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Photographer Fatally Injured at High School Game

Linda Gregory hit her head on concrete after collision with players in Wichita

(Newser) - The Wichita Northwest High School football team will be wearing "LG" stickers on their helmets for the rest of the season in honor of Linda Gregory, a beloved team photographer who was fatally injured in a sideline accident Monday night. The 69-year-old was taking photos of a junior varsity...

Judge Blocks Changes to Trans People's Birth Certificates

Ruling follows approval of Kansas legislation reducing back trans rights

(Newser) - A federal judge ruled Thursday that Kansas officials shouldn't keep changing transgender people's birth certificates so the documents reflect their gender identities. US District Judge Daniel Crabtree approved Republican state Attorney General Kris Kobach's request to block the changes because of a new state law rolling back...

Give a High-Five to Our Hardest-Working State

North Dakota comes in at No. 1 on WalletHub's rankings, while New Mexico brings up the rear

(Newser) - Compared to workers in other countries, Americans are known for balking at taking too much vacation time, either because their employer doesn't offer that many paid days off or because workers feel they can't miss too many days without negative repercussions. The positive side of that coin is...

Newspaper Owner Yelled at Cops: 'Get Out of My House!'

Security video shows 98-year-old Joan Meyer, who died a day later, ordering raiding police out

(Newser) - Newly released video shows the 98-year-old mother of a Kansas newspaper publisher confronting police officers as they searched her home in a raid that has drawn national scrutiny , at one point demanding: "Get out of my house!" Video released by the newspaper shows Joan Meyer shouting at the...

County Drops Search Warrant Used in Kansas Newspaper Raid

Items taken from office are returned to 'Marion County Record'

(Newser) - The Kansas newspaper whose offices were raided by police last week has had its seized belongings returned, after the county attorney decided there was "insufficient evidence" to justify the search. Joel Ensey said he has withdrawn the search warrant under which officers raided the Marion County Record, touching off...

Co-Owner of Kansas Newspaper Collapses, Dies After Police Raid
Co-Owner of Kansas Newspaper
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Co-Owner of Kansas Newspaper Dies Day After Police Raid

Major news outlets are among dozens condemning raid on Kansas paper

(Newser) - The day after police raided the office of the Kansas newspaper she co-owned, along with her own home, Joan Meyer collapsed and died. Meyer co-owned the Marion County Record with her son Eric Meyer, the paper's publisher, and along with the newspaper office, police also descended on their home...

Police Seize Computers, Phones From Kansas Newspaper
Police Raid Kansas Newspaper

Police Raid Kansas Newspaper

Press association calls attack on 'Marion County Record' illegal and unprecedented

(Newser) - Police officers and sheriff's deputies raided the offices of a Kansas newspaper on Friday, taking computers and cellphones, apparently in response to a confidential source providing documents to the paper's staff. The officers seized "everything we have," said Eric Meyer, owner and publisher of the Marion ...

She's Going to Jail for Taking Classified Docs

Ex-FBI analyst gets nearly 4 years behind bars, in case seen as similar to former president's

(Newser) - The verdict is in, and it's prison time for bringing those classified documents home. No, not for former President Trump—his case is still pending —but the New York Times notes the similarities between his situation and that of Kendra Kingsbury, a former FBI intelligence analyst who was...

Dad of 13 Dies After Saving Daughter in Rapids

Kansas neurologist Dustin Harker died of brain injury after reaching Arkansas River shore

(Newser) - A father of 13 who was thrown from a raft that overturned on the Arkansas River managed to save his daughter, who was pinned beneath the raft, before dying of his own injuries. Dustin Harker, a neurologist from Kansas, had ventured to the Sunshine Falls area of Colorado's Royal...

100 Letters With Suspicious Powder Sent to State Lawmakers

Letters tested negative for common toxins investigators in Kansas say

(Newser) - About 100 letters containing suspicious white powder have been sent to lawmakers and other public officials across Kansas, officials said. No injuries have been reported, according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. It had counted more than 30 letters as of late Friday afternoon and increased the tally to 100...

Kansas Board Sets Rule on Trans Athletes

Legislature failed to override governor's veto of another anti-trans measure

(Newser) - A Kansas board decided Wednesday that high schools and middle schools must see transgender athletes' first birth certificates to decide what teams they can join, while an effort in the Legislature to end gender-affirming care for transgender minors failed. The Kansas State High School Activities Association's executive board took...

Balloon Crosses Kansas, Missouri, Reaching the Arch

Midwest residents track flight with binoculars, telescopes

(Newser) - A spy balloon launched by China floated east from Montana on Friday, spotted by residents in Kansas and Missouri—and reached the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. Local members of Congress said the federal government had confirmed the sightings were of a spy balloon. Residents in Kansas; the Kansas City...

Woman's Kia Gets Stuck Under Semi-Truck for 8 Miles

The wild scene happened Wednesday morning in Kansas

(Newser) - Remember the scene in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation where the family's station wagon gets stuck under a tractor-trailer ? Something like that happened for real in Kansas on Wednesday morning, except it reportedly lasted a whole lot longer. Police say that around 3:40am, a flurry of 911...

With One Misstep, Dog Shoots, Kills Hunter

Loaded gun went off in a pickup truck in Kansas, authorities say

(Newser) - A dog fatally shot a member of its hunting party over the weekend. Yes, you read that correctly. The dog stepped on a loaded rifle in the backseat of a pickup truck Saturday morning in Kansas' Sumner County, the sheriff's office said, per KAKE . The gun went off, with...

Here Are the Worst States in America for Drivers

And the best, per WalletHub's ranking, which puts Hawaii in last place

(Newser) - Whether we get behind the wheel for leisurely cruising, for our daily commutes, or to take care of errands, American drivers have long contended with traffic, potholes, fluctuating gas prices, and the other annoyances. WalletHub wanted to see which states were better to drive in than others, and it looked...

New Look at 1980 Evidence Leads to Murder Arrest

Steven Hanks of Kansas accused of shooting 23-year-old Mary Robin Walter

(Newser) - A Kansas man has been charged in the 1980 shooting death of a 23-year-old neighbor after investigators who reexamined her death turned up new evidence, authorities said. Kansas Bureau of Investigation officers arrested 68-year-old Steven Hanks, of Burden, on a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Mary Robin...

Kansas Board: Please Drop Native American Mascots

Report cites harm the branding can do to students' self-esteem

(Newser) - The Kansas State Board of Education on Thursday recommended that the state's public school districts eliminate Native American mascots and branding to reduce their harmful impacts on students. The board approved a motion making a "strong recommendation" that Kansas public K-12 nontribal schools retire Native American-themed mascots and...

Kansas Man Sentenced for Illegal Autopsy Scheme

Self-taught pathology assistant Shawn Parcells gets 6 years

(Newser) - A Kansas man who admitted running an illegal autopsy scheme has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison for wire fraud. Shawn Parcells, 42, was sentenced Monday in federal court to one count of wire fraud, the US Attorney's office said. He pleaded guilty in May. As part...

FBI Arrests Kansas Detective 12 Years After His Retirement

Roger Golubski allegedly used his position to sexually abuse two Black women

(Newser) - A homicide detective in Kansas used his position to sexually abuse two Black women, according to an indictment unsealed Thursday. Roger Golubski, 69, who retired from the Kansas City Police Department in 2010, has been arrested by the FBI. The indictment charging him with six counts of deprivation of civil...

Kansas Recount Changes Few Votes on Abortion Rights

Activist who made request says the effort was worth the trouble

(Newser) - Results from eight of nine Kansas counties that recounted ballots found fewer than 35 changed votes from the Aug. 2 election, when voters soundly rejected a proposed amendment that would have removed abortion rights from the state's constitution. The counties faced a 5pm Saturday deadline to complete the hand...

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