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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 »

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 »

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