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License Plate Spotted in Calif. Gets Hundreds Recalled in Kansas

Complaints came in about lettering offensive to Japanese-Americans

(Newser) - Kansas is recalling hundreds of vehicle license plates on the streets containing "JAP" lettering in the wake of complaints that it's an ethnic slur offensive to Japanese-Americans. The Kansas Department of Revenue said there are 731 active registrations containing that random letter combination on standard license plates, per... More »

Kansas Governor Wants 'Master Race' Official to Step Down

A county commissioner made the statement to a black city planner.

(Newser) - The Kansas governor has issued a response to a controversy over a county commissioner who made statements that evoked Nazi ideology while addressing a black city planner: Louis Klemp needs to apologize and quit, Gov. Jeff Colyer said over the weekend. "Racial and discriminative language have no place in... More »

'Swatter' in Fatal Case Pleads Guilty

Tyler Barriss faces 20 to 25 years in federal case, still faces trial on state charges

(Newser) - The man who "swatted" another in a prank that ended with the second man dead pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday. Tyler Barriss, 26, pleaded guilty to 51 federal charges related to not just the fatal hoax 911 call on Dec. 28, 2017, but also bomb threats against FCC... More »

Student Ignored Her Sore Throat. 2 Weeks Later, She Was Dead

Kansas State's Samantha Scott thought she had tonsillitis, died of a rare bacterial infection

(Newser) - A top rower for Kansas State University hadn't been feeling well and suspected she had tonsillitis. But Samantha Scott put off getting medical treatment for too long, and by the time she went to the hospital two weeks later, it was too late, per People : The 23-year-old architectural engineering... More »

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 »

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