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Tea Party's Last Real Senate Hope Loses

Pat Roberts prevails in Kansas

(Newser) - Another big win for the GOP establishment: Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts has defeated Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf, ending what Politico calls "conservatives' last, best hope to topple an incumbent GOP senator this year." Roberts, who has been in Congress since 1981 and a senator since 1997, had... More »

Kansas Foster Baby Dead After Being Left in Car

Male guardian booked but not charged

(Newser) - A baby in Kansas is dead after being left in the back seat of a car for two hours, reports AP . A male foster parent, 29, has been arrested, but not charged, on suspicion of aggravated endangerment in the death of the 10-month-old girl. Authorities say Seth Jackson picked up... More »

9-Year-Old Water Skier Dies From Brain-Eating Amoeba

Kansas girl apparently contracted infection in freshwater

(Newser) - A 9-year-old girl's love of the water ended up sadly dooming her in what her family calls a "one in a billion" occurrence. Hally "Bug" Yust of Spring Hill, Kan., died after contracting an infection commonly known as brain-eating amoeba, reports the Kansas City Star . The infection... More »

City Shuts Down Boy's Free Library on His Front Lawn

9-year-old plans to fight City Hall in Leawood, Kansas

(Newser) - A little city in Kansas is getting some bad press nationally because it forced a boy and his family to take down a small community book shelf in their front yard on Wednesday. Officials in the Kansas City suburb of Leawood say they had no choice but to order the... More »

Kansas City Shooting Suspect Charged With Capital Murder

Frazier Glenn Miller held on $10M bond

(Newser) - Kansas prosecutors filed state-level murder charges today against the white supremacist accused in shootings that left three people dead at two Jewish community sites in suburban Kansas City. Frazier Glenn Cross has been charged with one count of capital murder for the deaths of a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather... More »

Kansas City Shootings Investigated as Hate Crimes

As hundreds gather to mourn 3 victims

(Newser) - The Justice Department, under Eric Holder's orders, will investigate whether yesterday's shootings at two Kansas City Jewish sites broke the federal hate crimes law, the AP reports. Holder today issued a statement on the shootings, which ended with three dead, allegedly at the hands of white supremacist Frazier... More »

3 Dead at Jewish Centers, Suspect Shouts 'Heil Hitler'

JCC was full of kids auditioning for 'KC Superstar'

(Newser) - Three people were killed and one was critically wounded today when a man opened fire at two Jewish sites—a community center and retirement home—in the greater Kansas City area, the Kansas City Star reports. Police later arrested a heavyset man at a nearby school who was smiling and... More »

Library Book Returned... After 21 Years

Cookbook borrowed from Kansas library in 1992

(Newser) - More than two decades after a cookbook was checked out of a Kansas library, it's just now been returned. A copy of The Versatile Grain and the Elegant Bean: A Celebration of the World's Most Healthful Foods was placed in a Lawrence Public Library return box one night... More »

Senate Hopeful's Photos Feature Corpses, Jokes

Dr. Milton Wolf of Kansas mocks x-rays of gunshot victims

(Newser) - A Kansas candidate for US Senate is acknowledging a "mistake" following reports he posted grisly X-rays on Facebook and joked about them. The now-removed images allegedly posted by radiologist Milton Wolf featured gun victims, one of whom suffered decapitation, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. "One of my all-time favorites,... More »

Arizona's Brewer Faces Decision on Gay Rights

Bill would give businesses right to refuse service to homosexuals

(Newser) - Arizona is once again at the center of a hot-button national issue, but this time it's gay rights instead of immigration. The state Legislature this week passed a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs and refuse service to gay people, reports AP . Now Gov.... More »

Kansas Bill Would Allow Spanking That Leaves Marks

But would still ban hitting with belts, fists

(Newser) - A Kansas lawmaker is proposing a bill that would allow teachers, caregivers, and parents to spank children hard enough to leave marks. Current Kansas law allows spanking that doesn't leave marks. Rep. Gail Finney, a Democrat from Wichita, says she wants to allow up to 10 strikes of the... More »

Kansas' Anti-Gay Religious Liberty Bill Looks Doomed

Senate leader says controversial House measure won't pass

(Newser) - A controversial bill in Kansas that gives individuals and businesses the right to refuse service to gay people on religious liberty grounds looks to be doomed, reports the Kansas City Star . The measure—read it in full here —passed the Republican-controlled House and immediately triggered howls of protest from... More »

NYT: Kansas Senator Isn't in Kansas Very Much

'Times' criticizes Pat Roberts, and Roberts fires back

(Newser) - Pat Roberts has represented Kansas in Congress since 1981, but where does he call home? The GOP senator insists the answer is "Kansas," but a New York Times story raises some doubts. The particulars: Roberts, 77, owns a home near DC in Alexandria, Va., and that's where... More »

Judge: Sperm Donor Owes Child Support

William Marotta to appeal ruling in controversial case

(Newser) - The latest twist and turn in the case of a man who provided sperm to a same-sex couple who then had a daughter: A Kansas judge ruled Wednesday that William Marotta is the "presumptive father as a matter of law," not a sperm donor, and must pay child... More »

FBI: Worker Planned Suicide Bombing of Wichita Airport

Technician, 58, arrested in vehicle with (fake) explosives

(Newser) - An FBI sting has resulted in the arrest of an airport worker in Wichita who authorities say intended to blow up his place of employment—the Mid-Continent Regional Airport. A suspect identified as 58-year-old Terry Lee Loewen was arrested this morning at the airport inside a vehicle he thought was... More »

747 Manages to Get Unstuck, Take Off

After tug manages to turn it around

(Newser) - A big plane got into a bigger snag last night when it mistakenly landed at a tiny Kansas airport, only to find the space too tight to turn around in. The Atlas Air Dreamlifter was scheduled to land at McConnell Air Force Base but instead touched down at Jabara Airport—... More »

Insane, 17-Story Water Slide to Open in Kansas

'Verruckt' will set height, speed records, promises water park

(Newser) - Up until now, the world's tallest water slide has been Brazil's "Insano," at 134.5 feet; those who brave it travel at speeds of 65mph. But a new attraction at a Kansas water park will apparently dwarf those figures. Schlitterbahn park is keeping a lid on... More »

Kansas Man Dies in Desert After Writing Notes to Family

Why David Welch was in Utah remains unclear

(Newser) - A sad, strange tale out of Utah: A 54-year-old man who set off from Kansas on an unexplained road trip crashed his vehicle in remote Utah, and it wasn't until seven weeks later that a hiker spotted the wreck with David Welch's body inside, reports CNN . But there'... More »

Arizona, Kansas Create Federal-Only Class of Voters

Those who register with federal form can't vote in state, local elections

(Newser) - It sounds a little like whack-a-mole on voter ID laws: After the Supreme Court told Arizona it could no longer require proof of citizenship for voters in federal elections, the state plans to employ a work-around of sorts. The Arizona Republic calls it a "dual-track voting system" and the... More »

Miss America Contestant: A Sergeant With Tattoos

Theresa Vail won't be covering up at this weekend's pageant

(Newser) - The Miss America pageant runs this weekend, and it's already drawing more attention than usual for three good reasons: Theresa Vail and her two tattoos. Vail, otherwise known as Miss Kansas, will be putting both tattoos on display in the bikini contest, proudly. One is a military insignia—she'... More »

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