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Kansas Senator to 'Ladies': No Mini-Skirts, Please

Mitch Holmes has implemented a controversial dress code

(Newser) - A Kansas state senator has some people's knickers in a twist after implementing a new dress code that singles out women who wear "skimpy skirts or blouses with plunging necklines," the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. Mitch Holmes is the chairman of the state's ethics and elections committee,... More »

Georgia Officials Stumped by Mutilated Cows

Also, new cases in Kansas and Missouri

(Newser) - The case of two cows found dead and mutilated has authorities in Jackson County, Ga., baffled. With both cows, there was no discernible cause of death and the animals had a complete circle cleanly cut around the rectal area, the Augusta Chronicle reports. Of the first cow, found Dec. 16,... More »

Family Seeks Long-Lost Triplets via Facebook

They were born March 9, 1972, in Kansas

(Newser) - Cynthia Bush says her parents were "appalled" when she became pregnant with triplets at 16 in 1971. They sent her from upstate New York to stay with an aunt in Kansas until she gave birth and adoptions were arranged through Catholic Charities. Bush eventually married the biological father of... More »

1st Basketball Game Was Basically a Giant Fight

According to a newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith

(Newser) - If any of the old-timers at your holiday gatherings this year complain about how basketball players have gotten soft and the fouls aren't as hard as they used to be, tell them to blame the game's inventor. A newly discovered audio recording of James Naismith—thought to be... More »

Brother's Suicide Note Frees Man Jailed for 16 Years

Kansas man killed himself when new evidence surfaced

(Newser) - Kansas man Tom Bledsoe has confessed to raping and murdering the 14-year-old sister of his brother's wife, but he won't spend a day behind bars for the crime. The confession came in suicide notes that led to his younger brother's release from prison after 16 years, reports... More »

Deadly Weather Hits Central US for Holiday Weekend

At least 6 people have been reported dead since Thursday

(Newser) - Deadly weather hit the central US at the beginning of the holiday weekend, with at least six people reported dead across multiple states as of Friday morning. WFAA reports four fatalities due to heavy flooding in north Texas. One body was pulled from a submerged Hyundai after the driver apparently... More »

8-Year-Old Girl Killed While Driving Car

'My heart is dying; there are no words'

(Newser) - A driver died Sunday in Kansas after losing control of her 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt, rolling down an embankment, and landing upside down in a creek, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. The driver? An 8-year-old girl. "Grandpa said he gave her permission to drive and she crashed," a Kansas Highway... More »

Sentenced to Death, Man Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

Frazier Glenn Cross says his 'spirit will rise from the grave'

(Newser) - Frazier Glenn Cross, the white supremacist whose poisonous beliefs led him to murder three people at two Jewish sites in Kansas last year , was unrepentant after he was sentenced to death on Tuesday. The 73-year-old, who also goes by the name Frazier Glenn Miller, shouted "Heil Hitler!" after... More »

Teen Driver Swats at Spider; It Ends Badly for 11 People

Kansas teen let go of wheel to try to kill arachnid

(Newser) - A teenage girl in Kansas is the latest arachnophobic driver to have become more dangerous than any spider. The Kansas Highway Patrol says 17-year-old Diana Nicole Bell was on the highway east of Great Bend when she noticed a spider on her lap and let go of the steering wheel... More »

10 Best Cities for Families

A city in Kansas tops the list (and one in Mississsippi brings up the rear)

(Newser) - Everyone wants the best for their families, and picking a place to live is usually among the top priorities. WalletHub has tried to make this task easier for you by comparing the 150 most populous cities in the US based on five categories: home affordability, education and child care, health... More »

Confronted by Cops, Man Swings Dog at Them

Kansas man is charged with animal cruelty after nighttime stroll takes a bad turn

(Newser) - A suspicious man was reported Sunday night wandering with his dog through people's backyards in Park City, Kansas, and responding police say he wasn't especially cooperative, KSN reports. That man was 26-year-old Michael Rush, who a responding officer says reacted by swinging the poor pup on its leash... More »

Woman Escapes Nightmare Captivity With Rent Check

She'd been held in her own apartment since April

(Newser) - A woman held hostage since April by her boyfriend in her apartment in Lenexa, Kansas, ended her horrifying ordeal via one of life's more innocuous chores: Paying the rent. "Do not call police, but send help," read the note tucked in her rent payment, reports KSHB . So... More »

Cop Does Heartfelt Favor for Shoplifting Mom

Officer Mark Engravalle was touched by her tough situation

(Newser) - A struggling mom in Kansas says her heart dropped when she was caught shoplifting this week—but a police officer may have turned her life around. Sarah Robinson, who cares for six daughters by herself, tried stealing basic necessities for her 2-year-old twin girls at a Walmart in Roeland Park,... More »

Plains Tornadoes Trash Homes, Free Tigers

Severe storm system floods Oklahoma City

(Newser) - In what forecasters warn could be just the first day of several days of severe weather, storms lashed parts of the Great Plains region yesterday, bringing tornadoes and flooding. "This is a particularly dangerous situation," according to the National Weather Service, which says tornadoes have been spotted in... More »

Kansas Bill: No Welfare Cash at Movies, Psychics

Gov. Sam Brownback expected to sign new social services bill into law

(Newser) - A new social services bill in Kansas could issue some of the country's strictest rules on how welfare recipients spend state funds. Though the federal government has banned the use of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash benefits on booze, gambling, and adult entertainment, Bill 2258 would block their... More »

Colo. Pot Law Makes Us Violate Constitution: Sheriffs' Suit

Officials say legalization forces them into 'crisis of conscience'

(Newser) - While Colorado citizens are taking advantage of their state's marijuana legalization , sheriffs there and in neighboring states are suffering a "crisis of conscience" in upholding that law, according to a suit filed against Colorado today in Denver. Per USA Today , the lead plaintiff, Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith,... More »

Kansas Might Make It Easier to Prosecute Teachers

Educators may soon be on the hook for using 'harmful materials' in lesson plans

(Newser) - Kansas Democrats said they were caught "unprepared" by a discussion on a controversial bill, and now it's too late to make any amendments before it goes to a final vote. Senate Bill 56 would make it easier to prosecute teachers and school administrators in Kansas who use "... More »

What We Know About the Deadly 'Bourbon Virus'

Only one case has been detected, but others may be out there

(Newser) - The Bourbon virus—so named because it first emerged recently in Bourbon County, Kansas—has puzzled researchers. A man with the first known case of the disease died last year, and since then, experts have been working to learn more about it. A new study outlines findings, NBC News reports.... More »

Oklahoma Quakes Raise Risk of 'Big One'

Earthquakes linked to fracking heighten the odds, study says

(Newser) - Southern Kansas and Oklahoma are experiencing small, daily quakes linked with fracking that make a larger and more destructive earthquake much more likely, according to a new, unpublished federal study. The risk remains low—about a 1 in 2,500 years' chance—but if true, it ranks the region among... More »

New 'Bourbon Virus' Kills Kansas Man

Tick-borne disease was named after county

(Newser) - A deadly virus new to science may be lurking in the woods of Kansas, according to researchers at the University of Kansas Hospital. A man who died in the state in June is the only known victim of the "Bourbon Virus," which is believed to be tick-borne and... More »

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