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There Was PCE in the Water, but Nothing Happened for Years

'Wichita Eagle' reports state learned of contamination in 2011, didn't act

(Newser) - What could be worse than drinking and bathing in water contaminated with dry cleaning chemicals? Doing so for more than six years. The Wichita Eagle reports that's what allegedly happened in a Wichita-area town with the knowledge of officials, who didn't intervene though they were alerted to the... More »

Here's How to Thwart the USPS From Its Mission

An 8-foot boa constrictor on this Kansas mailbox seemed to do the trick

(Newser) - Rain, snow, sleet, even barking dogs are fine, but a Kansas postal worker had to draw the line when he found an eight-foot-long red tail boa constrictor draped over a mailbox. The letter carrier was delivering mail Friday in Overland Park, a Kansas City suburb, when he spotted the huge... More »

Kansas Governor Concedes 'Closest Election in America'

Jeff Colyer says he will endorse Kris Kobach

(Newser) - Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded Tuesday evening in the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, saying he will endorse Secretary of State Kris Kobach a week after their neck-and-neck finish threatened to send the race to a recount. Colyer accepted defeat in a surprise announcement after a review of some provisional... More »

Legal Quirk Allows Vermont Teen's Gubernatorial Bid

The state doesn't have an age requirement for holding the office

(Newser) - He's only 14 but that isn't stopping Ethan Sonneborn from running for Vermont's top office. The rising high school freshman from Bristol is taking advantage of the state's lack of an age requirement to hold the office to take his place among the other Democrats on... More »

Kobach Will Remove Himself From Kansas Vote Tally

Governor's contest remains neck and neck

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says he will recuse himself from the vote tally in the state's tight gubernatorial primary race, which he leads, but barely . Kobach's current job makes him the state's chief elections official, and his opponent—incumbent Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer—has called... More »

Election Error Just Cut Kobach's Lead in Kansas

Trump's pick for governor is now leading the incumbent by fewer than 100 votes

(Newser) - A razor-tight race for governor in Kansas just got even closer. Election officials in Thomas County initially reported that incumbent Republican Gov. Jeff Colyer received 422 votes in Tuesday's election, but a recheck of the tally shows he actually got 522, reports the AP . That means Colyer now trails... More »

Democrat Won't Concede in Ohio Special Election

Republican rival's lead is shrinking

(Newser) - President Trump has already congratulated the Republican candidate in a closely watched special congressional election in Ohio—but election officials say the race has actually tightened. Officials in Franklin County, where Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor are competing for a House seat, say they found 588 previously... More »

One Big Race to Watch: Trump's Pick in Kansas

Kris Kobach is trying to unseat a sitting GOP governor, with the president's backing

(Newser) - Voters in five states go to the polls on Tuesday, and analysts will again be looking for clues on what the results might mean for the November midterms. Some highlights:
  • Kansas: The GOP primary for the governor's seat might be the highest-profile contest of the night because of President
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Longshot's Campaign Has One Unusual Advantage

Ron Estes shares his name with the incumbent Kansas Republican he wants to unseat

(Newser) - What's in a name? A lot if you're an incumbent candidate running for national office, and perhaps even more if you're a challenger who happens to share the same name as that incumbent. Such is the case for Ron M. Estes, who is running in Kansas' 4th... More »

Judge Says Kansas Secretary of State Has to Take Classes

And overturns Kansas voter proof of citizenship law

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Monday that Kansas cannot require documentary proof of US citizenship to register to vote, finding such laws violate the constitutional right to vote in a ruling with national implications. The ruling by US District Judge Julie Robinson is the latest setback for Kansas Secretary of State... More »

Update: 2nd Kansas Deputy Killed by Inmate in Transit

The prisoner may have grabbed a deputy's weapon after exiting van

(Newser) - A second sheriff's deputy died early Saturday from injuries suffered when an inmate who was being transported in Kansas City overpowered two officers and shot them, reports the AP . Kansas City, Kan., police confirmed on their Facebook page that Deputy Theresa King, 44, died just after midnight following the... More »

Worker Finds $1M Ticket on Counter, Tracks Down Owner

'Good deeds come back to help you'

(Newser) - For a few moments, convenience store clerk Andy Patel was the only person in the world who knew he had a $1 million lottery ticket in his hand. Then he started trying to find the ticket's owner. Patel says it happened in March, when a customer came into the... More »

Contender for Kansas Governor Blasts 'Snowflake Meltdown'

After Kris Kobach appeared in a parade with a machine gun replica on his Jeep

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the outrage over his appearance in a parade atop a Jeep with a giant replica of a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on the back is "the left trying to attack guns" and the Second Amendment, the AP reports. A pastor who was... More »

Judge Makes Historic Ruling on Woman Held by 'Cult'

Kendra Ross is 'thrilled' by the judgment, lawyer says

(Newser) - Kendra Ross mustered the courage to run for her life six years ago, and now could be a multi-millionaire. A judge awarded Ross $8 million in damages Wednesday for 10 years she was forced to clean, cook, and care for children in a Kansas group that court documents are calling... More »

Traffic Alert: Kansas Bans Cop Sex With Motorists

Police were allegedly abusing their power

(Newser) - Kansas has passed a law that most people probably assumed the state already had. The new law bans police officers from having sex with motorists that they pull over, reports the Wichita Eagle . Although Kansas did have a law prohibiting police from having sex with people in jail, the new... More »

Judge Slams Kansas' Kobach Over Moves in Voting Case

Secretary of state in contempt for keeping some voters in the dark about casting ballots

(Newser) - Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach violated a court order that required his office to inform certain people they were eligible to vote while a lawsuit challenging a state law requiring proof of US citizenship worked its way through the courts, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. US District Judge Julie... More »

Designer of Waterslide Arrested at Airport

John Schooley drew up 17-story ride on which a boy died in 2016

(Newser) - The designer of the world's tallest waterslide—on which the 10-year-old son of a Kansas state lawmaker was decapitated in 2016—has been arrested. John Schooley, who drew up the 17-story attraction at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, was taken into custody Tuesday at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport... More »

Woman Screams as Ex Falls Through Her Ceiling

Tyler Bergkamp, 25, is arrested in Kansas

(Newser) - A Kansas woman was surprised to see her ex-boyfriend show up unexpectedly Thursday night—when his legs broke through her living room ceiling, the Salina Journal reports. It apparently began when the woman, unnamed by police, came home to find her door locked with the chain on. Concerned that her... More »

Linda Brown Dies 64 Years After Case That Made History

Decision led to school desegregation

(Newser) - Linda Brown lived to be 75 years old, but she had secured her place in history by the time she was 9. Brown, who died in her hometown of Topeka, Kan., this week, was at the center of the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education case that caused school segregation... More »

Park Director Indicted Over Ride That Decapitated Boy

Tyler Austin Miles turns himself in

(Newser) - Last year, 10-year-old Caleb Schwab was decapitated riding a Kansas waterslide. Friday a grand jury indicted the company running the park and former director Tyler Austin Miles with involuntary manslaughter, saying they brazenly flouted safety rules and covered up previous accidents, USA Today reports. Caleb's death "appeared at... More »

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