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Mixup in Denver Sends Dog on Global Adventure

Irgo was supposed to fly to Kansas with his human family, but he ended up in Japan

(Newser) - A dog who was mistakenly flown to Japan is back with his family in Kansas. The 10-year-old German shepherd, named Irgo, arrived at a Wichita airport Thursday night after a flight on a private plane from Japan, the AP reports. Kara Swindle and her two children were flying on United... More »

Missing 5-Year-Old's Stepmom Arrested

She has been charged with endangering 2 children

(Newser) - The last person to see missing Kansas 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez has been arrested on charges of child endangerment. Police in Wichita say 26-year-old Emily Glass, the boy's stepmother, was taken into custody Wednesday and the case is now a criminal investigation, CBS reports. Deputy Chief Gavin Seiler says Glass... More »

FBI Joins Search for Missing Kansas Boy, 5

Lucas Hernandez hasn't been seen since Saturday

(Newser) - The FBI has joined police in Wichita, Kan., in the search for a 5-year-old boy who hasn't been seen since Saturday afternoon. Police say Lucas Hernandez was seen by his stepmother around 3pm before she showered and took a nap, ABC30 reports. The boy was reported missing at 6:... More »

6 Teens Are Running for Governor in Kansas

State lawmakers are trying to pass law with age restrictions, but it wouldn't affect these candidates

(Newser) - Most teenagers spend their free time playing video games or hanging out with friends. In Kansas, they run for governor. Last September there were two teens (Tyler Ruzich and Jack Bergeson) who'd announced they were vying for the state's top seat, and now four more—Aaron Coleman, Ethan... More »

Arrest Made in Prank Call That Led to Fatal Police Shooting

Tyler Barriss arrested in California in connection to death of man in Kansas

(Newser) - Police have arrested a 25-year-old man in Los Angeles in connection with a "swatting" prank that left a 28-year-old Kansas man dead Thursday night, KWCH reports. Tyler Barriss, arrested Friday afternoon, is accused of making a false report to police. He was arrested two years ago in connection to... More »

Police Kill Man in Apparent 'Swatting' Prank

Sources say it started as argument between strangers over video game

(Newser) - A 28-year-old man in Kansas was reportedly killed by police Thursday night over a $1.50 bet made on a video game by two strangers. After receiving a call about someone shooting their father and holding their family hostage, police responded en masse to a house in Wichita, the Wichita ... More »

Sexual Harassment Claim Ends Woman's Congressional Run

'We are in a national moment where rough justice stands in place of ... due process'

(Newser) - A first-time candidate in Kansas thinks Democrats may be going too far in trying to remove sexual harassers from the party after she was forced to resign Friday over a 2006 lawsuit accusing her of sexual harassment and retaliation, the Kansas City Star reports. Andrea Ramsey, 56, was one of... More »

Inside 3 Men's Alleged Plot to Kill Muslims in Kansas

'New York' takes long look at small militia group's hatred of immigrants in Garden City

(Newser) - They called themselves the Crusaders, a small group of men in Kansas who splintered off from a larger local militia group and were allegedly bent on killing Muslim immigrants. In a lengthy story, New York magazine profiles the trio of Patrick Stein, Curtis Allen, and Gavin Wright, now imprisoned on... More »

He Was Witness to a Double Murder—From 600 Miles Away

Video game microphone captured shooting in Kansas

(Newser) - Cody Ha may have been 600 miles from his friend in Texas, but the 23-year-old Kansas man sounded as though he were in the same room via the microphones and headphones the pair used to communicate while playing video games online with others Saturday. Then, around 10pm, Ashley Martinez of... More »

'Why Would You Take This Failed Experiment Nationwide?'

Kansas has already witnessed the failure of the GOP's tax bill

(Newser) - “Why would you take this failed experiment nationwide?" That was the question constituent Robynn Andracsek posed to Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran last week, and it's one that's on the mind of the Kansas City Star editorial board given that Moran could be the "deciding vote" on... More »

This May Be the Most Secretive State in the Nation

'Kansas City Star' explores the state's unusually tight-lipped bureaucracy

(Newser) - Kansas doesn't just try to manage the flow of information to the public about government doings, it throttles it. After a months-long investigation, the Kansas City Star concludes that Kansas "runs one of the most secretive state governments in the nation." The newspaper finds that this lack... More »

Kansas Now Has 2 Teens Running for Governor

Tyler Ruzich joins race with Jack Bergeson

(Newser) - It's a long shot, but it's possible that when Kansas voters pick a governor next November, they will choose between two candidates whose combined age is currently 32. That's because a second teenager has joined the race. Tyler Ruzich, a 16-year-old junior at Shawnee Mission North High... More »

Raising a Family Is Best in This US City

Overland Park, Kansas, comes in at No. 1

(Newser) - Moving to a new city can be stressful, but even more so when you have little ones to consider. In addition to making sure you find a comfortable place to live, having a family to raise also dictates you look at other factors, such as the quality of the schools,... More »

A 16-Year-Old Is Running for Governor in Kansas

Jack Bergeson is hoping to win Kansas' top spot in 2018

(Newser) - Jack Bergeson won't be able to vote for himself when he appears on the Kansas ballot for governor in 2018—because he won't be 18 yet. As the director of elections with Kansas' secretary of state's office explains to the Wall Street Journal , the Sunflower State is... More »

Pregnant Mom to Deliver Early in Attempt to Save Her Life

Docs have removed tumors from her brain and abdomen

(Newser) - These are supposed to be the best days for Danielle Dick, a Kansas mother who's pregnant with twins and has a 2-year-old daughter. But after the 31-year-old found that she could "hardly put three words together" in a fog that seemed far worse than mere "pregnancy brain,... More »

Guy Who Robbed Bank to Escape Wife Must Stay Home

Sorry, Lawrence

(Newser) - Lawrence John Ripple told police he robbed a Kansas City bank in September to get out of living with his wife. During sentencing Tuesday, he got the very opposite of his wish. In a rare move, a federal judge sentenced 71-year-old Ripple, who pleaded guilty to bank robbery in January,... More »

He Spent 17 Years in Prison. Then They Found His Lookalike

Judge orders release of Richard Jones

(Newser) - "Everybody has a doppelganger. Luckily we found his," says a lawyer for a man who has been freed after serving 17 years for a crime he always insisted he didn't commit. Richard Jones was released by a Kansas judge after lawyers presented evidence that there is another... More »

First Hot Dogs, Now Sausages: New Meat Recall

Recall announced by Armour-Eckrich Meats after metal shards found

(Newser) - On the heels of a recall on hot dogs that contained metal shards , a Kansas food distributor has recalled nearly 100,000 pounds of precooked sausage products for the same reason, reports the AP . The recall was announced Wednesday by Armour-Eckrich Meats in Junction City. The USDA's Food Safety... More »

Here's How Much Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Will Get

10-year-old Caleb Schwab was killed in 2016 at a Kansas water park

(Newser) - The family of a 10-year-old boy who died on a giant waterslide at a Kansas water park will receive nearly $20 million in settlement payments, the AP reports, citing court documents. The largest payment to Caleb Schwab's family, $14 million, will come from SVV 1 and KC Water Park,... More »

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 »

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