted were: Raymond Alcorta, 41, Downey, Calif., one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. Adrienne Lopez, 27, Pico Rivera, Calif., one count of possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine […]

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