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Archaeologist Says He's Found Great Lost City—in Kansas

Donald Blakeslee confident Etzanoa sat at convergence of 2 rivers

(Newser) - Don Juan de Oñate sought a city of gold when he explored what are now the Plains states. It wasn't to be, but according to an interview given by five of his men in 1602, they did find something staggering: a "great settlement" some five miles long... More »

GOP Wins Kansas Race, but Dems See Silver Lining

Ron Estes' victory for congressional seat was by much slimmer margin than hoped

(Newser) - "We've sent a message that no Republican district is safe." Strong words from Democrat James Thompson, who ceded the congressional seat for Kansas' 4th District on Tuesday night to opponent Ron Estes after a fierce push by the GOP to win Estes the seat, Politico reports. Although... More »

GOP Pulls Out All Stops to Win Kansas Special Election

President Trump even sent out tweet promoting Ron Estes for congressional seat

(Newser) - There's no place like home when you're from Kansas, though Republicans vying to take hold of a congressional seat left empty by Rep. Mike Pompeo when he left to head President Trump's CIA hope they'll still feel that way after Tuesday's special election. The GOP... More »

Student Journalists Get a Shock While Researching Principal

Amy Robertson has since resigned

(Newser) - The hiring committee at Pittsburg High School took Amy Robertson's list of credentials—including supposed master’s and doctorate degrees—at face value. But not the school's students, whose investigation has since led to their new principal's resignation. After Robertson was hired for the job at the... More »

5 Kids' 'Family Wanted' Ad Gets 'Insane' Response

Though Kansas promotion 'didn't sit well' with at least one local

(Newser) - Meet music lover Bradley, outdoor enthusiast Preston, hip-hop dancer Layla, Pokemon card collector Landon, and Olive, who mainly likes to be snuggled. These are the five siblings the Kansas City Star featured in its "Family Wanted" section on Saturday, and they're looking to all be adopted by the... More »

6 People, Thousands of Cattle Killed in Devastating Wildfires

Blaze was biggest in state history

(Newser) - Devastating wildfires have set a record that the Kansas Division of Emergency Management says "it never hoped to see and never hopes to surpass." More than 500,000 acres in two counties in the southwest of the state have burned this week in what is believed to be... More »

White House Comments on Alleged Kansas Hate Crime

'President condemns these or any other racially or religiously motivated attacks'

(Newser) - Six days after two Indian men were allegedly shot at a Kansas bar by a man who reportedly yelled, "Get out of my country," the White House has issued a statement. CNN reports a White House spokesperson on Tuesday says the shooting seems to be "an act... More »

Mom of Slain Indian Man Hopes Other Son Leaves US

'I want him and his family to return to Hyderabad for good'

(Newser) - The mother of an Indian engineer shot to death in a Kansas bar is not just grieving for her son but worried about his younger brother. He, too, is working in the US, and his mother, Parvatha Vardhini, wants him to come home for his own safety. “I will... More »

Kansas Shooter 'Said He Killed 2 Middle Eastern Men'

They were actually from India, and one is dead

(Newser) - Five hours after allegedly shooting two Kansas bar patrons from India, Adam Purinton walked into an Applebee's in Missouri and told a bartender he'd just killed two Middle Eastern men and needed a place to hide out, the Kansas City Star reports, based on witness accounts. That bartender... More »

Man Allegedly Yells 'Get Out of My Country' Before Shooting 3

One man dead, two injured in shooting at Kansas bar

(Newser) - A man opened fire at a crowded Kansas bar, killing one man and wounding two others before he was arrested in Missouri, police said Thursday about an attack that some witnesses suggested had racial overtones. Adam Purinton, 51, was arrested in Henry County, Missouri, after the shooting Wednesday evening at... More »

Family's Pet Deer Shot by Game Warden

Family cited for 'unlawful possession of wildlife without a permit'

(Newser) - A western Kansas family is outraged after game wardens killed a deer that was allowed inside their house and took walks with the family, the AP reports. Kim Mcgaughey said the mule deer was "very much a big pet" and that there was "no reason for her to... More »

'I Didn't Get It': Oncology Nurse's Note to Patients After Own Diagnosis

Now that she has cancer herself, Lindsay Norris is offering apologies

(Newser) - Lindsay Norris has a lot to say to the cancer patients she's helped in her role as an oncology nurse, but in a recent blog post she penned after finding out she has cancer herself, the prevailing theme is: "I didn't get it." Per People , Norris... More »

Judge Rules Sperm Donor Not on Hook for Child Support

Two women used William Marotta's sperm to have a daughter then split

(Newser) - A Kansas man who answered a Craigslist ad to donate sperm so two women could have a baby together is not legally the child's father and isn't required to provide financial support, a judge ruled. The state Department for Children and Families, which sought to force William Marotta... More »

Cops Shoot, Kill Man Outside Kansas Walmart

Police say they fired after 50-year-old attacked one of their own with long wooden rod

(Newser) - Police say officers fatally shot a man outside a suburban Kansas City, Kan., retail store after he hit one of them with a long wooden rod, the AP reports. Lenexa police spokesman Dan Friesen says the man was shot near a Walmart in Olathe around 10:30pm Sunday after striking... More »

World's Tallest Water Slide to Close for Good After Death

Schlitterbahn water park's 168-foot Verruckt slide to be taken down

(Newser) - The 10-year-old son of a Kansas lawmaker died on the world's tallest water slide this summer, and that ride is now closed for good. Caleb Schwab, the son of state Rep. Scott Schwab, suffered a "fatal neck injury" Aug. 7 on the 168-foot Verruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn... More »

Murder, Kidnapping Suspect Says Victim Promised Her a Baby

Yesenia Sesmas claims she had a deal

(Newser) - A Texas woman accused of fatally shooting a new mom and kidnapping her baby has told police she did so because the child had been promised to her, reports KWCH . Suspect Yesenia Sesmas, 34 is a former co-worker of 27-year-old Laura Abarca-Nogueda, who was found dead in her Wichita home... More »

Kansas Guy Is Pimping Cold War-Era Sub

Scott Waters is rehabbing Pisces VI submarine he found in Wisconsin

(Newser) - A Kansas man and 10 experts are refurbishing a Cold War-era submarine to put it back into the deep seas for exploration. Scott Waters, 29, of Salina, has a team that gathers a few times a year north of Salina to tear apart and modernize a submarine that is one... More »

Missing Newborn of Mom Shot to Death Found Alive

Cops find baby Sophia Abarca-Nogueda in Dallas days after mom killed in Kansas

(Newser) - Authorities have found a week-old baby who was reported missing Thursday after her mother was shot to death in Kansas, police said Saturday. Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay said baby Sophia Abarca-Nogueda was found alive after authorities executed a search warrant before dawn at a Dallas home, the Wichita Eagle... More »

Kansas Mom Shot Dead, Newborn Missing

Kansas father found girlfriend dead, baby missing

(Newser) - Police in Kansas suspect that whoever murdered Laura Abarca-Nogueda on Thursday kidnapped her newborn baby—and may now be pretending that baby Sophia is theirs. Police have asked the public to look out for people who now have an unexpected addition to the family, the Wichita Eagle reports. "We'... More »

Kansas House Leader Points to 'Great Quote From Hitler'

Peggy Mast says she meant to link Hitler and Planned Parenthood

(Newser) - Praising Hitler is never a good move, even more so when you're a high-ranking state lawmaker. And yet: Kansas' House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast described a quote from Hitler as "profound" in a since-removed Facebook post on Thursday. "Great quote from Hitler in the video,"... More »

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